Arun Villages Federation Governors & their Responsibilities


Amberley and St James's Coldwaltham Schools are federated and share a governing body. Many of the following governors were on the governing boards of Amberley or St James's before the formation of the 'Arun Villages Federation' in July 2019.


Ray Jackson:  Chair, Pay Committee, Head Teacher's Performance Management, co-opted governor

John Evans:  Vice Chair, Finance & Resources Committee, Head Teacher's performance management, LA governor

Liz Bowden:  Teaching & Learning Committee, co-opted governor

Lizzie Martin:  Teaching & Learning Committee, Staff Governor

Richard Charman:  Finance & Resources Committee, Parent Governor

Patrick Crowther:  Finance & Resources Committee, co-opted governor

Jeff Feakins:  Finance & Resources Committee, Head Teacher's Performance Management, co-opted governor

Father Peter Mallinson:  Pay Committee, Foundation Governor

Lynne Smith:  Pay Committee, Safeguarding, co-opted governor

Zuleika Phillips:  Parent Governor

Glenys Rowe:  Foundation Governor



Governor Profiles


 Mr Ray Jackson

Co-opted Governor

Register of Business Interests: none declared

I have been a primary school governor since October 2015 and chair of governors for three of those years.

After an early spell as a university lecturer, I have spent most of my career in the IT business working with a number of large companies and then latterly with small companies and start ups. My wife Rosemary and I live in Rackham and feel very privileged to be in such a beautiful part of the UK. I enjoy cycling, sailing and travelling.


Mr John Evans

Declared interest:  Coldwaltham Parish Council



Mrs Elizabeth Bowden

I became a Governor at St. James School shortly after my Grandson moved to the school in June 2017. My background is in teaching. I have taught across the primary age range, headed a Centre for Speech, Language and Communication Needs and held positions as Special Needs Co-ordinator and Deputy Head.

I am the Special Needs and Disabilities Governor and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Ash is my linked class and I try to get into school weekly to read with the children and participate in class activities.

In addition to my Governor responsibilities I help with Riding for the Disabled and very much enjoy my ‘Grandma’ duties.



Mrs Lizzie Martin

Staff Governor: appointed 9th July 2019

Register of business interests: none declared

I recently started as Year 5/6 class teacher at St. James’, Coldwaltham in April 2019, having previously worked in East Sussex.  After having been a class TA, I made the decision to become a teacher.  I gained a degree in Professional Studies in Learning and Development at Brighton University before qualifying as a teacher in 2011 through the East Sussex Graduate Teacher Programme.  My degree and teacher training were all done whilst working in schools which gave me a fantastic opportunity to see how theory practically influences practice.

In my previous post, I served as Staff Governor for three years and enjoyed being able to learn more about a governor’s role whilst also helping governors understand the perspective of teaching and support staff. 

I am passionate about the education of children; for every child, I would like to see them make progress and achieve highly both academically and emotionally.  By the time they leave primary school, it is my aim to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for secondary school…and to cope with everyday life!

I have three boys of my own, aged 19, 18 and 13.  My middle son has severe autism which has given me a huge insight into the experience of families living with special needs.  I love spending time with my boys, reading, running, listening to music and visiting places of interest.


Mr Richard Charman

Parent Governor appointed July 2019 - 4 year term

Register of Business Interests: none declared

I joined as a Parent Governor as the new Arun Villages Federation was established in July 2019. I have two children, one currently at St. James’ School, and so have a strong desire to support the staff to provide excellent learning outcomes by ensuring effective governance. I wish to use the skills I have as a director of a major business to help establish and achieve the schools’ goals. I am part of a small team who will set out the vision and strategy for the Federation, and also a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.


  Mr Patrick Crowther

Co-opted Governor

Register of Business Interests: Owner / Director of Crowther Overton-Hare Chartered Building Surveyors

I have been a co-opted governor since 2015. As well as general governor duties I am involved in the maintenance, safety and improvement of the school premises. In my day job I run a small building surveying practice.

With two children currently at Amberley Primary School, and being a resident of Coldwaltham Parish, I am keen to see both schools continue to serve their communities and thrive.


  Mr Jeff Feakins

Co-opted Governor

Register of Business Interests: None declared

I joined the Governing Body in 2014 and have specific responsibility for Finance.  Before I retired I had roles as an IT Director and was responsible for large IT programmes of change. Through this experience, I have a background in managing budgets and spend and an interest in the application of IT. My wife and I have lived in Amberley for 21 years and we have 3 children who were all educated locally. My other interests are sports and                                      music.



Father Peter Mallinson

Foundation Governor

I am married to Fiona with two grown up children, Lydia and Jacob, both of whom have homes of their own now. I started working for the church when I was 16. I was a verger (a sort of assistant) in the Cathedral in St Albans in Hertfordshire. I then worked as a verger in a central London church for a while. After that I worked in the retail trade, ending up as a health and safety auditor in Sainsbury's in Nottingham, where I was also Chaplain. I became a priest while I was living in Derbyshire. I then went to serve in Canvey Island in Essex before moving to the Benefice of the Arun Churches in 2017. I am now the Vicar of four churches, St Nicholas in Houghton, St John's in Bury, St Giles' in Coldwaltham and St Botolph's in Hardham. I work in six villages, West Burton and Watersfield being the other two. I am on the Governing Board of St James, Coldwaltham, Bury School and Amberley School. I also work with Dorset House School in Bury.


  Lynne Smith

Co-opted Governor

Register of business interests: none declared

I am a Safeguarding and H&S Manager in my 'day job'.  I spent many years in business management prior to moving into education as a qualified teacher, then going on to be a teacher/trainer. 




  Mrs Glenys Rowe

Register of Business Interests: none declared 

Early in my career I was a Senior Lecturer across a number of Further Education Colleges in the Wirral. Later, I worked with the Health Education Authority, developing and implementing Public Health Education Strategies. 

I was a Link Governor at Amberley School for 6 years  with responsibility for Early Years and SEND . I am now a Foundation  Governor appointed by the Diocese to support the Christian Ethos in Amberley School.


Mrs Zuleika Phillips

Parent Governor appointed 13 July 2018 - 4 year term

Register of Business Interests: none declared

I was elected as a Parent Governor in July 2018. I have two children, one currently at Amberley School. I am a fully qualified primary school teacher, qualifying in 2005. Currently I am a full-time parent and offer private tuition to Primary pupils locally. I am passionate about education, in particular English with my degree in English Language; and also history where I have volunteered for the National Trust at Petworth House and been a member of their Volunteer Steering Group.

I am also a committee member for the Friends of Amberley School Association.















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