The Governors can be contacted directly at and the Chair of Governors can be contacted at

Jackie Bignell - Chair /Early Years Link Governor

Business and Resources

I have worked in the finance industry for 33 years latterly as a senior manager. I am a parent of two grown up children who both attended St. Andrew's and I have been a governor at the school for 18 years. I also run a local amateur dramatics group working with adults from different backgrounds, making music and drama accessible to people of all abilities. I have an ongoing passion to support St. Andrew's in being the best it possibly can be. Together we are a family with our children being central to all we do.

David Lambeth - Vice Chair/LA Governor

Chair Business and Resources Committee/Teaching and Learning Committee

I am married with three grown up children and am now retired.  For 49 years I worked in the finance industry.  I was appointed a governor by the Local Authority in January 2011 but have had previous experience as a governor at Hawks Farm Primary School in Hailsham where my three grown up children attended.  All five of my grandchildren attended St Andrew's but have now left to attend Tollgate, St Catherine's and Eastbourne College.

Sean Brink - Vice Chair Co-Opt Governor

Business and Resources Committee

My name is Sean Brink, I am one of the Parent Governors. I have three children having spent over 8 years in the playground! The eldest now attends St Catherine's College and my youngest has just left St Andrew's to join Tollgate Junior school.

I am a doctor working within Sussex as a General Practitioner but also as a senior specialist doctor attending Accident and Emergency departments and also supporting St John's Ambulance at events around the area and the Brighton Community stadium.

My family and I enjoy long walks throughout Sussex and have always wanted to use my experience and community orientation to support the school's children, staff and head teacher.

Father John Underhill - Foundation Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee

Greetings! I’m Father John, and I am currently the curate at St Andrew’s church on Seaside. I believe at the time of writing that I am the youngest priest in the Chichester diocese, having been ordained in June 2017 at the shiny age of 25. Before being in Eastbourne I have bounced around the country a little, reading theology at the University of Exeter for my undergrad and masters before training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Yorkshire. All of that academic theological training means that I am passionate about both the academic and spiritual needs of our children here at St Andrew’s.

Father David King - Foundation Governor Chair for Teaching and Learning Committee

Fr David is the Vicar of St Andrew's Church and Foundation Governor of the school. He is married to Hilary and has four children. Fr David was ordained in 2000 and before that was a teacher, teaching Infants at a school in Crawley for 5 years before working at a school for children with Cerebral Palsy for a further 3 years. In the little spare time he has he enjoys cycling and playing badminton (not at the same time!) He is passionate about education and is delighted to be a Governor of this excellent school.

Mark Simmons - Safeguarding Link Governor/Parent Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee

I am a committed Christian and regular church goer. I am married and have 2 children who attend the St Andrew's and who both really enjoy every aspect of their school life. I enjoy all sports, especially watching and playing football. I am employed by Eastbourne Blind Society as a Resource Officer. My role is to provide support, information and equipment to people with a visual impairment in the Eastbourne area. I volunteered to be a governor hoping that I would be able to contribute in some way to the running of a really good school and that my experience and skills would be a positive benefit to the school. I also hope to give something back to the school that has looked after and taught my children so well.

Phil Crossinggum - Co-opted Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee

I have taught at St. Andrews for many years and I am currently the Deputy Head Teacher, teaching in Year 1, I have been the Deputy for 6 years. One of my main areas of responsibility is Assessment Data and I regularly feed back to the Teaching and Learning Committee on the termly progress of the school. I am passionate about teaching infants and feel privileged to have a chance to further support the strategic development of the school as a governor.

Katrina Weston - Staff Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee

I have been teaching as a class teacher at St Andrews since sept 1997. I am currently teaching year 2 although I have taught in all 3 year groups. I am pshe and behaviour lead and DSL.

I am married with 2 children, Holly is 16 and studying at Bexhill College doing a BTEC extended diploma in Health and Social Care and Lucy who is 11 has just started St Catherine’s college. I also have a dog called Marley and 2 cats Pickles and Lola. Both my children are avid dancers so a lot of my “spare time” is being mum’s taxi and also walking the dog with friends and family.

I hope to be an approachable, motivated and dedicated governor using the skills I have developed over the years and who the staff can rely on and come to me for help and support.

Ben West

SEND Link Governor/Parent Governor

Business and Resources Committee

I am a parent to a year 2 child, I have chosen to be a parent Governor to help in some areas. I have had 10 years' experience working in education. I have been working the last 3 years for Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA, as youth and community manager. Just recently I have taken on the role if Housing manager, working with a range of young people. I am also part of a local church and help run their children's workshops.

David Woozley

Parent Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee

My name is David Woozley, and I am a Parent Governor. I have two children; the elder of whom has just finished her time at St. Andrew’s, and the younger is beginning in Reception this year. I have been a teacher for over 15 years and am Head of Music at St. Catherine’s College in Eastbourne. I have a keen interest in education, music and the arts locally, and play viola with the Eastbourne Concert Orchestra.  I hope that by being part of the governing body, I can contribute to the ongoing success of this terrific school.

