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Brenda Smith

I have been a Governor of Fleetdown Primary School for 13 years. Originally appointed as a Community Governor (now known as co-opted) of Fleetdown Junior School through my work within the local community. For the last 2 years I have had the privilege of being Chair of Governors of a school judged by Ofsted as Outstanding. As Chair I work closely with the Headteacher on the Strategy and Leadership for the school.

I have over 40 years of experience within the business world, the last 21 in education working in ITT (Initial Teacher Training) as a Finance Manager. This work has given a direct insight into teacher training both Primary and Secondary and has allowed me to work closely with trainee teachers.

I am an avid reader; enjoy the theatre and foreign holidays. I am still actively involved with the local Community Centre and have been for over 35 years.

Both of my daughters and three of my grandchildren attended Fleetdown School. This long association with Fleetdown was one of the reasons I became a Governor; I wanted to give something back to a school that I had always found to be excellent on all levels. Fleetdown has always had a good reputation within the local community and I wanted to be in position to maintain and enhance that reputation.

Nicola Stokes

I joined the school’s governing body as a Parent Governor in 2013 and became Vice-Chair in January 2017. I am a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and have worked for Ernst & Young for the last 20 years providing tax assistance to large multinational organisations moving their employees around the globe. More recently, I have assumed responsibility for EY’s graduate and school leaver programmes and work closely with students during their training contracts. I am therefore able to bring both Finance and HR related skillsets to our governing body.

In my spare time, I am happiest when spending time with my family and friends. I also attend ‘boot camp’ 3 times a week and enjoy taking long walks and being outdoors with my husband and children. I am passionate about the school’s outstanding success and am committed to help the school maintain this.

Terri Cox

I became a co-opted Governor in July 2016; my focus is SEN and Child protection. I have over 10 years experience in market research and I specialised in employee satisfaction and organisation performance with GfK. Prior to this I was responsible for researching and supporting the design of new qualifications for Edexcel, an Education Awarding Body. I bring the skills and insight to review how our school is performing and looking for areas where we can continue to strive. I am committed to the success of our school as I have 2 children at Fleetdown. One of my children has SEN needs, which allows me to bring personal experience to the Governing Body in this area. I am also completing a qualification in working with people with SEN to further enhance my knowledge. I am a volunteer for a local charity Homestart, which supports families in need within our local community.


In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, I have been a season ticket holder at West Ham United for over 12 years. I also enjoy going to the theatre and have recently began growing my own fruit and vegetables.

Suzanne Gunning

My name is Sue Gunning. I have worked as a HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) at Fleetdown since 2003. I am a Co-opted Governor and was appointed in October 2012. Before this, I worked for Lloyd's bank at Blackfriars for thirteen years (1981-1994). As I live locally and lots of my family members have attended Fleetdown, including both my sons, I feel that I have a vested interest in Fleetdown Primary School and the welfare of the children that we teach. I love to read and play quizzes and this is something that I enjoy sharing with the children.

Clare Wells

I am a Year Three teacher and Lower Key Stage Two leader at Fleetdown. I have been working here for three years and a staff governor since September 2016. Before I worked at Fleetdown I spent 13 years working at a large and sometimes challenging junior school in Strood, teaching all year groups across Key Stage Two and taking on different roles such as maths subject leader and Year Six leader.

Outside of school I enjoy anything to do with history and reading and watching science fiction. I am an avid reader and aim to pass on a love of reading to my class by sharing a wide range of books with them. I am passionate about ensuring that all children achieve their potential and I am looking forward to developing my governor role and using it to   help the school to improve.

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