Governor Profiles

Here are some brief profiles of our Governors so you'll be able to spot them when you see them around the school.
  • Miss Sharon Ansell

    Parent Governor

    Hi. My name is Sharon Ansell and I was voted in as parent governor in October 2016.
    I currently sit on the Resources committee and the Children and Learning committee. This year I am taking on the role of Safeguarding, SEND and Pupil Premium governor.
    I have a son and a daughter, both of whom attend St Mary’s. I have been responsible for setting up and supporting the walking bus and you will always see me around school, normally wearing a Hi-Vis back pack! I am also an active member of the PTA, so please feel free to say Hi, governors don't bite!

  • Mrs Cécile Bagnall

    Local Authority Governor

    I have lived in Pulborough for quite some years now and have my two children at St Mary’s. I joined the governing body in February 2017 as an associate and became the Local Authority Governor in May 2019. I am part of the Resources committee and have the pleasure and privilege to be the governor for our Outstanding Early Years. As a procurement professional having worked in both the private and public sector, I have acquired many skills relevant to the position and responsibilities of the governor role. Personally, I believe that children should be allowed to be children for as long as possible. School should offer a safe, caring and engaging environment and children should be provided with the best tools possible to prepare for the future and enable them to achieve their full potential.
    Please always feel free to come and speak with me.

  • Mrs Judith Balcombe

    Clerk to the Governors

    Hi, my name is Judith Balcombe and I’m Clerk to the Governors. I record and circulate all the minutes from the Committees and Full Governor meetings. When I’m not working I’m taking my children to various activities, helping at 1st Easebourne Scout Camps and sewing for the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

  • Mrs Laura Batchelor

    Foundation Diocesan Governor

    I am a Diocesan Foundation Governor (appointed by the diocese because of my links with St Mary’s Church). My career in education spans 25 years (ouch!) with a degree in Fine Art and a PGCE leading me into Art & Design teaching, initially in West London and now in a variety of part-time Art teaching roles in West Sussex and Surrey. I have been involved with St Mary’s since 2008 serving on the PTA committee in the past and I continue to be a Trustee of the Friends of St Mary’s (the charity aspect of the PTA). All three of my boys have been through St Mary’s and have received an excellent start to their education. Although they have moved on, they still have fond memories of their time here. The Christian ethos of the school allowed them to flourish in their different ways, exploring their own paths and preparing them for the journey into secondary school and beyond, to university.
    In my spare time I enjoy singing, digging the garden and chasing a mad spaniel across the countryside. That is when I’m not being a taxi service for muddy, sporty boys.

  • Miss Caroline Butler

    Foundation PCC Governor

    Becoming a governor is a brand new experience for me - there is so much to learn! I'm looking forward to getting to know people and will be taking part in Ethos & Worship and Resources Committees. In my day job I work for a trade union, mainly in HR and finance, including branch resources. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking, films & music and I sing in St Mary's church choir. I am loving all the art works around the school, especially the fishes in the reception area!

  • Mrs Charlotte Cargill

    Foundation PCC Governor

    Hi, I’m Charlotte Cargill and I have lived in Pulborough with my husband Matt since 2009. We have a daughter who attends St Mary’s and a daughter at the Weald. I sit on the Children & Learning Committee and chair the Ethos & Worship Committee along with having the Governors’ responsibility for RE. I have a Science background and am also keen to see that Art, Music and PE are fully supported at school so our children experience a really rounded education. Here I am enjoying the sunshine on the pier in Worthing where I work for the Environment Agency. I am training as a Legal Executive which probably won’t leave me much time for anything else, but I like singing and also help organise family activities at St Mary’s Church.

  • Mr Andy Clark

    Foundation Diocesan Governor

    I recently retired following a career in education and 20 years as a Surrey primary school head, being appointed to the Governing Body in July 2019. A Keele Music and French graduate, I trained as a teacher at Westminster College, Oxford. I am excited to be involved with St Mary’s at such an important time in the school’s development. I am a member of the Resources and Children and Learning Committees and Lead Governor for Maths. In my leisure time I enjoy travel, skiing and playing squash.

  • Mrs Samantha Copus

    Head Teacher

    I am the Head teacher at St Mary’s and I have been on the governing body for over ten years. Teaching and Learning is my passion, with a focus on Special Educational Needs, Disability and Safeguarding as well as liaising with the staff at the school. I spend my weekends with my family and love being outdoors with a keen interest in water sports and walking.

