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Mrs Judith Harding – Chair of Governors

Judith is an IT Programme Director for BT, lives in West Sussex and has two children and a dog. She was raised and educated predominately in West Sussex and, after taking a degree in Music at Hull University and attaining a diploma from Trinity College, London, discovered she had a flair for computing and embarked on a career in technology, firstly working in the Financial Services sector and latterly working in Telecommunications. She has extensive experience in technology development and leading the delivery of complex change programmes into large organisations and is currently CIO Programme Director responsible for BT Mobile and Service Excellence. She actively supports & promotes the BT Women’s network and is a STEM ambassador working in a number of local schools. During her career she furthered her education attaining a Masters in Business Administration via the Open University.

Judith is an experienced Governor, is a Trustee at Southwater Junior Academy and also a non-Exec Director at Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent.

Outside of work she is a cellist performing a number of concerts each year with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra and has a passion for travel and reading.  

 Clare Schofield - Vice-Chair of Governors

Clare lives in Horsham and has two adult children one of whom attended THS. Clare is a pharmacist and freelancer providing advice to pharmaceutical companies in the area of ethical promotion of medicines (i.e. writing a lot of procedures and training!).

Clare is an experienced governor and has completed the National College of School Leadership training for chairs.

In her spare time, Clare enjoys walking her dog and meeting people while doing it, travelling, singing and taking part in local amateur panto, specialising in fairy and witch parts (typecasting?).

Felicity Groves – Chair of Wellbeing Committee

Felicity Groves has been a Parent Governor since 2014. She grew up in Horsham but moved away aged 18 years until 5 years ago when she returned with her daughter who attends the school – to resettle and make the town her home again. Felicity is a Social Worker working for local authority Children’s Services. She originally trained in Social Work at Sussex University nearly 20 years ago and developed specialisms in in Child Protection, Therapeutic Practice, Early Years and Adoption. Her professional experience makes her ideal to lead the wellbeing committee which looks at all aspects of safeguarding and the welfare of all those within the school.

When not working - you will find her walking her Husky dog, going to a gym class or out with friends.     

Dr. Morgan Chambers – LA Governor - Chair of Teaching & Learning  Committee

Morgan is a personal tutor, and teaches at UCL, School of Management.  She retains her executive coaching and consulting company, The Business of Leadership, which she started in 2008. Morgan lives in West Sussex, is married and has three children. Originally from New Zealand, Morgan completed a Masters degree in Organisational and Industrial Psychology at Canterbury University.

Her first position after University was as Industrial Relations Advisor for NZ’s only oil refining company at the time of its major expansion. Subsequently, she gained extensive executive experience in Human Resources & Organisation Development in a range of industries and territories, including New Zealand, Canada, and Europe.  Recently, between 2010 - 2014, she returned to full time academia to pursue her PhD in Corporate Strategy and Organisational Behaviour from Cranfield University, UK.

Outside of work Morgan is an avid sailor and skier and has a general passion for things outdoors.  She plays the piano as often as she can and travels widely.

Russell Dodd – Chair of Resources - SEND Link Governor

Russell is a recently appointed Governor at Tanbridge House School.   He has 4 boys, all Tanbridge pupils past and present (2 still at the school).  He is passionate about the progress he has seen the school make over the last few years, and the role that he as a Governor can play in maintaining this success.   He is an experienced Governor, serving for 4 years, mainly as Vice Chairman, at Greenway Academy whilst also Chairing their Resources committee.  Russell owns a media and events business based in West Sussex, which means that he has relevant  experience of resources and finance.  He is also interested in joining the Teaching and Learning committee and learning more about SEND provision at the school.

John Oakey – Co-opted Governor

John is a retired Process Engineer who previously worked for BOC and Linde Gas. He lives in South West Surrey. His degree is in Chemical Engineering from Exeter University. His working life was spent in the Industrial Gases Industry, where he was employed in a largely Technical Role and has a number of Patents in his name.  He spent the first 20 years of his working life Designing and operating various Industrial gases Facilities. In the later part of his career the focus shifted to supporting the various Technical centres around the world through on line support and provide teaching assistance at sites within Europe, Africa and Asia.

John volunteers at Petworth for the National Trust, focusing on Tour guiding and development. His interests are music in all forms, history and sport.

Celia Hurren - Co-opted Governor

Celia is a qualified accountant having trained with a large accountancy firm (where she had some experience of the education sector) prior to working in industry.  This includes managing costs against budgets.She was previously a Governor at St Mary’s Primary School.  She is also the Treasurer for St Mary’s Home School Association (PTA) and a member of the Friends of Tanbridge House School.In her leisure time she enjoys walking her dog, swimming and spending time outdoors with her children.

