Our Governors

The Mill Primary Academy is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the scheme of delegation.  TKAT have, through the scheme of delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

For our scheme of delegation click here.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

Please click here for the link to the Directors of the TKAT Board.

Please click here for the link to Governance information relating to TKAT, including the structure of governance and relevant details about Trustees terms of office, attendance and business interests.

Please click here for key documents including the Master Funding Agreement, Articles of Association and Accounts.

The Governing Body has two committees – Quality and Standards and Resources. The membership of both committees is detailed below (at bottom of page). The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the school address, please address correspondence to Chair of Governors, or through email chair@themill-tkat.org.

Look at the bottom of the page for Governor Action Plan, year planner and our Governor Handbook.

Click here to read the End of Year Governor Impact Statement for 2018-19

Chair of Governors Appointed Governor


David Nixon

I am an Ordinary Governor and, whilst appointed in that role in October 2014, had previously served as a Co-opted Governor from January 2014. I am no stranger to the role of school governor having served as a Local Education Authority appointed governor at Ifield Middle School for a number of years in the 1990s. I was elected as Chair of Governors in October 2014 and as well as holding that role, serves as a member of the Resources Committee. I am retired, following a career working in Human Resources, and I am married with grown up children.

Resources Committee member

Quality and Standards Committee member

Current Term September 2018 to July 2022
Start date: September 2014
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

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Appointed Governor


Chris Webb

I have been delighted to have been a governor of the Mill Academy since July 2015. I originally trained as a Chartered Accountant and so one of the areas I focus on is supporting the school budget management process. My current day job is as a consultant helping developing country governments develop their economies in ways that are both good for the environment and lift people out of poverty. As this work is mostly funded by the public sector I spend a lot of time working to ensure we deliver the best outcomes within a limited budget, and can measure our ‘impact’ – challenges that I think similarly apply to the education sector.  Although growing up in Chester (and therefore geographically close enough to claim to be a ‘proper’ Liverpool supporter) I have been living in Sussex for the past 6 years, with my wife, who is a teacher at the school, and our two young daughters.

Resources Committee chair

Current Term May 2019 to May 2023
Start date: May 2015
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: Wife working in Key Stage 1/2
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 75%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

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Parent Governor


Tracy Jangum

I am extremely happy joining The Mill Primary Academy as a Governor in January 2018. I am a Chartered Management Accountant by trade and have worked mainly in Construction and Engineering companies. I am used to Health & Safety being central in every aspect of work, so am looking forward to using these skills in The Mill. I was born and raised in Croydon, moving to Ifield in 2003. I have a daughter currently attending The Mill and my son started Reception in September 2019.

Resources Committee member

Current Term: January 2018 – January 2022
Start date: January 2018
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

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Parent Governor 


Gareth Smith

I am a Parent Governor, having been appointed to the role in January 2019. I currently work for an Investment Bank, where I project manage new and existing business opportunities alongside our sales team. My experience includes working for three out of the top five Custodian Banks in the world and one of the top two leading Investment Consultancies. I moved to England at the end of the 1990s, and prior to that I was raised in South Africa, America, Australia, Japan and Canada. Having lived all over the world, I was torn between different education systems in which I had to constantly adjust my learning and educational needs. Apart from family; culture and education are two of the most important things to me. I also have two incredible daughters currently attending The Mill Primary Academy.

Quality and Standards Committee member

Current Term: January 2019 – January 2023
Start date: January 2019
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

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Appointed Governor


Imran Jahangir

I grew up and live in Crawley and went to Pound Hill Primary School. I
hope I can bring an external perspective to maintain and improve the school’s progressive curriculum and future goals. I studied political science at university and have experience in working on strategy with early stage tech start-ups in London. My background is now in public relations but my transferable skills have always leaned on putting my time and effort into public service work in the last few years volunteering at my local job centre for the DWP). Before my appointment I was a play worker at Balcombe and Maidenbower Primary School – organising breakfast clubs and holiday clubs. I have found the greatest joy in working in a school environment and I believe that if we can inspire our young to think deeply about their learning – they will exceedingly enrich ours.

