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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 - Vice 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. 


Phil Cocks - Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair

Phil Cocks: Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair

Governor Since:  1st September 2018 

Term of Office: 31st August 2022

Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Governor linked to Maths, Science and Health & Safety.

Background Information: 

I have been living with my family on Romney Marsh just outside the village of Aldington since the late 1990’s. My eldest son joined Aldington school in 2015 and my youngest son started in September 2018.

I run a project management consultancy providing services for the construction and building sector across London and the South East. I believe I have some useful skills that can be used to support the school as it continues to develop.

Having been part of the village community for more than twenty years I am excited to be more involved with the school.


Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor

Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor

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. 

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.       


George Russell: Parent Governor

George Russell: Parent Governor

Governor Since: 13th January 2015

Term of Office: 13th January 2023

Responsibilities: Finance, Pay Team, Headteacher Appraisal Team and Governor linked to Computing, Modern Language.

Background Information: 

I am originally a Farmer’s son from Warwickshire. My career has taken me across Europe, London, and now to Ashford where I have been living with my wife since 2005. I have been working for Eurostar since 1995 and my job involves travelling daily between Paris, London and Brussels working in a safety critical customer facing role. I speak both French and Dutch. My daughter started in Pandas in 2014 and I have been a Governor at Aldington ever since. I am proud of the school, the opportunities it provides, the commitment of staff, and the strong links that have been forged both with the local community and other schools (locally, and across the channel). I love the rural location, and the strong community that continually supports the school. Since being a Governor I have been involved in the school finances. I am working hard to ensure that ever dwindling resources stretch to maintain education of the highest possible standard ensuring that pupils fulfil their potential to ready them for the next chapter in their lives.

Vivienne Jones: Co-opted Governor

Vivienne Jones: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 26th March 2020

Term of Office: 22nd May 2024

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs and Inclusion 

Background Information: 

My parents moved to Aldington in the early 70’s when I was 12, so I didn’t have the opportunity of attending the village school.  I moved away when I got married. When my parents became unwell in their 90’s, we were in a position to buy their home and move back.  We now live in Bonnington and are lucky enough to have our adult children living alongside us with our grandchildren, who are now attending Aldington school.


My professional career was nursing, which I loved.  I worked and managed a 12 bedded cardiac care unit for most of that time and the last seven years I was running chest pain clinics across East Kent.  I took early retirement when despite my best efforts and working many extra hours, I was unable to provide a good service as the workload increased.


I now work part-time in the family business of home maintenance and am able to fit it around my favourite past-time of walking, and recently joining the PTFA and becoming involved with my grandchildren’s school.


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.


Ben Dawson: Co-opted Governor

Ben Dawson: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 1st October 2014

Term of Office: 30th September 2022

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 hope to contribute to the success and reputation of Aldington through my teaching, deputy and governor roles.

Emma Stammers - Co-opted Governor

Emma Stammers: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 15th October 2020

Term of Office: 14th October 2024 


Background Information: 


Debbie Milward: Staff Governor

Debbie Milward:  Staff Governor

Governor Since: 9th September 2020

Term of Office: 8th September 2020 


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.


Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor

Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor

Governor Since: 1st April 2005

Term of Office: Ongoing

Responsibilities: Pupil Progress Team


Jacqui Wapshott: Clerk to the Governors

Jacqui Wapshott - Clerk to the Governors

Appointed: September 2020

Responsibilities: Advisory Clerk



Have Served on the Governing Body in the Last Twelve Months:                                                 Jerry Newson, Tim Hughes, Tom Carney, Rebecca Widdop, Emma Owen



Complaints Procedure


If you have a  complaint please contact:

Mrs E May - Complaints Co-Ordinator