 Anne Ryan – Staff Governor

For the past five years Anne has been one of the staff representatives on the board of governors.  She joined the MFL department of THS in 2012 having spent several years teaching in both the primary and secondary sectors.  Prior to becoming a teacher she spent some years working for blue chip companies as a bilingual secretary/marketing assistant.  Since joining THS she has progressed to become leader of year, a role which she thoroughly enjoys.

Being a governor and part of the teaching staff provides a 360° view on all aspects of life at THS which is both beneficial to her working life and personally fulfilling.

Anne is married with 3 children therefore her personal life is pretty busy. She enjoys travelling to new destinations and catching up on TV dramas!

Kevin West - Co-Opted Governor

Kevin lives in Broadbridge Heath and is married with three children. His two adult sons both enjoyed their time and were successful at Tanbridge House School and now his daughter attends the school. 

Kevin qualified as Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and has now semi-retired after 40 years commercial management experience in both Construction and Facility Management, for a variety of government departments and “blue chip” companies. His roles included preparing and managing budgets, and helping to resolve and solution a wide spectrum of people issues. He is currently still working part time at Heathrow Airport for the Engineering Division.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to utilise his wealth of experience to help the school to continue to improve and overcome the many challenges that it experiences.With 3 children his personal life can be fairly hectic at times, but he does try and complete the 5k park run each week, and enjoys watching most sports.

Beverley Winter - Co-Opted Governor

Having worked in a senior Executive position for a FTSE 100 Company for over 30 years, I retired in 2008. During my career, I was fortunate to work overseas for 12 years and obtained my MBA from Lancaster University in 1992. I have extensive experience in Change Management, Customer Service & Operations, Industrial Relations and during this period, I also served as MD/Chairman of 3 subsidiary companies.

After my retirement, I served as a Member of Council at the University of Sussex for 6 years and am currently Vice Chair of Governors at Southwater Junior Academy. I have a passion for our education system, as it is our future.

My hobbies include ballroom & Latin dancing, cycling, Pilates and Tai Chi to ensure I stay fit for my two grandchildren, one of whom has recently started at Tanbridge House School.

Claire Bennett - Co-Opted Governor

Since 2013, Claire has undertaken various roles across school governing bodies and her son is a current student at THS. In addition to being a Co-opted Governor for THS, Claire is a Trustee for a local Junior Academy and she has an interest and experience in school Recruitment processes, Leadership performance and Succession Planning within schools.

In her day job, Claire has built her career working in HR leadership roles, primarily within the IT Industry. Through her work she has lived overseas and continues to travel extensively, delivering strategic projects for a US IT company. Claire has an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

Outside of work Claire enjoys reading, walking their family dog and supporting the many and varied sporting activities for her son.

Daniel Mahoney - Parent Governor

Daniel is Chartered engineer working for Atkins, a large engineering consultancy firm. He studied mechanical engineering at Imperial College and University of California San Diego and now works mainly in the field of oil and gas safety engineering, He lives in Broadridge Heath and has two children, one of whom is in year 8 at Tanbridge, and two dogs.

He is a keen cyclist and plays trombone in two local bands.

Ronalda (Ronny) Harrison - Associate - SEND Link Governor

I have been a governor at Tanbridge House School since 2003.

I moved to Horsham in 1983 with my Husband, our daughter has been bought up here and attended Tanbridge between 2002 - 2007.

I worked in Horsham for a National Financial Institution, taking early retirement after 30 years in 2009. Since 2010 I have been working part-time again in Horsham for a National retailer.

My main interest outside of work is musical theatre, attending shows on a regular basis with my daughter and mother.

Lesley Humphreys – Associate Governor

Lesley is an Associate Consultant at Graycell Consulting Ltd and lives in Horsham.  She was educated primarily in West Sussex and, after taking a degree in Business Studies (majoring in marketing) at the University of Westminster, she moved on to pursue a career in marketing, PR/communications and fundraising.

She has experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, having worked in the City, global publishing, for a ‘Top 50’ UK legal (and financial services) firm and three independent schools (as well as many more as part of her consultancy work). During her career she gained Chartered status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has sat on the boards of the two leading professional associations representing fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications in the education sector (schools and universities) in UK/Europe.

She is a mentor/coach, as well as a community and intergenerational mediator. Lesley has a passion for international travel, fitness, reading and yoga.

Danni Tresadern - Clerk to Governors

Danni grew up in Horsham and has spent the majority of her adult life in the town.  She is a former student of Tanbridge House School. 

Danni joined as Clerk of Governors in 2017 having had experience as a Governor for the Primary School that she attended.

Danni’s background is in Human Resources having worked for various companies and sectors over her working career.

Danni is married and a mum to two daughters.