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Offham School Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section


Circle Model


The governors at Offham Primary School have adopted a circle model of governance. This means that the Governing Body works as a ‘whole team’, meeting 6 times per year, once in each term, without any separate committees. An agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the governing body is required to consider, and the governing body will ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes.


In addition to ‘commissioning’ activities or actions on their behalf, the governing body may wish to delegate monitoring activities to ‘monitoring pairs’ or ‘individuals’. This could apply to statutory functions, and/or the priorities of the School Single Plan, which is managed under our 5 values and EYFS as headings. In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or decision to the governing body at the next meeting.

Meet the Governors


Chair of Governors: Mr Ollie Phipps (Parent Governor)

Vice Chair: Mrs Jane Jordon (Co-opted Governor)

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Sandra Mason


Local Authority Governors: TBC

Ollie Phipps - Chair of Governors (Parent)
Jane Jordan - Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted)
Clare Innes - Co-opted Governor
Malcolm Earl - Co-opted Governor
Katie Coulson - Co-opted Governor

Staff Governors:

  • Mrs Emily John (Headteacher)
  • Mrs Lisa Reason (Deputy Headteacher)

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Governor roles and responsibilities 


    A little bit about your Governors Area of responsibility  Monitoring Area of the single plan Term of Office Elected By Declared Business Interests
Ollie Phipps

Chair of Governors


Parent Governor

I live in Offham with my wife Jaime and son Rupert, who started at the school in 2018. Professionally I am a Consultant Nurse in Acute Medicine at a local hospital and a Clinical  Academic at Canterbury Christ Church University. I love education and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


My family and I moved to Kent in 2016, and set up home in Offham, where we have enjoyed becoming part of village life. I became a parent governor as I wanted to help develop the school, support the staff, but most importantly to help develop our children’s education and give them a bright future.


Leadership and Management



Respect Jan 2019 - Jan 2023 The Parents

Child attending the school


Spouse a member of the school PTFA


Academic at Canterbury Christ Church University



Jane Jordan Co-opted Governor

When I am not busy with items relating to being a Governor at Offham, I am running my own Management Systems Consultancy business or involved in other village centred activities.


I enjoy walking, swimming, Pilates, home cooked food, live entertainment and good company and I have recently been mad enough to try a little running! 
Health and Safety Responsibility March 2013 - Jan 2021 The Governors Resident in local Offham community
Clare Innes Co-opted Governor

My husband and I moved to Offham in 1997 and our three boys all attended Offham Primary School which provided them with an excellent start to their educational journey.  I have been a School Governor for many years, first as a Parent Governor and subsequently have retained my involvement with the School after our children left as a Co-opted Governor.


I am a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in Planning and Development work for both residential and commercial property and I am a Director of a multi disciplined Property and Investment Company working throughout the south east of England.  I bring to the Governing Body expertise in planning, project management, construction and financial accountability.


I am an active member of the local community having been a Parish Councillor, currently a Churchwarden, Chair of Offham May Day and a Committee Member of our local NSPCC group.  In my spare time I enjoy running with my dogs, any activity holiday I can fit in and spending downtime with my family.

Finance Collaboration March 2020 - March 2022 The Governors

Resident in local Offham community


Church Warden for St.Mary's West Malling


Chair of the Offham May Day committee

Malcolm Earl Co-opted Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 1996 when our children attended Offham and I have stayed on ever since as a Co-opted Governor. I live in the village with my wife and work locally at a large aerospace company where I'm a Senior Programme Manager. I'm a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


I enjoy keeping fit and have been a Charlton Athletic season ticket holder for many years.

Pay and rewards

Headteacher appraisal

Compassion Oct 2016-Oct 2020 The Governors Resident in local Offham community
Katie Coulson Co-opted Governor I live in Ryarsh with my husband Will, our daughter Olivia who attends the school and our son Oscar.

Professionally, I am a Chartered Surveyor for the RICS and Partner at a consultancy firm based in central London. I have over 15 years experience in the construction industry with a focus on the education sector, in the capacity of both Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor.

In my spare time I enjoy Pilates and yoga and spending time with family and friends. 
Buildings and Maintenance  Resilience July 2019 - Jan 2023 The Governors

Child attending the school


Company registered to spouse holds school grounds maintenance contract 

Emily John


I am the headteacher at Offham Primary school. At Governing body meetings I report back to the governors about the strategic and day to day running of the school. The Governors and I work together to set the Vision, Mission, Goals and Values for the school.


My Governing body is key in helping me to move the school forward, ensuring that we are providing the very best education and learning environment for our children and the best working environment for all of our staff.

Headteacher Oversees the single plan Sept 2016 - Present Headteacher

Child attending the school



Lisa Reason

Deputy Headteacher

& Staff Governor

I am the Deputy Headteacher and elected staff governor at Offham primary school. At Governing body meetings I help Mrs John to discuss and explore the day to day and strategic running of the school.


In my staff governor role I provide a voice for everyone who is working at Offham Primary school within meetings, ensuring that their wellbeing and contribution to the school is valued.

Deputy Headteacher Collaboration Sept 2016 - Sept 2020 The Staff

Works at the school











Governor code of conduct 2019-20

Governor related policies