Governors at Kings’


Colin Williams – Chair of Governors

Colin joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in March 2013 and subsequently was elected as Chair of Governors in December 2017, Colin has two sons at Kings’.


In his professional life has worked in Technology for over 25 years and is currently a Partner at Aon Hewitt, with global responsibility for Application and Infrastructure at Aon Investment Solutions (AIS). In this role he is responsible for defining and implementing the Technology Strategy for all of the AIS Business units. Prior to Aon he was a Director at PwC, where he provided advice on Business Transformation and how technology can be used as an enabler to grow revenue, reduce complexity, improve efficiency and operate globally.

Colin supports the school by using his skills and experience in finance, the use of technology (ICT) and the teaching of business skills

Sharon Collins – Vice Chair of Governors/ Local Authority Governor

Sharon joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2015, previously having been a Primary School governor for 10 years, including 5 years as Chair.  She sits on the Curriculum Committee.  Sharon has worked in Human Resources for more than 20 years and currently works for Education Personnel Services, providing HR to support to schools across Hampshire.  Sharon has a daughter in Year 11 at Kings’ as well as a son at university who is a former Kings’ pupil.


Steve Bailey – Co-opted

Steve is a local Headteacher having lived in Winchester and taught History at A level for 35 years. His three children were educated at Kings’. Steve has particular interests in pastoral care, safeguarding, out door pursuits and is a member of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children’s Board. He has published work on education, History, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and sports history and is a member of the Royal Society of Arts.


Adrian Dolby – Co-opted

Adrian is a father of two, with one son in year 9 at Kings’ and another at Oliver’s Battery Primary. He has been a governor at Kings’ since July 2014 and sits on the ICT and Pupil Support Committees. He is particularly interested in supporting children with special educational needs.

After a varied career, including time working in telecoms in Nigeria, Adrian has spent the last twelve years working in roles in student support at the University of Southampton.  He is a keen musician who sings with the University of Southampton Voices community choir and plays bass guitar in a band.


Sara Goodens – Co-opted

Sara is a stay at home parent of two children – one at a Winchester primary school and the other a pupil here at Kings’. Sara is Chair of the Pupil Support Committee.

Simon Howes – Co-opted

Simon became a co-opted governor in 2016 and is a member of the Pupil Support Committee and the lead governor for Looked After Children. He was born and education in Hampshire, has lived in Winchester since 2015 and has three sons, two of whom are at Kings’ School. Simon has over 12 years’ experience in Public Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, with a specialist interest in children, young people’s and men’s emotional health and marketing. He has designed and developed award-winning campaigns over many years, engaging hundreds of thousands of people. More recently, Simon has worked at Public Health England, as part of the national Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, and for The Mental Health Foundation. He was also responsible for the approach and branding of State of Mind – an award-winning campaign targeting audiences of rugby league players, fans and wider communities.

Rob Jeckells – Co-opted

Rob joined Kings’ School as a newly qualified teacher in 1992 as a Teacher of English. He has worked in various roles at the school, including 9 years as a Head of Year. Rob was appointed Assistant Headteacher in 2007 and then Deputy Head Teacher with effect from Easter 2016. Rob joined the Governing Body in March 2010.

Matthew Leeming – Headteacher

Matthew was appointed Headteacher of Kings’ School with effect from 1st September 2013, after a career as a teacher of Geography in schools in Liverpool, Yorkshire and Peterborough. He is also a member of the Governing Body.

Kings’Governors perform a vital role to very great effect – they provide expertise and encouragement,while also challenging and keeping the staff on their toes. They give selflessly of their time and all at Kings’ are profoundly grateful for the work they do.

Peter Lloyd – Co-opted

Peter is originally from Liverpool and has lived in Winchester since 1992 where he has settled and raised his family.

He has worked in Higher Education for 18 years and is currently the Director of Art, Design and Fashion at Southampton Solent University, where he is also a Professor of the Visual Arts. Peter has also been recognised intenationally and is a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Institute of Technology, China and the prestigious China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. In addition to his educational career Peter is a practising artist, specialising in the area of Printmaking. He has exhibited widely over the last twenty years and his work can be found in many private collections in Great Britain, Germany, India, China and the USA. His work can also be found in many public collections, including Hochschule de Kunst, Berlin, the Royal College of Art, London and the Tate Gallery, London.

Peter has a broad knowledge of educational management and practice and a specific interest in the quality and development of curriculum provision.

Nick Mirchandani – Co-opted

Nick was co-opted as a governor in early 2014 and is Vice-Chair of the Premises, Boarding and Community Committee. Nick is also the Training and Development Governor. He has been resident in the city for almost 20 years and is a father of two children, both currently attending Kings’ School.

In professional life, Nick is a Chartered Architect and a Director of ArchitecturePLB, a practice based in central Winchester. He specialises in the design and delivery of school buildings, including new schools, refurbishments and extensions for both mainstream and Special Needs. He believes passionately in the importance of education and the role of the built environment in supporting educational outcomes.

Andy Parkinson – Co-opted

Andy moved to Winchester in 1992 and has taught in the County ever since. Currently, he is a Student Progress Manager at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh. He has three sons, two of whom are currently in Year 9 and 11. He became a Co-opted Governor in March 2014 with responsibility for Safeguarding as well as being a member of the Pupil Support and Premises/Community Committees.

He is a keen sportsman, being an active member and coach at Winchester Rugby and Athletic Clubs.