Current Governors & Details of Appointment September 2018

Governor Name First appointment date Renewal Date End Date Type of Governor Appointed by
Carol Meakins Ex Officio n/a n/a Ex- Officio School
Phil Crossinggum 21/04/15 21/08/19 Co-Opt Governors
Jackie Bignell 07/10/13 Annually Co-opt Chair Governors
Father David King 08/12/08 n/a n/a Foundation Dioceses
Father John Underhill n/a n/a Foundation Dioceses
David Lambeth 19/01/11 16/12/18 Local Authority LA
Mark Simmons 01/12/13 01/09/17 01/09/21 Co-Opt Parents of School
Sean Brink 17/10/12 01/09/17 01/09/21 Co-Opt Governors
Katrina Weston 01/09/2018 01/09/2022 Staff Staff
Ben West 01/09/17  01/09/21 Parent Parents of School
David Woozley 01/07/2018 01/07/2022 Parent Parents of School
Rose Campbell 17/10/12 16/1/18  14/03/2018- RESIGNED Staff Staff
Ann Almeida


01/01/14 01/01/18 20/07/18- Retired Staff Staff
Anna Seath 27.1.2014 1.09.2017 October 2017- Resigned Co-opted Governors

Register of Governor Committees

Name Governor Category Committee
Carol Meakins Music Teaching & Learning/ Business & Resources
Phil Crossinggum Data & Assessment Governor Teaching & Learning
Jackie Bignell Early Years, Foundation Stage, P.E. Business & Resources
Father David King RE, SMSC, BV, Maths Teaching & Learning
Father John Underhill Computing, GDPR Teaching & Learning
David Lambeth English, Health and Safety Teaching & Learning/ Business & Resources
Mark Simmons Humanities, History, Geography & CP  Teaching & Learning
Katrina Weston Art Teaching & Learning
Sean Brink Science, D.T Business & Resources
Ben West S.E.N Business & Resources
David Woozley EYFS, Art Teaching & Learning

School Declaration Of Interests Register September 2018

Name of Governor Name of Business Including: Governor elsewhere, related/married to member of staff, employed at school Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date of Entry
Bignell,Jackie (Chair) Financial Services Finance Finance Sept 18
Lambeth,David (Vice) Retired N/A N/A Sept 18
Brink,Sean (Vice) Medical Services Medical Medical, GP Sept 18
King, Father David Clergy, Married to Member of Staff Clergy Pastoral, Married to member of staff Sept 18
Underhill,Father John Clergy Clergy Pastoral Sept 18
Simmons. Mark (CP Governor) Employed Charity Local community Sept 18
West, Ben (Parent) Local Community, Parent Charity Parent, Local community Sept 18
Crossinggum,Phil (Co-Opted) Staff (Deputy Head) Staff Member Staff, Married to a member of staff Sept 18
Meakins,Carol (Headteacher) Staff (Head) Staff Member Staff Sept 18
David Woozley Parent Teaching Parent Sept 18
Katrina Weston Staff Teaching Staff Sept 18

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meeting  2017-18

Name Sep 2017 Nov 2017 Feb 2018 Apr 2018 Jul 18
Jackie Bignell Y Apologies Y Y
Father David King Y Y Y Y
Father John Underhill Y Y Y Y
Mark Simmons Y Y Y Y
Anna Seath Apologies Resigned N/A Y
David Lambeth Y Y Y Y
Ann Almeida Y Y Y Y
Rose Campbell Y Y Apologies Y
Phil Crossinggum Y Apologies Y Y
Carol Meakins Y Y Y Y
Sean Brink Y Apologies


Y No apologies received
David Woozley Y

Governor Attendance at Extra Ordinary Full Governing Body Meetings  2017-2018

Name March 2018 April 2018
Jackie Bignell Y Y 2/2
Father David King Y Y 2/2
Father John Underhill Y Y 2/2
Mark Simmons Apologies Y 1/2
Anna Seath n/a n/a n/a
David Lambeth Y Y 2/2
Ann Almeida Y Y 2/2
Rose Campbell Y Y 2/2
Phil Crossinggum Y Y 2/2
Carol Meakins Y Y 2/2
Sean Brink Apologies No apologies received 0/2
David Woozley n/a n/a n/a

Governor Attendance at Sub Committee meetings 2016-17

Curriculum & Worship

Name October 2017 November 2017 January 2018 March 2017
Father David King Y Y Y Y 4/4
Father John Underhill Y Y Y Y 4/4
Anna Seath Apologies Resigned n/a n/a 0/4
Phil Crossinggum Y Y Y Y 4/4
Carol Meakins Y Y Y Y 4/4
Ben West n/a Y No apologies received No apologies received 1/3



Name October 2017 November 2017 January 2018
Jackie Bignell Y Y Y 3/3
Carol Meakins Y Y Y 3/3
Sean Brink Y Apologies Y 2/3
Rose Campbell Y Y Y 3/3
Phil Crossinggum Y Y Apologies 2/3


Name November 2017 January  2018 March 2018
David Lambeth Y Y Y 3/3
Rose Campbell Y Y Apologies 2/3
Father David King Y Y Y 3/3
Phil Crossinggum Y Y Y 3/3
Carol Meakins Y Y Y 3/3
Ann Almeida Y Y Y 3/3


Name October 2017 November 2017 January 2018 March 2018
Father David King Y Y Y Y 4/4
Mark Simmons Y Y Y Y 4/4
Phil Crossinggum Y Y Y Y 4/4
Carol Meakins Y Y Y Y 4/4


Name October 2017 March 2018
David Lambeth Y Y 2/2
Jackie Bignell Y Y 2/2
Phil Crossinggum Y Apologise 1/2
Carol Meakins Y Y 2/2
Sean Brink Apologies Apologies 0/2

Business & Resources

Name April 2018 June 2018
Jackie Bignell Y Y 2/2
Sean Brink Y Y 2/2
David Lambeth Y Y 2/2
Carol Meakins Y Y 2/2
Ben West Y Y 2/2