A voluntary group of parents, friends and members of the local community is responsible for overseeing the running of St. George’s. This group of dedicated supporters meets once a month to discuss our day-to-day operations and strategic direction.
As a parent, carer or friend of St. George’s, you may wish to apply to join the Board. New members are elected at our AGM in November, but can also be co-opted on during the year, if there is a vacancy.
Our present Board of Trustees
“I have been on the board of St George’s since 2006 when encouraged by my neighbour, who works as a childcare manager, to get involved. As someone who understands numbers (a tax adviser with KPMG by day) I was treasurer until February 2018 when I took over as chairman. A keen rugby man, at weekends I can be found at Tonbridge Juddians rugby club, in no particular order watching, coaching, socialising and playing (yes still)!”
Deputy Chair and Data Protection Officer
“Growing up in Tunbridge Wells I first used St. Georges myself as a child after school in the 1980s. In 2005 my son then attended Little Dragons. Being Technical Director of CenCom Solutions My skills revolve around general business and specifically information systems, communications and IT security. I enjoy bringing those skills and sharing them to the benefit of the St Georges cause, seeing the project helping so many young people get the best start in life possible, even if their family life is not favourable, is very rewarding. Running an IT firm during the day keeps me busy, I like to spend down time with the family and when I do get the time I am studying for a pilot’s licence.”
“I am currently on a career break after working for the accountancy firm PwC for over 10 years, where I specialised in corporate financial investigations. I joined the board of St. George’s to bring some of my knowledge and experience to an organisation which has supported my children in their pre school years. Any spare time is usually spent with my husband, two children and our lively sprocker spaniel or out on my bike (usually accompanied by at least one family member!).
“I returned to St Georges as the childcare manager in 2010. I had been a student here when I trained as an NNEB in 1977 and worked here as a nursery nurse after I qualified.
I have 2 sons, 2 stepsons and 2 grandsons and much of my spare time is taken up with our family, volunteering at our village cricket club and performing in a local band.”
“Having lived in Tunbridge Wells for over 20 years, it’s great to have the opportunity to be able to share my knowledge and experience to help benefit St George’s. It’s good to give back! Marketing Manager for Inchcape Audi and member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, my key skills are innovation, budgeting, planning, advertising, events and communications. In my spare time, you’ll either find me enjoying family life with my wife, two daughters and son (who attends St George’s), running or sharing my love of music.”
“A local resident as of 2017, I wanted to get involved in local communities and give back to the area using my experience of Property and Business Strategy. I am proud to be involved in supporting the St George’s family go from strength to strength as an independent local business and charity.
In my personal time you’ll find me out on my bike with my wife or hiking with my wife and our Husky enjoying the Kent countryside.”
‘I feel lucky to have a personal connection with St Georges as both of my Children attended full time for a number of years before starting school. They are both now regular afterschool and holiday club attendees and both continue to immensely enjoy their time at both. As an experienced NHS Director with over 24 years experience working in Hospitals and systems leadership roles, I am honoured to be able to use my experience and skills to give something back to the local community where I live.’
Julie Hughes is a partner in the corporate team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, specialising in transactions involving education, health and social care. Having previously worked in the City, she moved to Tunbridge Wells and has worked at Cripps’ Mount Ephraim office for over 10 years. She has been a St George’s parent for nearly 9 years, her 2 boys now attend the after school club 2 days a week.
‘Having grown up in Tunbridge Wells I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in the area. I became aware of St George’s when I moved to the St John’s area. I walk past on a regular basis and it is wonderful to now be involved as a trustee.
I am a chartered accountant with experience working both in practice and industry. However, I also have qualified teacher status. I studied modern foreign languages at the University of Edinburgh and, after graduation, I taught in secondary schools in the UK as well as spending a year teaching primary aged children in Spain. I recognise the important role that early play and learning experiences have on the ongoing educational, social and emotional development of children.
In my free time I enjoy reading, trying to keep my language skills up to date, pilates, dance and cooking.’
As a company limited by guarantee – Registration No 2412455 and Registered Charity No 802017, you can find out more about St George’s at the Charities Commission website