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Milton Hall Primary School

‘Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it.’


Our aim is to make every child feel valued and happy because that is when learning is most effective.

School Governors




Welcome to Milton Hall Governors. We work very closely with our Head, Deputy Head & teaching & non teaching staff to ensure the safety, happiness & best all round education for all our pupils.


Our Governing Body is made up from parents, staff & local community members & our role is strategic planning & monitoring, working closely with our Head, Mrs Debbie Priest, who, along with her leadership team, is responsible for the day to day running of the school.


Each Governor brings different skills, knowledge & experience to our Governing Body & each of us has our own area of responsibility and interest within the school.


All of us are completely committed to ensuring our school offers the very best possible outcome for every child, giving them all a firm foundation on which to build once they reach Secondary School and in later life.


We currently meet all together three times a term and also attend a variety of training and briefings throughout the school year.


Our current Chair, Niki Lamont, meets at least twice a month with our Head to ensure all is running smoothly.


If you would like to know more, or to make contact with any of our governors, please ask at the school office and this can be arranged.


Our current Governors are:


Dave Taylor - Chair - Parent Governor

Levi Sinden - Vice Chair - Parent Governor

Niki Lamont - Partnership Governor

Debbie Le Grave - Parent Governor

Lisa Smith - Staff Governor

Margaret Borton - LA Governor

Michael Stammers - Co Opted Governor

Cherie Knight- Co Opted Governor

Michael Evans - Co Opted Governor

Will Sexton - Co Opted Governor

Debbie Priest - Headteacher

Karen Willis Clerk


Associate Governors

Tom Spence Deputy Head

Governor Pen Portraits


Niki Lamont: I have been a governor at Milton Hall for seven years, and chair since 2012. I started as a parent governor at Southend High School for Girls in 1999 and stepped down in 2014 when invited to join Cecil Jones Governing Board. I retired as a hospital doctor in 2011 and also chair the Essex NHS Research Ethics Committee. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Milton Hall and am committed to ensuring all our pupils develop their full potential. I was appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2016 and am a Trustee of the National Governance Association. Locally, I am a member of Southend Borough Council's Education Board, Success for All Group, and LSCB Executive (Local Safeguarding Children's Board). In my spare time I enjoy catching up with my three grown up children and playing with my three young grandsons.


Michael Stammers: I am a Co-opted Governor at Milton Hall and my son is in KS2 at the school. I am a Manager at a local Insurance Broker and have worked in the industry for over 15 years and am committed to developing staff and assisting my customers, and my reason for volunteering for the Governor role is that I see many of the same qualities in the school and its progressive leadership.

I have attended a number of courses and have enjoyed Learning Walks around the School which have enlightened and further enthused me to actively participate in the School and its values of progression and inclusion for all. I look forward to many more training sessions and activities within the School.

My son very much enjoys his schooling and I have seen first hand the confidence that exists in the school, be it among parents, teachers and the children in a positive and engrossing learning environment.

Away from my work, I spend time with my family and enjoy activities with them and occasionally watching my football Team Dagenham & Redbridge (I am originally from Dagenham) when time (and my partner & son!) allow.


Margaret BortonI have been a Local Authority School Governor for over seven years. I thoroughly enjoy my role and being part of the school community. As part of my role I am the premises governor which involves touring the school and attending meetings. I have really enjoyed my visits to the school over the years where I have seen children thriving and enjoying their leaning experiences.

When not fulfilling work commitments I enjoy spending time with my family, going to art exhibitions, reading crime novels and going to London.


Levi Sinden: I am a new Parent Governor at Milton Hall School, I have three children one of whom is in year one. I currently work as a Safeguarding Adults Board Manager, and have worked in health and adult social care for my whole career. I believe that the experience that I have gained in business management and the skills I use at work will help me to support the school's development and champion children's rights.

I am passionate about the value of education and the difference it can make to an individual's life, and would like to use this opportunity to help the children of Milton Hall to thrive and realise their full potential, regardless of their background or circumstance.

Outside of work and school a lot of my time is taken up with my family, friends, children's activities and going to gym.

I have enjoyed my short time as a governor and look forward to finding out more about the school.


Cherie Knight: I have been a governor since 2015 and enjoy the different perspective this role brings. I joined Milton Hall 10 years ago as a newly qualified reception class teacher. I then became EYFS Phase Leader and have worked with others to ensure our youngest children are provided with the best possible start to their school lives. I have also been a subject leader responsible for science and outdoor learning. I thoroughly enjoy my current role as Assistant Headteacher, responsible for the EYFS and Year 1 Phase and Pupil Premium across the school. I am proud of the commitment and hard work the whole staff team put in to ensure the school goes from strength to strength. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my four grown children and love to read.


Dave Taylor: I was re-elected for a second term as a Parent Governor in January 2017, and have been serving as a Governor since 2013. I used to be a teacher, so I feel that I have some empathy with the staff at the school, and understand how the schools operate. I work as an artist, producing sculptures and other pieces that can be seen around the town, and I sometimes work in the school with the pupils helping them in their creativity. As Governor I hold the Finance Portfolio, and was recently elected as one of the Vice Chairs. I believe very strongly in Milton Hall, and I hope to play my part in the school going from strength to strength.


Debbie Priest: I have been the Headteacher at Milton Hall for 7 years now and am a member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school.

I moved to Leigh on sea 20 years ago and embarked upon a career in teaching. Prior to this I had worked in Social Care in the London Borough of Brent and in Speech and Language Therapy in Essex. Both of these careers, along with my time as a teacher in Essex provided me with invaluable experience that I have been able to draw upon in my role as Headteacher.

Milton Hall is an amazing school and I feel privileged to be able to work with our wonderful staff, families and pupils in securing its’ continued success. The rich diversity of our families and the outstanding opportunities we are able to offer our pupils makes Milton Hall a very special and unique place.

I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful learning community.


Lisa Smith: I am the newly appointed staff governor. I have worked at Milton hall for over 5 years providing HR support and guidance to our members of staff. I am deeply committed to the principles and ethos of the school and hope to take an active role as staff governor and contribute to discussion and decision making.

I believe that good communication between the school, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community. With my experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can provide this link and also be the voice of the school staff on the governing body.

I have two teenage children so most of my time is spend in the car running them around but when I get time to relax I love to lose myself in a good book.


Michael Evans: I have recently joined as a co-opted governor at Milton Hall School. I am a keen geographer, and after graduating at university I spent three years working as an aviation weather forecaster for the Met Office, analysing weather around the world. There I promoted STEM activities, by doing school demonstrations and participating in the Met Office’s ‘Science Camp’ scheme, which teaches weather forecasting to primary school children.

In April 2017, I joined the Department for Transport as an International Aviation and Climate Change Policy Adviser. I enjoy meeting new people, and away from work I enjoy playing various sports, plus sightseeing around London. I am passionate about STEM and I am proud to be a school governor, where I look forward to helping support the success of Milton Hall.


Will Sexton: I have recently joined Milton Hall School as a co-opted governor. I have lived in Southend for many years and went to school in the local area. I am passionate about helping children get the best possible start in life and am proud to be a governor at Milton Hall which does such as an amazing job at doing this. I want to use my experience and enthusiasm to help the children at Milton Hall reach their potential regardless of their background and help the school in any way that I can.

I am passionate about public service and in my day job I am a civil servant who has worked at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and recently on secondment in the NHS, supporting the NHS to adopt innovative technologies to improve health outcomes and patient experience. I am now currently working for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the EU Exit team. Outside of work I enjoy playing sports, am a qualified referee, a season ticket holder and trustee of a charity which supports disabled people in Southend.