Meet The Governors

Meet the School Governors



Chair of Governors – Mrs Hilary Randall

Vice Chair – Mrs Sue Wood


Local Authority Governors


neil-lovett  Mr Neil Lovett                                                               

I moved to Nutley 5 years ago having taken early retirement from my job as European finance director of a global medical device company.

I am married with 4 grandchildren all of which attend or have attended Nutley Pre-school where I am treasurer. One of the grandchildren already attends the primary school and his brother starts sept 2017 so these are exciting times for me and my family.

This is a challenging period for all small village schools as the government cuts funding so I hope to use my knowledge as a chartered accountant and my experience in business to help the school develop for the future of all the children.




Foundation Governors


   Rev Ben Sear

I became the Vicar of Nutlley Church in 2019, although I was a member of both Maresfield and Nutley congregations until 2012.  I originally studied biochemistry at university and worked for the Medical Research Council before starting my theological training in London.  Prior to our arrival in Nutley, I was based in Patcham (Brighton) for four years during my on-the-job training.

I am married to Claudia and have two daughters.  I am very glad to be part of village life in Nutley and to have this opportunity to support the school and develop its links with the church.


Sue Wood_2   Mrs Sue Wood (Vice Chair)

I was born and raised in South London but have lived In Nutley for over 30 years. I have a passion for the village, the surrounding area of the Ashdown Forest and those that reside in the local community but my biggest passion is for teaching and learning and the opportunity to provide children with an outstanding education that enables them as individuals to reach their full potential. I consider it a privilege to be part of the Nutley Church of England Governing Body who also share this vision.


Parent Governors


Dr Lisa Butterworth-Salmon

I believe primary education plays such an important role in providing children with skills and experience to prepare them for the challenges of modern life.  I therefore have a commitment to support all children to achieve their potential and form a positive experience of school and I am proud to be able to work with the school to achieve this.

I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2005, but prior to that followed an academic career focusing on psychology and language development.  Within my role as Speech and Language Therapist, I currently work in Brighton and Hove to support children with a wide range of severe speech, language and communication needs associated with complex conditions.

I moved to the Nutley area in October 2016, my children started at Nutley Primary School in Autumn 2017.  I grew up in the Lake District and feel very at home with rural Sussex life, enjoying living close to the Ashdown Forest, where my family and I walk our two Patterdale terriers.


  Ms Beth Davies

I grew up in Nutley and attended Nutley Church of England Primary School myself as did my father before me – I guess that makes me one of the locals!  My daughter is now the third generation in our family to attend Nutley school – I think she is really lucky to be part of such a friendly and welcoming community.  I studied English and European Literature at Warwick University and have spent most of my working life in the higher education sector – I have worked for Brighton University for over 20 years now.  I'm currently based in the Aldrich Library, part of the university's Information Services Department.  For many years I lived mainly in Brighton and Hove although was often back in Nutley at weekends, visiting family and going out walkiing on the forest.  Now I work part-time and have made my home in the village again, I find that I am in a position to give something back to the community that has been such a big part of my liife.  I'm excited to have the opportunity to serve as a school governor and to contribute towards the ongoing success of the school.






Co-Opted Governors


Mrs Hilary Randall – Chair

I have lived in the area for over thirty years, the last ten of which have been in Nutley. I am married with two children and three grandchildren. I worked for Marks and Spencer in various Human Resources roles, the last of which was running the national Recruitment Department in Head Office. Since retiring from M&S, I have worked on a free lance basis as an Independent Panel Member appointing Non-Executive Directors and experts to sit on Government Boards and Specialist Advisory Committees.

Working together with the Staff and my fellow Governors I hope to contribute to the continued achievements and successes of our school. 


  Dr Birgit Smith

After retiring from my post as Head of Department of a very successful Languages and Cultures Department in one of the top ten universities in the country, I moved to Nutley about 18 months ago to be closer to my grandchildren.  I have been involved in education at HE level since the 1990’s achieving excellent results. For example, under my leadership, German improved to the 3rd place in the UK national league tables.  

Being retired has given me flexibility and the opportunity to be involved in Nutley CE Primary School.  I have seen how Nutley is more than a school; it’s a community where everyone plays a vital role.

A governing body sets the school’s aims and objectives, the strategy, targets for achieving and measuring those aims in collaboration with the school. This starts with academic aims – standards of achievement and progress in reading, writing and mathematics, but it also includes attendance, emotional wellbeing and the general health of the school.

These aims are close to my heart and I would really like to give something back to the community.  My professional skill set enables me to simplify complex issues, be an advocate for a particular point of view and reach negotiated solutions.  I was recently appointed as Councillor on Maresfield Parish Council.

I would hope to be an asset to the school, dedicating my time to being a proactive and effective school governor.



Staff Governor


    Mrs Emma Robinson

I joined Nutley CE Primary School a couple of years ago as the Year 5/6 teacher and I am delighted to be the acting deputy head . I have over ten years’ experience of teaching in small village schools with mixed age classes as well as experience teaching in a large two-form entry primary school in London. I have enjoyed being part of the senior leadership team in my previous village school. My own children have attended a primary school in Uckfield and it has been valuable to acquire a parent’s perspective on primary education. I attended Church of England primary and secondary schools as a child and greatly value the strong moral and spiritual foundation that this experience gave me. 

I have not always been a teacher. I have experience in residential property having worked in sales, lettings and property management for estate agencies in central London. Before this, I worked for Reuters Business TV as a media assistant. I have also had experience in theatre, working voluntarily as part of the set design and construction team at a theatre in Reading. I have also sung in a choir to raise money for charity. 

I like being a staff governor because I’m interested in children’s education. I would like to offer my experience to help guide the school strategically forward to achieve the very best education for the children as well as the unique nurturing experience that being at a small village Christian school brings.  










Clerk to the Governing Body
Ms Judith Austin


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