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Vicky Richards
Chair of Governors

I’m into my fifth term as a Governor at St Mark's. Having taken on the role of Chair in September 2014, I am finding it challenging but am really enjoying working with a team of governors (some new, some who have been involved for a while) who are committed to the continued development and progression of our very special school. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated staff and to see the children develop as they progress through the school (leaving us as confident, happy and caring individuals). 
Until recently I spent a lot of my time working with primary schools in East Sussex (through the local charity Sound Architect) on various creative projects. I am a volunteer Adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau, Uckfield and have been so for over 12 years – I can't say life is dull! I moved to Hadlow Down in 2000 having spent 20 years working in professional golf and still have a small involvement with the sport.

Angela Wilkes

Co-Vice Chair of Governors 

I joined the Board as a Parent Governor in December 2015.  I am mum to Jesse who is in Cocoons but I also have a 23 year old daughter. As a single, working mum I had little meaningful input to my daughter's school 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 have also undertaken an online Level 3 Teaching Assistant course and succeeded in obtaining this 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 being involved in the school's next chapter.


Amanda Martin

I have started my third term as a Governor at St Mark's and I am very much looking forward to my continuing involvement. I am currently the Practice Manager at a local medical facility and have previously been involved in event management and customer relations. I teach dance in the local community, I am in my final year studying for a BA Hons in Criminology and love dog walks in the countryside. I have four children, all of whom are now attending secondary school. From the first day that I visited St Mark's, I was aware of what a very special place it is and my family experienced first-hand the ethos underpinning the decisions that are made. I am now fortunate to be part of the strong team behind the scenes who ensure that the school provides the very best for each and every pupil.


Rachel Lewis

Rachel is managing director of RLPM, a project management company which she stared in 1993. She is also CEO of local charity, Sound Architect Creative Media. Rachel’s company has headed development and project teams within the Royal Mail, Haven Leisure, Gatwick Airport and Surrey NHS. Upon leaving University she was appointed new business manager for the Bank of Scotland and later qualified as an environmental auditor. She has lived in the village for 12 years and values the work of St Mark's and the many relationships and contributions that School has developed within the community. Rachel has a passion for innovation and thinking out of the box.


Anne Yarrow

I have lived and worked in Hadlow Down for over 30 years, for most of that time at Wilderness Wood, where we welcomed over 100 visiting schools each year. I have been a St. Mark’s governor since my daughters were at the school several decades ago, and have served as Chair of the Full Governing Body and of the Finance and Curriculum Committees. A Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council, I’m a Deputy Warden of St. Mark’s Church, and try to maintain and strengthen the links between school and church communities. I hope that my community and church links and knowledge, and my experience of education and business management at Wilderness Wood, can be put to good use in ensuring that St. Mark’s continues to give its children an outstanding start in life.

Richard Stanton

Initial training was electrical engineering but employment covered a wide range of roles in and outside the defence environment both nationally and internationally with experiences in management, administration, organisation, diplomacy, instruction, language teaching and secretariat work, which last prepared me for work as the Clerk to St Mark’s Governing Body.

Annette Stow



John Lawson

I think we are very lucky having a school like St Marks in our village. Anyone who visits is left overwhelmed by the team spirit and eagerness of everyone involved to make it the best and happiest environment for the children to learn in. I jumped at the chance of becoming a foundation Governor to help as part of that team for those reasons.  

My day job as one of the Partners in a Reinsurance Broker in London requires me to find solutions for my clients, read and interpret policies, question methodology and develop strategies to achieve goals. I hope this skill set will help me in this role also. 

One skill I do not possess unfortunately is writing interesting bio's so please forgive me for this one. 

Andrew Cook
Co-Vice Chair of Governors 

I became a Foundation Governor of St. Mark’s in September 2015, joining the school at the same time as my Son, Charlie. 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 will allow 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.


 Dick Brown

I have lived close to Hadlow Down for over twenty years and have been a secondary teacher for forty years. For fourteen 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 current world of education.

Kaye Lucas

Prior to working at St Mark's School, I worked in the accounts department of a large insurance company, as credit controller, where I met my husband.  Having brought up a family, I joined St John's CEP School as an Individual Needs Assistant, and then came to St Mark's School as a Teaching Assistant in Red Admirals in 2002.  Having enjoyed this role for several years, I had the opportunity to join the office staff as a secretary and, for the last four years, I have been the Bursar at St Mark's.

My free time is spent decorating, and looking after my husband (which is no easy task!), and more recently my granddaughter.


Anna Shaw

became a parent governor in November 2018 when my son, Freddie was in Year 2. I have another little boy, Bertie, who will hopefully join him at St. Marks in September 2020. 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. Marks is a very special school and am proud to be working as part of the Governing Board.

Judith Bogaardt

Coming Soon!


Claire Rivers

(Associate Member - no voting rights)


Revd Dr John Barker

I became a Governor following my appointment as Rector of Buxted and Hadlow Down in October 2016. Previously I had been working in various Eastern European countries for the last 20 years, combining working as a diplomat with leading Church of England worship wherever I was posted. I am really happy to have the opportunity to support the excellent initiatives that are in place in the school. I come from a small village in the north east of England and attended a C of E Controlled School as a child. Later I became both a member and then Chair of their Governing Body. I am in very regular contact with pupils, parents, and staff; playing my part in the Family and Friends Assembly every Friday morning. I am really happy that this takes place in St Mark’s church and I will support any and every initiative where the school and the church can work together.