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Governor Profiles

 

Marion Wilcock

Marion was co-opted as a governor in October 2013.. She was elected as Chair of Governors in 2017.  She was a partner in a regional law firm for more than 20 years and continues to act as a consultant with a law firm in Brighton.  She is a director of Haywards Heath Community CIC which organises many community events in the area, including CIC ART ( the Haywards Heath Art Trail ) and Lantern Processions.  As a personal challenge she is currently learning to swim for the first time. She lives in Haywards Heath.

Sandra Boyd

Sandra has been the LA representative governor since March 2017.  She is currently the Vice Chair of the Governing Board and Chair of the Learning & Wellbeing Committee.  She is retired having been in the post 16 education sector for 25 years, initially in an FE college and latterly in the Prison Service.  She is also Co-chair of the governing board at The Windmills Junior School in Hassocks where she has been a governor for 5 years mainly focussing on SEND and Safeguarding.  She lives in Hassocks and one of her grandchildren attends Woodlands Meed School. 

Adam Rowland

Adam was appointed Headteacher of Woodlands Meed in September 2015. He was previously a governor at St. John’s, a school and residential provision for students aged  5 - 24 years in Brighton. He has a young family who keep him very busy at Weekends and in his spare time enjoys outdoor activities.

 

Simon Virgo

Simon was elected as a parent governor in September 2013.  He is the Health & Safety Governor, Whistle Blowing Governor and is Chair of the Premises Health and Safety Committee.  In the past he has chaired the Learning and Wellbeing Committee as well as being governor for KS4, KS5 and the college site.  Simon has 2 children with ASD & learning disabilities one of whom currently attends Woodlands Meed.  Simon has worked for 25 years in blue-chip companies in the financial services sector.  He has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Chartered Institute of Marketing Qualifications.  He currently owns a business centre in Burgess Hill and is a Director of three local small businesses. 

Miriam Owen

Miriam has been a school governor since WM opened in 2012. Her designated role is Grievance Governor, she also took an active role in recruiting the current Head Teacher. She actively supports the Friends of Woodlands Meed when time allows.  Miriam is a parent Governor with a son who now attends the college site. She currently works for a large media company and her professional qualifications are within HR / Learning and Development. Miriam is also chairperson of the Board of Directors for Kangaroos Mid Sussex Ltd. This is a charity offering holiday and social clubs for young people with additional needs. Many of the Woodlands Meed pupils attend the clubs. Spare time is spent with the family of 2 sons, and visits to the sports centre to keep fit.

Neil James

Neil was elected as parent governor in July 2017. He is one of the safeguarding governors, and is Chair of the Policy Committee. He is also a member of the PTA, Friends of Woodlands Meed. Neil has a child with ASD who currently attends the school. 

 Neil has worked in social care for 17 years; the past four years have been spent at Chailey Heritage Foundation as Community Operations Manager. Neil has great knowledge with SEN and brings a plethora of experience to the governing board. In his spare time, he enjoys walking his dogs, He lives in Mid-Sussex.

 

Rob Landauer

Rob was co-opted as a governor in January 2017. He is vice chair of the Resources Committee. He has worked in financial services for 25 years at Arthur Andersen, Goldman Sachs, Nomura and currently Barclays. Rob is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He lives in Haywards Heath and has 2 sons, one of which attends Woodlands Meed.

Peter Clinch

Peter was co-opted as a governor in November 2016. He is the link training governor, and also has oversight of the school IT strategy. He worked for 30 years for American Express, most recently as an IT development Director. For the past two years Peter has volunteered as a class helper at the College site for a few hours a week. In his spare time Peter plays bridge for the county, and is an avid sports fan. He lives in Hove.

Martin Wood

Martin was elected as a staff governor for the school site in March 2016. He is the vice chair for the policies committee and is a member of the learning and wellbeing committee. Martin has been a teacher at WM since the school opened in 2012. He was first teaching in Fox class in the primary department working with year 5 and 6 learners. In the time he has been at WM he has progressed to the role of Lead Teacher where he works with learners throughout key stages 1, 2 and 3, being responsible for the strategic direction for literacy at the school site.  He is a keen sportsman playing football throughout the county for the past 14 years and has recently retired from playing due to the birth of his first child. He is now concentrating on his second sporting love, golf.

Bill Hatton

Bill was co-opted as a governor in September 2018. He is a retired Chartered Town Planner with 40 years experience in Local Government. He was District Planning Officer for Mid Sussex for 14 years and Chief Executive of Mid Sussex District Council for 8 years. He was a governor of Downlands Community School for 20 years. He is a member of the Burgess Hill Rotary Club and also of Hassocks Parish Council of which he was chairman for 5 years. He currently chairs the Parish Councils Neighbourhood Planning Working Group. He loves the countryside and going for long walks.  He also goes to the gym and swims to try to keep relatively fit.