Meet the Governors
Chris Davies (Local Authority Governor)
Chris Davies grew up in Ashford and now lives in Hamstreet with his wife Charlotte and two young children. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 12 years experience in audit and risk management across a number of industries. He currently works in finance for a large national retailer based in London. Chris is keen to utilise this expertise in supporting the school to achieve its strategic objectives. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf and reading history.
Fran Chevis (Foundation Governor)
Fran has lived in High Halden since 2004. During her time in the village she has been a regular member of the congregation at St. Mary’s Church including more recently at the family-friendly Messy Church. In 2014 she joined the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and was appointed by them as a Foundation Governor at High Halden School. Fran’s role as a Foundation Governor forms part of the link between the schools and the churches, focusing on and encouraging the School’s Christian character and vision.
Reverend Sue Rose (Ex-Offico Foundation Governor)
On Wednesday 7th October 2020, Rev Sue Rose was licensed as the Rector of Bethersden with High Halden and Woodchurch. She is very excited about discovering what God is calling us to do together.
Alan Baker (Foundation Governor)
Alan Baker retired from a career in teaching and education services in 2014. He has four children and three grandchildren . Alan’s career saw him start life as a PE teacher in Folkestone. He moved into Special Education after four years and worked predominantly with young people experiencing emotional trauma that resulted in behavioural difficulties. Alan finished his career in the role of Vice Principal at an independent special school meeting the needs of young people with a wide range of special educational needs including autism and communication difficulties.
Clare Silcock (Chair of Governors)
Clare lives in Woodchurch with her husband and two teenage sons, both of whom attended Woodchurch School. She has been a governor at the school since 2019 and was Chair of the Woodchurch board for just over two years. Since moving to the village ten years ago, shehas been involved in various aspects of life in both Woodchurch, where she has been a
Nik Le Maréchal (Co-opted Governor)
Nik has been a Governor since May 2013. He has worked in Banking and Finance for over twenty years in numerous customer and non-customer facing roles. He is a father of three children, one of which attends High Halden CEP School (the other two have now moved on to secondary school). He is a keen cricketer and coaches colts cricket locally.
Louise Collins (Co-opted Governor)
Louise has been a governor since 2015. Louise has 2 children in secondary education. Louise has worked for a large, global lifestyle brand since 2005. Her role within the Retail Operations team is Planning and Resource coordinator, with the remit of the global estate. The varied role encompasses third party relationship management, purchase ledger, data analytics, health and safety, compliance and succession planning.
Katie Davies (Co-opted Governor)
Katie has been a governor since January 2018. She has lived in High Halden for ten years with her husband Stewart. They have two children, both currently attend High Halden school. Katie works as a vet in a small animal practice in Tenterden. Katie is passionate about child development and helping support the school create an environment in which children can receive the best start in life. She has a share of monitoring responsibility for outcomes for pupils and science.
Richard Holden (Co-opted Governor)
Richard lives in Woodchurch with his family. He has three children, two are current pupils at the school. Richard works in the travel industry, specialising in travel technology, where he has over 20 years of experience in project management and strategic planning. With a keen interest in the arts and sports, Richard is keen to support the school in its strategic objectives.
David Bull (Co-opted Governor)
Chloe Smith (Co-opted Governor)
Chloe has lived in High Halden since 2014. She is a parent of two, both children currently attend the school. Chloe is a qualified teacher and hopes that her experiences as a teacher can help her in the role as a governor. She is passionate about quality education for all, in particular early reading and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Jared Schiller (Co-opted Governor)
Jared Schiller lives in Woodchurch with his family. He has worked as an artist and filmmaker making documentaries about contemporary art for the last decade, with his work shown at the National Gallery, Tate, and numerous other galleries and museums both here and abroad. One of his two children currently attends Woodchurch and he is therefore excited to serve on the board. Jared enjoys helping out at FOWSA events and believes that strong community engagement is at the heart of a successful school.
Hilary Ndongong (Parent Governor)
Hilary Ndongong lives in Woodchurch with her family and has twin girls who are current pupils in the school. Hilary is an experienced English teacher with a particular interest in the pastoral support and the holistic development of pupils. Having moved to Woodchurch in 2019, she is excited to serve as a Parent Governor and support its future strategic direction. She believes wholeheartedly that happy pupils who are inspired and supported both at school and by their local community will flourish as motivated, positive and thoughtful young people.
Amy Mealham (Parent Governor)
Amy has been a governor since July 2018. She has lived in High Halden since 2015 with her husband and two children, both of which attend High Halden C of E Primary School. With parents as teachers she is passionate for children’s education and providing a stimulating environment to encourage children to develop into individual personalities and achieve their very best potential. Amy works as a Senior Investigator, overseeing the case management of criminal investigations. She brings her investigative skills and ability to conduct detailed audits of business procedures, finances and legal compliance, along with her desire for continuous improvement to her role on the Governing Board.
Kelly Burlton (Ex-Offico Staff Governor/Executive Headteacher)
Kelly joined High Halden Primary as an NQT in 2004 having trained at Canterbury Christ Church University. She's held many roles within the school; teaching across the year groups, ICT lead, English co-ordinator, Senior Teacher. In 2013, she was appointed as the substantive Headteacher of High Halden. In 2019, she was asked to temporarily support Woodchurch Primary School in the role of Acting Executive Headteacher and has now been appointed as the substantive Executive Head. Kelly lives in Singleton with her husband and son; together they enjoy visits to the beach, farm and soft play!
Rob De-Keyzer (Staff Governor)