The Board of Governors

As a Voluntary Aided (VA) school, the majority of the Board of Governors is appointed by the Foundation, the Church of England. Other Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and Staff and Parent elections.

If you would like to contact the Governors, please email the Clerk, Gaynor Newnham at or write to Clerk to Governors, St John's Meads Church of England Primary School, Rowsley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7XS.

Linda Caroe – Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor


I was elected as Chair of Governors in July 2016 and have the privilege of leading the Board to ensure that we fulfil our statutory roles and responsibilities and promote high standards, working closely (more…)

David Ibbotson – Vice Chair

Foundation Governor

For all of my career I have been involved in education as a teacher and for many years as a deputy head. I was ordained in 2012 and after serving a curacy in parish returned to education as a school (more…)

Anne McWilliams

Local Authority Governor

I moved to Eastbourne with my husband a few years ago, as we both love living by the sea.  During my career I have worked as a bursar in both state and public schools, gaining extensive experience (more…)

Christine Swanborough-Nilson

Foundation Governor


I have had a long and varied career in education and learning but also have a strong commitment to building caring communities and supporting families. (more…)

David Hines

Foundation Governor


My experience as a Head Teacher and Chair of Governors in Primary and Secondary Schools in Cheshire, Bedfordshire and Sussex is I trust of value to our Board of Governors. (more…)

Rev Giles Carpenter – Ex-officio

Chair of Ethos Committee

giles_carpenterI spent 20 years in business before training for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. After a curacy in the Guildford diocese, where I was a community governor at his local school, I moved to Meads (more…)

Dan van Kleeff

Parent Governor

I grew up in Buckinghamshire and moved to Eastbourne in 2002. I am a property consultant and run a local small business. I am also a qualified domestic energy assessor. (more…)

Clem Jackson

Foundation Governor

As a new Foundation Governor I’m looking forward to bringing my skills, knowledge and experience to the Governing Board and to making a contribution to the life of St. John’s Meads School. (more…)

Robert Newlands

Staff Governor

It’s hard to believe that it is now my fifth year here at St John’s, it has gone incredibly quickly! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at St John’s as it is a fantastic place to work. All staff are motivated (more…)

Peter Boghurst

Foundation Governor

I have previous experience of school governance having served as both parent governor and Chair of Governors at a school in Bexhill. As a new Foundation governor, I intend to develop (more…)

Lydia Jourdain

Parent Governor

I have been a teacher of English at Eastbourne College for the past fourteen years and I am passionate about education, its importance in society and the significant effect it can have on lives. (more…)

What is the role of the Board of Governors?

The Board of Governors is a part of the Leadership and Management of the school, supporting and challenging the Senior Leadership Team.

We are responsible for making the key strategic decisions and our role is to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.

We also ensure that the school has a clear vision for its future, and that a robust strategy in place for achieving that vision.

We are also responsible for monitoring data and finance, admissions, special educational needs, performance management and school policies e.g., health and safety.

This diagram gives an overview of our roles and responsibilities as governors:

Wheel of Governance

The school governors are a dedicated group of people with a range of skills and experience represented on the Board to ensure that we are fully equipped to serve the best interests of the children. Full Governing Board meetings are held regularly through the year and sub committees meet for Admissions and Ethos.

