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Governor biographies

Neil Brooks-Johnson

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  November 2012

Role:  Link Governor for STEM

I am a commercial bank manager working with SME businesses and have seven years previous experience governing at the local village school. My son entered school here in 2011. I have been known to cycle to the south of France but more usually in the lanes of Kent every weekend.  

Aidan Coen

Type of Governor:  Associate

Date of appointment:  November 2015

Deputy Headteacher TWGSB

Keith Ditcham

Type of Governor:  Associate

Date of appointment:  November 2010

I attended TWGSB between 1976 and 1983 and am a former deputy head boy.  I was a parent governor prior to becoming an associate governor.  I am married with two sons (one at the school and one who has just left the school to study Politics and International Relations at Reading University).

Mike O'Driscoll

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  June 1996

Role:  Vice Chair and Chair of Personnel, responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Following completion of a Business Degree I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London and have since been a director of a number of quoted and private companies at Chairman, Finance Director and Managing Director level; currently a board member of three companies involved in produce, stainless steel equipment and a local debt advice charity, I am an ex pupil of the school having left in 1970. I live in Tunbridge Wells with my wife and have three adult children. 

Philip Drew

Philip Drew

Type of Governor:  LEA Appointed

Date of appointment:  January 2004 

Role:  Chair of Governors and link governor for sustainability 

I am a Business Development Director with a major professional services firm in London and a Fellow of the ICAEW with 12 years’ experience in audit. I have an MBA from the University of Warwick and recently completed a PhD at Cranfield School of Management. I live in Tunbridge Wells and I'm married with three sons; the eldest was at TWGSB and graduated with an English degree from Goldsmiths College.

Jane Forecast

Jane Forecast

Type of Governor:  Parent

Date of appointment:  November 2016

Role: TBC

With Bachelor's and Master's degrees and a post-graduate qualification in HR management, I am a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an experienced senior manager and consultant. I have held responsibility for multi-million pound annual budgets; strategic planning; job and competency evaluation; staff consultation and welfare; and mentoring managers. I am Director of a small management consultancy business specialising in change management and I work judicially as a lay Employment Tribunal member.   I live in Sevenoaks with my husband and son, who started at TWGSB in 2016. I aim to help the school provide outstanding education and enrichment opportunities.

Jenny Godfrey

Jenny Godfrey

Type of Governor:  Parent

Date of appointment:  November 2016

Role: Mental Health link governor

I am a qualified Solicitor but since 2013 have been the Community Development Director for West Kent Mind, a local mental health charity. My responsibilities include: the development of preventative and wellbeing programmes (including for children and young people); awareness campaigns; and fundraising. I have two children (my son is at TWGSB) and live in Sevenoaks. 

Theresa Harris

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  November 2010

Role:  Health and Safety link governor and member of the Marketing sub-committee

Having worked at TWGSB since 2007, I became a support staff governor in 2010 and co-opted governor in 2012. With a degree in Accounting, I have worked in finance and administration in large multinationals as well as a small family business.  I live in Tunbridge Wells with my husband and our three children who have all attended local grammar schools and gone on to study in higher education. 

Robin Hughes

Type of Governor:  Parent

Date of appointment:  January 2015

Role:  Chair of site development working group and link governor for IT 

Professionally I design and implement behavioural analysis systems for the purposes of fault management, fraud management or (as currently) for use by law enforcement agencies. My twin sons joined TWGSB in September 2014. A self-confessed petrol head, I totally rebuilt my classic sports-car, am a Formula 1 fan and help run an electric cart club at a local primary school. 

Rachel Lovera

Type of Governor:  Staff

Date of appointment:   November 2013

Role:  Linked to Equality

I have taught English at TWGSB since September 2007, and am now 2 i/c in the department. I am married with two adult children and live locally. I lived and taught in Buenos Aires for six years, returning to the UK in 2001, when I spent the intervening years home educating my own children. 

David Madin

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:   September 2010

Role:  Responsible for governor training and development and linked to PE

I retired after 41 years of teaching at TWGSB in 2009 and am enjoying an active retirement. 

Simon Marsh

Type of Governor: Associate

Date of appointment: November 2015

Acting Headteacher

After graduating in 1982 from Portsmouth with a BSc (hons) degree in Biology I completed my PGCE and in 1983 started my teaching career. I have taught in a range of schools including seven years at Medina High School in the Isle of Wight (where I met my wife). After moving back to the mainland in 1990 I taught at the Judd School before moving to the Hayesbrook School as Head of Science. I joined TWGSB in 1997 to run the much larger Science Department here. I became a Deputy Headteacher three years ago after several years as an Assistant Headteacher.

Luisa Pollini-Kommu

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  October 2008

Role: Link governor for MFL and Educational visit. Affiliated to Kestrel house
 
Born in Italy, I hold a degree in Business with specialisation in Marketing and Management gained at the Catholic University of Milan. I furthered my studies in the United Kingdom gaining a MSc in Tourism Management at the University of Surrey and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Over the years I have been an active member of the Marketing Department of national and international companies dealing with a variety of software in different sectors. A long standing member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, I live in Tunbridge Wells with my husband and our four children. Our two boys enjoyed their secondary education at TWGSB and are currently studying their chosen subject at Lancaster University and at Cardiff University respectively

Candy Ravenscroft

Candy Ravenscroft

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  January 2016

Role:  Vice chair of Personnel and link governor for Careers, Business Studies and Economics 

I am currently working as Head of Strategy for AXA PPP healthcare, the largest local employer in Tunbridge Wells and part of the global AXA group. I am a Fellow of the ICAEW with a background in finance and strategy. I have held a number of senior roles within the AXA group over 15 years and previously worked for more than 10 years within the client facing corporate transactions support team for PricewaterhouseCoopers. I live locally and am married with two sons, the youngest of whom attended TWGSB and is now at university. As a complement to my link responsibilities I am also working to improve the marketing of the school.

John Scarborough

Type of Governor:  Parent

Date of appointment:  January 2014

Role:  Chair of Resources Committee 

As Head of Legal for the Royal London Borough of Greenwich, I am a qualified Solicitor with many years’ legal/corporate governance experience and a strong track record of improving public services and obtaining the best possible value for money in difficult financial circumstances.  I’m married with two sons (my eldest is at TWGSB) and live in Tunbridge Wells.

Petra Sluka

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointments:  November 2008

Role: Chair of Curriculum and Standards and link-Governor for SEN (Special Educational Needs and Children in Care)

I moved to London as a German language assistant in 1986 and moved into publishing a year later. I have worked in UK publishing ever since and am currently running my own Literary Scouting Agency covering the UK market for a number of European publishers.
Brian White

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:   January 2015

Role:  Vice chair of curriculum and standards

I am a Commercial Solicitor with more years of experience than I'm willing to admit to and work in the financial services sector, although some years ago, I did take some time out to learn to fly airliners. I have three children and am an old boy of the school. My eldest son attended TWGSB.