Meet The Governors

Andy Yule (Chair)

I have spent 30 years in the electronics industry including over 20 years as a research scientist for Philips at their Laboratories just north of Horley, before working in Reigate for a small Swiss semiconductor company (u-blox), where I led teams designing software for GPS receivers. In 2016, I chose to “retire” in order to do something different and have taken on various voluntary roles, including Chair of Governors at Langshott Primary in Horley.

My wife & I have lived in Felbridge since 1997 and we have two children, both of whom were students at Imberhorne. I was also a governor for eight years, five of which as Chair, at Felbridge Primary. I regard being a governor as both a challenge and an honour, bringing with it considerable responsibility but also the chance to make genuine improvements. I take a particular interest in Maths and Science.

 

Sarah Marchant

Having grown up in East Grinstead and been teaching at Imberhorne for a number of years, I became a governor in 2014. In September 2015 I became the SENDCo at Imberhorne School, prior to this I was a teacher of PE and Dance. I am passionate about young people receiving a broad and balanced curriculum in a caring environment and I believe Imberhorne has this at the heart of the school. I feel privileged to be both a teacher and governor here at Imberhorne.

 

Julie Cooper

My four children attended Imberhorne from 1991-2007 and, despite being very different children with different strengths, they were all extremely happy here and received a good education that paved the way for their future. A former geography teacher, I retrained in finance and am now the Business Manager at Imberhorne where I have worked since 2001.  I have been a member of the Governing Body since 2011; firstly as a staff representative and now as a co-opted member. I also served as a parent governor at a local primary school for 10 years and believe that the role of governor is a vitally important one that should both support and challenge the school.

 

Bob Darvill

I am a recently retired Chartered Building Surveyor having worked in West Sussex and the local area since 1986. I first became an Imberhorne Parent Governor in 2004 as both my sons attended Imberhorne between 2001 and 2009. I am now appointed in that role by West Sussex County Council. I take particular interest in school building and maintenance projects where I can contribute professional experience from a background as Project Manager for School Buildings. I was honoured to serve as Chair for 13 years until October 2019. I am proud of the school’s strong academic and vocational curricula. I strongly believe students should have the best and broadest education offer that is possible to provide and I am honoured to be able to continue to support Imberhorne.

 

Nikki Kingett (Vice Chair)

I have enjoyed a sucessful career in Corporate Entertainment, Facilitation and Training, working with many well known high street names both in the UK and internationally before re-training after the birth of my third child. I hold many qualifications, including 'Childrens Mentor' amongst others. I am currently a Forest Schools Leader and regularly help schools in the West Sussex group to set up and run the Forest School initiative.

I am a mother to 3 children, run a business from home, am the current Chair of a local Swimming Club, have been the Chair of the Ashurstwood Preschool Committee and was a governor at a local primary school for 12 years. In my very little spare time I enjoy film and theatre, walking my dog and I'm an avid follower of Strictly Come Dancing. I also enjoy the hobby of Glass Fusion.

 

Paul Clark

I became a Parent Governor in October 2016, my daughter having joined the school in September 2016. I am currently a member of the finance committee and lead on Curriculum Links. I am also a co-opted Governor at West Hoathly Church of England Primary School. As a governor, I want to ensure that our students get the very best education possible in a safe and secure environment that provides not only the opportunity for excellent academic results but also an enjoyable and stimulating all round experience for each student. I was a civil servant for over 30 years during which time I had various roles including people management, developing and implementing change, negotiating complex financial issues, and international liaison. For the last few years before my final retirement, I worked locally, which has given me a good understanding of the community. I am passionate about natural history and the environment, with a particular interest in moths, and have taken on an allotment with mixed results!​

 

Andrea Trigg

I have been a Governor at Imberhorne School since 2015, starting just before my second child left the school to continue studying at university. I have taught in primary schools for more than 30 years and have recently retired from the headship of Felbridge Primary School, a position I held for 11 years. My professional experience within education enables me to provide support and challenge to Imberhorne School in order to benefit all staff and students. I particularly enjoy my links with both the Health and Social Care and Drama departments and look forward to continuing to develop these links further.

 

Abigail Watkinson

I joined the governing body, as a co-opted member, in October 2020. I am the link governor for Personal Development and enjoy working alongside this department. I believe passionately in ensuring young people have access to a broad, and engaging curriculum that supports their development and future potential. ​I enjoy my current role within the South East Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, NHS.  My professional experience enables me to contribute to the promotion of a safe and supportive environment that seeks to understand, respond to, and improve the health and wellbeing of all students, and staff members 

 

Helen Vince

I joined the governing body in October 2015 when my daughter started in Year 7(she’s now a student in Y12!). I was originally elected as a parent governor and was then co-opted in October 2019 at the start of my second term. I had previously spent 20 years in secondary education as a science teacher and left the profession in 2004 when my daughter was born. I continued to take an active interest in education and was chair of the parents’ committee of my daughter’s preschool and also chaired  the PTA while she was at Primary school. I thoroughly enjoy being a governor at Imberhorne. My current responsibilities include safeguarding and teaching and learning link and my subject links are with the science and geography departments.

 

Sarah Watson

Having been a full time member of the teaching staff at Imberhorne for a number of years, following the birth of my children, I now teach part time within the Science department and hold the role of Key Stage 3 Science Leader, based at our Windmill Lane site. I have been a staff governor since 2014, with a break during maternity leave before being re-elected in April 2019. I am passionate about young people feeling supported to reach their full potential in a nurturing environment, and I believe this is at the core of what we do at Imberhorne. I am hugely committed to and passionate about the success of Imberhorne School and, living locally, I am proud of its strong position within the community.

 

Julian Hollingsworth

I have lived in East Grinstead since 2006 and have 3 children. I own a management consulting company with an emphasis on hospitality projects. It’s really important to me that the school works closely with the wider business environment to ensure that students are prepared academically and given the right tools in life. Every child has a special skill or talent and it’s up to us to ensure that each individual is given the best start in life when they’ve left the school, whether that be academically or in the world of work. Ultimately, we need to make sure that the students who leave Imberhorne are well rounded individuals. I became a governor to help Imberhorne achieve success and take a strong position in the local community. In my spare time, you might see me jogging down the Worth Way…

 

Carole Lane

I became involved with Imberhorne School when fostering a young boy who attended the school as a student. I joined the Parents' Forum initially and then became a Governor in 2019. I am married with two grown up children and four grandchildren. My work experience was in business as a personal assistant and in investment/mortgage broking. I changed tack in 1989 to train as a registered nurse working in many different areas of healthcare; hospital, practice and community - finishing up at the QVH in East Grinstead as a bank nurse in the iMnor Injuries Unit for ten years. I volunteer in the NHS and proudly assisted the Covid vaccination programme. Through nursing and fostering I have enjoyed working with both children and adults, particularly in regard to safeguarding and radicalisation as well as physical and psychological care. A child at heart, I love nothing more than supporting and joining in practically when needed and I am delighted to be linked to the PE and Music departments, my favourite subjects at school.

 

Sally Percy

I am a business and finance journalist, editor and copywriter, with a degree in modern history. I specialise in writing thought leadership for business executives and I am the author of ‘Reach the Top in Finance: The Ambitious Accountant’s Guide to Career Success’, published by Bloomsbury. I have been a parent governor of Imberhorne School since October 2020. Prior to that, I was a governor of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in East Grinstead for six years. As the mother of two daughters, I believe passionately in the value of education. By giving a great education to this generation of students, we are helping to build a better world for everyone.