Meet the governors

Mr Neil Pringle

Chair of Governors, LA Governor

I joined the governing body in 2014 and have chaired it since 2016.

I really enjoy supporting the school to provide a great education and to be an exciting and safe place to learn. My daughter Poppy started at the school in 2013 and so I'm getting a pupil and parent view of the school as well as my more formal work with other governors. Poppy, by the way, thinks the school is brilliant!

I was born in St. Albans and did a management degree at Lancaster University. However my real love was always radio and I've worked for the BBC and in commercial radio ever since. For the last 13 years I've been presenting the BBC Sussex breakfast show from our studios in Brighton. Getting up at 4 every morning leaves plenty of time to spend with Poppy and Lanie my wife. I love swimming, running slowly, food, music and food (did I mention food twice? - that's because I really like it!).

Mrs Coralie Willmott

Vice Chiar, Co-Opted Governor

I moved to Upper Beeding, from Eastbourne, in the summer of 2015. As part of the move I also changed career, and currently run the accounts for our small family building business. Prior to this I was a Primary School teacher for thirteen years.

Although no longer teaching, I am very pleased to be involved with the wonderful governing body at Upper Beeding, as part of the Quality and Standards and Finance committees.

In my spare time I like to run, cook and bake, and spend time outdoors with my family.

Mr Simon Ray

Co-Opted Governor

I grew up in Shoreham, where I was lucky enough to go to both First and Primary schools whose Headteachers and Governors took a passionate interest in evolving education beyond box ticking, giving me an early sense of enjoyment from learning and discovery, which I have carried with me .

It was this same passion and community spirit that I saw in UBPS, and which inspired me to entrust my own children’s education to the team here. I was honoured to be asked in November to become a governor and to play a small part in helping convey the gift of learning upon the children who are fortunate enough to attend this amazing school.

I have worked in a global financial services organisation for the last twenty years, focusing on developing new ways to deliver world class customer experiences to customers across the globe. I hope to bring the same passion which makes me good at my job, to my role as governor, so I can help the school to deliver the best possible education and life experience for all our children.

I sit on the Premises and Quality & Standards committees. I am fascinated by the study of languages and what they tell us about the communities we share the planet with, and I am also a keen musician – so I am obviously thrilled at the school’s focus on singing and music, and on the use of country names for each class to drive cultural awareness !

Mr Ralph Lane

Co-Opted Governor

I am a Community Governor who is interested in the shape of present and possible future cooperation agreements between primary schools. Educated originally in economics and finance, I am a solicitor who specialised in crime and civil litigation. Now, I only do some voluntary work including school admission appeal hearings. My wife and I live in Storrington so we can run and walk upon the Downs as often as possible.

Mrs Mary Milne

Co-Opted Governor

I joined the school Governing Body in March 2018.
I spent my working life in the education sector, the first 10 years as a classroom teacher, followed by various jobs in the education office of a London Borough. I finished up helping schools to meet the needs of children who needed some extra support to make the best of their time in school.
I have 2 grandchildren at Upper Beeding, and was happy to be asked to support the school which rightly has a great reputation for getting the best for all the children attending, realising that children only have one shot at getting a good start in their education and so in life.

Mrs Nebel Crowhurst

Co-Opted Governor

I decided to join the Governing Body in 2019.
Having spent all of my career working in Human Resources in various businesses I wanted to share some of the skills I learned and contribute the success of the school.
I grew up in Hove and moved to Henfield in 2014.
I currently work in London so having the opportunity to support a school in my local community means I can contribute to school events too.
As well as being part of the Full Governing Body, I also sit on the Finance, Pay and Performance Committee.

Mrs Katie Watts

Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2019.
I am originally from Crawley and spent much of my childhood on holiday in this area. I went to university in London and trained as a nurse, spending 10 years in the NHS, primarily in an intensive care setting.
I left the public sector to work for a private health services company, coordinating and undertaking aeromedical evacuations worldwide. I had an amazing time travelling the world, but when the globe-trotting became too much I moved on to a new challenge and spent the next 8 years heading up a team responsible for developing healthcare products, managing claims and negotiating commercial agreements.
Shortly after having my daughter in 2009 my husband’s job moved to the Middle East and we relocated there with him.
On our return to the UK in 2015 we settled in Steyning and our daughter attended the school until 2018. I was active within the FUBS team which I enjoyed immensely, and I am delighted to continue my involvement with this fantastic school. I sit on the Pupil Welfare committee.

Ms Louise Davies

Co-Opted Governor

I have worked as a teacher since 1984. After graduating from Exeter and Bristol I moved to mid- Wales where I taught biology and science to KS3-5. I moved to Upper Beeding in 1993 teaching in several secondary schools. During this time, I served as a teacher governor as well as being involved with Local Authority meetings and Health and Safety. In these roles I realised first-hand how good governance of schools is essential in providing a safe and secure working environment.
Throughout my professional career I have always been involved in the wider community with roles as diverse as St Johns Ambulance, substance misuse and HIV counselling services and recently as a trustee with The Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Mr Andy Grinham

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body in January 2019, wishing to support and contribute to Upper Beeding Primary School. I live in Upper Beeding with my wife Liz and our two children, both of whom are pupils at the school.

I have spent my career working with music departments in schools all over the UK, providing technology solutions for music education. I became self-employed a couple of years ago to continue this endeavour.

My interest and lifelong affection for music was discovered and developed at Upper Beeding Primary School, where I was a pupil myself during the 1980’s. My involvement in music at the school continues to this day with the parent’s choir.

Mrs Christine Gilliam

Staff Governor

I joined Upper Beeding Primary School in January 2013 and work in the School Office. I absolutely love my job and feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful school.

I was born in Eastbourne and then spent my childhood and school years in Horsham. I have always lived in Sussex except for two years during my twenties when I spent time near Stuttgart in Germany. I have a secretarial background and before I had my children I worked in a private bank, estate agency and national housebuilder. I then worked part-time whilst bringing up my five children and returned to full-time work when my youngest child started school.

I now live in Ashington with my husband and three youngest children, the older two having flown the nest.

I like to spend my free time with my family and pet dog, Joey. We often enjoy long walks over the South Downs or along the coast. I have a very keen interest in health and nutrition and also enjoy yoga/pilates

Mrs Becky Linford


Miss Lou Brown

Clerk to the Governors

Mr Andrew Hughes

KS2 Assistant Head / Associate Governor

I joined the teaching team at Upper Beeding Primary in 2006. During my previous teaching experiences, I have taught in KS1 and KS2 as well as working as a Mathematics Consultant in Croydon where I was responsible for overseeing 20 schools.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked for various retail stores as a Manager and Concept Designer. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family and going to music concerts and festivals. My son, Max, takes up most of any spare time I have with his sporting endeavours!

Mrs Rosie O'Hara

Finance Manager / Associate Governor

Mr James Hermon

Premises Manager / Associate Governor

Dr Diane Gwilliam

SendCo / Associate Governor

Mrs Julie Krysik

Associate Governor