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Governor Profiles

Nigel Feast (Chair)

I joined the school as an associate governor in October 2016 and currently chair the School Governing Board.

Having attended Essex and Keele Universities I believe in the power of teaching to change lives and in education to enhance opportunities in life -- which all begins in primary school

My work experience is in senior posts in both social services and the NHS  which I believe  can  be used  for the benefit of  the school  both in  supporting staff and as a ' critical friend' in dealing with the issues  we  face in the future

Sylvia Cousins (Associate Member)

I have been a Governor at this school since February 2006. Currently I am an Associate Member, but previously I was a Foundation Governor (for nearly 12 years) and Chair of Governors (for 8 years). I now serve Teaching and Learning Committees.

I have over 40 years’ experience in Catholic education, both in this country and in the Republic of Ireland. My degree was in Modern Languages, at the University of London, and I have taught French and Spanish in four schools. I was Headteacher in two schools and Deputy Headteacher at St Richard’s prior to my “retirement”. I have lived in Bexhill for 30 years and enjoy reading, walking, travel, family history and music, especially being a member of JACS choir. I am also very involved in the life of our parish, where I am the Safeguarding Representative and an RCIA catechist, as well as a reader and Eucharistic minister. On a lighter note, I do also enjoy socialising, visiting places of interest and meeting up with friends!

On my frequent visits to the school, I find the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming and I believe we have a very special community spirit here.

Nabil Zakher (LA Governoring & Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee)

I have been a local authority governor since December 2013.

I am a qualified retired accountant with over 30 experiences mainly in NHS financial management and control. I am passionate about ensuring good use of public resources, I am always looking for ways to maximise value for money and ensure transparency and accountability for the public resources that we have been trusted with.

I have lived in Bexhill for some 25 years; I am married with 3 children who have all attended St Mary Magdalene’s Catholic school and St Richards Catholic college. I feel privileged that my children received such high quality education and Christian spiritual enrichment. I hope the same valuable education opportunities can be offered to many more children.

Clare Paine (Foundation Governor)

I was appointed as a foundation governor in November 2015. I am a member of the strategic organisation committee, my monitoring role is linked with teaching learning and assessment and my subject link is English. 

My family have a long history with St. Mary Magdalene’s. My grandmother was one of the evacuees who attended the school when it was situated at the church in Magdalene Road. Since then my father and myself have attended the school and currently my 3 children are now in reception class, year 1 and year 5.

Being a governor of St Mary Magdalene’s school is my way of giving something back to the school for the many
years of education, love and support it has given my family. In the past I worked as a financial controller for a company in Polegate but after some time I came to
realise that accountancy was not my passion. I am now the manager of a florist shop in Bexhill. Outside of work I am on the committee for our Lady of the Rosary church.  I enjoy spending time with my family, I love to read and when I get the chance I like to sing.

Fr Simon Dray (Associate Member)

Bishop Richard appointed me as Parish Priest of the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Bexhill-on-Sea (comprising St Mary Magdalene, Town Centre & St Martha’s, Little Common) on 28th August 2018. My role is to assist the Head teacher and RE leader to deliver the Catholicity of the school and to foster good links between School and Parish. I am also an associate governor at St Richard’s Catholic College where I represent the clergy of the wider Deanery of Eastbourne & St Leonards. This is my second time in Bexhill. I was the assistant Parish Priest between 2013 and 2015.

David Kelly (Foundation Governor)

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2018.

Originally from Scotland I moved to East Sussex in 1987 to take up an international role with a pharmaceutical company - focussed mainly on organisational development. In 2005 I set up my own business consultancy as an Executive Coach.

Both of my children attended St Mary Magdalene's and then St Richard's Catholic College where I was a Governor for 7 years and where my wife worked for over 20 years!

Having worked in a senior role in a multicultural environment I feel I can bring fresh ideas and perspectives to assist and support the school's staff and pupils in the ever-changing education environment.

Steven Pittman (Parent Governor)

I have been fortunate enough to be appointed as parent governor in April 2021. 

Originally from South London I have lived in Bexhill for the past 19 years.  

18 of those were serving as a Police officer for Sussex Police. The majority of those years were spent tutoring new police officers and in the later years on the Neighbourhood unit as a community problem solver.  

It was in the Police that I met my wife Sarah who attended this wonderful school in her youth with her siblings.  We have two children together who also attend the school.  

In more recent times I have moved into business ownership, running a Beauty Salon, Coffee shop and small sticker printing enterprise! 

Outside of work I am a keen (although average!) golfer and love nothing more than spending quality time with the family and our Boxer dog Baxter.  

I look forward to offering my time, skills and services as best I can in the interests of aiding the schools continued development. 

Zoey Wilson (Parent Governor)

I joined as a parent governor in April 2021 when after 25 years with Barclays Bank as a Corporate Recoveries & Litigation Senior Manager, I have been given the opportunity to pursue other interests. I have recently qualified as a Teaching Assistant and am continuing my education with a goal towards obtaining a Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification. 

I am fortunate enough to now have the time to commit to being a Governor, something I have always had an interest in. 

My family has a long history with the school as my husband, his family and my two grown daughters have attended this school as well as my nine year old son who currently attends. I felt that this opportunity and timing were perfect to give something back and to gain a better understanding of the workings of the school. 

Outside of work, my family and friends are hugely important and we spend time together whenever we can.  Part of my family still lives in Canada, who we visit every year during the summer holidays. I am keen runner and swimmer (but not in the sea!) and attend events whenever I can. 

I very much am looking forward to being able to utilise my skills gained in the Bank and recent training to the benefit of the Board and the school community.  

Sarah Surman (Foundation Governor)

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Paul Saxby (Foundation Governor)

Coming soon 

Natalie Sadlier

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