A message from the Chair of Governors

Langton Green Primary School is a fantastic place for children to learn, as our children and parents all know, and this was endorsed by the Ofsted team who visited us in summer 2012.

This success was achieved by the vision, creativity and sheer hard work of all staff; to sustain this and remain a great place for children requires that creativity and work to continue.

The role of the Governing Body is to support and encourage continuing development and improvement within the school – by challenging the management team, recognising success beyond the statutory constraints of Ofsted, and making our school a place where staff love to teach and children love to learn.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Governing Body, or think you might be interested in becoming a Governor, please let Mr Cornelius or one of the other Governors know.

Mark Gamble, Chair of Governors

Members of the Achievement and Learning Committee hard at work!

The Governing Body

The Governors fulfill their function through the termly meetings of the Full Governing Body, the regular meetings of the three committees, regular Governor visits to the school and ad hoc meetings to deal with non-routine matters.

Achievement and Learning Committee (Chair: Katrina Lyle) is as the name suggests focussed on the outcomes for pupils in terms of both achievement and progress and interacts with staff to be involved with current developments in teaching. This committee is responsible for understanding the Government's performance data for our children.

Leadership and Management Committee (Chair: Sam Stillman) is principally involved with school management and organisation, employment and performance matters. It has a further small committee that reviews Headteacher performance as well.

Resources Committee (Chair: Ben Roome) looks at all financial matters such as budgeting and monitoring, also those relating to the buildings and grounds, such as maintenance and any minor capital projects.

The Full Governing Body is ultimately responsible for school performance and financial probity and is run with constant regard to the standards set out by Ofsted. In practical terms, it is the forum where key matters from the committees are shared, and if of over-riding concern, discussed further. In addition the Head Teacher reports on current school performance and progress against the school's development plan.  

Classlink Governors for 2020-21 are:

  • YR - Katrina Lyle
  • Y1 - Carol-Anne Squires
  • Y2 - Jan Murphy
  • Y3 - Mark Gamble / Keith Fuller and Di Gillinder
  • Y4 - Sam Stillman and Lynn Trainor
  • Y5 - Ben Roome
  • Y6 - Katie Gillam

Governor Profiles

Alex Cornelius

Prior to becoming Headteacher of Langton Green Primary School in September 2014, I was the Headteacher of Grove Park Primary School in Chiswick, London. I have been in education for nearly 25 years and have had the privilege of teaching in every primary key phase. Since joining Langton, I have been asked by the county to work for the school improvement service as a consultant Headteacher, successfully supporting schools to improve their strategy and achieve a ‘good’ in their Ofsted inspection.

Mark Gamble

My election to the Governing Body came in 1998 as a Parent Governor, but continues now as a Co-opted Governor. All four of my children have passed through the school and in this time we have experienced many changes. I spent the early part of my career in the City as a Finance Director but more recently as a Management Consultant based in the South East, which has enabled me to devote the time required to support the school. I currently chair the Governing Body and together we have either been involved in or overseen the significant changes in the school from the appointment of Headteachers to the recent expansion of the school. Above all however I see our role as a Governing Body is to create an environment where our Headteacher has the freedom to allow his teachers to develop and excel, to give our pupils a love of learning and the best possible start on their educational journey.

Katie Gillam

I was appointed as a Governor in 2017 and I live in Langton Green with my young family. I have one child at the school. I sit on the Achievement and Learning Committee and I am the class link governor for year 4. In addition I take an interest in the school’s teaching of music. Outside out of the school I am a Partner with a local law firm specialising in Private Client matters. I focus predominately on tax, estates and trust work.

Di Gillinder

Having started out as an NQT in a Bromley school back in 1991, it has been my privilege to support
nigh on a thousand children and young people on their learning journeys in the years since. In whatever subject, skill or character trait, it has always been my aim to enable children to realise that they are better than they ever thought they could be and as I have moved into Senior Leadership, this continues to be my driving force with teachers as well as pupils.

I am passionate about drama; I have trodden the boards locally with GADS (Groombridge Amateur Dramatics Society) for fourteen years and have shared the passion in schools, directing many productions over the years.

