Our Governors

Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors page. To find out more about our Governing Body, please choose from the links below.

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please do so via email to lashman@mereworth.kent.sch.uk.

About our Governors

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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.

Richard Bolsin, EYFS, TRAINING

Mr Richard Bolsin Chair of Governors

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.

Marion Regan


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.

Sharon Denney


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!

Alison Currie, Vice Chair

Information coming soon!

Matt Davis, H&S, Safeguarding

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.

Bouchera Khatib

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.

Elizabeth Earl, SEN

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.

Janice Meston, H&S, Safeguarding

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.

Liz Windon, Community Govenor

Information coming soon!

Izabella Smykowska, Clerk

Information coming soon!

Governors Register of Business Interests June 2018

Mereworth Community Primary School

Governors Register of Business Interests – June 2018


Richard Bolsin Co-opted Governor at another school
Amanda Lavelle Headteacher None
Pam Conibeer Co-opted Governor at another school
Marion Regan Co-opted MD of Hugh Lowe Farms

Director of Berry Garden Growers

Director AHOB (horticulture)

Trustee – East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research

Vice Chair –  Weald Granary

Spouse – Director of Hugh Lowe Farms

Spouse – Director of Weald Granary Ltd

Occasional business dealings with A Guindi

Sharon Denney Parent Education Consultant
Kate Maryon Staff None
Alison Currie Local Authority None
Matthew Davis Parent None

Mereworth Primary School – Governor Records


Governor Name Type Appointed


End of Term Term of office Business Interest (last signed)
Mrs Pam Conibeer Co-Opted FGB 31st Dec 2018 4 Years Sept 2017
Mrs Jane Carnegie Co-Opted FGB 31st Dec 2018 4 Years Sept 2017
Mrs Marion Regan Co-Opted FGB 31st Dec 2018 4 Years Sept 2017
Mr Richard Bolsin Co-Opted Local Authority 31st Dec 2018 4 Years Sept 2017
Mrs Julia Claus Co-Opted FGB 31st Dec 2018 4 Years Feb 2018
Mrs Amelia Frost Co-Opted FGB 5th Nov 2021 4 years Nov 2017
Mr Sanjay Singh Co-Opted FGB 16th July 2021 4 years Sept 2017
Mrs Alison Currie Local Authority LA 25th Feb 2022   Mar 2018
Mrs Sharon Denney Parent Parents 29th Nov 2019 4 years Sept 2017
Mrs Charlotte DuBern Co-Opted Parents 20th May 2022 4 Years Sept 2017
Mrs Amanda Lavelle Head Teacher FGB N/A N/A Sept 2017
Ms Kate Maryon Staff Staff 30th Jan 2022 4 Years Dec 2017

As of June 2018

Mereworth Primary School – Full Governing Body Attendance Summary – 2017 / 2018


Governor Name Type 17th July 2017 25th Sept 2017 11th Dec


26th Feb


21st May


16th July 2018
Amanda Lavelle Headteacher Y Y Y Y Maternity Leave Y
Richard Bolsin Co-opted AA Y Y Y AA AA
Pam Conibeer Co-opted Y Y AA Y AA Y
Jane Carnegie Co-opted Y Y Y Y Y AA
Marion Regan Co-opted Y Y AA Y AA Y
Julia Claus Co-opted Y AA Y Y Y Y
Alan Guindi Co-opted Y Y AA      
Amy Frost Co-opted     Y Y AA Y
Sanjay Singh Co-opted   Y Y Y Y AA
Alison Currie LA       Y Y X
Dr Charlotte DuBern Parent Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sharon Denney Parent Y Y Y Y Y AA
Kate Maryon Staff Y AA Y Y Y Y
Linda Ashman Clerk Y Y Y Y Y Y


Y = In attendance      AA = Apology Accepted        X = No apology / not accepted 


Blank space = Not in post

Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019

School terms FGB – time TBC Finance & Resources Committee Teaching & Learning


Pay Committee

Term 1

1st October 2018 19th October 2018


(6 month)

15th October 2018 24th September 2018


(teacher pay)

Term 2     3rd December 2018


Term 3   8th February 2019


(9 Month)

Term 4 25th March 2019 22nd March 2019


(end of year)

4th February 2019  
Term 5   17th May 2019


(new budget)

20th May 2019  
Term 6 15th July 2019     9th July 2019


(support staff)

Committee Membership

Finance Committee Pay Committee
Marion Regan Pam Conibeer
Richard Bolsin Richard Bolsin
Alison Currie Marion Regan
Amanda Lavelle (HT) Amanda Lavelle (HT)
Anabela Stephenson Linda Ashman (Clerk)
Linda Ashman (clerk)  


HT Performance – Charlotte Dubern, Pam Conibeer, Richard Bolsin

Appeal Panel – Governors appointed as required – at least 3

Complaints – Governors appointed as required – at least 3


Updated 6th June 2018

Mereworth Primary School – Governing Body Structure/ Membership

Full Governing Body Pay & Reward Committee Leadership Review Panel Finance Monitoring
Ms Charlotte DuBern


Mrs Pam Conibeer Mr Richard Bolsin Mrs Marion Regan
Miss Amanda Lavelle

(Head Teacher)

Mr Richard Bolsin Mrs Pam Conibeer


Mr Richard Bolsin


Mrs Marion Regan Mrs Marion Regan   Ms Alison Currie
Mr Richard Bolsin      
Ms Jane Carnegie      
Mrs Sharon Denney      
Mrs Julia Claus      
Mrs Pam Conibeer      
Ms Alison Currie      
Mr Sanjay Singh      
Miss Amy Frost      
Mr Matt Davis      

As of June 2018


To download the NGA Code of Practice for Governing Bodies click here: NGA-Code-of-Practice-for-Governing-Bodies