Chair of Governors
Jenn Read was voted in as Chair in November 2019 and has been a Co-opted governor since July 2017. She is part of the SEN, Pupil Premium and Finance teams. She lives in Appledore with her husband and two daughters, one attends the school while the other has just started secondary school. She is a director of a local financial advising company.
Vice Chair of Governors
Kate Kirk was voted in as Vice Chair in January 2020 and has been a parent governor since February 2019. She lives in Bethersden with her husband and son who attends the school. Kate is studying a beginners course in psychology and is part of the Pupil Premium and Safeguarding teams. Kate also supports the maintenance and updates for the school website as well as being the governor champion for Bumblebee class.
Robert Clark is the Year 6 Class Teacher and has been at Bethersden since he qualified in 2014. Robert is a great supporter of lifelong learning, having studied at the universities of Kent and Cambridge late in life after careers in the armed forces and probation service. Robert passionately believes that every child has potential to succeed and should be given every opportunity to do so.
Martha Rutherford joined Bethersden Board of Governors in October 2020. Martha moved to Bethersden in February 2020 with her husband and two children. Her daughter attends the school, while her son has recently started secondary school. Martha previously worked in recruitment, training and wellbeing for a mix of multinational and medium sized businesses.
Erin Hogben joined Bethersden Board of Governors in June 2021. She lives near Hothfield with her husband and two daughters, who attend the school, one in Reception and one in Year 3. Erin has worked for the Home Office and Border Force for sixteen years and is currently working in Operational Assurance after a variety of roles in Immigration, Anti-Corruption and Complaints.
Hi I am Sam Buckman and I have been a governor for about 5 years and was previously the chair of governors. I have a daughter in year 6 at school and my son has just moved on to secondary school having served his time at Bethersden.
I am part of the governors leadership and management group and also the finance team, with a special governor focus on Pupil Premium. I also take a role as an early years governor, which gives me the wonderful opportunity to spend time with the youngest members of our school community.
I live just a two minute walk from the school, which is not only handy for the school itself, but puts me in the middle of the lovely village of Bethersden, where I enjoy getting involved in many aspects of village life.
Keith Brannan has lived in Bethersden for 45 years and always been keen to support the school and local community. He works from home as a chartered architect with his wife Ann who attended Bethersden school. Both his 2 children also attended Bethersden, and two of his grandchildren are now enjoying going to the school which means that 3 generations have now benefited from our small rural school. Keith is keen to promote the school as being a key element within the well being of the community and to encourage as much interaction as possible.
He has been on the Parish Council over 40 years, was a founder member of the tennis club, had previously been a school governor at Bethersden for 20 years and an active member of what used to be called the Parent Teacher
Association, the fore-runner of what is now called FOBS.
Liz Wearmouth joined Bethersden Board of Governors in October 2020. She is a teacher at a local secondary school with a particular interest in primary to secondary transition and pupil premium. Having visited Bethersden as part of an enrichment programme she was asked to join the Board as a Co-opted Governor. Prior to teaching Liz completed a PhD in Chemistry and worked both in the UK and abroad for leading pharmaceutical companies. She has a son and a daughter that attend a local primary school and lives near Hamstreet with her husband and children.
“Rev’d Mike Rose was formerly the Vicar and a School Governor in rural Lincolnshire for six years. He lives in Bethersden with his wife, Rev’d Sue Rose who is Rector of three local Parishes. Mike has a background in the Royal Navy and NHS. He enjoys working with the school, the teachers and children, and helping to maintain the already strong bond between the local Church and Bethersden Primary School.”