Our Governors

 Vacancy:

 

We currently have three Foundation Governor roles vacant. We are looking for new members who would love to support the strategic development of this amazing school.

Should you be interested in finding our more about the role then please contact the Clerk to the Governors , Mrs Karen Proctor. Please email Karen.Proctor@Platt.Kent.Sch.UK 

 

 

Chair of Governors

Mr Paul Vallance

Mr Paul Vallance

Paul Vallance has been a foundation governor since 2008 and has been in the post of Chair of Governors for 4 years. Paul has lived in Platt since 2004 and has three daughters, They all attended Platt School and are now at Invicta Grammar and Hillview School.
Paul works in the IT Industry as a Consultant.

Mr Robin Aldcroft

Mr Robin Aldcroft

I have lived in St Mary’s Platt for over 20 years. I am currently chairman of the St. Mary’s Platt and District Society.
I have recently retired after over 35 years in Primary Education, with 25 years in senior management. I was the Head Teacher of two highly successful Church of England Primary Schools in Kent and Bexley.
I hold an MA in School Leadership and Management from Christchurch University College, Canterbury.
I believe that Primary schools should allow pupils to develop their own skills and interests and I am particularly interested in the Arts, PE and Sport and Outdoor Education.
My hobbies include:  
Travel, Music, Sport especially sailing and football, local history, reading and theatre. My wife also tells me I am interested in gardening.
Mrs Sandra Brown

Mrs Sandra Brown

I am pleased to have been appointed as a School Governor for your school.

I have a background in education both in the classroom and through the local authority from which I have now retired.   I have lived in the village since 2009 and as a founder member of the Open the Book team, I have been a regular contributor to school assemblies. 

 It is my aim to see every child reach their potential and to this end I am looking forward to serving your school as a Governor.

Mr Howard Clark

Mr Howard Clark

Howard works in arts administration and leads the Visitor Experience department consisting of: estates, customer services and operational teams. His role covers the delivery of service, safety, security and environmental objectives at two iconic theatres in London.

Over the last 20 years, Howard has undertaken numerous voluntary and board level roles in charities, with an objective to improve the quality of life in working to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in London Boroughs. His voluntary work has involved developing youth engagement projects, working with schools and youth centres on road safety, knife crime and the improvement of parks and open space. These projects have been developed across London to educate young people.

Furthermore, Howard has extensive experience in estate management, Human Resources, charitable governance and he specialises in Business Continuity, Health, Safety and Environmental Law.

As a resident of Platt, Howard is passionate about keeping this part of Kent beautiful and safe. He takes a key role as one of neighbourhood watch coordinators and helps to inform the local community of ways to keep their home secure.

He sees the role of the primary school as being a fundamental part of the village life.

Mr Brian Fissenden

Mr Brian Fissenden

Brian is a lifelong practising Christian. He attended Platt as a child and upon his return to the UK; both his daughters emulated that tradition, whilst his wife completed the family connection through helping out in the classroom when their daughters were attending the school.

Brian has held a variety of senior positions on the boards of many companies, here and overseas. Prior to emigrating, he was a senior industrial chemist and later entered academia, where he taught business studies. Upon his return to the UK, he has practised law in the charitable sector, where currently he heads an Employment Law department in Surrey.

He has a wide variety of interests and maintains close connections with his parish in his role as a Eucharistic Minister.

Dr Toby Galbraith

Dr Toby Galbraith

Toby has lived in Borough Green since 2007 with his wife Liz. They are both scientists, having met doing their undergraduate degrees together in Bath, then PhDs in London and post-doctoral research in San Diego.
Toby is now in the medical communications industry and works for a digital publisher in Tunbridge Wells. Their eldest child is in Reception at Platt, and youngest will be starting in 2019.  
    
Mrs Katharine Nidd

Mrs Katharine Nidd

Katharine joined the Governing Body in 2017 and has lived in Culverstone Green since 2015 with her husband Simon. Their eldest daughter started at Platt in 2016 and their youngest daughter will be starting in 2019. Katharine is a chartered management accountant who works in Local Government as the commercial lead for Regeneration. She has experience in schools build projects and schools estate compliance and is on the Resources Committee.

 

Reverend Lorraine Turner

Reverend Lorraine Turner

I have a keen interest in education following on from ten years as a science teacher in West London secondary schools. As the vicar of St. Mary's, Platt it is a delight to engage with primary education in the parish.
I see my role as a school governor as one where I can draw on my previous professional skills as well as my commitment to seeing church schools thrive. I hope to be able to offer a lively christian perspective and pastoral support.

 

Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Karen Proctor

Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Karen Proctor

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According to the Instrument of governance Platt CE Primary School's Governing Body consists of 14 governors: 


(a) 2 Parent Governors; 
(b) 1 Local Authority Governor; 
(c) 1 Staff Governors; 
(d) 1 Headteacher; 
(e) 1 Co-opted Governor; 
(d) 8 Foundation Governors; 


The following are the Foundation Bodies, and if applicable, persons entitled to appoint Foundation Governors and the appointments are to be made on the following basis: 
Three appointed by the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education. 
Three appointed by the St Mary’s Platt Parochial Church Council. 
One appointed by The Bishop of Rochester. 

The holder of the following office shall be a Foundation Governor Ex-Officio: 
The Principal Officiating Minister of the Parish of St Mary, Platt.