Who are the Governors?

What is the role of the Governing Body?

The Governing Body at Western Road Community Primary School works in partnership with the staff to promote high quality education for pupils.  We appoint the head teacher & work closely with them to make decisions that directly affect the education & well-being of all children.

Part of a school's governing body's responsibilities are to:

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Set an annual budget detailing planned spending
  • Make decisions on matters such as performance, targets, school policies & school development plans
  • Draw up an action plan following inspection reports
  • Appoint staff, ensuring implementation of a range of personnel procedures
  • Ensure health & safety of pupils & staff


The Governing Body is a 'critical friend', challenging & supporting the Senior Leadership Team, monitoring the outcome of policies & ensuring accountability

Our school governors are very supportive & actively take part in all areas of the school curriculum by visiting the school & attending regular governor meetings.  If you would like to meet with any governors, please make contact with the school office office@westernroad.e-sussex.sch.uk



  • Ms Jenny Wingate

    Vice Chair of Governors

    I was coopted onto the governing body at the beginning of 2016, and became Vice Chair in September 2017. I am also a trustee of the Lewes Cooperative Learning Partnership on behalf of our school. I have over twenty years experience of working in the areas of community development and working in the public and voluntary sectors specialising in children and young people and community engagement. In 2010 I moved to Lewes, and have since worked as a consultant, mainly running an organisation providing advice, support and training to children’s and young people’s groups in East Sussex. I now provide governance and policy expertise to an academy trust which works with young people facing difficulties or at risk of exclusion from mainstream education in the East of England. I am really pleased to be able to bring my learning and understanding of the broader educational context to Western Road.

    Last but not least, my three boys are at the school and as a family we feel lucky to be part of what we believe to be a friendly, creative and cohesive school community.

  • Mr Sam Caughey

    Parent Governor

  • Mr Stephen Docherty

    Parent Governor

    We moved to Lewes back in 2011 before our daughters Holly & Georgia (now 10 & 8.5 yrs) were due to start school. We love Lewes and really appreciate having such a great community school in close proximity.

    My working life is that of a Chief Information Officer - having joined the NHS in 2014 - working for South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, which provides mental health services to a large part of London and nationally. My responsibilities for the Trust are providing all things IT, including clinical systems and digital services for our 5,000 staff. I have a technology background from across many sectors including digital marketing, retail, high-tech manufacturing and the games industry. In November 2016, I was nominated as Chair for the London CIO Council which represents IT Leaders for health providers across the capital.

    My aim as a school governor is to bring experience of technology and digital industries to Western Road, ensuring we have the appropriate eSafety (use of internet) policies and procedures in place, and to advise on how we teach our children to use technology and the internet for greater benefit.

  • Mr Daniel Hahn

  • Mr Tom Jeffery

    Co-opted Governor

    I joined the Governing Body in July 2017. I was brought up in Lewes and, returning as an adult, have lived here for the last twenty-three years. My mother, who was a primary school head teacher in East Sussex and also taught at Lewes Prison, went to the County Grammar School on the Western Road site in the 1920s.

    I am a retired civil servant, having worked for many years for the Department for Education and the Department of Health. In my working life, I concentrated on children’s services, the early years and special educational needs. I remain committed to helping children secure the best possible outcomes and life chances. I am currently a Board member of the National Development Team for inclusion, a not-for-profit organisation working with adults and children with learning difficulties and disabilities.

    It is a privilege to work with fellow Governors and with Matthew Montebello and his colleagues. I shall do my best to help Western Road remain a happy and successful school for all our children.

  • Mrs Christine McCarney

    Co-opted Governor

    I am Christine McCarney and I have been a resident of Lewes for the past thirty one years. I grew up in the Far East and was educated in Suffolk. I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1970 and worked for thirty years in a variety of schools both mainstream and ‘Special’ in London, Brighton, Hailsham and, in West Sussex. For fifteen years I was the Headteacher of a village school.

    I am now enjoying retirement and I am often in the company of my three grandchildren who have spent all their primary years at Western Road Community Primary School. All three have been extremely happy at the school, have established good friends and, I believe, made good progress in all subjects in the school curriculum.

