The Local Governing Body

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust supports the governance model that includes Local Governing Bodies.

The Local Governing Body members are appointed by the Board of Trustees for a term of four years and is made up of parents, staff and foundation representatives.

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.

FGB Meetings 2020-2021

Term 1 Thursday 8th October
Term 2 Thursday 10th December
Term 3 Thursday 4th February
Term 4 Thursday 25th March
Term 5 Thursday 20th May
Term 6 Thursday 15th July

Jan Meyer

Chair of Governors

I am very pleased to be the Chair of Governors at St John’s Meads Church of England Primary School. My background is education, having spent many years as a teacher in London, Somerset and East Sussex and as a headteacher in East Sussex. Since leaving headship I have worked as a school improvement partner for East Sussex (more…)

Linda Caroe

Foundation Governor


I was Chair of Governors for 4 years from July 2016 and had the privilege of leading the Board to ensure that we fulfil our statutory roles and responsibilities and promote high standards, working closely (more…)

Karen Fletcher-Wright

Foundation Governor

My working life was in Education and Children’s Services. In a 40 year career I have been a mainstream school teacher, head of a special school, an SEN Manager and rose to Assistant Director (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…)

Revd. Ben Sleep – Curate

Ex Officio

Ben spent most of his working life as an actor and writer before training for the ministry in 2013. He studied at Ridley, Cambridge before moving to Eastbourne for his curacy in 2018 with his wife (more…)

Peter Stone

Foundation Governor

I have been in education all my working life. My wife and I moved to Eastbourne in May and having joined St John’s church, gravitating to the school seemed a natural step. (more…)

Susanne Beesley

Parent Governor

I have spent the majority of my working life involved in different roles and capacities as part of the team around the child to Looked After Children. I am social work trained and my roles have crossed over into the Private and Voluntary Sector, as well as the Local Authority. (more…)

Daniel Huff

Business and Community Governor

I have spent most of my life in Business and over the last 10 years have been actively involved in providing Alternative Energy solutions that make for a more sustainable planet. I also have a keen interest in the local Community and hope to bring the positive (more…)

David Carter

Parent Governor

I grew up in Leicester and, after graduating from Warwick University, joined the Barclays Graduate scheme. After 7 years in the UK, Europe, and Africa, I moved to Eastbourne in 2013 to join Hastings Direct Insurance where I’m a Director in their Claims business. (more…)

Katherin Weeks


I grew up in North London and moved to Sussex with my family approximately 15 years ago. I have been a parent governor at a school in Bexhill-on-Sea and was a staff governor at my previous school. I enjoy running, reading and crafting.

What is the role of the Local Governing Body?

The Local Governing Bodies in the Trust’s academies operate as local committees of the Body of Trustees. It is the role of the LGB to support and challenge its Headteacher's leadership to work with the Board of Trustees to hold the Headteacher accountable for the performance of staff and pupils.

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’ Register of Pecuniary Interests October 2020

Full name Role Pecuniary Interest Attendance at GB meetings 2019-20
Katherin Weeks Employee Headteacher September 2018 6
Gaynor Newnham Employee Clerk to Governors Stone Cross Primary School, Eastbourne. Bourne School, Eastbourne. Hellingly Primary School, Eastbourne. Peacehaven Heights Interim Executive Board, Peacehaven  Telscombe Cliffs Primary School Interim Executive Board, Peacehaven St John’s Meads School, Eastbourne (under DCAT) The combined governing board of Langney Primary Academy, Shinewater School, The Parkland Federation, Eastbourne (Swale Academies Trust) Peacehaven Community School, Peacehaven (Swale Academies Trust) The combined governing board of Eastbourne Academy and Causeway School, Eastbourne, (Swale Academies Trust) Downs Infant School, Brighton and Hove  Hamilton Lodge School and College for the Deaf, Brighton 6
Linda Caroe Local Governor N/A 6
Clement Anthony Jackson Local Governor Retired and Trustee of Eastbourne Christian Resource Centre 4
Karen Fletcher-Wright Local Governor Retired 5
Benjamin Luke Sleep Local Governor Curate, St. John's Church, Meads 4
Peter Henry Stone Local Governor No employment 4
David Carter  Local Governor Employed by Hastings Direct Insurance 3
Emily Teager  Employee N/A
Peter Boghurst  Local Governor 3
Lydia Jourdain  5


Governors’ Register of Pecuniary Interests 2019/2020

Name Category Term of Office (current)  

Position on GB/ Monitoring Area

Attendance at FGB Meetings 2018/2019 Business Interest Links to other educational establishment Connection to the school
Linda Caroe Foundation Governor 27/10/2019-26/10/2023 Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Link Governor, Chair of Admissions Committee, member of the Pay committee, the Ethos committee, the Finance and Resources committee, member of the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Data & Curriculum Monitoring group, the Strategic Planning group. 7/7
Ben Sleep Foundation Governor Ex Officio Member of the Ethos Committee N/A Curate of St John’s Church
David Hines Foundation Governor 24/02/2016-31/01/2020 SEND link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee, and the Curriculum & Data Monitoring Group 7/7
Christine Swanborough-Nilson Associate Governor 18/09/2016-17/09/2020 Early Years link governor, member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee 2/7
Peter Stone Foundation Governor 29/11/2018-28/11/2022 Member of the Ethos Committee 5/5
Clem Jackson Foundation Governor 05/10/2017-04/10/2021 Member of the Ethos, Pay and Admissions committees and the Curriculum and Data Monitoring Group, and the Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel. English Link Governor 6/7
Peter Boghurst Foundation Governor 16/10/2017-15/10/2021 Member of the Finance & Resources, and Pay Committees. Maths Link Governor. 7/7 Company Director of Portia Rented Homes Ltd.
Anne McWilliams Local Authority Governor 22/10/2016-31/01/2020 Vice Chair of Governors.
Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and the Pay committee, member of the Admissions committee, and the Strategic Planning group
6/7 Local Board Member of King Offa School and Glenleigh Park
Katherin Weeks Headteacher Satff Governor 01/09/2018 Ex Officio 7/7 Employed at St John’s Meads School
Rebecca Collings Parent Governor 12/07/2019-23/01/2020 1/1 One child attends the school
Lydia Jourdain Parent Governor 02/03/2018-01/03/2020 English Link Governors
Friends of St John’s Meads Link Governor
4/4 Employed at Eastbourne College One child attends the school

Click here for a list of former governors in post during 2018.