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Co-opted Governors

Mike Blackman

Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors
Mike has lived in Billingshurst since 2018 and has 2 children who attend William Penn. Mike is a Chartered Management Accountant and has served as a governor at the school since 2019. He is also treasurer of a local motorcycle trials club. Mike believes that William Penn is a unique and special school, and is proud to be part of the governing body.

Term of Office: September 2019-2023
Previous Terms: None
Current Roles: Finance Link Governor
Previous Roles: None

Ben Toogood

Vice Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Having spent twenty years working as an estates and facilities manager for numerous local authorities, Ben now works at the University of Sussex in Risk and Emergency Management.

He has two children, one who attends William Penn and one who has moved onto The Weald. The family lives just around the corner from the school.

Term of Office: February 2022 - 2026
Previous Terms: September 2018 - February 2022 (Parent Governor)
Current Roles: Health & Safety Governor, Premises Link Governor
Previous Roles: None

Graeme Middleton

Finance Link Governor

Graeme worked at Honda’s European Headquarters for 33 years and took early retirement from his role as Head of European Tax and Treasury in April 2018. He moved to Billingshurst with his wife last September and is very keen to utilise his expertise in supporting the local community. When researching the governor role, Graeme was pleasantly surprised to see that the School’s core values and principles align very much with the Honda values and philosophy and is very keen that these should continue to underpin William Penn's future vision, strategy and aspirations.

Term of Office: September 2020-2024
Previous Terms: None
Current Roles: Finance Link Governor
Previous Roles: None

Mr Andrew Nyadzo

Co-opted Governor

Andrew has been working in the Supply Chain & Procurement field for more than 15 years and is currently the Group Procurement Director for a FTSE 250 listed manufacturing company. He moved to Billingshurst with his family in August 2020, shortly before their 3 children started at William Penn. Their 2 older children have since moved on to secondary school, whilst their youngest is still in JBB class.

Andrew believes that a child's experience at school plays a huge role in preparing them for adult life in the world that awaits them. Schools should always aim to equip children with the necessary academic, practical, social and emotional experience that will help them to be good citizens, and contribute positively.