Governor Biographies

Dick Brown has been a teacher and senior leader in secondary schools (in London and East Sussex) for 40 years and now is keen to offer his experience, support and expertise to schools as a governor. He worked as Governance Coordinator for TKAT from 2014-2016, and he is now an independent consultant. Dick is committed to ensuring the best possible education for all children, regardless of their background. He has three grown-up children who all thrived in the comprehensive system: one is a teacher, one works in The City, and one works for a television company.

Richard Burrett is a former Thomas Bennett student who has been a Governor of Thomas Bennett since 1997.  He is the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at West Sussex County Council where he has served as a County Councillor since 2009.  He has also been a Crawley Borough Councillor since 1992 and has previously served as a Cabinet Member and as Deputy Leader of the Borough Council. Richard also served as Chair of Governors at a local Primary School for a number of years and is a trustee of several charitable organisations. Outside of his public duties he enjoys music, walking and exploring the countryside.

Reg Bates has been a Governor at Thomas Bennett since 1997 holding various governor roles and uses his business background to support the school on the various governor committees. He is especially interested in Special Educational Needs and following his retirement from business took a management role at a SEN School near Reigate. Outside of school Reg enjoys travel, following his favourite football team from North London and supporting several charities including HemiHelp the national charity for Hemiplegia awareness.

Mark Kearley has been in post as Staff Teacher Governor at Thomas Bennett since January 2015. He joined the school as Head of Humanities in Easter of 2013 and his specialist subject is History. Prior to this, he worked as an Assistant Headteacher at a successful school in Feltham, West London. He worked in Feltham for eight years and before that taught in Birmingham for two years as the Head of Year 8. Mark completed his teacher training at Oxford University and lives in West Sussex with his wife and their two young sons. Mark feels very lucky to have the opportunity to pursue a career that he finds so rewarding. The role of Governor allows him to contribute more to this school which is such an important part of our local community.

Sue Wates achieved a BEd degree in 1978 and has always been convinced of the power of education to change lives. Sue has worked with the Support Staff Team at Thomas Bennett for just over 7 years and has been a Staff Governor for more than 6 years. Being a Governor has given her a privileged insight into the management of Thomas Bennett and the opportunity to contribute towards the improvement and success of the school.

Carole Glover is a former Thomas Bennett pupil who became a Governor in December 2016.  Both her sons attended TBCC and her youngest is still here.  For a number of years she was a trustee for a local uniformed youth organisation before standing down in July 2016.  She has always been involved with her sons’ education from going into the class, out on outings and part of the PTA in Primary School to attending the Parents’ Focus Group here at TBCC before becoming a Governor.  

She currently works for a national charity, Alzheimer's Society, as an administrator and also co-ordinating four groups for people with Dementia and their carers.  Prior to that she was a personnel officer for a number of years and her first job after leaving school was serving in the WRNS.

The role of Governor has given Carole experience of leadership and management of schools and the opportunity to have an input into the school on a strategic level.