Meet The Governors
Andy Yule (Chair)
I have spent 30 years in the electronics industry including over 20 years as a research scientist for Philips at their Laboratories just north of Horley, before working in Reigate for a small Swiss semiconductor company (u-blox), where I led teams designing software for GPS receivers. In 2016, I chose to “retire” in order to do something different and have taken on various voluntary roles, including Chair of Governors at Langshott Primary in Horley.
My wife & I have lived in Felbridge since 1997 and we have two children, both of whom were students at Imberhorne. I was also a governor for eight years, five of which as Chair, at Felbridge Primary. I regard being a governor as both a challenge and an honour, bringing with it considerable responsibility but also the chance to make genuine improvements. I take a particular interest in Maths and Science.
Michele Brooks (Co-Vice Chair)
I currently work in education as a Trust Bursar and Clerk to a Local Governing Body. I am also involved in the financial management of an Academy Trust of three schools as well as HR, Premises and Governance. I decided to become a Governor at Imberhorne School as I felt that I have skills and knowledge that would complement the team of Governors in supporting the school staff.
I have been a resident of East Grinstead my whole life and attended Imberhorne School myself as a teenager. Being able to contribute to the continued development of my secondary school and my son’s current school is extremely rewarding and a privilege. I believe that ensuring our children’s education and personal growth is a responsibility we should all take very seriously.
Julian Hollingsworth (Co-Vice Chair)
I have lived in East Grinstead since 2006 and have 3 children. I own a management consulting company with an emphasis on hospitality projects. It’s really important to me that the school works closely with the wider business environment to ensure that students are prepared academically and given the right tools in life. Every child has a special skill or talent and it’s up to us to ensure that each individual is given the best start in life when they’ve left the school, whether that be academically or in the world of work. Ultimately, we need to make sure that the students who leave Imberhorne are well rounded individuals. I became a governor to help Imberhorne achieve success and take a strong position in the local community. In my spare time, you might see me jogging down the Worth Way…
I became a Parent Governor in October 2016, my daughter having joined the school in September 2016. I am currently a member of the finance committee and lead on Curriculum Links. I am also a co-opted Governor at West Hoathly Church of England Primary School. As a governor, I want to ensure that our students get the very best education possible in a safe and secure environment that provides not only the opportunity for excellent academic results but also an enjoyable and stimulating all round experience for each student. I was a civil servant for over 30 years during which time I had various roles including people management, developing and implementing change, negotiating complex financial issues, and international liaison. For the last few years before my final retirement, I worked locally, which has given me a good understanding of the community. I am passionate about natural history and the environment, with a particular interest in moths, and have taken on an allotment with mixed results!
I have two daughters at Imberhorne and have lived in the local area for the last 14 years. During that time, I have undertaken several community volunteer roles, including two terms of office as a governor at Felbridge Primary School, so I was particularly excited when the opportunity arose to join Imberhorne’s governing body as a Parent Governor in autumn 2020.
I believe passionately in the importance and value of school as a formative experience in children’s and young people’s lives. Being able to help Imberhorne deliver on its vision of enabling all students to fulfil their potential and develop the self-belief and confidence to make them happy, well-rounded individuals is an immensely rewarding experience.
With a degree in Modern Languages, I had a career as an editor in book publishing before moving into education in 2012. I currently work part-time as an Adult Education Tutor for Aspire Sussex.
I am delighted about the opportunity to contribute to Imberhorne School and to work with others to further its commitment to CARE – Compassion, Achievement, Respect and Endeavour. My involvement in education has been multifaceted, encompassing roles as a staff member, parent, and governor across the international, independent, and state sectors. These experiences have equipped me with a unique perspective that I hope to productively bring to the role of governor.
Graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in International Politics, I started my career in the graduate recruitment department at EY, the global accountancy firm. To date, my professional background includes a foundation course in dyslexic teaching at the former Hornsby Centre, and roles in school marketing and admissions as a governor in the state sector and as a manager/consultant in the independent sector.
Retired but not tired, I recently achieved the equivalent certification as a sommelier with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. I find joy in the care of my two young grandsons, exploring my passion for travel and reconnecting with my childhood in Wales through music and walking in the windy, Welsh landscape.
I am a business and finance journalist, editor and copywriter, with a degree in modern history. I specialise in writing thought leadership for business executives and I am the author of ‘Reach the Top in Finance: The Ambitious Accountant’s Guide to Career Success’, published by Bloomsbury. I have been a parent governor of Imberhorne School since October 2020. Prior to that, I was a governor of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in East Grinstead for six years. As the mother of two daughters, I believe passionately in the value of education. By giving a great education to this generation of students, we are helping to build a better world for everyone.
I have enjoyed working in education, both primary and secondary sectors, since 2006. In that time, I spent 8 years as a governor of a local primary school where I developed my understanding of a governor’s role in both supporting and challenging a school. I sat on various committees including premises, staffing, curriculum and appraisal.
Following my retirement in 2021 from the role of Learning Support Assistant at Imberhorne School, a position I held for six years; the opportunity to serve as a governor enables me to continue links with the school that I attended as a student and I was linked to as a parent of an Imberhorne student too.
I work in financial services in London, where I hold a managerial role. My education is largely quantitative having studied a BSc in Internal Business and Economics and I have earned the professional credentials of Chartered Global Management Accountant (GCMA) and Chartered Financial analyst (CFA). I have lived in the local area for the past 8 years and I have two children attending local schools.
I became a school governor at Imberhorne school in 2023 as I was looking to take a more active role in the community. Imberhorne struck me as a school that wanted to make a difference to pupils lives by offering them the best education possible. I believe schools are key in creating equal opportunities for all and that is what drives me in this position.
Having been a full-time member of the teaching staff at Imberhorne for a number of years, following the birth of my children, I now teach part time within the Science department and hold the role of Key Stage 3 Science Leader, based at our Windmill Lane site. I have been a staff governor since 2014, with a break during maternity leave before being re-elected in April 2019. I am passionate about young people feeling supported to reach their full potential in a nurturing environment, and I believe this is at the core of what we do at Imberhorne. I am hugely committed to and passionate about the success of Imberhorne School and, living locally, I am proud of its strong position within the community.