Governors’ Information and Duties

Chair of the Governors

Local Authority Governor

Mr David Hill

David Hill has been Chair of Governors at St Marks for 3 years.His two youngest grandchildren used to go to St Marks.  They now live with their mum and dad and David and Susan, his wife, in a shared house in Matfield. David was a senior sales and marketing manager with BT until 2001.

Since then he has trained over 1000 senior and middle managers in leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

He is an executive member of the Kent Governance Association and sits on the Leadership Strategy Board for Education in Kent. 



Rev Dr Peter Sanlon

Rev’d Dr. Peter Sanlon is vicar of St. Mark’s Church. He is married with two young children. Regular assemblies and school services mean that he is well known to the children at St. Mark’s school. Peter enjoys reading history, politics and the occasional (short) run in the local area.


Headteacher Governor

Mr Simon Bird

I was appointed Headteacher in January 2018, having previously been Deputy Head from February 2010. I live outside of Tunbridge Wells and have two young daughters.


Staff Governor

Mr Samuel Fenton



Co -opted Governor

Mr John Moynihan



Co -opted Governor

Mrs Sarah Russell

I joined the St.Mark’s School communitu in 2007 and both of my children have attended the school. I was first elected as a parent governor and am now a co-opted governor. There have been many changes over the years and I an as committed to supporting the whole school as when I joined.


 Co-opted Governors

Mr James Gambrill

I am a parent of 3 children currently attending St Marks and have a number of business interests in events, business consultancy and travel. I have a degree in Physics and an MBA reflecting my primary interests in science and business. I am also a keen proponent of lifelong learning having returned to studies in my early 30’s. I strongly believe developing an early love of reading and learning that is so central to the ethos of St Marks is the key to a successful and fulfilling adult life. Outside of work I am keen on a number of sports especially skiing and I often teach schoolchildren at the Bowles dry slope in Eridge.


Parent Governor


Ms Jamie Johnson


My name is Jamie Johnson, I have been a parent governor for the last 6 years since my oldest son Frankie started at St Marks; he is now in year 6! I have two other sons: Charlie who is in year 3 and Joey who has just started in reception! They all are loving school; and so am I being a parent governor. You may see me around the school giving boxing lessons to the children! I am the former W.I.B.F British Lightweight Champion; and now I am an A.B.A Boxing Coach. We use the training in the school to teach children self control and discipline; and mainly to combat any form of bullying


Parent Governor

Mrs Lynne Doran

I am a parent of children at St Marks CEP School and have been involved with the school since my eldest started in 2011. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and have worked in the design and construction industry for over 25 years. I have a keen interest in our children, their development and potential for the future. Specifically I am interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and how we can inspire our children to achieve in these subjects even at an early age. I also have a keen interest in healthy eating & lifestyle and the impact this can have on a child’s development and learning.


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Kate White

I joined the school in September 2010 and have slowly increased my hours and experience to become the School Business Manager. I have 4 grown up children.