Full Governing Board
Ross Settles – Chair and Co-opted Governor
|Date of appointment: 01.12.18||Term: 4 years|
I am a retired schoolteacher, having taught Years 6-8 in the independent sector. For many years I held senior management posts with responsibility for the school curriculum and staff training. I also served as a team inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, and am currently a GCSE assistant examiner. I also sit on East Sussex school admission appeal panels. In my younger years I played for Sidley CC in the Sussex League, and for MCC, so am particularly passionate about cricket, but also literature and the arts in general. Prior to joining the St. Michael’s Governing Board in 2018, and becoming chair in 2020, I was vice-chair of governors at a Hastings primary school. I am very much enjoying working with the other Board members and Mrs Marshall the Headteacher to help guide the school on its exciting development journey.
Tim Rowbottom – Vice-Chair and Local Authority Governor
|Date of appointment: 08.07.19||Term: 4 years|
I live in Rye with my partner and small daughter, having moved to the area in 2017. I care deeply about the education that my daughter and others like her will receive. Growing up in a rural area presents brilliant opportunities, but significant challenges too. I am dedicated to doing whatever I can to improve the experiences and life chances of all our children, and to ensuring they receive the best possible start in their critical formative years.
Professionally, I am a communications adviser and speechwriter in the financial services industry. Prior to that, I spent more than a decade as a consultant helping business and government to get along.
This is my second spell as a school governor. I previously served a four-year term at a primary school in north London, two of which were spent as vice chair. While Hackney and Playden are two very different places, they share many challenges around funding, inspection and a highly fluid policy environment. I hope that my experience in these areas can contribute to helping St Michael’s be the best school it can possibly be.
Cherane Marshall – Headteacher ex-officio
|Date of appointment: 06.09.16||Term: Ex-officio|
Having had a varied career as a PR & Marketing Manager, then Podiatrist in the NHS, I took a career break to raise my children, eventually retraining as a teacher in 2008. I have experience of teaching across all phases of primary education, from Early Years to Year 6. I took up the Head of School position at St. Michael’s in 2016 and was appointed Headteacher in January, 2018. I have previously served on the board of Governors at another Sussex primary school.
Claire Harwood – Staff governor
|Date of appointment: 17.01.20||Term: 4 years|
Having been teaching for nearly 20 years across all key stages and in a range of primary schools across London, Kent and East Sussex, my career culminated in joining St. Michael’s as the Early Years class teacher in 2016. I am now the Senior Teacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead in the school and I look forward to serving the school on a more strategic level as the Staff Governor.
James Bennett – Parent Governor
|Date of appointment: 03.12.18||Term 4 years|
I have lived with my wife and two children in Rye since 2012. Both our son, Alfie and daughter, Frankie go to St. Michael’s school, Playden. We believe it is a fantastic establishment and are very pleased with our choice of school.
I am a Consultant Anaesthetist for East Sussex Healthcare, and also work at Spire Sussex, the Benenden hospital and the Horder Centre, Crowborough.
I am fully focused and committed to give my very best for the school as a governor, and as a parent. I am the link governor for Health & Safety, Safeguarding, Information Governance and Relationship, Health and Sex Education (RHSE).
All children are entitled to the support, tools and resources to not just be ready for secondary school, but also to be prepared for what lies beyond the education system. I aim to support and challenge as a governor to ensure the school continues to create an environment where all children can reach their potential, whatever that may be, and for them to be happy and supported along their journey.
Shona Bishop – Co-opted Governor
|Date of appointment: 25.08.20||Term: 4 years|
Having moved to Rye from London in Summer 2019 (and with my son at st Michael’s), I am proud to take on one of the governor roles at this school. Having previously been a governor at my son’s nursery in London I found the experience insightful and rewarding and look forward to contributing to the school and hopefully benefiting the wider local community.
Professionally I worked for a number of years in fashion marketing and truly believe in the importance of nurturing creativity in children. I now work at Google and hope that my day to day experience lends itself to bringing innovation and expansive thinking to the governing board to help provide the best education to all these brilliant human beings at St Michael’s.
Sophie Smith – Parent Governor
|Date of appointment: 25.08.20||Term: 4 years|
My husband and I moved to the area in 2014 when we were expecting our son who is now in Year 2 at St. Michael’s.
I have spent my working life as an organiser; as a Project Manager, in the charity and sport sector and in the website build sector. However, since 2014 I have worked alongside my husband in growing our holiday letting business. I have experience in coordinating complex projects and working with people from many walks of life.
I believe in using the skills you have to play your part in society, and I am on the board of my local residents’ association and have sat on the board of parents at Beckley Preschool, as well as getting involved in various fundraising projects over the years.
Alongside work, I am an avid runner and am passionate about the importance physical activity has for mental health and wellbeing, as well as about how education and educational establishments play an integral and important role (alongside parents and guardians) in helping our young people grow into well-rounded, empathetic, healthy, curious, resilient and above all, kind individuals.
Peter Challans – Foundation Governor
|Date of appointment: 24.11.21||Term: 4 years|
I have lived in Rye or Playden since 1978, and have two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom are now married and have children of their own. I have been involved with St Michael’s Church, Playden since 1996, including a long spell as Churchwarden. I am pleased to have been appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education to the Governing Body as the Foundation Governor, having served in this role previously (and then later as Vice Chairman of the Governors) a number of years ago.
I am a retired professional electrical engineer, having finally retired completely in March 2021 after a career of 26 years as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force, and then joining a Government Department as a civil servant and then part-time consultant.
As the Foundation Governor, my aim is to make a particular contribution to the effectiveness of the school through maintaining and developing the Christian distinctiveness of the school, building strong links with the local Churches and parishes (St Michael’s Church, Playden and All Saints Church, Iden), and offering support and appropriate challenge to school leaders.
Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months
|Name||Type of Governor||Date from||Date ended||Reason|
|Richard Hayden||Parent||15.01.20||01.09.20||Not re-elected|
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