South Malling CofE Primary and Nursery full governing body.
Mrs Mandi Ramshaw
Chair of Governors
Parent Governor: July 2020 - July 2024
Ms Liz Kaye
Deputy Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor: Sept 2013 - Aug 2021
Mr Francis King
Safeguarding Lead and Well-Being Group
Co-opted Governor: Dec 2020 - Dec 2024
Mrs Judy Yeomans
Foundation Governor: July 2018 - July 2022
Mrs Sarah Lyons
Co-opted Governor: May 2019 - May 2023
Mrs Sue Warren
Co-opted Governor: March 2019 - March 2023
Mr Kevin Bull
Co-opted Governor: Oct 2020 - Oct 2024
Mr Peter Hughes
Co-opted Governor: May 2020 - May 2024
Mr Simon Popple
Health and Safety Lead and Finance Group
Co-opted Governor: May 2019 - May 2023
Mrs Clare Callow
Parent Governor: Dec 2020 - Dec 2024
Mrs Pamela Lewis
Early Years Group
Local Authority Governor: Feb 2021 - Feb 2025
Mrs Joanna O'Donoghue
Ms Annie Schulte
Deputy Head Teacher
Staff Governor: Sept 2016 - Sept 2020
Mrs Sarah Greed
Minutes of Governing Body Meetings (2020-21)
Academic Year 2020/2021
- South Malling FGB3 Minutes 03 02 21 pdf
- South Malling FGB2 Minutes 02 12 20
- South Malling FGB1 Minutes 07 10 20
Minutes of Governing Body Meetings (2019-20)
Academic Year 2020/2021
- South Malling FGB6 Minutes 08 07 20
- South Malling FGB5 Minutes 20 05 20
- South Malling FGB4 Minutes 31 03 20
- South Malling FGB2 Minutes 04 12 19
- South Malling FGB1 Minutes 09 10 19
- South Malling FGB3 Minutes 24 02 20
Register of Governors Interests
Liz Kaye - Deputy Chair of Governors
I am a Foundation Governor, appointed during the Summer of 2013. My recent background is in tertiary education, currently working in the management team of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where I am responsible for the quality assurance of our course in general, and particularly that of our NHS placements.
My husband and I have been living in Malling since 2004 and we have one daughter who is currently in Year 6. I am a member of TRINITY South Malling Church, Cliffe Bonfire Society, LOS Musical Theatre and St Mary's Pantomime (for whom I was choreographer, working with many local youngsters, from 2004 - 2011).
During my tenure so far I have been lead governor for Learning and then Chair for two years. I am currently Deputy Chair. I am passionate about education and about giving all our kids the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential, both within the school curriculum and via wider extra-curricular activities.
Kevin Bull - Co-opted Governor
I am a co-opted Governor having joined the Governing board in October 2015. As part of my role as a governor I am a member of the Finance Working Group, supporting the school's financial and risk management and the Early Years Working Group, supporting the development and integration of the school's Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 provision.
I currently work as a Further Education Lecturer in Economics, Accounting and Business at Sussex Downs College in Lewes teaching A-Levels and vocational courses. Prior to moving into education in 2014 I worked for 15 years as a Chartered Management Accountant in various industries starting in Financial Services and latterly working for an international charity where I travelled widely in Africa and Asia overseeing the financial management of the organisation's international programmes. In 2004/5 I spent a wonderful year in Tanzania undertaking voluntary work supporting young people in accessing vocational training and working with local schools to find opportunities for disadvantaged children to obtain a quality education.
I live in South Malling and my son attends the school, currently in Year 6. I have lived in Lewes for 7 years and my wife is from a Lewes family which stretches back generations. Indeed her father attended South Malling School a number of years ago! My wife is also involved with the Friends committee at South Malling.
In the little free time I can cobble together I can be found playing football with a veterans’ team in Lewes on Friday evenings and my son and I are season ticket holders at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Mandi Ramshaw - Chair of Governors
I was first appointed as a Parent Governor in July 2016. I am the mother of two girls at the school, one in Year 6 and one in Year 3.
Currently, I am self-employed, working as an editor and writer. Previously, I worked as a training associate for an international public health charity in Washington, DC. My role included designing training courses and developing training materials. I was also responsible for organising training workshops and conferences. I have a Masters’ Degree in International Training and Education from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Middlebury College.
I have always been passionate about education. I want to dedicate my free time to working for the school. It has become such an important part of my life since my older daughter started there. I look forward to bringing my skills and passion to the position as governor and helping the school in any way possible.
Between 2016 and the Summer of 2019 I was also the Chair of the Friends of South Malling.
Francis King - Co-opted Governor
I became a co-opted governor in September 2016. I work for Brighton and Hove City Council Children's Services as a lead practitioner. I feel very strongly about the value of education to children, and how a positive experience in primary school can have such an influence on a young person's life and opportunities. I have two children at the school, and have loved becoming part of the school community. I enjoy being outside and walking on Malling Down, music, cooking and reading. I am very enthusiastic about sport, but my football career was cut short after a disastrous season in goal for Boxford Rovers under 11s team: we came second bottom of the league, losing one game 25 nil (in just 60 minutes).
