Meet the Governors

Detailed below is a full breakdown of the HCC governors. All attend Full Governing Body meetings held three times each academic year but their other responsibilities include:

Mr Roger Simmons:

Community governor

Roger is Chair of the Full Governing Board, Chair of the Strategy Team, Chair of the Pay Committee and sits on the Resources Committee. Roger is a Link Governor to Mr P Matthews, Principal

Roger has 12 years experience providing business and financial advice in the Early Years Sector, working with schools and pre-schools in respect to charity law, voluntary and community organisation and GDPR compliance. Roger has an MBA in Business and Financial Management that has enabled him to think strategically in respect to the management and sustainability of organisations. Roger has been the Chair and Trustee of a 50 place Early Years pre-school for 15 years and Chair of a local community sports organisation for 3 years, reflecting his commitment to the community.

As a former Head of Property Strategy for a large local organisation, Roger demonstrated the importance of accountability, strong people management skills and compliance with legal requirements when managing conflicting responsibilities. As a volunteer business mentor Roger has demonstrated his ability to identify strengths and turn weaknesses into opportunities.

Mr Brian Hughes:

Community governor

Brian is Vice Chair of the Full Governing Board and a member of the Strategy Team. He is a Link Governor to Ms S Cowser (Head of School). Brian also meets Ms C Findlay regularly to provide support for Safeguarding and sits on the Learning and Development Committee

Brian is currently a Head of Service within ESCC Children’s Services managing Single point of access for the service, Early Help family keywork, Troubled families Programme and strategic planning and development. Brian has been a qualified Social Worker for over 25 years and has experience of managing a range of services including front line social care teams including duty and assessment and fostering and residential services.

Brian holds an MBA in business management and has been trained in Prince 2 project management. Alongside this he has undertaken regular training related to both his professional area of work and as a governor.

Brian, who was also Chair of Governors for two years has a range of skills and experiences he brings to the role of governor including project management, budget planning and oversight, human resource management, strategic planning and development skills as well as a strong understanding of child development work with families at risk of social exclusion.

Mrs Sue Weiner:

LA governor

Sue is Vice Chair of the Full Governing Board, Chair of the Pay Appeals Committee, Chair of the Governors Disciplinary Committee (Exclusions), a member of the Strategy Team and also sits on the Resources Committee.

Sue is now retired but spent her career in education. As a teacher she held a variety of middle and senior leadership roles which led to work as a tier 3 manager. Sue was responsible for leading the Adult Education, including link work with the Learning and Skills Council, developing training facilities for schools and leading on change management with schools in challenging situations. Sue was also seconded to the Government for the South East and worked with a variety of local authorities and other organisations developing Local Area Agreements. Sue has a completed an M.Ed, NPQH qualification and completed Prince 2 training. Before retiring Sue set up her own business as an education management consultant.

Since retiring Sue has expanded her experience of governance and was Chair of the Full Governing Board for 6 years. During this time Sue took the school through academisation twice and oversaw a successful Ofsted inspection. Sue’s specific strengths include strategic management and challenge, using data to hold leaders to account, a personal interest and experience in SEND, the management and development of teams including conflict resolution and an active engagement in education developments at both a national and local level. Sue’s experience of governance has enabled her to understand the role and responsibilities of an academy trustee.

Mrs Julie Barker:

Parent governor

Julie is a member of the Full Governing Board, Chair of the Resources Committee, a member of the Strategy Team, a member of the Pay Committee and a Link Governor to Mrs S Wilkinson (Business Manager).

Julie is Director of Accommodation and Hospitality at the University of Brighton. She is experienced in leading the development and operational management of multi function, multi site operations. Julie has particular skills in community engagement, Prevent, safeguarding and facilities management. She is currently Vice Chair of People 1st Apprenticeship Board which monitors the quality of apprenticeship standards within the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry. In 2018 Julie was awarded the CSC Public Sector Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Jeremy Leach:

Community governor

Jeremy is a member of the Full Governing Board, Chair of the Learning and Development Committee, a member of the Strategy Team and a member of the Pay Appeal Committee. He is also has governor responsibility for Health and Safety and Careers. Jeremy is Link Governor to Mrs M Brown/Ms N Chamberlain (Vice Principal – Aspiration and Ethos) .

Jeremy is the Principal Policy Advisor to Wealden District Council, specialising in community safety, child and adult protection and the use of insights from the behavioural sciences to improve service delivery.  Jeremy represents the District Council on the following relevant committees: East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board; the Safer East Sussex Communities Board; the East Sussex Prevent Board; and the East Sussex Security Review Group.  Jeremy is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton.  He is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and prior to his current role managed the Food safety and Health and safety enforcement team for the local District Council.

Mr Gary Ashdown:

Staff governor

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Gary sits on the Resources Committee and is a Link Governor to Mr S Marsden (Head of Sixth Form).

Apart from Gary’s extensive knowledge and experience in education as a teacher at HCC he has a great commitment to the college and the governance role.  Gary has excellent interpersonal skills and is an effective leader at the college.

