Our Governing Body

Who are we and what do we do?

We are a team of volunteers (comprised of staff, parents and community representatives) who work closely with the Headteacher to make key strategic decisions to ensure the successful running of the school, that standards of achievement are raised to make decisions on the school budget and staffing.  Our most important job, of course, is to make sure that pupils are getting the best education possible.

How can we be contacted?

The Governing Body (including the Chair) can be contacted via the school office; our one parent governor can often be found at the school entrance/on the playground at the beginning or end of the day and are more than happy to talk to fellow parents should you wish to speak to them.

Minutes of Meetings

The Governing Body meets regularly and the minutes of their meetings are available via the school office should anyone wish to see them.


Name Role Type of Governor Appointing Body Term of Office Notable Business Interests
Trevor Croucher Chair of Governors

Lead Governor for Finance, Health and Safety Committee


Co-opted Governor Governing Body 05/02/2020-04/02/2024 None
Kerry Seales Headteacher Head teacher Exofficio N/A 01/09/21 onwards Employee
Tom Gellett Vice Chair of Governors  LA Governor Medway LA 13/07/2022 - 12/07/2026 None
Paul Brivio   Co-opted Governor Governing Body 05/12/2018 – 04/12/2022 None
Neil Charlwood   Co-opted Governing Body 10/07/2019 – 09/07/2023 None
Claire Passmore   Co-opted Governor Governing Body 08/06/2022 - 07/06/2026 None
Linda Thomas   Co-opted Governor Governing Body 13/07/2022 - 12/07/2026 Business Manager consultant to school
Martin Forbes   Parent Governor Parent elected 21/02/2022 – 20/02/2026 Owner of MFSE, school’s breakfast and after school club and sports provision.
Finance, Health and Safety Committee  
 Lead Governor Trevor Croucher
  Paul Brivio
  Neil Charlwood
  Kerry Seales


Governing Body Meetings

Full Governing Body meetings take place usually six times a year during which the business of the school is discussed. Each meeting contains detailed information about the standards and achievements of the pupils (including a breakdown of vulnerable groups); safeguarding; financial management; health & safety;  staffing and professional development. The FGB monitor, review and challenge pupil progress and attainment data and provide strategic oversight of the delivery of the school curriculum. The FGB monitors the School Improvement Plan at each meeting, evaluating the strategic development of the school. The Governing Body also timetables in the opportunity for subject leaders and members of the Senior Team to provide information about the areas of responsibility they hold.

In addition we hold separate Finance, Health and Safety Team meetings to focus more specifically on school finances.

Finance, Health and Safety Lead (Trevor Croucher)

The main purpose of the Finance, Health and Safety Team is to have strategic oversight of the school budget, buildings and staffing.  In particular, it ensures that the school operates in accordance with its Finance Policy as well as that of the Local Authority.  This includes ensuring value for money and that budget spend is to the benefit of the pupils’ education.


Academic Year 2020/2021

Governor Attendance 2020-2021

Academic Year 2021/2022



Governing Body Profiles:

Trevor Croucher

Trevor has had many years experience of being a school governor in another Medway primary school before joining the Crest team. He was a Chartered Accountant prior to his retirement and has served as Finance Lead as well as Chair of Governors in the past. Trevor lives in Medway and is married with two daughters and twin granddaughters. 

Tom Gellett

I originally became interested in becoming a governor after previously in my career wanting to become a teacher and also now having a young son of my own who is about to start his school journey.  The role has opened my eyes and given me opportunities to understand how the school and all it’s staff work to deliver the best possible outcomes. Growing up and living in the Medway area I feel very strongly about giving back what I can to local children and schools so I hope in my role as a co-opted governor I can continue to deliver this at the school.  Outside of my governor and professional work role I am a keen cyclist and soon to be triathlete (attempting to be), which helps challenge me and raise funds for many charities nationally and locally to the community and school.

Paul Brivio

Paul has had experience of working with Sports England and is passionate about health and wellbeing. Paul seeks to support the leadership team to provide quality sport and PE opportunities for the children at Crest.

Neil Charlwood

Neil has two young children, both of whom have attended Crest. Neil works in the health sector and was interested in becoming a governor as he could see how committed the staff team are at the school. Neil currently leads on English and School Council. He thoroughly enjoyed attending a Council meeting just before the COVID-19 pandemic started and is looking forward to when he can do so again.

Martin Forbes

Martin is the newest member of the governing body but has had a connection with the school for a couple of years through his company MFSE and also his daughter joined our Reception in 2021.