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Governors

Our Governing Body comprises 11 governors, made up of Foundation Governors (who have a duty to preserve and develop the religious character of the school), parents, staff and the Local Education Authority. Our current governing body is comprised as follows:

Foundation Governors – Fr John Caster ( Chair of Governors) , Sarah Barter, Ben Johnson, Peter Bithell  

Parent Governors –Mario Beneventi, Rachel Aaron

Staff Governors – Mr John Waterman

Local Authority Governor  – Mike Thompson 

Mrs Duncombe also sits on the Full Governing Body as Head Teacher. 

Biographies and details of our current governors can be found below:

 

Fr. John Caster 

Governor Type – Ex-Officio Foundation 
Date of Appointment – 01.09.12 (FGB) 
Term of Office – Ex-Officio
Committee Membership – Chair of Governors, Teaching and Learning, SIAMS


Biography: Many of you will know me through my role as Vicar of S Barnabas' parish, and I hope you will feel free to discuss my role as Chair.  As Chair, I have the responsibility to work with our Governors and school leaders to develop strategy and policy which will continue to build over the progress in recent years.  I come into this position with over fifteen years combined governance experience, and I have chaired a school in London from 'Good' to Outstanding'.  As you will know, our school is a priority to me, and I will do everything I can to ensure that every one of our children receives the best education possible, grounded in the values which are so important to our whole school community.

Responsibilities – Religious Education, SEN, Safeguarding and Strategy & Governance. 
Business Interests – None
Governance Roles at Other Institutions – 

Attendance 2019- 2020: Full Governing Body 6/6

Attendance 2018- 2019: Full Governing Body 4/4  

Attendance 2017- 2018: Full Governing Body 4/4

Attendance 2016-17: FGB 5/6                           

Attendance 2015-16: Full Governing Body – 6 / 6

 

Mike Thompson 

Governor Type – Local Authority 
Date of Appointment – 23.11.16
Term of Office – 4 years
Committee Membership – Finance and Resources, Teaching and Learning. 
Responsibilities – Vice-Chair of Governors. LCT governor. 

Biography – Mike has nearly 40 years’ experience in the world of education, initially as a secondary MFL teacher and then as an Education Officer with KCC.  In the early 2000s, he was the District Schools Officer in Tunbridge Wells and then Local Education Officer in Cranbrook and Paddock Wood.  He still teaches occasionally.  He has four adult children and two grandsons.  He is still passionate about education and languages and likes to spend time in the Czech Republic.  
 

Business Interests – None
Governance Roles at Other Institutions – None 

Attendance 2019- 2020: Full Governing Body 6/6

Attendance 2018- 2019: Full Governing Body 4/4     

Attendance 2017- 2018: Full Governing Body 4/4

Attendance 2016-17: Full Governing Body- 6/6        

Attendance 2015-16: Full Governing Body – 6 / 6

 Mario Beneventi

Governor Type – Parent 
Date of Appointment – 02.2.17
Term of Office – 4 years
Committee Membership – Finance and Resources Chair

Biography – I have lived locally for 20 plus years. I am married with three boys, two of whom have attended various local schools. My youngest is currently in Year 6. Some principle aims in the role are to enable parents to better understand the challenges faced, the positive actions undertaken, and continue to bring fresh impetus to the success of St Barnabas and its continuous improvement. I am a qualified City of London Guide, and sit on the Management Committee of Tunbridge Wells Foresters FC, with responsibility for the Mini Section covering squads across six year groups. 

Business Interests – I have 35 years’ business experience in Sales, Marketing and General Management at Executive level, for a U.S. technology organisation, Pitney Bowes, and latterly an international HR Consultancy, Cubiks, part of the PSI Group. I currently sit on an Advisory Board for a UK based organisation, called Parcel Kiosk, as well as the management team of a business consultancy, The Leadership Gallery.

Governance Roles at Other Institutions –  None

Attendance 2019- 2020: Full Governing Body 5/6

Attendance 2018-19: Full Governing Body – 3/4        

Attendance 2017- 2018: Full Governing Body 4/4

Attendance 2016-17: Full Governing Body – 3/3

Peter Bithell

Governor Type – Foundation 
Committee Membership – Teaching and Learning                                   Business Interests – None

Peter Bithell is a musician.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Music & in Italy. Since 1987 he has been a professor of piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London.  He has played concerts & taught in N. & S America,  China & Europe.

In his spare time he reads a lot & messes about in his garden.

Governance Roles at Other Institutions – None 

Attendance 2019- 2020: Full Governing Body 2/6

Mrs Barter 

Governor Type – Foundation 
Committee Membership – Teaching and Learning
Business Interests – Teacher at St Barnabas
Governance Roles at Other Institutions – None 

Attendance 2019- 2020: Full Governing Body 6/6

Attendance 2018-19: Full Governing Body – 4/4      

Attendance 2017- 2018: Full Governing Body 4/4

Attendance 2016-17: Full Governing Body 5/6        

Attendance 2015-16: Full Governing Body – 5 / 6  

Rachel Aaron
 

Governor Type – Parent 
Date of Appointment 
Term of Office – 4 years
Committee Membership – Teaching and Learning

Biography – I grew up on the other side of Kent, and then lived in London for many years before moving to Tunbridge Wells 9 years ago. I am a lawyer, having worked in private practice in my early career, before joining the Government Legal Service, and currently work in the Ministry of Justice. Alongside legal work, I have held a number of learning and development roles at work, and enjoyed mentoring, recruitment and outreach work to schools. I have two children at St Barnabas. I became a Governor to get more involved, and to learn more about the school’s challenges and plans with the aim of contributing towards its continued success.
Business Interests – None
Governance Roles at Other Institutions –  None

Attendance 2019-20: Full Governing Body 4/5

Ben Johnson
 

Governor Type – Foundation/ PCC 
Date of Appointment – March 2018
Term of Office – 4 years
Committee Membership – Teaching and Learning
Responsibilities – 

Biography –  

I believe that dedication to a school’s core values is at the heart of service as a school governor.  Like my father before me and my son after, I attended S Barnabas’ School and believe in the mission it has pursued since its foundation.  As a churchwarden at our parish church, I represent the interests of our foundation in its support of the education of our local children.

I have extensive experience in automotive industry and am actively involved in the professional racing Mini circuit across the UK and Europe.

Business Interests – None
Governance Roles at Other Institutions – None 

Attendance 2019- 2020: Full Governing Body 3/6

Attendance 2018-19: Full Governing Body – 3/4  

Attendance 2017-18: Full Governing Body- 1/1

John Waterman
 

Governor Type – Staff  
Date of Appointment – July 2020
Term of Office – 4 years
Committee Membership – Teaching and Learning

Business Interests – None


Governance Roles at Other Institutions – None 

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