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Hugh Samuelson - Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor

I am pleased to take on the role of Chair after being having been a Governor for 14 years. 
By day, I am a manager for a Building Society: by night – dad to two children! 
Whilst my children were at Blean, I got to know the school and staff very well, fully appreciating what a great job they do but understanding the challenges that we face. 

Being a member of the Governing Body is a role that I enjoy a great deal: the most important part is working with the School and Governors to ensure continuous improvement for everyone. It is our responsibility to help and support the school by working towards implementing the School Improvement Plan. 

I am also a local Parish Councillor on Blean Parish Council – this enables me to ensure that the school is well represented in the local community. 

If you wish to contact me as Chair of a Governors, please use the email: cog@blean.kent.sch.uk 

Gina Donaldson - Co-Vice Chair – Co-opted Governor

I am very pleased to take the position of Chair of Governors, after being a Governor at Blean Primary School since 2009. 

I began as a Parent Governor when my son James was at the school. I was a primary teacher for eleven years, including some years teaching at Blean, and am now a lecturer in primary education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

I specialise in the teaching of primary mathematics which is my main subject at Christ Church University. My doctoral research focused on primary mathematics and I try to support the staff at Blean in their teaching of maths as much as I can.  I am also the Chair of the committee which monitors the work of Blean’s Teaching School.

I am looking forward to continuing the work of the Governing Body in supporting the school. 


Rogerio de Lemos - Parent Governor

I am a parent Governor with two children at Blean Primary School, and my goal while a Parent Governor is to contribute towards the high esteem that the School currently holds. 

This is my second year as vice chair of Blean governing body with the responsibility for chairing the Learning and Development Committee, where we look at the school achievement and progression data.

I look forward to supporting the Chair of Governors, the acting Headteacher and the new Headteacher over the course of the year.

Alex Harvey – Parent Governor

I am a parent of two children at Blean School, my eldest having joined
in 2012. After studying Ecological Science at University, I enjoyed a
career in Financial Services followed by a career break to look after
my children. I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my return to
work with a return to science.  I work as a Laboratory Technician in
the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church
University and also volunteer as a STEM (Science Technology
Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. I am passionate about giving
children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage with
science and the natural world. As a recently appointed Parent
Governor, and a member of the Learning and Development Committee, I
look forward to helping the team at Blean Primary School to provide a
happy, engaging and effective learning environment for our children.

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Nina Hunt – Co - Vice Chair - Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Blean for 3 years and am looking forward to supporting the Chair of Governors as Co Vice Chair. 

I have two children at Blean Primary and I am passionate about supporting the school, ensuring continuous improvement across all areas. 

I am the Business and International Director for The King’s School and prior to joining King's was the Operations Director for a Tech company in the UK and South Africa.  I am glad to put this experience to constructive use on the resource committee and be part of the positive and supportive environment the school provides to its pupils.

Enyi Oji - Co-Opted Governor

I'm a Sponsor for railway projects - making sure they are properly managed and deliver what they promise! 

I've worked for Network Rail for fourteen years.  I spent the first nine years as a signaller controlling trains. I then spent a year at Kings Cross station where I helped to look after the safety and welfare of passengers. I then spent two years coordinating projects to reduce train delays.

Prior to joining the railway I worked in the IT industry developing, testing and selling software and applications. 

I'm looking forward to learning about the school and to working with the Governing Body and everyone at the school to achieve the school's ambitions.

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Kristen Weiss - Co-Opted Governor

I am really pleased to be joining the Governing Body at Blean Primary.  My association with the school began when my family moved to Canterbury from London in 2006 and my older daughter joined Year 2.  She was followed by her sister and they both have many happy memories of their time at Blean.  When the opportunity arose, I was happy to join the school myself as a class teacher in 2012 and I then took on the role of Assistant Headteacher in 2017.   I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and teach on different Primary Teacher Education routes.  I am interested in many aspects of primary education including: feedback and marking, the role of memory in learning, teacher well-being, mentoring and coaching, lesson study and the teaching of mathematics.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to use the knowledge I have gained to help contribute to the work of the Governors in supporting Blean Primary School.

Jessica Atkin – Parent Governor

I am pleased to fill the role of Parent Governor at Blean School. My two boys attend the school and it is a pleasure to see them grow and learn in such a supportive and nurturing environment. I am a trained Primary School Teacher and have taught in Canada, South Korea and here in Canterbury. I also feel fortunate to play an active role in volunteering at the school in various capacities. I look forward to being part of a team that supports the school and its dedicated staff while also contributing to the school's improvement and development.

Jessica Atkin

We are a group of volunteers committed to ensuring that we fulfil the role of the governing body in:

·       Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school

·       Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

·       Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In order to fulfil these roles, we meet as a full governing body at least four times a year. The following Governor meetings are scheduled to take place. If you should wish to view the minutes these will be available from the school office after the following meeting date where these are signed off. 

We also have two sub committees

Learning and Development Committee

This committee oversees a scrutiny of school performance and progress data and the curriculum.

The committee includes:

  • Rogerio De Lemos
  • Alex Harvey
  • Kristen Weiss
  • Jessica Atkin

The Resources Committee

This committee oversees the premises action plan and the budget.

The committee includes:

  • ​Nina Hunt
  • Enyi Oji
  • Hugh Samuelson
  • Gina Donaldson

In addition to these, we allocate specific roles to governor pairs or small groups. These governors monitor a specific aspect of the school and then report back to full governing body meetings.  

Safeguarding and Child Protection

  • Kristen Weiss
  • Gina Donaldson

Children with SEND and vulnerable children

  • Rogerio De Lemos
  • Enyi Oji

Health and Safety

  • Hugh Samuelson
  • Alex Harvey

PE, Behaviour, attitudes and personal development

  • Nina Hunt
  • Jessica Atkin

Governor Training and Development

  • Enyi Oji

Governors declare any business and financial interests, any material interests arising from relationships between governors and between governors and staff, and any governance roles in any other educational institutions. These are listed below.

Gina Donaldson: Member of the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

 Kristen Weiss: Member of the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Governor Interests

Governing Body: Blean Primary School


Governor Type

Date of Appointment

Appointment expires

Gina Donaldson


September 2018

September 2022

Rogerio de Lemos


July 2019

July 2023

Jessica Atkin


May 2021

 May 2024

Nicki Llewellyn


September 2018

September 2022

Enyinnaya Oji


September 2018

September 2022

Hugh Samuelson

Local Authority

September 2018

September 2022

Nina Hunt

Parent March 2019 March 2023

Alex Harvey

Parent December 2018 December 2022

Kristen Weiss

Associate September 2019 September 2023

Full Governing Body Meetings - Attendance Register 2020-2021

Date of Meetings: 16th Sep 2020 2nd Dec 2020 24th Mar 2021 19th May 2021 7th July 2021 Total Attended
Gina Donaldson


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Ian Rowden ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 5
Hugh Samuelson ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 5
Alex Harvey ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 5
Henk Schuuring ✔️ ✔️ Term Ended Term Ended Term Ended


Nicki Llewellyn ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 5
Rachael Hollingworth Mat Leave Mat Leave Resigned Resigned Resigned 0
Rogerio De Lemos ✔️


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Enyi Oji ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 5
Nina Hunt ✔️ ✔️ Apologies ✔️ ✔️ 4
Kristen Weiss ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 5


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