Federation Governing Body

John Maxwell | Executive Head

I joined the Roselands and Stafford Federation in January 2019, having been the headteacher of Bourne Primary School for five and a half years. During that time, Bourne moved from being in Special Measures to being Good in all areas in its 2016 Ofsted inspection. Before moving to the South Coast, I had lived and worked in London for all of my life, and was a headteacher in a North London primary school from 2006 to 2013. That school was judged to be Outstanding in 2011. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and theatre, walking and playing tennis. I am also a very keen traveller.

I am extremely proud to be the Executive Headteacher of the Federation. Stafford and Roselands are both exciting, innovative and caring schools whose staff strive to provide a fantastic education to their wonderful pupils.

Mike Walton | Associate Governor (Stafford Head of School) |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 | Associate Governor (Roselands Head of School) |Appointed 1/9/15

I am the Head of School 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. Working at Roselands, I have the opportunity to give young children the firm foundations on which to build a passion for learning and skills for life. I work with an amazing team of staff who provide a rich, inspiring and diverse curriculum.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, skiing and running. I ran the London Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support in April 2017 and I am currently training for the Brighton Marathon 2019.

Richard Sage | Chair

I am a retired teacher who has lived in East Sussex for the last 16 years. I am a local support governor and Member of East Sussex Governors Forum. During the summer I am a cricket umpire in the Sussex League. I have been married for over 46 years with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

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

I have a longstanding interest in education. I have lectured at the University of Brighton for over ten years. I have held leadership positions at the university in the area of learning and teaching. I have had previous experience as a governor for Roselands infant school before the formation of the federation. I am the co-chairperson of the Teaching and Learning committee.

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

I became a governor at Roselands and Stafford in 2016. I have found it to be a really helpful insight into the running of the school.

As a parent of a son here, and as a teacher myself, it has helped me to have a rounded picture of all the people involved in doing their best for the children in these two schools.

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.

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.

Chris Bettiss | Co-opted Governor | Appointed 11/18

I have been a Federation Governor since November 2018.

Having recently retired from a career in Banking I was keen to put my skills and experience gained to good use. Having served as a governor some years ago I thought returning as a Governor would give me the opportunity I was looking for and I was very pleased to be accepted by the Federation.

My other interests include volunteering at The Bluebell Railway, Gardening on my allotment and Aviation and Military History.

Jess Whitewood | Parent Governor | Appointed 11/18

Sarah Greed | Clerk to Governors

Name Category Term of Office Position on GB Attendance at Governor Meeting 2016-2017 Attendance at Governor Meeting 2017-2018 Attendance at Governor Meeting 2018-2019 Business Interest Governance links to other educational establishment Other Connection to school
John Maxwell Staff Executive Head Employed at Roselands and Stafford Federation
Mike Walton Associate Governor 01/09/15



Staff Governor

Health & Safety

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


Staff Governor

Health & Safety

 100% 100% 100% Head of School  None
Richard Sage Co-opted Governor 24/09/19


Nick Smeeton Co-opted Governor 24/09/19




PE & Data

100% 100% 100% Brighton


Esther Martin Co-opted 20/01/16


EYFS  100% 100% 100% Teacher  None Children in both schools
David Ruskin LA Governor 15/11/17


Finance n/a 90% 100% None
Pat Smith Governor 15/11/17


Finance n/a 100% 100% None
Chris Bettiss 28/11/18


n/a n/a 100%
Jess Whitewood 28/11/18


n/a n/a 100%
Caroline Hicks Co-opted Governor 24/09/19


Elodie Valentine Co-opted Governor 24/09/19