Simon Popple - Co-opted Governor
After completing my MBA at Birmingham University in 1993, I joined the corporate finance team at Singer & Friedlander working on small and mid-cap mergers and acquisitions. In 1997 I joined the senior banker team at ABN AMRO before moving into their corporate finance department in 1999, where I specialised in private equity. I then became head of investment management at Strutt & Parker’s Real Estate Financial Services before becoming a director of Topland, one of Europe’s largest private investment companies. In 2008, I set up Brookville Capital, a capital-raising business. My interests are hockey and rugby. My daughter is in Year 4 at South Malling.
Sarah Lyons - Co-opted Governor
I live in South Malling with my husband Pete and our two boys; Freddie, who attends the school, and Jacob, who is three and would love to be at school with Freddie. I'm a Christian and a member of King's Church, Lewes.
My background is in nursing, though I now spend much of my time looking after Jacob and volunteering in various roles in and around the Lewes area, including Designated Safeguarding Officer for our church, and teaching in the Key Stage 2 kids' work team, and also the crèche, as I am passionate about serving our community, especially young people. As a Health Visitor and Mental Health nurse, I have worked with many children and different agencies, and I am honoured to have met so many families, to have listened to their stories and experiences, provided feedback and information, advocated for those most in need, challenged unsafe practice and addressed ways of working that hinder voices being heard.
I love being outdoors and enjoy spending time being active with friends and family in the wild, or locally around town, and like to knit or read under canvas, and I also share my enthusiasm of crazy camping and outdoor skills with young people through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.
Judy Yeomans - Foundation Governor
As a Foundation Governor, my appointment is through Chichester Diocese. I am a member of TRINITY Church and worship at Southover. I have worked for the last 13 years in a voluntary capacity, supporting children and families, through Sunday school and pastoral work with the church.
My early training as a speech and language therapist, subsequent work in my children’s primary school, and interest in children’s well-being have led me to pursue additional training. I am now a Trainer and advisor for Godly Play UK, a charity that seeks to transform thinking and practice in the area children’s spirituality. My involvement with South Malling School has come about through my interest in the spiritual dimension of childhood.
My husband, Martin and I have lived in Lewes for more than 25 years and seen my children flourish in Lewes schools. We continue to enjoy the exciting company of children and young people. My greatest pleasure is watching and listening to the discoveries children make for themselves about the world, themselves and each other, and God.
Peter Hughes - Co-opted Governor
I am a co-opted Governor, having joined the board in June 2019, and am part of the Finance Working Group. I work in finance, currently for the University of Sussex, responsible for their strategic and commercial projects. Prior to working in Higher Education, I worked in a variety of commercial finance roles in the private sector. I am a qualified accountant and project manager but also have a degree in Environmental Sciences.
I am from Sussex originally and moved back to Lewes with my wife in 2004, we currently live in South Malling and have two children at the school. I enjoy running and photography but generally not at the same time.
Clare Callow - Parent Governor
I have a daughter in Gold Gibbons and live very locally. I work at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, in the department of Global Health and Infection, as a programmes manager looking after a number of large and complex research grants focussed on neglected tropical diseases in east Africa. Previously I worked in international development and health and my skills lie in contract management, HR and compliance issues, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes, reporting, business development and financial management. I have an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex and am very interested in biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability and education, and issues related to the climate crisis, both at a local and international level. A proponent of a healthy lifestyle after doing lots of yoga, I am interested in healthy eating and the links between physical activity and mental and emotional health.
Pamela Lewis - Local Authority Governor
I was delighted to have been appointed the LEA governor for South Malling CE Primary school in February 2021 and look forward to being a part of the Governing Body. My whole working career has been in education. I trained as a primary teacher in London. My first teaching job was in a multicultural primary school in the London Borough of Greenwich. I worked in London for 9 years and completed an MA in Education at the University of Sussex before moving into Teacher Education. I spent 6 years with the Department of Education at Canterbury Christ Church College University then moved to Lewes with my family to take up a Senior Lecturer role in Primary Education at the University of Brighton. I joined the PGCE Primary English team as well as teaching Children’s Literature on the BA (Hons) Primary Education degree.
Our children went to Lewes schools and are now beginning their own careers. I took retirement last summer but continue to be involved with educational organisations. We love living in Lewes, I sing in a local choir, play the ukulele and have become a bit obsessed with the Lewes swifts. We have just installed a nesting box for swifts on the side of our house so fingers crossed. Two years ago my husband and I decided it would be a good idea to learn Greek so this also keeps us occupied (as well as challenged!). I am excited to be part of the community of South Malling CE Primary school and meeting many of you in the future.