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Meet the Local Governing Body

Governors can be contacted in complete confidence via the school office.

Please find below a profile for our current Local Governing Body:

Julia Hurren

I have enjoyed being a governor since June 2017, when, having two daughters at the school, I was initially a parent governor, and now an appointed governor.    

I am now Chair of the Local Governing Body.  

I work in education, currently as a SENCo in a local school, with have subject specialisms that include English, Drama, and Art. I bring my knowledge of these areas to my link subject areas: Inclusion, English, and Art; meeting with staff to review policy, planning, and observing practice. I have also been involved as a governor with the school's development of its wellbeing focus. 

I am regularly at the school as a mum on school runs and assemblies and performances, as a PTA member supporting events, and as a governor doing targeted visits. 

I enjoy being part of the school community and working with the excellent leadership team and staff to continue to develop how the school provide engaging educational and enrichment opportunities to enable pupils to develop their creativity and tenacity. 

Nick Grainger


I joined the Governing Body in February 2020 and did so as a parent governor, with two children at the school who thoroughly enjoy their experiences at Cliffe Woods. 

I am privileged to have the opportunity to support the school staff in ensuring that we maximise education for all. I bring a wide variety of experiences to aid the diversity of Governing Body.

I see the school as a centre piece in the local community, building strong futures for the pupils but also assisting in the wider community to flourish. I look forward to continuing the important work as a school governor. 



Fuad Aninbaba

I have just joined the Local Governing Body in spring 2019 as a Co-opted Governor. I have three children who currently attend the school in years 5, 3 and 1 respectively and are enjoying everything about the school.

I believe a sound education is the best legacy a child could have, and with the rights support, nothing is impossible.

Before moving to Medway, I was a key member of the Parents Forum at my children's previous school in London, where we aimed to improve on and maintain a high standard of 'All Round Education' received by the children and supporting the teachers in any way necessary.

As a member of the local governing body, I would be bringing a bit of knowledge from my experience as a Trainer in the Rail industry to ensure that the school maintains it's high standards and quality of education the children receive via the school curriculum. I am also responsible for GDPR and Diversity.

I look forward to working with the Board of Governors to support the school by all means necessary for the benefit of the children and the school as a whole.

Karen Connolly

I joined Cliffe Woods Primary School as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 1998.  I moved to develop my skills further in a special school in 2005, then moved back to a large, urban mainstream school as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, firstly as Year Leader, then Assistant Headteacher and as Acting Deputy Headteacher.  In 2014 I set up a specialist resource provision for children with autism within a mainstream primary school in Bexleyheath, before re-joining Cliffe Woods in April 2016 as Assistant Headteacher. Since then I have been appointed as Head of School.

The school has always been special to me, my own two children having attended the school, and I am looking forward to exciting times ahead.  I am passionate about education and ensuring each and every child has the opportunity to shine and to reach their potential, irrespective of any challenges along the way.

Natalie Petty

I am a Trust Governor appointed in 2022 and feel proud to represent, support, and influence the future of Cliffe Woods Primary School. I have two children at the school, currently in Yr 3 and Yr 6 who are thoroughly enjoying their time there. From school trips to enthusiastic lessons and amazing PTA events, there is so much variety and they really thrive in such an environment. I also enjoy taking part in these things alongside them when possible and getting a glimpse into the world behind the school gates.

My initial focus area in this new role as Governor will be within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Embedding a new framework and ensuring continuous provision supports learning.

I am keen to tie together my skills learnt in 15+yrs in the construction industry with the school directly, to help deliver plans and strategies that ensure an excellent education is available to all. My personal interests and experiences are in the areas of digital transformation, diversity & inclusion, encouraging women into STEM subjects and provision of solid mental health and wellbeing support.

Everyone deserves to enjoy what they wake up to do every day, the people we surround ourselves with and the opportunities we go after. With strong leadership, great support and a healthy happy environment, anything is possible.

Mark Mullins

I joined the Local Governing Body in 2021 having previously been one of the Trustees. 


Cliffe Woods has done a wonderful job with all three of our children and it's really nice to get more involved with the school through the governing body. Having taught maths and physics for over thirty years, I hope my experience will help us make Cliffe Woods a school children love attending and always remember fondly.

Mitchell Cholwill

Including my final two teaching placements, I have been with Cliffe Woods Primary School since the Autumn of 2017. In the Summer of 2019, having fallen for the school, I was fortunate to join on a permanent basis as a Year 2 teacher. My role within the school has changed over the three years I have been here, having been science lead for a year, I moved on to become the Computing Lead and support for both maths and science from 2022.


Keen to progress my career, and wanting to know more about the workings of a school behind the scenes, when the option to become a governor arose in the Spring of 2022, I knew I wanted to join. I have since been appointed as the enrichment governor to ensure that both staff in the school and those on the Governing Board have opportunities to learn new skills and further their learning.


I have enjoyed my time as a governor immensely so far, and am looking forward to fulfilling the rest of my term.



Lesley Colbert

I am pleased to join the Governing Body of Cliffe Woods Primary School as an Appointed Governor. Having worked as a School Business Manager for over 20 years I hope to be able to guide and support the school using the knowledge and experience I have gained over this time.


Having previously been both a parent and an employee of Cliffe Woods Primary School I am delighted to be continuing my connection which such a great school.



Gavin Deering

I am a 2022 appointed Trust Governor and a proud resident of the village for almost five years, during which time my two youngest children have started at the school from EYFS and are now in Year 1 and Year R. 

Since my first daughter joined in 2021, I have developed an immense affection towards the school. I admire the inclusiveness of what a close community school should be and how everyone works tirelessly throughout the calendar year during school hours and at social events. I am enthusiastic about contributing on top of what is an outstanding school recognised across Medway and beyond.

My initial focus in this new role as Governor will be predominately within the area of Information Technology, from the measure taken on pupil safety online to overall learning within the classroom. 

I have a 15-year career within the IT sector and, for the last 11+ years, have played a leading role within a once-tech consultancy start-up business, which is now a leading provider of IT Solutions across industry-specific sectors across many countries worldwide. So I am particularly interested to understand how as a school, through teaching, we encourage more children (both boys and girls) via the STEM programme to want to be part of a digital age in IT in years to come.

In my opinion, every child deserves an education that they can look back on with fond memories. I genuinely believe we have a school that allows that to happen to enable them as they move through EYFS, KS1 and KS2 to dream big and be well-prepared for the next stage in their journeys