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Meet our Governors

I, David Harding BSc MRICS, have been involved with Tenterden Primary Federation, TPF, since the late 1990’s when, as a Rotarian, I worked as a reading partner in the school and subsequently became a Governor. I am Director of          D Harding Ltd Chartered Building Surveyors, Charity Mentor through the East Sussex Mentoring service to charities, Director of Tenterden Schools Trust MAT.

The rest of my time is devoted to my wife Jane, family and garden. I enjoy keeping fit and recently completed the Hastings Y-Front Run in aid of various charities.  

Emma Isworth has lived in Tenterden for thirty years and is married with grown-up twin daughters. She is a Paediatric Physiotherapist and continues to work locally. She has much experience working in schools and within multi-disciplinary teams with children with a wide variety of difficulties.

Emma’s special interests are child development and mental health and she is keen to promote and support         well-being for both staff and children. Emma has a strong Christian faith and as Foundation Governor, is         committed to supporting the Christian values and teaching in our school.

Seren Welch has lived in Tenterden for the last 9 years, but previously grew up in the local area attending local schools. She has a daughter currently at Tenterden  Junior school.  For the last 22 years she has worked for central government both in the UK and overseas focusing on marketing and communications , but now works as a freelance marketing/ communications and destination consultant.

Seren has been a parent Governor at the school for over 2 years, offering key skills on public sector/arts funding, comms and marketing  and project delivery.

She has a keen interest in arts delivery within the school environment and greater community integration. In what free time she has, she spends on her farm, with her family and running the cowshed workshop.​

Duncan Edgar moved to Tenterden in 2008 and has been a TPF (Community) Governor since January 2018. He has particular responsibility for Geography, History and the Sciences across the Federation and has had experience of working with young people in other organisations.

 Duncan's outside interests include fishing, cooking and spending time with his family. Both his children are at TPF. He works for the Home Civil Service in Whitehall.​

Maureen Kavanagh

I moved from Cheshire to Tenterden in 2017 and became a Co-opted governor at Tenterden Primary Federation in 2018 and later a Foundation Governor. In Cheshire I served as a Community then a Co-opted Governor at my local C of E Infant Junior School, Tushingham With Grindley C of E Primary School for four years, guiding in its transition towards a small federation of schools.

Whilst living in Cheshire I worked for the Cheshire Library Service, latterly in a village library, Tattenhall, attached to a school, Tattenhall Primary School, from 1998 – 2015. There were many links developed during that time, between school, library and with the wider community.  In a voluntary capacity I worked for many years doing Historical Survey research for The National Trust, notably on Dunham Massey and Bickerton, Larkton and Bulkeley Hills. In my local area in Cheshire I became Parish Secretary for five years and Secretary of the Commons Committee which monitored and managed a site of SSI SBI. SBI.                                                                                                                                            

The experiences acquired whilst working as a governor in Cheshire and for the Cheshire Library Services I am keen to both use and develop as a governor at TPF.

My family have lived in Tenterden for ten years’ years and two of my grandchildren are currently attending TPF. I am a keen walker and have begun to explore the Kent landscape and coastline. I joined Tenterden U3A as a committee member last year and I am also planning to develop my voluntary research

Louise Kavanagh

I have lived in Tenterden since 2007 with my husband and three children.  My eldest child began at TPF in 2010, I currently have two children at the Junior School.  I was Chair of TePTA for 2 years prior to becoming a governor, this gave me an insight into how the school is run and gave me the passion to continue to serve the school community as a parent governor since November 2018.

My background is in surveying, geography and mapping science, with over 20 years of experience in this field.  The skills learned throughout this time enable me to analyse data and assess how the school is performing against its targets.

I am a keen runner and enjoy many aspects of keep fit.  A passion which my family shares, we are involved in a few sports activities in the local area including rugby, running, swimming and gymnastics.