Richard Priestley – Co-opted

Richard was born and grew up in Winchester. He has four children, with two currently attending Kings’, one at Peter Symonds and one at St. Peters.’

Richard works as a Deputy CFO for a major life insurance group and has over 25 years’ experience in finance.   He is a chartered accountant and has a BA from Clare College, Cambridge.


Elaine Hicks – Staff

During my long and varied career my vocation has been centred on teaching both young people and adults.  My teaching skills and experience are also accompanied with an exciting and interesting compendium of life skills.  My journey started as a Youth Leader in London, I acted as a mentor providing support and encouragement for unemployed young people, many with behaviour issues.

I decided to reinvigorate my teaching skills by attaining Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector.  On completion of the PTLLS I qualified myself in a number of First Aid and Health and Safety Courses.  My qualification was put into practice when I was invited to train young Emirati women in First Aid at the Higher College of Technology in Al Ain, UAE.  Teaching in another country with cultural differences was extremely rewarding.

On our return to the UK I was selected to start the Barclays back to work programme and was offered a permanent position in Advocacy at the end of the programme.

I took up my current position as Learning Support Staff so that I be closer to home and spend more time with my family.  This has been a very rewarding job and I enjoy the interaction with both pupils and staff.


Julian Rickman – Co-opted

Julian joined Kings’ Governing Body in 2014 and is governor with designated responsibility for business, enterprise and employability. He is also Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He has enjoyed a varied career in the retail sector working for businesses such as BP, Somerfield and currently the Co-operative. He is employed currently as a Regional Manager with responsibility for stores across Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset and Avon. He is particularly interested in ensuring the school provides opportunities to develop young people’s skills and characteristics, helping them to achieve career success.


Christian Schofield – Co-opted

Christian became a co-opted Governor in 2016.  He has eleven years’ experience as a secondary school English teacher in both the private and state sectors, including five years to date as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.  He has two children currently at the school.

Christian believes passionately that all children should have the opportunity to gain excellent academic qualifications, irrespective of background.

Jamie Scott – Co-opted

Jamie has lived in Stanmore for many years and attended the Montgomery of Alamein School from 1975 to 1980 before it amalgamated with Danemark School to become Kings’ School. He currently represents the local community on the City Council as one of their Councillors. Jamie takes a keen interest in all matters relating to education. He has experience with Community Development. Jamie is the Designated PPG Governor.

Sarah Taylor – Co-opted

Sarah is an Event Manager and Consultant working in the field of sports development. She has worked within local authority, a charitable trust and established two businesses at all times working on projects geared towards young people and children. She trained and worked as a secondary PE and Maths teacher at the start of her career. She has been a primary school governor and has two children at Kings’

Sarah has a keen interest in ensuring the welfare of young people and that all pupils are provided with the opportunities, skills and experiences to succeed in life.

Keith White – Co-opted

Keith is a co-opted Governor sitting on the Finance Committee. He is the father of two girls at a Winchester Primary school and a son who is at Kings’

In between working full-time and looking after his children he has been known to still put on football boots and run around after a ball.


Tim Ottridge

Tim has lived in Winchester for over 30 years and is a father of 3 grown up children all of whom attended Kings’ School, followed by Peter Symonds College and subsequently University. He joined the Governing Body as Co-opted Governor in July 2018 and sits on the Finance Committee.

Tim retired in September 2017 following a long and successful career working across a broad range of service and industrial organisations within both the public and private sectors, Tim spent a number of years as Managing Director of a Private Education provider and more recently as Chief Operating Officer of a large inner London Education Authority secondary school.


Jason Collings – Parent

Jason joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in July 2018 and is a member of the Pupil Support Committee. He is a father of three, all of whom attend or previously attended Kings’. Originally from Cornwall Jason has lived in the Winchester area since 2003.

After graduating in Modern History from St Catherine’s College, Oxford Jason spent a number of years working in Management Consultancy in the City before moving into specialist HR Consulting. He spent fifteen years running substantial international businesses in the HR space, including HR consultancies, outplacement advisors, headhunters and HR outsourcers. In 2010 he founded his own company which he still manages, assisting and advising businesses on a wide variety of issues concerning people, talent and HR practice. In his spare time Jason practices and teaches numerous martial arts. He also maintains a keen interest in history and is an active hiker and outdoor enthusiast, including being a leader and assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award at Kings’.


Georgina Crooks – Co-opted 

Became a co-opted Governor in the autumn of 2018. She has over 15 years’ experience as an English teacher and Tutor across the secondary and sixth form sector. She is firmly committed to ensuring all pupils are given every opportunity to excel through a diverse, creative and well organised curriculum. She also believes that a pupil’s personal and social development is a critical part of the education process. Georgina has a son currently at Kings’ School and a daughter at a local primary school.




 Sian Eckersley – Co-opted

Sian joined the governing body in October 2018. She works as an occupational therapist based in a special school in Hampshire as part of their SEND faculty. Sian also runs her own therapy practice in Winchester, dealing with all paediatric disabilities. She has 20 years experience as a childrens occupational therapist in educational and clinical settings. Sian has worked in a variety of special and main stream schools, community clinics, homes and hospitals. Sian has previously worked as a Montessori teacher in London and Belgium where she discovered her interest in learning disabilities and Autism. She is dedicated to enabling all children to achieve their full potential.

Sian is a mother of two teenaged boys, one attends Peter Symonds College and the other is in year 10 at Kings’ School.