Our Governors

Please click here to read information on the structure of our Governing Body as at September 2021.

Bob Smytherman

Chair of Governors

I am a West Sussex County Councillor representing the Tarring Division in Worthing and have been a County Councillor since 2009. In my spare time I am Worthing’s official Town Crier!

Fi Young

Vice- Chair of Governors

I am a lifelong sufferer of mental illness and in 2017 I was diagnosed with a physical disability –  psoriatic arthritis.  Having been through both mental and physical health problems throughout all levels of my education I understand the difficult period and experiences our students currently find themselves in so I hope to inspire them -whatever their problem/s- to be successful lifelong learners with high aspirations and achievable objectives for their role in society.

Regardless of my disabilities educationally I have achieved a National Certificate in Amenity Horticulture from Writtle University College, Chelmsford in 2000, a BSc., in Natural Sciences from The Open University in 2006 and a MSc., in Plant Diversity from the University of Reading in 2009.

Although almost impossible to find a willing employer for paid employment with a disability, I firmly believe in volunteer work for all, CPD (Continuing Personal Development), open online learning for everyone and aspire to complete my education with a Ph.D in Botany.

Previously I was a School Governor at Foundry College, Wokingham, Berkshire -a pupil referral unit- and I join WSAPC Governing Body beginning the 2019/2020 academic year.  I look forward to serving our College and its students for many years.

Doug Thomas


Doug has had extensive experience in the world of alternative provision and special needs both as a teacher in mainstream secondary settings and also as a leader in alternative provision settings. He firmly believes that the school’s main focus is about opening doors to educational experiences and life experiences so that pupils can enjoy learning and make a habit of learning that will last a lifetime.

Louisa Rydon

Clerk to Governors

I have ten years experience as clerk to governors with a range of different schools and I am an accredited clerk. My responsibility is to ensure that meetings are conducted within the appropriate legal framework and to provide secretarial support to the governors.

Kieran Scanlon

Co-opted Governor

Kieran gained his first degree in German and Irish at the University of Dublin with a year at the Humboldt in Berlin. He trained to be a teacher in Nottingham and Innsbruck receiving both UK and Austrian teaching qualifications. His first teaching experience was as an MFL teacher in West London before moving to the Bronx in New York where he taught Spanish for two years in Lehman High, a large public school.
On returning to the UK, Kieran spent seven years working for ARK Academy Trust as Head of School at Globe Academy before moving over to Harris as part of the team that set up Chobham Academy, now a school of first choice and outstanding in all areas.
Kieran is currently Principal at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy which has recently been judged Good in all areas following an Ofsted inspection, having been Requires Improvement for its entire prior history.
Kieran is passionate about building teams and creating a strong culture to get the best out of staff and students. He believes strongly in ensuring we are ambitious for all students when it comes to curriculum.

Richard Anderson

Co-opted Governor

I currently work at NHS Digital as a Principal Relationship Manager, supporting organisations across London. I have been a resident of West Sussex for over twelve years, living in the northern part of the county. I was delighted to become a governor at WSAPC with the aim of contributing to the local community, and to help ensure that every young person has the best opportunities in education, whatever their circumstances.

Jodie Janes

Co-opted Governor

Tess Eastmead

Co-opted Governor

Tess has been a Governor at WSAPC since December 2021, and currently chairs the Learning and Standards Committee. She gained her first degree in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then went on to study Masters in Human Rights at University College London, where she became interested in bridging the gap in educational inequality. Tess trained to be a teacher through the organisation ‘Teach First’ and worked in a secondary mainstream school where she taught English and Sociology for four years, before moving to an Alternative Provision SEMH school, where she is currently a curriculum area lead. At present, she is completing a further Masters in Inclusive Special Education, and hopes to use this knowledge to promote progress for the young people at WSAPC. Tess is passionate about ensuring all pupils receive a quality education, regardless of their socio-economic background or learning needs.

Sue McMeeking

Staff Governor

I have worked in education most of my adult life, as an educational policy researcher, as a TEFL teacher in FE and as a Science teacher in mainstream schools. I have been at WSAPC since 2013 where I am currently subject lead for Science. I am passionate about the value of education in opening doors of opportunity throughout life and in increasing choice for our young people.

Katherine Lock

Staff Governor

Gina Webb

Local Authority Governor

Gina was appointed as a Governor at WSAPC in October 2020 and has the role of lead governor for Safeguarding, SEND and disadvantaged pupils. Gina currently works in social housing, but has previously worked in the education department of a large local authority and has a degree in Education. She is passionate about inclusion and committed to improving educational outcomes for all young people.