Our Governors

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Nick Dowling

Chair of Governors

I have two teenage daughters one of whom attended APC which prompted me to stand as a Parent Governor. After my daughters successful return to mainstream education I volunteered to remain as a Governor to try and support the excellent work APC does. I run my own (very small!) management consulting business that focuses on change management and leadership development. Prior to this I worked in a number of management consultancies and have extensive experience of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ in public, private and third sector organisations. In 2011 I completed a degree in learning and development.


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.

Bob Smytherman

Local Authority Governor

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!


Lisa Guiel

Staff Governor

I am the Administrator at the Worthing APC and have been employed here for five years, originally as a temp. I have worked in various administrative roles in the public sector including the NHS and Environment Agency. I became a Governor to gain a better understanding of the Education service and to hopefully bring a different perspective to the discussions.

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.

Vicki Illingworth

Co Opted Governor

Shaun Jarvis

Staff Governor

Richard Anderson

Co-opted Governor

Tim Yates

Co-opted Governor

Lucy Ivankovic

Co-opted Governor

Mike Garlick

Vice Chair of Governors

Mike is currently Principal of The Regis School in Bognor Regis having moved his family from the Midlands in 2014. He has a particular interest in alternative provision and has prior experience sitting on a management committee for a PRU as well as being more widely involved in exploring alternative provision in its widest sense for Warwickshire and West Sussex Local Authorities. Mike is passionate about young people having the right to an education in an education setting that best meets their needs and is looking forward to providing challenge and support that enables all children attending WSAPC to succeed.