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





Co-opted Governor

Please contact Davidskeet@patchaminf.brighton-hove.sch.uk if you are interested in the position

We are currently seeking governors with finance experience


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

A vacancy has arisen - nominations to be sought from the parent body autumn term




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



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




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 Katy Meegan

Term 12.9.22 to 11.9.26


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

Thomas Rhodes stepped down 7.12.22

Sam Hawkins stepped down 5.7.23

Chris Taylor stepped down 31.8.23

Jim Hughes stepped down 13.9.23

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

Vacancy  Co-opted governor

Vacancy Parent governor  
Helen Hawkins Patcham Infant School School


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

Alan Rankin-Thorn


1Self Employed

2Sussex Police

3Royal Yachting Association


1Software Developer

2Special Constable

3Powerboat Instructor


1Self employed




David Skeet

Brighton and Lewes Fleamarkets


 General Manager and Director

Steve Usher

Biffa, Arun

 Waste Management Services

 Senior Business Manager

Governors in previous year:




Thomas Rhodes

Co-opted governor 

Originally appointed 6.7.16

resigned 7.12.22

Philips Surveyors LLP



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


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