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Miss Lynette Elliston – Clerk to the Governors – l.elliston@eastchurch.kent.sch.uk


Mr Aaron Janes

Chair of Governors

(Diocesan board of Education Election)


Term: November 2015 – October 2019

I was elected as a parent Governor towards the end of 2015; took on the role of Vice Chair in May 2016 and have recently been appointed as Chair of Governors as of October 2017.  I have two children who attend the Eastchurch site Keenan who is in Yr3 and Alicia who is in Yr2. I live in Minster with my wife, our two children and two dogs; a German Shepherd and a Bull Mastiff cross whom I rescued as a stray 8 years ago.  We also keep chickens and surprisingly they and our dogs get on with each other despite the chickens being housed in the dog kennel.

I currently work as a Lead Engineer for the Electricity Board (UK Power Networks) with responsibilities for managing a team of 11 engineers responsible for new connections.

I have previously been a School Governor at a School in the village where I previously lived.  I held this post for 10 years and in my time serving on the body I held responsibilities for overseeing Health and Safety, Buildings and Grounds, Safer Recruitment and Maths.  I was also a Church Warden for our local CofE church and was involved in a period of interregnum where I coordinated the running of the Church along with the Parochial Church Council to ensure services were still run.

I truly believe that every child deserves the very best education to enable them to reach the absolute limits of their potential. I look forward to working with the School in its journey from Good to Outstanding whilst maintaining the learning environment where our children are happy to attend, engage, develop and learn.



Mr John Stanford

Vice Chair of Governors

(Governing Body Election)


Term: November 2013 – October 2019

I have been a governor of Eastchurch Primary School for over eight years, with a special interest in Geography, Environmental education and School Premises.

I was born and raised on Sheppey and attended Sheerness Technical High School before embarking on a career in engineering, working throughout the UK.

Returning to the Island to start my own business, I entered local politics and served as a Swale Borough Councillor for many years, retiring as an Honorary Alderman.

During this time I gained a degree in Politics and Environmental Control, served as a Director of Groundwork Medway Swale and as Non-Executive Director of North Kent Healthcare NHS Trust, where I chaired the Mental Health Act Managers’ Committee.

Now retired from business, I run a smallholding and nature reserve on the Island, and I’m involved in local environmental issues. I am also a Minster-on-Sea Parish Councillor.   



Mrs Tracy Ryan

Co-Opted Governor

(Governor Election)

Term: May 2018 – May 2022

My name is Tracy Ryan and I am parent to Mitchell in Year 2 at St Clement. I have two older children and was a governor at their Primary School near Dartford.

My employment background is in finance which included budgeting and forecasting. I also have some experience with personal taxation and VAT.






Mrs Yvette Gutheil

Foundation Governor

(Church Election)

Term: July 2016 -July 2018

My name is Yvette Gutheil. I have been a parent governor since 2010 and I am now in my second term of office. Although my son, Joseph, has now left All Saints, I am still taking a very keen interest in the life of the school.

I am interested in the life of the children at All Saints and St Clement because as a teacher in the Offender Learning Sector, I want a better start in life for these children than the start my students’, whom I teach, had.

I feel my role on the governing body is to safeguard all the children both at All Saints and St Clement to ensure their life at school is as happy and safe as it can possibly be.


Mrs Lee-Anne Moore

Parent Governor

(Parent Election)

Term: December 2016 – December 2020

Details coming soon!

Mrs Claire Jacobs

Staff Governor

(Staff Election)

Term: October 2017 – October 2021

I have taught at Eastchurch for 19 years and have been English Lead since 2002. This involves monitoring, writing policies, analysing data, delivering training and involving parents. My involvement in supporting the setting up of the Cornerstones curriculum across the school will prove useful expertise for the governing body. I am keen to become involved in the governors work and hope to achieve a balance between being an impartial representative member of staff and regular involvement in day to day issues. I feel my knowledge and understanding of the school, the children and the parents would support the board of governors as we move the school forward.

Mrs Tracy Hadlow

Parent Governor

(Parent Election)

Term: November 2017 – November 2021

Details coming soon!

Mrs Sharon Spiller

Co-Opted Governor

(Governor Election)

Term: June 2018 – June 2022

Details coming soon!