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An Independent Boarding School for boys in West Sussex

Slindon College is a non-profit making organisation whose main aims and objectives are to educate boys aged 8-18 who have a range of additional educational needs.

The College is governed by a Board of Governors who also act as Trustees of the registered Charity Number 1028125 and Directors of the registered Limited Company (by guarantee) Number 02823749.

The College Board of Governors make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures. The Governors are responsible for overseeing the strategic management of the College: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They are registered as the College proprietor with the Department for Education. They enable the College to run as effectively as possible, working alongside the Senior Leadership Team to provide excellent education to the pupils. Our Board of Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives and the College benefits greatly from working with such skilled volunteers.

David Slee - Chairman

David Slee has had a career in Human Resources and management consultancy. He was educated in southern Africa, East Africa and England and went to Aston University where he studied social sciences. There followed a range of jobs in a number of large companies before an opportunity arose to work in management consultancy in Hong Kong and Singapore. After a number of years in the Far East he returned to the UK to take up a consultancy position in a major international firm in London.

There followed a number of positions as Human Resources Director in major international firms before redundancy led to setting up a self employed practice as interim manager. A range of short to medium term assignments in general and human resource management followed before retirement in 2013. David joined the board of governors of Slindon College in 2014 and became Chairman of Governors in 2019.

Member of the Health & Safety Committee and the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Carly Thomasin-Foster BSc (Hons) - Vice Chair

Carly graduated with a First Class Honours degree prior to pursuing a career in Public Relations, Sales and Marketing for luxury boutique hotels and prestigious travel brands worldwide, both in-house and agency.  

Carly lives in West Sussex with her husband and three children. She is passionate about travel and enjoys many outdoor pursuits.

Rachael Allison LLM

Rachael is a member of the Law Society and the Education Law Association (ELAS). Rachael has particular experience with dyslexia/dyspraxia/ASD/ADHD and sensory processing needs with strong links to many specialist schools and support groups.  Rachael gives regular talks on SEN law and has been published nationally on SEN issues as well as being asked for comment on BBC radio.

Ann Aughwane BSc (Hons) NPQH

After graduating from Loughborough University with a Joint Honours degree in Mathematics and Education Ann embarked on her career as a teacher of Mathematics in Derby. With experience in co-education and girls’ schools spanning the maintained and independent sectors in England and Scotland, Ann became Head at Burgess Hill School for Girls in 2006 until her retirement in 2014.

As a team inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate for over ten years, she gained valuable insight into best practice and the standards required in a range of independent school settings. Prior to her retirement Ann was also treasurer of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and is currently a Fellow of GSA maintaining a keen interest in educational developments and initiatives. Since retiring Ann has been involved in mentoring Headteachers.

Ann has previously been a governor of a London preparatory School.

Member of Education, Governance and Nominations Committees.

Lucinda Davis LLB (Hons) 

A prominent family Barrister, Lucinda Davis is well known for her conduct of large and complex family law cases.

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Recorder
  • Registered Pupil Master (Mistress)
  • Executive Head of Chambers 
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association

Norman Dingemans

Educated at Brighton College but left at 16 to go to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth for two years. Was awarded the Queen's Sword as top Cadet on passing out of the training carrier in 1955.

Served 34 years, 14 of them in submarines having command of two, the first a diesel powered submarine and then 3 years in command of a nuclear powered 'hunter killer' submarine.

Later had command of two frigates and a frigate squadron.

On leaving the Royal Navy joined the investment company 'Save and Prosper' as Head of Management Training and then as a Director of the Sales Force leaving after 6 years to join BUPA as Compliance Officer remaining there for 9 years.

In 1995 was elected Councillor to Arun District Council and was Leader for 4 years 2002 to 2006. Represented Arun on the South Downs Conservation Board from 1995 and then the South Downs Joint Committee. Was appointed to the South Downs National Park Authority on formation in 2010 and for the last four years was Deputy Chairman. Having stood down from the Authority in 2019 is now a Volunteer helping with events.

Plays golf and keeps bees.

Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

The Venerable Philip Jones

Philip Jones qualified as a Solicitor and was admitted in 1975, specialising in Family, Criminal and commercial Property Law during a career of 17 years in private practice in West Sussex. In 1992 he left legal practice to undertake a diploma course in Theology and Ministry at Chichester Theological College before being ordained in the Church of England in 1994. He served his curacy at St Mary's, Horsham and was licensed as the Vicar of Southwater, Horsham in 1997. He was Rural Dean of Horsham from 2002 to 2004, and was appointed Archdeacon of Hastings in 2005, a role involving the management and legal and pastoral oversight of the majority of the parishes in East Sussex. He retired from that post in 2016 to return to parish ministry as the Rector of Slindon, Eartham and Madehurst. 

Philip has worked closely with primary schools, serving as a governor of both infant and junior schools and has a long-term interest in education generally. He was a member of the Diocesan Board of Education for eleven years, chairing the then Schools Provision Committee which oversaw the provision and condition of the buildings of Church Primaries across East and West Sussex and in the city of Brighton and Hove.

Other than connected to his vocation, Philip's interests are wide-ranging. He and his wife, Anne, have four children and two grand-children and, in addition, are actively involved in the ongoing care of their very elderly mothers; time permitting, his passions include history (mainly medieval), natural history (principally ornithology), music and especially choral singing, art, the countryside and hill-walking, travel and different cultures.

Member of the Governance Committee.

Stuart Lawrance FCCA

Stuart is a Chartered Certified Accountant and owns his own accountancy practice in Titchfield, Hampshire. 

Having joined the practice in 1987 as a trainee, he became the first person to qualify with the firm and was one of the founding shareholders when it became a company. He and his business partner took over the company outright in 2016. Stuart primarily deals with owner managed businesses and specialises in the charities sector, acting for a number of well known national charities. In recent years he has mentored pupils at his former secondary school and has also worked with students from the University of Portsmouth Business School in the final year of their degree studies.   

Stuart joined the Board of Governors at Slindon in 1998 and has served on the Finance and General Purposes Committee throughout his tenure. 

Married to Kerry, they have five children.

Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.