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Who are your governors

Our Governors


Mr R Jackson - Chair of Governors

Mr J Evans - LA Governor and Vice Chair (Chair - Finance and Resources Committee)

Mr J Gilbert - Headteacher

Rev’d P Mallinson - Foundation Governor

Mrs Glenys Rowe - Foundation Governor

Mr Patrick Crowther - Co-opted Governor

Mrs B Kay - Co-opted Governor

Mrs E Bowden - Co-opted Governor

Mrs S Cleaver -  Parent Governor (Chair - Teaching and Learning Committee)

Mr R Charman - Parent Governor

Mrs L Martin - Staff Governor

Mrs L Taylor-Stoakes - Clerk to the Governing Body


Governor Profiles 

Patrick Crowther

I have been a co-opted governor since 2015. As well as general governor duties I am involved in the maintenance, safety and improvement of the school premises. In my day job I run a small building surveying practice.

With two children currently at Amberley Primary School, and being a resident of Coldwaltham Parish, I am keen to see both schools continue to serve their communities and thrive.


Glenys Rowe

Early in my career I was a Senior Lecturer across a number of Further Education Colleges.  Later, I worked with the Health Education Authority, developing and implementing Public Health Education Strategies.  Subsequently,  I worked as a Consultant with a number of International Patient Groups developing Advocacy Programmes to achieve recognition and assistance in securing appropriate treatment for specific diseases

I was a Link Governor at Amberley School for 6 years with responsibility for Early Years and SEND.  I am now a Foundation  Governor appointed by the Diocese to support the Christian Ethos in Amberley School.


Elizabeth Bowden

I became a Governor at St. James School shortly after my Grandson moved to the school in June 2017.  My background is in teaching.  I have taught across the primary age range, headed a Centre for Speech, Language and Communication Needs and held positions as Special Needs Co-ordinator and Deputy Head.

I am the Special Needs and Disabilities Governor and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Ash is my linked class and I try to get into school weekly to read with the children and participate in class activities.

In addition to my Governor responsibilities I help with Riding for the Disabled and very much enjoy my ‘Grandma’ duties.


Richard Charman - Parent Governor appointed July 2019 - 4 year term

Register of Business Interests: none declared

I joined as a Parent Governor as the new Arun Villages Federation was established in July 2019. I have two children, one currently at St. James’ School, and so have a strong desire to support the staff to provide excellent learning outcomes by ensuring effective governance.  I wish to use the skills I have as a director of a major business to help establish and achieve the schools’ goals.  I am part of a small team who will set out the vision and strategy for the Federation, and also a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.


Ray Jackson

I have been a primary school governor since October 2015 and chair of governors for three of those years.

After an early spell as a university lecturer, I have spent most of my career in the IT business working with a number of large companies and then latterly with small companies and start ups. My wife Rosemary and I live in Rackham and feel very privileged to be in such a beautiful part of the UK. I enjoy cycling, sailing and travelling.


Lizzie Martin - Staff Governor: appointed 9th July 2019

Register of business interests: none declared

I recently started as Year 5/6 class teacher at St. James’, Coldwaltham in April 2019, having previously worked in East Sussex.  After having been a class TA, I made the decision to become a teacher.  I gained a degree in Professional Studies in Learning and Development at Brighton University before qualifying as a teacher in 2011 through the East Sussex Graduate Teacher Programme.  My degree and teacher training were all done whilst working in schools which gave me a fantastic opportunity to see how theory practically influences practice.

In my previous post, I served as Staff Governor for three years and enjoyed being able to learn more about a governor’s role whilst also helping governors understand the perspective of teaching and support staff. 

I am passionate about the education of children; for every child, I would like to see them make progress and achieve highly both academically and emotionally.  By the time they leave primary school, it is my aim to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for secondary school…and to cope with everyday life!

I have three boys of my own, aged 19, 18 and 13.  My middle son has severe autism which has given me a huge insight into the experience of families living with special needs.  I love spending time with my boys, reading, running, listening to music and visiting places of interest.


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