Enjoying the Journey to Success

Governing Body

Category Governor

Term Of

Office Ends

Position Business Interest
Co-Opted Mr Neal Andrews


July 2020


Vice Chair


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

Co Chair of Governors

Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committees

Child at the school
Staff Miss Clare Fullagar 23.09.2021 Staff Governor  
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 31.07.2020 Governor  


Parent Faye Wilks Nov 2023 Governor  

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

Governor Area of Responsibility 

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



Clare is in her fifth year at Brunswick House, she is the deputy headteacher and leader of PE.  Clare has been teaching for over 15 years and has taught Year 1 and 2 here at Brunswick. 

Clare has a passion for sport both inside and outside of school and strives to make a difference to all the pupils at Brunswick House.


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. 

Faye Wilks


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