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Mrs Elizabeth Smith (Chair) Local Authority Governor I have been a Governor at Minterne Community Junior School since February 2014 and Chair of Governors since September 2015.  I retired in 2014 and wanted to play a part locally ensuring children receive the best education. Before retiring I worked in Finance and for a Housing Association.  My experience in these roles provides me with the skills to contribute and enhance the Governing Board in a positive way.  I am married with two children and five grandchildren and know how important a good education is for each and every child.
Mr David Wood (Vice Chair) Co-opted Governor I’ve lived in Sittingbourne all my life and attended Minterne as a pupil between 1974 and 1978 (yes I swam in that freezing pool). Following my degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering I have followed a career in IT Management working in the Banking, Airport and Consulting sectors. When my own children started to attend the school in 2007 I decided I would like to try to contribute something back and applied to be a Parent Governor. I have since moved to become a Co-opted Governor and am very proud to be involved in the role of Vice-Chair and have responsibility for Governance of Finance, Management Performance and SEN. My youngest child now attends Minterne and I look forward to continuing as a supportive and critical (if necessary) friend of the school. 
Mr David Whitehead Executive Head Teacher My name is Mr Whitehead. I am very proud to be the Executive Head Teacher of The Unitas Collaboration of schools. I have been a teacher for 18 years, the last 9 of which I have been a head teacher. I have been a Governor since 2006, experiencing many changes in education and the Governor role.
In my role as a Governor I am able to work with other governors to realise the vision that we have for an outstanding education for every pupil. Additionally the Governors hold me to account in my leadership role, enabling me to explain the actions that I have taken and the impact they have had on the children.
I live just outside of Canterbury with my wife, who is also a teacher, and we have two young children who keep us very busy.

Mrs Catherine Hurst


Mrs Kirsty Hadfield

Head of School


Deputy Head Associate Member

Mrs Vivien Beer Staff Governor Married, with two girls and one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. I have lived in Sittingbourne for many years. I was a parent helper, during the time my children attended the school, during which time I was asked to apply for a TA job, which I was fortunate enough to be successful in. A vacancy for a non-teaching Governor became available and once again I was asked if I would be interested, which I then accepted. I think it is important that the children of Minterne Junior School receive a well rounded education and am pleased to be part of the Governing body to oversee this.
Mr Martin Smith Co-opted Governor I am recently retired and have lived in Kent since 1977; in Sittingbourne, close to Minterne, since 1988. I was a secondary school teacher for 35 years, teaching in Sittingbourne since 1985, my main subjects were mathematics and IT. I also taught IT to pupils at Minterne for one year. For the last twenty years I have been involved in developing and maintaining web-sites for schools and charitable organisations.
I was co-opted as a governor for Minterne in 2015 and am proud to be associated with this school and to be able to continue to contribute to ensuring the best possible education for all its pupils.
Mrs Joanne Brown Associate Member  
Mrs Debbie Gower Associate Member I am an associate governor but originally joined as a parent governor. I feel that it is important to be involved in Minterne Junior School to ensure the best education for all of its pupils. I have lived in Sittingbourne for the majority of my life and as well as my children attending this school, I am proud to say that I was once a pupil myself.
Mr Ben Green Co-opted governor Having been a governor for the past year I recognise the value that Minterne has to the community of Sittingbourne and I hope that I am able to help build on that in the future. I live in Maidstone and work as a Business Development Manager for a number of charities in Kent. I became a governor because I believe that my skills and experience can be used positively by the school. But, more importantly, because I passionately believe that education is the most important aspect of our society and I want to play a role in ensuring that the children of Minterne receive the best possible start in life.
Mr Paul Hayles Co-opted Governor Hello I am Paul Hayles I live in Maidstone and became a Governor because I wanted to volunteer my time and experience within Kent.  As a London Fire Brigade firefighter and fire officer for 30 years I was never able to commit time locally. I now work as a Health and Safety advisor within the education sector in Tonbridge.  I am married and have three children spanning 10-28 years old and believe I can offer my knowledge and experience to assist the Governing Board in my Co- opted role.
Mrs Emma Carter Parent Governor

I am a parent of a pupil in Y3 and a pupil in Y6 and so have had, and will continue to have, a vested interest in the school. I am currently Head of Mathematics at Borden Grammar School where I have worked for nearly 13 years and am also a staff governor. I have been in the teaching profession since 1995 and so education and the education of my children is of paramount importance to me and something I feel quite passionately about. I believe that I can make a valuable contribution to Minterne Junior School in my role.

Mr Alex Harris Parent Governor  
Vacancy Co-opted Governor  
Vacancy Co-opted Governor