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 astephenson@mereworth.kent.sch.uk for the attention of the Clerk, Adam Blakemore.

About our Governors

For more information, please click on a heading below:



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, SAP Area 2

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.

Alison Currie, Vice Chair, Finance Chair

I have lived in Mereworth since the start of 2017. I am a qualified accountant with extensive experience at senior levels in both public and private sector. I am currently the Executive Director of Finance and IT at Plan International, the development and humanitarian organisation that advance children’s rights and equality for girls. I have also worked in several UK government departments and in the further education sector.

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, SAP Area 3

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, SEND

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, Training, Pupil Premium

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, SAP Area 1

I worked in Education as a Management Information Officer in Medway and then Kent for 10 years. Initially my main role was the creation and provision to schools and LA Officers of detailed and timely performance data to enable aid school improvement.

I now specialise in providing independent consultancy support to schools to set up effective pupil tracking systems in SIMS Assessment Manager which have often been praised in Ofsted inspection reports. I also assist schools in the analysis of internal and external data as evidence to support their own school evaluation

I train school staff and governors to enable them to understand and effectively use data provided by the school and the DfE Analyse School Performance Ofsted Inspection dashboard

I am on the Steering Group for the 21 Steps Project which was created in 2014 when NC levels were removed. This Assessment and tracking system is used at Mereworth Community Primary School and I am commissioned by the school to create the Termly data analysis

I have been involved, as a LA officer, independent data consultant and a school governor, in providing evidence for Ofsted inspections which have proved effective in improving judgement on standards of achievement and progress.

I have been a school governor for the last 17 years in a number of Primary schools in Medway and Kent. I am currently a governor at Victoria Road Primary School in Ashford and the Trustee with portfolio for Assessment and Outcomes in a small MAT.


Diane Varco, Sports Premium

I have lived in Mereworth since 1992, and both my children attended this school.  I was an active member of the PTFA for the duration of their time at the school.  I have always been fond of the school and have maintained an interest in its progress.


I love where I live and have always enjoyed walking, taking a keen interest in the countryside around us.  I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen especially baking; my family describe me as feeder!


Originally from Worcestershire, I moved to Kent to take up a career in Pensions. I left full time employment to have a family and now run my own small greetings cards business from home.


I am active member of our village community, in the past I have served on the Parish Council, the village fete committee and cooked for the Lunch Club for a number of years.  I hope that in being a Governor I will provide a useful additional link to the community which the school serves.  

Governors Register of Business Interests September 2019

Mereworth Community Primary School

Governors Register of Business Interests – September 2019

Richard Bolsin Co-opted Governor at another school
Amanda Lavelle Headteacher None
Pam Conibeer Co-opted Governor at another school
Janice Meston Parent None
Diane Varco Co-opted None
Kate Maryon Staff None
Alison Currie Local Authority None
Matthew Davis Parent None
Liz Windon Co-Opted Govenor at another school, Independant school data consultant
Elizabeth Earl Co-Opted None
Bouchera Khatib Co-Opted None

Mereworth Primary School – Governor Records

Governor Name Type Appointed


End of Term Term of office
Mrs Pam Conibeer Chair (Co-Opted) FGB 31st Dec 2023 5 Years
Mr Richard Bolsin Co-Opted Local Authority 31st Dec 2023 5 Years
Mrs Janice Meston Parent Parents 1st Oct 2022 4 Years
Mrs Bouchera Khatib Co-Opted FGB 15th July 2022 4 Years
Mrs Elizabeth Earl Co-Opted FGB 1th Nov 2022 4 Years
Mrs Diane Varco Co-Opted FGB 7th Jan 2023 4 Years
Mrs Liz Windon Co-Opted FGB 7th Jan 2023 4 Years
Mr Matt Davis Parent Parents 24th May 2022 4 Years
Mrs Alison Currie Local Authority Local Authority 25th Feb 2022 4 Years
Mrs Amanda Lavelle Head Teacher FGB N/A N/A
Ms Kate Maryon Staff Staff 31st Jan 2023 4 Years

As at January 2019

P = Present
A = Apologies
R = Resigned
NA = not applicable
Note that not all govenors sit on every Committee

Governing Body Meetings 2019-2020

School Terms FGB Finance & Resources Committee Teaching & Learning Committee Pay Committee

Term 1

1st October 2019


11th October 2019


(6 month)

  24th September 2019


(Teacher pay)

Term 2     18th November 2019



Term 3 10th February



7th February 2020


(9 Month)

Term 4   20th March 2020


(end of year)

2nd March 2020


Term 5   15th May 2020


(new budget)

Term 6 13th July 2020


  8th June 2020


7th July 2020


(Support Staff Pay)

Mereworth Primary School – Governing Body Structure/ Membership

HT Performance – Pam Conibeer / Richard Bolsin / Elizabeth Earl

Appeal Panel – Governors appointed as required – at least 3

Complaints – Governors appointed as required – at least 3

Full Governing Body Pay & Reward Committee Teaching & Learning Committee Finance & Resources Committee
Pam Conibeer Pam Conibeer Pam Conibeer Alison Currie
Amanda Lavelle Richard Bolsin Amanda Lavelle Amanda Lavelle
Alice Pearson Elizabeth Earl Alice Pearson Diane Varco
Richard Bolsin   Richard Bolsin Janice Meston
Bouchera Khatib   Bouchera Khatib Matt Davis
Elizabeth Earl   Elizabeth Earl  
Matt Davis   Liz Windon  
Diane Varco      
Alison Currie      
Janice Meston      
Liz Windon      

As of September 2020


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