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Meet our Governors


Monica Pell (Chair)

I qualified as a teacher in 1971 and have been involved in education, in one way or another, ever since. I am a founder member of The Wells Free School in Tunbridge Wells, and served on the Governing Body until 2017. Currently I am the Chair of Governors of Woodlands Federation, a federation of two small primary schools near Heathfield.

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Christian Fox (Vice Chair)

Christian Fox is a parent governor who has a son in Matterhorn and two more who will join the school in the coming few years.  He is a practising barrister based in the South East who specialises in civil law.  In the past, he has been a soldier and a dairy farmer, and has sat on the board of several national industry bodies.  In his spare time, he keeps bees.


Gina Hellis

Mum of 2, teacher and small business owner. My eldest daughter attends the school and I want to ensure that she has access to the best possible education. This is the reason I became a parent governor, I want the school to thrive so all children in the local area have the same opportunities in education as others. As a secondary school art and textiles teacher I have a good understanding of the education system. I have been working as a teacher for 13 years and I have experience in both the private and state sector. I am an advocate for the arts and the importance they have on wellbeing.

Ashley Evans

Revd Ashley Evans

Vicar of Ticehurst and Flimwell Parishes since May 2017, and therefore an ex-officio Foundation Governor of the School. I regard North Devon as home, where I was schooled, had my first job (Supply Teaching Clerk!) and where family still live. I studied medieval history at the Birmingham University, and worked there in a variety of administrative posts. Married to Penny and have two daughters and a son. In 2003 I was ordained in Hereford, and after my curacy took on a group of 12 parishes on the Welsh border. Besides history and archaeology, I suppose my main interest is sport. I expect to continue as a vice-president of Flimwell Cricket Club for longer than I will be a player!


Helena Orr

My name is Helena Orr and I am currently a staff governor as I am also a Teaching assistant at the school working across all year groups.

I have been on the governing body for 5 years and in that time have seen a lot of changes take place. I live in the village and have a child who also attends the school. I am committed to helping the school continue to move forward in these challenging times and make it the best it can possibly be


Fiona Sayers

I have been teaching for 16 years joining the profession following some time spent working as long-haul crew for British Airways after completing my PGCE. I have a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. I have now been a headteacher for half of my teaching career following my achievement of the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) in 2012.

I am passionate about teaching and totally committed to giving children the best possible start in providing each of them with a high-quality education and helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes in order to fulfill their full potential. In my spare time I enjoy the countryside, astronomy and travelling overseas.

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