The Governing body, in conjunction with the Headmaster, sets out the aims of the College and ensures that they are met.
The Governors all act as charity trustees of the company. At any time there are to be no fewer than four and no more than 16 Governors.
The ultimate authoritative body of the College is the School Council, which consists of the Governors and the Provost. The Council, which meets at least termly, has a number of sub committees that cover four areas of College activity: Education, Finance & General Purposes, Estates and Nominations.
The Governors appoint the Head of each School and then delegate the whole authority for the internal regulation and discipline of each School to the Head.
The Chairman and all Governors may be contacted via Clerk to the Governors Sophie Koziarski; firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointed 2016, Former Parent
Robert became a governor in 2016 and is a former parent. Robert is Global Chief Investment Officer for Univest (Unilever), non-executive Chair of the Reed Elsevier Pensions Scheme Investment & Funding Committee, Chair of the Investment Committee of the British Heart Foundation, and Chair of the Advisory Panel of INQUIRE. He is also a non-executive director of Circulor plc. Prior to his portfolio career, he held several senior roles in investment consulting and asset management. He is a graduate of the University of London and holds a Masters Degree in Economics. Robert is based in Kent but spends time in France.
Jane retired from her full-time role as Head of Business Development at Willis Towers Watson (WTW) in April 2019 and embarked on a career as a non-executive board director. Key current roles are independent non-executive director at Baring Fund Managers Limited, board trustee at Citizens Advice Bureau, Waverley and board trustee of South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service. Jane also provides coaching and commercial awareness training for professional services executives. Prior to WTW, she held a number of senior positions in the asset management industry, including Citigroup Asset Management and Old Mutual. She holds a Degree in English Literature.
Sophie was appointed as a governor in 2020. Having previously worked at Ardingly Prep, she moved to Croydon High GDST where she was first Head of Junior School and now has responsibility for Sixth Form. A graduate of Exeter University, where she gained a 1st class degree in Education and Maths, she has enjoyed a career in teaching where she has experienced both state and independent schools, girls only and co-ed and taught from Pre Prep to Sixth Form.
Siân became a Governor of Ardingly College in 2015. She is a law graduate having attended Exeter University where she obtained an LLB. Following this Siân qualified as a solicitor in a niche corporate firm in her native Wales. Sian has subsequently become a Partner at Knights Solicitors where she heads up the Corporate and Education team in Oxford. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions with a particular specialism in charitable organisations including schools.
MR GUY DIXON BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI
Chair of Estates Committee, Governor with Responsibility for Health & Safety
Appointed 2013, Old Ardinian, Current Parent
Guy left Ardingly College in 1996 after seven years at the school and continues to live locally in Haywards Heath. He went on to read Urban Planning and Management at the University of Nottingham before joining DTZ in London. In 2001 he joined Cluttons before moving to Savills in 2006 where he is a Planning Director advising major clients including Imperial College London, Catesby Estates, Brighton & Hove City Council and Crest Nicholson.
Veera is co-founder of Circulor, a supply chain traceability software company. Prior to this Veera has held a number of senior and Executive positions in the worlds of finance, TMT and management consulting. In 2005 Veera founded Procserve, a specialist eCommerce solutions provider that was successfully sold to Basware in 2015.
Veera won the prestigious Asian Businesswoman of the Year award in 2009 and has been profiled by the Financial Times as an IT Role Model.
MR DOUGLAS (Doug) JOHNSON-POENSGEN BEng (Hons)
Deputy Chair of Council • Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee • Governor with Responsibility for ICT
Douglas is currently CEO of Circulor, a technology company supporting the sustainability efforts of large manufacturers. He previously held senior roles at Barclays, BT and Serco. After studying civil engineering, he served for ten years as an officer in the Royal Engineers, with operational tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. He started his civilian career as a management consultant. Doug grew up near Ardingly and now lives near Ascot.
Appointed 2013, Former Parent
Simon started his career with a PhD in Cancer Immunology. He then moved to the British Council where he worked around the world for 26 years with postings in the UK, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sudan, Russia and Israel. As Head of International Operations at Wellcome, Simon leads Wellcome’s efforts to build biomedical and health research capacity in Africa and India. He is now also studying for a Masters in Coaching and Behavioural Change at the Henley Business School. Simon is also a Trustee of the Malaria Consortium, a Trustee of the Wellcome/Government of India Alliance, a Director of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in South Africa (research into HIV/TB) and a Director of the Africa Research Consortium for Health (ARCH) in Kenya.
MRS LOUISE LINDSAY Chartered FCIPD, LL.M, BA (Hons)
Chair of the Education Committee, Governor with Responsibility for Safeguarding and Pre-Prep
Louise Lindsay has more than 30 years’ experience in HR and was the HR Director for Imperial College for ten years until May 2020. Louise now has a portfolio career. She continues to work part-time for Imperial College as Director of Safeguarding and College Projects where she is the accountable College officer for Ofsted, DBS and UKVI. Louise is a Trustee Director for the SAUL Pension Scheme (Superannuation Arrangements for the University of London) and will become Chair of the Scheme in 2021. In 2020 Louise was appointed by HMCTS to the judicial position of non-legal member of the Employment Tribunals hearing cases in the London South region.
Emily attended Ardingly College 6th form as a music scholar in 1999-2001. She went onto Durham University where she read Natural Sciences before pursuing a career in Banking. Since 2004 she has worked in Commodity Derivatives with a specialism in Energy. She has worked at various investment banks and since 2010 she has been a director at Lloyds Bank. Emily also taught maths at a local prep school during a sabbatical. Emily lives in nearby West Hoathly with her young family.
Appointed 2019, Current Parent
Jenny is a Partner at coaching and advisory firm, Stork & May. Jenny spent the first 25 years of her career as a management consultant advising the Boards of a number of FTSE companies. She co-founded her own business in 2000 and sold it to Mercer in 2015, where she worked for a further 4 years before joining Stork & May. Jenny now coaches CEOs and supports senior executives through career change. She has a keen interest in mental health in the workplace and in 2020 completed her post-graduate Diploma in Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Jenny also holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.
Richard is Director of Academic Services at Imperial College London, where he has worked since 2011. He leads the university’s student services and is responsible for the interface of academic operations between faculties and Imperial’s central services. Richard has also worked at University College London in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and spent two years in South Australia establishing a postgraduate facility focussed on energy and resources. Richard holds a degree in History from Durham University.
Kate Sweeney Parkin is a Partner at Deloitte. She leads the Human-Centred Transformation business in Consulting. Kate works with senior executives, helping them to align their organisation and culture to deliver business strategy and complex business transformation. She has a particular passion around developing solutions for clients on ‘Future of Work’ including the impact on the workforce of emerging technologies and new ways of working. Her focus is in the the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector.
Rt Reverend Jonathan Meyrick was educated at Lancing College and St John’s College, Oxford. Bishop Jonathan was previously the Bishop of Lynn and is currently Provost at Lancing, Hurst and Arding