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Meet the Governors

Who are we?


The Governing Body is made up of: The Headteacher, one staff member, one appointed by the local authority, two foundation governors (elected by the Church); four parent governors (elected by the parents) and three co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Governors are volunteers and do not get paid for being governors.


We work in partnership with the Headteacher and her senior leaders to make the school the best it can be for all staff and pupils. It is our responsibility to set the ethos, vision and strategic direction of this welcoming and inclusive village school and ensure all statutory duties are met. We do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school which is the responsibility of the Headteacher and her team.


We are made up of a cross section of this vibrant community – parents, staff and local representatives who give their time and knowledge to the school. This cross section of influence allows our Board to maintain the character of our Church of England school and its great relationship with the wider community including strong links to our local churches in the Len Valley Benefice.


How do we work?


We use the ‘circle model’ which means the Board as a whole is responsible for all matters. Governors work in pairs to monitor progress towards targets on specific areas of the school. The targets are set by the Headteacher and set out in the School Plan (link). We do this by visiting the school, checking relevant information and asking questions so we can report back to the Full Governing Board meetings which are held once a term.  Decisions can then be taken at these Board meetings.


Although Governors hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of the staff, we take a collaborative approach to ensure we work as one team. We also oversee the financial performance and ensure the school’s money is well spent.


Dispensing with all committees except the Pay Committee helps to avoid duplication and ensures all governors have a wider understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement.


The Governing Board has specific responsibilities and legal duties in respect of the curriculum, safeguarding, discipline, finance, appointments and dismissal of staff, school premises, health and safety matters and for pupils with special educational needs.


Supporting the Governing Board is the Clerk to the Governors. This role is part of the school team and on the school payroll and is undertaken by Mrs Debbie Stryzyk.


The following list shows the current governors and their roles:


Joel Mitchell

Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)


Lead roles: Leadership & Management; HT Performance Management Panel; Behaviour & Attitudes, SCR; Pay Committee (Appeals)

Term of office: 4th October 2020-3rd October 2023

Register of Business Interests: Ex-wife is a teacher at the school


I'm Joel and I've recently been elected Chair of Governors. I'm a Co-opted Governor and am dad to Jasper and Emilia. Emilia is in Year 5. I became a school Governor as I’m really keen to support my local school and getting involved in the running of it seemed like an excellent way to do that. I thoroughly enjoy it; it’s not always easy but it’s important and rewarding. My day job sees me run a bus company as Managing Director.


Ali Waller-Davies

Head Teacher (Ex-Officio)


During my long and varied teaching career, I have taught all year groups across the primary years; working in Surrey, The Borough of Bromley and Kent.  My husband and I moved to Maidstone over twenty years ago and when our children were small I taught part term and have been at Harrietsham since September 2007.  Although teaching is a challenging job, I have never regretted my career decision.  


I love being outside, walking and enjoying the countryside and I also get a buzz from singing, having been in choirs and choral groups since the age of 7.

I am passionate about the education and nurture of our children and I am extremely proud to be leading this school.


Jo Greasley

Vice-Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)


Lead roles: Leadership & Management; Safeguarding; Pay Committee; Behaviour & Attitudes; SCR; HT Appraisal (Appeals)

Term of office: 8th July 2021-7th July 2024

Register of Business Interests: None


I’m very pleased to have another chance to work with this lovely school. Some of you may know me from my time as an LSA in Dormice Class (Year 2) which I enjoyed immensely. I’ve lived in the village with my husband and step-daughter for over 20 years and have seen many changes not least with the school itself.  I love taking long walks with our dog, Basil, and spending time travelling.


I’m hoping my prior knowledge of the school and skills and experience from my career in central Government will help the school to continue to prosper.


Simon Betts

Parent Governor


Lead roles: Finance & Monitoring of the School Budget/Sports Premium Grant; Pay Committee; HT Performance Management Panel

Term of office: 7th October 2021-6th October 2024

Register of Business Interests: None


Hi I’m Simon and I have recently been appointed to the role of parent governor. I have twin boys who joined the school this new academic year, so I was keen to get more involved with the school to help shape it’s future direction and continue to achieve its aims and targets.


