Meet the Governors

Our governors are committed to working hard to ensure the best for all pupils at Hernhill. They can be contacted directly by leaving a note/letter at the school office or via email governors at

 Our governors

Mrs Helen Figgis                                              LA Governor               (Chair)

I have been a governor for the last fifteen years and was part of the move from the old school to the new building in 2004. I have been chair of governors since 2005. I am a country person, enjoy sport and I have two grown up children, one of whom attended Hernhill when they were younger. I have had close links with community all of my life.  It is a privilege to work with keen and motivated staff who are all eager to provide the best for the children here at Hernhill. 


Mrs Sarah Alexander                                     Headteacher

I became headteacher of Hernhill CE Primary School in September 2016. I am passionate about providing every child with the best opportunities so that they can achieve to their fullest potential. I am very proud to lead such a hard-working and dedicated team of staff who go ‘above and beyond’ every day. Our core Christian values of compassion, forgiveness, resilience, respect and truthfulness are at the heart of all that we do.


Mrs Suzanne Carroll                                       Staff Governor

I qualified as a teacher in 1996 and have been teaching at Hernhill Church of England Primary School since September 2009. I joined the Governing Body nearly seven years ago and I am now in my second term, currently a part of the Distinctiveness Committee. It is a privilege every day to be a part of this school and work with such wonderful children, and their parents, alongside such highly committed, caring and motivated staff and governors.


 Rev Jean Burrows                                           Foundation Governor

I have been a foundation governor since 2007 when I became vicar of St Michael’s Church.  I was ordained and started my church ministry in 1991 but prior to that I was a teacher, having trained many years ago at Christ Church.  I taught in a secondary school and then a junior school before leaving to start theological training in 1989.  Every week I lead collective worship in school and also take part in other special services held either in church or school such as Education Sunday, Easter and Christmas services and the Leavers’ service. I value the close relationship between school and church and rejoice that Hernhill CE School has a strong Christian ethos.


Mrs Liz Bisbrown                                             Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be asked by St Michael’s Church PCC to become a Foundation Governor, as I have taken early retirement from my work as an optometrist, so I have plenty of time to commit to the role. I feel that it is important that the school maintains its Christian ethos and continues to be both thriving and welcoming.

My own three children are now in their early 20’s but they all remember their years at Hernhill School with great fondness and I would love to think that future generations will feel the same.


Mr Peter Rawlins                                              Foundation Governor

I became a Governor in 2015.  I live in the village and having retired I am involved with many local organisations being Chairman of both the DCA & Village Hall committees. I am the link Governor for Distinctiveness which fits in well with being Treasurer of Hernhill church and a member of the PCC. 

Before retiring I worked mainly within the food industry in the capacity of Production Director and I also served for a number of years in the Police service.  I am a retired director of Coremedic Ltd. which is an international company.


 Mrs Andrea Brunskill                                           Parent Governor 

I became a Parent Governor at Hernhill C of E Primary School at the start of 2018 and I am currently the link governor for Early Years.  My son is in Year 6 and he has loved being part of the Hernhill community, both in the classroom and on the sport’s field! I hope that my professional experience as a teacher and being a mother will make a valid contribution to the development of our children’s skills and talents, within such a fantastic school.


Mrs Alison Soltani-Davies                           Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since 2016 and thoroughly enjoy the role. Since September 2018, I have become the link governor for RE and chair the Christian Distinctiveness Committee.  I’m a ‘local mum’ and have 2 children at the school, so I have a long-term stake in the future health and development of the school. 

I am passionate about the role of education and see my role as two-fold. To support the Head to improve the school, as well as challenge the status quo, to ensure we are providing a well-balanced education for all children. 
My background is accountancy, management and operations. 


Mrs Lisa Alexander Bailey                           Co-opted Governor

I was elected onto the Governing body as a Local Authority governor in 2011, which following the reconstitution subsequently changed to become a co-opted governor.

I have worked for the last 21 years with KCC within the social services, education and property units. My role is varied as I cover all schools within the Kent County Council maintained area (excluding Medway) – which has meant that I deal with maintenance  programmes; asset rationalisation of buildings;  building projects; expansion of schools;  relocation of schools;  pupil referral units etc thus ensuring that the built environment for education is suitable and fit for purpose. 

I have three children and am also a Sunday School teacher at our local church.


Mrs Sarah Poole                                              Co-opted Governor   (Vice Chair)

I was appointed as a governor in 2013, and am the link governor for pupil premium.   I live in the village and currently have one child in the school, so therefore have a keen interest in ensuring each child can achieve to the best of their ability.  I am a qualified accountant and have worked in Finance in both the Public and Private sectors, so I have a keen interest in the budgetary control of the school, and the allocation of resources to ensure best value for money, and therefore sit on the resources committee.