Current Term: July 2019 – July 2023
Start date: July 2019
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

Parent Governor 


Stephanie Biden

I am a Parent Governor, having been appointed to the role in July 2019. I currently work for the National Health Service where I manage risk and governance for Medicine at a local acute hospital. My remit in the health service is to help to measure what can go wrong, support change to mitigate risk, and ensure robust processes are in place to keep our hospital safe for patients and staff. My experience includes confidently levying a great deal of professional challenge to my colleagues in order to identify areas which require quality improvement. I moved to England in 2008 having been born and raised in the USA. I also sit on the committee and am a performing member of the local group Crawley Millennium Concert Band serving in the capacity as the piccolo player in the flute section. I have two little girls who are students at the Mill. I believe in the quality of education they are receiving therefore am happy to be a part of the system that ensures the quality at The Mill stays as good as it is and improves even further.

Current Term: July 2019 – July 2023
Start date: July 2019
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

Staff Governor


Chris Lane

Following a break to be a full time Mum, I started working in education as a Midday Meals Supervisor in 1995. During the last 20 years I have seen many changes since I joined Ifield First School working in a number of different roles.  These include Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant, full time Teaching Assistant, Office Administrator and my current role as School Business Manager after gaining my Certificate of School Business Management Qualification. Being a School Business Manager is a challenging, varied role that I find very rewarding. I am proud to be part of The Mill at this exciting time of renovations and improvements. The school is going from strength to strength.

Resources Committee member

Current Term September 2018 to September 2022
Start date: January 2014
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

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Staff Governor


Cheryl Walsh

I grew up in South East London and this is where my teaching career started. After four years of teaching there I relocated to Crawley and started to teach in West Sussex. I have been teaching for over eleven years now and have taught all year groups from reception to year six. I believe every child can achieve and love helping them towards their next step. I hope to teach each child to be resilient and to have the courage to try new challenges.

Quality and Standards Committee chair

Current Term: December 2016 – December 2020
Start date: December 2016
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings: 100%
Attendance at Committee meetings: 100%

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Headteacher


Sophie Gosden

As headteacher my role in reporting to the governors is very important. Whilst I have the Director from TKAT holding the accountability, I need and enjoy the challenge from governors who represent our community well. They keep me on my toes and push me on a regular basis. I enjoy their challenge and feel we work very well together.

Resources Committee member

Quality and Standards Committee member

Current Term September 2018 to July 2022
Start date: September 2018
Declarations of interest to 31st August 2019: None
Attendance: 100%

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Terms of Reference


Resources Committee Terms of Reference

  1. To provide guidance and assistance to the Head and the Governing Body in all matters relating to budgeting and finance, school premises and grounds and health and safety
  2. To prepare and review financial policy statements, including consideration of long-term planning and resources.
  3. To consider each year’s annual management plan priorities and present an annual budget reflecting the School Improvement Plan to the Governing Body for approval.
  4. To monitor the income and expenditure of all funds, including budget share and any other funds devolved by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), and report the financial situation to the Governing Body three times a year.
  5. To recommend the level of delegation to the Head for the day-to-day financial management of the school.
  6. To be able to import a new working budget and make minor changes up to a value of £5,000.
  7. To receive and, where appropriate, monitor the adoption of any recommendations from periodic audit reports of public funds.

Quality and Standards Committee Terms of Reference

  1. To agree Performance Targets set by the school.
  2. To ensure that data tracking and monitoring systems are secure and robust.
  3. To ensure that Quality Assurance systems are in place to monitor the standards of teaching and learning and curriculum provision.
  4. To ensure that the school curriculum meets the needs of all students and is delivered effectively and provides value for money.
  5. To review developments with stakeholders, within the community and with all partners.
  6. To ensure that structures are in place for the support of all students, including those with Special Educational Needs and those identified on the Higher Learners register.
  7. To ensure students receive appropriate guidance.
  8. To provide support and guidance to the school in developing policies and programmes for PSHE, personal effectiveness, community cohesion, citizenship and transition from school to the wider world in the context of equality and diversity.

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