Victoria McCormick - Co-Opted Governor
I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in February 2016 and took over as Chair of Governors in September 2016.
I am an Investment Director in the charity and ethical investment sector, advising boards and individuals on the implementation of their investment policies, including ethical and social investment considerations. I have recently joined the Board of ECCR (Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility) and am a former trustee for the Lankelly Chase Foundation, which focuses on understanding how change happens for people facing the challenge of severe and multiple disadvantage, and on championing lasting solutions that support people to live rewarding lives.
Outside of the office, I spend most of my time trying to figure out if my twin daughters have actually done
their homework and where they are supposed to be!
Lena Pennacchia – Ex Officio Governor
I was delighted to be appointed to the post of Head Teacher for Churchill CEP in April 2016 and have, so far, found it to be an extremely happy and caring school, with a wonderful community spirit. Our parents are very supportive and, together, we make a great team!
When time allows, outside of school, I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with friends and family.
Reverend Kevin Barnard – Ex Officio Governor
I came to Westerham as Vicar in September 2015 and the appointment as Ex-Officio Governor at Churchill CEP came as part of the job – fortunately I love it!
Working alongside the other Governors, I provide a link to the church and am particularly involved with promoting the school’s Christian ethos. As well as participating as a Governor on the school’s Church Committee, I lead Collective Worship once a week and host school services at St Mary’s for Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter. Most importantly, I am available to support staff and pupils pastorally, as required.
Before becoming a Vicar, I worked in London and Europe managing computer software and consultancy projects for investment management and software companies. As a parent, I have seen my own children
grow up through the state education system. I can often be found in the town, particularly where coffee is
served and, more recently, in the gym!
Bruce Nuttall – Foundation Governor
I have been a Governor at Churchill CEP for a very long time, serving three head teachers, witnessing many changes and enjoying the continued development, which is a hallmark of this happy, hard-working and successful Church of England school.
I am a retired secondary school art and special needs teacher and have lived in Westerham, with my wife Alison, for over 30 years. Our only daughter is now married and living in London.
As a Foundation Governor appointed by St Mary’s Parish Church, I help to develop and maintain the Christian distinctiveness of the school, and work to strengthen the ties between St Mary’s congregation and the school community.
I serve on the school’s Church Committee as well as the Teaching and Learning Committee and have
overall responsibility for SEND and Child Welfare.
Reverend Andrew Reid – Foundation Governor
I was a Community Governor from 2006 until 2014 during which time I held a number of different responsibilities, both for subject areas and safeguarding. After a small break from duty, I was appointed by the Archdeacon as the Interim ex-officio Governor, reverting to a Foundation Governor following the appointment of Reverend Kevin in September 2015.
I am a lifelong resident of Westerham and attended St Mary’s Infants and Hosey schools. I was a secondary school teacher for the whole of my working life and combined the role of SENCO and Chaplain at a South London boys’ comprehensive school after my ordination.
I have always seen my role as a Governor to be as much a pastoral support to staff and children as to carry
out more formal responsibilities. I normally spend an afternoon in school each week.
Barbara Humphrey – Local Authority Governor
I was happy to be appointed as the LA Governor in June 2015. I was a primary school teacher before my retirement and children’s education is very important to me. As a committed Christian, I believe Churchill CEP school has the right atmosphere to promote learning in academic, social and spiritual development.
I have four grown up children, two step children and numerous grandchildren, all of whom I enjoy seeing regularly.
Jason Vencatasen – Parent Governor
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in April 2015. My main responsibilities are for attendance and behaviour. I am currently Vice Chair of Governors and also the Chairperson for the Resources Committee.
I originally applied to be a Governor after lots of thought – I believe that this school really is the heart of our community and I am enjoying working as part of a team that will help Churchill CEP fulfil its full potential.
I have lived in Westerham for over 15 years and have 4 children, 3 of whom have attended our school – in fact, one of them still does, currently in Year 6.
Ginny Millard – Co-opted Governor
I was co-opted onto the Board of Governors in December 2016.
I have been visiting Westerham all my life and have lived in the town for the last 25 years. Since 1993, I have jointly run James Millard Estate Agents with my husband James. Latterly my role in the business has increasingly been ‘behind the scenes’ dealing with marketing and PR, Human Resources and working on business strategy and development. We have always been very involved with the town and have supported numerous events and initiatives.
I have three children, a girl and two boys, who are all now teenagers. When they were younger, I spent several years as a member of the school PTA, two years of which were as Chair of Crockham Hill School PTA.
In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and particularly enjoy trail running in the beautiful countryside around Westerham. I am also working on improving my skills as an artist and writer and particularly enjoy portrait painting and life drawing.
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute toward the continued success and development of Churchill School.
Julie Tricks – Co-opted Governor
I am delighted to join the Governing Body as a co-opted governor. I have worked in all types of schools for many years, most recently as the Head Teacher at a local independent school. Having retired last year, I continue to have a keen interest in education, wishing to promote academic excellence, and a life-long love of learning in young people. Presently I am working with the PiXL (Partners in Excellence) education group as an Associate (Consultant) supporting a number of schools to improve their academic results.
Originally living in Wales, I have lived in Westerham with my husband for 13 years and, having lots of free time since my retirement, I am getting to know the area better, taking many long walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Daniel Frith – Parent Governor
I am delighted to have been elected Parent Governor and look forward to contributing positively to this friendly, caring school. I am a 39 year old state school educated surgeon and I moved to Westerham 3 years ago with my wife and two young children. Our eldest recently started in reception and we are discovering the benefits of getting involved in the school community both for our children and ourselves.
Through medical training I have learnt the requirements of good teaching, discipline and audit of standards. I hope to translate these skills to ensure good governance of our school. Outside of work I play golf, tennis and eat far too much. I have swum the English Channel and run 44 miles from Rotterdam to Amsterdam for charity. I am very keen for sport to develop a higher profile in the school to ensure physical and mental well being in the children.