Karen has a wealth of experience of working within the commercial, retail and charity sectors. For much of her career she has worked as a generalist HR Practitioner and has worked as part of a senior management team developing and implementing organisational strategies, culture and governance systems. In addition Karen has previously been a Governor at another special needs school and has a daughter with special needs who attended Manor Green College. Karen is passionate about children with special needs getting the best education possible to prepare them well for their future.
Co-opted Governor (Finance)
Paul has been involved with the Governors at Manor Green College for 12 years. Paul is the Finance Governor at the College.
Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors
John has been involved with Manor Green College for fourteen years; four of them as Vice Chair of Governors and two years as Chair of Governors. His background is in procurement, marketing and finance and in those roles he has worked with small and large multinational companies. John is on the Board of Trustees for a local charitable organisation. John’s main role at the College is around Staffing and Partnerships within the community. His aspiration is for Manor Green College to provide the opportunity for every learner to be the best they can be as they enter adulthood.
Having been a practising accountant for 30 years, Paul decided to change careers and put his extensive finance and administrative skills to good use in the education sector. He has been the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at a Prep school in Reigate for the last six years and has managed to fully utilise his skills, and others, more than he thought he would, in what is a challenging, but very rewarding role. Being on the board of directors of the Independent Schools’ Bursar Association (ISBA) allows him to contribute to the success of bursars countrywide and to give something back to the sector.
Paul is a past Chairman of a Pre-School, past Governor of a state Primary School and started his own charity (SSC PFA) ten years ago raising funds and awareness for a Special Needs Unit attached to an Academy in Crawley educating children with autism. He is currently the Chair of Trustees.
He is married with two teenage boys (one attending MGC), enjoys sport (mainly from the sofa!), is a Freeman of the City of London and supports many charities through his involvement in local Freemasonry.
Fiona served on the Governing Board of a local Primary School for 14 years (10 of those as Chair). She has experience with staffing, premises and curriculum. Fiona has had a number of volunteer roles over the years, including a Games Maker role at the London Olympics and Paralympic games. Fiona is an Associate Member on the Governing Body. Fiona has expertise in First Aid and medical issues and is a High Level Teaching Assistant at the College.
Co-opted Governor (Health & Safety)
Councillor Sharma was elected to represent Southgate Ward in 2014. He was born in Delhi, India in 1952 and moved to Crawley in 1992. Raj began his career in 1976 as a tutor at Featherstone Dovetail Youth Wing in Southhall, West London. In 1992 he started working in Crawley as a Neighbourhood Youth Worker at Crawley Youth Centre and in 2012 he became Centre Manager at Crawley Youth and Community Centre.
Raj enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren, and his friends.
Raj sits on various bodies including Crawley Campaign Against Racism, Crawley Town Twinning Assoication, Southgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee, Southgate Community Forum, the Friends of Goff Park and is an ambassador for The Hawth.
Raj was elected Mayor of Crawley in 2016/2017.
Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
Becky has been a Governor at Manor Green College since 2014. Becky started her career as a nursery nurse and then went on to being a paediatric nurse who specialised in heart and lungs. Becky had her world tipped upside down and spun on its head when she had her son, Sam, who was born with a heart defect and subsequently diagnosed with Autism and challenging behaviour. She gave up her career to become a full time carer during the early years of the diagnosis process. Becky also helped her husband with his business and nursed her dying mother. Becky returned to work in a different career path under the umbrella of Carers UK supporting carers to understand their rights. Becky also teaches professionals how carers should be treated in line with the law and how their role supports carers, to enable a carer to continue with their caring role on a long term basis. If you see Becky around the College – please go and say hello as she would love to chat to you about your experiences.
Clerk to Governors
Sam has worked at the College since 2011 as the Headteacher’s P.A. and took on the role as Clerk in 2013.