Kelly Phillips (Chair)
Kelly has a wealth of experience with SEND, working in education and social care. She became a specialist teacher 13 years ago and has continued to develop her skills within mainstream and specialist Colleges.
Kelly joined Orchard Hill College as a Lecturer and progressed to Head of Centre then Assistant Principal Regional Lead and is now Principal.
Her portfolio is safeguarding.
David Thomas (Principal Ex-Officio)
David became Principal in March 2020.
Ian studied Materials Science at Manchester University before achieving a DPhil at Oxford on alloys of rare metals. Ian begun his career at British Leyland in Oxford, eventually taking over the recruitment and training of 80 graduates a year entering the company. He went on to achieve an MBA, specializing in Personnel Management, and the next 18 years involved consultancy projects covering personnel, appraisal and rewards systems, manpower planning in Jordan and Oman, senior recruitment across Europe and Industrial Relations in the public sector, leading to executive appointments as Personnel Director for two Engineering Consultancies in periods of major change.
In 1991 Ian was appointed as Director of Personnel and Public Engagement at South West Surrey Health Authority and was responsible for a number of change projects including supervising the transfer of the services for adults with learning and behavioral challenge to the funding responsibility of Social Services. He was appointed Chief Executive in 1993.
Since 1981, Ian has also run a business supplying craftsmen with their raw materials, which has grown substantially over the years. He has also spent a period as non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of a Health Authority, Director and vice-Chairman of Eagle radio, also as Director of Natural Fibre Company.
Ian’s portfolio is Human Resources and Organisational Development.
Shirley Bryant (Parent Governor)
Shirley is the grandparent and main carer for a student at the school.
Shirley’s portfolio is Business Development and Marketing.
Ruth began her career teaching science in Gosport before moving to pastoral and curriculum management roles in London mainstream schools. After 9 years in mainstream settings, she decided to pursue a career in special education, first working in a residential PRU then in a School for pupils with Autism where she was promoted to leadership roles. After a brief spell returning to mainstream school she is currently Acting Director of English and Literacy at Carew Academy.
She enjoys the daily challenge of working with pupils with such varying needs and finds it rewarding to watch pupils achieve not just academically but making progress towards independence skills.
Steph is the Director of Business Services at OHCAT.
Her portfolio is health & safety.
Bronwyn Jensen van Vuuren
Information to follow.
Liam is a qualified Accountant (member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). Prior to taking early retirement last year he worked for Royal Mail Group for over forty years, where he worked in a variety of finance roles. He has experience from working in Internal Audit and Risk Management, Systems implementation, Training, Project Accounting, Costing and Performance Reporting.
Liam’s portfolio is Finance
Geoff Tanner (Staff Governor)
Geoff is employed as a teaching assistant at the school, and has set up the music department, leading on music sessions.
Geoff has been a parent governor in the past, and has experience of governance in a commercial setting.