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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.

Contacting the Governors


To make contact with the Chair of Governors and the Governing body please contact the Clerk to the Governors:



Meet the Governors


Chair of Governors: Keith May (Co-opted Governor)

Vice Chair: Margaret Bell (Co-opted Governor)

Clerk to the Governors: Trisha Ferrus - The Education People


Local Authority Governors: TBC


Staff Governor:

  • Mr Jonny O'Sullivan



  • Mrs Emily John


Interim Executive Headteacher:

  • Miss Emma Hickling

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

Keith May

Co-opted Governor 




Dec 2022-Dec 2026

The Governors


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.


Health & Safety


Oct 2020-Oct 2024

The Governors

Resident in local Offham community


Jonathan O'Sullivan


Staff Governor


Staff Voice


Sept 2020- 2024

The Staff

Works at the school.

Prof. 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. 



Sept 2020-2024

The Parents

Children at the School

Laura Gould

Parent Governor

I 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 Resources


Sept 2020-2024

The Parents

Children at the School

Margaret Bell

Co-opted Governor

In 2014, we moved to Offham to be closer to our daughter and her family. As one granddaughter attends the school, I visited school events and volunteered for class outings. Being very impressed by the friendly atmosphere and the stimulating and enjoyable teaching and learning environment, I eagerly submitted my expression of interest when the opportunity arose to be a school governor.


I am a qualified teacher with a Masters in Educational Studies and postgraduate qualifications in school improvement, curriculum development, leadership, and change management. Most of my teaching career was spent in East Africa, starting in Kenya, where I worked in nursery and primary schools, homeschooled our two daughters for a year, and was head of the junior section of a preparatory school. Moving to Uganda, I was head of three international schools over the next twenty-five years, including being founder and head of a British-style international school. My last post was with a group of four schools, two nurseries, a primary and a secondary as CEO  and Head of Education. My mandate was to focus on the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning environment with the twin aims of enriching the national curriculum and introducing internationally recognised exams, Cambridge Primary, IGCSE, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 

Now retired, I look forward to working with the Offham school governing board, the school leadership, and the school community to help and support the school fulfil its aims.



Jan 2022-2026

The Governors

Resident in local Offham community

Mike TobinCo-opted Governor Buildings/Health & Safety July22-July26The GovernorsChildren 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.


Oversees the single plan

Sept 2016 - Present


Child attending the school



Finance Group: Mike Tobin, Margaret Bell and Emily John


Pay & Reward Committee: Mike Tobin, Tara Rampal and Emily John 


Headteacher Appraisal Committee: Malcolm Earl, Keith May, & Independent Education Advisor 



Governor code of conduct

Governor related policies