Chair or Governors - Mrs Patricia Richards


I was greatly honoured to be recently appointed as Chair of Governors at Tunstall School.  I have been a governor since October 2013 initially at the old school site in Tunstall village, and latterly in the new school.  The cramped and limited conditions at the old school made sure that everyone really appreciates this wonderful new school building and facilities, with pupils, teachers, staff and governors having an input as to how best to make the most of the extra space that was provided by the new site.

My working career began in 1964 with the Ministry of Housing, now the Department of the Environment, until I had my children and took a career break. In 1980 I returned to work as a Personnel Officer and then as a Human Resources Manager, in the first instance in retail and latterly in manufacturing.  I retired from full time employment in 2008 taking up the voluntary post of a Kent Magistrate for Sittingbourne, Faversham, Medway and Sevenoaks (for a period of 10 years) and also joined a NHS Mental Health Charity in Tonbridge assisting the opening of a recycling shop staffed entirely by those receiving treatment at Pembury Hospital.  Two years later I became a NHS Mental Health Manager covering East Kent.  I became Churchwarden at Tunstall Church in 2007, and in addition in 2009 a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Standford Hill prison on the Isle of Sheppey while continuing to be a governor at the school.

I am immensely proud of this wonderful school, which is going through a challenging period, but with a newly appointed Head Teacher - who is very experienced talented and inspiring - and the dedication of our experienced teachers, staff, and Governing team ensuring that we continue to offer a place of excellence and learning for all our current and future pupils. 

Vice-chair of Governors - Mr Paul Glover

  Ever since we came to visit Tunstall Church of England School at an open day for our son in 2013, we have been fond of the friendly environment and caring ethos that surrounds the school. With our son and daughter now at the school, our family has been fully immersed in the “Tunstall Experience” and is very much enjoying it.

I am very passionate about education at all levels and am still regularly involved with Loughborough University in a number of ways - currently sitting on Audit Committee and acting as Trustee of their charitable trust.

In my professional life, I help organisations to measure, understand and improve staff performance and shape a culture of excellence. I work with schools and universities as well as other public and private sector organisations and we achieve change through research, audits, technology solutions and learning programmes.

I was lucky enough to be elected a Parent Governor in March 2016, just as the sun was setting on our time in the original school building and the exciting new era beginning on the new School site from April 2016.

Tunstall is going through an exciting but challenging period of change and the Governors, alongside School Leadership, will play a critical role over the coming years. I hope that my experience and enthusiasm will be a welcome addition to this already very engaged and effective team.

Clerk to the Governors - Mr Andy Flatt

  I live with my Greyhound, Layla, and currently work as a home tutor, teaching literacy and numeracy skills to children (and adults) of all ages and abilities throughout Medway and Thanet.  In my spare time, when I am not indulging in my passion for Argentine Tango, I write poetry and short stories, for both adults and children, some of which has been published. I have been clerking for Tunstall School since 2012.

Foundation Governors

Rev Alan Pinnegar (Ex Officio)

I was appointed Rector of the Tunstall and Bredgar Benefice in December, 2015 and regularly visit the school to deliver talks at Morning Worship on Tuesday mornings. I was previously a Foundation Governor at Cranbrook C of E School for 4 years from 1999.

I began working life at an insurance office in London but spent most of my career in the electronics industry. My last job was as Account Manager with a contract manufacturer whose UK office was based in Rochester.

I came into ministry late in life and in 2012 I moved from Cranbrook to Bearsted to take up the post as Curate at Holy Cross for the next 3 years. During that time I volunteered for the Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter for the Homeless and served on the Street Pastors Management Team.

Having played local league football and village cricket for many years, I am enthusiastic about sport and believe passionately in enabling and encouraging children of all ages and abilities to take part.

