Church of England Primary School

Together we learn, achieve and grow

School Governors

The Governing Body helps the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils by: 


  • Setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, supporting and challenging the headteacher in the management of the school,
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as the staff it employs.

Governor Details updated May 2020

Governor Profiles
David Stanley

David Stanley - Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor


I have almost 40 years combined governance experience - 2 years Canterbury College (instrumental in setting up a nursery there) concurrently with 26 years at a county primary school in one of the deepest 10% deprivation areas in the UK - 1988 to date (Chair since 1998), instrumental in setting up a nursery, breakfast club/after school club & holiday club, and then a Children's Centre on site 6 years ago. 6 years concurrently as an associate governor by virtue of being appointed the Children's Centres Manager built at another school 2008 to date.

I have been a KCC 'Additional Governor' for 6 years. Presented to 6 Governor Forum / Chairs seminars / meetings events etc.

I was nominated by KCC and appointed by Secretary of State as an IEB (Interim Executive Board) Member in a failed Kent school 2012 to 2014 when taken out of special measures and academised (Sheerness).


I was Kent Governor of the Year, and finalist in the annual National Teacher of the Year Awards - 2007, the first year that governors were included.

I achieved Outstanding Chair / Governance rating in 2 Ofsted Inspections when governance was separately graded.

I have held Vice Chair and chair of Governors, Chair of Finance, Chair of Pay & Personnel Review Committee (and Head Teacher Performance Review Panel), and Safeguarding Governor portfolios.


I have appointed 6 head teachers/acting heads and 3 deputy heads.



Dominic McGill (Year 3) - Parent Governor - Vice Chair


I’m a husband, father of five children, four daughters and one son.


With over thirty years’ experience in senior sales and director roles, I’ve been lucky enough to work all      over the world, developing sales teams and strategic partnerships with international corporations in  developing countries.


 I’ve had the privilege to sit on several executive boards and launch seed events on four different continents, coordinated international delegations and hosted heads of state across the Middle East and North African regions.


However, my passion is coaching and supporting people development, helping executives and sports men & woman overcome personal road blocks, through a positive state of mind.


I have a long history around sport, signing my first professional ice hockey contract at the age of 15, which saw me play ice hockey in the UK, Finland, Sweden, Canada and the USA.


These days I split my time between family, coaching, tinkering with classic cars and supporting the growth and stability of our wonderful school. 


Mrs Sylvia Wilson - Community Governor and

Governor for Safeguarding (Assistant Vice Chair)


I have lived in Littlebourne for many years. I am married with 3 grown up children, 2 of whom attended Littlebourne C.E.Primary School. I have been involved in education all my working life; and, now retired, have the time to support our local school in becoming the best it can be and a valuable asset to the local community.


As a former Headteacher of 3 Kent schools and also having worked as a Local Education officer, I have experienced 4 Ofsted Inspections , 3 of which were deemed “outstanding”. I have many years’ experience of teaching & learning, managing budgets and personnel management issues. I understand how governors work to provide support and challenge to the leadership team in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for  children; and to give them the best start in school.


I currently work as a volunteer in a variety of organisiations, including schools, with my therapy dog.

I believe that the local school should participate in the life of the community; and as a parish councillor believe that I will be able to support the school in this. There are various activities in which the school will be able to take an active part.


Mrs Anne Rigden - Governor for SEND (Assistant Vice Chair)


Having lived in Littlebourne for over 40 years and our 2 children happily attending Littlebourne School I naturally feel a close link to our local school. The school is valued by and plays an active part in the life of our village community.


I was a teacher myself and latterly was the Inclusion Co-ordinator/ SENCO for more than 20 years at an ‘outstanding’ school in Whitstable.


The caring ethos of Littlebourne School results in a naturally inclusive school. All children are nurtured as individuals and their well-being and progress in all areas supported. I enjoy liaising with our experienced SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Headteacher and all members of staff who work as a team to try and ensure all children can reach their potential.

