Federation Governing Body

Mandy Stewart | Federation Head Teacher | Appointed 1/9/15

I have been the head at the Roselands and Stafford federation since September 2015 and am very proud of the fabulous staff teams and hard-working pupils at both schools. I was previously a Head Teacher in East London for nine years. In fact my entire teaching career was spent teaching in the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest until I relocated to East Sussex to join the federation when it was newly formed.

When I am not at work I love to travel and still have many countries left on my list of places to visit.

Mike Walton | Co-opted Staff Governor (Stafford) |Appointed 1/9/15

I am the Head of School at Stafford and have been a Federation Governor since September 2015.  I am also a parent with my eldest child currently in Year 4.  I have worked in a variety of schools across East Sussex to gain a wealth of experience in the primary phase.  I am passionate about providing a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum for our learners through the use of our outside spaces, sports and performing arts.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with the family, long walks with our dog and visits to the theatre.  I am committed to ensuring each and every member of our community is given the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

Carol Wallis | Staff Governor (Roselands) |Appointed 1/9/15

I am the Deputy Headteacher at Roselands and I have been a Federation Governor since September 2015.  I joined the Roselands team in September 2013 having been a Class Teacher, Team Leader, Infant Leader and Inclusion Manager at my previous school for 18 years.  I have always aspired to work in an infant school as I have the opportunity to give young children the firm foundations on which to build a passion for learning and skills for life.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, skiing and running.  I am currently training for the London Marathon and will be running for Macmillan Cancer Support in April 2017.

Nick Smeeton | Deputy Chair | Appointed 1/9/15

mrs-j-osbourneJenni Osborn | Chair | Appointed 1/9/15

I have been a Federation Governor since September 2015. I am a parent of two boys, one in Stafford and the other at secondary school locally. My background is in secondary school, teaching PSHE and RE. I am currently Head of Further Education Studies for a national faith-based college network. I write for a youth and children’s work magazine with a national reach and I also facilitate a Think Tank on Young People and Mental Health working in conjunction with the London Diocese. When I am not working I love to read, bake and sing.

Esther Martin | Co-opted Governor | Appointed 20/1/16

I have been a Federation Governor for one year and have found it a very encouraging and enriching experience so far. I am very committed to seeing both schools provide a positive learning experience for all children. As a Primary school teacher I have a background in both juniors and infants and can share my expertise in my Governor role.

I have two lively, chatty sons: one in Year 4 at Stafford and one in Reception at Roselands. Currently I'm also teaching and running a mums and toddlers group at All Souls church. I love being with my family, reading, singing and spending time with friends!

Fiona Hill | Resigned  29/06/2018

Nicholas King | Co-opted Governor | Appointed 1/18

I am very happy have the chance to be a governor at my local school. My daughter has been through both Roselands and Stafford and is now enjoying her secondary school life. I passionately believe every child should have the opportunity to attend their local school and enjoy a positive learning environment. I work as a Senior Manager for the Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability Service at East Sussex so am heavily involved in education and hope to bring my experiences to my governor role.

I am a keen ‘amateur’ sportsman and since recently retiring from rugby have taken up triathlon.

David Ruskin | Local Authority Governor | Appointed 11/17

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to serve as a governor for the Roselands and Stafford Federation since November 2017. I take a particular interest in helping the staff to provide the best possible education in its broadest sense, and in ensuring that all pupils develop the skills and attitudes necessary for success in later education and life. and I am also a member of the Finance Committee.

I have been a teacher my whole career, and currently work as Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) at a local senior school. I am also a schools inspector, and a reserve training officer in the Royal Air Force.

Anne Allison | Local Authority Governor | Appointed 11/17

I have worked in the education sector all of my life. I am currently working part-time as a Primary Headteacher Consultant with East Sussex County Council. Prior to this I was headteacher in two schools in East Sussex. I am passionate about helping schools to provide the best possible education for all children and I am pleased to be able to support the work of our schools by serving as a Local Authority governor with the Roselands- Stafford Federation. I am also a Governor at Park Mead Primary School in Upper Dicker.

Pat Smith | Governor | Appointed 11/17

I have been a Federation Governor since November 2017.

I am retired having spent all my working life in Education: I have been a teacher, Head Teacher and a School Improvement Partner.  I am delighted to be able to maintain my interest and enthusiasm for education  by working with other governors to provide a high quality education for all pupils in these challenging times.

I have two adult stepsons and three grandchildren.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking and visiting the theatre.

Sarah Fowle | Co-opted Governor | Appointed 1/18

I have worked in education since 1986 when I was an NQT at a school in the London Borough on Tower Hamlets. I stayed there for 4 years before spending a year backpacking around the world, travelling is one of my passions. On returning to the UK I spent the next 25 years working for the London Borough of Newham as a class teacher, Inclusion manager, deputy head teacher and acting head teacher.

In 2015, after spending 6 months travelling around the USA, I relocated to Hove and got a job at Roselands as a year 1 teacher before becoming the Leader of Learning. In September 2017 that travel bug got be again and I headed off to Africa however I loved my time working at Roselands at wanted to keep ties with the school so I was delighted when I was asked to become a co opted governor.

Other than travelling I also enjoy reading, going to the theatre and concerts, spending time with my family and friends and just enjoying living by the sea!

Lesley Downes | Clerk to Governors

I have previously been employed and used my financial and administrative skills in various management roles across the public, private and charity sectors.

My last full time role was as a Business Manager at Stafford Junior School. I understand the huge role and responsibilities of the Governing Body and am happy to support them and the school in the challenges that they have to face to ensure that there are the best outcomes for the children.

Name Category Term of Office Position on GB Attendance at Governor Meetings 2015-2016 Attendance at Governor Meeting 2016-2017 Attendance at Governor Meeting 2017-2018 Business Interest Governance links to other educational establishment Other Connection to school
Mandy Stewart Staff Head Teacher 100%  100% 100% Employed at Roselands and Stafford Federation  None
Mike Walton Staff 01/09/15



Staff Governor

Health & Safety

100%  100% 100% Head of School  None
Carol Wallis Staff 01/09/15


Staff Governor

Health & Safety

100%  100% 100% Head of School  None
Nick Smeeton Co-opted Governor 01/09/15




PE & Data




100% Brighton


Jenni Osborn Parent 01/09/15


Chair 90%  100% 100% Jenni Osborn Training Services  None Child at Stafford
Esther Martin Co-opted 20/01/16
EYFS 100%  100% 100% Teacher  None Children in both schools
Natalie Woodlock Parent Resigned 07/07/2018 Equality & Diversity & British Values  n/a  90% 90%  None Child at Roselands
Fiona Hill Co-


Resigned 29/06/2018 Finance n/a 90% 90% Partner at AFH Payroll None
Nicholas King Co-Opted 01/2018


n/a n/a 100% Employed by ESCC None Child at Roselands
David Ruskin LA Governor 11/2017


Finance n/a n/a 90% None
Pat Smith Governor 11/2017


Finance n/a n/a 100% None
Sarah Fowle Co-Opted 01/2018


Safeguarding n/a n/a 100% None Previously worked as SENCo at Roselands
Anne Allison LA support 11/2017


n/a n/a 90% Chair of Governors at Park Mead