At West Rise Infants we are very fortunate to have a very supportive and active Governing Board who work alongside the Headteacher and staff to ensure that our school is a special and unique place, where expectations and standards are high.

The Governing Body is made up of 12 members. There are 2 parent Governors, 1  Authority Governor,             7 Co-opted Governors and 2 Staff Governors.  There is also a Clerk to Governors.

Our Governors are:-



Mr Duncan Lawson


Co-Chair and      Co-opted Governor



Hello, my name is Duncan Lawson.  I have lived in Eastbourne for fifteen years.  I have two boys at West Rise, one in Year five and the other in Year three. I am very pleased to be involved as a parent governor and be part of the advancement and growth of this fantastic school.  As I am a professional photographer, you'll often see me wielding a camera at school events and trips, often just taking pictures of my own children, but also taking other pictures for the school.


 Ms Nicole Hartley

 Co-Chair and

Co-opted Governor


Hello my name is Nicole Hartley. I only moved to Eastbourne last year with my son and we are loving setting up our new lives here. My son is at St Johns Mead school. My passion and work is bringing mindfulness and yoga into schools and so I'm delighted to be offered the position of governor for this school, with all the amazing work they've done with Mindup.

I hope to bring a different perspective as well as my skills and experience from years of working in the charity sector, as a holistic counsellor and yoga teacher. I'm looking forward to working with the other governors and staff to support the overall well-being of all the children of West Rise Infant School.






Miss Laura Wren

Parent Governor



Hello my name is Laura and I’m very excited to step into my new role as school governor.  I have two daughters who currently attend the infant school and a son who is due to begin in the nursery in September.  Hopefully he will progress through the school too.


I have lived in Eastbourne for the majority of my life and actually attended the Infants and Juniors as a child, so I am very committed to helping such a wonderful school move forward.


Mrs Elodie Vallantine


Authority Governor

Hello, my name is Elodie Vallantine. I am very pleased to be a Local Authority Governor and I am enjoying working with everyone at West Rise Community Infant School, bringing my experience as a previous Chair of Governors in a primary school, to ensure children achieve their best during their time in this wonderful school.


I have been part of the Eastbourne community for the last 4 years. I am passionate about education, being Head of School in Roedean Moira House in Meads, as well as a Director for the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, a Trustee for AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), an examiner, a moderator and a teacher trainer for various examination boards.


Mrs Gina Greaves

Co-opted Governor


Hello my name is Gina Greaves and from 1992 – 2014 I was a member of staff at West Rise Infant School and over the years I watched the School become a very special and inspirational place.  On my retirement I very much wished to continue to offer my support to the children, parents and staff, and was happy to be offered the opportunity to do this by becoming a member of the Governing Body.  I have always lived locally and have a daughter and her family living nearby, and a son and his family living in Western Australia.


Mrs Sharon Crompton

Co-opted Governor


Hello my name is Sharon Crompton. I am proud to have had links with our lovely school for over 25 years that began when my own children started school. I love my job here as a Teaching Assistant but also feel proud to be a Governor, a role that has given me a real insight into all the differing aspects of school life.  I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and I am mad about football.


 Ms Jennifer Perry

Co-opted Governor

Hello my name is Jennifer Perry.  I have lived in Eastbourne for 15 years.  I taught in a High School in Staffordshire for 24 years and in 2000 I took up an exciting post at The Causeway School as Careers and Work Experience Co-ordinator.  During my teaching career I have experienced a variety of roles include Head of Year, Head of House, teacher of English, Drama and PHSE Co-ordinator.  Following my retirement in 2014 I am now looking forward to joining the Governing Body at West Rise Infants.  I have always been impressed with West Rise Students and those I have taught were always full of tales about what a wonderful and exciting experience their learning had been at West Rise.  It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the staff and students at this amazing learning community.

 Mrs Louise Cann

Co-opted Governor

Hello my name is Louise Cann and I have a daughter in Year 1 and two step daughters that attended West Rise when they were younger. I work with children with complex care needs and have ten years previous experiences of working in a school for children with special educational needs.  Last year I really enjoyed volunteering in my daughters class and am looking forward to being more involved this year as a governor.


                  Mrs Lynne Weir

                  Staff Governor



          Mrs Emily Ellis

         Staff Governor





       Mrs Melanie Hunt

Clerk to Governors

 Please see below for more details regarding our Governors: