I am Chair of Governors for Sundridge & Brasted Primary School. 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.
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.
Having watched my own son benefit from a tremendous education at Sundridge & 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.
I have been a teacher for most of my career, both at the primary and secondary level. My last role was as Key Stage 2 Team Leader and member of the SLT. We are a Christian family and I feel that my experience as a teacher and leader in a school can contribute to Sundridge & Brasted. I have two daughters who have just finished university. We are looking forward to our new life in Sevenoaks and I look forward to being a part of Sundridge & Brasted School.
From my prior experience working and being involved in setting up an International School, I still have a keen interest in education, especially in early learning problems and School Management.
I am a parent with two of my children attending Sundridge & Brasted school. Both of my children are really blossoming here. I feel it is time for me to give something back to the community, or in this case the school. In my spare time I love looking after my garden and growing all sorts of fruit and veg. I also practise my skill of preserve making by using my homegrown fruit.
Rev Sophie Sutherland
I have lived in Brasted for 20 years and was for many years a junior church leader Sunday at St Martin's Brasted. Following ordination in 2012 and four years as curate at Chevening Church I currently work as a Chaplain to Older people at St Peter and St Paul Bromley and a Bank and Honorary Chaplain at the Princess Royal Hospital. My original subject was Modern Languages and I worked for many years in national museums and galleries. I am married and have twin daughters at university.