Hilary Scott   - Foundation Governor & Safeguarding Governor

(Appointed by Canterbury Diocese)


With my children now towards the end of their own educational careers undergone at several schools and having been a full-time mother during their development I would like to contribute more of my time and energy to my local community. I am on the Ickham Church Council so being a member of this Benefice would like to give my time to Littlebourne school.  Education and child development are of particular interest to me.

I have a background in finance and have worked voluntarily in the charitable sector first as a director for a children’s action charity which supported 10 Russian NGOs supporting vulnerable children in family centred care or schools;

and secondly as president on a School Parent Board – a voluntary body which ran three businesses on behalf of the school - school transport, school lunches. and extra-curricular activities. I liaised between the school Head, the European commission and the Parent Council.

Thus, with my previous paid employment in Finance and voluntary work on the board of a children’s charity in Moscow and of European School IV in Brussels, I believe I have some experience that I can contribute.

Brenda Naden:   Co-opted Governor - Foundation Governor 


I was brought up in Littlebourne, attended school in the old building and I was a chorister at St. Vincent’s Church. My mother still lives in the village.

I was a teacher for more than thirty years and am currently a senior lecturer in Primary Education in the School of Teacher Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. I believe that my experience in these roles gives me a clear understanding of Teaching and Learning and of the importance of providing learners with opportunities and experiences to enable them to make progress.

For most of my teaching career, I was the RE lead and have had experience of SIAMS Inspections in two church schools. I was seconded by Canterbury Diocese to head a working party to write RE plans (prior to the current Agreed Syllabus) and to write worship materials. I am a Diocesan specialist teacher of RE and a member of Kent SACRE. I am also responsible for Primary RE at Christ Church. I feel that this would be an area that I could particularly support at Littlebourne school.

Jo Manning Press - Parent Governor - SEN Governor

Rachel Crocker - Co-opted Governor - Associate Member  - Training & Development Governor


Being a governor at Littlebourne CoE PS is of particular interest to me.  I was brought up in Canterbury where I attended a shared year group primary school and then went on to join a Church of England Senior School in Canterbury.  I saw first-hand the impact that a school with a vision deeply rooted in the values of Christianity can positively affect learning, behaviour and emotional development on children.

I am therefore aware of the challenges, and the benefits, which shared year groups can bring. I want to be involved in a primary school specifically as they are the most valuable stage of a child’s education and emotional development.

I am currently in a Supervisory role within the UK of a world-wide organisation overseeing the operations and financials of six branches. I support my teams to enable them to deliver outstanding service. I provide my branches with leadership, coaching and direction in order to maximise their potential. I therefore have extensive knowledge of the following;

  • Strategic planning/Business Analysis
  • Budgets/Finance
  • HR/Recruitment/Performance reviews
  • Leadership/Communication skills
  • Premises management
  • Local links and community involvement

Due to the nature of working within a 24-hour business, I have flexible working hours, which gives me the capability to be flexible with my time. I am excited to support Littlebourne Primary School progress and thrive.

Libby White-Hinsley - Associate Member - Pupil Premium Governor

I have always been passionate about education & helping children with the tools to do their best. As someone who has had a creative career, I like to encourage future generations to express their creative side in their education as well as academics.  

During my career as an Interior Architect, I have had many experiences in Project Management, costing & budgeting and leadership of teams. I have spent the last 20 years in a variety of volunteer programs working with children of all ages in the US & across Africa. From running a conservation day in Zambia for 500 kids to teaching an art class weekly in a local shelter in Seattle, my volunteer experiences with children have brought a lot of joy & learning to my life. Going through the adoption process & being married to a secondary school teacher, I have gained knowledge of Safeguarding, SEND and Pupil Premium and am particularly looking forward to helping in these areas of the school. 

I am excited about the educational system here in England and becoming more involved in my local community here in Littlebourne. 

Staff Governors


Mrs Stella Byrne (Headteacher) and Mrs Dianna Lim (Class Teacher) .

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Governor Attendance Sept 2018 - July 2019