Governors of St John's Meads as of September 2017

Name Category of Governor Appointing Body Terms of Office Roles and Responsibilities
Peter Boghurst Foundation Governor 16/10/17 - 15/10/21
Linda Caroe Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 27/11/15 – 26/11/19 Chair of Governors, Chair of Admissions Committee, member of the Pay committee, the Ethos committee, the Finance and Resources committee, the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Data & Curriculum Monitoring group, the Strategic Planning group. Safeguarding link governor and joint EYFS link governor
Anne McWilliams Authority Governor Local Authority 24/10/16 - 24/10/20 Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and the Pay committee, member of the Admissions committee, the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and the Strategic Planning group
Rev Giles Carpenter Ex-officio Diocese of Chichester ongoing Chair of the Ethos committee
David Hines Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 24/2/16 – 23/2/20 SEND link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee
David Ibbotson Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 15/12/16 - 15/12/20 Vice Chair of Governors, member of the Ethos committee, the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Strategic Planning group and Training link governor
Christine Swanborough Nilson Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 5/9/16 - 5/9/20 Early Years link governor, member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee
Debra Turner Ex-Officio 1/9/17 - 31/8/18 Headteacher
Dan van Kleeff Parent Governor Parent 7/17 - 7/19 Health and Safety link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee
Clem Jackson Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 20/09/17 - 19/09/21 Member of the Ethos, Pay and Admissions committees and the Curriculum and Data Monitoring Group
Robert Newlands Staff Governor Staff 05/11/17 - 04/11/19 Staff Governor
Lydia Jourdain Parent Governor
Name Category of Governor Appointing Body Terms of Office Position
Sarah Caffyn Parent Governor Parents 9/15 – 9/19 Resigned 20/10/17
Hannah Cawley Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 6/10/15 – 5/10/19 Resigned 22/7/17
Alison Flynn Ex-Officio ongoing Resigned 31/8/17
Patricia Kelley Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 28/11/14 – 27/11/18 Resigned 22/7/17
Vanessa Peters Foundation Governor Diocese of Chichester 24/2/16 – 23/2/20 Resigned 01/12/2016
Vicky Stevens Parent Governor Parents 9/15 – 9/19 Resigned 4/17
Sally McGinty Staff Governor Staff 9/16 - 9/18 Resigned 25/09/17

Persons highlighted in grey have resigned as governors during the last academic year 2016-17 or during this academic year 2017 -2018.

School Governor Declaration of Interests Register 2017-18

Name of governor Name of Business including: Governor elsewhere, related/married to member of staff, employed at the school Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date of Entry
Giles Carpenter Parish Priest for Meads Church Vicar of St John's Church and ex officio governor 2/11/15
Debra Turner Headteacher St John's Meads Education Head and ex-officio Governor 07/09/17
Robert Newlands Teacher St John's Meads Education Teacher 05/11/17
Anne McWilliams Member of joint LAB of Glenleigh Park Primary Academy and King Offa Primary Academy Bexhill from 11.07.2018. Part of Aurora Academy Trust.

Meeting Dates 2017-2018

Business Meeting 7th September 2017 @ 4.30pm
Term 1 5th October 2017 @ 4.30pm
Term 2 30th November 2017 @ 4.30pm
Term 3 25th January 2018 @ 4.30pm
Term 4 22nd March 2018 @ 4.00pm
Term 5 26th April 2018 @ 4.00pm
Term 5 10th May 2017 @ 4.30pm
Term 6 12th July 2017 @ 4.00pm

Governor Meeting attendance 2016 – 2017
FGB (Full Governing Board ) and EBM (Extraordinary Board Meeting)

Name 8.9.16 19.10.16 17.11.16 15.12.16 2.2.17 21.2.17 22.3.17 20.4.17 27.4.17 18.5.17 7.6.17 13.7.17

Sarah Caffyn

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 10/12  

Linda Caroe

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12/12  
Giles Carpenter 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9/12  
Hannah Cawley 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 7/12  

Alison Flynn

1 1 1 1 1 - 1 - 1 1 - 1 9/9 Not required at EBMs

David Hines

1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 9/12  
David Ibbotson - - - 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 7/9 Joined at meeting 3

Patricia Kelley

1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 9/12  

Sally McGinty

  1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 6/11  
Anne McWilliams - 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 10/11 Joined at meeting 2
Vanessa Peters 1 1 0 - - - - - - - - - 2/3 Left after meeting 3

Vicky Stevens

1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - - - - - 2/7 Left after March EBM

Christine Swanborough-


- 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 9/11 Joined at meeting 2