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 headteacher 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 2023-2024


David Skeet

Co-opted Governor

9.2.22 to 8.2.26

Chair of Governors




Katy Meegan

Co-opted Governor

1.11.23 to 31.10.27

(Originally staff governor elected 12.9.22)


Tracey Grennan

Local authority Governor

Originally appointed 14.10.20

Current term 25.11.20 - 24.11.24

Helen Hawkins

Headteacher staff governor from 1.9.2023

Original governor appointment 16.3.15 (co-opted and reco-opted till 31.8.23)


Parent Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Tom Hook as parent governor

Term 16.11.23 - 15.11.27




Marie Buss

Parent Governor

Term 18.11.21 - 17.11.25

Vice Chair from 1.9.2023



Laura Cooper

Parent Governor

Term 18.11.21 - 17.11.25

Richard Baker

The governing body is pleased to welcome Richard as Co-opted Governor

Term 21.2.24 - 20.2.28 (formerly associate member from 6.12.23) 


Co-opted Governor


Co-opted Governor

Kate Dorrian

Term 15.9.21 to 14.9.25




Co-opted Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Steve Usher

Term 05.07.23 - 04.07.27 

Co-opted Governor

Emma Pettit

7.7.21 to 6.7.25



Staff Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Tess To

Term 1.11.23 to 31.10.27


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

Sam Hawkins - 5.7.23

Chris Taylor - 31.8.23

Jim Hughes -13.9.23

Alan Rankin-Thorn - 19.1.24

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

1Brighton & Hove City Council - Senior Manager Housing


1Local Authority

2 B&H Hackney Carriage Taxi


2 Licence holder

Kate Dorrian None  - 6.9.23
Tracey Grennan Retired Teacher None None
Helen Hawkins  Patcham Infant School School Headteacher
Tom Hook

1 Oxford City Council


3 Participatory City

1 Executive Director of Corporate Resources

2 Oxford City Council environmental services Co

3 Charity in Barking and Dagenham

 1 Employed  - (TBC)

2 Non executive director (TBC)

3 Trustee

Katy Meegan Patcham Infant School School

 Deputy Headteacher 1.9.23

Emma Pettit

1 Sussex partnership NHS Trust

2 Criminal Courts

1  NHS

2 Criminal Courts 

1 Employee Forensic Psychiatrist

2 6.9.23 Independent provision of reports

David Skeet

Brighton and Lewes Fleamarkets


 General Manager and Director

Tess To

Patcham Infant School



Steve Usher

Biffa, Arun

 Waste Management Services

 Senior Business Manager


Richard Baker

1 Dorothy Stringer


2 L Baker

1 School


2 Member of school staff 

1 Senior Deputy Headteacher


2 Sibling - in law

Governors in previous year:




Sam Hawkins 19.1.22 to 5.7.23

SE England Partnership Manager

Creative and Cultural Skills ltd

1 Employee

2 Spouse of Deputy Headteacher H Hawkins

Chris Taylor 3.9.14 to 31.8.23

Headteacher staff governor

Patcham Infant School



Jim Hughes 2.12.20 to 13.9.23

Clarion Housing Group

Housing Association


Alan Rankin-Thorn 17.5.23 - 19.1.24

1Self Employed

2Sussex Police

1Software Developer

2Special Constable

1Self employed


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