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About our Governors

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.

Ken Saxby - Co-Chair


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John Quibell - Co-Chair

After 45 years in the printing industry I was given the opportunity of working with and for young people and children.  I have worked as an Educational Project Worker working with young people with severe spectrum emotional and behavioral problems. I was also involved for many years with The Candle Project working with children and young people who have been traumatised by the bereavement of a family member. I continued my bereavement work after moving to East Sussex with the Dragonflies organisation.  Also, I was an ACSL in the Scouting movement for almost 20 years.

Whilst living in Croydon I became a school governor and have been a school governor since 1985 in various institutions.

My interests are Rugby - I am still active as a referee development officer, and playing the guitar (badly)!

Paul King - Vice Chair


I began my teaching career 27 years ago in south London and moved to East Sussex with my family 22 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.

Sarah Timlin - 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.

Alison Bassett - Staff 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.

Lucy Birch - Parent 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.

Steven Bray - Co-opted Governor


In October 2019 I joined the governors as a parent governor with a daughter attending the school. Having worked in further education for the last 7 years, I am keen to share some of my experience as well as gain some more. Ever since moving into the area, I have wanted to be more engaged in the community and felt this to be the right opportunity for me. I have a passion for all things education, and have worked as a trainer, qualification assessor, IQA and more recently have used my background to help support my training providers quality improvement and safeguarding teams. I believe a lot of my experience and training is transferable and will be valuable in the parent governor role.

Martin Holley - Local Authority Governor

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