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TILT Local Governing Body

Davina Savage


My name is Davina Savage and I have a real passion and respect for education, it therefore seemed a natural process to become a governor, which I did in 2011. I became Chair of Governors for Halfway Houses in 2016 and recently became the Chair of Governors for The Island Learning Trust and am enjoying supporting both Halfway Houses and Minster Primary Schools.
I have lived on the Island for most of my life and have a diverse career, ranging from banking and finance to holistic therapies. I now work with my partner in his established grounds maintenance and landscaping business.
Most importantly, I am a mum with children at Halfway Houses and because of this feel compelled to do what I can to help support our schools in the best possible way.
If you have any questions or concerns that you think the governing body can help you with, please feel free to approach me in the playground, on the school run, or wherever... I am genuinely happy to give you my time and look forward to meeting more parents as my governing role continues.


Lindsay Fordyce


I have been a teacher at Halfway Houses Primary School for 17 years and have been the Deputy Headteacher since September 2015. I have been a staff governor since January 2013 at Halfway and until recently was also a governor at Hartlip CE Primary school as this is where my children have been at school.

Initially I became a governor to broaden my own professional development and to gain more experience of being held to account as the Deputy Headteacher within the meetings.

Halfway Houses and the children and staff are at the heart of all that I do and I am passionate about ensuring that they receive the best possible learning experiences and opportunities through an engaging curriculum.

I work closely with governors and teachers across the Trust and strive to make it the best it can be.


Wendy Chambers


My name is Wendy Chambers and I worked in the City in the Investment Banking sector for over 20 years. My experience includes recruitment, leadership, people management, performance management, time management,
communication, accountancy/reconciliations and compliance. I have five years governance experience, firstly as an elected Parent Governor and more recently Trustee appointed. I have a good understanding of finance/accounts and a keen interest in school performance and data analysis. I believe passionately that all children should reach their full potential and a core function of the Governing Body is to help every child to achieve. I am proud to be part of this process.

Chairman of Minster PTFA 2011-2015.
Treasurer of Minster PTFA 2015 to date.


Kirsty Pearn


Kirsty Pearn, I have a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education and lead and manage an Outstanding early years setting on the Island. I live with my family in Minster and all my 3 children are in secondary education. I have an interest in education and providing the best outcomes for families, my passion is promoting inclusiveness and ensuring children have the best opportunities that are unique as they are. I have been a school governor for many years and built upon my skills and knowledge to support schools on their journey to becoming outstanding.



Timothy Pye


I am the year six leader and staff representative on the governing body. I take special responsibility for school performance data analysis; delving into our successes and areas of improvement. In addition to this, I update and monitor the governor development plan which we use to map out our visits and visit reports. I have been teaching for nearly 9 years at two schools, teaching years 2, 5 and 6. In my staff role at Minster Primary I work alongside the numeracy lead, working to deliver elements of the school improvement plan and ensure that the children at Minster receive the highest quality teaching and learning available, researching new strands of thinking and evaluating their impact. We work hard to ensure that Minster is at the leading edge of maths teaching. I also lead year six, which links well with my keen interest in analysing data. It gives me great pleasure to lead such a caring, professional and dedicated team, a team who I believe personify the ‘Minster Muscles’. I am an active participant on the PTFA and am also the vice chairperson; supporting fundraising events to support school projects. I am determined that every young person at Minster Primary School experiences the very best education, in all aspects of their young lives: this is the reason I was keen to serve on the Governing Body.


Jemma Tate


I have had the privilege of being a Parent Governor for six years at Minster-in-Sheppey Primary School, I am very aware of the important role played by parents in their children's education and this was my motivation for becoming a governor. I have one daughter that attends the school and I have always had an interest in education both personally and professionally. It is clear that the school not only provides an impressive academic platform for its children, but also embraces the importance of promoting the qualities of a caring, nurturing and supportive environment. My aim is to support the good work already in place, provide challenge to sustain improvement and to continue to develop the school in an ever changing environment.


Sally Cheesbrough


I am new to governance, joining Halfway as a parent governor is Oct 2017.  have 2 daughters, one of which is at the school.

My work experience as an engineer lead me to volunteer for STEM school events which lead me to being a governor.

Being a governor has lead me to a much better understanding of the school system are children are in and the wonderful opportunities being offered to them by our schools.

Hopefully I bring a useful perspective to the governing body and have so far been mostly involved in the health and safety side of our schools.

I also hope to continue to help with STEM events


Sarah Appleby


My name is Sarah Appleby. I have a Bsc (Hons) degree in sociology, I am currently studying to become a chartered legal executive and I work part time as a court clerk. I have 2 children, who both attend Minster Primary. I have been a parent governor for just over a year now and I still have a lot to learn. I enjoy the challenges and responsibilities that this role brings. I believe that every child is good at something, and I am proud to be supporting both Minster and Halfway school, as they help each child develop their talents and realise their full potential.


Nicola Molloy


I have 20 plus years' experience in the Aerospace and Defence industry, Procurement, Program and Change Management. I have successfully led teams and initiatives, implementing innovative solutions, and directing full-cycle supply-chain operations.


I have managed budgets, set and executed strategies, designed and managed career development frameworks. I have strong leadership, stakeholder management and influencing skills. Most recently, I have worked in the Cyber Security sector and was responsible for Governance and audit compliance.



Felicity Walsh


My name is Felicity Walsh and I have a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.  I have been a teacher for 12 years at Halfway Houses Primary School (mainly in EYFS but also across the school in a PPA role). I was lucky enough to be appointed as the SENDCo in September 2015 and successfully achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Co-ordination (National Award for SEN Co-ordination) in November 2017. I am a member of TILT SLT and enjoy working in partnership to ensure that all SEND pupils make progress across the Trust. I am also the Designated Safeguarding Leader and the whole school Mental Health Leader.  I am determined to ensure that all children experience a high quality learning experience especially those on the SEND/AEN register. I make sure that I get involved with a full range of activities across the school both in and out of the school day and have built up outstanding relationships with parents. I have set up a very successful and positive SEND/AEN  Parent Group (involving external professionals) which is well attended and has forged even better home/school relationships. In my personal life, I have 2 sons and enjoy motor sports, cricket and camping.


Jonathan Smeeton


I have worked in education since 2006 as a secondary English teacher in both comprehensive and Grammar school settings. During my time as a teacher at Invicta Grammar School, I led KS3 as second in department in English at a time when the school was the highest performing in Kent. Additionally, I led the development of PSHE across the school, resulting in the award of Quality Mark certification.

I have always had an interest in working with vulnerable people having worked for Surestart in Canterbury before beginning my career in teaching. My role was based around supporting fathers with their children who had a background of social and economic difficulties as well as a history of crime or time spent in prison.

After 5 years as a mainstream teacher I moved to Bradfield’s school in Chatham to help establish a new ASD resource before moving to Meadowfield School where I taught in the secondary department, leading on the implementation of marking and assessment, supporting effective use of technology as a learning aid as well as leading ‘Shakespeare for Schools’ which culminated in a performance of Macbeth at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury.

In 2017 I accepted the role of Specialist Teacher, which involves supporting all the schools in Swale with SEN. My role involves working closely with schools to support individual pupils but also delivering training, advising on policy and building the capacity of schools in Swale to support children as effectively and empathetically as possible.