Meet the governors

Mr Neil Pringle

Chair of Governors, LA Governor

I joined the governing body in 2014 and have recently been appointed to the role of Chairman.

I really enjoy supporting the school to provide a great education and to be an exciting and safe place to learn. My daughter Poppy started at the school in 2013 and so I'm getting a pupil and parent view of the school as well as my more formal work with other governors. Poppy, by the way, thinks the school is brilliant!

I was born in St. Albans and did a management degree at Lancaster University. However my real love was always radio and I've worked for the BBC and in commercial radio ever since. For the last 10 years I've been presenting the BBC Sussex breakfast show from our studios in Brighton. Getting up at 4 every morning leaves plenty of time to spend with Poppy and Lanie my wife. I love cycling, running slowly, food, music and food (did I mention food twice? - that's because I really like it!).

Mr Simon Ray

Vice-Chair, Co-opt Governor

I grew up in Shoreham, where I was lucky enough to go to both First and Primary schools whose Headteachers and Governors took a passionate interest in evolving education beyond box ticking, giving me an early sense of enjoyment from learning and discovery, which I have carried with me .

It was this same passion and community spirit that I saw in UBPS, and which inspired me to entrust my own children’s education to the team here. I was honoured to be asked in November to become a governor and to play a small part in helping convey the gift of learning upon the children who are fortunate enough to attend this amazing school.

I have worked in a global financial services organisation for the last twenty years, focusing on developing new ways to deliver world class customer experiences to customers across the globe. I hope to bring the same passion which makes me good at my job, to my role as governor, so I can help the school to deliver the best possible education and life experience for all our children.

I sit on the Premises and Quality & Standards committees. I am fascinated by the study of languages and what they tell us about the communities we share the planet with, and I am also a keen musician – so I am obviously thrilled at the school’s focus on singing and music, and on the use of country names for each class to drive cultural awareness !

Mrs Catherine Howe

Parent governor

Originally from Hertfordshire, I moved to Upper Beeding in 1998 after graduating from Southampton University. I have two daughters, one who still attends Upper Beeding Primary School.

I became a parent Governor in 2013 and am now part of the Premises Committee and also chair the Pupil Welfare Committee.

I work at Horsham District Council where I manage the preparation of planning policy documents for the District. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, cycling and gardening.

Mr Ralph Lane

Co-opt 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.

Mr Stuart Dearsley

Co-opted governor

I have been a Parent Governor since September 2012 and I am now a Co-Opted Governor following the change in the Governor structure. I became a Governor as I am keen to see that the school is supported in all areas thus enabling the children to learn in what is a changing time for the education system. I am chair of the Premises Committee and a member of the Finance, Pay & Performance Committee.

I moved to Upper Beeding over four years ago and have four children; two currently at UBPS , and two children at Steyning Grammar School.

I worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before joining a print company in Worthing in 2007, where I hold the positions of Head of Customer Services and Operations as well as being part of the senior team in my role as Company Secretary.

In my spare time I enjoy all sport, writing, and being with my family. I also attend the local Baptist Church.

Mrs Coralie Willmott

Co-opt Governor

I moved to Upper Beeding, from Eastbourne, in the summer of 2015. As part of the move I also changed career, and currently run the accounts for our small family building business. Prior to this I was a Primary School teacher for thirteen years.

Although no longer teaching, I am very pleased to be involved with the wonderful governing body at Upper Beeding, as part of the Quality and Standards and Pupil Welfare committees.

I have two sons at the school, currently in Reception and Year 4. In my spare time I like to run, cook and bake, and spend time outdoors with my family.

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.

Mr Ian Tovey

Co-opted Governor

I moved to Upper Beeding in 2013 from the Midlands with wife Jane. We have 4 grown up daughters, one of whom lives in Henfield, and a growing total of 5 grandchildren, with another due before Christmas 2018. My family is extremely important to me.

Following several years at Bedford school (Independent) and a year teaching in Adelaide, I joined Warwickshire C.C. and served in increasingly senior roles at three large Secondary schools. My main subject was Chemistry, but my involvement broadened into physics, maths and careers/ PSHE.

Later in my career of 43 years, I took on short term contracts in both the independent and maintained sectors, until finally retiring in 2013 .

I enjoy gardening and many aspects of music, where I am active locally. I like to regard myself as an active member of the community, and through my work at the Hub and as a Church Warden of St Peter’s I enjoy a wide range of fellowship and friendship.

Mrs Julie Gatton

Co-opted governor

I moved to Upper Beeding in 1998, when my children were 4 & 6 as we loved the village and wanted a rural and friendly environment to raise our family. My husband & I ran a successful business for more than 30 years, before he sadly died in 2015. Our children are now young adults; my son works in the City and my daughter is a student doctor. I have recently returned to work part time for a small company in Shoreham, which I enjoy enormously. In my spare time I love gardening, reading, knitting and singing in a local choir. I still love living in Upper Beeding and I am looking forward to getting to know the school and its staff and children.

Mrs Christine Gilliam

Staff Governor

I joined Upper Beeding Primary School in January 2013 and work in the School Office. 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 national housebuilder. I then 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 Ashington with my husband and three youngest children, the older two having flown the nest.

I like to spend my free time with my family and pet dog, Joey. We often enjoy long walks over the South Downs or along the coast. I have a very keen interest in health and nutrition and also enjoy yoga/pilates

Mrs Becky Linford


Miss Lou Brown

Clerk to the Governors

Mr Andrew Hughes

KS2 Assistant Head / Associate Governor

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 Governor

Mr James Hermon

Premises Manager / Associate Governor

Dr Diane Gwilliam

SendCo / Associate Governor