Oak Tree Federation Governors

Denise Kong

Chair of Governors

I am Chair of Governors at Laughton Community Primary School and at King's Academy Ringmer, and Chair at the East Sussex Association of Governors. I work at the Cavendish School as a Database Manager and am a staff governor there.

My original qualifications are in Maths and Computer Science, but since then I also qualified as a Youth Worker and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader for East Sussex County Council.

These diverse roles have helped give me a useful background for working in a school and volunteering in school governance.

Contact: d.kong@oaktreefederation.co.uk

Liz Fradd Gilbert

Co Vice Chair

I am currently a full time mum but my background is in Law. I have been a governor for about 5 years. I have one child at Laughton CP School and my eldest has just started secondary school after 7 happy years at Laughton.

I feel passionate about helping the school to continue to develop and improve. I particularly enjoy working with the school to fulfil its vision of "Inspiring Learning for Life", ensuring every pupil has the opportunity to have the best start to their educational journey.

Katherine Martyn

Co Vice Chair

Priscilla Paddock

Clerk to Governors

I joined Laughton Primary School as their Clerk to Governors in September 2017. I am an Early Years Professional and have previously worked in management roles in a school and for ESCC.

I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and believe that the governing body is pivotal in providing the school with support and challenge to achieve this.

Vicki Brown

Head of Schools

Rachel West

Executive Head Teacher

I have been at Laughton Community Primary School for 7 years and have been working in partnership with Firle Cof E Primary School for 2 years before becoming Executive Head of The Oak Tree Federation in September 2018.

I represent our EIP on the East Sussex Strategic Management Board as I am on the Ashdown Strategic EIP group . I am committed to inspiring a love of learning in our primary schools to give children the very best start in life.

It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated staff, governors, parents and children, we are all very proud of our success.

Victoria Mandy

Staff Governor

Peter Teager

Foundation Governor

I am a retired solicitor, married to a retired teacher, and have lived in Ripe for 30 years. I have been a Governor for 3 years, and have a particular interest in music and the arts at the school.

Caroline Hampden

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor at Firle Primary school for the last four years and was part of the Federation Working Group. I am delighted that our two schools have federated and am pleased to be continuing as a governor for the Oak Tree Federation.

I am a part time general practitioner and I have also been involved in teaching students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. My experience in undergraduate teaching has made me passionate about instilling a love of learning in our children from as early as possible.

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

Co-opted Governor

Andrew Sidebottom

Co-opted Governor

Phillip Cornish

Co-opted Governor

I am a teacher at a local secondary school with experience and qualifications in school leadership. My background is in engineering design and I very much enjoy working in education.

My own children have been fortunate to have had excellent teaching and learning at our school, and in governing I hope to support this work so that all children, including those who may be disadvantaged, might have equally rich educational experiences.

Debra Vice holt

Parent Governor

I joined the governing board as a parent governor in 2018 with a son at Firle school. I am lead governor for EYSF. I have a background in education and am currently working on a project with schools, colleges and universities in Sussex to increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups that progress to higher education.

I have served as trustee with two charities and was Chair of the Brighton Women’s Centre. I am keen to represent parents and carers through my role on the governing board and would be happy to speak with you to ensure your comments, views and questions are addressed.

Gemma Collins

Parent Governor

I have two children at Laughton Community Primary School. I became a parent governor in September 2018.

I have a degree in Communications and Media Studies, a diploma in Marketing and am an Accredited Clerk. I am currently the studio manager of a photography company and I am the Secretary of The British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers.

With a communications, marketing and governance background I am looking forward to the challenge of being a parent governor. My first area of responsibility is being the link governor for Safeguarding.

Rachel Walton

Associate Member

I have been a co-opted governor since June 2015. I have two children at the school and an older child at UCTC.

My background is in marketing and communications and my role as a governor currently includes monitoring English, classroom environments and attendance, and forming part of the new Federation working party.


Please contact Teresa Horan for enquiries through the school office Tel 01273 858260 or email on office@firle-school.e-sussex.sch.uk