Stephen Baldwin – Parent Representative
I moved to East Sussex when I was 9 years old and have lived locally ever since. I currently live in Three Cups and run an international sports equipment distribution business in Crowborough. I have been running my own companies for nearly 30 years and have experience in marketing, finance, business strategy and export/import. I am married with two sons who attend Heathfield Community College (HCC) in years 10 and 13; both are enjoying the school and progressing well. Outside work, my interests are rugby, motor racing, paintball and playing bass. I became a Parent Governor in March 2014 with the intention of using my experience to assist in maintaining and improving HCC as a first class school.
Janet Bass – Co-Opted Representative
I am a Careers Guidance Professional and work as an Independent Careers Advisor. I previously was the Area Manager for the Connexions Service and worked for Babcock International with a responsibility for education and guidance. I am a qualified youth worker and counsellor. Both my son and daughter were educated at Heathfield Community College many years ago. I am now semi retired but still offering advice and guidance to young people.
Felicity Candogan – Parent Representative
We moved to Heathfield in 2013 not least because of this thriving school nearby, where my two sons are now in Years 8 and 9. I grew up in rural Kent and went to school in Tunbridge Wells (TWGGS). After enjoying a gap year in India I went on to study Russian and Politics at Bristol University (BA Hons). My love of languages and travel then took me abroad to work back in India (with the Ladakh Ecological Development Group) and more recently in Turkey, where I married and where our children started their primary school education. I taught English language for some years at the government school in Gocek. I am an Acupuncturist by profession, having qualified as a post graduate in the UK.
As parent governor (since November 2015) I welcome the opportunity to support Heathfield Community College during the coming years of transition, with major changes ahead in the national curriculum. I hope to encourage the school to offer inspiration and the best opportunities to all students, whatever their academic ability. I am the link governor for Modern Foreign Languages, and chair the Stakeholder Engagement Committee meetings.
Alison Doig – Co-Opted Representative
I was born and educated in Hastings, and after university worked in London before moving back to Sussex in 1980. I have been a governor at Heathfield for thirteen years. Three of my children have been through the College; my youngest attended a special school locally. I work for East Sussex Schools Library Service where my current job involves promoting the enjoyment of reading to primary school pupils via our Mobile Library. I have been a governor at a local primary school since 1988. As a College governor I have a particular interest in the curriculum and in special educational needs.
Trevor Goldsmith – Co-Opted Representative
Trevor has been a business owner for the last 33 years and for many years has been involved with local charities and community organisations such as chairman of a local snooker club and snooker league. He has been president of Heathfield and Waldron Rotary club and raised over £25,000.00 during his year as president and is currently responsible for fundraising for the Rotary club and has been Chairman of the Heathfield Chamber of Commerce for many years. Trevor has also recently become a shop director for St Wilfred’s Hospice and a school governor. Since 2002 Trevor has been a director of The Heathfield Partnership, a charity that works for the regeneration of Heathfield and surrounding villages.
Darrell Hamilton- Parent Representative
Darrell grew up in Northern Ireland before leaving to study Physics at the University of Lancaster. Since then, with the exception of a few years working in financial services, he has enjoyed teaching Physics and is currently developing the STEM provision at a Grammar school in Kent. He is also Teacher Network Co-ordinator for the Institute of Physics in West Kent, training and supporting teachers across the region and is an examiner for GCSE Physics.
Darrell has lived in Heathfield since 2003 and from September 2016 will have 2 daughters at HCC.
Aside from time spent with his family, Darrell enjoys maintaining personal health and fitness, including weight training and cycling and has a love of the Scottish Highlands.
Darrell is passionate about education and is keen to play a significant role in supporting HCC in the journey to becoming an Outstanding school.
Mike Jessel – Parent Representative
I was born in London but raised mainly in East Sussex. I am married with two children; my daughter left the college in 2014 and my son is now in Year 12. I have lived in Mayfield since 2003 and my wife was previously the Vice Chair of Governors for Mayfield C of E Primary School. I was elected as a Parent Governor at HCC in January 2011 and have acted as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance & General Purpose Committee. I am currently on a sabbatical, but intend to return to my role in January 2017.
