We are a group of parents, teachers and community members currently setting up this new school in Chichester. The team now formally makes up the Governing Body, chaired by Stephen King. There are a number of committees within the group such as Education, Finance, Premises and HR and each is chaired by a Governor who has experience and expertise in that area. 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 4 April 2017
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.
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.
Michelle has over 20 years’ through-the-line marketing experience in a wide variety of industries including the education, aircraft, finance, automotive and retail sectors. She is Account Director and Company Director of MindWorks Marketing, an award-winning marketing and design agency in nearby Emsworth where she has worked for the last 14 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 Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She lives in central Chichester and has one daughter who is in Year 4 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. She is also the Secretary of the very active Friends of the Free School PTA.
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.
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.
Joseph was educated locally at West Hill Park, Titchfield and then Seaford College, Petworth before studying for his degree at the University of Plymouth. Initially starting his career at Langmead Farms then moving to run his family business – Botley Mills.
With children in both Primary and Secondary, and being a parent since the inception of CFS, he holds true the values set out by the school – Nurture, Challenge and Inspire. These values are the reason why Joseph chose to move his children here and feels very strongly that they will give CFS students an advantage over others when competing to be successful in a very demanding world.
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 has an engineering degree from Warwick University and has over 20 years’ experience in industry mainly helping companies to design and improve their manufacturing processes to deliver “more for less” and to achieve great results with limited 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.
Helen was one of the original founders of Chichester Free School and played a large part in writing the original proposal then worked as the Project Lead in the period leading up to the school opening in 2013.
Helen grew up in Maidenhead and has had a very successful and varied career with a majority of it being spent in sales and account management for large corporations such as Vodafone and News International. After moving to the south coast she worked for a local organic wine company in Chichester before taking on the role of opening the Free School.
She now works for St Wilfrid’s Hospice looking after their communications and marketing and lives in North Bersted with her husband and daughter who is a pupil at CFS.