I live in Ashurst with my husband, Dan the Forest Man, and four of my five children. My eldest now lives in London and my youngest is a pupil in Year 3.

Pamela Gibbs

I was elected as staff governor in early 2020.  My connection with the school started in 2006 when my eldest of 2 daughters joined Langton.  After 23 years in Investment Banking, in 2010 I too joined the school as a Teaching Assistant.  In 2014, after my predecessor's retirement, I was appointed School Business Manager.  In both my roles at Langton, I am committed to ensuring quality and best possible value in all aspects of the school.

Katrina Lyle

I was elected in 2013, when I had two young children at the school - my youngest has now started secondary school! My term still runs for a few more years and I am happy to continue to serve the school community. As chair of the Achievement & Learning Committee I monitor, push for and celebrate the success of our pupils in every way and at every level. As a Governor I see how the staff rise to constant challenges with passion and conviction, and with sheer graft. Our role is to support, monitor and challenge the leadership team, constantly looking to improve outcomes for the children. With a background in law and finance, I like finding solutions and creating agreement. I am also a Parish Councillor and help manage the pavilion on the rec. I live with my family and two dogs (who are probably better known than I am!) in Langton Green.

Jan Murphy

Now in my 14th year of governance I joined the team whilst our three children were pupils at the school. I find the role challenging, enjoyable and an opportunity to support our community whilst helping nurture future generations. With 20 years aviation industry experience encompassing customer service management and corporate training, I also trained as a primary school teacher, teaching in a local village school for four years. I value personal development; specifically equitable access to all levels of education. My Governor role has supported school leadership within the School Council and Stakeholder voice, the English curriculum and as class link Governor to the current year R. Presently I am Vice Chair of Governors developing a focus on Safeguarding, SEND, and Growth Mindset within the core and wider curriculum.

Ben Roome

I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 having expressed an interest in supporting the school’s leadership. I currently chair the Resources Committee aimed at ensuring the children get the maximum possible value from any funds available to the school. As a physicist by training, and a STEM Ambassador, I have a particular interest in the school's teaching of science, technology and maths. I am the subject link Governor for maths and Class Link Governor for Year 3. Prior to Langton I was a Community Governor for Slade, an outstanding primary school in Tonbridge. Outside Langton, I lead a company that works on behalf of government and the UK mobile operators to support both terrestrial TV and new mobile services. I live in Tunbridge Wells with my wife and our two children who both attend the school.

Carol-Ann Squires

I was appointed as a governor in 2018.  I have two children at the school and I enjoy volunteering as a parent helper whenever I can.  I sat on the school's PTA for three years and chaired for two years, during which time we delivered on our key objectives for school improvements. During this time, I developed a good relationship with the staff of the school and gained a greater understanding and appreciation of the challenges the school faces. As a governor, I sit on the Achievement and Learning Committee and I am the class link governor for year R. I also have a keen interest in how we promote overall well-being in teachers and pupils.  My professional background is in running large scale business and IT programs.  I did this as a Management Consultant across various industries in both the private and public sector for 8 years. I went on to work in a global investment bank for another 7 years delivering the top priority programs across Trading, Governance, Legal, Compliance, IT and Operations.  

Lynn Trainor

I was brought up in Speldhurst, but moved elsewhere when I started my working life as a physics teacher. I was ordained (became a priest) in 2002 and worked in school chaplaincy as well as teaching philosophy and RE. I moved to Langton in 2017 to lead Langton Village Church on a part time basis, as well as care for my elderly parents who still live in Speldhurst. It is with great delight that I am able to still be involved with education as a Governor at the school. I also have the privilege of taking school assemblies fortnightly. Obviously, I love all things science and also have a passion for facilitating the well-being of the whole child – given my background this is particularly around enabling spiritual and emotional development. I am interested in spiritual development in its widest sense – including, but not limited to, religious development (within all religions). I have 4 children who have now flown the nest, plus one who has lived with us since being a teenager and who we are delighted is still living with us.

