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.
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.
Kate Amos: 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.
Jennifer Scanlon: Staff Governor
Area of Responsibility: Class teacher
About myself: I had spent many years working as a production manager for London fashion houses before having my 4 (now grown up ) children. Since then, I have been a parent helper in local schools and a preschool practitioner before completing my degree in Children’s Early Years. How children learn and develop, and how schools support this has been of significant interest to me.
What I bring to the role: What I bring to the role: I have had many roles as a staff member across all the year groups at Herne Bay Infant School, currently teaching in year 2. This has given me a varied insight into the school’s operations on a day to day level. I am excited to be a staff governor as I can share my classroom experiences and provide insight into the ways ideas discussed could impact staff, children and their families.
Richard Martindale: Co-opted Governor
Area of Responsibility: Joint vice-chair, 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 quality 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.
Alan Norley: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Joined vice-chair
About myself: I am passionate about education and run my own education consultancy company working with Local Authorities and schools locally and with Governments and Development Agencies abroad. I keep my feet on the ground by being grandfather to eight lively granddaughters and one grandson, playing drums in a 60-70s rock band, taking long rambles with a cocker spaniel and messing about with model and heritage railways.
What I bring to the role: I have worked extensively in teacher education and development, quality assurance/inspection, education leadership development, strategic planning and capacity building of educational establishments and systems in the UK and over 26 countries for over 45years. I was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in January 2013 helping to support and develop governors and school leaders.In addition to being a governor at Herne Bay Infant School, I am involved in the governance of 3 primary schools, and a Special School. I am also a Director and Chair of Trustees of CARE Foundation Trust of 10 primary schools and am Co-Chair of Kent Special Education Needs Trust.