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Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors' section.


The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.


The purpose of having a governing body is to:-
  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.


If you need to contact the Governors then please contact the Chair in the first instance by email on


Meet our Governors

Governor Biographies


Pippa Taylor is a full time mother to two children, both who attend Otford Primary. Before starting a family, Pippa spent 10 years working as an Advertising Sales Manager for The Independent and in newspapers in London. She worked across all sectors but specialised in Education and Recruitment. Pippa was elected as a Parent Governor in 2017. She is currently Chair of Governors.


Ben Harrison MBE is a civil servant who has worked in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Ben was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to charity law. Ben has been a co-opted governor since 2011. He lives in Otford and both of his daughters attended Otford Primary school.

Simon Antoniou is an Executive-level Commercial Leader with more than 15 years’ experience managing multimillion-dollar revenue cycles for a diverse range of businesses. Simon leverages a broad understanding of multi-sector market dynamics and stakeholder needs to meet and exceed commercial and behavioural objectives. With experience working for agile start-ups including rapid growth technology company Croud, he combines corporate experience with ‘real-world’ business building success to offer a broad business acumen and unique understanding of organisational drivers. 

Initiating his executive career in Australia with market leader P&G prior to his most recent career within the Business Consulting sector, Simon combines best practice commercial leadership and performance management experience with an entrepreneurial fire and passion for relationship development.  Simon's hope is to bring this balance of commercial savvy and creative capacity to help define strategies and solutions that support academic and financial governance outcomes at Otford Primary School.

Kathryn Nichol is a civil servant who has worked in the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and currently at the Department for Education. Kathryn has lived in Otford for several years and is involved with the local community as well as the school; delivering a craft club at Otford library and taking an active role in the PTFA. Kathryn has a daughter at Otford Primary School and was voted parent governor in 2019.


Paul Jackaman qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 with Deloitte’s, having obtained an honours degree in Business Maths from Kent University.  In a 25 year career primarily in banking and commodities he has spent time living and working in London, New York, Tokyo, Australia, Singapore and most recently Hong Kong where he was the Chief Financial Officer of a listed company, from where he recently returned and now lives in Eynsford with his wife and three daughters.  

Helen Roberts is the Headteacher of Otford Primary School and has been in post since June 2016. Prior to this, Mrs Roberts was in leadership positions in a variety of schools in both London and Tunbridge Wells, these roles included being Acting Headteacher on two occasions, a Head of School and a Deputy Headteacher in two large primary schools.  She is also a parent with two children. Mrs Roberts has worked in many schools over the past 24 years, her first role was as a Year 3 teacher in her home county of Yorkshire.


The Rev'd David Guest is the Vicar of St Bartholomew's church, Otford. He has been ordained for nearly 30 years, serving in Chester, the Isle of Man, Chichester and Southwark dioceses both in parishes and as Diocesan Communications Officer, Bishop's Chaplain, and radio producer/presenter. In addition to his role as Vicar at St Bart's David is also Chaplain to the Garrick Theatre in London, a spiritual director and a member of the Mothers' Union. Prior to ordination he was a newspaper journalist, specialising in the Arts. He has been a school governor in primary schools on several occasions over the past 30 years.


Hannah Drennan was born and brought up in the local area and her oldest daughter now attends Otford Primary School. She has worked in NHS management roles for nearly 15 years, with a particular focus on developing and improving services. She has advised executive leaders on strategic development, complex operational challenges, and regional planning, and has supported clinical and non-clinical teams to work collaboratively to adapt to operational challenges. Her work has included projects to improve wellbeing, engagement and experience of people who use health services, alongside supporting large scale organisational change and efficiency initiatives. Hannah is currently Vice Chair of Governors.

The Circle Model


At Otford Primary School, we have a dedicated Governing Body which strategically supports our school. The Governing Body follows the circle model and meets six times a year. Governors work with the staff and the Local Authority to help secure the best possible education for the children and has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

An agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the governing body is required to consider, and the governing body will ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes. 

In addition to ‘commissioning’ activities or actions on their behalf, the governing body has delegated monitoring activities to ‘monitoring pairs’ or ‘individuals’. This applies to statutory functions, and the priorities of the School Improvement Plan. 

There are three core functions of a governing body as reflected in OFSTED's inspection handbook are: 
•    Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met. 
•    Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school evaluation. 
•    Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards. 


If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school,  for more information please contact Mrs Roberts (Headteacher) or Chair of Governors, Mrs Philippa Taylor. Contact details for governors are available from the School Office.

Otford Primary School Governing Body Details



Appointing Body

Term of Office

Positions of Responsibility

Relationship to

School & staff

Ms Patricia Ferrus   TEP Clerk 

Mrs Helen Roberts


Ex Officio




Ms Tracey Balcombe





Training and Development


Mr Ben Harrison


Governing Body

19.4.17 – 18.4.21

Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, Pupil Premium and Sports Funding



Mr Simon Antoniou





11.9.19 -10.9.23



Mrs Hannah DrennanCo-optedGoverning Body11.9.19 - 10.9.23Vice Chair, Safeguarding 

Ms Philippa Taylor


Parent Body

13.12.17 – 12.12.21


Parent of Pupil

Ms Kathryn Nichol


Parent Body

22.07.19 - 21.07.23



Parent of Pupil

Rev'd David Guest     
Mr Paul Jackaman     

Previous Governors

Mrs Rachel Philips


Governing Body

12.4.13 – 21.4.15



Mr Paul Gaskin


Governing Body

12.4.13 – 7.7.15



Mrs Rebecca Wilde


Parent Body

5.12.14 – 13.4.16




Mr Rob Wilson


Governing Body

12.4.13 – 13.7.16



Mr James Wall


Governing Body

12.4.13 – 26.9.26




Ms Hannah Chalkley



07.13 – 07.17




Mrs Marie Simms


Parent Body



F&R, Training


Mr Keith GristockCo-optedGoverning Body7.7.15 – 6.7.19 F&R, Policies 
Mr Paul CluleyCo-optedGoverning Body14.7.15 – 13.7.19 (resigned 11.7.18)L., Data 
Mr Carl RobertsCo-opted Governing Body19.4.17 – 18.4.21 (resigned 11.7.18)Chair of Finance and Resources, S, Staffing, HTA 
Mrs Tula FitzpatrickLocal Authority GovernerKent County Council19.4.17 – 18.4.21 (resigned 18.9.18)S, F & R 
Mr Johan BjorklandParentParent body




L, ITParent of pupil
Rev’d Richard WorssamCo-optedGoverning Body2008 – Aug 2019L, Safeguarding 
Mr Jerry HansfordCo-optedGoverning Body5.12.16 - 4.12.20 (Resigned Dec 2019)F&R, Safeguarding 
Mr Christopher WoolardCo OptedGoverning Body19.4.17 – 29.9.20Chair, S, HTANone
Mr Colin ParksCo OptedGoverning Body19.4.17 – 29.9.20Vice-chair, S, F&R, Py, School Expansion and Health and Safety 
Mr Joseph KershawCo-optedGoverning Body15.05.19 - 25.11.20Safeguarding, Health and Safety