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About our Governors


Ken Saxby - Chair

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 Headteacher 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.

Neville Spagenberg - Vice Chair

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 coopted 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 25 years ago in south London and moved to East Sussex with my family 20 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.


Lucy Birch - Parent Governor

I joined the Governor Board for Hankham in October 2018 as a Parent Governor. I have two young daughters and live in Hankham village so felt very passionately that I wanted to be involved in supporting the school and local community. I work as an HR Manager for a large public sector organisation in East Sussex and hope to bring the skills acquired in this role, together with my commitment to serving the public to do something constructive and make a positive contribution.


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.


John Quibell - Co-opted Governor

Martin Holley - Parent Governor

I have a daughter currently in year 5 at Hankham.  I would like to be part of the school community and have a part in potentially shaping the future of Hankham School.  I have a passion for education and have worked within further education for the last 6 years in a role that allows me to work with a diverse cross section of people aged 16+, supporting their progression through various automotive technical disciplines.  This role has allowed me to become adaptable, empathetic and approachable, which I feel is a huge benefit as a parent governor. 

Sue Ripley - Clerk to the Governors


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