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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’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.
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, 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 - Acting 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. Rob joined the Governing Body in March 2010.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, born in Winchester, is a former pupil of Western Primary School. She lives in Winchester with her family and two of her children are currently in Kings.
Her full-time occupation is Head of Development and Regeneration for a local authority and she is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Emily previously ran a children’s dance school in Winchester called The Little Ballet Company. Emily supports 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 (Twyford) since 2010 and has three school age children.
For the majority of the past 20 years Simone has worked with Pradera Limited, a real estate asset and fund management business with offices in 10 countries, in finance related roles including Group Finance Director, Chief Operating Officer and more recently, to enable more time with family, as Non-Executive Director. Her current role includes a number of procedures and governance responsibilities including being a member of the Investment Committee, the Renumeration and Nomination committees, chairing the European and Asian Risk Committees and performing an audit committee function.
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.
Becki Martin – Clerk to Governors
Phil Jones – Clerk to Governors
Katja Ayling – Minute Taker