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 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.”
“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.”
“Having grown up in Tunbridge Wells myself, I moved back to the area with my own family in 2019. During the height of the pandemic and furloughed from my, then, job, I wanted to focus on giving something positive back to community and with my son attending St. George’s since 2019, it felt like the perfect opportunity to support the wellbeing of the children and staff here at St. George’s. I now work for Childrensalon as Head of Merchandising and honoured to be part of the outstanding St. George’s team.”
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 settled in Tunbridge Wells during the pandemic, I was keen to find a way to give back to the local community. St George’s provides an exceptionally nurturing and caring environment for my son, so I joined the board to help ensure St George’s continues to thrive and provide outstanding childcare for local children into the future. I am a former financial regulator currently working for Ernst & Young as a business consultant. I have a lot of experience evaluating and improving board culture, governance and effectiveness at banks. My weekends are largely spent running around after an energetic toddler with my wife.
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