Enjoying the Journey to Success

Governing Body

Category Governor

Term Of

Office Ends

Co-Opted Mr Neal Andrews




Mr John



Co Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Miss Ellie Dunnet 9.07.2023

Co Chair of Governors

Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committees

Staff Mr Stephen Fenniche 8.03.2023

Staff Governor

Headteacher Mrs Wendy Skinner Ongoing Headteacher  
Parent  Mrs Alyson Barcroft   Parent Governor  
Co-Opted Mr David Stead 31.12.2021 Governor  
Co-Opted Mrs Nadia Pennell Nov 2023 Governor  
Parent Faye Wilks Nov 2023


Vice Chair

Associate Member Miss Clare Fullagar Ongoing Deputy Headteacher  
Associate Member Miss Lucy Steward Ongoing Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion  

Governors can be contacted via the clerk at clerk@brunswick-house.kent.sch.uk

Governor Area of Responsibility 

Neal Andrews

Co-Opted Governor



Upon graduating I made my Professional & West End debut in Bill Kenwright's long running production of BLOOD BROTHERS understudying, then playing Edward Lyons. I was invited back to the show many times until its closure in 2012. I worked with many  Mrs Johnstones including:  Barbara Dickson, Linda Nolan, Maureen Nolan, Lyn Paul, Melanie C, Natasha Hamilton, Nikki Evans. 

Over the years I have worked across many genres of professional theatre Including: Stage, Concerts, Musicals, Opera, Operetta, Shakespeare TV & Film including playing a Refugee in THE MAN WHO CRIED with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci (Working Title Films)

As a Director and Producer I have staged shows in various National festivals and regional venues across the South-East. 

I am a qualified plumber, plasterer, tiler, singing teacher of Estill technique and Drama Specialist.  I have an NVQ level 3 in A.S.D and I am currently working towards my Advanced Diploma Level 5 in C.B.T and Leadership . I have trained with BARNARDOS for 2 years and I am a joint Founder / Co- Director of West End Classrooms Ltd based in Medway.    

John Bateson-Cooper


Co-Chair of Governing Body

Finance and Resources Committee Member


Health & Safety


John is a self-employed electrician in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors across Kent and London. He has a degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences. He has tutored maths and has a keen interest in the learning skills now employed in schools. John has a daughter with Trisomy 21 at Brunswick, and she has fuelled his interest in special educational needs provision. He is particularly experienced in the education and welfare of children with complex learning needs.

Ellie Dunnet


Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee


Ellie is a qualified accountant and currently works in local government. She has previous experience of working in both the public and private sectors, and began her career working in Human Resources for a central government regulator. She holds a degree in Modern Foreign Languages from Leeds University and is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Ellie has been a governor since November 2014. In her free time she enjoys swimming, reading and live music. She has one son who has been a pupil at Brunswick House since 2014. 

Stephen Fenniche


Staff Governor



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Stephen qualified as a teacher in 2014 and has been a teacher at the school since he started his career and is also a member of the Senior Leadership team. He leads on online safety and computing within the school and has recently introduced and oversees the remote learning provision in the school.


Alyson Barcroft



Parent Governor

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Wendy Skinner







Finance and Resources Committee Member

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David Stead


Finance and Resources Committee Member

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David is a qualified accountant and has worked in various full time positions, both in finance and general management roles, for manufacturing and service companies in UK, Ireland and Europe. For the last 8 years of full time employment he was Executive VP & CFO, based in Brussels, for a large multi-site packaging business with 220 sites across Europe, followed by an advisory role in a European growth businesses for the last 3 years. He has previously supported schools as PTA treasurer for 7 years and football team manager for 6 years, and is currently a trustee and treasurer for a UK charity supporting Malawi, for the last 3 years. He is enthusiastic about joining Brunswick House Governors and has 3 children, one being a teacher at Brunswick House school. 


Nadia Pennell

Parent Governor



Nadia currently works for St Francis Catholic primary school as their office manager. She has a CIPD in human resources and is an associate member. Previously, she worked at the University of Kent, where she started at the Kent Business School supporting accreditation projects and the School Business Manager. Then onto the Library Management team, where she handled data and ordered resources for the schools in line with university budgets.  Previously, Nadia worked in the public sector for over 10 years, working in the legal advice service for Trading Standards, as part of their management team and leading on their in house training.  Nadia then progressed to the education team at Kent County Council, where she developed her knowledge of education.  Whilst, at Kent County Council, Nadia gained experience managing staff, training and development and human resources.  Nadia has one child currently at the school, and one child who moved on to secondary. She has been part of the school's community since 2013.  Nadia has a degree in French which she gained at Goldsmiths University of London, retail management course from Marks & Spencer and training courses.


Faye Wilks


Parent Governor

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