Debra Vice Holt
Chair of Governors and Parent Governor
I joined the governing board as a parent governor in 2018 and became the Chair of Governors in 2019. I have son at Firle School. I am a member of the Finance and Pay Committee and the working groups Leadership and Management and Quality of Education.
I have a background in education working with schools and colleges across Sussex and am currently working on a project with schools, colleges and universities in Sussex to increase the number of young people from under-represented groups that progress in education. I am Director of the community interest company, Work & Learning Opportunities and undertake coaching specifically focusing on careers and education. My formal qualifications include a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and an MA in Gender Studies.I have served as trustee with two charities and was Chair of the Brighton Women’s Centre. I am keen to represent parents and carers through my role as a governor and would be happy to speak with you to ensure your comments, views and questions are addressed.
Liz Fradd Gilbert
I am currently a full time mum but my background is in Law. I have been a governor for about 5 years. I have one child at Laughton CP School and my eldest has just started secondary school after 7 happy years at Laughton.
I feel passionate about helping the school to continue to develop and improve. I particularly enjoy working with the school to fulfil its vision of "Inspiring Learning for Life", ensuring every pupil has the opportunity to have the best start to their educational journey.
Clerk to Governors
I joined Laughton Primary School as their Clerk to Governors in September 2017. I am an Early Years Professional and have previously worked in management roles in a school and for ESCC.
I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and believe that the governing body is pivotal in providing the school with support and challenge to achieve this.
Executive Head Teacher
I have been at Laughton Community Primary School for 7 years and have been working in partnership with Firle Cof E Primary School for 2 years before becoming Executive Head of The Oak Tree Federation in September 2018.
I represent our EIP on the East Sussex Strategic Management Board as I am on the Ashdown Strategic EIP group . I am committed to inspiring a love of learning in our primary schools to give children the very best start in life.
It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated staff, governors, parents and children, we are all very proud of our success.
I have been a Foundation Governor at Firle Primary school for the last four years and was part of the Federation Working Group. I am delighted that our two schools have federated and am pleased to be continuing as a governor for the Oak Tree Federation.
I am a part time general practitioner and I have also been involved in teaching students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. My experience in undergraduate teaching has made me passionate about instilling a love of learning in our children from as early as possible.
Vice Chair and Parent Governor
I have two children at Laughton Community Primary School. I became a parent governor in September 2018.
I have a degree in Communications and Media Studies, a diploma in Marketing and am an Accredited Clerk. I am currently the studio manager of a photography company and I am the Secretary of The British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers.
With a communications, marketing and governance background I am looking forward to the challenge of being a parent governor. My first area of responsibility is being the link governor for Safeguarding.
I became involved in governance in 2010 and since then I have Chaired and sat on governing boards at various different types of schools in East Sussex. I am also a member of the East Sussex Governor Forum, which is the county’s governor representative group.
My specialist areas in governance have included pupil premium; safeguarding; special needs; data; wellbeing. My areas of interest across the county include promoting networking and producing the governors’ newsletter.
I work in school database management. Other interests include assessing for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and running Maths Challenge and Further Maths clubs for secondary school students.