KCSP has a strong team of Directors with a diverse skills base who support the Trust in its mission to deliver outstanding Catholic education for children and young people across Kent.
The Board is required to follow the principles of public conduct set out by the Nolan Committee, including the declaration of individual Directors’ interests. The full register of interests can be found at the bottom of this page.
Fr. Gilbert has more than 40 years experience in the administration of Catholic Schools: as a Clerk to the Governors, a Governor, and as a Chair of Governors of a Comprehensive School. He has held a number of administrative posts in the Diocese, including Associate Judicial Vicar for Kent. He is currently Parish Priest at Meopham.
Clive is a former teacher, Principal Educational Psychologist and local authority Director of Children's Services of seven years. Having attended Catholic primary and secondary schools where he grew up in Harlesden, North West London, he studied Philosophy and Psychology at University College, Cardiff, graduating in 1985 with a BA Joint Honours before gaining a distinction in his PGCE with La Sainte Union, Southampton. Following teaching posts in Hampshire and abroad, and completing his MSc. Educational Psychology, Clive began his career as an Educational Psychologist with Essex County Council before becoming the country’s youngest Principal Educational Psychologist with the London Borough of Hillingdon in 1996. He completed his MBA with the University of Kingston in 1999.
His career to date includes leading strategic educational developments in two large County Councils (Essex and Surrey), system re-design of psychology services in inner- and outer-London Boroughs (Wandsworth and Hillingdon), and transformation of social care and educational outcomes across a south coast unitary authority (Southampton). Clive accepted the post of Chief Executive of the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership because he believes in the powerful and positive results that are possible when schools work together and pool resources in a climate of increased autonomy.
Clive is married to Lesley with three children, Amy, 16, Annabel, 14 and Charlie, 11. He enjoys football, all things Spanish, poetry and playing squash.
A parishioner of The Parish of the Holy Family Thanet, Parish Council member and one of Children’s Liturgy leaders. I am married to a dentist with two children, both former pupils of the Ursuline College.
I believe that the Catholic ethos is as important as the education itself, if not more so. My commitment to the faith extends beyond supporting Catholic schools through my children. Having owned and managed two large dental practices I am now in a position to utilise my skills and expertise to ensure that others have the same opportunity to grow in faith. I see the importance of the link between home, school and parish. Where Catholic schools work best is when this works well.
Dr. Jane Overbury O.B.E (Foundation Director)
Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General (Foundation Director)
Mgr Matthew Dickens has been Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Southwark since 2009. With the appointment of Bishop Paul Mason as Bishop to Her Majesty's Forces, Mgr Matthew is taking pastoral responsibility for the Kent area of the Archdiocese until a new Auxiliary is appointed. He is a Trustee of the Archdiocese.
Mgr Matthew spent most of his early life in Kent. He was educated at Simon Langton Grammar School, Canterbury, and Downing College, Cambridge where he read History and History of Art. After graduation in 1983, he worked in publishing and medical information. He attended St John's Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained priest in 1994. Prior to his appointment as Vicar General, he served as an assistant priest in Tunbridge Wells and Bromley; and as parish priest in South Croydon and Northfleet.
In his capacity as Vicar General, Mgr Matthew sits on the Diocesan Education and Education Executive Committees, and chairs the Diocesan Education Inspection Board. He is a member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission and represents the Archdiocese on several ecumenical bodies. He has recently joined the Christianity Advisory Panel of the British Library, advising on Catholic input into the 'Discovering Sacred Texts' project.
Mgr Matthew's interests include history, classical music, the visual arts and French and Italian language.
Mgr. Dickens was appointed to the Board on 17 October 2018.
Mike lives in Maidstone and was the Chair of Governors at St Simon Stock Secondary which both his children attended, with his wife Judith. He now has 4 wonderful grandchildren. Mike worked with KCC for 35 years in a variety of roles but including clerking the education committee for several years and working particularly on admission appeals and school organisation. In the latter part of his career he moved into Criminal Justice working for the corporate governance side of the Police and Probation. This sparked an interest in youth crime and ant-social behaviour and he now works with the youth offending service as well as Maidstone Mediation. He also sits on school admission and exclusion review panels for KCC, Medway and the Diocese.
Mike has been an active proponent of a more coordinated approach to Catholic education in Kent and served on the working party of the KCSP before being appointed as Foundation board member. While not supporting the central Government drive since Blair's election for Academies and cutting down local authorities, he sees this as now unstoppable. To ensure their long-term contribution to Kent schooling, he feels Catholic schools need to embrace the inevitable, convert to Academy status, get what financial advantages there are while they are still going, but, more importantly, begin to develop a clear combined view of the future and single voice to negotiate with Government and KCC.
