Ruth Austin

Ruth Austin

Headteacher ex officio
Steven Hughes

Steven Hughes

Name: Steven Hughes

Occupation: Head of Buying Retail

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 5 years

Which Governor committee/stream/ partnerships do you sit on for Ryarsh Primary School? SEN Governor, HT Assessment, Outcomes.

Why are you a Governor? The school is a massive part of the village and as a resident with one child at the school and another who has now left having benefitted from the school, I feel it is important to give something back.

Steve has been in the retail supermarket business for 29 years and currently works for one of the big four Supermarkets at their head office.

Steve moved to Kent 20 years ago having originally been from Essex!

Steve enjoys all sports and played in the front row within the national rugby and London league for a Kent side before old age caught up with him and he hung up his boots. He is now a keen spectator at rugby and football matches. Steve recently completed the Coast to Coast cycle ride with another Governor and a fellow much older village resident.

He is married to Erin and has two children, one of whom attends Ryarsh Primary School. The other has moved on to Invicta Grammar School for Girls having benefitted from an excellent primary education at Ryarsh Primary School.

 

 

Stewart Speake

Stewart Speake

Name: Stewart Speake

Occupation: Firefighter

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 9 years

Which Governor committee/stream/ partnerships do you sit on for Ryarsh primary school? Health & Safety and Premises, Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Why are you a Governor? As a resident of Ryarsh for over 14 years, I think it is important to support village life in whatever way possible. The school and the pub is a vital element in this.

Stewart has been in the fire service for 16 years and is currently stationed in London. Before he joined the fire service, he worked at a college with young adults with troubled backgrounds taking them to do outdoor pursuits. 

Stewart is a keen skier and loves the outdoors. He has completed the 3 peaks challenge and Coast to Coast cycle ride raising money for the Heart of Kent Hospice with other local people. He is hoping to cycle from Lands End to John O Groats next year.

He is married to Ali and has two children who attended Ryarsh Primary School. They have moved on to MGS and Invicta Grammar Schools having benefitted from an excellent primary education at Ryarsh Primary School.

Daniel Childs

Daniel Childs

Co-opted Governor
John Macnab

John Macnab

Occupation: Management Consultant

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? John is now in his 3rd year as a Governor at Ryarsh

Any other Governor experience: John was previously a governor at another local primary school as a  parent governor

Which Governor committee/stream/ partnerships do you sit on for Ryarsh primary school? Parent Governor, monitoring

Why are you a Governor? :

John is a governor at the school as he believes he can actively contribute to sustaining, and hopefully helping to further improve, the high reputation and achievements of the school.

John was originally from Sussex but moved to Wales then London and Oxford to complete his education after A Levels. He holds a Degree in Engineering, a Masters in Non Linear Mathematics and a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics.

John began his career in defence and has subsequently worked in both public and private sectors in many countries before settling in Kent in 1999 when he met his wife. He currently splits his time between completing the building his house (still), freelance consultancy work and his family.

Daniel Sproul

Daniel Sproul

Parent Govenor

Occupation: Managing Director

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 1 year

Why are you a governor? As a resident of Ryarsh for over 15 years, I think it is important to support village life in whatever way possible. The school is a vital element in this.

Dan was schooled and grew up in Essex, before graduating from Coventry with a Mechanical Engineering and French degree and then Nottingham with a Masters Degree. After graduating, he became a ski guide in France. He now runs a mechanical engineering firm based in Essex, manufacturing and painting metalwork components in the aerospace industry. He has been doing this for 20 years.

Dan is a West Ham fan and was an avid footballer until an Achilles tear several year ago and now fills the few minutes he has to himself playing golf at West Malling and Kings Hill.

He is married to Sarah and has twin daughters who attend Ryarsh Primary School.

He is the current Welly Throwing Champion at Ryarsh.

 

Claire Crome

Claire Crome

Staff Governor
Jon Naylor

Jon Naylor

Occupation: Consultant

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 9 years

Why are you a Governor? As a resident of Ryarsh for over 15 years, I think it is important to support village life in whatever way possible. The school is a vital element in this.

Jon trained as an economist before plying his trade in the cut throat world of consumer electronics. In recent times, he has taken to advising some of the UK’s largest retailers on how to maximise the benefit gained by better deploying their resources, whether human or capital.

Jon is a keen skier and an avid fan of Norwich City. He has two dogs and three cats and currently has a hen house for sale following an atack from a local fox.

He is married to Debbie and has two daughters who attend Invicta Grammar school having benefitted from an excellent primary education at Ryarsh Primary School. 

Carmel Sutton

Carmel Sutton

Co-opted Governor

Occupation: Teacher

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 15 years

Which Governor committee/stream/partnership do you sit on for Ryarsh Primary School?

Which Governor committee/stream/ partnerships do you sit on for Ryarsh primary school? Vice-Chair, Pay Committee, Appeals Committee.

Why are you a Governor? : I have been a governor since my oldest child was in year R, mainly becuase I wanted to contribute to the wonderful school community and be part of making the school as outstanding as possible. Over the years, we have achieved this and it has been a very rewarding experience to be a part of.

Carmel is a qualified secondary school teacher and has been teaching for 25 years in both grammar and private schools. Both of her children attended Ryarsh and loved their time at the school. They have now moved on to secondary school and university. Carmel has previously been the chair of Governors and is currently the vice chair. Her particular interests are in pupil welfare and achievements.

Steve Hill

Steve Hill

Occupation: Technical Director, retired

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 13 years

Why are you a Governor? I have been involved in scouting all my life and have also always tried to improved the lives of young people through educational visits when working, football club treasurer, school visits, etc. I attended Ryarsh school AGM’s and was the only non committee person at the last one in 2002 and was ask to join the committee  as a parent governor. I had a son and daughter at the school. I had management, financial and DIY skills that I thought would benefit the school in the changing role of the head teacher.

Steve is a retired technical director with two sons and two daughters in their 20’s and 30’s. He has a degree in electrical engineering and is a Fellow of the Institude of Engineering and Technology. He took early retirement in 2003 (aged 52) and is an active DIYer. He has assisted on almost all residental school trips since becoming a governor and can often be seen around the school assisting with maintenance and planning as well as supervising improvements in the school premises.

Rachel Rowland

Rachel Rowland

Chair of Governors

Children: 2 – One at university, one in Year 13

Occupation: Operational change manager, Investment Banking

How long have you been a Governor at Ryarsh? 13 years

Any other Governor experience: I have worked informally with several governing bodies in local schools advising them on how to structure their monitoring to maximise their effectiveness.

I am the chair of the governing body, a post which I have held for 8 years now. I meet with the Head Teacher on a regular basis so that I am always up to date with what is going on in school. I also monitor school finances.

The school is a big part of the local community and it is important to me to play a role in that community. It is a real contrast to my work in an office, and I feel like I am making a difference to the children’s education. I am proud to take part in staff interviews which is always an interesting task, and the children are just really good fun to be around!

I am married to James and we have two children who were lucky enough to attend Ryarsh Primary School. We have lived in the village for 18 years, and love the community spirit here – I can often be found supporting the Duke of Wellington on a Friday lunchtime!  I work in Canary Wharf three days a week, leaving home at a time when most sensible people still have a couple more hours in bed. I studied French and German at university and have since learned Italian too. I love to watch cricket, preferably when the sun is shining, and I have also recently started dressmaking again, a hobby which has been mothballed for a number of years, apart from making the standard nativity costumes of course!