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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 & 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 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 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've been a Parent Governor since January 2013 and I'm currently the Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

I have 2 daughters and the youngest is currently a pupil at Herne CE Infant and Nursery School.

I have lived in Broomfield since 2010 and I work as an Operations Manager for a local company which deals with scientific equipment for the pharmaceutical industry. My work requires analytical thinking, strategic planning within a regulated environment which bring additional value to the governing body.


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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