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Meet the Governors

Please find below a profile for our current Governors:

Nicola Couchman

I have been a Governor since 2014 when I was appointed due to my background in local government strategy, policy and performance. My two children attend Cliffe Woods Primary School and I enjoy supporting the PTA's calendar of events throughout the year.

I am Chair of the Finance & Buildings committee and visit school regularly to monitor income and expenditure with the School Business Manager. Maths and Equalities are my lead topics and I really enjoy spending time in school to experience the delivery of the Maths curriculum in practice.

Another role I have recently taken on is as the Chair of the Multi Academy Trust and I look forward to contributing towards the development and growth of the Trust in the future.


Dianne Foreman

I have lived in Cliffe Woods since 1980 with my husband and three children who attended both Cliffe Woods and Hundred of Hoo schools before going to University.

I became a Parent Governor in September 1990 in both schools but left HOH in 2002 when my youngest child finished school as I found that I much preferred my role in primary education.

I try to attend all relevant training and committee meetings but am actually on Finance & Buildings and Personnel, where I have been Chair for 14 years as my main focus is staffing. In 2014 following the retirement of the previous Chair, I became Chair of Governors, a role that I dedicate a lot of time too and has been both challenging and rewarding.

I am particularly proud of our 'Outstanding' Ofsted, achieved in 2015 and subsequently confirmed in 2017.

Andrea Trill

I have lived in Clilffe Woods all my life and attended local schools. I have been a Governor since 2012 when my eldest child was in Year 1. 

I have attended all committee and Governing Body meetings that I have been a member of since my appointment. I am Chair of the Curriculum & Standards committee and have recently been appointed a Director. I am always very thorough at reading any paperwork that is sent out and confident in challenging any evidence that I feel we should see as Governors.

I take an active role in attending and supporting PTA events that are held outside of school hours. I attend school hour activities when my employer is supportive of my requests.

Emma Colmer

I started working at the school as a TA in 2012 and became a non-teaching Staff Governor in March 2016. All three of my children attended Cliffe Woods Primary School, from 2004 through to the youngest one leaving in July 2017.

I sit on both Finance & Buildings and Curriculum committees as they are the ones I have a keen interest and more knowledge in.

I started a new role in September 2017 as Home School Support Worker which I am absolutely loving. It is proving to be an extremely varied role and one which is enabling me to get to know the families and children much more than before, building the relationships between home and school in a positive way.

I am very proud to represent the staff as Governor as part of our Outstanding school and to assist in any way I can to keep it that way.

Julia Hurren

I have been a Parent Governor since being elected in June 2017, having two daughters at the school.

As a Governor, I bring my specialist knowledge as a SENCo of a local school and my English teaching background in order to monitor and support the staff in my role as SEND and Literacy link governors.

I regularly visit the school as part of my governor role and through my continued support of PTA events. 

Tim Muggridge

I initially joined the school in 2000, as a Newly Qualified Teacher, before moving on to another local school as Deputy Headteacher and then Headteacher in 2010.  I was overjoyed to re-join the amazing team here in April 2016 as Headteacher.

I have always been proud of the achievements of our school and strive to continue and enhance these further.

One of the things that I believe we have, that shines through all that we do is our amazing knowledge of our children - we really know them! 

Since my return, there have been many exciting changes including: converting to a Multi Academy Trust and developing the physical structure of the school, particularly the Year R provision.

Chris McKenzie

I joined the governing body at the end of 2017, as a parent with one son currently attending the school in year 4 and another who left a couple of years ago.

I have worked with schools across Medway earlier in my career at Medway Council, and so I felt that I would have some relevant knowledge and experience to offer the school and I was really pleased when I was given the opportunity to be a governor.

I am the governor with responsibility for health and safety and so I plan to visit the school regularly to review our arrangements for managing health and safety risks, to ensure that all children, staff, parents and visitors are in an environment that is safe. I also sit on the Finance and Buildings committee. I’m the governor with responsibility for languages and music. I’m a musician myself, but can only remember a small amount of the French and German I learnt at school, however I’m looking forward to finding out more about what the school does to support pupils in these areas.