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Meet our Governors

Alec Synge(1)

Alec Synge (Chair)

Alec was a teacher and head of departments (R.E. and History) for 20 years, before being a head teacher for 14. He returned to the classroom for a further happy 12 years. He is currently an educational consultant and tutor of home-schooled students. His interests include hill-walking, local history and photography.

Christian fox

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 practicing 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.

Nick Chambers 1

Nick Chambers

My involvement with the School began in 2017 when my eldest son joined Reception class. I became a parent governor in 2018 and shortly afterwards my other son also joined. We have since moved away, I wished to remain involved and am now a Co-opted governor. My link role is GDPR.

Gina Hellis

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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