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Welcome to our Governors' page.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School we have a committed and dedicated Governing Body. All governors work to ensure the effective management of the school, alongside the Headteacher and her Deputy, and contribute a range of skills from a variety of backgrounds. The Governor's role is largely strategic, not operational, and includes ensuring vision is being turned into reality, ethos is being embedded and progress is being made against the School's action plan. The relationship between the Governors and the Head Teacher and staff is one of support and challenge.


Governors are often in school, formally and informally, keeping in touch with school life. They meet regularly throughout the year, either as a 'whole body' or in sub committees. Our Governors also undertake regular planned monitoring visits to the school, monitoring a specific area of the School's action plan.


We recognise that Governance works best when we listen to your views, discuss the results, act and then report on the actions we have taken. We value your views and would welcome any comments you may have. Please email our Chair of Governors at Alternatively, you can complete the Parent View Questionnaire

Parent View is an online questionnaire that allows parents and carers to give their views about their child’s school at any time. It is also the main way for parents to give their views about their child’s school to inspectors at the time of a school inspection.



Rowena Linn - Chair of Governors

I was a Headteacher for 25 years and also Kent’s Advisor for Tunbridge Wells Schools and part of their Leadership Advisor team for a number of years. I have served as a governor at a variety of schools for over 30 years. In addition to my work in schools I have supported deputies aspiring to become Headteachers as a tutor, trainer and assessor for the NPQH qualification for headship. I worked as a Consultant Leader and Professional Partner for the National College of School Leadership. I have experience as both a Coach and Mentor and as a Kent Coach and Mentor Trainer. Examples of my wider contribution to Education include serving as Chair of Sevenoaks Council of Headteachers, Chair of Maidstone’s Local Children’s Partnership Trust and as a member of Kent’s Safeguarding Board and Education Safeguarding Board. Since retirement in 2012 I have worked part time as a Consultant or Acting Head to support schools in difficulties or without a Headteacher and as a Kent recommended External Consultant supporting Headteacher Appraisals. This role first brought me to Archbishop Courtenay as a member of the Interim Executive Board and consequently as a governor and I am proud to be part of the team supporting the development of the school.


Ryan O'Connell - Vice Chair

I’m newly appointed to the role of parent governor and whilst I will have to learn quickly to pick up the role I do bring 14 years’ experience in local government with me working for Maidstone Borough Council. I am passionate about delivering the best for Maidstone and its communities and it drives me to work hard on their behalf. I see this role as no different, with my passion for education and helping the school, especially as I have a son and daughter at the school (in year 1 and the nursery). Their education is so important, as is the education of all of the children who come to the school. I also appreciate the importance of parents having confidence in the school, something that I hope I can help with through giving my all to the Governors on their behalf.


Paul Ryan

My teaching career started back in 1993 when I worked in Chatham. I moved to All Saints’ Primary School Maidstone which later became part of Archbishop Courtenay School. Since 2005 I have been Headteacher of a primary school. I live locally and attend All Saints’ Church. I have 2 sons and I served as a governor whilst they attended their primary school; a position which I found most rewarding. I have been a member of this Governing Body for the last 5 years and I will be continuing to support the Headteacher and her team so that every child, regardless of their starting point can make great progress and achieve their very best.






ndrew Williamson

A first career in business took my family all round the world, including nearby West Malling, where I managed a Training Centre in the mid-1990s, before being posted to China. Awarded a professorship by the Chinese government for services to the country and insurance education, on my return to the UK I enjoyed a second career in East Anglia as a freelance academic, publishing two books and advising a wide audience - from senior executives to undergraduates - about living and working with the Chinese. As a Governor, I hope to help ensure that every pupil, whatever their background, is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential (whether academic, vocational, artistic, sporting etc.) and, as Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Maidstone, to support the faith-based relationship between the two alongside my fellow Governor, the Reverend Ian Parrish.​


Mike Parker - Staff Governor

My association with Archbishop Courtenay began in April 2013 when I was employed as Site Manager. I am a Dad (albeit of grown up children) and a very hands-on Grandad to eight grandchildren ranging from 3 – 19 years old, a role that I relish. I enjoy my role at the school in looking after the site, staff and children also enjoy passing on life’s knowledge to the children both at home and in school. When I have time I love anything to do with aviation, DIY and history.

I was elected as Staff Governor in November 2017 and am very much looking forward to contributing to our aim of ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to progress through our school. I am passionate about helping our children to get the very best from the excellent staff and facilities that we have at Archbishop Courtenay and will do everything in my power to help promote this.


Pat Lacy

I have lived in Maidstone with my wife and family for 44 years. We started married life in Gillingham, where our 3 daughters were born. We now have 5 grandchildren. My working life was spent in the printing and packaging industry and I travelled extensively throughout the U.K., Ireland and France.

For over 20 years I was a member of The Medway Yacht Club where I served on the committee and as Safety Boat Captain, supporting the junior sailing fleet. I am currently a trustee of The Medway Towns Brass Bands and manager and playing member of the Medway Concert Brass Band. I am also a founding member of The Invicta Jazz Orchestra, a committee and a playing member. Training with Beanstalk resulted in me working for 8 years inside Archbishop Courtenay Primary School,1-to-1 reading with the children.

My wife was a Maidstone school secretary for over 25 years, also a leader in the 22nd Maidstone Girl Guides. We have both taken great interest in our grandchildren who all went to local schools. One is now a captain in the army, another is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and a third is a teaching assistant working with mentally and physically disabled children. My wife is a member of The Trefoil Guild and we both play a part supporting elderly people in our local community.


Eileen Williamson

I have been married to Andrew (Finance Governor) for 50 years, after meeting at Bristol University where we both read Modern Foreign Languages in the mid-1960s.  During that time, as well as following him around the world and raising three sons (now fathers of 5 children of their own), I have always worked with young people, mostly in school but also privately, as a language teacher, including English as a Foreign Language with the British Council.  Like Andrew, I attend All Saints

Church and enjoy singing.  However, we are not ‘joined at the hip’, so that I intend to bring my own independent contribution to the governance of the school, especially in relation to SEND and EAL pupils, of whom I have many years of experience: most recently with an Afghan teenage refugee on behalf of the Virtual School Kent.  When not teaching, I now voluntarily help with the Cruse Bereavement Care national telephone line from home, having previously run Cruse Drop-Ins for the bereaved in East Anglia and Maidstone, using the skills which should help me uphold and develop the school’s values of Fellowship, Compassion and Aspiration.  


Michael Costello












The Governing Body structure at the school is split into two committees which allows Governors to focus their efforts on key specialisms and allocate monitoring responsibilities more effectively.


Chair of Governors: Rowena Linn
Vice Chair of Governors: Ryan O'Connell

Finance & Resources Committee

Learning and Development Committee

Andrew Williamson (Committee Chair)

Ryan O'Connell (Committee Chair)

Paul Ryan

Rowena Linn

Mike Parker

Pat Lacy

  Eileen Williamson


Useful Information

As a Multi Academy Trust, the Aquila Board of Directors hold ultimate responsibility for the governance in each Academy. However, to build and support local provision and ensure that each school stays true to their founding purpose, the Board delegates responsibilities to each Academy. This is outlined in a document called a Scheme of Delegation which can be accessed using the link above. A personalised version of this document can be accessed at the top of this page.


Terms of Reference

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