My background is in running commercial teams for large organisations, this have provided me the skill set in creating high performing teams, who are set up to deliver their plans with all the support in place. It also means I am used to numbers, budgets and tackling complex problems. I hope this experience will help Harrietsham continue to perform at the highest level for staff and children and the wider community.


Rev. Charlotte Coles

Foundation Governor


Lead roles: SIAMS; Personal Development and Wellbeing

Term of office: 9th November 2020-8th November 2024

Register of Business Interests: None


Karin Corrigan

Parent Governor


Lead roles: Safeguarding; Child Protection; Health & Safety

Term of office: 12th October 2019-11th October 2022

Register of Business Interests: Employee of Kent Community Health Foundation Trust


I’m Karin, I’m a parent to a child in the school. I have always taken a keen interest in the school and have aimed to participate where possible. I offer a parent’s perspective as well as using some of the skills and knowledge from my career, I’m a paediatric nurse and currently manage a specialist children’s service in the NHS and liaise regularly with schools on health issues.


Rebecca Emson

Co-opted Governor


Lead roles: Training and Development; Special Educational Needs/Pupil Premium Grant/Recovery Grant; Quality of Teaching

Term of office: 18th March 2021-17th March 2024

Register of Business Interests: None


Robbie Ferguson

Parent Governor


Lead roles: Special Educational Needs/Pupil Premium Grant/Recovery Grant; Quality of Teaching

Term of office: 12th October 2020-11th October 2023

Register of Business Interests: None


Emma Giannini

Staff Governor


Term of office: 29th September 2020-28th September 2022


Revd. John Huggins

Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio)


Lead roles: HT Performance Management Panel (Chair); SIAMS; Personal Development and Wellbeing

First appointed on: 30th October 2017

Register of Business Interests: None


I joined the Governing Body as an Ex-Officio Foundation Governor after being licensed to be Priest-in-Charge of Len Valley Benefice, which includes Harrietsham. I have a background in leadership within science and industry, and am of course trained in pastoral care and child development and spirituality. In my previous post, I was chair of Governors of a small village school and took particular interest in monitoring EYFS. I look forward to helping the school continue to build on their school vision of quality teaching within a Christian ethos.


Cliff Parker

Co-opted Governor


Lead roles: Health & Safety; Website Compliance

Term of office: 7th October 2021-6th October 2024

Register of Business Interests: None


I’m proud parent to a daughter in year [3], and to 2 twin boys born in June of 2019.

 One of the reasons my wife and I moved to Harrietsham in 2012, was the feeling of community the village had, and we wanted to be able to give back some of our time and experience to the community. Joining in November 2018 as a parent governor was a perfect opportunity to do so, and it’s been a great experience so far.


I work in IT as a project manager, working with clients to help them on their large transformation projects. I’ve also managed teams in the past, so I’m able to bring that experience to the table to help drive the school forward.


I had the pleasure of working with the PTFA, the school and the children during spring 2019 to help raise funds for the PTFA to use to help and benefit our children. I was blown away by the support from the local community and the children themselves. Understanding we all need to work together is key in helping our children thrive and flourish.‚Äč


Louise Wickenden

Parent Governor


Lead roles: Finance & Monitoring of the School Budget/Sports Premium Grant; Pay Committee

Term of office: 7th October 2021-6th October 2024

Register of Business Interests: Book-keeper – client is parent at the school


I have been a parent of children at Harrietsham School for the last 8 years. I have a vested interest in both the school and the local parent community. This interest led me to take on the role of parent governor. One of my children is now at secondary school, while the other is working her way up through the school.


Over these years, I have become very familiar with the workings of the school both as a parent and also as a member of the PTFA. During my last 3 years on the PTFA I took on the role of treasurer.

This experience within the school setting, alongside my finance background, has enabled me to take on the role of Finance Governor, which is a challenge I enjoy.

Governors Attendance