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’s two sons both attended Kings’ before moving onto sixth form at Peter Symonds.  In his professional life Colin has worked in Technology for over 25 years and is currently a Partner at Parker Fitzgerald where he provides advice to Financial Services organisations on Business Transformation and how technology can be used as an enabler to grow revenue, reduce complexity, improve efficiency and operate globally. Prior to Parker Fitzgerald, Colin ran his own Management Consultancy, was a Partner at Aon Hewitt, a Director at PwC and a Vice President at J.P. Morgan.  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.

Dr James Adams -Headteacher

James joined Kings in January 2021, having been a senior leader in Poole and Somerset. He began his teaching career at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, teaching Geography. He has a passion for the outdoors as a teacher and from a personal perspective, living in the New Forest and enjoying endurance events. James is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

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.

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, all of whom have either completed 5 years at Kings’ School or are currently studying there. Simon has over 15 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 - Deputy Headteacher

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. He was Acting Headteacher in the Autumn Term of 2020. Rob joined the Governing Body in March 2010.

Nick Mirchandani - Co-opted

Nick was co-opted as a governor in early 2014 and is Chair of the Premises and Community Committee. He has been resident in the city for 25 years and is a father of two children, both of whom attended 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.

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.

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.

Christian Schofield -Co-Opted

Christian became a co-opted Governor in 2016.  He has extensive experience as a secondary school English teacher and a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in both the private and state sectors.  He has one son currently studying at the school.

Christian believes passionately that all children should have the opportunity to gain excellent academic qualifications, irrespective of background – hence, his acclaimed YouTube channel, ‘Schofield on Shakespeare’.

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 has been a co-opted Governor since 2016. A resident of Winchester he is the father of two girls at Kings and a son now at Peter Symonds.

Working full time for a local authority he manages a specialist finance team and supports the work of the Finance Committee.

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.

Justin Corrie -Co-Opted

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

Emily was born in Winchester and educated locally. She lives in Winchester with her family and two of her children are currently at Kings.
Emily runs her own business, Emily Consultancy, providing strategic support to regeneration and development projects for clients across the community, public and private sectors. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Institute of Economic Development.  Emily has a Masters with Professional Qualification in Housing, from the London School of Economics. Emily previously ran a children’s dance school in Winchester called The Little Ballet Company. Emily supports both the Pupil Support and Curriculum committees.

Christopher Bennett -Co-Opted

Chris joined the Governing Body in March 2020 and has called Winchester ‘home’ since 2012. Married to Sonya, they have two sons – one currently at Kings’ and the other at a Winchester primary school.
A Masters graduate in Business Management, Chris is an officer in the Royal Navy. An attack helicopter pilot and tactics instructor, he has commanded aviation detachments worldwide and seen operational service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served overseas on NATO assignments in Italy and the USA.
Chris hopes to put his extensive experience of delivering results from limited public resource to good use for the benefit of Kings’.

Simone Asser -Co-Opted

Simone joined the Governing Body in October 2020 as a member of the Finance Committee. She has lived in the Winchester area since 2010 and has three school age children.

For the majority of the past 20 years Simone has worked in the real estate asset and fund management industry, in finance related roles including Group Finance Director, Chief Operating Officer and more recently as Non-Executive Director.  Her current role includes a number of procedures and governance responsibilities.

Previously Simone worked for Deloitte in Corporate Finance for six years. Simone has a BSc. Hons physics degree from Imperial College, University of London, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Kathryn Bamber -Co-Opted

Kathy is passionate about learning and has many years of educational and governance experience.

As a local resident with two daughters currently attending Kings’ School, Kathy holds a Latin degree, a PGCE and has been a governor for eight years at a local primary school, where she has held the Chair for the last two years.

Kathy has enjoyed a career in education that spans over twenty years. She previously worked for a land-based college where she managed a broad range of curriculum areas. Most recently, Kathy opened an equine assisted learning business working with Hampshire based pupils across all key stages who are either temporarily or permanently ‘educated other than at school’.

Throughout her career in education, Kathy has been particularly interested in what motivates people to learn. She sees all people as learners and all experiences as opportunities to learn. She strongly believes the individual potential in all people is intrinsic and that learning naturally occurs when this motivation is identified, acknowledged and encouraged within a safe environment.

Becki Martin – Clerk to Governors

Phil Jones – Clerk to Governors

Katja Ayling – Minute Taker