Enjoying the Journey to Success

Governing Body

Category Governor

Term Of

Office Ends

Position Business Interest
Co-Opted Ms Gabriela Alexandru 18.11.2021 Governor  
Co-Opted Mr Neal Andrews 19.05.2022 Governor  

Mr John



Co Chair of Governors

Child at the school
Co-Opted Mr Bryan Douglas 14.07.2022 Governor  
Co-Opted Miss Ellie Dunnet 24.09.2020 Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committees Child at the school
Staff Miss Clare Fullagar 23.09.2021 Staff Governor  
Co-Opted Ms Nicola McLeish 16.03.2020 Governor Children at the school
Parent Mrs Nadia Pennell 13.11.2020 Parent Governor Children at the school
Headteacher Mrs Wendy Skinner Ongoing Headteacher Headteacher
Co-Opted Mr David Stead 11.12.2019 Governor  


Mrs Laurel Townend 11.12.2019 Co Chair of Governors  

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

Governor Area of Responsibility 
Gabriela Alexandru

Finance and Resources Committee Member


Awaiting Information



Neal Andrews


Learning and Development Committee Member


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 toward 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

Strategy Committee Chairman

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.

Bryan Douglas


Finance and Resources Committee Member


Bryan was born and bred in London and moved to Maidstone in the early Sixties.  He is married with two daughters both of whom attended Brunswick House School some forty years ago when his wife was a member of the PTA.

He spent his business career working in the Insurance Industry and retired some twenty years ago from his own Insurance Broking Company which specialised in dealing with the construction industry. 

He is currently Treasurer of Maidstone Bowls Club and is a Volunteer at Maidstone Hospital working with  the MacMillan Cancer Support team.  For a number of years he was a Custody Visitor at Maidstone Police Station.

He takes a keen interest in Legal matters and has often acted as a adviser to friends and relatives in this area.  He has always been involved in sport and is a long term member of Bearsted Golf Club.

Ellie Dunnet


Finance and Resources Committee Chairman

Strategy Committee Member




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. 

Clare Fullagar


Learning and Development Committee Member

RRSA / Curriculum / Values Curriculum / Pupil Voice



Awaiting Information


Nicola McLeish


Learning and Development Committee Member

Pupil Outcomes



Nicola has worked in local government for nearly 20 years.  She is currently a Contract Manager at Kent County Council, working in Adult Social Care.  Previously she has experience in commissioning, highways, disability access, planning and sustainable travel.  She has a degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Kent, and postgraduate qualifications in Management and Commissioning.  She is also a qualified childminder.  She is a parent to two children at Brunswick House and has been part of the school community since 2011.  She is particularly passionate about engaging parents to work in collaboration with the school to improve outcomes for pupils.  Nicola has been a governor since March 2017

Nadia Pennell


Learning and Development Committee Chairman

Strategy Committee Member


Pupil Premium


Nadia currently works as Office Manager for St Francis Primary School.  Previously she worked at the University of Kent for the Collections Management team, where she dealt with library data and working to financial budgets.  Nadia has also worked at the Kent Business School supporting the accreditation process and the School Business Manager.  Nadia worked in the public sector for 11 years, working for the legal advice service for Trading Standards, as part of their management team.  Nadia then progressed to the education team at Kent County Council, where she developed her knowledge of school admissions; the school transport system.  Whilst, at Kent County Council, Nadia gained experience in managing staff, training and development and human resources.  Nadia has two children at the school and has been part of the school's community since 2012 and will enjoy sharing her experience with the school.  Nadia has a degree in French which she gained at Goldsmiths University of London and a retail management course.

Wendy Skinner


Strategy Committee Member

Finance and Resources Committee Member

Learning and Development Committee Member

David Stead


Finance and Resources Committee Member

SEND including High Achievers



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. 

Laurel Townend


Co-Chair of Governing Body

Strategy Committee Member

Learning and Development Committee Member

Leadership / School Development Plan

Staff Questionnaire


Laurel has recently taken early retirement from the deputy headship of a secondary school and has worked in Kent state schools for 35 years, employed as a senior manager for the past 19 years. She qualified as a teacher after a degree in History and more recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusive Education as well as holding the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers. Her three children (now all adults) went to schools in Maidstone, and Laurel was a primary school governor for 12 years when her children were at the school. She is a member of a local Methodist Church, and is currently its Safeguarding Officer, as well as being involved in other community work.