Board of Governors

To write to the Board of Governors, please address correspondence to:

Geraldine Watkins
Chair of the Board of Governors
c/o Clerk to the Board
Bede's Senior School
Upper Dicker

East Sussex, BN27 3QH

About the Governors

Geraldine Watkins (Chair)

Geraldine Watkins is a Magistrate and a Family Court Judge and has over 30 years’ experience in Construction and Property Development. She has previously worked as an Ofsted lay inspector of schools and is also a past parent of Bede's, having had four children attend the School.

John Burbidge, BA (Hons), ACA

John Burbidge graduated from the University of York. John has over 30 years’ experience in Investment Banking and was CEO of a major international bank in London for 10 years until he retired in 2011. John currently sits on two boards as a Non-Executive Director.

Sarah Jelly (Safeguarding Governor)

Sarah Jelly is solicitor specialising in Family Law. She is also an accredited family mediator. She has previously been a Governor at another school and is a past parent, having had a daughter in the Senior School.

Dermot Keegan

Dermot Keegan has spent over 35 years working in Asset Management in London for both global and specialist firms. Dermot currently works in hedge funds and he is a parent.

Katharine Lees-Jones, JP, MCSP

Katharine Lees-Jones is an East Sussex magistrate and also works as an independent physiotherapist. She has experience both of teaching and of extensive pastoral involvement as a Headmaster's Wife for twenty years in independent preparatory boarding schools.

Professor Andrew Lloyd, MA (Cantab) PhD

Andrew Lloyd is a graduate of Robinson College, Cambridge and has 30 years of experience in Higher Education. He is presently Professor of Biomedical Materials and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Operations) at the University of Brighton and has experience as a trustee and governor within other organisations.

Mark McFadden, FRICS ACIArb

Mark McFadden is a former pupil of the Prep School and parent.  He is a partner in a regional firm of Chartered Surveyors and past President of Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce.

Nicholas Mercer, BA (Hons)

Nick Mercer graduated from the University of London. Nick has over 35 years’ commercial experience, most recently as a Director of Eurostar International. Nick is a Non-Executive Director of two commercial enterprises and he is also the Chair of the Trustees of a charity Clearlyworld.

Kate Nash, BEd

After 30 years teaching experience in the independent sector, 10 as Head of Pre Prep at Marlborough House School, Kate Nash has worked as a Subject Advisor for IAPS and as a freelance educational consultant; this includes delivering teacher training to the independent sector globally. Kate is also a Governor at another Prep School and she works as a volunteer inter-generational mediator.

Edward Plumley, BA (Hons), MSc, MBA, MRICS

Ed graduated from Oxford Brookes University and completed an MSc in Estate Management from London South Bank University. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2010 and is a member of the Investment Property Forum (IPF). After completing an MBA from the University of Reading he joined Tritax Management LLP, a market leading real estate fund management house focused on acquiring and managing commercial property investments. Ed is an Assistant Fund Manager and sits on the Investment Committees.

Jenifer Woodhouse

Jenifer Woodhouse has over 40 years' teaching experience and is a former owner and Head Teacher of a nursery school in Heathfield, East Sussex, registered for 123 children. Jenifer has previously been a Governor at other schools and is a past parent, having had two sons in the Prep School.