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Governor Profiles

Mark Beacom

I am a company Director in the Advisory Sector with experience in Executive Search, Performance Management, Board Dynamics, and Corporate Finance, working in and advising private and listed businesses as well public sector and not for profit organisations. I am fascinated by the human condition, studied business and psychology, using this academic knowledge and my career experience to support/ advise others in decision making. My sector focus has been in Financial Services and the built environment, this combined with P&L responsibility means I have a good grasp of financial management and health & safety. We have one child at Pembury School and another yet to join. I am therefore personally motivated and feel duty bound to support the School leadership team and hold them to account.

Paul Barker

My association with the school began as a pupil back in 1979. More recently my relationship was that of a parent, with two of my daughters at the school. Now that they are firmly into secondary education and beyond, I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue strengthening links with the school as a member of the Board of Governors. I believe passionately in the foundational role primary schools play in equipping young people with the skills, abilities and confidence to build their future success and happiness. In my working life as a Management Consultant, I partner with some of the world’s leading banks and financial services firms, advising them on strategy, risk management and developing talent. In blending this commercial experience with life experiences both as a village resident and a parent, I hope to make a positive, constructive contribution to the governing body and help the school achieve its mission of ‘inspiring learning every day’.

Amanda Bowring

I live in Tunbridge Wells and have two children – a daughter at university and a son at Skinners. I am a senior civil servant and government lawyer, beginning my civil service career 28 years ago. I strongly believe that a good education, which meets the individual needs of the child and develops their full potential, is one of the building blocks for a happy and successful adult. I hope that my experience as a professional and as a parent, coupled with my view of the importance of education, proves of use and support to Pembury School.

Chrissie Conway

I have considerable experience of running organisations and managing the impact of change and communication. I am an experienced teacher and senior leader. I am also at the stage of my life where meaning and satisfaction comes from helping others rather than focusing solely on my own career or life progress. In my current role as Deputy Head of Walthamstow Hall, I work closely with the Governors of my own school, sitting on several committees including Curriculum and Staffing, Health and Safety and Staff Welfare, so I have a clear understanding of what is required of a governor. I value the opportunity to work in a local school to contribute to the growth and development of the place where I live.

Philip Drew – Chair

My wife and I have lived in Tunbridge Wells for over 20 years. We have three adult sons. Before I retired, I had a long career working in a Big 4 professional services firm in financial audit and international business development. I am a life member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. For many years now I have been a Governor of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, for the past seven, as Chair. In my time as Chair there I’ve been through two successful Osfted examinations (most recently in late 2021) and been closely involved in the school’s improvement programme and expansion, including the construction and start-up of a new Sevenoaks Campus. I believe passionately that education is our best chance for a better future. I want to share whatever might be helpful from my professional and governance experience for the benefit of everyone at Pembury Primary School and the wider community.

Abigail Harvey

Having worked in education for 17 years I have a genuine drive and passion to help improve the life chances of all children through access to high quality education. Being a parent governor for the local village primary allows me to give something back to the Pembury community in which we live with our two children. My current job requires me to be aware of up to date evidence and research within the field of education, invaluable knowledge for this role, along with key leadership experience I have gained through my career thus far. I am fully committed to supporting the school’s continuous improvement and being part of the journey to providing first class teaching, facilities and opportunities to all the children that attend the school now and in the future. The role of parent governor provides an essential platform for parents’ perspectives to be heard and valued.

Mike Harvey

I moved to Hadlow, where my wife was the local Anglican Curate, in September 2017. I have six grown up children, one of whom is in her last year at university. Before retiring a few years ago, I was a Chartered Surveyor specialising originally in property investment and finance and, latterly, advising companies on maximising their property assets and reducing their operational costs. I became a co-opted Governor in March 2018 and bring my knowledge and experience to bear on the school’s finances and associated matters.

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Pembury Primary School
Lower Green Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4EB
Phone: 01892 822 259 Email: office@pembury.kent.sch.uk