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Governing Body

The Governors Of

Herne C E Infant And Nursery School


Mrs Liz Thomas-Friend is Executive Headteacher at Herne C E Infant and Nursery School and works closely with the Board of Governors.

Reverend Carol Smith - Vicar Of St Martin's Herne


My name is Matthew Hancock and I am a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors. I have lived in Herne and Broomfield for since 2003 when I moved to Kent to work for Pfizer.
I am a scientist by education and training, though I mainly work on global projects, processes and systems now.   I also have a longstanding interest in education which led me to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Science).
I am a parent governor and hope to be able to put my corporate, scientific and other skills to good use as an active member of the governance team.
My name is Liz Taylor.  I am a Co-Opted Governor (Support Staff). I am the Chair of the Finance Committee. I work part time in the school office. I have two sons who both thoroughly enjoyed their early years education here at Herne C of E Infant and Nursery School. Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any concerns or questions regarding the role of our school governors.

My name is  Kevin Waters and I am a Co-Opted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors. I have been on the Board since September 2014. I am a member of the Strategy and Finance Groups.

Both my boys attend Herne Infant C of E School and I could not have hoped for a better introduction to their school life.

I am a partner at an established practice of chartered quantity surveyors and as such have experience in procurement, strategy and risk management, contract negotiation, cost management and quality assurance and my profession demands the highest possible level of ethics, honesty and transparency.

Herne Infant School has set itself, and attained, high levels of achievement and progress. I suspect that my wife and I chose Herne Infant school for our children for the same reasons that you did and as a parent governor my aim is to maintain and develop school quality and standards.

My name is Judith Clifford and I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Canterbury Diocesan Board of Education. It is a privilege to be part of the Governing Body, having the opportunity to support and make a positive contribution to the school. My professional background has been as an Occupational Therapist and I have recently retired from the NHS. I am the appointed Governor responsible for Special Educational Needs (SEN). I am passionate about every child being given the opportunity to reach their full potential in learning within a loving, nurturing school environment.
My name is Debra Penfold, I am a Teaching Assistant. I am Chair of the Premises Committee and Health and Safety Governor.
I am married with four sons, three of them came to Herne Infant and Nursery School and thoroughly enjoyed their early years education.

My name is Paul Boother and I was appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2013. I have 2 daughters and the eldest is currently a pupil at Herne CE Infants and Nursery School.

I have lived in Broomfield for the past 4 years and work as a Manager for a local company which deals with scientific equipment mainly for the pharmaceutical industry. My skills as an analytical thinker and my work with industry regulators will bring value to the Board of Governors

My name is Martyn Cassell and I am an Associate Parent Governor. I have lived in the village of Herne for about 7 years now and my oldest child has just started attending the school.

I have worked in Local Government (District and Borough Councils) for the last 15 years. I started my career as a sports coach, running activities in leisure centres and local parks/housing estates. Over the years however I have taken on new roles that have covered a wide range of areas such as leisure, parks, seafronts, community development, youth engagement, facility management, community safety, licencing and child safeguarding.

In all of my roles I have come across young people, who with the right guidance from parents, education and employers, can go on to achieve great things and becoming a governor is an extension of this. I hope to bring a range of skills to the Governing Body, including engagement with community groups and advice on PE and sports provision along with anything else asked of me!

My name is Dianne Sutton and I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the St Martin's PCC. I hope my skillset will assist the Governing Body, having recently retired as a Business Manager of a special school in Canterbury. As specialist education is on my heart, I am hoping to “buddy” with the appointed Governor responsible for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the Finance Governor. My son attended Herne Infants, shortly after it opened following on to Herne Juniors. I have lived within the village for over 26 years and attend St. Martin’s Church.



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