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 as at July 2020. An up to date list will be published shortly.

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.

Caroline Matthews

Staff Governor

I have been working at WSAPC (initially as an administrator on a temporary contract, leading to a permanent position)  and now as a Teaching Assistant, for approximately ten years now in Secondary and Primary provisions.

One of my own four children (now adults) has ADHD and attended the provision himself as a primary student.  I have Special Guardianship of two of my four grandchildren, one of whom is on roll at WSAPC as a secondary student.  As such, I have a keen interest in the education and engagement of children with difficulties and am keen to ensure that WSAPC continues to provide this.


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.

Lucy Ivankovic

Co-opted Governor

Tim Yates

Co-opted 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.

Lawrence Caughlin

Co Opted Governor