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Nik Le Maréchal

Nik has been a Governor since May 2013 and was Chair of the Finance committee from 2015-2020. In September, Nik was voted to take over as Chair of Governors for the school. He is a Co-opted Governor. He has worked in Banking and Finance for over twenty years in numerous customer and non-customer facing roles.


He is a father of three children,  two of which attend High Halden CEP School. He is a keen cricketer and coaches colts cricket locally.



Eddie Conba

Eddie has been a governor since September 2009  (Chair of the Governing Board for 11 years). Originally a parent governor, Eddie became a co-opted governor in 2012.

He has worked in Information Technology for over 20-years. He has held management positions within IT Professional Services providing strategic leadership to large consulting teams and working closely with customer and business stakeholders. Eddie holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

In his spare time, he is a family man with two children, both of which attended High Halden.

Louise Collins

Louise has been one of our parent governors, since 2015. Louise has 2 children, one of which is currently enrolled within the school.


Louise has worked for a large, global lifestyle brand since 2005. Her role within the Retail Operations team is Planning and Resource coordinator, with the remit of the global estate. The varied role encompasses third party relationship management, purchase ledger, data analytics, health and safety, compliance and succession planning. 

Fran Chevis

Fran has lived in High Halden since 2004.  During her time in the village she has been a regular member of the congregation at St. Mary’s Church including more recently at the family-friendly Messy Church.  In 2014 she joined the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and was appointed by them as a Foundation Governor at High Halden School.


Fran’s role as a Foundation Governor forms part of the link between the school and the church, focusing on and encouraging the School’s Christian character and vision.

On the Governing Body Fran also has responsibilities for monitoring other aspects of the school’s work including EYFS and SPAG provision. Fran is also a parent at the school.

Fern Maxted

Fern decided to become a parent Governor at High Halden Primary School because she has always been passionate about ensuring that not only her own children have a good standard of education, but that ALL children have the best start they can in life. She hopes to ensure that High Halden continues to be one of the best schools in the area, and will support the school to carry on enabling its pupils to achieve their full potential.

Amy Mealham

Amy has been a parent governor since July 2018. She has two children, one of which already attends High Halden C of E Primary School and the other is due to start in September.


With parents as teachers she is passionate for children’s education and providing a stimulating environment to encourage children to develop into individual personalities and achieve their very best potential.


Amy works as a Senior Investigator, overseeing the case management of criminal investigations. She brings her investigative skills and ability to conduct detailed audits of business procedures, finances and legal compliance, along with her desire for continuous improvement to her role on the Governing Board.

Kelly Burlton 

Kelly joined High Halden as an NQT in 2004 having trained at Canterbury Christ Church University. She's held many roles within the school; teaching across the year groups, ICT lead, English co-ordinator, Senior Teacher. In 2013, she was appointed as the substantive Headteacher. 


Kelly lives in Singleton with her husband and son; together they enjoy visits to the beach, farm and soft play! 

Katie Davies

Katie has been a parent governor since January 2018. She has lived in the village for ten years with her husband Stewart. They have two children, Chloe who currently attends the school and Fraser who starts reception in September. Katie works as a vet in a small animal practice in Tenterden.


Katie is passionate about child development and helping support the school create an environment in which children can receive the best start in life. She has a share of monitoring responsibility for outcomes for pupils and science.

Caroline Ridley

Caroline has been a teacher for 14 years and has taught in Kent, Cambodia and Hong Kong. Her husband is also a teacher and she has two children.


Caroline is in her second year at High Halden and she decided to become a teacher governor because she wanted to learn more about the running of a school and be able to liaise with the governors about school life at High Halden.


Simon Robinson

Simon is in his second stint as a governor at the school having also been a governor at Highworth Grammar School for 5 years. He is Chair of Parish Council , a keen golfer and fisherman with wife and two children. Simon enjoys involvement with the local community of which the school is a key element. 

Reverend Sue Rose

On Wednesday 7th October, Rev Sue Rose was licensed as the Rector of Bethersden with High Halden and Woodchurch.  Since her appointment, Rev Sue has joined the governing boards of High Halden and Woodchurch. She is very excited about discovering what God is calling us to do together.

Chloe Smith

Chloe has lived in the village since 2014 and is a parent governor at High Halden Primary School. She is a parent of two and currently has one child at the school.  Chloe is a qualified teacher and hopes that her experiences as a teacher can help her in the role as a governor.  She is passionate about quality education for all, in particular early reading and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Richard Wright

Richard is a newly elected Parent Governor for 2022. He and his wife moved to the village in 2021. They have three girls, one of which is enrolled in the school. He spends much of his spare time exploring the area walking, running and cycling. 


A history graduate he has 20 years experience in various Operations and Management roles in banking and Investment Management. He is looking forward to supporting this fantastic school and its governing body.