In addition to the volunteer governors profiled below, the (Acting) Headteacher, David McKeown-Webster is an ex officio governor. The (Acting) Deputy Heads, Dave Simmonds and Jenny Newbery, may also attend the main governor committees by invitation.
Michael Swiggs - Governor from September 2017 - Chair of Governors
After taking a degree in History, at University College London, my career over the following 30 + years was with London Transport/Transport for London. My responsibilities included HR, Facilities and Premises management, Industrial Relations, company secretariat and – later - pension fund trustee. After leaving, I undertook some HR consultancy, and in recent years have undertaken, hands on, a number of property renovation projects in mid Sussex.
My association with Harlands stretches over many years; my children and now my grandchildren are Harlands educated.
Sandie Sansom - Governor from 1996 - Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources
I trained as a teacher in the mid-70s but never taught in mainstream education. I have taught English as a foreign language in Mexico City and in London. I worked in the financial markets in the City of London for 16 years; in foreign exchange, sterling deposits, financial futures and as a Investment Manager.
I left the City to spend more time with my family. My son went to Harlands and then on to Warden Park. I have a step-son and daughter, both grown up and currently have grandchildren (via my step daughter) who have been educated at Harlands.
I became a governor in 1996 and was Chair of Governors for 12 years. I also served on the Warden Park Secondary governing body for 8 years and was Vice-Chair for the last 3 years there.
The talents I feel that I bring to governance are: time, enthusiasm, commitment, logical thinking, common sense, financial skills and sound ICT skills.
Cheryl Larocque - Governor from 2017, Chair of School Improvement
After having completed a BA Hons Teaching Degree in primary education and taught for a few years, I continued my career in education by working at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. In this role I was a Principal Officer for the optional tests which involved working with external agencies, teachers, headteachers, DfE, and local authorities. This role involved using my project management skills to manage a team of people, manage budgets, organise review panels and sign off the National Curriculum tests. After a career break during which I had my family, I am now supply teaching at primary schools within the local area.
My children all attended Harlands and during their time there, I was heavily involved through co-chairing the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), co-ordinating the Class Representatives and being a parent helper. I was the Vice Chair of Governors until August 2019.
Rocky Datoo - Parent Governor from October 2018
My HR career began as a training officer for East Sussex Education Authority. I continued to work, across both public and private organisations, as an organisational and professional development specialist for the next 15 years. Now self-employed, I split my time between training facilitation, coaching, The Juno Project (a charity dedicated to empowering vulnerable teenage girls at risk of exclusion) and my own business: RAW (resilience and wellbeing). I am also a qualified mental health first aider.
I have two children at Harlands and am a Harlands' alumnus myself.
Ruth de Mierre - co-opted Governor from July 2016
I have lived and worked in Haywards Heath for 47 years, with two sons born and educated here, and with four lovely grandchildren now. A District Councillor for Lucastes Ward, I am also MSDC Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Chairman of Haywards Heath Town Team.
Frank Gainsbury - co-opted Governor from May 1997
Three of my children were educated at Harlands and I have been a school governor continuously since 1997.
I have had my own practice of Chartered Surveyors since 1987 and I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a qualified Arbitrator.
I have been able to assist the School with many of their building and major maintenance projects during the period I have been involved with the School.
Vicki Gilsenan - Parent Governor from September 2013
Megan Glew - Staff Governor from September 2016
I have been a teacher at Harlands since September 2014, teaching first in year 3 for two years, then in year 5 for a further two years, and now in year 6. I am the maths
co-ordinator for the school, and enjoy teaching and playing netball both in and out of school.
Paul Mills - co-opted Governor from December 2016
I have worked in finance and governance roles in the public sector for coming up to twenty years, for much of my career at the National Audit Office, and now at the Financial Ombudsman Service. Though I am not a parent governor, both my children attend Harlands.
David Nisbet - co-opted Governor from March 2019
I have a degree in history and have spent nearly twenty years working in international acquisition finance, most recently for a large European bank. I have lived in the area for four years and, though I am not a parent governor, both my children attend Harlands.
Hannah Speight - co-opted Governor from January 2019
I welcomed the opportunity to take a greater role in the school community, supporting its drive for excellence. I studied Human Geography at the University of Hull, before completing my Secondary PGCE at the University of Cambridge. I started my teaching career in Wiltshire, before moving to southeast London, where I taught and took on leadership roles in two inner city schools and completed an MA in School Development. I now work in alternative provision, teaching students who have been permanently excluded or who are at risk of exclusion. Although not a parent governor, both my children attend Harlands.
Jim Thorne - co-opted Governor from September 2014
I am a corporate lawyer for a global food and retail group, based in London. Although not a parent governor, each of my three children have attended the school.
I originally joined Harlands in May 2000 as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant, a role that fitted beautifully with my own three children attending the school. My previous background was as PA/Secretary working with senior staff within a governmental organisation, including a long spell in their Press Office.
The Clerk is appointed by the Governing Body and attends the Full Governor’s and other main Committee Meetings. They are responsible for the agenda, minutes and general administration and support for the governing body.