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Claire Couch - Parent Governor - Chair

Professional Background: - I am a former local Business Partner of 15 years, operating in Retail Horticulture.  Since 2008 I have worked in Education at two local Primary Schools and a short time at a Secondary School, in various roles including as a Teaching Assistant, School Librarian and School Receptionist with a particular focus on monitoring attendance.  I joined Hankham School Governing Body as a Parent Governor in October 2008. I am also a former pupil of Hankham School.

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Neville Spangenberg- Co-opted governor

I have worked in Information Technology for almost 15 years, the last 8 with East Sussex County Council, supporting public workers, offices, libraries, care homes, children's centres and schools. Prior to this I served 14 years in the Royal Air Force (Air Traffic Control and Helicopter Operations), serving both in the UK and various overseas locations. I have 3 children in full time education, in years 12 (college), 7 and Reception respectively, and so am very interested in all aspects and levels of education. I volunteered to be a co-opted Governor at Hankham Primary in Summer 2015, and started my new role this academic year. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 3 children, building and programming computers and gadgets, cycling, walking, camping, travel and sailing.



Sarah Timlin - Staff governor

I began my teaching career 23 years ago in south London and moved to East Sussex with my family 19 years ago.  I am an honours graduate, hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Master’s degree and I completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in June 2011.  Although much of my career has been in secondary schools, I have taught modern foreign languages in many primary schools over the years.  I enjoyed my primary experience so much that I completed a leadership internship in a Brighton primary school and subsequently I was seconded as Acting Headteacher for two terms in a primary school in Lewes. I am delighted to be Headteacher at Hankham Primary School and have been here since September 2014. 

In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the cinema, walking and travelling.  ​


Alison Bassett - Staff Governor

I have been working in Primary Education for 21 years, 13 of which have been as Deputy Headteacher at another village school in East Sussex.  I am delighted to have been appointed as Deputy Headteacher at Hankham and took up my post in September 2015.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, travelling, reading and going to the theatre.​




Julia Skinner - Parent governor - Vice Chair

I am the parent of five children, all of whom have attended Hankham School. I am a long standing member of The Friends Commitee helping to raise funds for the School for the last ten years. I am currently a childminder of two babies and am in the early stages of starting a new business specialising in homemade confectionary.

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Steven Bray - Co-opted governor

I have been a co-opted Governor since July 2015 having volunteered in advance of my two children starting at Hankham in September 2015. I lead an Eastbourne based design and manufacture company and have a background in Design and Engineering. I am also member of The Academy for Chief Executives, an organisation where business leaders meet to share their experience and expertise. Much of my professional role can be transferred to my position as Governor. In my free time I love to be outdoors with the family. I also enjoy rock climbing and cycling.​

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Ken Saxby - Co-opted governor

I have lived in Hankham for 37 years and both my children attended Hankham Primary School, which we have supported in various ways over the past years. I am a Parish Councillor and I manage the Neighbourhood Watch.

I have been involved in education since 1959 as a teacher and Head teacher and after I retired, as a school governor, I worked on a number of County Governor working groups. 

I am pleased to be able to make a positive contribution to support Hankham School.



Sue Ripley - Clerk to the Governors​