Who are we?

All governors and any associate members have agreed to act according to the Patcham Infant School Governing Body Code of Conduct.  With the exception of the headteacher, all governors are appointed for a four year term but may resign at any time. Patcham Infant School Governing body has 12 governors on its constitution: 

  • Headteacher governor -        the headmaster may choose to be a governor
  • Staff governor -                      nominated from and elected by the staff
  • 3 parent governors -              nominated from and elected by parents of pupils
  • 6 co-opted governors -         appointed by the governing body on the basis of their skills and knowledge
  • Local authority governor -    selected and appointed by the governing body with the approval of the local authority 

There is also a Clerk to the Governors who is appointed by the governors but has no vote.  Associate members may also be appointed from time to time to assist the governing body on the basis of their skills and knowledge.  Their voting rights are agreed by the full governing body but they never have a vote at full governing body meetings.


The Governing Body 2022-2023


David Skeet

Co-opted Governor

9.2.22 to 8.2.26

Chair of Governors



Chris Taylor

Headteacher Staff Governor

03.9.14 - 


Tracey Grennan

Local authority Governor

Originally appointed 14.10.20

Current term 25.11.20 - 24.11.24

Joint Vice Chair of Governors

Helen Hawkins

Co-opted governor

Original appointment 16.3.15 

Current term 16.3.23 - 15.3.27


Parent Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Jim Hughes.


Term 2.12.20 to 1.12.24



Marie Buss

Parent Governor

Term 18.11.21 - 17.11.25



Laura Cooper

Parent Governor

Term 18.11.21 - 17.11.25



Co-opted Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome

Alan Rankin-Thorn

Term 17.5.23 - 16.5.27


Co-opted Governor

Kate Dorrian

Term 15.9.21 to 14.9.25

Joint Vice Chair 


Co-opted Governor

Sam Hawkins

19.1.22 - 18.1.26 

Co-opted Governor

Emma Pettit

7.7.21 to 6.7.25



Staff Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Katy Meegan

Term 12.9.22 to 11.9.26

Originally appointed 6.7.16

Current term 16.7.20 - 15.7.24


Governors who have stepped down or whose term has expired in the last year:

Lizzie Hilton Staff governor stepped down 7.7.22

Thomas Rhodes stepped down 7.12.22

Patcham Infant School Governing Body Declarations of Interest 2022

 Governors declare their interests at least annually and at each meeting it is checked whether they have an interest in any agenda item.  If there is a conflict then they do not vote on that item and the other governors decide whether it is appropriate for them to contribute to the discussion or need to withdraw. 

Name of Governor Name of business/Organisation Nature of Business Nature of Interest (and date of declaration if interest did not predate appointment)
Marie Buss Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise (Outcomes Star) Consultants

Director of Services


Laura Cooper Brighton & Hove City Council - Housing Local Authority Employee
Kate Dorrian Samaritans Charity Volunteer
Tracey Grennan Retired Teacher None None

Sam Hawkins 

SE England Partnership Manager Creative and Cultural Skills ltd

1 Employee

2 Spouse of Deputy Headteacher

Jim Hughes Clarion Housing Group Housing Association Employee
Helen Hawkins Patcham Infant School School

1 Deputy Headteacher

2Spouse S Hawkins -co-opted governor

Katy Meegan Patcham Infant School School


Emma Pettit NHS Forensic Psychiatrist with NHS Employee
Alan Rankin-Thorn


Self Employed

Sussex Police

Sussex special Constabulary


Finance management

Trainer (AET)

Head of Learning and Professional Development


Self employed




David Skeet

Brighton and Lewes Fleamarkets


 General Manager and Director

Chris Taylor

Patcham Infant School



Governors in previous year:




Lizzie Hilton 16.7.19 to 7.7.22

Staff governor

Patcham Infant School



Thomas Rhodes

Co-opted governor 

Originally appointed 6.7.16

resigned 7.12.22

Philips Surveyors LLP



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