Our Governors

Please click here to read information on the structure of our Governing Body as at November 2018, and here to see our current list of Governors.

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!


Lucy Ivankovic

Co-opted Governor

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

I lead WSAPC Crawley and Chalkhill Education Centre. I also hold responsibility for Children Looked After and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities and Intervention across the College. I have worked for WSAPC since 2014 and, in that time, I have also led our Littlehampton, Chichester and Blended Learning provisions.

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.

Tim Yates

Co-opted Governor

Caroline Grainge

Staff Governor

Liz Warne

Co-Opted Governor

I have just retired after 35 years of teaching.

My career started in Mitchum and continued a decade later in West Sussex.  Primary trained, I specialised in SEN, behaviour management and bereavement at the Orchards Junior School. I am passionate about finding creative and practical solutions to engage pupils. I have been part of a research group focusing on the use of film to develop awareness and confidence. I am excited to be a governor at WSAPC.

Emma Brown

Co-Opted Governor