Mrs Rosemary Cornish
Chair of Governors
Appointed January 2006 – current term of office ends January 2018
Rosemary is a local authority appointed governor and is a member of the Staffing and Finance Committee. She lives in Rustington with her husband Martin. Now retired, she worked for the NHS as a Director of a Primary Care Trust. Rosemary also has many years experience of working in the voluntary youth sector. She is a Magistrate and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lodge Hill Centre near Pulborough. Rosemary believes that all children should learn and develop in a safe and caring environment and that they should have a positive experience at school. She is proud of the important role Georgian Gardens School plays in the local community.
Miss Amie Bowers
Miss Bowers took up post as Headteacher at Georgian Gardens in January 2018 and is a serving member of the governing body. Previously she was Headteacher at Rudgwick Primary School (2013 - 2017) and prior to this had experience of working in primary schools in both West Sussex and Hampshire. Miss Bowers is keen to ensure that all pupils at Georgian Gardens are inspired by their learning and supported to achieve the very best that they can.
Mr David Marsh
Appointed December 2012 – current term of office ends April 2019
David was originally appointed as a community governor and was re-appointed in 2015 as a co-opted governor. He is a member of the Staffing and Finance Committee, the Learning and Standards Committee and the Premises Committee and has a role overseeing the Pupil Premium Funding. He lives in Angmering with his wife Hilary. He has three sons and five grandchildren, two of whom attend Georgian Gardens. Now retired, David worked as a teacher at the Littlehampton Community School for 35 years. David is a co-opted member of Angmering Parish Council and a life long supporter of Brighton and Hove Albion FC. David has in particular interest in Citizenship and Lifeskills Education and is the governors’ representative on the Georgian Gardens School Council.
Mr Chris Ansell
Appointed February 2011 - current term of office ends February 2019.
Chris has been elected for two terms of office as a staff governor and until recently he chaired the Learning and Standards Committee. He lives in Rustington with his family. He has a daughter and son at the school currently. He has worked at Georgian Gardens CP School since September 2004 and has lots of experience of teaching from years one to three. He has been a statutory moderator for the county and has worked as part of the county assessment team. He is also part of the locality assessment team. He aims to enable children to fulfil their potential and be the best they can be, through learning in a supportive and caring environment, which is what he tries to create in his classroom.
Mrs Karli Bates
Elected May 2017 – current term of office ends May 2021.
Karli Bates is a parent governor at the school. She also works at Georgian Gardens as a TLA currently in year 3. She has worked at Georgian Gardens since February 2014. Karli has two boys at the school one in year 5 and one in year 3.
She has worked in child care since 1997 and is very passionate about what she does. Having moved to the area in September 2013 she has enjoyed her time at Georgian Gardens and living by the coast. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and with her two dogs.
Mr Pat Doherty
Appointed May 2017 – current term of office ends 2021.
Pat has over 40 years successful school and Local Authority leadership experience at senior level in both the UK and internationally. Starting his career as what would now be known as a Y5 teacher, he went onto senior roles in secondary education. In the second half of his career he undertook a wide range of support, monitoring and advisory roles for LAs, schools, the DfE in the UK as well as school boards and departments of education overseas.
He has worked on Ofsted inspection teams, with universities tutoring student teachers as well as undertaking a variety of both authoring roles and national evaluations for subject associations.
His work with governors, senior leaders, middle leaders and whole staff groups in many schools across the country has addressed a wide range of leadership, management, curriculum, learning and teaching issues. He has run a significant number of regional conferences, worked specifically with SLTs as well as leading many school based INSET days on topics such as observing T&L, whole school self evaluation, personalised learning, interpretation of performance data and school building design.
Pat is now retired and moved to Rustington from Devon three years ago to be closer to his two daughters and one grandson. He still retains a passion for education and children’s learning. He hopes that in his role as Governor that the combination of this passion and his experience can help Georgian Gardens in some small way. His particular subject interests are Design & Technology and ICT. Pat is currently the Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee.
Mr Ben Glyn-Jones
Appointed May 2015 - current term of office ends April 2019.
Appointed Governor in December 2015 - Current term of office ends December 2019
Ben is the owner and managing director of Glyn-Jones and Company Limited. He lives in Rustington with his wife Deborah and three children. His daughter left Georgian Gardens in 2014, and his eldest son in 2016, whilst his youngest son still attends. Ben’s expertise is in property; he runs an established Lettings and Management Company and possesses a BSc in Building Surveying. 20 years of running his own business has also given Ben a good insight into brand and marketing. Ben runs an after school chess club and is vice-chair of the Staff and Finance Committee.
