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Governors Biographies


Lynne Curtis: I have taught in a wide range of schools, both in the state and the private sector, in London and in Surrey, full time, part-time and as a supply teacher.  Over the years I have taught children of all abilities, from Reception age to Year 6, and for the five years before I retired I was a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. 

I am married and have two grown up children, a son and a daughter, in their early thirties and four grandchildren.  I have lived in Hurst Green for 37 years.  Soon after my first child was born I set up a tutorial agency which I ran from home in my spare time and which I have been running ever since.

Nicole Edmondson: Nicole Edmondson joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in 2017. She works at the Bank of England and has a PhD in English Literature. She also worked at the Institute of Education for 10 years, where she published academic research in the areas of education and social science.

Katherine Saunders: Katherine Saunders has lived in the area with her husband and four children for nearly thirty years. She works locally as a breastfeeding counsellor and is Chair of Oxted Parish Council, serving on the Grant Aid and Planning sub-committees. Katherine is a Trustee of The Robert Bouffler Music Trust and volunteers at Chartwell in her spare time.

Stephen Whiteley: Stephen has lived in the Oxted area since 1994, which was when the first of his three daughters started at Hurst Green Nursery School. He teaches A level and GCSE Business and Economics, and this followed his earlier career in banking, marketing and business consulting.

Now that he is going to be working part-time, he is looking forward to spending more time as a Governor at the school, as well as indulging his interests in beekeeping, photography, music and enjoying the countryside.

James Penman: I became a parent governor as I believe I can use my skillset to help make a positive difference to the education and lives of children in the local community. 

Having worked within Data and Analytics functions for over a decade, with a focus on strategy, I am skilled at understanding detailed information, extracting the critical elements and presenting it back in a way that is meaningful and actionable to the end users. I believe this can be easily transferred to a governance position, as identifying priorities and recording outcomes ensures that we are collectively making measurable progress. 

Victoria Deakin: I currently have two children at the school (Reception and Year 2) and was keen to give something back to the school by becoming a parent governor. I have had experience of working with children as a former Brownie leader and bringing STEM into schools within my job. 

As a coastal engineer and project manager I have developed key skills that will support this role including data analysis, budgeting, planning, evaluation of projects, health and safety and working in a team. I feel my professional skills, combined with my passion will allow me to make a difference to the school.