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Governor Bios

Winston Michael (Co-opted Governor; Chair of Governors)

I am married and a father to four children with six grandchildren. I am a Borough Councillor for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell and  known for my passion to see the needs of the young members of the community properly addressed. I have had forty-eight years business experience, of which thirty-six was spent in top management. In 1972, I founded a world-wide IT consultancy to provide business solutions to top companies across a variety of industries. I am a good listener, take a positive approach to matters, I have a “can do” attitude, and an achiever, all of which are skills to support in my role as governor at Phoenix Community Primary School.​

Debbie Downey (Co-opted Governor; Vice-Chair of Governors)

I am a retired Teacher of 35 years from the Secondary sector in which I have held a number of senior posts. My main interests are Science, Mathematics and Teacher Education. I currently work as a sessional tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University.

As a co-opted Governor I will work to support the staff and pupils of the school.  I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities, providing not only education but a safe, secure environment for teachers and pupils alike.

As this is my first experience as a Governor I will work to develop a better understanding of how Phoenix school operates and to support where possible.

Charlene Goodman (Parent Governor)

I am a Chartered accountant and have been a member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) since December 2011. I have worked in accountancy practice since 2007. I currently work part-time as an accountant at Ackland Webb Limited in Canterbury.

I became a parent governor because I think it is important to support the school in being the best it can be. I believe we all have a responsibility to ensure that our children achieve their maximum potential. I am keen to learn more about how a school is run and hope to use my skills to make a positive contribution to the school.

I am married with two children. In my spare time I enjoy days out with my family, walking our dog and going to the gym.

Sally Christian (Parent Governor)

I am a wife and a mum to three beautiful boys. I wanted to become a parent governor to help and support the school in delivering an education which provides all children with the best possible start in their early school years which lays the foundations for achieving their future potential. 

I have 15 years of retail management experience together with 12 years of finance experience. I am currently responsible for the finance and office operations for our business which enables me to work flexible hours so that I can support and spend quality time with my family. In addition to this, I am also re-training to further develop my skills with the ICB (Institute of Chartered Book Keepers).

Alan Dean (Co-opted Governor)

Until my retirement in March 2016 I worked as the Lead Inspector for Secondary Education, Vocational Education and the Home Education Service for an Outer London Borough. I have 43 years experience in state education in London as an English teacher, SENCO and Deputy Headteacher. I am passionate about education and every child receiving the very best education to meet their needs, preparing them for a fulfilled and successful life. I am committed to working with Phoenix Community Primary School in supporting the school in any way I can to ensure every child matters.

I live with my partner in Kennington, I have two grown up children, three grandchildren and a Cocker Spaniel!

Katherine Hosea (Co-opted Governor)

I am a Chartered Surveyor with 16 years experience of working in the regeneration sector.  I currently work as Head of Development at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.  One part of my job I really enjoy is working with young people to shape the new buildings and public spaces in their local area.  I'm also enthusiastic about raising awareness of different career opportunities in the construction industry, particularly among girls and young women. 
I became a Co-opted governor as I wanted to 'give something back' to the community that welcomed my family and I when we moved to Kent from Yorkshire in 2014.  I am committed to helping the school be the best it can be which will in turn help secure bright futures for our young people.
Ian Overhead (Co-opted Governor)
I am a Business Development Manager for an Outdoor Education provider and passionately believe that it is important to create opportunities for children to have a wide range of experiences. As a Dad myself, I want my little boy to try out different sports, arts, languages and many other things, as this will widen his knowledge and opportunities further down the line.       

I have spent my career to date in 3 different sectors – travel, healthcare and education. Most of my time has been spent in Customer Service Management positions and therefore I feel my key strengths are listening to others, finding solutions to problems and generating relationships through building rapport. 

 My greatest learning and motto is “Happiness breeds success, not the other way around”, which for me means being part of a team who share a common goal and equally playing a part in achieving it. All of the above are my reasons for becoming a Governor with Phoenix Community Primary School and I hope to contribute to the school in any way I can.

On a personal note, I am married and my favourite thing to do is spend time outdoors with my wife and little boy. I am a huge sports enthusiast, following Liverpool FC and also go to watch Kent Cricket team as often as possible.

Christopher Johnson (Headteacher Governor)

Following a career in finance,  I began working in education 16 years ago and have experienced a range of roles from teaching assistant in Reception, teacher training based in school, class teacher including mixed age classes, subject leader for a range of subjects, governor for over 12 years, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. During this I have felt it is my responsibility to find each child's interests and talents and recognise and support these.

At home I have the support of my wife and together we foster a range of children and young adults. Together with our own 2 children we usually have between 4 and 7 children at home at any one time. I have empathy for parents with problems of homework, getting children up and ready for school, the challenges of special educational needs or disability, behaviour or bedtime routines however, I also know that children can achieve great things that they (and others) don't think is possible, with the right support and the right champion.

As Headteacher I recognise that the governing body are strategically key to running our school providing strong challenge and support to school leaders as achieving good outcomes for pupils does not come from resting on our laurels but from having high expectations.

Maxine Hills (Staff Governor)

I am currently a year 5 teacher at the school.  Having completed my training at Phoenix, I ventured to a much larger school to develop my skills but returned last year.  Prior to re-training, I have worked both within the science and rail industries and have been fortunate to travel extensively across Europe and Asia. 

Becoming staff governor was important for me to help drive the school forward, to be the best it can.  I believe it is important for both children and staff to work and learn in a stimulating and safe environment and provide all with opportunities to encourage them to strive.  I like to consider myself a problem solver and therefore hope this ‘let’s find a solution’ style will help support my role as governor.

My family and I could be classed at the modern day ‘Waltons’, where my fiancée and I support both my grandmother and parents at home, along with our three children and small menagerie.   I also support our local village association, as their pub quiz caller.​


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Tel: 01233 622510

Belmont Road, Ashford, 
Kent, TN24 9LS

  • Headteacher
    Chris Johnson
  • Office Manager
    Diane Davis
  • Finance
    Susan Burberry
  • Site Manager
    Shaun King
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