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 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.
I became a governor at Sundridge & Brasted at the start of the 2019/20 academic year. I was keen to take on a governor role because I believe that the expertise I have gathered as a teacher, Head of Department and now a Deputy Head teacher in the teaching profession over the past 12 years can be of great benefit to the school community. I am also looking forward to seeing a different side of the education system from what I have been used to and also to being an important part of the decision making processes, helping this fantastic school continue to thrive and progress.
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.
Marcel van Ommen
As a parent with three children at Sundridge & Brasted, I find it important to try and help the school as much as possible. So when I read that the school was looking for an additional parent governor, it was an easy decision for me sign me up. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and other governors and to adding my perspectives from the software development field to the discussions as well.
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.