Herne Bay Infants & Seashells Nursery governors are a committed team of volunteers, drawn from all walks of life, yet something we all share is having time, an open mind and a passion for education and the local community. The governing body is accountable for the school’s performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. We support and challenge the school, ensuring it delivers the best education and environment possible.


If you are interested to know more about the governing body – flag one of us down, or send an email via the school to us.

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We can all help to make a difference in a small way. 





Helen Day  Type of Governor: Headteacher Governor

About myself:I love living by the sea and being outdoors. I have three dogs which means that I am out walking with them everyday; I also enjoy gardening.

What I bring to the role: I had been part of the Herne Bay Infant School community for many years and my own three children were pupils at the school. I keep the governors informed of all aspects of school life and respond to their questions and challenges. 

Sophie Gollop: Chair of Governors: Parent Governor

Area of responsibility: Leadership & Management, Equality & Diversity.

About myself: Parent of two (both at HBIS at the time of writing). Passionate about diversity, equality and the planet we live on. I like wearing trainers and listening to electronic dance music.

What I bring to the role: An eye for detail and progressive approach whilst always observing best practice. In addition to the role I’m a Compliance Consultant in the lighting industry, business owner and an investor.

Kate Amos: Vice-chair of Governors: Local Authority

Area of responsibility: Safeguarding, Early Years, Finance

What I bring to the role: Having a connection to Herne Bay Infants School over many, many years as a pupil, teacher, parent and governor, the well-being of the school is very important to me.

Liza Dalton: Staff Governor

Area of Responsibility: Class teacher, Year Group Co-ordinator.

About myself: I am the parent to three grown up sons and two step children. My interests include two border terriers whom I love dearly, crocheting, watching films and enjoying meals out.

What I bring to the role: I have been an infant school teacher for 7 years now. I can share my experiences of the classroom and consider how decisions made or discussed will impact on both staff and children.

Richard Martindale: Co-opted, Parent Governor

Area of Responsibility: Finance, Compliance

About myself: I am a parent to four children all of whom have attended HBIS (one currently).  I work for an organisation delivering financial education in the UK and internationally from GCSE equivalent qualifications through to degree programmes and professional development.

What I bring to the role: I have worked in education for nearly 20 years and currently have responsibility for leading organisational operations.  Experience in q​uality assurance and audit also mean I have a keen eye for detail and evaluating effective implementation of policy.

Rob Newman: Co-opted Governor

Area of responsibility: Health and Safety

About myself: I have 4 grandchildren and all 3 of my children attended the school. I am very interested and in particular Railway and Aviation Heritage

What I bring to the role: I am a lawyer and have approximately 30 years’ experience as a Governor of Herne Bay Juniors and Infant Schools and am keen to foster close working relationships between the two adjoining schools. I have been chairman of the Buildings and finance committee in the past.

Helen Brierley : Parent Governor

Area of Responsibility: Sports Premium Funding, Pupil Premium, Early Years 

About myself: I have two children, one who has been through HBIS and is now at the Junior School and one still at HBIS. For the past 20 years I have worked for small arts charities in various roles with broad areas of responsibility – I am a jack of all trades.  I enjoy walking, yoga and pilates, watching films and going to art exhibitions. 

What I bring to the role:  I’m ready for a new challenge and am keen to support my local community and school. 

Lindsay Butler: Co-opted, Parent Governor

Area of Responsibility: 

About myself: : I have 2 children (both at HBIS). New to Herne Bay, I am keen to get involved in the school and community. I love exploring local areas and am interested in nutrition, cooking and exercise.

What I bring to the role: What I bring to the role: A banker with experience working in governance, compliance and currently people strategy for ~6000 people. I have an eye for detail, understand process and am not afraid to challenge.

Gemma Wood: Co-opted, Parent Governor

Area of Responsibility: Child Protection and SEND

About myself: : I am mother to two boys, one who has been through HBIS and now attends the Junior school and one who is still at the HBIS. I love living by the sea and our weekends are spent together being outside and usually playing or watching football. I also like to bake and play board games.

What I bring to the role: I am excited about my new role as governor and I am keen to support HBIS. I have experience working in schools and supporting schools to work with children and families.