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 2021-2022


There are currently two vacancies in the co-opted governor category.  If you are interested in applying please contact the school office or the clerk - janetjohnson@patchaminf.brighton-hove.sch.uk


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

Helen Hawkins

Co-opted governor

Original appointment 16.3.15 

Current term 16.3.19 - 15.3.23


Parent Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Jim Hughes.

 Vice Chair of Governors ( 8.1.22 Currently acting Chair of Governors)

Term 2.12.20 to 1.12.24


Parent Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Marie Buss

Term 18.11.21 - 17.11.21




Parent Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Laura Cooper

Term 18.11.21 - 17.11.21

Thomas Rhodes

Co-opted Governor

Health and Safety

Originally appointed 6.7.16

Current term 16.7.20 - 15.7.24

Co-opted Governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Kate Dorrian

Term 15.9.21 to 14.9.25


The governing body is pleased to welcome

Sam Hawkins

Associate Member term

14.10.20 - 13.10.24


Emma Pettit
Co-opted Governor
7.7.21 to 6.7.25

Original appointment 17.9.14

Current term 16.3.19 - 15.3.23 

Lizzie Hilton

Staff Governor

16.7.19 to 15.7.23


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

 Darren Middleton May 2021Chair of Governors 

Eric Baxter and Michelle Lankstead stepped down 7.7.2021

Nina Taylor stepped down 11.10.21

Andy Flowerday stepped down 1.12.21

Ron Guilford stepped down 7.1.22

Patcham Infant School Governing Body Declarations of Interest 2021

 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
Marie Buss  TBA
Laura Cooper TBA
Kate Dorrian Samaritans Charity Volunteer
Tracey Grennan Retired Teacher None None
Sam Hawkins (associate member) SE England Partnership Manager Creative and Cultural Skills ltd

1 Employee

2 Spouse of Deputy


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

1 Deputy Headteacher

2Spouse S Hawkins - associate member

Emma Pettit NHS Forensic Psychiatrist with NHS Employee
Thomas Rhodes Philips Surveyors LLP Surveyors  Employee
Chris Taylor

Patcham Infant School



Laura Turner







Governors in previous year:




Darren Middleton (10.7.19 to 15.5.21)

Hamptons International

Property Agents


Eric Baxter (3.10.18 to 7.7.21) Parent governor

Southern Water - IT

Water supply co.


Michelle Lankstead (4.7.18 to 7.7.21) Co-opted governor

Company Secretary, Algas Ltd



Nina Taylor 9.12.15 to 11.10.21 Legal and General

 Insurance Company

Andy Flowerday  Coopted

Original appointment 17.9.14

Latest term 16.3.19 - 1.12.21

All Saints Church

PCC Trustees


 Employee - Vicar

 and Chair of PCC Trustees

Ron Guilford 

Chair of Governors Co-opted  Originally appointed 3.11.08 - latest term 25.11.20 - 7.1.22




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