Who Are We?

Debbie Allen – Parent Governor
Debbie Allen
Having grown up in Heathfield, attending HCC during the 80’s/90’s, I’ve recently moved back to the area and my daughter now attends HCC.  I’m proud to be part of the community and feel I am able to give something back by offering my skills and expertise.  I work in financial services for a leading healthcare company who operate a work inspiration programme for students.  My skillset is primarily project and change management; with a keen eye on efficiency and organisation; and a particular interest in mental health and well-being; improving our resilience to the demands of everyday life.  I act as mentor and coach, helping people understand their strengths and apply problem solving skills.

A parent governor position would give me the opportunity to share and ultimately benefit the students.  HCC is a very impressive school, it would be a real privilege to be part of the team.


Stephen Baldwin – Co-opted Governor
Stephen Baldwin March 2014
I moved to East Sussex when I was 9 years old and have lived locally ever since. I currently live in Robertsbridge and run an international sports equipment distribution business in Crowborough. I have been running my own companies for 30 years and have experience in marketing, finance, business strategy and export/import. I am married with two sons who have both attended Heathfield Community College (HCC), one having just completed his A levels & moved on to college & the other in year 12; both enjoyed their time at the school and are progressing well. Outside work, my interests are rugby, motor racing, music 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.

Alison Doig – LA Governor
A Doig Sept 13

I was born and educated in Sussex and after university worked in London before moving back down here. Three of our children attended Heathfield Community College; the fourth went to a special school locally

I have been a governor at Heathfield Community College for a number of years and served as Chair of the governing body and of the curriculum committee. I have a particular interest in inclusion and special needs. I am also a governor at the Woodlands Federation of local primary schools.

I currently work  as a librarian for East Sussex County Council ,covering public libraries and schools.


Trevor Goldsmith – Co-opted Governor
T Goldsmith Sept 13
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 – Co-opted Governor
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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.


Richard Karn – Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)
R Karn Sept 13

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/across Kent, Surrey, Sussex Hertfordshire and Essex. I have worked in newspapers pretty much all of my career, having started at the age of 19 selling advertising space at the East Grinstead Courier.

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. I currently have one neice and one nephew who attend the College in Year 8.

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.


Simon Lewis – Parent Governor
Simon Lewis
I currently have a daughter in year 8 at HCC and my son will hopefully be joining next September. I have been impressed by how she is flourishing and what a great learning community it is. I know how important the Governors are to the school and want to offer my support, time and experience to the team.

I’ve worked in academia, publishing, online mapping and until 2016 I ran a small web company in London. I then took the opportunity to drop the commute and work primarily from home. I’ve not looked back.

I am a data scientist by trade but geography and science are my real passions. I also have experience of working with children through volunteering at a summer camp for many years.

I have been a director of both a commercial company and a residents’ association so have committee experience and understand the time commitments involved.


Ian Mailer – Parent Governor
Gov Ian Mailer

I believe that my experience of management of programmes and projects for central and local government, as well as non-departmental bodies gives me a unique insight into working within the constraints that are common across the public sector. Furthermore, with an extensive familial background in the education system and having been a qualified instructor of dangerous sports I understand many of the challenges faced by schools and educators.

As a result of this background I bring a wide range of skills from financial and risk management to strategic planning and problem solving as well as a knowledge of education that will help to support the school.

Furthermore, within the next three years I will have three children in the school so have a vested interest in the school’s on-going performance, student wellbeing and support of the staff in continuing and improving on the impressive success to date.


Gavin Mulcahy – Co-opted Governor

Peter Roundell – Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)
Peter Roundell Feb 14
I grew up in Cheshire, and was educated at primary school there, and then at schools in Hertfordshire and Hampshire, before moving to London working in the insurance business in the City, which I did for nearly 50 years, during which I travelled widely internationally. Having worked for so many years in the private sector, on retirement 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 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 sector and was honoured to have been invited to join the Board of Governors of HCC.

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.


Anthony Southern – Co-opted Governor
Anthony Southern 2018
I was born in Crowborough and also went to school there but have lived in the Heathfield area now for over 25 years.  I am married with two daughters currently at Heathfield Community College, in years 8 and 11.
By profession I am a management accountant with over 30 year’s experience in the retail sector.  I became a governor, as it is an exciting opportunity to join the team and assist in Heathfield Community Colleges journey towards excellence.

Joanna Taylor – Staff Governor
Jo Taylor Sept 13

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.


Helen Vine – Parent Governor
Helen Vine
I have been a School Business Manager for the last 10 years and both a parent and staff governor for 6 years at primary level. I previously had a successful 18-year career in banking and human resources and a have degree in Economics.

I can bring to this parent governor role, my knowledge of school budgeting, personnel, facilities management, Health and Safety, safeguarding and GDPR. I have an excellent knowledge of policies, functions of a Governing Body and a good understanding of performance, assessment, and attendance.

I currently have three children at Heathfield (Years 12, 10 and 8).

I am an Assistant Scout Leader and Club Welfare Officer for Herstmonceux cricket club.

I would very much like to be an active part of the Governing Body of a great school, of which I have had such a positive experience as a parent over the last 5 years.


Liz Williams – Co-opted Governor
Liz Williams

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.