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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


As Board of Governors/Directors of The Gateway Primary Academy Trust we have 3 main priorities:

l  To set the strategic direction for the Academy and monitor its progress

l To hold the senior leaders of the Academy to account for the educational performance of the  school

l To ensure the financial health and probity of the Academy and achieve value for money at all times


Directors are appointed for a 4 year term of office.  They work collectively as a team to ensure the Academy achieves its aims of delivering an outstanding education for all its pupils.


Our Directors are:



Date of Appointment

Key Responsibility

Gerard Hennessy





Finance Committee

Performance Management

Gaynor Oakes




Performance Management


Early Years

Heather Overton




Jamiel Cassem





Richard Leachman




Health and Safety

PE and Sport

Charlotte Warner




Sally Nefzaoui




Mark Leveson





Harry Johnson




Debbie Lewis

Clerk to Governors




Meet our Governors

Gerard Hennessy

I am a learning and development specialist by profession with over 40 years experience of working in the public sector and I am an experienced school governor.  I was previously on the governing body between 2002-2008 when all three of my children attended The Gateway.  I have a lifelong interest in children's development and believe that a top class primary school education is essential if our children are to achieve their full potential.  As Chair of the governing body my objective is quite simple - to help The Gateway become an outstanding school, and continue its work of providing our children with the best possible start in life.

Gaynor Oakes

I am a mum to 3 children my eldest child is in Secondary School and my middle son is currently in is in Swans class.  I have assisted with school trips and helped with the Parents and Friends Association fund raising events.  I joined the Governing body at The Gateway Primary in 2012 whilst my eldest son was at the school.  I wanted the opportunity to contribute to the schools success, ensuring that it continues to grow and improve with the best opportunities for our children.  I currently work in Early Years Education and I enjoy being part of such a pro-active team of Governors.

Richard Leachman

My background is in Theatre and Broadcast Operations and Engineering which goes hand in hand with my passion for technology and gadgets. I have three children in the school and so wanted to take an active role in helping develop the environment they are educated in. With my career I am used to dealing with technology, project management and Health and Safety. I enjoy the balance of looking at where the school is today and how we can move strategically forward towards an outstanding result in the future.

Emma Taylor

Having trained as an auditor and tax adviser in practice, I qualified as an accountant in 2003.  From then I have worked for an international Pharmaceuticals company and since 2007 in social housing.

I have been a Governor at The Gateway since July 2012 and become the Chair of the Finance and Audit committee in September 2014.  Apart from my general role on the governing body, my understaind of accounts and finances provides me with the knowledge required to ensure we are achieving best value for money and more importanatly that where our funds are allocated is providing maximum impact on pupil outcomes.  I have two children at The Gateway and I am passionate about the school.  I think it is an excellent school.  The benefits of watching the school develop and playing a small part in its success is very rewarding.

Janet Baker

I am semi retired now but for the past 22 years I have worked in the Education Finance sector.  For the most part I was employed by KCC in a variety of roles, but all involved supporting Kent schools with their budgets and their finances.  I am a fully qualified member of the AAT – Association of Accounting Technicians.  I have been a Governor before at the Hospital School Service.

More recently I was the Business Manager/Bursar at a local Grammar school for several years, and the Finance Manager at another school in East Kent, before deciding to take a break.

I currently work on a part time basis for the Dartford Area Schools Consortium (DASCo); this is an organisation which applies for additional grants on behalf of local schools and this funding is used to support a variety of projects and initiatives.

I have 3 adult children and 4 grand children

Jane Paine

My name is Jane Paine and I am a Methodist Minister working with two churches in Dartford and also with other churches in North Kent.  I am married with three grown up daughters and my house backs on to the school playing field so I hear the children playing.  I have run holiday clubs and church for the whole family and I have led assemblies and after school clubs.  I love children and I think primary schools are extremely important.  They lay the foundation for children to develop into happy, well-adjusted adults who are equipped and capable of engaging with the world around them.  I am delighted to be a school governor.


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