New school gov­er­nors are in­no­va­tors in their fields

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS -

THE King’s School has appointed three new gov­er­nors. It is hoped the new re­cruits will drive for­ward the school’s stu­dents’ un­der­stand­ing of com­mer­cial dig­i­tal me­dia, its part­ner­ship with higher ed­u­ca­tion and fund rais­ing and bur­sary op­por­tu­ni­ties. All three of the new gov­er­nors live lo­cally and each has two chil­dren at the school.

BBC Ex­ec­u­tive Aye­sha Chowdhury de­vel­ops global links with dig­i­tal me­dia in­no­va­tors for BBC World Ser­vice News.

She said: “I want King’s pupils to vi­su­alise a clear path from Mac­cles­field to Sil­i­con Val­ley and help them em­brace the pace of change.”

Aye­sha, who joined the BBC 14 years ago as a broad­cast jour­nal­ist and stud­ied Phys­i­ol­ogy and Phar­ma­col­ogy at King’s Col­lege London, added: “I am very in­ter­ested in how tech­nol­ogy crosses bound­aries and want to help King’s give their stu­dents an in­sight into to­mor­row’s tech­nolo­gies.”

Professor of Medicine at Manch­ester Univer­sity based at Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary, Neil Han­ley wants to bring his ex­pe­ri­ence of higher ed­u­ca­tion to bare on de­vel­op­ing even bet­ter part­ner­ships with uni­ver­si­ties in the U.K. and over­seas.

A for­mer in­ter­na­tional hockey player, Neil said: “As a part of the King’s School’s Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, I hope to bring my un­der­stand­ing of what higher ed­u­ca­tion wants from to­day’s stu­dents to help them pre­pare for ad­mis­sion pro­ce­dures and the de­mands of univer­sity life.

“Ob­vi­ously, I also have a keen in­ter­est in sci­ence and am look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion.”

For­mer Hen­bury High School pupil Jonathan Watkins, who went up to Ox­ford Univer­sity to read Law will be look­ing to de­velop fundrais­ing meth­ods and try­ing to fund more bur­sary places.

Jonathan, who works for a lead­ing cor­po­rate law firm in Manch­ester, said: “I’d like to bring some busi­ness acu­men and some com­mon sense and see what I can do to cre­ate more fund­ing for full or part fee bur­saries in the fu­ture. One of my daugh­ters has just com­pleted her A Lev­els and another is in Year 7 and both have been ex­tremely happy at King’s and I want to give some­thing back.” King’s Head­mas­ter

Dr. Simon Hyde: “The King’s School is de­lighted to wel­come three new gov­er­nors to our team.

“They are clearly lead­ers and in­no­va­tors in their own ar­eas of ex­per­tise and have so much to of­fer our se­nior man­age­ment team.”

●● Neil Han­ley, Aye­sha Chowdhury and Jonathan Watkins

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