Herne Bay Infants & Seashells Nursery governors are a committed team of volunteers, drawn from all walks of life, yet something we all share is having time, an open mind and a passion for education and the local community. The governing body is accountable for the school’s performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. We support and challenge the school, ensuring it delivers the best education and environment possible.
If you are interested to know more about the governing body – flag one of us down, or send an email via the school to us.
We can all help to make a difference in a small way.
Nicky Brown: Headteacher Governor
Kate Amos: Chair of Governors: Local Authority
Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management/ Safeguarding/ Finance
What I bring to the role: Having a connection to Herne Bay Infants School over many, many years as a pupil, teacher, parent and governor, the well-being of the school is very important to me.
Jennifer Scanlon: Staff Governor
Area of Responsibility: Training and Development
About myself: I had spent many years working as a production manager for London fashion houses before having my 4 (now grown up ) children. Since then, I have been a parent helper in local schools and a preschool practitioner before completing my degree in Children’s Early Years. How children learn and develop, and how schools support this has been of significant interest to me.
What I bring to the role: What I bring to the role: I have had many roles as a staff member across all the year groups at Herne Bay Infant School, currently teaching in year 2. This has given me a varied insight into the school’s operations on a day to day level. I am excited to be a staff governor as I can share my classroom experiences and provide insight into the ways ideas discussed could impact staff, children and their families.
Rob Newman: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility:Health and Safety/Finance
About myself: I have 4 grandchildren and all 3 of my children attended the school. I am very interested and in particular Railway and Aviation Heritage
What I bring to the role: I am a lawyer and have approximately 30 years’ experience as a Governor of Herne Bay Juniors and Infant Schools and am keen to foster close working relationships between the two adjoining schools. I have been chairman of the Buildings and finance committee in the past.
Alan Norley: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Joined vice-chair. Quality of Education -Curriculum
About myself: I am passionate about education and run my own education consultancy company working with Local Authorities and schools locally and with Governments and Development Agencies abroad. I keep my feet on the ground by being grandfather to eight lively granddaughters and one grandson, playing drums in a 60-70s rock band, taking long rambles with a cocker spaniel and messing about with model and heritage railways.
What I bring to the role: I have worked extensively in teacher education and development, quality assurance/inspection, education leadership development, strategic planning and capacity building of educational establishments and systems in the UK and over 26 countries for over 45years. I was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in January 2013 helping to support and develop governors and school leaders.In addition to being a governor at Herne Bay Infant School, I am involved in the governance of 3 primary schools, and a Special School. I am also a Director and Chair of Trustees of CARE Foundation Trust of 10 primary schools and am Co-Chair of Kent Special Education Needs Trust.
Gillian Brady: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Targeted Funding
About myself: I relocated to Whitstable from London in 2019 following 20 years of enjoying family holidays in Kent. I joined the teaching profession in 1975 as a primary school teacher in London. Since this time, I have worked in a wide range of schools and settings, teaching all age groups and then appointed as headteacher at a primary school in 2000. From 2009, I was employed as a school improvement adviser in Hackney. I am now semi- retired but continue to work with schools in Suffolk.
I enjoy living by the sea, spending time with my family and friends alongside taking on new learning opportunities such as learning to paint and draw.
What I bring to the role: As a headteacher, and as leadership and management adviser, I have gained experience of working with a range of governing boards. I have served as governor on a number of governor boards since 2014 and continue to enjoy working with school leaders and colleague governors to support schools.
Wendy Donnelly : Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: EYFS
About myself: Having been brought up on the coast in Suffolk, I was delighted to return to the seaside when we moved to Whitstable nine years ago. Apart from spending time at the beach, I enjoy walking, cycling, reading and gardening. I also volunteer at Whitstable Museum. I have three children and I am the proud granny of four grand daughters and one grandson.
What I bring to the role: What can I bring to the role? Having retired as a primary head teacher last Christmas, I hope to use my skills, knowledge and passion for education to support the school in any way that I can. I am really looking forward to this role and to being part of a school community once more.
Clive Best : Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: SEND/Inclusion
About myself: Now retired primary school teacher. I spent nearly all of my working life in Kent, with one brief excursion into Oxfordshire. I now spend my time volunteering at Canterbury Dogs Trust and as a book editor for the National Accessible Library. I play the piano and the organ and possess a clarinet, which I haven’t touched in a very long time.
What I bring to the role: I am currently SEND governor at a primary school in Faversham and chair of the trustees at an independent secondary special school near Ramsgate. The school works with ASD students and those who have not been able to cope with mainstream education and have been out of school for some time.
Anne Stone: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Finance, Health and Safety
About myself: Both my sons attended HBIS between 1999 – 2005 and I was actively involved as a volunteer in class and with the PTA. I have been a parent Governor at both the infant and junior schools.
What I bring to the role: From 2008 – 2011 I worked for KCC as a Financial Compliance Officer, visiting schools to audit the Schools Financial Value Standard, SFVS. I became a LA governor for another local school and was vice chair of the Finance Committee. From 2011 – 2014 I was School Business Manager at a Canterbury Primary School where I was responsible for the finance, HR, H&S and wellbeing of the school. In 2014 I moved to CCCU to work as an administrator on the TeachFirst programme in the Faculty of Education. I am now an RKE Officer in the Faculty of Medicine Health & Social Care.
I hope that my experience may be of benefit to the school to ensure the best opportunities for the children of Herne Bay.
Leanne Macdonald: Parent Governor
Area of responsibility: Quality of Education -Curriculum
About myself: I moved to Herne Bay two years ago, having lived in Whitstable for a few years before that. I have a young family, with one child at Herne Bay Infants. I work in cultural education and my current role helps schools to explore arts, culture and creativity and develop partnerships with local organisations. I have been a freelance creative practitioner and I currently sit on the board of Directors for a Kent based community arts company. I also enjoy dabbling into new crafts and creative hobbies in my spare time.
What I bring to the role: My current job helps me to work alongside schools in Kent to explore the positive impact that the arts can have on school improvement. I work strategically with schools to explore where the arts can make a difference and how it can contribute to a broad and balanced offer. I want to apply that insight to my role as Parent Governor and ensure that Herne Bay Infants can reflect, develop and continue to be a happy, vibrant learning space for our children.