Meet our Governors
At East Farleigh we are fortunate to have a very supportive and knowledgeable Governing Body who support and challenge the Headteacher, ensuring that the drive for improvement in all areas of school is always our top priority. The Governing Body want to achieve the very best they can for our school and that means the very best for your children.
Our Governors work hard for our school and are always keen to listen to your ideas, thoughts and opinions on how to make our school an even better place to learn. Our parent governors are often in the playground at the beginning and end of the school day so if you have any suggestions for improvement do share these with them so they can be fed back to the full Governing Body.
Chair of Governors
Helen Randall has been a governor at East Farleigh Primary School since 2010. Initially a Parent Governor, Helen has served and chaired various committees including Finance, Staffing, Resources, Curriculum and Strategy. Helen has served on two Head Teacher recruitment panels, aided with staff recruitment including appointment of a Deputy Head and experienced three Ofsted inspections. Helen became Vice Chair of the Governing Body in 2012 and first took the position of Chair in 2016.
Helen is a Chartered Engineer working as an Engineering Manager in industry where her role includes leadership, management, strategy, training and development, recruitment, early careers and promotion of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM). Helen is passionate about the importance of primary education in preparing children for secondary school and the future beyond. Helen believes experiences at Primary School are crucial to developing and enabling children to be positive contributors to society who embody values of respect and a sense of community.
Helen is married with twin daughters, both of whom had their primary education at East Farleigh Primary School. In addition to volunteering as a school governor, Helen is also a volunteer with Guide Dogs UK, boarding dogs in their final stages of training.
Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair
Lacey Austin has been a co-opted governor at East Farleigh Primary School since 2014.
Lacey is an experienced secondary school senior leader and science subject specialist. Lacey is very passionate about education and improving the quality of education for all young people. Lacey has an MA in Leadership and Management of Education and currently studies towards an education doctorate. Her particular research interests are: governance, free school policy and equality.
Lacey is Kent and Medway’s Women Leading in Education Champion, organising countywide events to support more women into educational leadership posts. Lacey is proud mum to Bella, 7 and Ophelia, 2 and has been married to husband Simon for 6 years. Lacey’s favourite hobby is collecting designer shoes!
Local Authority Governor / Safeguarding
Bio to follow.
Co-opted Governor / Health and Safety
Graduate in Personnel Management. Retired H.R Manager in the banking sector with experience in Payroll, Personnel, Project Management, Acquisitions and Mergers. Past President and current committee member of the local Women’s Institute.
Married with three children and seven grandchildren, three of whom attend East Farleigh Primary School.
Hobbies and interests include fundraising for various community projects. Craft, gardening and of course childcare when required. Diane is a regular volunteer for the weekly school reading group.
Understanding the importance of good governance in supporting the school achieve its overall objective in becoming an excellent school, is paramount for the benefit of all the children.
Co-opted Governor / Early Years
I am one of the Co-Opted Governors on the Governing Board at East Farleigh Primary School having started as a Parent Governor in 2015. I have a daughter at East Farleigh and am so immensely happy that she has been able to spend her formative years here.
In my professional life, I have been a Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities for around 20 years. In my current role I am responsible for finding or developing specialist placements for people with complex needs associated with Learning Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour, Autism and Mental Health issues. I have also trained and worked as a Health Visitor during my career. I have extensive experience of supporting some of the most vulnerable people with complex needs to have the best care to maximise their potential and to have a good quality of life. a
I am a licensed chaperone for children involved in performing arts and regularly attend festivals with my daughter and her dance school and volunteer at their yearly show. It is such a privilege to support the children doing what they love whilst they work towards delivering such an amazing production each year.
I have knowledge, skills and experience of working with child and vulnerable adult safeguarding processes within my professional life, as a School Governor and as a licensed Chaperone for Children in Entertainment.
I am so proud to be a Governor at East Farleigh Primary School, and am so pleased with the progress that has been, and continues to be, made through the dedicated staff team and the infectious enthusiasm of our children. I am looking forward to the challenges we will need to face but know that East Farleigh School will continue to go from strength to strength on its journey to becoming an outstanding school.
Co-opted Governor / shadow health and safety
I joined the governing body in May 2019 as a co-opted governor, but I am also a parent at the school with my son who joined reception in September 2018 and my youngest will hopefully be starting in September 2020 so I have a vested interest in helping the school to achieve its full potential, not just for my own children but for the whole school community.
I am a very driven and self-motivated individual, currently I own and run four local businesses in West Farleigh and Maidstone town centre, employing around twenty staff in both the retail and road transport sectors.
I believe I hold strengths in strategic & financial planning, a good depth of knowledge of project management and a keen eye for data and compliance, along with a passion for efficiency and always striving to achieve more. I feel it is important to support our school and its leaders to ensure our children have the best access to a great education
Graduate of Dance Science from Middlesex University. Worked in a nursing home for people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Completed my teacher training via the Graduate Teacher Programme with a local large mainstream secondary school and enjoyed the abundance of opportunity to progress within the Inclusion Department. Completed Specialist Teaching qualification and went on to train as SENCo. Have taught a range of subjects from English to Sociology!
Currently employed as a Senior Leader in a small rural secondary school specialising in Equality Diversity and Inclusion. Mum to two children and a Labrador. Enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family, as well as taking on new challenges to continue my own love of learning.
Very excited to be working with East Farleigh at this exciting time of change.
Parent Governor / Finance
Bio to follow
I have been working as an accountant since that age of 18 (I am now 40+!). I worked full time up until the birth of Holly, since when I have reduced my hours to a part-time basis. I feel I offer my analytical and numerical skills to the role of governor; along with my interpersonal skills gained working with my teams of staff and face to face meetings with clients. I have an honest and hard-working approach to my role. I would like to think that I bring this same attitude to the important role of parent governor.
During my spare time I am a voluntary ‘Owl’ for 1st East Farleigh Brownies, which I find very rewarding, as well as fun. In addition, I help with the finance side of West Farleigh Sports Club. I also enjoy partaking in the local Pilates classes on a regular basis. My husband and I have lived in West Farleigh for over 10 years, and feel I have a good relationship with a number of local residents and businesses.