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Peter Smyth

Chair of Governors

I have worked my entire working life in Education; as a teacher in primary schools in three West London Local Authorities and then as a Headteacher in a Surrey school. Nearing retirement I worked as an Interim Headteacher in challenging schools in Surrey, Newham and Warwickshire. At the end of my teaching career I decided I wanted to give back to education my experience, knowledge and advice, so I worked part-time for the University of Reading, on the School Direct programme. The programme is a work-based training course for adults seeking a qualification to teach. I have also been a Local Authority Governor for two primary schools in Surrey and Slough. I have lived in the village for 14 years and was delighted to have the opportunity to join this thriving team, helping it to continue to grow in stature in the local and wider community.

Angela Wilkes
Co-Vice Chair of Governors


I joined the Board as a Parent Governor in December 2015 and then became a Foundation Governor in 2019.  My son Jesse was at St Mark’s from Reception and moved on to secondary school in September 2021. I also have a 23 year old daughter.  As a single, working mum I had little meaningful input to my daughter's schooling but now find myself in the enviable position of being a "stay at home" mum and therefore have the time to offer and a desire to help. I was a commercial bank manager prior to leaving to have Jesse and have worked as bank staff at a local pre-school.  I also have a Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification.

Having joined the family that is St Mark's, I wanted the opportunity to join the other Governors in ensuring the continued success of this truly wonderful school and I look forward to continuing my involvement in the school's next chapter.

Roger Butler

I became a parent governor in June 2019. My daughter Eleanor had joined the reception class that year, and I wanted to get involved and help as best I could.

When we were looking for schools for Eleanor, St Mark's stood out. The vibes my wife and I got about this small village school were really positive and I hope to help this continue for other parents.

In my day job, I am a computer programmer in the finance industry. I studied actuarial mathematics at university, and have helped teach Maths GCSE to adults in the past.

I am looking forward to seeing how best I can contribute to the continued success of this school.

Annette Stow


Nick Bolton

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I was asked to join the school governing board in September 2021, particularly to assist with the commercial and financial aspects of the school. I spent my younger career working in London running and advising various hospitality businesses. I moved to Buxted in 2018 to enjoy a quieter country life and now own The Buxted Inn and Vine & Dine, a catering company. I also sit on the boards of and have advisory roles in various other companies mainly in the hospitality and/or tech space. 


I hope to be able to bring some of my experience within business to assist in the running of St Marks and very much look forward to getting to know the school better.

Stephanie Dahm

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I took on the role of supporting the Governing board in term one of 2019 and have now completed my formal accreditation qualification. I have three school-age children. Sadly, I live outside the catchment area for St Mark’s otherwise it would have been top of my list for my three! I have been incredibly impressed with the high standards of the school and really enjoy supporting such a dedicated and talented Governing board. If you have any queries relating to the Governing board, please do contact me at clerk@st-marks.e-sussex.sch.uk. We always like to hear from you and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. In my day job I am a Civil Servant, working in policy and strategic business planning.

Andrew Cook
Co-Vice Chair of Governors 

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I became a Foundation Governor of St. Mark’s in September 2015. I have two boys at St Mark's, Charlie and Noah.  I have been inspired by this fantastic school since the first time I looked around and I am keen to offer my time and enthusiasm to help drive the school’s continued success.

I studied aerospace engineering at university and to became an airline pilot in 2005. My job is not just about flying aeroplanes but about liaising with many different agencies and cultures, managing a team, making difficult decisions and solving a surprising variety of interesting problems, often under time pressure! I am also a flying instructor and assessor, helping to ensure the highest of standards are maintained within the company.

As a governor I feel I have plenty to offer and feel a great responsibility to everyone involved with the school. Working shifts gives me the privilege of being around during school hours, which allows me to get to know the school and the community well. I hope my involvement in the school can help it continue its journey in achieving amazing things.

Richard Brown

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I have lived close to Hadlow Down for over 20 years and have been a secondary teacher for 40 years. For 14 years I was Head of the Sixth Form at Heathfield Community College and latterly worked with groups of primary and secondary schools in Hastings and Rother. I am now semi-retired but I am still passionate about education and approached St Mark’s to see if I could be of use. I think it is an extraordinary school, of which the teachers and governors are rightly proud. I worked until Easter 2016 for the Kemnal Academies Trust on governance matters and I hope that I can use my experience to support the school in the challenging world of education.

Anna Shaw


I became a Parent Governor in November 2018 and I currently have two boys who are really enjoying their time at St Mark’s.  Along with my Mum job, I am the Managing Director of E&S Heating and Ventilation Ltd, a ductwork contractor to the Construction Industry. I spend a lot of my day dealing with the financial running of the business, along with solving problems when they arise. Organising our team and planning for the future are important for me at work and hopefully I can bring these skills to my role as a Parent Governor. I think St Mark’s is a very special school and am proud to be working as part of the Governing board.

Sue Wilmott

My name is Sue Willmott, I am a mother of two and grandmother to three. I am an active member of the PCC. I am a volunteer at the school and in the community. Prior to retirement, I worked in Special Education Needs (SEN) education and paediatric palliative care. I have qualifications in counselling and British Sign language (BSL).  have taught BSL and two other forms of sign language to children and adults with SEN. In my spare time I give counselling to patients going in for a specific form of neurological surgery due to being the first person in UK to have this surgery myself - I am well qualified. St Mark's has a special place in my heart and I hope I can help it continue to be the wonderful school it is.

Rebecca Harmer

Staff Governor

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Diana Midson


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