Governor Biographies

Richard Burrett is a former Thomas Bennett student who has been a Governor of Thomas Bennett since 1997 and is currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.  He is the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at West Sussex County Council where he has served as a County Councillor since 2009.  He has also been a Crawley Borough Councillor since 1992 and has previously served as a Cabinet Member and as Deputy Leader of the Borough Council. Richard also served as Chair of Governors at a local Primary School for a number of years and is a trustee of several charitable organisations. Outside of his public duties he enjoys music, walking and exploring the countryside.

Mark Kearley has been in post as Staff Teacher Governor at Thomas Bennett since January 2015. He joined the school as Head of Humanities in Easter of 2013 and his specialist subject is History. Prior to this, he worked as an Assistant Headteacher at a successful school in Feltham, West London. He worked in Feltham for eight years and before that taught in Birmingham for two years as the Head of Year 8. Mark completed his teacher training at Oxford University and lives in West Sussex with his wife and their two young sons. Mark feels very lucky to have the opportunity to pursue a career that he finds so rewarding. The role of Governor allows him to contribute more to this school which is such an important part of our local community.

Sue Wates achieved a BEd degree in 1978 and has always been convinced of the power of education to change lives. Sue has worked with the Support Staff Team at Thomas Bennett for just over 7 years and has been a Staff Governor for more than 6 years. Being a Governor has given her a privileged insight into the management of Thomas Bennett and the opportunity to contribute towards the improvement and success of the school.