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Meet the Governing Body


Mrs Alison Swinney

Chair of Governors

My husband and I have lived in Faversham for nearly 36 years. Our children grew up within the love and support of St Mary of Charity Parish Church family where I have been Churchwarden for the past 4 years. I have 17 years’ experience of working with Faversham primary schools especially supporting and assessing children with special educational needs.


If you wish to contact the chair of Governors, then please do so in writing. This can we handed into the school office and will be given to Mrs Swinney on her next visit to school. All post will be dealt with in a private and confidential manner.



Rev. Simon Rowlands

Vice Chair of Governors

Hello, my name is the Revd Simon Rowlands and I am Vicar of St Mary of Charity Church and the three other Church of England Churches in Faversham. I have been a Vicar for 21 years and have been involved in various Church Schools and a Church Foundation University throughout my career.

I am married to Gail a retired special needs teacher and have an adult son who lives and works in Faversham.

I am passionate that a local church school should provide the highest quality of education and opportunity for all within the local community it serves. It is a privilege to serve on this Governing Body alongside such an amazing and dedicated staff team led by Ms Tudor.


Mr Ray Colyer

Ray Colyer (BAhons)age 68, born in Faversham and lived in the area all my life. Graduate of The Open University. Background in the fire service and industrial and commercial fire safety, now retired. Former pupil of Faversham District School, predecessor to St Mary of Charity CofE Primary School. Chair of Governors. Faversham Municipal Charities nominated Foundation Governor.


Mrs Victoria Gray

Parent Governor

Hello, My name is Vicky Gray, I am a local independent business owner and have one child at SMC. Having lived in Faversham for the past 10 years, my husband and his family are Faversham born and bred.
I am passionate about the local community and the environment as a whole and became a parent governor to offer my support to all those attached the SMC. 
The children of this wonderful town are the next generation, they are the ones who will flourish and grow to become the future professionals, leaders and experts of Kent and beyond. 
I feel it is a pleasure and honour to help support these children and St Mary’s of Charity School continue to be the best that they can be.