Meet the Governors

wp932696b2_05_06Penny Iversen
Local Authority Governor

Penny has had a career for over 25 years within the insurance sector, both in the UK and abroad. She currently undertakes consultancy and advisory work relating to insurance legacy business, reinsurance, risk management and strategic planning as well as being a non-executive director of an insurance company. Penny has been a Governor since 2011 and wishes to support a local school in developing well-rounded children and providing the highest level of teaching at the start of their educational journey.

Penny was elected as Chair of Governors in 2014.


Barry Leggett
Local Authority Governor

Barry spent nearly 40 years in a career in Local Government, which culminated as Head of Democratic Services at Sevenoaks where he worked from 1984 to 2002. During that time he gained an MSc in Public Services Management (having previously qualified with a Diploma in Management Studies).

Although he has been happily married to Susan (a former teacher) for almost 45 years, he knew very little about the intricacies of the education system, until he became part-time Clerk to the Governors of Southborough CE Primary School.

After a few years as Clerk he was keen to apply his knowledge and experience to another school. So he applied to become a Local Authority Governor, subsequently being appointed to Hildenborough CE Primary School towards the end of 1995.

Barry has been Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Resources Committee, and was elected Chairman of the Governing Body from 2010-14 and is now the Vice Chair.

wp9d448ad9_05_06Revd Tim Saiet
Foundation Governor

Revd Tim Saiet is Vicar of St John the Evangelist Hildenborough. He has spent much of his life as a professional illusionist and creative communicator . He is married to Charlotte and has three children. He is a former Royal Marine Commando and has spent time coaching all types of skiing and outdoor winter pursuits.

Photo 1aMatthew Graham
Parent Governor

Matthew moved to the Tonbridge area in 2002 with Christina. Fourteen years later they are now very settled in Hildenborough and have three children attending Hildenborough CEP School Matthew was keen to get more involved in the school and so became a governor in 2016 with the hope of positively contributing to what is already a great school.

Matthew has seventeen years experience of working in London in the asset management industry. Outside of work he has reluctantly started hanging up his boots having played regularly for Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club. He now spends his weekends driving his children around to their various clubs and activities.

headshotKathleen Hollings
Parent Governor

After studying Biomedical Sciences in Edinburgh and London, followed by a stint in clinical research, Kathleen worked in central government before being lucky enough to become a full time mum to Jamie (Y3), Ollie (Y2) and Ella (starting YR in September).

After 4 years as Chair of The Oaks Nursery committee, where Kathleen has been involved in all aspects of the nursery (including staff recruitment and appraisal, financial oversight, policy development, dealing with OFSTED, and as a point of contact for parents), she is looking forward to contributing to the continuing development and improvement of the school and to support the teachers and staff. Kathleen wants to do everything she can to ensure that her children, and all their friends, are happy, confident and become the very best they can be.

IMG_1233 EmmaEmma Challis
Foundation Governor

Emma has been a primary school teacher for 25 years. She has worked in SE London and is currently working part-time at Woodlands School in Tonbridge where she is part of the SLT, has responsibility for PE and oversees English.

Emma was a Teacher Governor in London and has been a Foundation Governor at Hildenborough since February 2015. Alongside Barry Leggett they have been looking at “The Quality of Teaching and Learning” throughout the school. She attends St. John’s regularly, has served on the PCC and Deanery Synod and currently has responsibility for the Trailblazers (age 7-11) Sunday school group. Emma was born in Hildenborough and has very fond memories of the school where she and her sister were pupils. She says she was a member of the very competitive and successful school netball team!


Andrew McNeil
Co-opted Governor

Andrew worked in the investment banking industry for a decade and has now decided to go back to university to further his studies.

He was previously a school governor for five years in a  secondary school in Edmonton, Alward Academy, where he chaired the Achievements and Standards Committee.

Having moved to the area 3 years ago, Andrew now has a young daughter. He has also recently become a member of Hildenborough Parish Council.

Andrew hopes that his working background, previous governing experience and local community links will help contribute in supporting the school in developing and educating the children.