Below is a list of the school Governors and their duties.
Mrs N Smith, Assistant Head Teacher, Staff Governor
I am a class teacher, phase lead for years 3 and 4 and have recently been appointed as Assistant Head Teacher. I have worked across the school for the last 17 years and am fully committed to the children and families of Palm Bay. I believe that we have a wonderful school full of creative and happy children who deserve the best. I wanted to be a governor to gain a greater insight into the strategic leadership of the school and I feel I have a lot of skills and experience to contribute to this. I am looking forward to broadening my skills in whole school development, particularly finance, and be a part of the school's progress.
Ms. Nike Lawal
My name is Nike (pronounced Nik eh or Niki – either is fine with me) and I am a Co-opted Governor at Palm Bay. I am a working Mum, with a daughter who has been schooled locally in East Kent. I have worked in many sectors (in the UK and globally) including Local Government, the Oil Industry, Financial Services, and the Pharmaceutical Sector. My last employed role was Site HR Director at Pfizer in Sandwich and Global HR Lead where I worked for 10 years. I have 30 years’ experience, training and qualifications as an HR practitioner and leader ranging from recruitment; trade union negotiations/industrial relations; guidance on HR policies, procedures and practices and all employee relations matters, through to organisational development; leadership development, talent management and succession planning, training and development, and coaching. I have managed my own teams, both large and small throughout most of this period, in both large, medium sized and small organisations. I now run my own coaching, therapy and training business. I take a pragmatic approach to everything I do; and hope to be able to bring and pay forward some of my varied experience, learning and skills together in a way that adds value to this very special School, as a Governor.
Mr Triston Wallace, Parent Governor
Mrs. Sam Pritchard, Co-Opted Governor, Vice Chair of the Resources Team
I am a parent of two girls, one of whom is here at Palm Bay in KS2, I am a working Mum and have been involved with the PTFA for the last 6 years, mainly as Secretary and supporting the events. In my working life I am an Events manager at AXA PPP Healthcare, Culture and Community. My role is very varied but some of the areas I deal with at work include, budget control, procurement, event management, performance management, staff appraisals and I am training to be an environmental auditor
Mr Tatton Spiller
My name is Tatton Spiller and I’m very excited about being a governor at Palm Bay Primary School. Having spent over a decade teaching in schools, I’ve seen first-hand the difference that a school can make to the life chances of young people. Quite simply, they can make them or break them. I first came to Palm Bay as a freelance educator and I was immediately hit by the positive atmosphere of the place. It is just a lovely school. Being fortunate enough to be invited back over the course of the academic year, it became clearer and clearer to me the outstanding work that Lizzie Williams and Kate Wright are doing here. I want to be involved in continuing the amazing journey taking place at the school Personally, I have been a teacher in secondary schools in London and Broadstairs. I have also spent time at the Houses of Parliament, planning, delivering and training others to deliver education sessions to visiting young people. In 2015, I left formal education to create Simple Politics, a project that informs and engages people with UK politics both online and in schools.
Mr Josh Sims
Mr Alisdair Chisholm, Chair of Governors
Alisdair was appointed as Chair of Governors in September 2017. He is an experienced Chair and a Local Leader of Governance. Alisdair has travelled all over the world as a motivational speaker, speaking at corporate events and schools. “I talk and write about motivation for a living – it rarely feels like work – and now I spend a lot of my time in schools. The ability to motivate ourselves is, in my book, the skill that most shapes our destiny, so the younger we learn it, the better”.
Miss Lizzie Williams, Headteacher
My name is Lizzie Williams and I am the Head Teacher of Palm Bay Primary School. I started my headship in January 2015, having moved to Kent from central London where I previously worked at a large Primary Academy in Westminster. The governors at Palm Bay are conscientious and committed to achieving the best outcomes for the pupils. They have been hugely supportive in helping me settle in to my new role here.
Ms. Gill Edwards, Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Learning and Development Team, Link Governor for Literacy
I have lived in East Kent for eighteen years. I worked in education as Section Manager for The Performing Arts at Canterbury College of Further Education until August 2015. My sons were educated from the age of five at state schools in Whitstable and Canterbury followed by the University of Oxford and the University of Sussex. I am interested in the progress of every Palm Bay Primary School child to enjoy and achieve their best in English and maths. I also value the creative work and play that helps each person to become confident, sociable, an independent thinker and also a team player. These skills ensure each child is prepared for success at secondary school and in their future career. I admire the creativity and enthusiasm for teaching and learning as shown by the entire team of dedicated professionals and the excellent children at Palm Bay School. I look forward to joining the team of governors in supporting the school community.
Mr Tim Hunter-Whitehouse
My name is Tim Hunter-Whitehouse and I am a Co-opted Governor at Palm Bay. I am also the Head teacher at St Peter's Junior School just up the road as you head in to Broadstairs. I believe that schools are stronger when they work together and are able to share ideas and expertise so that we can all work smarter rather than harder as we continue to develop and improve or schools. St Peter's is my fourth school as Head teacher, Palm Bay is the ninth Governing Body I have been part of and I have been a teacher for twenty-five years, so I hope I can bring a little experience to the role.
Ms. Jen Scott
My name is Jennifer Scott and I work as the Schools Officer at Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in Margate. In the role I manage our innovative Schools Programme to help make world-class art relevant and accessible to audiences of all ages. I have experience in fundraising and co-ordinating large outreach projects between schools and the gallery and a good knowledge of educational policy after recently completing an MA in Arts and Education. Having seen the huge benefits the arts can have across all areas of learning, personal development and wellbeing, I am committed to raising its profile in schools. I started working closely with Palm Bay Primary School during the 18 month child led project Art Inspiring Change and love the ethos of the school. I am excited to be on the board of Governors to become a bigger part of the school community and help support the growth of arts provision at Palm Bay and other schools in the local area.