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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Attendance for your information.

Minutes of the Full Governing Body Meetings can be requested via an email request to the school office.


Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson: Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson: Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors 

Governor Since: 6th July 2016

Term of Office: 14th July 2024

Responsibility: Headteacher Appriasal Team and currently Governor linked to Curriculum development and Well-being. .

Background Information: 

I am originally from London but have lived in Ashford for over 30 years. I have two grown up daughters.

I started my career in human resource management then began teaching when my children were young. I have taught psychology, social sciences and management in Kent and at the Open University. After completing my PhD looking at mature students in higher education I joined the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003, working in research and knowledge exchange.

I am very pleased to join the governing body of Aldington Primary School, the third school I have been a governor of. I believe education is very important for everyone and although my professional interests tend to focus on adult learners and training and development, I see excellent primary education as crucial to giving all children a good start in life. 


Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor & Acting Chair of Governors

Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor & Acting Chair of Governors

Governor Since: 14th March 2018

Term of Office: 13th March 2022

Responsibilities: Safeguarding & Child Protection. Governor linked to Arts, Geography/History. 

Background Information: 

I grew up in Aldington and returned to the village with my wife and family ten years ago.  My three children all attended the school and I have been a governor for five years. I work as a Paramedic practitioner for South East Coast Ambulance service; this has always allowed me flexibility to spend time at the school. I believe a successful local school is vital for a strong village community and in my co-opted role hope to further support the school in its continued development. 

Christine Fuller: Foundation Governor

Christine Fuller: Foundation Governor

Governor Since: 26th March 2020

Term of Office: 22nd May 2024

Responsibilities: Training & Development Governor

Background Information:

 I am 5 Year resident of Aldington, retired with a long history of working in administration, accounts and personnel.  I have a lifelong interest in education particularly primary.  I have previously served on School Appeals Panels so am aware of the pressures on schools and the dilemmas they face.   I do have grandsons at Aldington School so I have an interest in the school being successful, whilst not a direct connection.


Sarah Harper - Local Authority Governor

Sarah Harper: Local Authority Governor

Governor Since: 26th May 2021

Term of Office: 25th May 2025

Responsibilities: Link governor - science

Background Information

I moved to Aldington in 2012 - we were specifically looking for a home in a small village with rural space nearby as we love the outdoors, wildlife gardening and growing our own vegetables. I have a degree is in Zoology and started my career as a research assistant working on a genetic conservation study for the Environment Agency. I then worked for a number of travel companies specializing in conservation and educational travel – taking students and pupils on expeditions around the world to countries like Morocco, Namibia and Costa Rica. I now work for Holiday Extras as a commercial lead and am responsible for delivering commercial strategy within the hotel space. I negotiate contracts and commercial agreements as well manage key supplier relationships with hotel groups such as Hilton and Accor.


Personally, I am a life-long learner; I am a prolific reader and have completed a number of post-graduate courses of study while working full time. I strongly believe in the value of education, in particular the importance of outdoor education and learning about different cultures and how other people live around the world. I am highly community-minded and volunteer regularly with FareShare in Ashford and also for the Cinnamon Trust as a dog-walker. 


Stuart Lambourn - Parent Governor

Stuart Lambourn - Parent Governor

Governor Since: 28th September 2020

Term of Office: 27th September 2024


Background Information: 

Having been a past pupil of the school and lived in the village for 44 years, I understand how much the school matters to people. Given the opportunity, I look forward to being a link between the school and parents/carers and the community. With two children at the school it is now my turn to bring all I can to assist Mrs MacCourt, staff and fellow governors in ensuring our school runs smoothly. My best endeavours will always have the school and children at heart. I’m willing, approachable, dedicated and relish this opportunity.       


Juliet Skinner: Co-opted Governor

Juliet Skinner: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 19th July 2021

Term of Office: 18th July 2025


Background Information: 

I moved to Aldington in January 2017 from North London.

I spent nearly 30 years working in television as Head of Production at BBC, ITV, and various independent companies, with operational and financial accountability for budgets up to £15m. I launched a production company with 2 colleagues in 2006, and ran it successfully until 2013, when we took the decision to close the company, after the sudden death of one of the co-founders.

I had always intended to move on from the media and have a second career in my 50’s, so I re-trained as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist at Regents University, and now run my practice from my Kent & London therapy rooms and via Zoom. I predominantly work with clients with anxiety, depression, and self esteem issues, from 14 years old (no upper age limit!).

I am passionate about mental wellbeing for everyone, and believe laying the foundations for this from an early age is essential for our children’s future. To encourage them to feel safe, loved, valued and heard, will help them develop the resilience needed to cope with the challenges life can throw at us, and thrive.

I would bring my business management experience, my therapy skills and lots of enthusiasm to the role of co-opted governor, with the intention to support all staff and pupils, enabling them to have the best possible experience at the school.

Emma Stammers - Co-opted Governor

Emma Stammers: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 15th October 2020

Term of Office: 14th October 2024 


Background Information: 


Thomas Sturge: Parent Governor - Acting Vice-Chair of Governors

Thomas Sturge: Parent Governor, Acting Vice-Chair of Governors

Governor Since: 7th July 2021

Term of Office: 16th July 2025 


Background Information: 

Debbie Milward: Staff Governor

Debbie Milward:  Staff Governor

Governor Since: 9th September 2020

Term of Office: 8th September 2024 


Background Information: 

I have lived locally all my life. Since attending university in Exeter, I have taught in a range of different schools, from small village schools, to big town schools. I have had a few adventures on the way: I took a year out of work at one point to travel the world (or at least some of it). All of these experiences have been invaluable in developing my skills in the classroom.

I presently teach part time, so I can continue to support and spend time with my children, who are in Primary School themselves.

I have a huge amount of experience in the classroom and love teaching at Aldington Primary School. Therefore, I now wish to extend that experience and make further contributions to the school by joining the governing body.


Ben Dawson: Staff Governor

Ben Dawson: Staff Governor

Governor Since: 1st October 2014

Term of Office: Ongoing

Responsibilities: Pupil Progress Team.

Background Information: 

I grew up in Smeeth and have lived fairly locally all my life with the exception of heading to Bath for University. Since becoming a teacher I have taught in a variety of places in Bath, Canterbury and Ashford. All these schools helped me to develop as a teacher, learn new skills and progress my career. Moving to Aldington as Deputy has opened many new opportunities. I am now Co Headteacher and hope to contribute to the success and reputation of Aldington through my various roles.

Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor

Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor

Governor Since: 1st April 2005

Term of Office: Ongoing

Responsibilities: Pupil Progress Team


Co-opted Governor - vacancy

Co-opted Governor - vacancy

Governor Since: 

Term of Office: 


Background Information: 



Jacqui Wapshott: Clerk to the Governors

Jacqui Wapshott - Clerk to the Governors

Appointed: September 2020

Responsibilities: Advisory Clerk



Annual Governor Report

Governor Information and Record of Attendance

Complaints Procedure


If you have a  complaint please contact:

Mrs T Gretton - Complaints Co-Ordinator