GOVERNOR PROFILES

Richard Sax - Chairman,  Foundation Governor

Richard Sax was educated at Tonbridge School and St John's College, Oxford and served as an officer during his National Service. He recently retired as a family law solicitor in the City and a family judge (19 years). He was a governor of The Skinners' Company's School for Girls in Hackney for 10 years. He is a liveryman of The Skinners’ Company.

Alison Monk – Vice Chairman, K College Governor

Alison Monk is presently Vice Chairman of the Governors. She is Deputy Principal of K College, which has recently merged with South Kent College to cover Ashford, Dover, Shepway, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Savings. Her back ground is Nursing and Nurse Education followed by a move to Further and Higher Education, where she gained a passion for second chance learning and the importance of skills for all in industry. In her present role she is responsible for Curriculum and Quality across all aspects of the College's educational provision. This encompasses some 5000 16 -18 years olds and 8000 adult learners. In recent years she has been actively involved in managing all aspects of a major new build project at the College in Tunbridge. The support she brings to the Academy is an expertise in vocational learning and the focus on business and employer engagement which is central to the strategic direction of the College.

Simon Cooper – Foundation Governor

Simon Cooper is Global Business Development Director for the healthcare division of a Top 50 advertising agency. He was born in Lincolnshire and educated at The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Worcester College, Oxford and Queens' College, Cambridge. He has a PhD in biochemistry and his career developing Nurofen and Strepsils for Boots before moving into marketing, communication and corporate development roles.

Lynda Myers – Foundation Governor, Vice Chairman of Governors

Lynda Myers is a Member of the Skinners' Company, Vice Chairman of Governors at the Skinners' School, and a governor of her local primary school. Having lived in the Tunbridge Wells area all her life, and as a mother of three children, she is very aware of what the The Skinners' Kent Academy needs to bring to the community. Lynda is " proud to be actively involved in this exciting journey of transformation in the lives of the students."

Ed Wesson - Foundation Governor

Ed Wesson has been Headmaster at The Skinners’ School since September 2013, having previously been Head of King’s School, Tynemouth.  He is a teacher of History and French, and heavily involved in coaching rugby and cricket at all schools he has worked at. Ed lives in Speldhurst with his wife Susie and two daughters, Molly and Ella.

Andrew Harfoot – K College Governor

Andrew Harfoot is a chartered marketer and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketers.  He is the Managing Director of Tonbridge based consultancy, Springboard Marketing Limited. He is a director of West Kent Chamber of Commerce and is the Institute of Directors' National Marketing Advisor. He represents K College on The Skinners’ Kent Academy Board having been a Governor of West Kent College for eight years. 

Sian Carr – Principal, Skinners’ Kent Academy

Sian is the first Principal of Skinners’ Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells which opened in September 2009. Prior to taking up this post, she was Operational Director, Stakeholders & Networks, at the National College for School Leadership in Nottingham. Her role involved developing a leadership network for all school leaders which enabled the voice of practice to be heard and shared. Before this she was Director of the Eastern Leadership Centre based in Cambridge, a charitable partnership company which promoted excellent leadership development opportunities across the East of England. She had previously been Head of the Sandon School in Chelmsford in Essex, for seven years. Sandon School was an 11-18 mixed comprehensive. Sian’s earlier teaching career was spent in four London schools. Passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, Sian believes that strong, positive and focused leadership at all levels in a school is essential to its success and improvement.

David Fitzsimmons – Co-opted Governor

David was educated at Shrewsbury School, Magdalene College, Cambridge and Stanford University. He had a wide-ranging career at BP from 1978 to 2004. Subsequently he spent four years as Chief Executive Officer of Novera Energy, a UK renewable energy company. He currently works with a number of innovative companies in renewable energy and the cleantech industry.  He is also a Trustee of the charity Dog Deep, which helps communities in Kenya improve their access to water, sanitation and renewable energy.  He lives at Penshurst.

 Samantha Axtell - Co-opted Governor

Samantha Axtell was educated St Mary's School, Calne and Oxford University. She has had a wide ranging career and works for the global business consultancy Bain & Company. She lives in Chichester.

Dominic Filleul - Co-opted Governor

Dominic Filleul was educated at Tonbridge School and is a member of The Skinners' Company. He qualified as a solicitor and now practices in London as a partner in specialist property firm Lattey & Dawe. He lives in Penshurst and his children are being educated in Tonbridge.

Edward Goodchild - Foundation Governor

Edward Goodchild is the Managing Director of a wealth management business that he founded, and advises wealthy families from UK and overseas. He was educated at Winchester College, graduated from Birmingham University and subsequently held a regular commission as an Army Officer in the Life Guards. Edward is a liveryman of the Skinners’ Company, and is also a member of its investment committee. He is married with two school age children and lives in South West London.

Sarah Hohler - Kent County Council Governor

Sarah Hohler was born and brought up in Tunbridge Wells. She read PPE at St Hugh's College, Oxford, taught in Ghana, worked in publishing in Hong Kong and London and has lived in New York and Brussels. She has been a Kent County Councillor since 1989, including service as Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member of Education. 

Anthony O'Brien - Staff Governor

Anthony was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland and was educated by the Presentation Brothers in Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh. He attended Cork Institute of Technology where he received a certificate, diploma and degree in software engineering. He then attended University College Cork where he completed a PGDE in mathematics and IT. He taught in The Howard School in Rainham where he held a number of roles including Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, Deputy Head of Year and Deputy Head of Maths prior to taking the role of Head of Faculty for Mathematics and ICT at The Skinners' Kent Academy.

Marianne Amos - Parent Governor

Marianne was educated at Hilden Oaks School in Tonbridge, then onto The Weguelin School of Russian Ballet for her secondary education.  Marianne is the Founder and  Principal of The Dance Studio based in Kent and running classes in many local towns and villages over the past 30 years.  Having been a Governor at Claremont Primary School for 8 years she was elected parent Governor at SKA earlier in 2013.  Marianne has 3 girls, 1 currently attending SKA and 1 due to start in September 2014.

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