Who we are
Julia Bray – Headteacher Governor (Northiam)
I started working at Northiam in 2016. Prior to working at Northiam I taught at schools in Kent and Hastings. I have also been involved as a Governor at our Federation school, Hurst Green. I have really enjoyed being part of this school’s journey, working alongside the incredible staff, governors, parents and children as this school has grown and developed over time. I have learnt so much in my time at Northiam and value the responsibility and duty to this community that involves me continuing to develop myself and others. I aspire to lead a school to deliver an outstanding educational provision. I would like every child to have an abundance of opportunities given to them, to develop the whole child, build strength in character, resilience and self-esteem so that all children receive an equitable start in education to propel them into adult life. I am incredibly proud to be a member of Northiam Primary School and to have this opportunity to continue to help this village school grow.
Allison Flack – Headteacher Governor (Hurst Green)
I have been working at Hurst Green since 2013, initially as a teacher before becoming Headteacher in January 2020. Prior to working at Hurst Green I taught at schools in East London, Hastings and Bexhill. It has been a privilege and hugely rewarding working with governors, staff and children at Hurst Green over the years continuously improving the school. I am committed to providing the children in our school with the best education and opportunities that I can working together with the whole school community. The children are an absolute delight who never cease to impress me with their determination, hard work and positive attitude to school. I am very proud to work at Hurst Green with such a committed and hard-working staff and have relished the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of developing Hurst Green into the good school it is today.
Rev. Annette Hawkins – Foundation Governor
I am the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hurst Green and St Mary, Salehurst in the United Benefice of Salehurst, Hurst Green and Robertsbridge. I started my working life as a nurse, I then took a degree in Education and went on to work in project management, initially for a small local charity and afterwards for a national charity as the development manager and local authority childcare consultant for East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. I am married and have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Emma Ivil – Staff Governor (Hurst Green)
This is my 19th year of teaching and 4th year at Hurst Green Primary School where I teach in Oak Class (Year 6). I have taught all ages from Year 1-6 in a variety of schools including Goudhurst Primary School and Hollington Academy in St Leonards. I am currently English and PSHE lead, as well as Mental Health and Staff Wellbeing Champion. I am a mum of two boys who keep me busy. I am also a keen bird-watcher, golfer and enjoy dancing. This is my first Governor role and I am looking forward to being part of the decision-making team across both Northiam and Hurst Green Primary Schools.
Judith Koral – Co-opted Staff Governor (Northiam)
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Elaine Lambert – Co-opted Governor – Chair of Governors
My husband and I moved to Etchingham in 2017, following our retirement. I have had a varied career. I started my working life as a computer programmer then became a secondary school maths teacher after starting a family, going on to become a head of department in a Further Education College. I then joined the School Effectiveness team in the London Borough of Bexley as their mathematics consultant. Finally, I worked as a publisher, responsible for secondary school maths textbooks and I still do some authoring and editing of maths resources. I also volunteered as a parent governor when my children were at their Church of England primary school. I am passionate about helping children to reach their full potential, and as a governor in the local community I hope I can support schools to achieve this. Other interests include cycling, walking, pottery and my grandchildren!
Anne-Marie Murphy – Co-Opted Governor
I joined the Board of Governors in December 2019, bringing ten years’ experience of project management in educational publishing at Cambridge University Press with me. I am a trained Secondary teacher who also specialized in Primary and Cambridge Exams, although lately I have taken a special interest in the areas of inclusivity and diversity in print and digital materials.
My 18 year old daughter is about to sit A levels and I am also active offering respite foster care to children across Sussex and Kent – the importance of offering an inclusive, safe, Christian environment for all children along with the school Leadership teams is what motivated me to join the governing body. I look forward to getting to know more about the life and work of the school!
Mike Lambert – Co-Opted Governor
My wife and I moved to Northiam around 4 years ago to be closer to our family. Previously we lived in the New Forest. We have found Northiam to be a great village with everyone being very friendly and helpful. I am very pleased to be able to volunteer as a Governor and contribute to the future success of Hurst Green and Northiam Church of England Primary Schools.
I have grand children, under the age of 11, and very much enjoy being a part of their development.
I am retired having spent a very enjoyable career in Operational Management for IBM and Western Digital. I am hoping that the combination of being a parent, a grand parent and my prior work experience will enable me to contribute to the future success of the schools.
Louise Lacey – Parent Governor
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Julian Smith- Parent Governor
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