Governor Bios

Ann Burgess (Co-opted Governor; Chair of Governors)

Ann is a retired primary teacher who is a grandmother to four children.  After being shown around the school, Ann felt that she wanted to become part of the team that took Phoenix forward.  Ann says “I believe that children should be given as many opportunities as possible to explore and understand the world in which we live.”

Ambrose Oliver (Local Authority Governor; Vice-Chair of Governors)

Ambrose has been a school governor for the past 25 years.  He serves two Primary Schools as well as representing governors at District and County level. During the 1970s and 1980s he was involved in Primary School teaching. 

Currently he does some voluntary work in Churches and old people’s homes.  This includes such activities as counselling, singing solos (usually accompanied by a guitar) and public speaking.  He also serves as a Parish Councillor.

Ambrose is married with five children and four grandchildren.

Debbie Downey (Co-opted Governor)

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.

Gary Foreman (Parent Governor)

Chartered Tax Adviser and Partner of Nash Harvey, a local firm of Chartered Accountants with offices in Ashford, London and Maidstone.

This is my first appointment as Governor and am looking forward to supporting the school with my experience in finance. I also have a step-daughter within the school, and my wife is one of the class teachers, so have a keen interest in the school maximising its potential.

Christopher Johnson (Headteacher Governor)
Winston Michael (Co-opted Governor)

Hellen Ward (Co-Opted GOVERNOR)