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Mrs G Holton : Chair & Parent Governor

Georgina Holton(1)

I am very pleased to be a Governor and play an active role in the community in which I live. I have two children at St Mary’s.  


As a family we enjoy being part of an active church family here in Washington with Chanctonbury Churches. I am passionate about developing links between the school and the church further. The local church environment is very welcoming and family friendly and there is so much potential for the future.


Professionally, I am a qualified Human Resources practioner and I possess experience in a range of sectors and sized organisations including both public and private organisations. I hope to bring both community insight and my knowledge and experience of HR best practice to bear in my role as a Governor.

Mrs G Stevens : Vice-Chair & Co-Opted Governor

Gill Stevens(1)

Since moving with my husband to this beautiful village in Sussex almost a decade ago I have enjoyed getting to know the local community.  Now, with my two children at St Mary's, I wanted to get more involved at the school by volunteering my help in school and also as a governor. I used to work in corporate finance and am a qualified accountant. I was born in Switzerland and with a Finnish mother, hope that these international influences might contribute ideas and insights to the governing body of the school. My children love being part of the school and I feel really privileged to have been chosen as a governor. 

Rev J Waddell : Ex Officio & Foundation Governor

Jim Waddell

I took on the role of Ex Officio Governor at St Mary's when I joined the clergy team at Chanctonbury Churches in September 2018. I have five years previous experience in chairing the board of an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' Pre-School in East London.  I am married to Dolly and we have four school aged children and we live in Storrington.

Mrs K Houston : Headteacher Governor


I am thrilled to be Head Teacher at St Mary’s CE Primary  School, Washington; having recently been appointed. I am passionate about education and inspiring young hearts and minds to become life long learners.


I have been a teacher for almost 20 years and have worked mostly in the Primary sector.  For the past 10 years I have worked in schools, in both West Sussex and Brighton and Hove; leading middle leaders and as a Deputy Head Teacher.  


I have two daughters (identical twin girls) who keep me busy at the weekend, either in the swimming pool or on the football field!

Miss H Dean : Co-Opted Governor

Heather Dean(1)

I have lived in the parish of Washington for seventeen years. My background is in education having taught in a number of secondary schools before becoming Senior Tutor and Director of Studies at a local College.  In retirement I became a volunteer at Washington School helping with the reading in Year One. I have done this now for twelve years and it has given me a lot of pleasure seeing these children develop a fluency and a love of reading.


I have been a  governor at Washington for ten years serving under four head teachers. I count it a great privilege to give back to the community in this way.

Mrs P Thomas : Foundation Governor & Governor Lead for Safeguarding

Pam Thomas

I am the Church appointed Foundation Governor. This means I am the link between the School and the Church. I was originally appointed in 2012 for 4 years. The Church then asked me if I would continue for another 4 years, so my present term of office finishes in 2020.


I am a mother of 3 children, and grandmother to 2 children. We moved from Buckinghamshire in 2011, so are relatively new to the area! We love it here...


I have a passion for education, having taught since 1974!!  I am keen to help the School continue to grow and develop, as it strives to meet the challenges of today's education system. I help to run the Pre-school group ‘Little Lambs’, held in the church. I am a volunteer for the RSPB, helping mainly with their many children's activities.

Mrs I Wismount-Lesinska : Co-Opted Governor & Chair of School Effectiveness Committee

Inka Wismount Lesinska

I moved to Storrington six years ago from Pembrokeshire and wanted to contribute to my new community, so when the opportunity arose to become a school governor for St Mary’s I was very glad to accept. My background is in computer programming and mental health nursing. At retirement my time is shared between singing, playing saxophones, playing bridge and training a puppy, as well as my duties as a school governor. I believe passionately that life should be lived to the full and learning never stops. I enjoy the lively atmosphere at St Mary’s and feel that all the staff and governors have the best interests of the children at heart. I feel privileged to be a school governor.

Mr R Beard : Co-Opted Governor & Chair of Resources Committee

Ralph Beard

I have lived in Washington for thirty years. My son, Benjamin, was at St Mary’s and currently my two grandchildren Jacob and Oliver are at the school.


I was a consultant surgeon at Western Sussex Foundation Hospital Trust before moving to Guy's hospital. Having retired from clinical practice I remain a registered doctor. I am now on the Governing Body of Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for commissioning the healthcare for the local population.


I have been involved in education, albeit medical, all my professional life and the time has now come for me to do what I can for our local Primary School. I have a lot to learn but hope to master my ‘brief’.

Mr B Goldsmith : Co-Opted Governor

Ben Goldsmith

In my position as a business consultant with the hospitality sector, I have grown and adapted skills over the years within business management, finance and human resources. In the past I have regularly participated and organised events and workshops for the children at my daughters primary school in Ashurst, focused around culinary aspects and working within a group, which I feel will aid me in supporting the school as a governor.

I live in Washington, with my partner and our 3 children.

Mrs A Mullineux : Staff Governor

Alison Cropped

I am delighted to be the Staff Governor at St Mary’s C E Primary.  I have been a qualified teacher for 25 years and have worked at St Mary’s since 2016. 


As the school’s Inclusion Leader, I am responsible for overseeing the education and wellbeing of different groups of pupils, including those on the SEND register, those in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant, as well as High Attaining pupils.  I am passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for all pupils.  I have the pleasure of working with all staff and with pupils in every class across the school.  I am keen to use my knowledge and understanding of St Mary’s to contribute towards the strategic direction of the school.


Outside of school, I love walking in the stunning local countryside and enjoy watching my children participate in a range of sporting activities.

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Mrs N Woodage : Local Authority Governor

Nicki Woodage

Initially attracted to Washington by the beautiful Sussex countryside, I've enjoyed becoming part of the local community here. I am married, work part time as an airline pilot and have two young boys who are just starting their educational journeys.  I'm delighted to be involved in influencing the future of our primary school and hope that, as the children of this village grow up, they will feel part of the community here, able to take advantage of every opportunity open to them, and that the village as a whole will flourish.

Mr L Spencer-Smith : Parent Governor

Lee Spencer-Smith

I moved to Washington from Slindon in 2018 with my wife Angela and daughter who started at St Mary's in September 2019. It is now a great privilege to be a Governor and is a great opportunity to work with the school and community.


I have spent my career in the Fire Service which has given me a range of experiences working with a variety of people and organisations in both emergency and day to day situations. I currently lead the Fire Safety department.

I am passionate about developing young minds and allowing them grow into what they want to be.

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