 

Mr John Harrison:

Community governor
In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, John is a member of the Resources Committee, a member of the Pay Appeal Committee and a Link Governor to Mr L Gander (Assistant Principal – Learning Culture).

John has been Town Clerk for Hailsham Town Council for the last six years and has over 20 years experience in management roles for both local government and public sector organisations. Prior to this John worked for ESCC Children’s Services, Worcester County Council and the Learning and Skills Council.

John has developed skills and experience in the management of customer services, research and analysis, quality management, marketing and communications project management, organisational transition, budget setting and in his current role, overseeing the entire organisation working with elected member in a political environment. John has professional qualifications in Local Council administration (CILCA), Management (Chartered Management Institute), Quality Management (ISO9000) and Prince 2 Project Management.

As a governor John is a member of the Governors Disciplinary Committee (Exclusions) and has worked with senior staff who are responsible for implementing behaviour improvement systems across the college.

Mrs Ruth Hillman:

Community governor

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Ruth is a member of the Learning and Development Committee. Ruth is a Link Governor to Mrs M Brown/Mrs N Chamberlain (Vice Principal – Aspiration and Ethos). Ruth has taken responsibility for exploring transition from Year 6 to 7 on behalf of the governing board.

Ruth is Service Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in children’s mental health for 17 years and is currently the service director for the local NHS Trust which covers East Sussex. Ruth has also been a parent representative for a local youth football club and a mentor for young women through a national organisation.  Ruth has a Masters in Change Management and has worked with schools and social care in a range of partnership projects over previous years and has a good understanding of the services available in the local area.

Ruth brings many skills to the governing board including budget management, project management, developing and leading successful new business cases, safeguarding, emotional wellbeing understanding, transition skills, managing change understanding of national and local context in relation to the education of young people and the enablers/challenges to accessing education and the ability to engage with a wide range of people and to provide appropriate challenge and support.

Mr Phil Matthews:

Principal

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Phil is a member of the Strategy Team, Resources Committee and the Learning and Development Committee.

 

 

Mrs Carol Maxwell:

Staff governor

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Carol sits on the Learning and Development Committee and is a Link Governor to Mr S Marsden (Head of Sixth Form).

Apart from Carol’s extensive knowledge and experience in education as a teacher at HCC she has particular skills in curriculum development, school assessment and progress/attainment. She is able to offer challenge and is proficient in prioritising, assessing and mitigating risk. Carol is committed to her new role in governance and can demonstrate the personal qualities and skills required of governance.

Mrs Sonia Munro:

Community governor

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Sonia is a member of the Learning and Development Committee and is the Safeguarding Governor. Sonia is Link Governor to Ms C Findlay (Vice Principal – Quality of Teaching) and Governor Subject Link for Maths and PE.

Sonia is a retired social worker/Practice Manager who was employed by ESCC Children’s Services. She was an Independent Reviewing Officer (RO), Chair for Child Protection Conferences and Looked After Children Reviews. Sonia was the Practice Manager for the Children Disability Services Duty and Assessment Team, the Short Break Fostering Team and the Locality Family Support Team.

Sonia brings valuable skills to the governing board including an understanding of the importance and value of education to young people and an awareness that well being and mental health underpin learning. In addition to management skills such as risk management, planning and organisational skills, chairing and decision making skills Sonia has significant expertise in safeguarding and understanding the needs of SEND. Sonia also has experience in HR, Change Management, financial management and budget monitoring.

Mrs Liz Newman:

Parent governor

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Liz sits on the Resources Committee and is a Link Governor to Mr L Gander (Assistant Principal, Culture and Learning).

Liz is currently a full time mum although she does have a small business offering holistic treatments. Liz’s previous roles include a registered Pharmacy Accredited Checking Technician, area manager of a number of pharmacies and then Business Development Manager with over 52 Pharmacies to support.

Liz brings many skills to the role of governor. She fully appreciates the need for confidentiality and sensitivity and is prepared to challenge herself and keen to further develop her skills. Liz has excellent experience of working in a large team and enjoys working with the local community. She has specific skills in HR/Recruitment and strategic planning as part of a business development.

Mrs Jo Robinson-Sivyer:

Parent governor

In addition to sitting on the Full Governing Board, Jo is also a member of the Strategy Team, Vice Chair of the Learning and Development Committee and the Skills Governor. Jo is Link Governor to Mr D Miller (Assistant Principal – Learner Additional Needs) and a Governor Subject Link for Additional Needs. Jo is also the SEN Governor and sits on the Governors Disciplinary Committee (Exclusions)

Jo has been a Governor for over 5 years and has 4 children who have or are attending the College over the past 17 years. Jo has run her own businesses for over 25 years in addition to working in a number of roles in Local Authority posts. She is a local Parish Councillor and involves herself in the community in a number of areas. Jo also carries out the annual governor skills audit and ensures governors complete the required training according to the governing board priorities.