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.

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
Tom Gellett

Chair of Governors

Lead for Attendance, Finance, ICT, Safeguarding, SEND, Website, Wellbeing, Mental Health, Character and Pastoral, School Council, Quality of Education

LA Governor Medway LA 06/12/2017-12/07/2026 None
Kerry Seales  Headteacher Headteacher Ex-officio N/A 01/09/21 onwards Employee
Neil Charlwood

Vice Chair of Governors

Attendance, EAL, Inclusion, Safeguarding, SEND, Quality of Education

Co-opted Governor Governing Body 10/07/2019-09/07/2023 None
Claire Passmore PE & Sports Premium, Safeguarding, Well being, Mental health, Character and Pastoral, School Council, Quality of Education Co-opted Governor Governing Body 08/06/2022 - 07/06/2026 Owner of Minster Cleaning, 2022 to date, Administrator at NHS Community Mental Health, February 2023 to date
Stephanie Cesana PE & Sports Premium, Pupil Premium, School Council, Quality of Education Co-opted Governor Governing Body 15/03/2023 - 14/03/2027 None
Martin Forbes Lead for Early Years, Quality of Education Parent Governor Parent elected 21/02/2022 – 20/02/2026 Owner of MFSE, school’s breakfast and after school club and sports provision.
Sarah Ring   Co-opted Governor Governing Body 17/04/2024-16/04/2028 Early Years Lead at Joydens Wood Infant School 
Shaneen Webb   Staff Governor Staff elected 21/02/2024-20/02/2028 None
Chris Gibbs   Parent Governor Parent elected 13/03/2024-12/03/2028 None


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.


Academic Year 2021/2022

Governor Attendance 2021-2022

Academic Year 2022/2023

Governor Attendance 2022-2023


Governing Body Profiles:

Tom Gellett - Chair of Governors 

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.

Neil Charlwood - Vice Chair

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.

Claire Passmore

I have over 15 years experience as a school governor including time as both Vice Chair and Chair of Governors of a local primary school which was part of an academy.  I helped steer the infant school through an amalgamation to become a primary school as well as joining a multi academy trust.  I have been through numerous Ofsted inspections including one as Chair of Governors.  I decided to stand down when I no longer agreed with the ethos of the trust.  As well as supporting my previous school as a governor I was an active member of their parent teacher association for the 7 years that my daughter attended the school, I went on to spend a further 3 years on the parent teacher association of her senior school too.

I have lived in Rainham all my life and recently entered a civil partnership with Christopher having been together for over 27 years.  We have one daughter who is in her final year of a four year degree at Queen Mary's University London.

 Martin Forbes

Martin is the one of the newest members of the governing body and has had a connection with the school for a few of years through his company MFSE, who provide the wraparound care for Crest Infants and Nursery School.  Martin is a Parent Governor and his daughter joined the school in 2021. 

Sarah Ring

to be updated

Stephanie Cesana

to be updated

Christopher Gibbs 

I became a parent governor in April 2024 having spent 16 years teaching in local secondary schools and holding a range of pastoral, curriculum and leadership roles.  I chose to become a governor as I have a keen sense of community and feel I have a lot to offer the role from a parental, educational and community perspective having lived and worked in Medway for over 40 years.  I currently work for a local teacher training provider and spend my days training the next generation of Kent’s teachers.  I am married to my wonderful wife and my daughter is currently in Year R and has loved her first year at Crest.   

Shaneen Webb

to be updated