Meet the Trustees and Members
Graveney Primary School became an Academy February 2012. We are Single Academy within a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Our governing body consist of the Headteacher, 2 x Co-opted Trustees, 2 x Parent Trustees and 2 x Staff Trustees.
Date of Appointment
Terms of Office
Mr Andrew Bowles
Mrs Emma Bell
Mr Davide Cavellina
Mr Barry Snashall
Mrs Mary Hewitt (Chair)
Trustee (Co-opted) & Member
Mrs Alison Blackwell
Head Teacher, Accounting Officer
Mrs Dreena Knibbs
Mrs Sarah Dunkin
Mrs Sarah Jefferys
Mr Martin Wicks (Vice Chair)
Miss Tracey Mizen
Trustees who have resigned in the last 12 months:
Recruitment of new Trustees is currently being completed to increase the number of co-opted trustees on the board.
Members & the Board of Trustees of Graveney Primary School
Andrew Bowles (Member)
I was born and brought up in Graveney and my children attended Graveney School. I became a Local Authority Governor in 1980 after playing a leading role in opposing a County Council proposal to close the school, as it had less than 20 pupils on role. I am a member of Swale Borough Council and KCC. I no longer sit on the Board as a Governor but remain a Member.
Emma Bell (Member)
My children are currently pupils at Graveney Primary School. I am very passionate about my children’s education and was delighted to be offered the chance to play an active role in assisting in the running of the school as a member. I am currently a stay at home parent, however before having my children, I worked in supervisory/administrative roles. I have experience within a variety of industries which helped me develop excellent administrative and communication skills. I believe Graveney to be a great school with a brilliant ethos. I am keen to move Graveney Primary School forward and help make it even more amazing for our children.
Barry Snashall (Member)
I have lived in the Whitstable area for several decades. After 11 years as a parent Governor I am pleased to say I love the job so much I am staying on. As an Accountant and software specialist I feel I bring skills to the board which ensure we remain strategic in our role within Graveney and ensure we are helping the pupils to strive for their very best. When not working, Cricket, rugby and the family keep me quite busy and entertained.
Davide Cavallina (Member)
I am married with two boys both of which currently attend the school. I have lived in Graveney for the past 10 years prior to which I lived in Thanet. I have been working for BT for the last 19 years in various roles. Currently I work within the IT unit supporting our Consumer and Business Contact centres both on and offshore ensuring system continuity and stability. I also am a business improvement coach, supporting and advising many teams within the organisation. In my spare time, I enjoy Science Fiction in all its forms and have been known to occasionally mix music on my DJ system on a Friday night.
Alison Blackwell (Headteacher)
I am the Headteacher of Graveney Primary and started teaching in 2001. I have had experience teaching across the primary years and also in a special school. I live in the Medway towns with my family and many pets, my Chihuahuas regularly join me in school. I enjoy gardening and have been known to knit the occasional item. I love working here in Graveney and have a fantastic team of staff.
I am the school receptionist and a staff governor. I have lived in Faversham all my life, my daughter was a pupil here at Graveney. I was previously a florist for 21 years and also hold a city & Guilds qualification in interior design. When I am not working I enjoy swimming, reading, socialising and spending time with my family.
Mary Hewitt (Chair)
I have lived in Faversham for well over 30 years and began my teaching career in a girls’ secondary school in Sittingbourne. Following the births of my children I retrained as a primary teacher and went on to serve as Headteacher in two different Kent Schools. I retired from my post at the end of December 2016 and volunteered to become a community Governor at Graveney School.
Vicky Keep (Vice Chair)
I am a co-opted Governor (previously having been a parent governor). I have been a registered childminder since 2007, prior to that I was Training and Development Manager for BT. I live in Whitstable and have two daughters, both of whom previously attended Graveney Primary.
I have been associated with Graveney since 1986 when my children began school.
They have now grown up and moved on and I am still here. I am the Senior School Manager; I have completed my AAT technician and my diploma of school business management. I have been a governor here for a number of years in various different roles.
I am a parent, village resident and work as a Senior consultant in Human
Resources. I have three children, my eldest is a pupil at Graveney Primary School. Like all parents I want the very best for my children, I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best they can be. I believe that the early years of a child’s education are extremely important and provide a platform for their later academic success. I have skills in business management and consulting, bring a background across both human resources and finance as well as having been a parish councillor here in Graveney.
I moved to Faversham 15 years ago and have two children in a local primary school. As a Chartered Accountant with a background in both Internal and External Audit in the public and private sectors I bring strong financial scrutiny to the Board of Governors along with a real passion to ensure the children get the very best from their primary school education.
I am the Clerk to the Governing Body. I have been a Clerk to Governors for other schools and bring lots of valuable experience to this post. I am responsible for the preparation of the agenda and minutes for Governing Body meetings, along with other administrative duties.
Governor Attendance 2019-20
The Trustees of Graveney Primary School were scheduled to meet on the following dates:
3rd October 2019
28th November 2019
6th February 2020
19th March 2020*
14th May 2020
9th July 2020
7th September 2020
They met for five meetings. The meeting scheduled for 19th March 2020 * was cancelled due to the COVID 19 lockdown. An additional meeting was held to agree the budget 7th September 2020
The Attendance record for the five full governing body meetings is as follows:
Alison Blackwell (5/6)
Sarah Dunkin (6/6)
Mary Hewitt (6/6) – Vice Chair
Sarah Jefferys (5/6)
Vicky Keep (4/6)
Russell Kitto (5/6) - Chair
Dreena Knibbs (6/6)
Tracey Mizen (3/4) – joined the Board in Spring 2020.
Martin Wickes (6/6)
The Members of Graveney Primary School met on 3rd March 2020. All five members were present:
Emma Bell, Andrew Bowles (Chair), Davide Cavallina, Russell Kitto and Barry Snashall.