New school governors are innovators in their fields
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