    As a school governor I will support the Headteacher and the staff in their work to ensure that all the children are happy, that they develop a positive attitude to school as well as an understanding of the need to work hard and to make good relationships with the whole school community.

  • Ms Eleanor Murphy

  • Ms Ruth O'Keeffe

    Associate Governor

    I have been connected with Western Road Primary School since the 1990s when all four of my children were pupils here. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 1998 and after my children had moved on to secondary school became a Local Authority Governor. I recently became an Associate Governor after many years as a full member of the Governing Body.

    My background was originally in education; I trained as a teacher in 1986-7 and have experience in a variety of educational settings from Reception to Sixth Form. My training was as a Primary generalist but I also have diplomas in Music and in Special Educational Needs and have been a Music specialist and taught in special schools. I have a degree in Psychology and have taught this at both GCSE and A Level. I also have experience in administrative work to do with Special Educational Needs.

    In 1999 I became a Lewes Town Councillor, in 2003 a Lewes District Councillor, and in 2005 the County Councillor for Lewes Division. I have gained a lot of experience since 1999 in Local Government and am especially keen for residents to be able to be actively involved in the decision making of the local Councils. I do not stand for any political party, representing the residents of the area I serve as an Independent.

  • Ms Alison Teagle

    Parent Governor

    I have two daughters at Western Road and feel children thrive when they feel happy, safe and inspired to learn. I have twenty years teaching experience, primarily teaching at A level. I have had leadership experience, run whole school INSET, and provided school to school support for departments in need of improvement. I am also involved in teacher training and work with teachers to develop their skills in the classroom.

  • Ms Hilary Turner

    Hilary Turner has recently moved to Lewes after retiring from working as an area manager for Suffolk County Music Service. Hilary has also worked as a music teacher in primary and secondary schools and as a Local Authority Music Adviser. She continues to maintain a keen interest in schools, state education and children’s well-being, and works as a volunteer for the NSPCC Schools’ Service.

    Hilary hopes to bring her experience of working as a teacher in schools and as a senior officer in a Local Authority Education Department to her new role as co-opted governor at Western Road Community Primary School, and she is looking forward to becoming involved in the wider school community.
    Hilary has two grown-up children now pursuing professional careers in the London area; both of whom benefited from an excellent education in Local Authority maintained schools in the north west.
    Hilary remains a keen and active musician, singing in two local choirs and enjoying attending concerts, ballets and theatre productions, both locally and in London.

  • Mr Roy Watkinson

    Foundation Governor

    I have been a Governor at Western Road since 2010, firstly as a Local Authority appointed Governor becoming a Foundation Governor when the Lewes Cooperative Learning Partnership was established.

    My career has mostly been concerned with environmental protection in the public sector at local (Lewes District and East Sussex) and national level in a number of specialist roles involving both management of people and projects. The last twenty five or so years included a considerable amount of foreign travel, representing the UK and assisting developing countries. Since 2008 I have been running a small independent business and have been able to commit more of my time and energy to assisting with the development of education in schools that I believe is particularly important for both the individual’s future and society as a whole.

    I have lived in Lewes since 1975 and all three of my daughters have attended primary schools in the town, two at Western Road and one at St Pancras. Two of my granddaughters have also attended Western Road.

    I was appointed MBE for my services to waste management in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008.

  • Mr Andrew Willcocks

    Parent Governor

  • Mrs Kerry Bedford

    Staff Governor

    I have recently joined the Governing Board as Staff Governor. I have worked at Western Road School for over two years (with a maternity break) and so have a personal interest in supporting our school in giving our children a happy and safe learning environment. I teach in Year 6 so have a good knowledge of educational expectations but I am also the PSHE subject lead so my focus is additionally on the well-being of all children.

    I have been a teacher for over 10 years working throughout Key Stage 2. I have also been a part of the Senior Leadership team at a previous school so my expertise is both in the classroom, and on a management level. I am really pleased to be part of the Governing Board to support Western Road in continuing to be a safe, happy and creative school.

  • Ms Nicola Gibson

    Clerk to the Governors