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Governing Body

The Governors of

Herne C E Infant and Nursery School


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

Mr M Cassell -  Chair of the Governing Body. I have lived in the village of Herne for about 10 years now and had two children attend the school.

I have worked in Local Government 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, licensing and child safeguarding.


The Governing body is there to provide support and challenge to the senior leadership of the school and bring a voice of parents forward. 




Mrs S Bingham - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair


Mrs L Taylor -  I am a Co-Opted Governor (Support Staff). I am the Chair of the Finance Committee. I work 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.




Mr P Martin - Parent Governor



Mrs L Thundow -  Parent Governor

I have two children at Herne, one in Year R and one in Year 2.   I’ve lived with my husband and our 2 children in Herne for nearly 7 years now and I love being part of the community here, especially now the children are at school.  I grew up locally in Canterbury and went to both school and university there where I first studied Chemistry and then completed a PhD in Physics.  I currently work from home as a Freelance Market Research and Management Consultant, working with science and technology companies.  I am looking forward to representing the parents' perspective on the governing body and using my skills to support the other governors, the school leadership team and wider staff to maintain and develop the excellent standard of education and nurturing environment that we are so lucky to have at Herne Infants.

Mr J Browning was a pupil of Herne Infant School, some 20 years ago and has come back to re-join the Herne School family as a LA governor. He now works as a CEO of a charity managing multiple community venues across East Kent. In this role he specialises in social enterprise development and charity governance.  He is also a safeguarding trainer for Kent Safeguarding Children Board. 

He studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and recently completed his post graduate studies at Canterbury Christchurch in Management Science, becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Managers. 

In his spare time he is a Community First Responders and has volunteered his time for 7 years, responding to 999 calls with the ambulance service.  He also has a passion for teaching first aid, and has taught this to thousands of young people over the past 12 years with the British Red Cross. 

Dr R Mallia - Parent Governor

One of my children currently attends Herne Infants and I have a younger one who will be starting at a later date. 

My background is in Speech and Language Therapy. This helps me to bring new and fresh ideas to the table. Being a school governor means that I also get to learn how a school operates on a day-to-day basis. I am a strong believer in working in partnership and this role helps me to fulfil this. 

Mr F Tammaro - Staff Governor

I have had the pleasure of teaching at Herne C of E Infant and Nursery School for four years. As a teacher I, along with the other teachers, enable the children to develop in wonderful ways and experience things that inspire many learning opportunities.

The thing that continues to inspire me is seeing children thrive in a safe, nurturing and blossoming environment in which they become incredible people.

My aim as a staff governor is to offer a reflective point of view and take part in discussions that will shape the future of our Outstanding School.


Mrs D Waller - Foundation Governor



Mr P Barnett - Clerk to the Governors




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