Meet the Governors
Our Governors have a wide range of experiences and have a key role through offering challenge, being a critical friend and supporting staff to ensure the school achieves the very best outcomes.
Heather BaldwinChair of Governors Community Governor
I am a born and bred Seafordian. I am married with two adult sons and currently two cats! I trained as a teacher and went on to become a primary Headteacher. I have always been fascinated to develop my understanding of how children learn and I am still keen to continue learning. To this end I gained a Master?s Degree looking into how best to support children with additional and different needs. Being allowed to be a Governor at Cradle Hill means I can continue to use and develop the skills I have.
Dr Iain DayCommunity Governor
Dr Iain Day
I am currently Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and NMR Spectroscopy at the University of Sussex, where I have worked for the past 12 years. I am the Chair of the Chemistry Board of Study at Sussex, and am responsible for the general oversight of the chemistry degree courses. Prior to joining Sussex, I held post-doctoral positions at the University of Greenwich, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Outside of work, I am keen cyclist and am learning to play the guitar!
Charlie GrimbleVice-Chair Local Authority Governor
I retired from Beckenham, to Seaford with my wife in January 2016, after a career in social housing with LB Lambeth and a large regional housing association. My involvement in education included Chairing the PTA at our 3 children?s primary school, and comprehensive secondary school. I was Chair of Governors for 14 years at the secondary school and saw it transform from a state boys school with grant -maintained status with 6 forms of intake and a 6th form of 250 pupils, through to a standalone academy with a 7 form entry and a co-educational 6th form of 650 pupils. The school maintained its Outstanding assessment from Ofsted throughout my tenure, and excelled in sport drama and music as well as in the academic curriculum. I oversaw a 38m complete rebuild under the Building Schools for the Future programme. I am particularly proud of the inclusive education we were able to offer, supported by a specialist facility on site for pupils with special educational support needs.
Sue FearsCommunity Governors
I have been a Governor in East Sussex for almost 12 years. In May 2013 I joined Cradle Hill Governing Body and in September 2013 became Chair of Governors. I work at a Primary School in Brighton where I am the Designated Person for Safeguarding and support families and pupils. I am very proud to be the Chair of Governors of a really good school and firmly believe that every child should receive a good education, enjoy school and reach their full potential.
Mr Robert (Bob) GowerCommunity Governor
Mr Robert (Bob) Gower
I was born at St Albans in 1943 but moved to Wandsworth after 3 months, where I lived for a further 37 years before moving to Seaford in 1981, when I married Pauline. I have always considered Seaford as a town by the sea and not a seaside town and have enjoyed the community spirit of the town and the friendship of all of the residents. I had a career in Banking with Nat West for 33 years before retiring aged 50 and entering into a new career as a Financial Adviser for a further 20 years. Whilst in Wandsworth a ran for 20 years several youth clubs on a voluntary basis and was a fund raiser for the then named Royal Hospital & Home for Incurables Putney for a similar period of time. In May 1999 I was elected a Town Councillor and enjoyed 4 years serving the community being Chairman of the Finance Committee for 2 years. I played club cricket for 40 years before retiring aged 57. In 2000 I joined the Governors of Cradle Hill, as the Towns? representative, since 2003 I have continued serving
Andrea KeithHeadteacher Staff Governor
It is a privilege and a pleasure to be the Headteacher of Cradle Hill CP School. I have worked at the school in a wide range of roles since December 2006. My husband and I chose Cradle Hill for our children to attend and it remains a priority for me to make it the best school possible for the community I live and work within. As a busy mum with two teenage children, family time is precious; I simply love spending time with my family whether walking along the beautiful Seaford beach, occasionally skiing down stunning mountains, riding a bike or standing next to a football pitch or netball court watching my children.
Jenny NormanParent Governor
I am a parent of two children, one in year four of Cradle Hill and the other now at Seaford Head, I have been a governor at the school since November 2013 and serve on the Finance and Leadership and committee. I am passionate that every child has the best education possible and therefore as a parent governor feel it is my responsibility to represent the parents of Cradle Hill asking the leadership of the school the right questions, obtain the right answers to ensure all the children get the right education.
Revd. Paul OwenCommunity Governor
Revd. Paul Owen
I have served as a Community governor since 2007 until 2011 at Denton Community Primary and moved over to Cradle Hill as my youngest son attended Cradle Hill School from 2002 until 2009. I am based at St Leonard?s and St Luke?s churches in Seaford and bring informal pastoral support for staff, governors and pupils.
Joanne Peppard-HardyParent Governor
Anna PetersCommunity Governor
I started as a Community Governor at Cradle Hill in summer 2018, my first involvement within a school governing team. I am a Chartered Architectural Technologist and work at an architectural practice in Sussex specialising in educational projects, particularly primary and early years. I've worked for over ten years, alongside many schools and Local Authorities, to oversee what are often complex development programmes. Through this, I've seen the clear benefit to schools in having a broad range of knowledge and experience within their governing team. Personally, I have lived in Seaford since I was 10, attending both Seaford County Primary and Seaford Head before heading off to University. My new husband (!) and I recently purchased our first home in Seaford with Cradle Hill School just around the corner. I'm excited to be joining the governing team and I very much look forward to contributing to the success of this great school in any way that I can.
Maurice WallerCommunity Governor
I have been a governor of Cradle Hill Primary School since the summer of 2013. I am a retired Head Teacher with more than forty years? experience in primary education and I am keen to contribute to the welfare of the pupils at this school in every way I can.
Karen YoungTeacher Staff Governor
I have been a teacher at Cradle Hill since December 2005 I currently work as the Teacher of Turtle class (Year 3). I enjoy my involvement as a Staff Governor. One of the highlights of my academic year is attending the schools residential trips each year especially the 3G swing.