The Haven VA CE Methodist Primary School

God in all we do.

Atlantic Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 5SW, United Kingdom

Phone: 01323 471781

The Haven VA CE/Methodist Primary School Governors

Mrs H Walshe ~ Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee & Link Maths Governor ~ Foundation Governor Methodist Church

I am a lifelong Methodist and a member of Emmanuel Church, I have been married for over 40 years and have one son who, with his lovely wife, has two children both of whom attend the Haven School.  I worked for The Inland Revenue, now HMRC, for almost 40 years during which time I qualified as one of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes and reviewed accounts submitted by various businesses.  I also have extensive Management experience, my last role seeing me responsible for 23 offices and all staff and work therein spread across Sussex, Kent, and parts of Surrey and Hampshire.

I became a Governor in 2016 and have been Vice Chair and Co- Chair before becoming Chair of Governors in 2019.  As a Governor I have, amongst other things, been very involved in the School’s Finances, Personnel and Recruitment, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Data Analysis. I have been on numerous Governors training events over the years to improve my knowledge and to keep up to date on changes. I shall continue to add to my knowledge in the future.  Now retired it is a blessing to have time to dedicate to helping children in their quest to reach their full potential and a privilege to be a Governor at a School that clearly lives up to its motto of ‘God in all we do’.

Mr N Bastin ~ Vice Chair of Governor & Link SEND Governor  ~ Foundation Governor

I have lived in Eastbourne all my life and met my wife at St Aidan’s Methodist Church, where we later married 40 years ago. We both were youth leaders and Sunday School teachers. We now attend Emmanuel church. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren, one of whom attends The Haven.  I have worked for the Ambulance service locally for 40 years mainly as a Paramedic and have been in a management role for the past 15 years.  When our children were at Ocklynge School I became a governor there which I did for 24 years, including 8 years as chair. During this time I was asked to be a transitional governor of The Haven, which meant starting the school from a vacant site until it opened, setting up the schools ethos and policies.

I feel privileged that I have the opportunity to be a governor of the school and will be there to support the school and parents in fulfilling each individual pupils potential.

Mr I Gardner ~ Foundation Governor & Link GDPR Governor

After graduating from Bristol University and being admitted as a solicitor I practised in London  between 1972 and 1987 before moving  to Eastbourne with my wife and two daughters. From 1987 until 2011 I continued in practice as a solicitor with a local firm, retiring in 2011. I was privileged in that time to serve as a trustee of Tear Fund and subsequently as a trustee of Compassion UK Christian Child Development whose main work in a nutshell is ‘the relief of children from poverty in Jesus’ name’ fulfilled mainly by  the sponsorship of children in a number of countries around the world.

My wife and I attend All Saints Church Eastbourne where we both serve as Readers. We also play a regular part in the life of our five children.  I became a Governor of The Haven in September 2016 and my hope is that I will help to maintain the high standards at The Haven School and preserve its christian ethos. 

Mr N Jewell ~ LA Governor & Link Pupil Premium Governor 

As Vice Principal of St Catherine's College, I have enjoyed working closely with The Haven School for over 10 years.  I was privileged to join the Governing body in 2016.  I am a father of two children, both of whom are now at Secondary School.  In addition to Senior Leadership experience in Schools, I bring experience of Church School Leadership and two years working as a Pupil Premium consultant for ESCC.   

Mrs V Jenkins ~ Parent Governor & Link English

I have been a secondary school Science teacher for 15 years and have worked for the last 10 years at Causeway School in Eastbourne and for many of these years as an assistant headteacher.  This September I will be moving to Peacehaven Community College as their Deputy Headteacher.  My husband and I moved to the Harbour in 2010 and we really enjoy the sense of community and living by the sea.  I am a mother of two boys who both attend The Haven School, they have both made great progress over the years and enjoy attending school every day  I joined the Governing body in 2019 as a parent governor, I feel my role as a secondary school senior leader will help me to provide support and guidance to the governance of The Haven School. 

Mr I Coombes ~ Parent Governor & Link PE

I have two children at the Haven School and I have been able seen what a well run school it is, so when the opportunity arose to join the board of governors I put my name forward  and was excepted on board.  I wanted to put my ideas into the school to help make a difference and help the children be the best they can.  As a governors I feel it is so important for us all to make the school the best in Eastbourne and do the best for all the children we have in the school.  My children have learn’t so much since being at the school and it is great to see how they have changed over the years.

Mr S Bedford ~ Co Opted

I have had many varied careers from being an Archivist filming old documents to being a career Civil Servant, spending 9 yrs in the MOD and 2 yrs in the Department for Transport, where his last role in both Departments was that of a Private Secretary. I then did 9 years in the Cyber Security sector promoting available roles, putting on competitions and events to find the Cyber Security specialists of the future. I am now working in the Education sector at County level where I have been for just over a year now. I am passionate about project management and seeing them through to a conclusion whilst seeking cost effective quotes and negotiating costs to a minimum.

When away from work I love live theatre, music and comedy shows, and Politics. But my main passion is watching rugby, particularly Bath Rugby. I have travelled all over Europe and also to Australia and New Zealand to watch game

Father Danny Pegg ~ Foundation

Locum Priest at St Richard's Langney with Sovereign Harbour & Assistant Curate at St Luke's Stone Cross

Ms H Hart ~ Foundation

I joined the Governing Body in November 2020. I have lived in Eastbourne for over 38 years and my two daughters attended local schools.  For almost 30 years I worked at BT in various senior IT roles and latterly as Head of Department for the company’s billing; managing many staff across the UK and abroad.  To compliment my work, I studied for a MSc in Information Systems & Technology at City University. Whilst working at BT, I was a non-executive director for the Hastings Academy Trust, representing my employer as a sponsor of the schools in the Trust. 

Prior to that I worked as a science teacher for six years at two secondary schools in East Sussex and this, in conjunction with my career at BT has given me an understanding of how schools and other institutions are managed and sustained. I am a Christian and for the last 3 years I have been churchwarden at St. Richard’s in Langney where I am extensively involved in the administration and management of the church. I am passionate about education and the transformative role it can play in the lives of individuals, families and communities. I am committed to supporting The Haven in providing the best possible opportunities and outcomes for its pupils.  

Rev A Melvin ~ Foundation Governor & Link RE /British Values/Well Being Governor

I had various clerical and managerial roles mainly as a bookkeeper and credit controller for a couple of businesses across Buckinghamshire before retraining for the Ministry in 1998.

I have since been a Minister in churches in Milton Keynes, Uckfield (I was also a Governor at Harlands and Manor primary schools) and South Bedfordshire before coming to Eastbourne where I am now the Minister of the Haven Church,  (the church which shares the building with the school).

I am also the director of a local Christian charity that works with elderly people. I am looking forward to working with toward excellence in all we do for this wonderful school."


If you wish to contact a governor, please do so via our Clerk to Governors, Mrs Beverly Bundy, whose contact details are:

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