  • Mr Richard Cordy

    Foundation PCC Governor

    My name is Richard Cordy and my son and daughter enjoyed their time at St Mary's, and are now both at the Weald in Billingshurst. I've been a Foundation Governor since 2015 and have been Treasurer since 2016. I now sit on the Resources Committee and the Children & Learning Committee.
    My career background was in newspapers, in Fleet Street, then in leisure resorts, cruises & hotels, based between the Caribbean and New York and then in residential development back in England. I am now a residential property consultant, and when I find time I enjoy playing tennis and badminton.

  • Mr Simon Doy

    Associate Member

    Hi, I’m Simon Doy and my daughter attends St Mary’s. I’m an Associate Governor sitting on the Children and Learning committee. Additionally, I have the Governors’ responsibility for IT.
    My day job is in software development management and test governance for a major financial services provider which I’ve been doing for the past 20 years. Outside of work, being a dad keeps me more than busy!

  • Mr Julian Edge

    Foundation PCC Governor

    Hi, my name is Julian and I'm the father of three girls, all of whom attend St Mary's. I sit on the Teaching & Learning committee and I also hold the Governors’ responsibility for the Higher Attaining pupils’ policy. My day job is flying for an airline and my passion is horses which is why I often look like something the cat has dragged in at pick up time.

  • Mr Dan Jenkins

    Foundation PCC Governor

    Although I don’t live in Pulborough any more, I attended St Mary’s as a child in the early '90s. I now work for the diocese as Diocesan Youth Officer, working alongside churches and youth groups across Sussex. Among other things my role includes: supporting work with young people though training, networking, strategy development and recruitment.
    Outside of work I enjoy playing squash, muddy dog walks, and playing with power tools. This is my first time being a school governor, but I hope that my skills and training will be transferrable to support the school in this role.

  • Mrs Janet Lees

    Associate Member

    My term as a Foundation Governor came to an end in the autumn term of 2018. Being a member of the school staff meant I was unable to renew my term, so I converted to an Associate Member.
    I became the School Business Manager in April 2019 and my purpose as an associate switched from Ethos and Worship to financial, reporting to the governing body on all aspects of the school finance and premises, which are closely entwined. The role is a challenge I am greatly enjoying.
    I live in the village and have 4 teenage children who all attended St Mary's; over time I have seen many exciting changes to the building and the staff at St Mary's.
    I am an active member of St Mary's Church, Pulborough, which brings an extra link between the church and the school. Any free time I can find is spent with my family and friends.

  • Fr Paul Seaman

    Foundation Governor

    I became the Rector of St Mary’s Pulborough in 2017 and by virtue of my office I am a governor of St Mary’s School (Ex-officio). I am enjoying being a member of a group of committed and well-motivated Foundation Governors who particularly represent the interests of the wider church in our school.
    I moved from East Grinstead where I was involved with another Church of England school in my role as Vicar of that parish. Before ordination I trained as a primary school teacher and taught for a short time before going to theological college.
    I very much enjoy being involved in the life of the school and working with the children and staff as well as their parents and carers.

  • Mr David Shepherd

    Parent Governor

    Hello! My name is David Shepherd (spelling as in sheep), a Parent Governor by virtue of my daughter having just spent a very happy 7 years at St. Mary’s. I was originally appointed back in 2013 and am privileged to be the current Chair of Governors, which is a challenging but immensely rewarding role, especially given the opportunity to work so closely with such wonderful staff and fellow governors. I have specific responsibility for overseeing various aspects of school data and performance, and take a close interest in Finance and Health & Safety matters given the experiences I bring from my day job in housing development. I devote what spare time I have to photography and trying to keep the garden tidy, and am a passionate supporter of a certain football team (which, in the interests of impartiality, I won’t name!).

  • Miss Rachel Sleat

    Staff Governor

    I am a teacher here at St Mary’s Primary School as well as being the Computing lead. I have a real passion for Teaching and Learning and the well-being of children, including their mental health. I have four children of my own, three girls and one boy, two are adults and my two youngest now attend The Weald School in Billingshurst. In my spare time (when I have some) I enjoy spending time with them and make the most of every minute!