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Chartham Primary School

Governing Body

The governors are appointed in different ways: one is appointed by the LA; two are parent representatives; two are staff representatives, one of these being the headteacher and seven are co-opted governors.


LA Governor Vacancy
Parent Governors

Mrs E Whitehead (Vice-Chair) 

Mrs Rebecca Knapp

Co-opted Governors

Mr N Benson

Ms J Lilley

Mr Richard Hover (Chair)*

Ms K Foulkes*


Staff Governors

Mr I Rudgyard

Mr D Jones (Executive Headteacher)*


* Mr D Jones, Mr R Hover and Ms K Foulkes are governors at St Stephen's Infant School as well.

Remit & Structure of the Governing Body

The main role of the governing body is to influence the ethos of the school – its general atmosphere and philosophy, and hence its standing in the community.

The governing body has responsibility for:

  • Delivery of the curriculum
  • Care and safety of children and staff
  • Appointment of staff
  • Management of the budget


The Governing Body Shall Consist of:


2 Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Staff Governor

1 Headteacher

5 Co-opted Governors

Members of the Governing Body

Mr Richard Hover - Chair of Governors

I'm 42 years old, married and have two children who attend Chartham Primary School. I have lived in the Chartham area for 10 years and have 20 years experience working in the Civil Service, where my job is to question, gather information and challenge. I have a proven track record of driving through change, building continuous improvement, and challenging poor performance. I have been a co-opted governor since 2014 and Chair of Governors since September 2018. To me, being a governor means supporting the school to ensure the effective education and well-being of all the children; using my skills, enthusiasm, commitment and experiences in life, to enhance the environment where children continue to thrive for the satisfaction and delight of their families and the community.

Mr Richard Hover

Appointed by: Governing                              Body

Date Appointed: 22/09/2018

Term of Office: 4 years

Roles in educational Institutions: Governor at St. Stephen’s Infant School

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Mrs Emma Whitehead - Vice-Chair of Governors

I was delighted to join the Chartham Governing Body in October 2017, finding a new and rewarding role in school life as a Parent Governor and have been Vice-Chair of Governors since September 2018. I have been in Primary Education for over 19 years, firstly as a teacher focused mainly within Key Stage 2 and both leading and developing music throughout the school. During this time I spent 7 years as a Staff Governor with particular interest in teaching and learning, assessment and my first love music and the creative arts.

Now as a governor here, I am enjoying using and sharing some of this valuable experience and insight into strategic leadership aspects of school life. More recently I have moved into peripatetic music teaching. I have two young children, Jack and Mollie and have lived in Chartham for over 16 years. In my spare time I play the cello in a local symphony orchestra and enjoy reading, music and any opportunity for time spent with friends and family. I am excited to be a part of such a dedicated team and look forward to continuing to contribute towards the shared vision and future of the school. 

Mrs Emma Whitehead

Appointed by: Parents

Date Appointed: 13/10/2017

Term of Office: 4 Years


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Kimberley Foulkes

I am delighted to join Chartham Primary School Governing Body as a co-opted governor. My career as a Chartered Certified accountant and auditor for just over 10 years, with specialisms in not-for-profit and education sector, means that I can use my experience to support and contribute to the monitoring and the future of the school.
I have also been a serving as a governor of an infant school in Canterbury since March 2017. I live in Canterbury and I enjoy travelling the world with my husband and taking our dachshund Lincoln for walks in the country.

Ms Kimberley Foulkes

Appointed by: Governing body

Date Appointed: 14/01/2019

Term of Office: 4 Years

Roles in educational Institutions: Governor at St. Stephen’s Infant School
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Rebecca Knapp

It felt wonderful to join the Governing Body in October 2018. Having received so much care, support and good quality teaching for my children at Chartham school over the past 6 years, it feels really good to have the opportunity to be able to give something back and get more involved with the behind-the-scenes running of the school.
My background in administration, in both the private and charity sectors, has given me a wide number of skills- I am efficient, approachable and organised and hope that I will be able to put these to use in my role as Parent Governor. I am married to a teacher and we live in Chilham with our two children. I work as an Office Manager and also run a hand embroidery business. In my spare time I love running, baking and spending time in the garden.

Mrs Rebecca Knapp

Appointed by: Parents

Date Appointed: 05/11/18

Term of Office: 4 Years


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Mr Neil Benson

I have been a governor now for almost two years and it's been an honour to work with such a dedicated, skilled and hard-working team as the Chartham School Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team.  My day job is working as a scientist and I often work with numbers.  This experience has been useful in contributing to the monitoring and interpretation of the school's important and extensive pupil progress data.

It was very gratifying to see, due to the good work of the staff, the distinct improvement in these performance measures over the last few years.  Lately, my role in the Governing Body has included responsibility for Governing Body informed about the school finances.  Going forward, I am very excited about contributing to the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the school that will make Chartham a leading institution in the provision of an exciting, holistic education for all of the children.

Outside of work, I like sport including swimming, running and football and I am one of the coaches for the Chartham Sports Club U7's.

Mr Neil Benson

Appointed by: Governing                             Body

Date Appointed: 01/05/2017

Term of Office: 4 Years


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Miss Joanna Lilley

I joined the Governing Body in September 2014 as a Parent Governor.  I have two children at Chartham Primary School, one in year five and one in year six.  I am a qualified primary school teacher with fourteen years’ teaching experience across both Key Stages.  I have had both professional and personal experience of supporting children with Special Educational Needs.  I was the Planning and Assessment Co-Ordinator at the Firs Nursery in Chartham which has given me a thorough understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage leading up to school entry, to complement the experience I had already gained from teaching in Reception.  As such, I am particularly excited about supporting the work of the Early Years team at Chartham, as well as contributing to the school’s development and continued improvement.

Ms Joanna Lilley

Appointed by: Parents

Date Appointed: 01/09/2018

Term of Office: 4 Years

Roles in educational Institutions: TA at Chartham Primary

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Mr Iain Rudgyard

I have just joined the governing body as a teacher governor, having started working at the school in May 2015 as the Key Stage 2 Leader, and teacher of Dolphin class.

I have been teaching for 12 years. Initially in South East London, where I also worked on the governing body for five years, and more recently in Broadstairs, with a short stint in Hong Kong in between. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the computer industry as a database consultant.

I have experience in teaching every year group, as well as leading a range of areas, and I am passionate about maths, behaviour for learning and inclusion among other things.

I currently live in Whitstable, where I enjoy walking my dog and I am a keen cyclist and enjoy participating in Triathlon events!​

Mr Iain Rudgyard

Appointed by: Staff

Date Appointed:24/07/2015

Term of Office: 4 Years

Roles in educational Institutions: Assistant Head Teacher at Chartham Primary

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Mr Dean Jones

I have been in teaching for almost 15 years, having taught across the primary range.  I have held a range of senior positions in schools, including SENco and two Deputy Headships.  I have served on three Governing Bodies, two as a Headteacher Governor, and one as a staff Governor.  I am particularly interested in Governing body strategy and working with Governors and the community in setting the vision for the school. I am married with three primary-aged children, and in my spare time I enjoy cycling and playing squash.

Mr Dean Jones

Appointed by: LA

Date Appointed: 04/01/11

Term of Office: N/A

Roles in educational Institutions: Executive Head Teacher of Chartham & St. Stephen’s Infant Sch. and Governor at St. Stephen’s Infant School

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