Governors

A word from the Chair of Governors

"It is a privilege to chair the governors of this caring Christian school, where we aim for everyone to fulfil their potential. We are fortunate to have such a capable and committed staff, as well as warm support from the families and churches in our community."

Andrew BrownlessAs 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 01/09/2021 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.

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

Venerable Moira Astin

Ven Moira Astin

Category: Foundation Governor

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

Committees: Resources

Mr Andrew Brownless

Andrew Brownless  Mr Andrew Brownless 

Category: Foundation Governor

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

Focus: Headteacher appraisal, Monitor educational visits

Committees: Faith and Life, Resources and Teaching and Learning

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

Mrs Hannah Batchelor

Hannah Batchelor  Mrs Hannah Batchelor

Category: Staff Governor

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

Committees: Teaching and Learning

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

Ms Adele Davies

Ms Adele Davies

Category: Parent

Term: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2025

Committees: Teaching and Learning; Faith and Life

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

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
  • My son is currently in Year 13 at St Bede’s
  • I attend Woodmansterne Baptist Church

Registered interests: 

  • Director PACE Academy Trust

Mr Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins  Mr Richard Jenkins

Category: Local Authority

Term of office:  3/11/18 - 2/11/22

Committees: Resources

Skills and experience:

  • Degree in Economics and Business Finance; Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • Accountant with extensive experience in finance and industry
  • Experience of four children going through education
  • Examiner of local CofE church

Registered interests:

  • Spouse - Solicitor

Miss Hilary Jones

Hilary Jones Miss Hilary Jones

Category:  Co-opted

Term of office:  24/9/19 - 23/9/23

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Skills and experience:

  • BSc (Hons) Geography; Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Wales, Swansea)
  • Taught Geography in two large comprehensive schools in South Wales
  • Taught Social Studies and Geography in New Zealand at Rangitoto College
  • Head of Geography and teacher of Psychology
  • Whilst at St Bede's I have been a NQT Mentor for a variety of subjects

Registered interests:

  • Teacher at St Bede's
  • Member of NASUWT

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 Faith and Life

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: East Surrey College

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; Admissions

Focus: Headteacher appraisal; Chair of Governors

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 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)

Mr Paul Selvadurai

Mr Paul Selvadurai

Category: Foundation

Term of office: 04/11/2019 - 03/11/2023

Committees: Resources

Focus: Health and Safety

Skills and experience:

To follow

Registered interests:

  • Lloyds Banking Group

 

Mrs Rebecca Still

Rebecca Still

Mrs Rebecca Still

 

Category: Co-opted

Term of office: 01/9/2019 - 31/08/2023

Committees: Faith and Life

Skills and experience: 

  • NVQ level 3 in early years childcare
  • Worked at 'Little Treasures Nursery' in Caterham for 7 years
  • Volunteer Youth Worker at 'Skaterham' for 2 years
  • Cover Supervisor at St Bede's for 10 years
  • Member of the Staff Welfare Committee at St Bede's
  • From 2017 to present day Sixth Form Assessment Coordinator at St Bede's

Registered interests: 

  • Employee at St Bede's School

 

Mrs Michelle Summers-Whelan - Clerk to Governors

Michelle Summers Whelan

Mrs Michelle Summers-Whelan

 

Clerk to Governors

Since 16/04/2012

Registered interests:

  • Clerk to St Bede's governors
  • Administration Manager at St Bede's

To contact Mrs Summers-Whelan - please call 01737 212108

Mrs Fiona Tarrant

Fiona Tarrant

Mrs Fiona Tarrant

 

Category: Foundation

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

Committees: Teaching and Learning; Faith and Life

Focus:

  • Vice Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Safeguarding/child protection
  • Headteacher Appraisal Panel

Skills and experience:

  • BA in Geography, MSc Environmental Management
  • Over 20 years' experience as a Project Manager for a consulting engineering company
  • Have experience of working with young people through Woodcraft Folk and as an athletics official
  • Two children previously at St Bede's

Registered interests:

  • Consultant engineering
  • Woodcraft Folk
  • St Mary's Church, Bletchingley
  • Holy Trinity Church, Redhill
  • Spouse: Consultant engineering/Bletchingley Parish Council

Mrs Sara Wright

Sara Wright

Mrs Sara Wright

 

Category: Foundation

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

Committees: Teaching and Learning; Admissions

Focus: 

  • 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

Documents

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School governing body - printable 20220322 22nd Mar 2022 Download
Governors attendance at meetings 2020-21 22nd Feb 2022 Download