I have had careers in financial markets and recruitment but now work as Data Manager and Exams Officer for The Hurlingham Academy which is part of United Learning. Outside work, I am an avid cook, keen armchair football fan and technophile.
Richard Karn – Co-Opted Representative. Chair of Governors
I run my own consultancy and interim management company called Fourscore Consulting Limited.
For twelve years prior to this I was Managing Director for Local World in the South East, which publishes newspapers and websites like the Kent and Sussex Courier/kentandsussexcourier.
I was brought up in Sussex and went to Uplands Community College in Wadhurst. Apart from seven years working in the East Midlands I have lived in the area all my life and currently live in Heathfield. I have one son who attended the College for his entire secondary education including sixth form and left in the summer of 2015 to pursue a career in web design.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my son and I play the organ at local churches in Ticehurst and Ewhurst. I am actively involved in the campaign to bring a swimming pool to Heathfield. I am the link governor for Media and also Chair of the Governing Body.
Yvonne Mills – Co-Opted Representative
I was brought up in the New Forest and went to University in Manchester where I gained a BSc in Spanish, Russian and Linguistics. After university I tried many jobs including a brief spell as a tax officer and as a clippie on the buses! I went on to a career in Tourism; managing a business travel agency and finally becoming the National Sales Representative for a business airline. I came to Heathfield Community College in 2001 as a Learning Support Assistant (Special Needs) and was subsequently awarded HLTA status. I have specialised in the field of speech, language and communication difficulties, particularly autism; I am the Specialist Teaching Assistant attached to the Facility.
I have two children; both have gone on to University thanks to the excellent teaching and guidance at Heathfield. I am fortunate that my role enables me to have regular contact with our fantastic, hardworking teams of support staff as well as teachers, students and parents.
I became a Governor because I am proud of the College and want to help it continue the pursuit of excellence.
Peter Roundell – Co-Opted Representative
I grew up in Cheshire, and was educated at primary school there, and then at schools in Hertfordshire and Hampshire, before moving to London to start working in the insurance business in the City, in which I have worked for nearly 50 years, during which I have travelled widely internationally. With retirement in prospect, having worked so many years in the private sector, I was interested to learn more about the Public sector, and was elected a District Councillor in May 2011 for the Fletching, Danehill and Nutley Ward of Wealden D.C. and was re-elected in May 2015. Since then I have served on both the Standards and Licensing Committees, and currently I am Chairman of the Audit and Finance Scrutiny Committee, as well as being a member of the Cabinet Advisory Group for Planning overall in Wealden.
Education is not a major part of Wealden D.C.’s remit, and with two sons who are themselves teachers, I was interested to have greater exposure to this major part of public expenditure and am honoured to have been invited to join the Board of Governors of H.C.C.
I have lived in Fletching for 25 years, playing cricket being the magnet that brought us down from London to Sussex, and count music, philately and working my dogs amongst my interests.
Joanna Taylor – Staff Representative
Originally from Essex (where I taught as an unqualified ‘instructor’ at my old secondary school for a year). I have taught at HCC since 1993 and travel daily from Brighton as I moved there to attend Sussex University in 1988. My husband works as a freelance writer and our daughter, Polly, is in Year 8 at a local secondary school in Brighton.
As well as being a Sixth Form tutor I have been co-ordinating PSHE, which includes Citizenship, Careers Education and Work Related Learning since the summer of 2005. I have recently been heavily involved in Careers and Employability Events at the College. I lived in Barcelona for a year in 2001, but still felt the ‘call’ and returned to HCC in September 2002.
Liz Williams – Co-Opted Representative
After gaining a joint honours degree in Mathematics and Physics at London University, I joined IBM and worked in the computer industry as a systems analyst. I moved to customer training and then marketing within IBM before leaving to take up a consultancy contract with Rolls Royce plc. 4 children followed and I became a full-time mum. I had just completed my training to be an ante-natal teacher when my husband’s job brought us to the south in 2000. After completing a joint honours degree in Sociology and Social Psychology at Sussex University and a PGCE(M) from Brighton University, I taught on the Access to Higher Education course at Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne. I retired from teaching in 2015.