Meet our Local Governing Board

Mrs Jean Cheesbrough 

Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor



Ms Sandra Forster

Foundation Governor

Canon Frank Moran

Foundation Governor/ Safeguarding Governor


Foundation Governor

Mr Chris Wells

Foundation Governor

Mrs Christina Wells

Vice Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

Mrs Kelly Taylor

Parent Governor

Mrs Rachel Hinton

Parent Governor

Dr Alan Norley

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Megan Underhill

Staff Governor

Mrs Sara Wakefield


Mrs Lauren Flain

Associate Member

Mr Phil Barham

Clerk to the Governors

A little bit about who we are:

Jean Cheesbrough (Chair of Governors)

Jean has lived on the Island her entire life, working for over 15 years in industry, including positions in management and human resources at Natwest Bank and Abbott Laboratories. Jean has two sons, both of whom went to St Edward's.

She re-trained as a teacher in 1990 and began a successful career at Minster College where she stayed until 2004. She went on to lead successful faculties at St John Fisher Catholic School, Chatham and Highsted Grammar School for Girls, Sittingbourne.

A committed Catholic, Jean plays an active role in parish life, and was excited by the opportunity to sit on the board of governors for St Edward's, where she is currently the Chair.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Phil Barham (Clerk of the Governors)

Phil Barham was appointed as Clerk to the Governors on 1st January 2018. He was previously providing Clerking Services to Minster Primary School and also provides Clerking Services for Rose Street School and West Minster School.

He has worked in financial services on the island for over 38 years and has run his own financial adviser business since 1995.

Phil was born on the island and has lived here all of his life, attending Rose Street School and the Sheerness Technical School.

He has been heavily involved in local football and was a Referee in the Sheppey Sunday League from 1974 to 2016.

In the last few years he has become more involved in charity fund-raising as a member of the Rotary Club of the Isle of Sheppey.

Phil lives in Minster with his wife Carole, a retired School Business Manager, and is semi-retired himself although he still operates his financial services business on a part-time basis. The couple have five grandchildren who tend to keep their spare time occupied.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Alan Norley

Alan has been a governor of St Edward’s RC Primary School for 4 years. He has worked extensively in school leadership, teacher education and development, quality assurance/inspection, education leadership development, strategic planning and capacity building of educational establishments, (and more latterly systems) for over 40 years.

He was appointed as a National Leader of Governance for the National College for Teaching & Leadership in January 2013 and also works with Kent Local Authority as a Local Leader of Governance and governor trainer, helping to support and develop governors and school leaders.

He runs his own education consultancy company working with Local Authorities and schools locally and with Governments and Development Agencies abroad. He began international education work in 1990 and that work has currently taken him to more than 26 countries worldwide.

In addition to being a governor at St Edward’s, he is involved in the governance of 5 primary schools, and a Special School. He is a Chair Trustee and Founding Director of CARE Foundation Trust of 10 primary schools and is the Chair/Coordinator of the CARE collaborative group of 15 primary schools.

Declaration of Business Interests: Alan's own education consultancy company.


Sara Wakefield (Headteacher)

Sara starting teaching in 1990 and spent her next 21 years teaching or advising on teaching in London. Sara worked for Lewisham and Westminster as a school improvement advisor, with a particular interest in how mathematics is taught and learnt in schools, before training as an Ofsted inspector. She has also led on a pilot called the Making Good Progress for the Department of Education.

Sara achieved the National Professional Qualification of Headship and became a Headteacher in Hythe in Kent in January 2011. She is delighted to have joined the St Edward's team in 2017 as their Headteacher.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Megan Underhill

Megan has been teaching for 12 years at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Whitstable and has been seconded to St Edward's as the Assistant Head and Year 6 teacher. Megan is new to governance.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Christopher Wells

This is my second time as a Governor of St Edward’s as I was a Governor some thirty years ago. My area of expertise is the same now as then, Finance.
In the Parish, I am a member of The Knights of St Columba, where I have held the position of Treasurer for the last twenty five years. I am an active member of our Church and manage the parish Gift Aid Scheme.

My children attended both St Edward’s and St John Fisher in Chatham; I am proud to be associated with the school once again in the role of Foundation Governor.

I retired in December 2017, having spent a lifetime working in Finance. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management and have papers published. I am now Chairman of the Rochester Pickwick Club and play an active role in the twice yearly Rochester Dickens Festival. I am a keen fundraiser and I do my best to support other organisations in the Parish and in the local community to raise funds.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Christina Wells (Vice Chair of Governors)

I have been a Foundation Governor for just one year, however, my association with St. Edward’s goes back many years. All five of our children attended St Edward’s, as did many of our nieces and nephews. We remember it to be a very good school where our children thrived and were happy.
I have a spent the last thirty years in education, retiring in 2016 as Principal and CEO of West Heath School in Sevenoaks. My specialism is Special Educational Needs (SEN).

I am delighted to be part of the Governing body team and I am keen to see St Edward’s return to being a Good / Outstanding School.

I am also a Trustee of the Inspiring Leadership Trust, which is a charity supporting vulnerable young women around the world.

In my spare time I am an ardent Dickens fan, and can be seen walking the streets of Rochester during the Dickens Festival in full Dickensian costume. I am blessed with nine grandchildren who keep me busy and in touch with the thoughts and feelings of today’s younger generation.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Kelly Taylor

I have lived on the Island for 6 years having moved from London. I was delighted to have been nominated as a parent governor; my daughter is at the school. I have worked as a teaching assistant in a London school and now lead the Scouts one evening a week in Sheerness. I am part of the Kent climbing team which I really enjoy.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared.


Rachel Hinton

I have lived on the Isle of Sheppey all of my life, I also attended St Edwards as my two children do now. I am new to governing.

My background has always been within accounting, working in both a commercial and practice capacity. I part qualified as an accountant but then took over the running of a public house 7 years ago. The pub has been in my family for nearly 30 years.

I also have a small book keeping company and I am the treasurer of the School PTA.

Declaration of Business Interests: PTA

Mrs Cheesbrough, Chair of Governors, can be contacted via the school office. 

Terms of Reference, Constitution and Membership 2017-2018

Local Governing Board Attendance 2017-2018

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