Iain MacleanA word from the Chair of Governors

"St Bede's is a truly unique community. Understanding its culture, its ethos, its DNA and being able to Chair the Governors is an undertaking that I feel immensely fortunate to have the opportunity to do. The governing board is a passionate group of individuals, drawn from different walks of life, giving us the breadth of experience necessary to tread the careful line of governing the school; preserving, yet still evolving, challenging and advancing."

Iain Maclean

As governors we ensure that the school is efficiently run in line with its Christian aims, statutory requirements and Ofsted and Department of Education guidelines.

We have three core functions:

  • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We guide and monitor the school through three main committees:

  • Resources
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Faith and Life

The minutes of these committees are publicly available on request, click here to contact the school.

For more information, click on the Governors names below to see our roles, responsibilities, business interests, as well as our individual skills and experience.

Governors' fund (donations to school)

School policies

Financial information

Please follow the prompts on the Schools financial benchmarking service to view St Bede's financial data and see how it compares with other schools.

School employee earnings disclosure

All local authority maintained schools are required to publish annually on their websites the number of individuals (if any) earning over £100k a year. This information is required to be published in bands of £10k.

As of 01/09/2023 one member of staff at the school earns more than £100k a year.

Governors' information and duties

There are several different categories of Governor:

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Dioceses, local deanery and Free Church Association;
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parents vote where necessary;
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary;
  • Local Authority and Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board.

Please find listed below details for each of our governors; click on their name to find out more. A printable version is available at the bottom of this page (this is currently being updated).

*Ex-officio governors' term of office has no fixed end date.

Mrs Catharine Adjei

Mrs Catharine Adjei 

Category: Foundation Governor

Term of office: 01/09/2023 - 31/08/2027


Committees: Faith and Life and Teaching and Learning Committees

Skills and experience:

  • I went to St Bede's school and Sixth Form

  • I have a BA Hons in Theatre Studies at Hull University 

  • Diploma in Home Based Child Care

  • I worked as a Childminder in Merstham for 6yrs

  • This meant I could be with my daughter and son in their early years

  • I then worked for 7 years at Welcare as an outreach worker and Deputy Manager

  • I then transferred to St Matthew’s Primary School to work as Child & Family Support Worker and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

  • For the last 16 months I have been working as the Welcare Family Centre Manager and DSL in Redhill, which supports families in need/crisis.

Registered interests: 

  • My daughter has just finished her A-levels with St Bede’s and my son is just starting his at St Bede's Sixth form.

Venerable Moira Astin

Ven Moira Astin

Category: Foundation Governor

Term of office: 17/11/2021 - Ex-officio*

Committees: Faith and Life

Mrs Hannah Batchelor

Hannah Batchelor  Mrs Hannah Batchelor

Category: Staff Governor

Term of office: 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2025

Committees: Teaching and Learning, Admissions

Skills and experience:

  • BA (Hons) English Literature; Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Roehampton University
  • Have been teaching for 15 years and have been at St Bede's for the last 6 years
  • I teach English and lead Media Studies and English Literature at KS5
  • I live in Redhill and my three children attend St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Registered interests

  • Teacher at St Bede's

Mr Andrew Brownless

Andrew Brownless  Mr Andrew Brownless 

Category: Foundation Governor

Term of office: 21/11/2020 - 20/11/2024


Committees: Resources, Admissions

Skills and experience:

  • BSc (Manchester University) Computer Science and Mathematics, MSc (Lancaster University) Operational Research
  • Chief Information Officer for NHS in West Kent
  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • I have been a governor at St Bede's since 2012, having been a parent governor, prior to my current term as foundation governor
  • I was previously parent and foundation governor for 12 years at St John's Church of England Primary School in Caterham
  • All three children have attended St Bede's

Registered interests: 

  • Healthcare Commissioner, NHS West Kent
  • Parent
  • Spouse: Croydon Library Carillion
  • Trustee and Scout Leader 4th Caterham Scouts

Mr Paul Daley

Paul Daley

Category: Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 8 December 2023 - 7 December 2027

Skills and experience:

  • Former Trustee and Chair of the Growth and Development committee at Greensand Multi Academy Trust
  • Former Governor at Wray Common School
  • MBA from Henley Business School and Bsc in Business from Aston University
  • 20 years as a global business leader in the HR technology, outsourcing and services sector
  • Married with two children

Registered interests:

  • Director at Oconic Limited

Ms Adele Davies

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Ms Adele Davies

Category: Parent

Term: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2025

Committees: Resources, Faith and Life, Admissions

Skills and experience:

  • HND Business Studies (Bournemouth)
  • Foster Carer
  • Retired Detective, Metropolitan Police 
  • Member of the National Association of Therapeutic Parenting,The Trauma Revolution and The Fostering Network
  • Two children, one currently at St Bede's

Mr Michael Fuller - Vice Chair of Governors

Mike fuller  Mr Michael Fuller

Category: Parent Governor

Term: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2025

Committees: Teaching and Learning; Faith and Life; Resources

Focus: Vice Chair of Governors, Health and Safety

Skills and experience: 

