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Governing Board

Mr Paul Rode - Chair of Governors

I grew up in Brockham and attended North Downs, first at Betchworth and then at Brockham.  I moved back to the village in 2015 and  I became a Co-opted Governor at the school  in 2017.    I am passionate about education and enjoy working with and supporting the school to achieve its aims.

In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, walking and gardening.

Mr Paul Rode

Chair of Governors

Appointed by: The Governing Board

 

Term of office:

29/11/17 - 28/11/21

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

None

 

 Mrs Clare De Fraga Gomes - Co-opted Governor

Hello, my name is Clare and I have been a parent governor at the school but I am now a co-opted governor. It's a challenging role, but a rewarding one. In my spare time! I am studying for a degree in Acupuncture, which has given me a poignant reminder about the challenges of learning and has allowed me to empathise greatly with my two children. I am also on the committee of Anthony West House, one of the wonderful ways in which we can provide much needed accommodation for our older villages. I really enjoy being able to help in these roles, it is a wonderful way to meet the young and young at heart in my community.

Mrs Clare De Fraga                    Gomes                  

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: The Governing Board 

 

Term of office:

 18/12/17 - 17/12/21

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

Anthony West House (charity, member)

Girl Guiding UK (charity, member)

 

Mrs Wendy Mumford - Co-opted Governor

I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body at North Downs and feel I have much to offer having been in education for the past 18 years as a class teacher, SENCo, head of specialist provision and, most recently, as a Specialist Teacher for the local authority.

I am passionate that all children deserve the best education and in equal opportunities for every child.

Mrs Wendy Mumford

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Term of office:

28/11/18 - 27/11/22

Register of interests as declared Nov 2018:

TBC

 

Mrs Helen Airey - Co-opted Governor

As an ex-teacher, I have a keen interest in all aspects of education, and I have enjoyed being on the Governing Body of North Downs Primary for the past 5 years, first as a Parent Governor, and now as a Co-opted Governor.

I have three daughters who have all attended the school, and my youngest is currently in year 4. My other interests include baking, languages and walking.

        Mrs Helen Airey          Co-opted Governor

 

Appointed by: The Governing Board

 

Term of office:

24/03/19 - 25/03/23

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

None

 

Mrs Mary Rode - Co-opted Governor & Safeguarding Lead

I have lived in Brockham with my family for thirty years. Our son and daughter attended North Downs Primary School. Our two grandsons are currently in Years 2 and 3 and our granddaughter is in Reception. I became a co-opted governor in 2015 because I enjoy being active in the community. I am interested in education, having worked for twenty-five years as a secondary teacher of English. I believe I have some experience that will be useful in supporting our successful school grow in the future. I believe that the new school aims will enable our children to enjoy their education and excel individually. I enjoy walking, travel and local community activities. I am also involved as a volunteer.

Mrs Mary Rode            

Co-opted Governor

Lead Governor for Safeguarding

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Term of office:

23/09/15 - 22/09/19

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

None

Annual attendance:

Mrs Jane Douglass - Headteacher Governor

I have been a Headteacher in Surrey since September 1999, and am delighted to say that I am currently the Headteacher at North Downs. This is my third substantive Headship, and I have also acted as an interim Headteacher at two other schools, at the request of the local authority. North Downs is a very unusual school, in that we are spread over three sites in three different villages. However, the whole school community could not be stronger, with pupils, parents, staff and governors striving to "Be the best you can be, every day". 

   

 Mrs Jane Douglass      Headteacher Governor

 

Appointed by: n/a

Term of office:

n/a

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

None

 

Ms Lisa Marshall-Bailey - Staff Governor

 

I have been associated with North Downs Primary school for a very long time. At first I was a parent helper, then went on to become a teaching assistant, and after gaining my degree became a teacher here through the Graduate Teacher Programme. I am currently a Year 3 teacher as well curriculum team leader.

This is my second term of office as a staff governor. In my spare time I have a variety of hobbies which include my love for reading as well as walking my dog.

Ms Lisa                         Marshall-Bailey        

Staff Governor

 

Appointed by: Staff at NDPS

Term of office:

01/11/11 - 31/10/19

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

None

   

Mrs Dawn Cook - Co-opted Governor 

I am a parent at the school as well as being privileged to be a co-opted governor.

 

Having previously helped at local toddler groups and the nursery, being a governor is now a great way to contribute my experience of managing staff and resources in small organisations to the school.

 

I currently work at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre and look forward to working with the school on their outdoor learning.

