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Meet the Governing Body


Mr Ray Colyer

Chair of Governors

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.


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 Mr Colyer on his next visit to school. All post will be dealt with in a private and confidential manner.



Rev. Simon Rowlands

Vice Chair of Governors


Miss Elizabeth Walsh

Director Appointed Governor

I have been a school governor at St Mary’s for 10 years and been involved with many and varied tasks during that time. Before I took early retirement from the NHS I was a Community Learning Disability Nurse working with children. I currently serve the Governing Body as the SEND and Pupil Premium Governor. Away from school I am an Authorised Lay Minister at Davington Church, work part time for a charity and when I do have free time enjoy walking, baking and reading.


Miss Jolene Coppins

Parent Governor


Mrs Sian Lanceley

Staff Governor

My name is Siân Lanceley and I am a Staff Governor with responsibility for Training & Development and Finance monitoring. I'm employed at St Mary of Charity Primary School as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant where I strive to make a difference to all children's lives by giving them the support and skills to aspire to succeed. As a Governor I am committed to moving SMC forward to be the first choice of school for families in the area and ensuring that children receive the best care and education possible.

When not at school, you will find me playing with my kittens, enjoying cycling, going to the gym and playing in a brass band!


Mr Simon Young

Associate Governor

I am currently the curate (priest-in-training) in the Faversham group of churches. I worked as a primary school teacher for ten years and before that worked in a therapeutic children's home. I still enjoy working with children in school and church and I am excited about serving as Governor at St Mary's


Mrs Teresa Metcalf

Parent Governor

Hello everyone. My name is Teresa Metcalf. I recently volunteered to be a parent governor, so I could be a part of my girls’ school. I currently work full time as an Environmental Health Officer, I feel the skills I have gained over the years will be beneficial in assisting the school with Health and Safety Inspections.

Mrs Mary Wimlett

Director Appointed Governor

I have lived in Faversham for most of my life. I attend St Mary of Charity Parish Church and I have worked in a school.

I believe all children deserve the best education possible and to be happy and safe in school.

Mrs Alison Swinney

Director Appointed Governor

My husband and I have lived in Faversham for nearly 34 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 3 years. I have 17 years’ experience of working with Faversham primary schools especially supporting and assessing children with special educational needs.