Governor Bios

ambrose Oliver (Local Authority Governor; 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; joint 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.

Winston Michael (Co-opted Governor; joint Vice-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.​

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)


Christopher Johnson (Headteacher Governor)
Maxine Hills (staff Governor)

Hellen Ward (Co-Opted GOVERNOR)