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Gina Donaldson - Chair of Governors – 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. 

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


Rogerio de Lemos - Vice Chair - 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.

Shabana Robertson - Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor after my daughter started at Blean in September 2014. One of the reasons I decided to take up this role was because I wanted to do something constructive for the school, and due to my insatiable curiosity means that I always like to see how things work behind the scenes and how we can make things go from good to excellent. I also wanted to take an active role in School Life and wanted to support the school, the head and the staff in providing the best possible learning environment for both them and the children of Blean. I have recently become a Magistrate, serving the people of Kent. My employment before children was in Finance and therefore I am on the Resources Committee.

Shabana Robertson

Henk-Jan Schuuring – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have two children currently at Blean school, Millie and Sam. I decided to become a governor because I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the school and the local community. I am a lawyer in a food-industry setting, with expertise in compliance and the design and audit of internal systems and processes. My main contributions will be via the resource committee.

Rachael Hollingworth – Co-opted Governor

I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), an Improvement Champion for the Schools Partnership Programme and the EYFS Manager, Computing Lead and Research and Development Lead at Blean. I am committed to my roles and to young people and have worked with a range of practitioners including those in preschools, nursery schools and across schools; from apprentices and NQTs to Head teachers to plan and lead facilitation workshops and staff development training. 

I have delivered twilight sessions for local EYFS settings and am working alongside another EYFS lead as part of my SLE role to develop their self-confidence, assessment for learning and adult-child interactions in their unit. I am passionate about action research and sustained improvements to practice for all learners and am actively involved in several collaborations for this purpose. 

I care about making a valuable contribution to our children’s education, opportunities and futures and have joined the governing body for the chance to help other members of the team in improving children’s education and supporting the school’s staff.

Rachael Hollingworth

Hugh Samuelson - Associate Governor

I have been a Governor for 14 years and have stepped down from being Chair this year. 
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.

Enyi Oji - Associate Governor

I've recently been appointed as an Associate 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.

Charlotte Jones – Associate Governor

I became an Associate Governor in September 2018. I work for Kent County Council in Engagement and Consultation which involves providing advice, guidance and support to the organisation on approaches to communicating and engaging with staff and how to develop robust public consultations to inform service/policy change.  My skills include communications, strategic and collaborative working, acting as a critical friend and having a keen eye for detail. 
In a previous role I supported a group of schools to develop and enhance their Extended Services in line with the government’s vision of a Core Offer, through which I developed an understanding of both primary and secondary schools.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the continued development of Blean Primary School.

Nikki Llewellyn – Staff Governor

I joined the Blean Staff Team in September 2018; I am an Assistant Headteacher and the school’s Inclusion Manager. I have been a teacher for 11 years and am very excited to be a part of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Blean Primary School Governing Body. With my years of working in education, I feel I can make a positive contribution to the development of the school and help to continue the already very worthwhile role our Governing Body plays in supporting our staff. Most importantly, I am looking forward to helping ensure the children of our school have every opportunity to thrive and become curious and successful young people.

Nicki Llewellyn

Governor Interests

Governing Body: Blean Primary School 2018/2019


Governor Type


Appointment expires

Gina Donaldson


FGB Chair and TS Committee

Sept 2022

Shabana Robertson


Resources Committee and Training Governor

Feb 2019

Rogerio de Lemos


Vice Chair and Chair of L & D Committee

July 2019

Henk Schuuring


Resources Committee

March 2021






LA Governor



Rachael Foster

Acting Headteacher


Ex Officio

Rachael Hollingworth


TS Committee

Sept 2022

Nicki Llewellyn


L & D Committee

Sept 2022

Charlotte Jones


Resources Committee

Sept 2022

Enyinnaya Oji


TS Committee

Sept 2022

Hugh Samuelson


TS Committee

Sept 2022

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