Our Governors

  • Rachel West

    Executive Head Teacher

    I have been at Laughton Community Primary School for 7 years and have been working in partnership with Firle Cof E Primary School for 2 years before becoming Executive Head of The Oak Tree Federation in September 2018.
    I represent our EIP on the East Sussex Strategic Management Board as I am on the Ashdown Strategic EIP group . I am committed to inspiring a love of learning in our primary schools to give children the very best start in life.
    It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated staff, governors, parents and children, we are all very proud of our success.

  • Denise Kong

    Chair of Governors

    I am Chair of Governors at Laughton Community Primary School and at King's Academy Ringmer, and Chair at the East Sussex Association of Governors. I work at the Cavendish School as a Database Manager and am a staff governor there. My original qualifications are in Maths and Computer Science, but since then I also qualified as a Youth Worker and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader for East Sussex County Council. These diverse roles have helped give me a useful background for working in a school and volunteering in school governance.

  • Liz Fradd Gilbert

    Co Vice Chair

    I am currently a full time mum but my background is in Law. I have been a governor for about 5 years. I have one child at Laughton CP School and my eldest has just started secondary school after 7 happy years at Laughton.

    I feel passionate about helping the school to continue to develop and improve. I particularly enjoy working with the school to fulfil its vision of "Inspiring Learning for Life", ensuring every pupil has the opportunity to have the best start to their educational journey.

  • Katherine Martyn

    Co Vice Chair

  • Priscilla Paddock

    Clerk to Governors

    I joined Laughton Primary School as their Clerk to Governors in September 2017. I am an Early Years Professional and have previously worked in management roles in a school and for ESCC. I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and believe that the governing body is pivotal in providing the school with support and challenge to achieve this.

  • Victoria Mandy

    Staff Governor

  • Phillip Cornish

    Co-opted Governor

    I am a teacher at a local secondary school with experience and qualifications in school leadership. My background is in engineering design and I very much enjoy working in education.

    My own children have been fortunate to have had excellent teaching and learning at our school, and in governing I hope to support this work so that all children, including those who may be disadvantaged, might have equally rich educational experiences.

  • Andrew Sidebottom

    Co-opted Governor

  • Kathleen Swaine

    Co-opted Governor

  • Abeygunasekara Mahie

    Co-opted Governor

  • Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

    Co-opted Governor

  • Gemma Collins

    Parent Governor

    I have a degree in Communications and Media Studies, a diploma in Marketing and am an Accredited Clerk. I am currently the studio manager of a photography company and I am the Secretary of The British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers. With a communications, marketing and governance background I am looking forward to the challenge of being a parent governor. My first area of responsibility is being the link governor for Safeguarding.

  • Debra Vice holt

    Parent Governor

  • Peter Teager

    Foundation Governor

    I am a retired solicitor, married to a retired teacher, and have lived in Ripe for 30 years. I have been a Governor for 3 years, and have a particular interest in music and the arts at the school.

  • Caroline Hampden

    Foundation Governor

    I have been a Foundation Governor at Firle Primary school for the last four years and was part of the Federation Working Group. I am delighted that our two schools have federated and am pleased to be continuing as a governor for the Oak Tree Federation.

    I am a part time general practitioner and I have also been involved in teaching students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. My experience in undergraduate teaching has made me passionate about instilling a love of learning in our children from as early as possible.

  • Rachel Walton

    Associate Member

    I have been a co-opted governor since June 2015. I have two children at the school and an older child at UCTC. My background is in marketing and communications and my role as a governor currently includes monitoring English, classroom environments and attendance, and forming part of the new Federation working party.