My name is Pamela Conibeer and my husband and I have been residents of Mereworth for almost twenty years, having moved here from Essex early in 1991. My own background is in education, as we moved to Kent in order for me to take up my present post as Headteacher of a girls secondary school in Medway.
I became a Community Governor in 2009 during a period of change and development for the school, which has always been at the heart of the village community, and I feel it is both a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the team as the school goes from strength to strength.
I am also the Chair of the Management Committee of The Rowans which is a Pupil Referral Unit in Walderslade, Medway.
I live in Yalding. I am married with three grown up children, all products of Kent’s schools. Until 2012 I was General Secretary of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to adult education.
After graduating from Cambridge University, I started my career teaching classics at Watford Grammar School. I then went on to work in Hertfordshire, Dudley and Kent and became Medway’s first Director of Education in 1997. I have been a Governor of three Kent schools and of Mid Kent College of Higher and Further Education.
I attended Mereworth School 1965-71, and have followed its progress over many years, having lived and worked in Mereworth all my life. As a Community Governor, I believe a good, inclusive school is essential for the vibrancy of a rural community.
I studied Plant Sciences at Oxford University and the University of Maryland before joining our family farming business, which I now own and run with my husband Jon. I am a Director and former Chairman of a marketing cooperative and I have served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research. I was awarded an MBE for services to the fruit industry in 2014. I am a STEM Ambassador, promoting careers in science and technology in local schools, and also a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
I have two boys at Mereworth, in Years 3 and 6, and have been a Parent Governor since 2011. I am passionate about education and feel strongly that I want to give something back to the school that is working so hard to offer the best for my children.
I am currently the Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body and have responsibility for overseeing the Training and Development of Governors, monitoring Pupil Outcomes and the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have a degree in PE, Sports Science and Management Studies from Loughborough University and so I also have a special interested in PE and School Sport.
In my professional life, I started my career as a Primary School teacher at Slade Primary in Tonbridge, before joining KCC as the Adviser for Physical Education. I am now a freelance School Improvement Consultant, working with primary schools across Kent and Sussex. When I manage to find a bit of spare time, I can be found on the badminton court, reading or providing the taxi for the children’s extensive social lives!
I have always lived in Kent, and I’m currently a local resident to the area. I enjoy rugby, running, sailing, skiing and the odd triathlon. I’m passionate about safeguarding our children here at Mereworth School, and I believe that education should extend beyond the classroom.
I live with my wife, and daughter Pippa. As a family we all enjoy the country outdoor life.
My name is Bouchera Khatib. I have lived with my family in West Malling since 2011.
I am a maths and linguistics specialist and I have been in the teaching profession for nearly 17 years. I have taught previously in the USA, London and, for the past 13 years, in Kent. Currently I work in a special needs school in Tunbridge Wells. I joined Mereworth Primary School as a community governor in July 2018 and I am looking forward to being part of the school’s journey to Outstanding.
I enjoy spending my spare time cycling with my children or looking after my allotment experimenting with growing organic fruit and vegetables.
I have lived in Mereworth for many years and my two children attended Mereworth Primary School. My professional background is school leadership and school improvement, and I have a particular interest in supporting vulnerable pupils. I am also an Anglican Lay Minister and am involved in the life and worship of Mereworth Church.
I am a parent to two children at Mereworth Community Primary School. I grew up near Rochester before commencing a career in Investment Banking. My work led to international assignments and a role in Switzerland where my husband and I resided for 12 years before returning to West Malling with our children to help care for our elderly relatives.
I graduated with a degree covering Economics and Language Studies and continue to have a keen interest in both as well as running and staying active with the children. I feel very privileged to be part of the team and am eager to take an active role to help the school secure its long term success.