Meet The Governing Body

On 2nd September 2019 the Governing Board of the Bourne Partnership was inaugurated to lead Hadlow Primary School and Shipbourne School in a mutually supportive federation.  The Board holds the vision for both schools in mind at all times to ensure strategic leadership while holding the senior leaders to account for pupil wellbeing, attainment, progress, as well as prudent financial management.  We are committed to maintaining the right skills and experience on the board to provide robust, efficient and compliant governance.

The Governing Board works voluntarily on behalf of the federation and meets at least once per school term to receive reports from the senior leaders, share information gathered during monitoring visits, approve policies and discuss the financial status of both schools.

Governors normally serve a four year term.  If you are interested in joining the governing board, please contact  the Chair


Governor Profiles 

Richard Rule: Executive Headteacher   My job as Executive Headteacher is to strategically oversee the running of Hadlow and Shipbourne Primary Schools.  I work closely with Miss Chapman (Head of School at Hadlow), Mrs Vanns (SENCo), Mrs Daters (Head of School at Shipbourne) and the Partnership Governing Board.  I have extensive school leadership experience having been the head of several schools, as well as a consultant leader. My leadership career has, for the large part, been focused within Kent.  However, between 2009 and 2011, i worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in London.  During this time I was involved in various projects including supporting new head teachers in the Greater Manchester Challenge, looking at innovative teaching practices in the Primary Specialism Pilot and being facilitator on the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

Ros Fisher: Co-opted Governor – Chair of Board and Chair of Development Committee with responsibility for safeguarding. Both of my children attended Hadlow Primary School, and I have many years of experience as a school governor. Outside of school, I am a plant physiologist and FE/HE lecturer in horticulture.

Andrew Tittershill: Co-opted Governor – member of Teaching and Learning Committee. I have been a governor since 2017 and currently serve as one of two vice-chairs of the governing board in addition to chairing the operations committee.  Linked to this, I am the monitoring governor for finance.  Away from the partnership, I am a pharmacist and continue to work in the pharmaceutical industry in quality and project management.

Edward Spalding: Co-opted Governor – member of Operations Committee with responsibility for Health and Safety and buildings. I have one child attending Hadlow School. I am an Electrical Engineer within the field of Power Distribution. The main role that I hold is to commission equipment on large capital upgrade projects, mostly in Kent

Pauline Finney:  Co-Opted Governor – Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee.  I have one child who attended Shipbourne School and another who is still at the school.

Stephen (Giles) Bingham: Co-opted Governor – member of Operations Committee with responsibility for GDPR. I am Director IT Financial Systems for a multinational finance company. I have three children who have either attended or currently attend Hadlow primary school and have lived in Hadlow for over 20 years now.

Zoe Brockington: Co-opted Governor – member of Teaching & Learning Committee. I am an experienced primary school Assistant Headteacher and SENCO. I have also been the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care for the past 5 years. I have teaching experience in all subjects up to Year 8.

Gill Brown: LEA Governor – member of Teaching & Learning Committee with responsibility for SEND. I have been a Local Authority governor for 8 years, having several roles, Chair, Vice Chair and now as the Special Educational Needs governor. My background is a long career in Special Educational Needs and working for a Local Authority advising on Behavioural and Emotional issues in Schools.

Stavros Martis: Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair and Chair of Operations Committee, member of Development Committee.

Ann Windsor: Co-opted Governor – member of Operations Committee with responsibility for Health and Safety and buildings.

Nick Brown: Parent Governor – member of Teaching & Learning Committee.