Peter Ventress (Foundation Director)
Peter Ventress lives in Kent (Canterbury) and has recently retired as CEO of Berendsen Plc in Central London. Growing up in London, Peter enjoyed a Catholic education and over the past twenty five years Peter has been a school Governor at various times.
Peter has spent thirty years in industry with spells in the paper, office supplies and textile rental industries. He has lived in France, Canada and the Netherlands as well as the UK and held a number of senior management roles. He was CEO of Corporate Express a quoted Dutch company before becoming President of Staples International business covering Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. For the last five years he has been CEO of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE 200 company with a turnover of £1bn and employing 15,000 people. Berendsen services the European outsourced textile rental market providing services to hospitals, hotels and industry. Peter is now a director of the following public companies: Premier Farnell, Softcat (Chair of Remuneration committee), Galliford Try (Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director) and will take up non-executive role at BBA Aviation in January 2016. Peter is also on the Audit Committee of the Council of the University of Kent.
Peter gained a MA in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University before later going on to get a MBA from the Open University. He is married with three grown up children.
Geoffrey Randells joined the board in March 2017.
He qualified as an actuary and followed a career in the asset management industry. Geoffrey has worked for various companies in London, Singapore, Canada and the Republic of Ireland and is currently employed by BP pensions.
Geoffrey graduated from Imperial College with a 1st class degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Statistics. He also holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Oxford University.
Annemarie Whittle (Principal Director - Primary)
I am married with 3 children and enjoy bringing my love of reading, music, travel and walking into school. I began my career in publishing following my History degree at London University. Later I took a PGCE at the Institute of Education and became a Primary teacher in London then later moved with my family to Kent. I have enjoyed being a Headteacher for the past 13 years and during this time I have been fortunate to carry out a number of temporary and ongoing roles including an acting Local Education Officer, Executive and Associate Headteacher supporting Catholic schools in Kent, a Headteacher coach and mentor, and External Headteacher examiner for Christchurch PGCE all of which broadens my own experience and I believe supports the children and staff of my own school and those of the wider community.
Mike Walters (Principal Director - Secondary)
Following 8 years of Headship at St Anselm's Catholic School (Canterbury) Mike was appointed as the Executive Principal of an academy cluster comprising of St Anselm's (Canterbury), St Edmund's Catholic School (Dover) and Ursuline College (Westgate-on-Sea) as of September 2018.
As well as his experience as a Headteacher Mike has also been a member of an Interim Education Board at a Pupil Referral Unit and served as an Ofsted inspector from September 2014 to August 2018. In addition to his place on the KCSP Board Mike is currently the Chair of the Kent Association of Headteacher’s East Board, which covers Canterbury, Swale and Thanet. Mike was appointed to the Board on 17 October 2018.
Julian Gizzi (Foundation Director)
Julian joined the Board in December 2018 and is a parishioner at St Teresa of Avila Church in Ashford. He read law at Magdalene College, Cambridge and for almost forty years practised as a solicitor at international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP in London, where he was a partner and a member of the firm’s Board.
Julian’s practice was in public and administrative law, working predominantly in the education and health sectors. He was the General Editor of Butterworths’ Law of Education. He acted for three decades for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and in early 2018, advised on the establishment of its replacement body, the Office for Students and its regulatory framework. In 2015, Julian was appointed by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the then Chief Inspector of Schools at Ofsted, to conduct an investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three academies in Norfolk. Julian also acted for a number of leading charities, including the Jesuits in Britain.
David Lain (Foundation Director)
David joined the Board in October 2018.
Following the completion of a PGCE at Oxford University David worked as a secondary maths teacher, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has worked in a range of senior roles across business, finance, strategy, operations and education.
David is currently part of the leadership team for the BBC's Digital Products and Services and serves as Foundation Governor and Chair of the Academy Committee at St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells.
Dr. Annabel Goodyer (Foundation Director)
Dr Annabel Goodyer was appointed to the Board in February 2019. She is a social work academic and qualified social worker. She has extensive practical experience in children and families social work, both as a local authority social worker and a children's guardian and independent chair of the Kent Guardian's Panel.
Her research interests include children's views studies of safeguarding and fostering, social work skills and working with mixed-race children and young people. Geographically Annabel has practiced in Greater London and Kent. She joined the Child and Family Training Group in 2001 and has delivered training in a range of evidence-based assessments. Annabel has managed qualifying social work programmes at Brunel University and London South Bank University. She has published widely in the social work academic press and is the author of 'Child-Centered Foster Care'. Annabel is also a Board Member and Trustee of the Kent-based Young Lives Foundation.