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.

Jen O’Connor

Parent Governor

Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Jen is currently employed in a safeguarding role, giving her extensive knowledge of the wide range of issues that can affect children’s education and their ability to learn. By working with the governing body she wants to promote all children’s well-being whilst in school so that they can thrive. Jen has children in the federation schools and is looking forward to representing parents’ views.

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.

Governors who have left the Local Governing Board in the past 12 months

Phil Hall


Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Phil Hall resigned on 5 September 2022.

Born and educated in Eastbourne,  Phil left the town in 1997 and returned in 2020. He has almost twenty years experience working with local, regional and national journalists as well as MPs, Peers, councillors, regulators and various other stakeholders. Phil’s professional experience includes working for an MP who was a member of the Education Select Committee, being seconded to the Department for Education to work on the original Academies legislation; leading the public affairs and media relations team at the Institute of Banking & Finance (over 100,000 students from GCSE through to undergraduate level) and he currently works for the Association of Accounting Technicians (over 140,000 members including 90,000 students) as Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy. 

Megan Haggis


Term of Office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Megan Haggis resigned on 18 October 2022.

Megan is a Risk Manager at Lloyds Bank.

Clerk to the Governors, Rita Skinner, email  

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.