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 tarting 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.




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. 


Staff Governor

alex-baptie    Mr Alex Baptie

I am Fox Class teacher and the Deputy Headteacher at Nutley CEP School. I was born near Southampton and am therefore a huge Southampton FC fan!  I love living near the Ashdown Forest and enjoy walking my dog, Ralph. As a Staff Governor, I represent the interests of all staff at the school.  















Clerk to the Governing Body
Mrs Judith Austin


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