Below is a list of the school Governors and their duties.
Mr. Andrew Warrilow, Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Resources Team, Link Governor for Pupil Premium and Computing
Personal – I am married with two children and have lived locally for over 35 years. Profession – I am a seasoned operations management professional with more than 20 years of experience elevating productivity, efficiency, and profitability of various corporate sites through strategic allocation of resources. Recent achievements include co-founding and establishing management and operational teams committed to delivering service excellence in the specialist education and looked after children / young adults sector. Voluntary – I am the Chairman (Interim) of the Trinity Resource Centre in Cliftonville which deliver outstanding services at its pre pre-school nursery, services for the over 60s including lunch club, social events, weekly groups, befriending plus dementia and peer support. We also have exceptional room hire facilities and of course a superb Café. Why – I am a firm believer in giving back to the community and offering some of the experience and knowledge that l have gained over the years to ensure that Palm Bay has clarity of vision, an effective ethos and a strategic direction plus efficient accountability to ensure all children have the right education.
Mr. Cliff Collins, Co-opted Governor, Link Governor for EYFS
I am a retired Headteacher of a successful primary school where I was extensively involved in collaborations working with and supporting other schools. The first 20 years of my career were spent in very large multicultural schools in London and the next 20 in schools in East Kent. Underpinning my approach to education is the principle of teaching thinking skills , empowering people to make considered decisions which positively affect their own lives and those of others. Equally I am passionate about the importance of young children learning through experience and that failure is often part of this journey. I believe that we all have particular skills and these need to be valued. On a personal level I enhance my life by daily practice of Tai Chi Chuan and meditation. I now have 2 grandchildren who have begun their formal education and am looking forward excitedly to celebrating their successes.
Ms. Gill Edwards, Co-Opted Governor, 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.
Ms. Vicky Solly, Staff Governor, Governors’ Training and Development Leader, Deputy Safeguarding Lead
My name is Victoria Solly and I am a Staff Governor at Palm Bay. I have been a Governor for 9 years and I thoroughly enjoy the role and the challenges that it brings. I became a Governor as I wanted to gain a greater insight into the strategic leadership of the school and to give something back to the school. I have a great deal of school knowledge and experience which I feel I have been able to bring to the Governing Body. In my time as Governor I have broadened my skills in particular areas, most notably finance and the act of Governance itself, through attending a range of training sessions. I am particularly interested in the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body in addition to the continued development of the Governing Body.
Ms. Jo Brett, Parent Governor, Link Governor for Behaviour
My name is Jo Brett and I have two children attending Palm Bay School. I am one of the parent Governors here and although new to this, I have a wealth of experience across the education and business sectors and I plan to broaden my skill set with appropriate training to assist me in this role. Currently, I am a full time mum of three. I occasionally carry out beauty treatments as a mobile business and once a week, I run baby sensory classes in Ramsgate. I have a further education background having taught Beauty Therapy at East Kent College for a number of years, as well as being a member of the college’s Improvements and Innovation Team. Prior to this, I worked as a Spa manager at Rowhill Grange Hotel and Spa, where my responsibilities ranged from hiring, training and appraising staff, meeting and greeting the guests, to the overall running of the business. I look forward to the challenges being a parent Governor will bring.
Mr. Tim Hunter-Whitehouse, Co-Opted Governor & Maths Link Governor
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.
Mrs. Sam Pritchard, Co-Opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors & Vice Chair of the Resources Team
I am a parent of two girls here at Palm Bay, one in KS1 and the other 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
Miss Lizzie Williams, Head Teacher
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.
Mr. Mark Ebden, Local Authority Governor, Chair of Governors, Link Governor for Science
I am Mark Ebden and a Local Authority governor with the responsibility of looking at the quality of teaching and learning. In my day job I am head of science at a local secondary school. My interest in academic management and my wish to give something back to the local community brought me to governance.