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Parent Governors:




Di Gillinder

17.10.18 16.10.22 18.11.19 Nil Married to Daniel Gillinder, who provides Forest School and ICT support to the school. Deputy HT at Churchill CEP School, Westerham  Parent Governor election process

Katrina Lyle



 18.11.19 Director of finance consultancy Director of IT and Business Infrastructure consultancy    Parent Governor election process

HT Governor:




Alex Cornelius



  18.11.19  Nil  Nil  Nil N/A

Staff Governor:




Pamela Gibbs



Nil  Nil   Nil Staff Governor election process

Co-opted Governors:




Mark Gamble (Chair)



18.11.19  Nil  Nil  Nil FGB

Jan Murphy (Vice Chair)



18.11.19  Nil  Nil  Nil FGB

Sam Stillman



18.11.19  Nil  Nil  Nil FGB

Katie Gillam



18.11.19 Nil Nil Nil FGB
Ben Roome 13.11.17 12.11.21 18.11.19 Nil Nil Nil FGB
Lynn Trainor 19.11.18 18.11.22 19.11.18 Nil Nil Nil FGB
Carol-Anne Squires 19.11.18 18.11.22 18.11.19 Nil Nil Nil FGB
Associate Governor:

Keith Fuller



19.11.18 Nil Nil Nil N/A





 Ally Morris







Philip Watkins 11.03.15


July 2017

14.11.16 Nil Nil Chair, Education and Skills Committee, British Plastics Federation and Director, Cogent Skills Prent Governor Election process

Rachel Adkin



13.11.17 Nil Nil Nil FGB
Mike Tunnell 30.09.17


19.11.18 Nil Nil Nil LA

Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Y = present

N = not present

N/A = was not a member of the GB or Committee at the time of the meeting.

Name Nov 17 Mar 18 May 18 Nov 18 Mar 19 May 19  July 19 Nov 19
Alex Cornelius Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mark Gamble Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Rachel Adkin (left 31/7/18) Y Y Y - - - - -
Jan Murphy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Keith Fuller (left 31/7/18, now Associate Governor) N Y A Y Y A Y
Sam Stillman Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y
Katrina Lyle Y Y A Y Y Y A Y
Mike Tunnell (Left 31/7/19) Y A Y A Y Y A -
Katie Gillam Y A A Y Y Y Y Y
Ben Roome Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Di Gillinder Y Y Y A Y
Lynn Trainor - - - Y Y A A A
Carol-Anne Squires - - - Y Y Y A Y

Leadership and Management Committee Attendance

  Apr 17 Nov 17 May 18



Nov 18 Mar 19 May 19 Oct 19
Alex Cornelius  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mark Gamble Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sam Stillman (CHAIR) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mike Tunnell (left 31/7/19) Y Y Y A A Y Y -
Jan Murphy Y Y Y Y A Y A Y
Katrina Lyle - - - Y Y Y Y Y
Lynn Trainor - - - - - - A A
Keith Fuller (left 31/7/18, now Associate Governor) Y Y Y - - - - -

Resources Committee Attendance

  Dec16  May17 Nov17 Mar 18 May 18 Nov 18 Mar 19 May 19  Nov 19
Alex Cornelius  Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
Mark Gamble  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mike Tunnell   Y Y Y A Y Y Y Y -
Katrina Lyle  N Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y
Sam Stillman   Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
Ben Roome (CHAIR) N/A N/A Y Y A Y Y Y Y

Achievement & Learning Committee Attendance

  Oct 17 Mar 18 Apr 18 July 18 Nov 18




May 19



Katrina Lyle (CHAIR) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Alex Cornelius Y Y Y Y A A A Y
Mark Gamble Y Y A Y Y Y Y Y
Keith Fuller (left 31/7/18, now Associate Governor) Y Y A Y Y Y Y -
Jan Murphy Y Y A Y Y A A Y
Rachel Adkin (left 31/7/18) Y Y Y Y - - - -
Katie Gillam - - - - - Y Y Y
Carol-Anne Squires - - - - - Y A Y
Ben Roome - - - - - A Y A
Di Gillinder - - - - - Y Y Y