Who's who

Ms Rachel Cashman

Chair - Local Authority

Rachel has over 20 years experience, including at Executive Director and Board level, of leadership in the public and private sectors, most notably in healthcare, life sciences, education and equalities and in particular delivering large scale change and innovation through inter-sectoral collaboration and the development of networks. Rachel is a country member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, an all women corps of the UK Territorial Army, trained to provide a range of major incident and emergency preparedness services with the Metropolitan Police, the Foreign Office and with the UK Armed Forces. As well as her work with Balfour Primary School, Rachel is a fellow of the RSA and a trustee of the Brighton Oasis Project.

 
date of appointment
20/03/2017
current term of office start date 20/03/2017
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 19/03/2021
appointed by elected by staff
declaration of interests none
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  100%
 

Mr Paul Eddy

Vice Chair - Co-Opted - H&S

 
date of appointment 11/05/2010
current term of office start date 15/07/2015
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 14/07/2019
appointed by Governing Body
declaration of interests none
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  100%
 

Mrs Barbara Danahar

Co-Opted - Finance

 
date of appointment 01/03/2011
current term of office start date 15/07/2015
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 14/07/2019
appointed by Governing Body
declaration of interests none
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  71%
 

Mr Ben Marle

Co-opted Governor - Premises

Previously a teaching assistant for 6 years and play worker for 9 years in North London schools, Ben joined the Balfour staff team in 2002 as a premises manager in KS2 until 2015 when he was assigned to look after both sites. Ben has been a governor for the junior school for 2 full terms and one full term for the merged school until 2015, then recently came back to the Governing Body after a break to concentrate on his career development. Ben is a co-opted governor and is currently undertaking all the governor support training courses necessary to fulfil his role efficiently. Areas of expertise: building maintenance and site management, and all aspects of health and safety management in educational settings.

 
date of appointment 04/04/2017
current term of office start date 04/04/2017
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 03/04/2021
appointed by Governing Body
declaration of interests Union rep, member of staff
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  100%
 

Miss Rachel Hunter

Staff Governor

Rachel has over ten years of experience working with children and five years of teaching experience. She has taught at Balfour for three years and, in her various roles within the school, Rachel has contributed to the development of staff and the curriculum alongside specific subject leadership.

 
date of appointment 20/03/2017
current term of office start date 20/03/2017
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 19/03/2021
appointed by elected by staff
declaration of interests member of staff
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  100%
 

Ms Clare Kitchen

Parent Governor

Clare Kitchen has been a parent governor since January 2017. Her youngest child is at Balfour - her two eldest have left and moved on to Dorothy Stringer School. Her background is as a journalist and editor, but she is about to re-train as a secondary school maths teacher. She has helped out with a variety of parent groups since her children started school. She is a JONK governor.

 
date of appointment 16/12/2016
current term of office start date 16/12/2016
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 15/12/2020
appointed by elected by parents
declaration of interests parent
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  100%
 

Mr Steven Howard

Parent Governor

 
date of appointment 16/12/2016
current term of office start date 16/12/2016
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 15/12/2020
appointed by elected by parents
declaration of interests parent
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  80%
 

Mr Pierre Dowsett

Co-opted Governor - SEN

Pierre is the director of a Town Planning Consultancy based in Brighton and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). He was co-opted on to the Governing Board in February 2017. He has 2 boys in the school, one presently in year 1 and the other in year 3. Since Joining the FGB Pierre has developed a focus on SEN matters becoming SEN Governor in October 2017.

 
date of appointment 18/01/2017
current term of office start date 18/01/2017
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 17/01/2021
appointed by Governing Body
declaration of interests parent
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  50%
 

Mr Nick Taylor

Co-Opted

Nick Taylor is currently studying at the School of Advanced Study in preparation to undertake doctoral study in history where he hopes he can teach in the subject. Having spent five years working in the House of Commons he believes he has the skills and commitment to support the school’s ethos and vision. Nick’s particular attention over his term will be on improving maths and supporting the school’s ambition to eliminate attainment gaps, especially for disadvantaged pupils, to give every child a fantastic start in life. Nick is also the local councillor for Withdean ward on Brighton & Hove City Council.

 
date of appointment 15/03/2017
current term of office start date 15/03/2017
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 14/03/2021
appointed by Governing Body
declaration of interests none
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  75%
 
EX-MEMBERS

Mr Jonathan Cooper

Co-opted Governor - Data

Jon has been sitting on and advising Boards for over 20 years, principally in the charity sector. He has also held leadership positions in the private and public sectors, most notably in public health, and is currently an Associate Director with a monitoring and evaluation consultancy based in Brighton, where he specialises in the evaluation of multi-country overseas aid projects, including in education. Before moving into public health, Jon was a commercial lawyer working for 15 years in private practise and in-house. As well as his work with Balfour Primary School, Jon is also a trustee and chair of two public health organisations, as well as a leader within the scouting movement.

 
date of appointment 04/04/2017
current term of office start date 04/04/2017
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 03/04/2021
appointed by Governing Body
declaration of interests parent
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  100%
 

Ms Clare Bradley

Parent Governor - Safeguarding

 
date of appointment 29/11/2013
current term of office start date 29/11/2013
term of office 4 years
date end of service due 28/11/17
appointed by elected by parents
declaration of interests none
governance at other institutions none
% attendance  71%
 

Mr Derek Betts

Associate Member

 
date of appointment 08/06/2011
term of office 1 year
date end of service due 15/07/2016
pecuniary interests none
governance at other institutions none
material interests arising  none
% attendance 80%