  • ACIB – Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers
  • Retired group company secretary for a national housing association for older people
  • Ex Chair of Housing Association Company Secretaries Forum
  • Formerly a retail banker for Midland latterly HSBC Bank plc
  • Experienced in social housing and charity, mergers, acquisitions, and group restructuring. Also, as a primary school governor since 2009, and then from 2014 as a Director of an Academy Trust I have experience of the academisation process and helping failing schools to improve
  • Experienced in dealing with regulators including Financial Services Authority, Charity Commission, Competition and Markets Authority and the Office of Fair Trading
  • I attend Woodmansterne Baptist Church

Registered interests: 

  • Director PACE Academy Trust

Mrs Hannah Keohane - Clerk to Governors


Mrs Hannah Keohane

Clerk to Governors


Mrs Julia Kinniburgh

Mrs Julia Kinniburgh

Category: Parent

Term of office: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2025

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Skills and experience:

  • I am a Director General at the Department for Education 
  • I have been a public servant throughout my career with roles in education, housing, local service delivery, emergency services and customer insight
  • I was elected as a parent governor at St Bede’s in 2021
  • I was previously a governor and Chair of governors at Holmesdale Infant School
  • I have two children at St Bede’s

Registered interests:

  • Director General at the Department for Education

Mr Paul L'Estrange

Mr Paul L'Estrange

Category: Foundation

Term of office: 16/10/2021 - 15/10/2025

Committees: Chair of Resources

Focus: Governor training and development

Skills and experience:

  • BA (Hons) Social Science, Law Society Final Examinations
  • Practising solicitor with extensive experience in family and criminal law
  • Now largely focusing on representing parents and children in care proceedings and domestic violence cases
  • Member of the Law Society Children Panel
  • All three children have attended St Bede's with one still in the sixth form
  • Attends St Joseph's Church in Redhill

Registered interests:

  • McCormacks Law Solicitors
  • Spouse: Sixth Form Manager at Oxted School

Mr Iain Maclean - Chair of Governors

Iain Maclean

Mr Iain Maclean

Category:  Foundation Free Church

Term of office:  10/09/2020 - 09/09/2024

Committees: Teaching and Learning, Resources, Faith and Life, Admissions

Focus: Headteacher appraisal, Chair of Governors, Sixth form

Skills and experience:

  • Ex-student of St Bede's leaving the school in 1996
  • BA in Geography (Kent Uni)
  • 20 years in IT Consultancy running and selling successful businesses
  • Now working as a Private Equity Investor in the technology sector
  • Married with three young daughters. 
  • Part of Hillsong, Kent

Registered interests:

  • Owner of Peach PE Holdings Ltd
  • Owner of Marathon Information Technology Services Ltd


Mr Brendan Nelson

Mr Brendan Nelson

Category: Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 23 October 2023 - 22 October 2027

Mrs Lisa Payn

Lisa Payn imageMrs Lisa Payn


Category: Local Authority

Term of office: 02/11/2022 - 03/11/2026



Skills and experience:

  • BSc Psychology (University of Surrey), Graduate Teacher Programme with QTS (Reading University), NASENCO award (Kingston University)
  • Ex-student of St Bede's leaving in 1998
  • Married with four sons, one who has already attended St Bede's and three who will hopefully attend in the future
  • I have worked for 17 years in education, starting as learning support, gaining QTS and teaching in mainstream and specialist provisions before working as a SENCO in a junior school
  • Member of St Mary's Reigate
  • Particular interests in special educational needs and disadvantaged children and young people

Registered interests:

To be updated

Mr Adam Powell - Headteacher

Mr A Powell  HeadteacherMr Adam Powell

Term of office: Ex-officio*

Committees: Resources

Mrs Hermione Puzey

Hermione Puzey Ms Hermione Puzey

Category:  Foundation Free Church

Term of office:  01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024

Committees: Faith and Life; Admissions

Skills and experience:

  • MB BS (London) MRCGP
  • Pastor of Redhill Christian Fellowship with husband Paul since 2007
  • Trustee of SparkFish
  • Previously governor of two local schools over the last 20 years
  • Lived in Redhill since 1984, 2 of 3 children previously attended St Bede's
  • GP until 2000

Registered interests:

  • Redhill Christian Fellowship (and spouse)
  • SparkFish (trustee)
  • Redhill Street Pastors
  • Churches Together Redhill and district
  • Spouse: Street Pastors (trustee); Churches Together Redhill and district (chair)

Mrs Sara Wright

Sara Wright

Mrs Sara Wright


Category: Foundation

Term of office: 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2025

Committees: Teaching and Learning


  • Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND), Looked After children (LAC) 
  • Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Skills and experience:

  • BA Geography and Post Graduate Certificate of Education
  • Eight years experience teaching geography and head of department in mainstream schools in Surrey and Kent
  • Formerly Chair of Governors of St Joseph's pre-school
  • Currently employed by Surrey County Council as teacher for children excluded from school and outdoor education tutor at Gatton Park
  • Three children at St Bede's

Registered interests:

  • Tutor to children missing from education, employed by SCC
  • Parent
  • Spouse: Community Paediatrician


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