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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 Mr D Cusani
Parent Governors

Mrs E Whitehead (Vice-Chair) 

Mrs Rebecca Knapp

Co-opted Governors

Mrs Claire Parkin

Mr Richard Hover (Chair)*

Mrs K Foulkes*



Staff Governors

Mr I Rudgyard

Mr D Jones (Executive Headteacher)*


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

Remit & Structure of the Governing Body

The purpose of the governing board is to:

Provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

The 3 core functions of the governing board are:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


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

Business Interests: Governor at St. Stephen’s Infant School

Position of Responsibility: Chair of Governors

                                         Designated Safeguarding Governor


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

Business Interests: N/A

Position of Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors

                                         Designated Finance Governor

Mrs 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.

Mrs Kimberley Foulkes

Appointed by: Governing body

Date Appointed: 14/01/2019

Term of Office: 4 Years

Business Interests: Governor at St. Stephen’s Infant School

                                  Kreston Reeves - Audit Supervisor


Mr Daniel Cusani

I am delighted to join Chartham Primary School Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor. I have been in teaching for almost 8 years, having taught Physical Education across all areas of the KS32/3/4/5 curriculum and undertaken a number of roles including Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Head of PE and more recently Director of Sport.


Being a governor means that I can use my skills/experience to support and contribute to the monitoring of Chartham Primary School to ensure that all young people develop to their full potential in all aspects of their school and personal life.


I have lived in Chartham for 4 years so am familiar with the school and area. In my spare time, I am actively involved in sport and going for walks in the countryside. Going forward, I am very excited about contributing towards the strategic vision and future of Chartham Primary School.


Mr Daniel Cusani

Appointed by: LA

Date Appointed: 25/03/2019

Term of Office: 4 Years

Business Interests: N/A

Position of Responsibility: Designated Health & Safety Governor


Mrs 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

Business Interests: N/A 

Position of Responsibility: Designated SEND Governor

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!‚Äč

Mr Iain Rudgyard

Appointed by: Staff

Date Appointed:24/07/2019

Term of Office: 4 Years

Business Interests: Assistant Head Teacher at Chartham Primary

Position of Responsibility: Designated Training & Development Governor

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

Business Interests: Executive Head Teacher of St. Stephen’s Infant Sch. and Governor at St. Stephen’s Infant School


Mrs Claire Parkin

I am extremely pleased to be a governor at Chartham primary school. I live in Chartham with my husband and two sons, one of which attends Chartham primary. I have over 15 years' experience within primary education and have been a primary school teacher in west London, phase leader, governor and most recently, a senior lecturer in Primary education at St Mary's University, Twickenham. I now work part-time as a sessional tutor and education researcher at Canterbury Christchurch University. I am also a qualified interior designer and run a small interior design business. I am passionate about supporting teachers and senior leaders in school as they strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to learn in and am very much looking forward to becoming fully involved in school life at Chartham primary.

Mrs Claire Parkin

Appointed by: Governing                             Body

Date Appointed: 30/09/2019

Term of Office: 4 Years

Business Interests: Canterbury Christchurch Employee - Research coordinator

                                Claire Parkin Interior Design - Business owner

                                 Kent Teaching Solutions - Agency Teacher

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