‘The governing body is a highly skilled team with a relentless focus on raising standards to ensure outstanding outcomes for all pupils.’
Meet The Governors
‘The governing body is a highly skilled team with a relentless focus on raising standards to ensure outstanding outcomes for all pupils’ Ofsted July 2018
The Governing Body’s responsibilities fall into three areas:
- The Governing body provides a strategic view for the school to move forward and plan its future. It ensures the school provides the best possible learning environment and outcomes for students.
- The Governing Body acts as a “critical friend”. It gives support, advice and practical help to the staff as well as asking challenging questions. It presses for improvement and promotes the interests of students.
- The Governing Body ensures accountability through monitoring the school’s development. It discusses questions and refines proposals whilst always respecting the professional expertise of the Headteacher and staff.
To contact Jackie Tanner, Chair of Governors, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Tanner – Chair of Governors (Co-Opted Member)
I have been the Chair of Governors at Limpsfield Grange for three years and a member of the governing body for six years. I have four children and my daughter is an ex pupil of the school, so my connection goes back a long way. I sit on all the committees and find governing very rewarding.
Together with my husband, I work in property renovation and rental and find the skills needed for that transfer well into governing a school. I like to be a hands on governor. My dog is a registered Pets as Therapy dog and I visit the school with her once a week. This gives me lots of opportunities to get to know the girls.
Denise Finn – Vice Chair of Governors
I have just joined the governing body at Limpsfield Grange. I am really looking forward to learning more about the school and bringing any expertise I can to help the school to achieve its ambitions. I have lived in the Oxted area for 20 years and have two teenage sons (the youngest has SEN). They have both been educated in the state and private sector to some extent. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and also hold a Masters in Business Administration(MBA). I currently work for Thomson Reuters – a large multi-national serving the information needs of professionals. I bring experience gained from finance and strategic operations roles managing finance, projects and change initiatives in complex environments.’
Nick Powell – Co-opted Governor
I am employed as the Bursar of an independent school in Tunbridge Wells, for children aged 3 to 13. I also have over ten years’ experience as a primary school Governor, a number of which were spent as Chair of The Governing Body. I became a Governor at Limpsfield Grange to help the school achieve the very best of outcomes for all its pupils.
Nick Ephgrave – Co-Opted Member (photograph to follow)
Nick has lived in Limpsfield for most of his life, having been raised and schooled locally. Married to Liz, a local midwife, they have four daughters, three of whom are studying at university with the youngest studying for A levels at Oxted School.
Nick has been a police officer for 28 years, serving for more than twenty years with the Metropolitan Police Service. In that time, he worked in both uniform and detective roles, including Homicide and Counter Terrorism, latterly in senior command positions. He transferred to Surrey Police in 2013.
Nick has previously served as a parent governor at Hurst Green School and hopes to build on that experience at Limpsfield Grange.
Maria Coyle – Co-Opted Governor
I was appointed as a governor in May 2018. I am delighted to be able to contribute my skills and any support to Limpsfield Grange, the girls and the staff. I work in the Communications Team at the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, The Children’s Trust. As Information Manager I create books and other resources to support children and their families following a brain injury and focusing on topics such as rehabilitation and SEN.
I live in the Oxted area and I am a member and past president of Caterham, Oxted and Godstone Lions. I am passionate about local community causes and I’m a bit of a runner in my spare time.
Karin Hogan – Co-Opted Governor
I can finally say I live in Surrey with my daughters and two dogs Jack and Jojo! Now I just need to write the book to put that bio in …
I am really looking forward to supporting the school and everyone it makes a huge difference to. I run my own photographic agency and in previous careers have worked in marketing all over the world. My experience covers telecoms, medical education, financial services and the charitable sector. I was also proud to be part of the team in New York City promoting the UN Year of the Volunteer in 2001.
Abby Bernard – LA Governor
I have recently joined the governing body at Limpsfield Grange and I am looking forward to becoming involved with the school. I have lived in the Oxted area for the past 26 years with my husband and three children. My children are now all in their twenties and are following careers of their own. I trained as a nurse and worked in a variety of roles, including school nursing, before taking a degree in Community Specialist Practice and becoming a health visitor. I was particularly interested in Child Protection and Safeguarding and now work as an NSPCC Accredited Safeguarding Trainer for a number of different organisations. I have enjoyed working with children in a variety of roles, both waged and voluntary.
Caroline Le Jeaune – Parent Governor
I am the parent of a pupil at Limpsfield Grange. I believe Limpsfield Grange is a unique school designed to give the girls the best possible opportunity to have a fulfilling and happy life. I therefore want to support this work and ensure that it gives every pupil the very best basis on which to build. I live near Woking in Surrey with my husband and two daughters, the eldest of whom attends Limpsfield Grange. I am a qualified solicitor and chartered tax adviser by training and I practice as a tax adviser at a London accountancy practice where I head up the private client business and have responsibility for a team of around 100 people. I therefore have experience in running a large team, developing a business, dealing with people in the workplace, resourcing, interviewing and recruitment and finding solutions to a range of problems.
I have no experience until now as a Governor but hope to bring the parental perspective to the Board of Governors.
Lucy Young – Parent Governor
My daughter started at Limpsfield Grange in September, loves the school, and has never been happier. I have 3 children all with Autism, and therefore have had a range of experience across a diverse spectrum of issues and opportunities. I work as an area co-ordinator for Family Voice Surrey a charity which represents SEND families. I am excited to be joining the Governor team, as I passionately believe that the input of families is critical to good SEND decision making. I have an MBA degree and professional accreditation in marketing. I also write Children’s literature, and hold a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.
Simon Hallett – Parent Governor
I have just joined the governing body of Limpsfield Grange as a parent governor, our daughter having joined year 7 in 2018. I am a partner in the investment advisory firm Cambridge Associates where I focus on not-for-profit organisations and provide strategic advice to some of the largest grant giving foundations and endowed educational institutions in the UK. In the past I was a trustee of our local village school in Peaslake, which was community managed and funded until becoming a ‘Free School’ in 2013. LGS does amazing work in supporting autistic girls to live positive happy lives and achieve their potential so I want to offer whatever help that I can.