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Offham School Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section


All schools have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’ which offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. However, a ‘critical friend’ also challenges, asks questions, seeks information, improves proposals and helps to arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.


The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are responsible and accountable for the school. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities.

Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals. The Full Governing Body meets 6 times per year.



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: Ollie Phipps (Parent Governor)

Vice Chair: Vacant (until 23/9/21)

Clerk to the Governors: Mel Greener (Judicium Clerking)


Local Authority Governors: TBC

Staff Governor:

  • Mr Jonny O'Sullivan



  • Mrs Emily John

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Governor roles and responsibilities 


  A little bit about your GovernorsArea of responsibility Monitoring Area of the single planTerm of OfficeElected ByDeclared Business Interests
Ollie Phipps

Chair of Governors


Parent Governor

I live in Offham with my wife and son, who started at the school in 2018. Professionally I am a Consultant Nurse in Acute Medicine and a Clinical  Academic. 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.


Strategic Leadership





Jan 2019 - Jan 2023The Parents

Child attending the school


Academic at Canterbury Christ Church University


Resident in local Offham community

Malcolm EarlCo-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.

SEND & Targeted Funding


Health & Safety

CompassionOct 2020-Oct 2024The GovernorsResident in local Offham community
Clare InnesCo-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.

FinanceResilienceMarch 2020 - March 2022The Governors

Resident in local Offham community


Church Warden for St.Mary's West Malling


Chair of the Offham May Day committee


Jonathan O'Sullivan



Staff Governor Staff VoiceN/ASept 2020- 2024The StaffWorks at the school.





Parent Governor

I have been a parent at Offham Primary School for the last 9 years and currently have two children who attend ( Ivan in Yr6 and James in Yr3). 


I work for the Ministry of Justice but have previous worked in the city for 25 years as a currency trader. I also have recent experience of working in a primary school environment. I am passionate about education and am very much looking forward to my new role.  

FinanceResponsibilitySept 2020-2024The ParentsChildren at the School


Dr Tara Rampal


Parent Governor

‚ÄčI am a Doctor, Consultant Anaesthetist with special interest in Population Health Programmes. I am the Founder of Kent and Medway Prehab, a multi pronged programme aimed at Cancer Patients. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Enlightenment of Arts and I hope to bring the diversity of my educational and cultural background to help enrich the wonderful environment at our school.


As a parent Governor, I am keen to use years of experience as and National Health service Clinician to support a culture of academic brilliance and nurturing care thrive at Offham Primary School. 

Safeguarding ResilienceSept 2020-2024The ParentsChildren at the School


Laura Gould


Parent GovernorBy September 2021, I will have three children currently attending Offham Primary School. Professionally, I am UK Head of Human Resources for a global family of diverse companies across agriculture, engineering, food services and investments. I have a first degree in Psychology, Masters degrees in Occupational Psychology and Human Resource Management and more recently, a professional accreditation in Coaching.  

As a family, we love the school and as Parent Governor, I am keen to lend my professional skills to support Offham’s continued focus on excellent academic results, it's nurturing environment and values-based ethos for the children and staff.   
Governance & Human ResourcesRespectSept 2020-2024The ParentsChildren at the School
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.

HeadteacherOversees the single planSept 2016 - PresentHeadteacher

Child attending the school




Finance Group: Clare Innes, Simon Knell, Ollie Phipps, and Emily John


Pay & Reward Committee: Malcolm Earl, Laura Gould, and Ollie Phipps


Headteacher Appraisal Committee: Malcolm Earl, Ollie Phipps, & Independent Education Advisor 



Governor code of conduct 2019-20

Governor related policies