Meet The Governors

Palatine Primary School Governing Body

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Raye Mills – Co-opted, Chair of Governors

Date of Election/Appontment: 29/4/21

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: Governor at Oak Grove College

I have been Chair of Governors at Palatine since January 2020. I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know all about Palatine. I can’t wait until it is possible to meet up with the children, staff and parents in person.

I have been a governor for a number of years in a variety of schools. My own background has been in teaching. I have been a teacher and Headteacher in West Sussex. I also worked as an associate lecturer at the University of Chichester, supporting students on their teaching practices.

In my spare time I enjoy working in my garden, meeting up with friends, reading and watching sport.

I am also a governor at Oak Grove College.

Jaqui Ball – Co-opted

Date of Election/Appointment: 29/4/21

Term of Office (Years) 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Jaqui has been a governor at Palatine School since 2013. She moved to Palatine Road in 1986 and as a result has always felt an affinity to “her” local school. Over a long and varied career, she has worked as a journalist; in public relations; and in local government firstly for Kent County Council and then for Arun District Council. She retired from Arun, where she was the Interim Director of Strategy, in June 2012.

Jaqui and her husband, Brian, have four children, all of whom work for the public, three of them in education while their eldest grandson has just started his teaching career. She is passionate about the importance of all children having every opportunity to learn, to shine, and to be the very best they can be.

Julie Price – LA Governor

Date of Election/Appointment: 29/4/21

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Julie has been governor for many years and still feels the importance of this privileged position in working closely with Catriona and her team, in providing the safest, most caring, innovative and supportive environment where the children can really be the best they can.

Julie is one of the named safeguarding governors within the school and is also linked to all aspects of health and safety.

Julie’s career has been mainly focused on people, cultures and wellbeing in organisations. She lives in Woodingdean Brighton with her wife and they have a shared passion for traveling and love to experience different places, cultures and food.

Daniel Purkis – Co-opted

Date of Election/Appointment: 29/4/21

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: Spouse works at Palatine Primary

Dan attended the University of Sussex studying Business (Finance), graduating in 2013. He joined MHA Carpenter Box in 2015 as a trainee before becoming ACCA qualified in 2018. Dan mainly works on company statutory audits.

Dan is married to Katie who is a teacher Palatine School.


Victoria (Vicky) Townsend – Co-opted

Date of Election/Appointment 1/11/21

Term of Office 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Victoria (Vicky) has become a governor at Palatine School. I feel privileged  to have been given the opportunity to work closely with Catriona and her team to support the school.

I attended the University of Chichester and did a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies. I worked as a Teaching Assistant for 16.5 years at 2 local schools. I have always loved being involved in working with children of all ages. I really like to help them develop, grow, encourage and support them in their learning.I currently work as the Children’s and Families Worker at the local church.

I live in Eastbourne with my husband. I love to cook different things, read books, look after my nieces, travel to different countries and go to the theatre.


Mel Bouglas – Co-opted

Date of Election/Appointment: 29/4/21

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

‘I became a staff governor in November 2016. I throughly enjoy being part of the management committee and supporting our school!

I am a teaching assistant that works at Palatine Primary school and have been working here since September 2015. Previous to my work at Palatine I was an assistant manager in retail and attended the University of Chichester (education) graduating in 2012, studying BA Primary Education and Subject Study English.

I live in Worthing with my fiancée and have interests in travel, art and music.’

Nathan Bird – Staff Governor

Date of Election/Appointment: 01/10/20

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Nathan has been a staff governor since October 2020 and his term will run until 2025. He has been in teaching for over 20 years and has been at Palatine since moving to West Sussex in 2017. His previous schools have been in different parts of the country and include mainstream primaries and a special needs secondary. He currently teaches in Giraffe class, working with some of the older children in school. He is also the lead teacher for community cohesion which involves creating links between different parts of the school community. He lives in Littlehampton with his family with whom he is also a foster carer.

Catriona Goldsmith – Headteacher

Date of Election/Appointment: 2012

Terms of Office (Years): 

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Catriona started her teaching career in 1995 as a history teacher in a mainstream secondary school in Berkshire. She then spent 6  years teaching in a special school for pupils aged 2 -19 in Wokingham before relocating to the South Coast.  Since moving to West Sussex in 2002, Catriona has always worked in one of the special schools situated in Durrington. Initially working as deputy head at Highdown school, she was part of the leadership team that oversaw the reorganisation of the Worthing Special Schools and opening of Oak Grove College in 2005 where she remained as deputy head until she became head at Palatine in April 2012. This longstanding commitment to the pupils and thier families in this area provides her with unique insight into and respect for the community that she serves.

Catriona lives with her husband and two children near Chichester and when she has the opportunity she likes to sit and read books in her garden or to eat her breakfast on the beach!

Will Rolls – Parent Governor

Date of Election/Appointment: 29/4/21

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Will has a background in Law and Order and manages teams and departments delivering key services to the public. Will has significant experience of partnership working and safeguarding, which he hopes will enable him to be an effective governor.

Will has two children, one of whom attends Palatine and it was the passion and dedication of the staff that motivated him to apply for the governor role.

When not working, Will enjoys spending time with family and taking trips to the beach to walk the dog.


Jacky Holmes – Parent Governor

Date of Election/Appointment: 29/4/21

Terms of Office (Years): 4

Register of Pecuniary Interests: None

Jacky started work as a Sales Admin Assistant in the Marine Industry where she sold specialist marine plumbing equipment. She worked her way up to management incorporating a sales team, a showroom and warehouse under her remit.

In 2013 she adopted her children who were nearly 5 and 3 at the time. It was definitely lifechanging!!

Since adopting Jacky has become a full-time carer as the needs of both children have become more obvious and challenging.

Jacky has attended many courses to understand how to parent therapeutically and understand how attachment, early life trauma and FASD affects her, and other children’s, ability to regulate and function.

Since becoming a parent to children with such challenging and diverse needs she has become very aware of how important self-care is. Jacky is the first to admit that this is not easy but has learnt the hard way how essential this is. She enjoys running, art, dog walks, sea dipping, craft and meeting friends at the cafe to help her mental wellbeing.

Jacky’s daughter joined Palatine at the start of year 5 and the change in her has been so positive and when the opportunity for being a Governor came up Jacky jumped at the chance.

Jacky looks forward to working with the Governors to help support Teachers, Pupils and Parents at Palatine through her curiosity and ideas.


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