Meet the Governors

Our governors are committed to working hard to ensure the best for all pupils at Hernhill. They can be contacted directly by leaving a note/letter at the school office or via email governors at

 Our governors

Mrs Helen Figgis                                              LA Governor               (Vice Chair)

I have been a governor for the last fifteen years and was part of the move from the old school to the new building in 2004. I have been chair of governors since 2005. I am a country person, enjoy sport and I have two grown up children, one of whom attended Hernhill when they were younger. I have had close links with community all of my life.  It is a privilege to work with keen and motivated staff who are all eager to provide the best for the children here at Hernhill. 


Mrs Sarah Alexander                                     Headteacher

I became headteacher of Hernhill CE Primary School in September 2016. I am passionate about providing every child with the best opportunities so that they can achieve to their fullest potential. I am very proud to lead such a hard-working and dedicated team of staff who go ‘above and beyond’ every day. Our core Christian values of compassion, forgiveness, resilience, respect and truthfulness are at the heart of all that we do.


Mrs Suzanne Carroll                                       Staff Governor

I qualified as a teacher in 1996 and have been teaching at Hernhill Church of England Primary School since September 2009. I joined the Governing Body nearly seven years ago and I am now in my second term, currently a part of the Distinctiveness Committee. It is a privilege every day to be a part of this school and work with such wonderful children, and their parents, alongside such highly committed, caring and motivated staff and governors.


Priest-in-charge                                           Foundation Governor

St Michael's Hernhill is currently interregnum (without a vicar) and therefore the governor position is unfilled. 


Mrs Liz Bisbrown                                          Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be asked by St Michael’s Church PCC to become a Foundation Governor, as I have taken early retirement from my work as an optometrist, so I have plenty of time to commit to the role. I feel that it is important that the school maintains its Christian ethos and continues to be both thriving and welcoming.

My own three children are now in their early 20’s but they all remember their years at Hernhill School with great fondness and I would love to think that future generations will feel the same.


Mrs Lisa Alexander-Bailey                          Foundation Governor

 I was elected onto the Governing body as a Local Authority governor in 2011, which following the reconstitution subsequently changed to become a co-opted governor.

I have worked for the last 21 years with KCC within the social services, education and property units. My role is varied as I cover all schools within the Kent County Council maintained area (excluding Medway) – which has meant that I deal with maintenance  programmes; asset rationalisation of buildings;  building projects; expansion of schools;  relocation of schools;  pupil referral units etc thus ensuring that the built environment for education is suitable and fit for purpose. 

I have three children and am also a Sunday School teacher at our local church.


Mrs Alison Soltani-Davies                           Parent Governor         (Chair)

I have been a parent governor since 2016 and thoroughly enjoy the role. Since September 2018, I have become the link governor for RE and chair the Christian Distinctiveness Committee.  I’m a ‘local mum’ and have 2 children at the school, so I have a long-term stake in the future health and development of the school. 

I am passionate about the role of education and see my role as two-fold. To support the Head to improve the school, as well as challenge the status quo, to ensure we are providing a well-balanced education for all children. 
My background is accountancy, management and operations. 


Mrs Emily Andrews                                           Parent Governor

I am a fully qualified primary school teacher turned full-time mum and company director. I have one child at Hernhill and one younger son who will be attending in a few years. I am keen to contribute to school life wherever possible. Whilst teaching, I worked across all phases in a number of different schools in and around London and Kent. 

I am a big advocate for outdoor learning and I am passionate about teaching and good quality education being provided to all. I whole-heartedly believe that children should enjoy their time at school and develop a love of learning. 


Mr Craig Scandrett                                           Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2018 and am currently the link governor for Worship as well as being a member of the Resource Committee.  I have two children at the school.

As a qualified chartered accountant, my finance expertise helps me assist the school in successfully maintaining budgetary control of its resources.  I am currently employed by a company that clears unexploded remnants of war around the world, and this work to create a better future mirrors my desire to help the school give its pupils a bright future, by allowing all of the children the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Mrs Fiona Palmer                                               Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in March 2019. I am the link governor for SEN and Inclusion, as well as a member of the Learning and Development Committee.

I have one daughter at Hernhill, therefore I am passionate about supporting the school to help every child flourish. I come from a background in education. I worked within various primary schools for 17 years, as a mainstream teacher, SENCO and special needs teacher. I am keen to use my experience to support this amazing school in its ongoing journey.


Mr Jez Hadlow                                                     Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in May 2019 and am currently the link governor for PE/Sports premium as well as being a member of the Resource Committee.  I have two children at the school.

I am a fully qualified CIPD Human Resources professional with extensive experience of working within education and operations management.  I am currently employed as a Deputy Bursar at the King’s School, Canterbury and I take great pride in working within the education sector. I have a detailed understanding of the roles and workings of both the academic and support function within schools and I am keen to use these skills to ensure that the pupils of Hernhill receive the best possible educational experience the School can provide.


Mrs Liz Wright                                                        Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted governor in December 2020. I am the link governor for the Creative Curriculum and a member of the Christian Distinctiveness Committee. I currently work part-time as a TA at St Edmund’s School in Canterbury. Prior to having my family, I worked as a HR Consultant in a number of different sectors. 

My family moved to the area over four years ago and have been warmly welcomed into the village. As a governor I want to contribute to the Hernhill community, who have been so kind to us, by supporting and assisting the school, which is at the heart of this lovely community.




We currently have 2 vacancies for co-opted governors.

What do governing bodies do? 

 The school’s governing body is responsible overall for the conduct of the school and must lead the school with a view to promoting high standards of achievement. It should fulfil its functions in a strategic way. Broadly speaking governing bodies have responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Ensuring the school’s clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and,
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

How are governing bodies made up?

Governing bodies were required to undergo a process of re-constitution before September 2015. This was to ensure they have a dynamic governing body which is no larger than it needs to be, with governors who are actively contributing the relevant skills and experience. They are:

  • Parent governors - elected by other parents at the school;
  • A staff governor - elected by teachers and support staff working at the school;
  • The Headteacher;
  • A local authority governor - nominated by the local authority; appointed by the governing body
  • Co-opted governors - chosen and appointed by the governing body; and
  • Foundation governors at church schools - appointed by the diocesan boards and church authorities.

Register of Business Interests for 2020-21


Resignations / End of Office


Mr Peter Rawlins - October 2020

Mr Steve Rudden - March 2021

Rev Jean Burrows - July 2021