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…)

Anne McWilliams – Vice Chair

Local Authority Governor

I moved to Eastbourne with my husband a few years ago, as we both love living by the sea. We have four grandchildren, who are all at varying stages in the state education system. (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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Rebecca Collings

Parent Governor

I moved to Eastbourne a couple of years ago and like every parent at the school, I have a strong interest that all children get the best possible start through early education, in what they learn (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 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’ Register of Pecuniary Interests 2018/2019

Name Category Term of Office (current) Position on GB/ Monitoring Area Attendance at FGB Meetings 2017/2018 Business Interest Links to other educational establishment Connection to the school
Linda Caroe Foundation Governor 27/10/2015-26/10/2019 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. 8/8      
David Hines Foundation Governor 24/02/2016-23/02/2020 SEND link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee, and the Curriculum & Data Monitoring Group 8/8      
Christine Swanborough- Nilson Foundation Governor 18/09/2016-17/09/2020 Early Years link governor, member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee 6/8      
Peter Stone Foundation Governor 29/11/2018-28/11/2022 Member of the Curriculum and Data Monitoring Group        
Clem Jackson Foundation Governor 05/10/2017-04/10/2021 Member of the Ethos and Admissions committees and the Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel. English Link Governor 4/7      
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 22/10/2016-21/10/2020 Vice Chair of Governors.

Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and the Pay committee, member of the Admissions committee, and the Strategic Planning group.
Pupil and Sports Premium Link Governor

8/8 Local Board Member of King Offa School and Glenleigh Park  
Robert Newlands Staff Governor 06/10/2017-31/08/2019   6/7 Employed at St John’s Meads School
Katherin Weeks Headteacher Satff Governor 01/09/2018

Ex Officio

  N/A Employed at St John’s Meads School
Lydia Jourdain Parent Governor 02/03/2018-01/03/2020 English Link Governor

Friends of St John’s Meads Link Governor

4/4   Employed at Eastbourne College One child attends the school
Karen Bye Co-opted LA Governor 29/11/2018-23/07/2019     Educational Consultant, with contracts with ESCC and the Diocese of Chichester Chair of Herstmonceux CE School FGB, Associate Member of All Saints and St Richards FGB
Karen Fletcher-Wright Foundation Governor 01/01/2019- 31/12/2022 Chair of Ethos Committee and SEND Link Governor
Rebecca Collings Parent Governor 11/06/2019- 10/06/2021 Two children attend the school
Revd. Ben Sleep 18/11/2019-17/11/2023
Former Governors in post
Rev. Giles Carpenter Foundation Governor Ex Officio Ethos Committee 7/8     Vicar of St John’s Church
Dan van Kleeff Parent Governor 13/07/2017-24/05/2019 Health and Safety link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee 6/8 Three children attend the school
David Ibbotson Foundation Governor 15/12/2016- 29/11/2018 Vice Chair of Governors, member of the Ethos committee, the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Strategic Planning group and Training link governor 7/8 Employed at Eastbourne College
Debra Turner Interim Headteacher 01/09/2017-31/08/2018   6/8
Sally McGinty Staff Governor 18/09/2016- 25/09/2017   1/1
Sarah Caffyn Parent Governor 22/09/2015- 20/10/2017   1/1

FGB Meetings 2018-2019

Business Meeting Thursday 6th September
Term 1 Thursday 4th October
Term 2 Thursday 29th November
Term 3 Thursday 24th January
Term 4 Thursday 21st March
Term 5 Thursday 25th April
Term 6 Thursday 18th July