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Governors' Resumes

Governors' Resumes


Sue Houghton,  Chair of Governors

Sue joined the Governing Body in 2014 as a Foundation Governor and is also one on the Finance Governors, responsible for monitoring the school's budget and its financial performance. She was appointed Vice Chair of the Board in January 2016 and took over as Chair in May 2016. Sue has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry, and worked for 15 years at Deloittes in London as a Chartered Accountant, specialising in insolvency. Following that she ran a small interior design business from home for 10 years, spent several years as an adviser at the CAB  and now runs a website. She lives in Toys Hill and is married with two daughters, two stepsons and 5 grandchildren. Her interests are Italian, painting, golf, cycling and active holidays.


Hilary Jones, Vice Chair of Governors

Hilary was appointed as the Local Authority Governor in July 2015.  She is a psychology graduate and has assumed responsibility on the Governing Body for monitoring  the pupils' progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Having been a Partner with responsibility for human resources in a planning consultancy, Hilary is also well placed to advise on personnel matters. Before having a family, Hilary was the Administrative Officer at Oxted County School, and gained vital experience of running the non-teaching functions of a large secondary school.  She currently works part time as Development Manager for Citizens Advice in Edenbridge and Westerham, and has fulfilled various other roles within Citizens Advice locally. Hilary and her husband have lived in Four Elms for twenty years and have three children and two grandchildren.


Nicola Coldman

Nicola joined the Governing Body in 2005 having spent some time working as a volunteer in the classrooms in order to get to know the school. She was immediately appointed as Vice Chair - a position that she held until 2014 - and now continues in her role of Foundation Governor. She worked in the City in a management role dealing with International Reinsurance until she had a family. Her role on the Governing Body has  varied over the years and she has gained valuable experience in Finance, Performance Management, Pupil Progress, Admissions together with overseeing the building of the two newest classroom blocks and general refurbishment of the school. Her interests are tennis, golf, bridge, music, theatre, opera, travel and walking.


Philip Gray

Philip joined the Governing Body in 2016. He is a retired Chartered Surveyor/Company DIrector with 33 years experience in the City, Europe and the Middle East. He also has a wealth of experience in Client Management, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing. Philip qualified as a Yacht Master in 2010 and has been actively looking for new challenges where he feels he can make a difference. He enjoys offshore yachting, walking, golf, cycling and gardening (including his prize winning tomatoes!)


Penny Harris

Penny joined the Governing Body in 2015 and was appointed SEND Governor. She recently retired from the teaching profession after 44 years working in a variety of schools in East Kent but latterly as SEND Coordinator in two local schools. She is involved with a number of charities and in 2015 spent three months in Tanzania, working for a UK based charity providing Maths and English seminars for African teachers. She is an active member of the Chiddingstone community where she has been a member of the Parish Council and Chair of the Village Hall Committee. She  is now a committee member of CHAPS, the local Amateur Dramatic Society. She is very pleased to be involved with Hever Primary School.


Tim Hipperson

Tim was successfully voted onto the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2015.  He lives in Edenbridge with his wife and daughter, who is currently in Elm Class. As a Director of Utilitywise, his core responsibility is to shape the strategy and future development of the business. His career has given him experience in a wide range of commercial situations; assessing business decisions, providing impact assessments, providing recommendations for improvement and helping companies buying strategies in the UK and continental Europe. He also advises the Department of Energy and Climate Change and OFGEM on legislative and regulatory development.




Annabel Lark

Annabel has been a Foundation Governor at Hever Primary School for the past ten years including eight years as Chair of Governors. Aside from her her role as Chair, she has taken responsibility for Performance Management, Pupil Progress, Compliance and Admissions. Her interest in education goes back over a number of years and she studied Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. Following her degree, she took a break from Education and became involved in sports television. After a few years, she  was keen to return to teaching and took the position of a classroom teacher at a local prep school. She is currently a Governor of a local prep school and Chair of their Education Committee.  She is married and has three daughters.  Her interests include golf, tennis and walking.


Frederic Perdrix

Born in a small French town half way between Lyon and Geneva, Frederic has been living in the UK for the last 20 years, mainly in London, and in Hever since 2009. Soon after his daughter was accepted into Hever School, Frederic was elected as a Parent Governor with the particular remit to look after the financial and budgetary aspects of the school. He works in London as an executive director for Houlder Ltd, where he brings naval architecture and engineering knowledge and expertise to all of the company’s projects. He is a designer and engineer with over twenty years of experience, being accountable for managing multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of vessel projects for the oil and gas, renewable and shipping industries as well as for the Royal Navy. 


Emma Short

Emma was born and raised in Australia, leaving there in 1997 to live in San Francisco and work for a Finance Broker. She then moved to London to work for a Global IT Company. After this,  she took the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe before returning to London to work for Goldman Sachs as a Trading Assistant.  She is now the mother of three boys, two of which are current pupils at Hever Primary School.  She has an active passion for sports including netball, tennis and swimming.


Claire Walker

Claire has been a fundraiser and chief executive in health and medical charities for 25 years. She currently has two part-time roles. One is working at the International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, developing projects to build the skills and capacity of staff in eye hospitals in developing countries, particularly in Africa, to prevent avoidable blindness in children and adults. Her other role is as Chief Executive of St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy, a long-established charity that cares for the health and wellbeing of the clergy and their families. Prior to working in the voluntary sector Claire trained as a scientist and worked at UCL, gaining a PhD in cancer research. She  lives locally with her husband and teenage son  and also has two grown-up stepdaughters and three grandchildren. She was a Parent Governor at Hever School for four years while her son was here and as she so enjoyed being involved in the school as a Governor, Claire became a Foundation Governor in 2014. She has recently taken over monitoring the Christian distinctiveness of the school – specifically its ethos and Christian approach; collective worship; the teaching of Religious Education and its links to the Church community and wider world.


Joanna Wade MBE

Joanna Wade is a solicitor and Employment Judge. Her special interest is diversity and she is also a Diversity and Community Relations Judge and a board member of the London based homelessness charity, Thames Reach. She is a member of Hever Parish Council and works to promote good relationships between the school and the local community. Joanna is an Associate Governor.


Michael Mackenzie

Michael was born in Canada but now lives on a farm in Toys Hill with his wife Anne. He has two children and one grandchild and has been involved in the education sector for over 40 years. He has recently retired from a Senior Post at the The Oratory Prep School in Berkshire. He taught English, French, PE, athletics, tennis and Cross-country and was a member of the Senior Management Team and also a housemaster.

Michael enjoys all kinds of music, although Classical is his favourite. He plays the piano and composes music for it as well as composing songs and choral pieces which he is hoping will be publicly performed by the Oratory Prep School Choir very soon. Michael is also researching his wife’s family ancestry and is trying to keep up with his Canadian stamp collection. With so much experience in education, Michael was very pleased to be asked to become a Governor at Hever School where he hopes his experience will make a difference and enhance the education of the children.