Margaret Cooke- Chair
Margaret became Chairman of Governors at Hever School in January 2018. She has served on Governing Boards for twenty one years. She retired from the Executive Headship of Chiddingstone and St.Johns Primary Schools in 2011. During her professional career she worked as a Primary Excellence Headteacher for Kent and then as a member of the National College for Leadership supporting school improvement. Margaret has three children and four grandchildren and as well as her passion for education, she loves reading, cooking gardening and spending time with friends and family.
Philip Gray - Vice Chair
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!)
Bridget joined the Governing Body in 2018. She is born and bred in Edenbridge and attended Tonbridge Grammar School. Having graduated in law at Bristol university she worked in a City law firm for many years as a commercial litigator and professional support lawyer. On leaving the City in 2004 and moving to Hever she spent 14 years managing Edenbridge Voluntary Transport Service and is now involved in various local charities as well as being part of the editorial team of the parish magazine.
Wendy is Priest-in-Charge of the United Benefice of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech. As such, she has been an ex-officio Governor of Hever School since 2016. She welcomes the whole school into church for regular Praise and Eucharist services, as well as for the main Christian Festivals. Wendy was ordained Priest in 2002, and served the Benefice as a ‘self-supporting’ priest until her appointment to the Benefice in 2016. Before that time, Wendy spent her entire career working in Human Resources working in a number of different business sector, eventually running her own independent HR consultancy operation before retiring in early 2016.
Born in a small French town half way between Lyon and Geneva, Frederic has been living in the UK for the last 25 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 remit to look after the financial and budgetary aspects of the school. He used to work in London as an executive director, bringing naval architecture and engineering knowledge and expertise. He is a designer and engineer 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. In my spare time you may find him running or cycling the magnificent lanes around the school.