Meet the Governors

Ms Louise Davies

Chair of Governors, Chair of Premises Committee, Co-Opted Governor

I have worked as a teacher since 1984. After graduating from Exeter and Bristol I moved to mid- Wales where I taught biology and science to KS3-5. I moved to Upper Beeding in 1993 teaching in several secondary schools. During this time, I served as a Teacher Governor as well as being involved with Local Authority meetings and Health and Safety. In these roles I realised first-hand how good governance of schools is essential in providing a safe and secure working environment.
Throughout my professional career I have always been involved in the wider community with roles as diverse as St Johns Ambulance, substance misuse and HIV counselling services and recently as a trustee with The Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Mrs Katie Watts

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Pupil Welfare Committee, Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2019.
I am originally from Crawley and spent much of my childhood on holiday in this area. I went to university in London and trained as a nurse, spending 10 years in the NHS, primarily in an intensive care setting.
I left the public sector to work for a private health services company, coordinating and undertaking aeromedical evacuations worldwide. I had an amazing time travelling the world, but when the globe-trotting became too much I moved on to a new challenge and spent the next 8 years heading up a team responsible for developing healthcare products, managing claims and negotiating commercial agreements.
Shortly after having my daughter in 2009 my husband’s job moved to the Middle East and we relocated there with him.
On our return to the UK in 2015 we settled in Steyning and our daughter attended the school until 2018. I was active within the FUBS team which I enjoyed immensely, and I am delighted to continue my involvement with this fantastic school. I sit on the Pupil Welfare committee.

Mr Mike Hobbs

Chair of Quality and Standards Committee, Local Authority Governor

I re-joined the Governing Body in 2020 having previously been a Governor at the school for several years until 2015.  I live in Bramber with my wife Tina and both our daughters enjoyed an excellent early education at the school (a little while ago as they’re both in their 20s now).

Originally from Manchester, I went to university in Bristol before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London.  We moved to Sussex in 2000 when I started work at American Express.  In my first stint as a Governor, I focused primarily on the school finances and academic standards. 

I’m now retired and so have time to indulge my passions of fell-walking - the South Downs are a perfect training ground - and playing tennis, which still leaves time to contribute to UBPS which I think is a wonderful local school.  I’m currently on the Finance, Pay and Performance Committee, and the Quality and Standards Committee.

Mr Ralph Lane

Chair of Finance, Pay and Performance Committee, Co-Opted Governor

I am a Community Governor who is interested in the shape of present and possible future cooperation agreements between primary schools. Educated originally in economics and finance, I am a solicitor who specialised in crime and civil litigation. Now, I only do some voluntary work including school admission appeal hearings. My wife and I live in Storrington so we can run and walk upon the Downs as often as possible.

Mrs Nebel Crowhurst

Co-Opted Governor

I decided to join the Governing Body in 2019.
Having spent all of my career working in Human Resources in various businesses I wanted to share some of the skills I learned and contribute to the success of the school.
I grew up in Hove and moved to Henfield in 2014.
I currently work in London so having the opportunity to support a school in my local community means I can contribute to school events too.
As well as being part of the Full Governing Body, I also sit on the Quality and Standards Committee.

Mrs Mary Milne

Co-Opted Governor

I joined the school Governing Body in March 2018.
I spent my working life in the education sector, the first 10 years as a classroom teacher, followed by various jobs in the education office of a London Borough. I finished up helping schools to meet the needs of children who needed some extra support to make the best of their time in school.
I have 2 grandchildren at Upper Beeding, and was happy to be asked to support the school which rightly has a great reputation for getting the best for all the children attending, realising that children only have one shot at getting a good start in their education and so in life.

Miss Emma Bortnik

Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2021.
I live in Upper Beeding and have spent much of my life in Sussex.
After graduating from university in Southampton I moved to London to pursue a career working in sponsorship activation and events in Formula 1. After a few years I moved to the business innovation and technology sector working in communications and leading on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - a subject I'm passionate about and which is rightly becoming more prominent.
I'm delighted to take on this Governor role and share some of my skills and experience with the school.

Mrs PJ Chubb

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body in September 2021. My son Joshua joined the school in September 2020 and I quickly decided that I would like to be a part of helping to shape the school's future.
I am from Sussex and moved to Upper Beeding in 2018. I love being part of a community and look forward to working within it.
My degree was in Italian and I'm passionate about foreign languages. I lived and worked for several years in Italy and speak the language fluently. My earlier career was in the travel industry when I was able to visit a lot of beautiful places. I now work in Hove in Project Management which involves a lot of planning, financial and legal work.

Dr Andrew Blake

Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Gemma Donald

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2021 following my daughter’s first school year at UBPS.
I grew up in Dorset, and have always enjoyed living in the countryside. I went to study Politics in Cambridge and continued there to do a PGCE and Masters in Primary Teaching, then worked in schools in Cambridgeshire and London.
After having my daughter and son, we moved to West Sussex to be nearer to family, and have been very happy settling in this beautiful part of the world. I enjoy reading, music and spending time with my family, and have a keen interest in schools and primary education. I am looking forward to being involved in governing UBPS and contributing to the local community in this way.

Mrs Christine Gilliam

Staff Governor

I joined Upper Beeding Primary School in January 2013 and work in the School Office. The children here receive an excellent education in an incredibly special, nurturing environment. I absolutely love my job and feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful school.

I was born in Eastbourne and then spent my childhood and school years in Horsham. I have always lived in Sussex except for two years during my twenties when I spent time near Stuttgart in Germany. I have a secretarial background and before I had my children I worked in a private bank, estate agency and for a national housebuilder. I worked part-time whilst bringing up my five children and returned to full-time work when my youngest child started school.

I now live in a village not far from Upper Beeding with my younger three children and pet dog, Joey. We often enjoy long walks over the South Downs or along the coast; we really do live in a beautiful part of the country. I have a very keen interest in health and nutrition and also enjoy keeping fit.

As well as being Staff Governor, I am also a member of the Pupil Welfare Committee.

Mrs Becky Linford

Head Teacher

Miss Lou Brown

Clerk to the Governing Body

Mr Andrew Hughes

KS2 Assistant Head / Associate Member

I joined the teaching team at Upper Beeding Primary in 2006. During my previous teaching experiences, I have taught in KS1 and KS2 as well as working as a Mathematics Consultant in Croydon where I was responsible for overseeing 20 schools.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked for various retail stores as a Manager and Concept Designer. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family and going to music concerts and festivals. My son, Max, takes up most of any spare time I have with his sporting endeavours!

Mrs Rosie O'Hara

Finance Manager / Associate Member

Mr James Hermon

Premises Manager / Associate Member

Dr Diane Gwilliam

SENCo / Associate Member