Governors at Kings’
COLIN WILLIAMS – CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
Colin joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in March 2013 and subsequently was elected as Chair of Governors in December 2017. Colin’s two sons both attended Kings’ before moving onto sixth form at Peter Symonds. In his professional life Colin is a Technology & Operations Strategic Consultant he provides advice to Financial Services organisations on Business Transformation and how technology can be used as an enabler to grow revenue, reduce complexity, improve efficiency, and operate globally. Colin supports the school by using his skills and experience in finance, the use of technology (ICT) and the teaching of business skills.
SARA GOODENS – VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
Sara became a co-opted governor in 2013 and is currently vice chair and a member of the Education Committee.
Professionally, Sara has a career in Business Management. She has two children who both attended Kings’.
DR JAMES ADAMS – HEADTEACHER
James joined Kings in January 2021, having been a senior leader in Poole and Somerset. He began his teaching career at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, teaching Geography. He has a passion for the outdoors as a teacher and from a personal perspective, living in the New Forest and enjoying endurance events. James is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.
RICHARD PRIESTLEY – CO-OPTED
Richard was born and grew up in Winchester. He has four children – all attended Kings. One is still at Kings. Richard works as a Deputy CFO for a major life insurance group and has over 30 years’ experience in finance. He is a chartered accountant and has a BA from Clare College, Cambridge
CHRISTIAN SCHOFIELD – CO-OPTED
Christian became a Co-opted Governor in 2016. He has extensive experience as a secondary school English teacher and a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in both the private and state sectors. He has one son currently studying at the school.
Christian believes passionately that all children should have the opportunity to gain excellent academic qualifications, irrespective of background – hence, his acclaimed YouTube channel, ‘Schofield on Shakespeare’.
SARAH TAYLOR – CO-OPTED
Sarah is a consultant working in the field of physical activity & sport. She has worked within local authority, a charitable trust and established two businesses at all times working on projects geared towards engaging young people and children to be physically active. She trained and worked as a secondary PE and Maths teacher at the start of her career. She has been a primary school governor and has two children who went to Kings’.
Sarah has a keen interest in ensuring the welfare of young people is paramount and that all pupils are provided with the opportunities, skills and experiences to succeed in life.
GEORGINA CROOKS – CO-OPTED
Georgina became a co-opted governor in 2018 and is now the Chair of the Education committee. She has worked in education settings across Hampshire for the last twenty years teaching and leading English at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Georgina currently works for the HISP Multi-Academy Trust as the Assistant Director of the Teaching School Hub and is an Associate for the examination board, AQA. She also has a wealth of experience in ITT, teacher training, coaching and mentoring. Georgina is committed to ensuring that all pupils are given every opportunity to excel through a diverse, creative and well-organised curriculum. She has one daughter currently at Kings’ School and one son who did attend the school and is now studying at Peter Symonds college.
JUSTIN CORRIE – PARENT
Justin joined the Governing Body at the start of 2019. He has lived with his family in Winchester since 2003; his eldest 2 children attended Kings’ and youngest is currently in year 11.
Justin has worked for 25+ years in Finance and Banking – including roles at ICI, the BMW Group, Motorola and Nokia before transitioning to Banking where he currently works for SEB. His career includes positions in Internal Audit, Process Change Management Manufacturing Site Finance Management, Regional Controllership, Treasury and Trade + Export Finance.
Away from work, Justin is a keen sportsman including running (multiple road and trail races including marathons and ultras), cycling and squash. Having lived in Brazil for 15 years (12 as a child), Justin likes to travel and experience different cultures. He achieved a BA Hons in Human Sciences from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Previously, Justin was a Governor at The British School in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
CHRISTOPHER BENNETT – CO-OPTED
Chris joined the Governing Body in March 2020 and has called Winchester ‘home’ since 2012. Married to Sonya, they have two sons – one currently at Kings’ and the other at a Winchester primary school.
A Masters graduate in Business Management, Chris is an officer in the Royal Navy. An attack helicopter pilot and tactics instructor, he has commanded aviation detachments worldwide and seen operational service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served overseas on NATO assignments in Italy and the USA.
Chris hopes to put his extensive experience of delivering results from limited public resource to good use for the benefit of Kings’.
lindsey lee – staff governor
Lindsey started teaching Languages at Kings’ School in 1999 and became Head of German in 2009. As well as running her department, she coordinates a mentoring programme for pupils to help them cope better with their GCSE studies and delivers a range of study skills presentations and assemblies to all year groups to equip them with the skills they need to become independent, resilient learners.
In 2019, Lindsey was awarded the Hampshire Education Award for Teaching and Learning for her study skills work with pupils. Outside of school, Lindsey enjoys walking in the Lake District and she is a keen crocheter, knitter and silversmith.
Des Mhere – Parent Governor
Des joined the Governing Body in 2022. He has lived with his family in Winchester since 2015, they have two children: one currently at Kings’ and the other at a Winchester primary school.
Des possesses a Masters in Financial Management and an MBA. Has served for nearly 20 years as an officer in the British Army and has a wealth of experience leading Finance and People operational teams in Europe, Middle East and Asia in addition to a stint as a strategic financial planner in the Army’s Headquarters.
He has been a governor and Chair of the Resources Committee at a local primary school and will fully utilise his knowledge, skills and experience as well as providing the equally important parental viewpoint.
Becki Martin – Clerk to Governors
Katja Ayling – Minute Taker