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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 Mrs Rowley-Jones.




Mrs Victoria Gray

Parent Governor

Hello, My name is Vicky Gray, I am a local independent business owner and have one child at St Mary of Charity. 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 St Mary of Charity. 
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.














Mrs Anne Kay

Appointed Governor

Hello, my name is Anne and I have recently (Feb 2022) been appointed to the St Mary of Charity governing body by the Faversham Municipal Charities. This is a long established local charity which focuses on education and on housing for the elderly.

I have lived in Faversham for the past 35 years and, in 2014, had the honour of being mayoress, for two years, in this very special town.  I am a parent although my three children are now adults.

I have recently retired from primary teaching where, over the years, I have taught across the primary age range, from nursery to Year 6.

I am committed to ensure that all children, who attend St Mary of Charity receive inspiring and enriching learning opportunities so that they can achieve and fulfil their potential.

I look forward to working with the rest of the governing body to support the school as it strives to become even better and to ensure it remains a secure and happy place for children to learn and staff to work.




Mrs Rhea Holley

Parent Governor

Hello. My name is Rhea Holley and I have two children who attend St Mary of Charity. I have also lived in and around Faversham for the last 13 years; I'm so passionate about this wonderful town and the supportive community that surrounds the school. I also have a particular interest in supporting children with special educational needs and recently completed an 'Understanding Autism' course. 


Outside of SMC life I work in sales & marketing, love music and travelling, and of course, spending time with my children and family.