 Mrs Dawn Cook

    Co-opted Governor 

  

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Term of office:

14/03/18 - 13/03/22

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

TBC

 

Mr Rob Carter - Co-opted Governor

 

I am delighted to be a co-opted governor of North Downs. I live in Epsom and have 2 children at primary school. I have had experience of being a Governor at a school in Ashtead and have taught for a number of years in Secondary Schools. However I now work in full-time ministry as an Associate Pastor of a church in Sutton.

Mr Rob Carter

Co-opted Governor

 

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Term of office:

14/03/18 - 13/03/22

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

None

 

Mr Tim Stevens - Associate Governor

Born and raised in Leigh I returned with my family in 2015.  Our twin boys are happily attending Leigh school after a really enjoyable year at Betchworth.

With a background in the private sector mainly in finance as an accountant and systems as a director of a IT consultancy I'm keen to learn about and hopefully help with the opportunities and challenges that face the school.

Mr Tim Stevens

Co-opted Governor

 

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Term of office:

14/03/18 - 13/03/22

Register of interests as declared Sept 2018:

Treasurer - Leigh Village Hall

 

Ms Julia Hatto - Associate Governor

I first came to Brockham more that 40 years ago when I started work as a Research Chemist at the Beecham Research labs at Brockham Park. I fell in love with the village and have lived in Strood Green for the last 30 years. I am now semi-retired and invest my time and energy in promoting chemistry at both public and education outreach events. As a Fellow and Trustee of the Royal Society of Chemistry I support their education and industrial strategies. I was honoured to be awarded the British Empire Medal in 2016 for voluntary service to the chemical sciences.

I still find time for my hobbies which include; natural history, gardening, walking baking, knitting and tatting. 

Ms Julia Hatto

Associate Governor 



Appointed by: The Governing Board Term of office:

Register of interests as declared Jan 2019:

Royal Society of Chemistry charity Trustee

RSC Benevolent Fund charity Trustee

23/01/19 - 22/01/23

Mr Peter Maguire - Parent Governor

I have lived in and around Brockham for the last 12 years and now have two boys at North Downs with a third following in a few years time. The school will be a part of my life for many years to come and I am keen to give my support and time to the governing body. I am employed in the construction industry and in my spare time I like to cycle, shoot and spend time with my four children.

Mr Peter Maguire

Parent Governor

Appointed by: The Parents of NDPS Term of office:

Register of interests as declared Jan 2019:

None

29/01/19 - 28/01/23

Mrs Amber Preston - Parent Governor

I have lived in Brockham for nearly 10 years and have 2 children at North Downs Primary School. After having previously been involved in local committees in Brockham, I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body. I am totally committed to supporting the school in achieving the best possible outcome for all of its pupils. 


I have an engineering background and currently work for Clarion Housing Group. In my spare time I love being outdoors and taking part in a variety of hobbies including running, wild swimming and walking.

Mrs Amber Preston

Parent Governor

Appointed by: The Parents of NDPS Term of office:

Register of interests as declared Jan 2019:

None

29/01/19 - 28/01/23

Mrs Amanda Cotton - Co-opted Governor

I have two children at North Downs school and joined as co-opted governor in February 2019. Having previously been involved in the fund raising committee for the Betchworth and Buckland Children’s Nursery, assisting FONDS and helping with school swimming lessons, outings and activities, I wanted to continue an involvement in my children’s journey through their primary years.  I am delighted to join the Board of Governors. I hope to support North Downs in providing the best education and positive start in life, not only for my own children but for all of the North Downs pupils. Outside of the mum day job, I a work as a consultant in the mining industry and am often found heading off on an adventure to Africa for work.

Mrs Amanda Cotton

Co-opted Governor


Appointed by: The Governing Board

Term of office:

01/02/19 - 31/01/23

Register of interests as declared Feb 2019:

None

 

 


Clerk to The Governors

Debbie Fenton-Jones

Email: clerk@northdowns.surrey.sch.uk

 

The Governing Board would like to express their thanks and gratitude for all of  their help to the following former Governors:  

Name: Julie Burridge

Appointed by: Parents at NDPS

Parent Governor

20/10/17 - 26/09/18

Name: Spencer King

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Co-opted Governor

18/12/17 - 26/09/18

Name: Tim Smith

Appointed by: The Governing Board

Co-opted Governor

26/11/15 - 26/09/18

Name: Sharon Evans

Appointed by: The Local Authority

Local Authority Governor

25/10/14 - 24/10/18