Mr Steve Rudden                                                Co-opted Governor

My three children attend Hernhill School.  I have been employed by Kent Police for 24 years and currently hold the rank of Detective Sergeant. I am a Police federation representative and Chairman of the Sergeant’s branch board. I am one of the three financial trustees of the Kent Police Federation and Benevolent Funds.

I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children, through the continual support and development of teachers and staff, whilst ensuring Hernhill is financially secure to continually deliver the best for its pupils.


Mr Craig Scandrett                         Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2018 and am currently the link governor for Worship as well as being a member of the Resource Committee.  I have two children at the school.

As a qualified chartered accountant, my finance expertise helps me assist the school in successfully maintaining budgetary control of its resources.  I am currently employed by a company that clears unexploded remnants of war around the world, and this work to create a better future mirrors my desire to help the school give its pupils a bright future, by allowing all of the children the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Mrs Fiona Palmer                           Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in March 2019. I am the link governor for SEN and Inclusion, as well as a member of the Learning and Development Committee.

I have one daughter at Hernhill, therefore I am passionate about supporting the school to help every child flourish. I come from a background in education. I worked within various primary schools for 17 years, as a mainstream teacher, SENCO and special needs teacher. I am keen to use my experience to support this amazing school in its ongoing journey.


 Mr Jez Hadlow                           Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in May 2019 and am currently the link governor for Creative Curriculum as well as being a member of the Resource Committee.  I have two children at the school.

I am a fully qualified CIPD Human Resources professional with extensive experience of working within education and operations management.  I am currently employed as a Deputy Bursar at the King’s School, Canterbury and I take great pride in working within the education sector. I have a detailed understanding of the roles and workings of both the academic and support function within schools and I am keen to use these skills to ensure that the pupils of Hernhill receive the best possible educational experience the School can provide.


What do governing bodies do? 

 The school’s governing body is responsible overall for the conduct of the school and must lead the school with a view to promoting high standards of achievement. It should fulfil its functions in a strategic way. Broadly speaking governing bodies have responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Ensuring the school’s clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and,
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

How are governing bodies made up?

Governing bodies were required to undergo a process of re-constitution before September 2015. This was to ensure they have a dynamic governing body which is no larger than it needs to be, with governors who are actively contributing the relevant skills and experience. They are:

  • Parent governors - elected by other parents at the school;
  • A staff governor - elected by teachers and support staff working at the school;
  • The Headteacher;
  • A local authority governor - nominated by the local authority; appointed by the governing body
  • Co-opted governors - chosen and appointed by the governing body; and
  • Foundation governors at church schools - appointed by the diocesan boards and church authorities.

 Register of Business Interests for 2018-19

Name of Governor

Relevant business interests

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Date appointed and by whom


No of Full Governing Body meetings attended Sept 18 to Aug 19

Mrs Helen Figgis (Chair of Governing body and resources) None None None Feb 2016 Local Authority



Learning & Development

Christian Distinctiveness
Mrs Sarah Poole (Vice Chair of Governing Body)  None None None May 2019 Co-opted Governors Resources 4/4
Mrs Lisa Alexander-Bailey Works for KCC None None May 2019 Co-opted Governors Resources 2/4
Rev Jean Burrows None None None Oct 2007 Ex-officio Christian Distinctiveness 4/4
Mrs Suzanne Carroll Teacher None None Jan 2017 Christian Distinctiveness 4/4
Mrs Elizabeth Bisbrown None None None April 2017 Foundation Church

Learning & Development


Mr Peter Rawlins None None None Sept 2018 Co-opted Governors Christian Distinctiveness 3/4
Mrs Alison Soltani-Davies None None Sister of Mrs Woodcock (teacher) October 2016 Parents Christian Distinctiveness 3/4
Mr Steve Rudden None None None July 2017 Co-opted Governors Learning & Development 4/4
Mrs Sarah Alexander Head Teacher None None

Sept 2016

Head Teacher


Learning & Development

Christian Distinctiveness
Ms Andrea Brunskill None None None

April 2018


Learning & Development 4/4
Mr Craig Scandrett None None None

Sept 2018

Co-opted Governors

Resources 3/3
Mrs Fiona Palmer None None None

May 2019

Co-opted Governors

Learning & Development 0/0
Mr Jez Hadlow None None None

May 2019

Co-opted Governors

Resources 0/0

Resignations / End of Office

Mrs Vicky Roberts - April 2018

Mrs Louise Collins - July 2018

Dr Aruna Jago-Brown - July 2018

Mrs Alexandra Davies - February 2019