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.

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Helen Randall

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.

Lacey Austin

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!

Wendy Williams

Local Authority Governor / Safeguarding

Bio to follow.

Diane Scott

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.

Nikki Mackay

Co-opted Governor

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.

Maria Jackson

Co-opted Governor / shadow health and safety

I joined the governing body in May 2019 as a Co-opted governor, I wanted to join the board as I have two young children who started their education journey at East Farleigh, and I wanted to lend my support/skills to the school in a meaningful way. However, due to our relocation outside of Kent during 2021 my children have left the school, but I have seen so much drive passion and improvement from the senior leadership within the school in just the past 18 months I want to continue my position on the governing board.

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.

It has been an absolute pleasure to see, in the past 2 years, the immense changes and improvements within the school and I am exceptionally proud of the school’s response to creative and virtual learning during the pandemic, it goes to show what a truly exceptional senior leadership team the school has in place. I look forward to supporting the next stages on our way to delivering a “outstanding” school for the community.

Jai Deakin

Co-opted Governor

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.

Katie Smith

Parent Governor / Finance

For the last 4 years I have been privileged to serve our school as a parent governor specialising in the resources area of the school’s management. I was part of the panel in the last headteacher recruitment campaign and I am the Finance Governor. The role is challenging but hugely rewarding, particularly as we strive to improve all areas of the school to enable and support our children to achieve their full potential within a stimulating environment.

I spent 16 years in the private sector heading up a Human Resources team responsible for a multi-national business with 1000 employees. In 2014 I set up my own business and now run this as well as taking an active role in our family business in the Fresh Produce industry.

I have 2 children at East Farleigh (currently yr 4 and yr 6), so I have experience and total appreciation of the challenges faced by both pupils and parents; from the delights of the school run, head-lice and juggling home-learning, to celebrating work of the week certificates, sports day and the infant nativity.

I relish finding efficient solutions to challenges and provide both a parent and private sector perspective to the team of governors at East Farleigh. I am passionate and committed to delivering the required support to East Farleigh Primary School on its journey to making it the best place for our children to learn and thrive.

Kerry French

Parent Governor

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.

Holly Dyer

Holly Dyer, Staff Governor

Holly has taught at East Farleigh since 2014 in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. She currently leads EYFS and KS1, and English. Holly has a BA (Hons) in Primary Education from Durham University, with a particular focus on English, and has published work about the effective teaching of English in primary schools.

Holly is proud to be part of the amazing East Farleigh community, and is passionate about achieving excellence for all of our children.