Mr David Prew


I have been a Foundation Governor for some years and sit on the Finance committee. Twenty years ago I came to Tunstall for work and chose to stay here on retirement because I liked the community. My working life was spent in both private and public industry UK and abroad specialising in scientific and operational management of water pollution control works. Having left school at sixteen I gained academic and professional qualifications at degree and post-graduate levels studying formally part-time till 35, but continuing to stay abreast of developments as necessary, so I do appreciate the need for good education and the work ethic. I hope my life skills and abilities usefully assist the school management team.

At present I am the Chairman of the local charity Friends of Tunstall Church that raises funds to help with the maintenance of the structure of St.John the Baptist.

Mr Jon Foot


Mr John Slate

  This is my second stint as a Governor of this marvellous School. I was a parent Governor in the mid/late 1990s, as well as Chair of the PTA for a number of years. I am now a Foundation Governor representing the Diocesan Board of Education. As well as having an interest in Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Educational Visits, I sit on the Finance Committee.

I worked for HM Government for 45 years and was fortunate to travel overseas extensively. From the mid-90s until a 4 ½ year posting to Finland in 2003, I travelled to nearly every country in the Former Soviet Union (particularly to what is now known as The Stans and The Caucasus), dealing with political and economic issues. As this was shortly after the break up of the Soviet Union, these were very interesting and challenging times.   

During my posting to Finland, I sat on the Board of Governors of the International School of Helsinki which, as the name suggests, had pupils from virtually every corner of the world. For example, our son shared a class with, amongst others, girls and boys from Russia, The Czech Republic, USA, The Baltics, various countries in the Middle East, Finland itself and the UK. This role provided a fascinating insight into the educational approach and standards of Schools from around the world.

I serve regularly at St. John the Baptist Church in Tunstall.

Mr David Box

My business experience started when I left Woolwich Polytechnic and joined a London building firm as an apprentice Plumber and served five years with them until I qualified. I then got married and moved to Medway continuing my career with a local building firm. I was approached by the Marley Tile Company to market plumbing products direct to the building industry and joined them.That started my career in sales and marketing and I worked for several companies over the next period of time all except Marley in managerial roles. This involved me in dealing with most of the major companies and industries in the UK. Over the years I have received and given training in Sales Management, Business Control and Logistics. I would say that the main things I bring to The Board of Governors is my experience in team building, motivation and problem solving plus my extensive knowledge of construction.
We moved to Tunstall three years ago and as well as enjoying retirement we have also got involved with our local community at all levels.

Mrs Patricia Longbottom


To provide a brief background I have been involved in the provision of social housing for over 30 years, and my final role for 17 years was as Head of Housing Services in the Medway Towns. Whilst working with disadvantaged families in an area with national deprivation levels it was fulfilling to be able to help with the provision of a secure home. 

Although now retired I work as a Trustee with Citizens Advice Swale, and am an active member of Tunstall Parish Church.  I have four sons and eight grandchildren and  have insight and understanding of the need for a secure and creative educational environment where children can grow and flourish.  I look forward to working with the Governor's team in order to support Tunstall School,  parents and staff within the coming years.

Parent Governor

Mrs Sally Lloyd

I am busy working mum with three children and two older step-children and have been associated with Tunstall School since 2002.

I work full-time and in my current role I am responsible for the governance of multiple IT projects as well as leading on process development and training.

I am passionate about volunteering and enjoy being part of the governing body as it provides an opportunity to consider a variety of aspects of education. My monitoring priorities include teaching and learning and personal development and welfare, as well as ensuring that the school website is providing the necessary information. This is a varied portfolio and I enjoy attending training events to ensure that my focus is current and can be related to back to our school improvement plan. I hope that I can help to ensure that our outstanding school remains an example to others.


Staff Governors

Mrs Beckie Andrews


Mrs Morag Campbell


Please see below for details of:

Governor Appointments and Register of Business Interests

Record of Governor Attendance 2017

Record of Governor Attendance 2016

Record of Governor Attendance 2015

What being a Governor Involves