Mr Adam King
Appointed July 2016 – Current term of office end July 2020.
Adam is a qualified architect and town planner currently working as a director of ECE Architecture. He has a number of close links with the school:- both his children are pupils, his partner is the school’s music teacher , and he lives very close to the school. Adam is a very active and useful member of the Premises Committee.
Mr Dominic Meakins
Appointed December 2009 – current term of office ended December 2017. This vacancy is currently being reviewed and Mr Meakins has shown interest in remaining on the governing body.
Dominic has been elected twice as a parent governor and he has been the chair of the Premises Committee for a number of years. He is married to Helen Meakins, who has been a teacher at the school since 1997, and they currently have 1 child at Georgian Gardens.
Dominic runs a specialist glass construction company, based in Ford. He regularly attends school events and is usually found on the barbeque flipping burgers or hotdogs!
Mrs Helen Meakins
Appointed December 2013 – current term of office ends April 2019.
Helen is the leader of the Reception Year, Year One and Year Two. She has taught at Georgian Gardens since 1997 and is passionate about the education and welfare of young children. She has personally inducted over 1000 children in to school. Helen is married to Dominic and has 2 children , both of whom have attended Georgian Gardens. Originally elected as a staff governor she was re-appointed as a co-opted governor in 2015 and she serves on the Learning and Standards Committee. Helen is also a governor at Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring.
Mr Roy Opie
Appointed January 2008 – current term of office ends April 2019
Roy is a co-opted governor and is Chair of the Staffing and Finance Committee. He lives in Angmering with his wife and three daughters, two of whom attended Georgian Gardens. Roy is a director of the publishing house Wiley, based in Chichester, responsible for magazine and digital content publishing. His particular skills as a governor are in leadership structures, performance management, team development and financial planning. He has a passionate interest in how the children at Georgian Gardens can receive the best education possible, in a happy and supportive environment looking after all aspects of their lives. His children say they would - if only it were possible - spend all of their school years in Georgian Gardens and never leave!
Mr Graham Tyler
Appointed October 2007 – current term of office ends April 2019.
Graham has lived in Rustington with his wife Diane for 36 years. He has 3 daughters and with four grandchildren at school locally he takes a keen interest in the whole of the education within the local area. He represents Rustington as a District Councillor and Parish Councillor. Originally a Local Authority appointed governor, he was re-appointed as a co-opted governor in 2015 and he serves on the Staffing and Finance Committee.
Mr Pascal Volant
Appointed February 2014 – current term of office ends April 2019.
Pascal lives in Angmering and has two children who attend Georgian Gardens. He works as a fulltime Fire-fighter for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service based at Littlehampton. He has many years’ experience working with children in his current employment, and also in previous roles. He has a keen interest in healthy living, and believes that Georgian Gardens helps to promote this within the school to great effect. He was originally elected as a parent governor and was re-appointed as a co-opted governor in 2015, serving on the school’s Premises Committee.
Mrs Heather Ward
Appointed January 2017 – current term of office end January 2021.
Heather has been a practitioner in schools for 37 years working in Liverpool, Haringey and West Sussex and has held a number of responsibilities including Safeguarding, SENCO, Travellers' Education, EAL provision, Children who are Looked After, Pastoral Care etc. She has worked for Ofsted and has been part of the West Sussex Safeguarding of Children Board. She has experience working with statutory agencies - most notably Children's Social Care and Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit .
Heather lives locally and has a special fondness for Georgian Gardens because, at the tender age of 18, she did work experience when the school had just opened. This confirmed her desire to be a teacher. She seeks to work hard to ensure she can be of service to all staff, students, families and the Governing Body at Georgian Gardens school.
Mrs Kay Wilson
Appointed December 1998 – current term of office ends April 2019.
Kay is currently working as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school, having previously taught for over 30 years (including supply cover at Georgian Gardens).
She has 4 children who all attended Georgian Gardens, during which time she served on the PTA and was elected as a parent governor. She was subsequently appointed as a community governor and most recently as a co-opted governor. She says that she has seen Georgian Gardens develop from the original school to the large, amazing school it is today, and she is proud to have been associated with it for over 30 years. She looks forward to seeing the school continue to develop and feels privileged to be involved.
Mrs Aksana Trifonos
Appointed January 2018 - current term of office ends January 2022.
Aksana is an ACCA qualified accountant currently working as a Financial Accountant at University of Chichester (Multi) Academy Trust, supporting twelve academies in Portsmouth and West Sussex areas. Aksana has two children and her eldest son is currently in Year 3 at Georgian Gardens. She has a deep interest in all aspects of Education and feels it is important for all children to be happy, confident and become the best they can be.