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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.

Maggie Stone: I have spent a lot of my life abroad and therefore don't have that much experience with the UK state education system. Joining my daughter's school as a Parent Governor when she started there seemed like a great way to get to know the school and the wider context of education and become actively involved.

Where I come from (Switzerland) the policy is local schools for local children and I passionately believe that unless there are special circumstances children should be able to go to their nearest school with their parents being safe in the knowledge that it meets all of their requirements.

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.

Hayleigh Russell: I have worked at Hurst Green Infant School & Nursery for two years as the Family Liaison Officer having previously worked at the Hurst Green Children’s Centre. Before having children I worked in the City and have a background in Business administration, HR and conflict resolution.

I am passionate about children’s learning and helping families break down barriers to Education by supporting the child and parents in whatever capacity they may need. This can be referrals to specialist agencies, food parcels, hygiene parcels or just someone to talk to.

I am also the Deputy Safeguarding Leader in School.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and walks with my dog Lola.

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.