Our Governors

Our Governors

The Governing Body, chaired by Stephen King, is made up of a number of committees within the group such as Education, Resources and Marketing and each is chaired by a Governor who has experience and expertise in that area.  Full details of committee membership can be found here. We also have an army of volunteers who are making a real contribution to the success of the school.

The next Governors Meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 July 2018

  • Stephen King

    Stephen King

    Stephen was born in Chichester and educated locally. Following a baptism of fire at the formidable Mrs Shoesmith’s Northgate House School he attended Oakwood Prep School and then Seaford College, near Petworth. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from New England College, a Diploma in Law, as well as the PGCE and CELTA teaching qualifications.

    For the last ten or so years Stephen has worked in the Further Education sector, where he currently undertakes a coordinating role preparing post compulsory students from all over the world for university courses in the United Kingdom.

    Stephen’s email address is sking@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk


  • Clive Adams

    Clive Adams

    Clive is a qualified, professional Solicitor with over 20 years experience in the legal profession. He has represented individuals, corporations and governmental bodies across various areas including public sector housing law, property litigation, commercial litigation, governance and regulatory issues.

    Clive recognises the importance of parents having a real choice where to send their children to school and firmly believes that increased competition will be the driver for standards to improve throughout the region. Whilst researching schools for his own children, it was apparent that there was a startling lack of options in the Chichester area and he is committed to ensuring that Chichester Free School offers the academic excellence and cohesive environment that children deserve and parents demand.

    Clive’s email address is clive.adams@capsticks.com

  • Michelle Leggat

    Michelle Leggatt

    Michelle has 25 years’ through-the-line marketing experience in a wide variety of industries including the education, aircraft, finance, automotive and retail sectors. She is Managing Director of MindWorks Marketing, an award-winning marketing and design agency in nearby Emsworth where she has worked for the last 18 years. She has a creative approach to all areas of marketing and particularly enjoys mentoring, with several clients in the education sector.

    Michelle has a BA (Joint Hons) French & Russian, as well as being a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She lives in central Chichester and has one daughter who is in Year 7 at the Free School. Michelle firmly believes that parents should be afforded as much choice as possible with regards to their children’s education and was a committed supporter of the Free School before its formation in 2013.

    Michelle is the Chair of the Marketing Committee and her email address is mleggatt@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk


  • Matt Burke

    Matt Burkes

    Matt Burkes is a GP with Langley House Surgery in Chichester. He is widely published in the field of medical education and is also a race medical officer for the British Horseracing authority.

    Matt has three children and his involvement with the Free School is driven by a desire to deliver an excellent co-educational learning environment from Reception through to A Level.

    Matt strongly believes that parental involvement is a key factor in a child’s educational attainment and well being.

    Matt’s email address is mburkes@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

  • Howard Oyns

    Howard Oyns

    Howard was a Governor in Crawley for five years at a very large primary school before moving to Chichester late last year. He is now a Governor at a Primary school in Chichester as well as at Chichester Free School. Prior to that he spent 28 years with IBM and had a wonderful and varied career ranging across Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance. He decided to retire early in 2010 and since then has been involved in a number of areas but the one he feels most passionate about is Education. As a child of the 60s when education was a lot different to today, he couldn’t wait to leave school and start earning money, and in the years since he has spent considerable time correcting that rather foolish move, culminating in an MBA from Manchester Business School in 1998 – better late than never!

    He is so impressed with CFS, with the staff and the students and finds himself totally aligned to the aims and ambition of the School. The next few years will be very exciting for all of us involved and he looks forward very much to playing his part in that journey.

    Howard’s email address is hoyns@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

  • Joseph Appleby

    Joseph Appleby

    Joseph was educated locally at Seaford College in Petworth, before completing a degree at the University of Plymouth, then returning back to West Sussex to start his career at Langmead Farms.  Joseph is now Managing Director of his family business in Southampton, Botley Mills, which manages numerous commercial tenants and has a variety of different retail interests.

    Their youngest son Oliver has been at CFS since its inception in 2013 and they were able to bring their other son, Thomas, to CFS, as the school opened more years.  Oliver has now moved in to Secondary alongside his brother and so the family have experienced all sides of the school.

    Joseph had a traditional boarding school upbringing and feels many of the qualities he enjoyed can be adopted by the free school’s flexibility.  He strongly believes that our ethos and message of Nurture, Challenge and Inspire echoes through every aspect of the school and will be further enhanced by our move to the Convent in September 2018 and that the qualities that CFS instils in our children will best prepare them for the challenges they will meet in a very demanding world.

    Joseph’s email address is jappleby@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

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    Anne Harris

    Anne has an electronics engineering degree from Warwick University and has over 20 years’ experience in industry mainly helping companies to design and improve their manufacturing processes to achieve great results and customer service with finite resources. As an operations director and as a division senior manager, Anne has helped to review business performance and to set and deliver strategy. Anne now runs her own consultancy helping businesses to develop the skills and culture to identify and implement improvements in their manufacturing and office processes.

    Anne is an elected parent governor with two children in the primary phase of Chichester Free School. She has been a supporter of the school since before it opened and served two years on the parent forum.

    Anne is the Chair of the Education and Pastoral Committee and her email address is aharris@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk



  • Helen Humphry

    Helen Humphry

    As one of the original founders of Chichester Free School, Helen played a large part in researching and writing the original proposal which was approved by the Department of Education in 2012. She then worked as the Project Lead, taking a key role in opening the school in 2013. Helen is passionate about the vision of the school, to nurture, challenge and inspire and feels incredibly lucky and proud to be involved with such an amazing venture.

    Helen grew up in Maidenhead and has had a very successful and varied career including sales and account management, running a pub in London and more recently, working for St Wilfrid’s Hospice looking after their communications and marketing. She now heads up business development for a South African insurance company that is breaking into the UK market for the first time. She lives in North Bersted with her husband and daughter who is a pupil at CFS.

    Helen is the Vice Chair of Governors and her email address is hhumphry@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk