Roselands & Stafford Governors

The Local Governing Board

The Governing Board meets termly and is chaired by Denise Kong. It’s purpose is to monitor key aspects of the school in accordance with the Trust’s strategic plan; safeguarding of pupils & staff, local stakeholder engagement; admissions; exclusions; panels; community relations; standards. Cavendish Education Trust Webpage 

Our Govenors

Denise Kong

Chair of Governors

Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Denise has been a school governor since 2010. She works in education and has a background in Mathematics. She is also a Governor at Cavendish School, and at King’s Academy Ringmer. Denise is Vice-Chair of the East Sussex Governors’ Forum and is a local support governor for ESCC.


Nick Casson


Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Nick is a local accountant specialising in personal and business tax planning.  He was born in London and moved to Eastbourne 20 years ago when he started his accounting practice here.  He has two young children, one of which is at Roselands , likes to scuba dive and avoiding diets.

Kali Peacock

Parent Governor

Term of Office 2 November 2021-1 November 2025

Kali is an actress of over 20 + years experience across film, television, radio and theatre. 

She is Artistic Director for a charitable theatre production company she established in 2018. UnderWired Productions specialise in writing and producing fun and silly inclusive family musicals. She has three children, her two younger daughters attend Roselands and Stafford and her eldest son (who is severely disabled with complex needs) attends Glyne Gap special needs school. The everyday challenges her family face drives her passion in wanting to champion these extraordinary children and to represent families like hers.

Joe Green


Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Joe has 15 years experience working within the Prison Service, giving her valuable skills which will contribute to helping the board of Governors and the wider community. Joe’s children have enjoyed the education experiences offered at both Roselands and Stafford, Joe says this has made her want to support the work and vision of the schools.

Steph Markides

Staff Governor

Term of Office 15 March 2022-14 March 2026

Steph teaches in Year 4 and is music subject leader. Steph wanted to become governor to be able to give Stafford teachers a voice and represent them as a governor. Music and art are a passion of hers alongside helping the children embed their maths knowledge.

Julie Claxton


Term of Office 23 November 2022 – 22 November 2026

Julie has worked in the Primary Education sector for 28 years both as a class teacher, then as a head teacher in East Sussex. Since retiring from full-time work, Julie has continued working for the University of Brighton, which has enabled her to utilise her skills, keep up to date with Educational developments and work with student teachers and mentors across Primary schools! Julie lives in Eastbourne and enjoys spending time with family. She has three rescue cats and helps regularly at a local cat sanctuary. Her passion is Brighton and Hove Albion and she enjoys travelling, theatre, cycling, swimming and sailing!

Les Buckle


Term of Office 22 May 2023 – 21 May 2027

I was born in High Wycombe and, when I retired in 2020, moved to Eastbourne. I was working as Caretaker of an Infant School where I was also a Governor. I have a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and I was a qualified electrician. I am currently Senior Vice-Captain at The Lottbridge Golf Club and also Secretary of the Fishermen’s Club Social and Maintenance Committees. My hobbies include Art, DIY, Dog Walking and Golf.

Helen Pugh

Parent Governor

Term of Office 22 November 2023 – 21 November 2027

Governors who have left the Local Governing Board

in the past 12 months

Jen O’Connor

Parent Governor

Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Jen O’Connor resigned on 31 August 2023.


Our vision

Working collaboratively to inspire learners to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values required for lifelong learning and to be successful, active members of the Trust and wider community.