Governors at Kings’

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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

Sara Goodens – Vice Chair of Governors

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.


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 – LA Governor

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.

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.


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.



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 – Co-opted

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.


Justin Corrie – Parent

Justin joined the Governing Body at the start of 2019. He has lived with his family in Winchester since 2003 and currently has 3 children at Kings’.

Professionally, Justin has worked for 25 years in Finance (being a Chartered Management Accountant) and Banking – having started his career at ICI and also worked at the BMW Group, Motorola and Nokia before joining his present employer Santander. His career includes positions in Internal Audit, Process Change Management  Manufacturing Site Finance Management, Regional Controllership,  Treasury and Trade Finance.

Away from work, Justin is a keen sportsman (mostly running in recent years, but also cycling and squash) and enjoys watching his kids develop and achieve their                                                          ambitions. Having lived in Brazil for 15 years (12 as a child), Justin likes to travel and experience different cultures. He achieved a BA Hons in Human Sciences from St.                                              Catherine’s College, Oxford.  Previously, Justin was a Governor at The British School in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and hopes to build on this experience as a Governor at Kings’.


Elaine Slater – Staff 

Elaine joined Kings’ School as a newly qualified teacher in 2002 as a Teacher of History after working for several years in the industry. She was appointed Head of History in 2012 and has joined the governing body as the Staff Governor in June 2019.



Natalie Kirby – Co-opted

Natalie joined the Governing Body in July 2019 and is a member of both the Premises & Community and Finance Committees.  She has lived with her family in Colden Common since 2010.  Professionally, Natalie has worked for over 30 years in Investment Banking and is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute.

She is currently the Corporate & Investment Bank Chief Administrative Officer.  Prior to this her career had included positions in Project Management, Technology Change, Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Finance and Business Management. Natalie has a daughter currently currently at Kings’ School and a son at a local primary school.

Emily Cockle – Co-opted

Joining in July 2019, Emily was born in Winchester and was a pupil at Western Primary School. Emily has three children, who are all in local state education, including Kings’ School.  Emily is a chartered housing professional with a Masters from the London School of Economics, with over 20 years experience in regeneration and development.  Emily is a full-time Associate at Ridge and Partners in Winchester. Emily is a careers mentor for students at the University of Southampton.  Emily previously ran a children’s ballet school in Winchester, the Little Ballet Company. Emily will be involved in the Pupil Support and Curriculum committees.

Becki Martin – Clerk to Governors
Phil Jones – Clerk to Governors