Our Governors


Please click here to read information on the structure of our Governing Body as at October 2020.

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.

Ian Straw

Co-opted Governor

I am the Headteacher of The Forest School in Horsham and have been in education for 22 years. I trained as a Science teacher and worked through the Pastoral team as a Senior Manager for 18 years before taking up the post of Headteacher.
Forest is my second school as leader, I previously worked for 14 months as an Interim Headteacher.

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


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

Bridie Garnham

Co-opted Governor

I am a qualified and registered Social Worker. I have ten years’ experience working in different sectors within children’s social care, including looked after children, residential care, and youth justice. I became a WSAPC Governor at the beginning of 2021 as I feel very passionate about young people accessing and achieving within education.