Governor biographies - Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

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Lynda Bell-Mann

Lynda Bell-Mann

Type of Governor: Staff

Date of appointment: November 2017

Role: Full Governing Body Development, Link Governor for Student Voice and Art

Neil Brooks-Johnson

Neil Brooks-Johnson

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  November 2012

Role:  Chair of Resources Committe and  Link Governor Science

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.  

Keith Ditcham

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

Mike O'Driscoll

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  June 1996

Role:  Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body, Chair of the Headteacher Review Committee and Pay Committee, Link Governor for Safeguarding.

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 literacy 

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.

Theresa Harris

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

Robin Hughes

Type of Governor:  Parent

Date of appointment:  January 2015

Role:   Link Governor for Technology & IT and Behaviour 

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

Rachel Lovera

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

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

David Madin

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:   September 2010

Role: Governor Training and Development, Link Governor for PE and Behaviour.

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

Luisa Pollini-Kommu

Luisa Pollini Kommu

Type of Governor:  Co-opted

Date of appointment:  October 2008

Role:  Link Governor for MFL and Educational visits. Member of the Marketing Committee
 
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: 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.

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) and KS5

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.

Carolyn Steer

Carolyn Steer

Type of Governor:  Parent

Date of appointment:  March 2018

Role:  Link Governor for Full Governing Body use of Data and Link Governor for Geography

I graduated with a degree in Russian before working in a number of senior management roles in customer service and operations, leaving full time work in 2007 to take time out with my children. From 2008 to 2016 I was a parent governor at my children's primary school. I am now the Business Development Manager for the child bereavement charity Jigsaw (South East). I have a son at TWGSB and a daughter at another local school. I love languages and travelling.  

Diane Talbot

Type of Governor: Parent

Date of appointment: April 2018

Role: Link Governor for Community Relationships, Geography and a member of the Marketing Group.

I am a Communications and Marketing professional with experience in the public sector.  I am currently working for a Housing Association in Sevenoaks. I live in Tunbridge Wells and am married with four sons - two of them recently left TWGSB to go to university and one is in Year 8.