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Who Are The Governors?


Mr Anil Gaind
I have been a Governor since 2013. I have worked at the school since September 2010 and have taught in years 2,3 and 4 during that time. I was appointed Senior Teacher in 2013 and have held the posts of English and Maths Subject Leader. I was appointed Headteacher in April 2017, having held the post of acting Headteacher since September 2016.
 I came into teaching later in life having had a successful career in financial services and before that running my own business in private health care. I have lived and worked abroad from Milan to Calcutta. I have three grown up children who all went through state schools and into university. I believe passionately in education, having come from an Indian family where it was paramount. I am extremely proud of the achievements at Sundridge and Brasted and it is my intention to ensure that we make further progress in the future with the learning of the children being paramount.


Mrs Kirsty Oliver

I have been involved with the school as a Governor since 2003 and became Vice Chair of the Governing Body in 2013.I am a Chartered Accountant, employed by a London firm and work mostly from home. I have lived in Sundridge since 1999. I have three children. 


Ms Beca Hamburger

I am Chair of Governors for Sundridge & Brasted Primary School and have held the post for 6 years. Previous to that, I had a role on the Governing Body and was a Community Governor. My daughter was at the school for seven years from Reception through to Year 6 and was extremely happy there. I also have responsibility for mathematics which means I monitor the learning and teaching across the school. In my other life I work as an Independent Educational Consultant and enjoy volunteering and helping in the school.

The Reverend Linda Green
I have been an ordained minister in the Church of England since 1987, working initially in two urban parishes followed by many years as a hospital chaplain before returning to parish ministry in 2006 at Crockenhill in Kent. At that time I became involved in the village school which I found a real joy and inspiration. I became Rector of St Martin's Church in Brasted in 2010 and as such I am an ex-officio Governor of Sundridge and Brasted School. It is part of my role as a governor to work with the school to draw out its Christian qualities. These qualities are reflected in the school’s values; they are values that all can subscribe to with or without a faith background, in school and out of school. The values we strive for provide a bedrock for a nurturing and supportive environment for everyone, staff and pupils. They aim to make living and learning enjoyable and inspiring, enabling your child to grow into a confident, happy and valued member of society who also values him or her self.

Mrs Melanie Bowles

My children have been attending Sundridge and Brasted school since July 2014 and thoroughly enjoy school life. As a volunteer at Sundridge and Brasted, I help with the 'big read' on a weekly basis. I have been working in a mainstream school for over twelve years which has an additional unit for children with SEN requirements and have had the privilege to become an HLTA in this area. I continue to enjoy my work. 


Mr Melvin Debono

I have been a parent at the school since 2016, when my son started in reception, and have seen at first hand the significance of the strong foundation gained at Sundridge & Brasted in supporting pupils as they move on throughout each year, and eventually onto secondary school.

I am enjoying the role a great deal and love working with the other governors and staff to ensure that the school goes from strength to strength. My desire to be part of the school's governing body drives from a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels, and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all.

I hope that some of my skills will be useful to support the staff & governors as they continue to develop what is already an exceptional school.


Mr Charles Brand

Having watched my own son benefit from a tremendous education at Sundridge and Brasted from Reception to Year 6, I decided to seek to become a Governor in 2018. My professional background is in financial services, having risen to Director level in a number of institutions in a career spanning some 35 years. As a parent, I have seen the school nurture children with the full range of abilities and now want to ensure that those high standards are maintained for the benefit of future generations. I look forward to meeting as many parents and staff as I can, in the coming years. 


Mr Liam Newlands

I applied to become a parent governor as I was a pupil at the school between 1986-1991, moving from Brasted School after it closed and merged to be one school. I currently have a daughter attending the school. The school provided me with the platform required to progress through further education successfully and has grown to a level today where it is providing the children with an even better platform to progress in their further education. I would like to give back some of the support to the school that I and my children have all received and that has helped us all greatly.


Mrs Louise McCabe-Arnold

I have been a governor at Sundridge and Brasted since the start of 2019. I have lovely memories of the school as it is where I undertook work experience as a 16 year old many, many years ago. It stood me in good stead as I am now a Deputy Head of a local school. I am looking forward to getting to know the children, staff and parents better over the coming months.


Mr Eduan du Toit

I was a Project Manager for fifteen years across various sectors including Information Technology, Environmental Services, Aviation and Business Systems. The role required too much time away from home and I therefore decided to make a lifestyle change to support my wife's professional career as well as the development of my two young children who are in primary school. I was subsequently offered a teaching assistant role at Sundridge and Brasted school and am really enjoying helping the children with their learning journey. I have taken on the position of teacher governor and hope to add value in helping to shape the strategic direction, policies and objectives of the school.