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Meet our Governors


Monica Pell (Chair)

I qualified as a teacher in 1971 and have been involved in education, in one way or another, ever since. I am a founder member of The Wells Free School in Tunbridge Wells, and served on the Governing Body until 2017. Currently I am the Chair of Governors of Woodlands Federation, a federation of two small primary schools near Heathfield.

Kate M

Kate Milne (Vice Chair) - Foundation Governor

After making a career change in 2018 to follow my passion in horticulture, I am a self employed gardener who moved to the area in 2021.  I previously worked in a primary school in Tunbridge Wells for over a decade, firstly as a classroom Teaching Assistant and then as the School Secretary gaining a detailed insight from both sides of the working life of a school.   My early career was in the financial world of stockbroking in the City and then for a local IFA when I left to have my son in 2002.  I am a regular member of St Augustine‚Äôs Church in Flimwell and was invited to join the Governing body as a Foundation Governor in 2022.

Sam Bird - Co-opted Governor

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Debbie Dunn - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Ticehurst for two and a half years. My working life was spent in both the education and business sectors.  Prior to my retirement, I held the position of Assistant Head Teacher at a large junior school in East Sussex. ln addition, I have been on the governing body of two schools and a regional college.  I am looking forward to supporting the school in providing opportunities for all the children to achieve their best. ln my spare time, I enjoy yoga, art and exploring the surrounding countryside. I am also an avid tennis fan, having played tennis at county level in my youth.


Gina Hellis - Parent Governor

Mum of 2, teacher and small business owner. My eldest daughter attends the school and I want to ensure that she has access to the best possible education. This is the reason I became a parent governor, I want the school to thrive so all children in the local area have the same opportunities in education as others. As a secondary school art and textiles teacher I have a good understanding of the education system. I have been working as a teacher for 13 years and I have experience in both the private and state sector. I am an advocate for the arts and the importance they have on wellbeing.

Ashley Evans

Revd Ashley Evans - Vicar

Vicar of Ticehurst and Flimwell Parishes since May 2017, and therefore an ex-officio Foundation Governor of the School. I regard North Devon as home, where I was schooled, had my first job (Supply Teaching Clerk!) and where family still live. I studied medieval history at the Birmingham University, and worked there in a variety of administrative posts. Married to Penny and have two daughters and a son. In 2003 I was ordained in Hereford, and after my curacy took on a group of 12 parishes on the Welsh border. Besides history and archaeology, I suppose my main interest is sport. I expect to continue as a vice-president of Flimwell Cricket Club for longer than I will be a player!

Catherine M

Catherine Morgan - Parent Governor

I am a mum of two, one who attends Ticehurst and a second who attends Uplands. I'm also a director of a camping and glamping site in Flimwell. Before this I was the primary school teacher and also have years of experience in education recruitment and resources, placing teachers in schools. I've always loved having connection with education and volunteered at school for the last few years helping children with maths and English skills, particularly reading. I have knowledge of the education system and I'm driven by the importance of education for all.  Opportunities for our children are so important, so they can fulfil their individual potential. I want children   to be able to learn in a happy, safe and fair environment.


Helena Orr - Staff Governor

My name is Helena Orr and I am currently a staff governor as I am also a Teaching assistant at the school working across all year groups.

I have been on the governing body for 5 years and in that time have seen a lot of changes take place. I live in the village and have a child who also attends the school. I am committed to helping the school continue to move forward in these challenging times and make it the best it can possibly be

Jane P

Jane Pentecost Wild - Foundation Governor

I am married to Rick and I am the Mother of five, and Grandma to seven children, and was a registered nurse for over 40 years with experience within the NHS and Private Health Care system. I sing with Ticehurst Church Choir and also run a Junior Choir at the same church. I am passionate about music and will encourage children to fulfill their potential because I know how much singing can benefit a person in so many ways. I love traveling and have spent a lot of time in the Andalucian region of Spain. I used to live in Ticehurst many years ago and my first son started his education at Ticehurst Primary School.I enjoy reading, walking and writing and have just had my first novel published.


Fiona Sayers - Headteacher

I have been teaching for 16 years joining the profession following some time spent working as long-haul crew for British Airways after completing my PGCE. I have a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. I have now been a headteacher for half of my teaching career following my achievement of the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) in 2012.

I am passionate about teaching and totally committed to giving children the best possible start in providing each of them with a high-quality education and helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes in order to fulfill their full potential. In my spare time I enjoy the countryside, astronomy and travelling overseas.

Robert Tucker-Bays - Parent Governor

I am currently employed as a software engineer, and over the last seven years been charged with leading the planning and implementation of various large scale software solutions for external clients.

Prior to this I worked the classroom support assistant in the SEN department at an FE College and then as a GCSE maths teacher. I currently volunteer as a GCSE maths tutor for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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