Governor Bios

Your Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Guy Stephens

Vice Chair/Chair of Finance, Infrastructure and Resource Committee/Safeguarding Link: Helen Collins

Chair of Education Standards Committee: Nick Somerville

Chair of Catholic Community Committee: Ian Anderson

Pupil Premium Link: Anne Long

SEN Link: Cristina Sturges

Staff Governor: Mel Dent

Governors: Finbarr O’Sullivan, Alice Nixon, Deacon Craig Aburn, Peter Corns, Paul Hampshire, Libby Reynolds, Nicholas Williams

Clerk: David Laird/Paula Gosling

More about your Governors

Anne Long – Foundation Governor

Anne is a retired teacher and her association with All Hallows goes back over 36 years. Anne started her teaching career as a Science Teacher at the school. Two of her adult children attended the school and she has been a Foundation Governor since 2001. During this period, Anne has served as the SEN Governor and as Chair. 

Most of Anne’s experience within the education sector has been in Alternative Education working within Surrey. Anne has worked in a Pupil Referral Unit/Short Stay School, in a leadership role. She has worked with pupils who have been permanently excluded or unable to attend their mainstream schools for various reasons; primarily behavior issues. The work with these vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils involved a lot of multi-agency working to ensure that whatever their difficulties they had the same opportunities available to them as every other young person. In Anne’s role as a Governor she is still passionate about ensuring that even though All Hallows is an outstanding school, that the experience is outstanding for every member of its community. 

Anne’s current responsibility within the Governing Body is Governor Development and she is part of the Education Standards Committee. 

Ian Anderson – Foundation Governor 

 Shortly after his father passed away, Ian came to England when he was 10 years old without having received any formal education but he could read and write English. Whilst he was a long way behind my peers, he was supported, encouraged and inspired by a number of wonderful teachers in my primary and secondary schools and also given opportunities to develop as a person i.e. Prefect, House Captain, debating team, etc. Ian thoroughly enjoyed his school years and to this day still keeps in touch with some of the pupils. 
 
When Ian left school, he worked for a short time as a sales man in a shoe shop and a data controller for a television rental company. He then joined the Courts Service where he worked for 19 years, probably the most fun but challenging time of his career initially in various administrative roles and then as a Court Manager for many of the County Courts in London – really fun and rewarding managing judges, staff, budgets, accommodations, etc. The challenge was in managing the expectations of court users. Ian was then promoted into a senior role and worked in the Ministry of Justice as Head of Complaint Handling and Ministerial Enquiries for 8 years, with responsibility for (1) the handling of complaints and developing policy for all Courts and Tribunals for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and (2) working with ministers in relation to ministerial correspondence. Ian took voluntary redundancy and joined the London Borough of Hillingdon as their Head of Complaints and Enquiries, which is where he currently works.  

Ian lives locally and is married with three children; his eldest daughter attends All Hallows and his two younger boys are at St Polycarps Catholic Primary School. In his spare time Ian coaches an under 8’s football team, he is a single figure handicapped golfer, plays tennis most weeks and (like most parents) a part time taxi driver for his children. 

Ian’s faith is important to him and guides what he does and the way he views things. He is passionate that all children receive a first rate education at a school that enables them to grow and shape their potential. When the post of Foundation Governor was advertised in 2017, Ian applied and was so pleased to be appointed in this role in November 2017. By being a Governor, Ian hopes he can help All Hallows to enable all the pupils to have fulfilling and happy lives. 

Paul Hampshire – Parent Governor 

Paul is proud to have been elected a Parent Governor at All Hallows School and currently has one daughter who attends the school and another at St Joseph’s RC School in Aldershot. Paul was born in Fleet and has lived in the area for 55 years, having attended Calthorpe Park School and Farnborough Sixth Form College.  

Paul’s father was the local veterinary surgeon and wanted him to follow in his footsteps, but there was no chance of that as his life was all about football.  Paul is currently Chairman of a large insurance organisation, having worked in the industry most of his life and, at last, have capacity to put some time and effort into other activities. After he left sixth form, he was hoping to follow a career in sport and physical education, but unfortunately in those days there was not the variety of opportunities there are today (just not good enough) and he ended up joining a training scheme with Royal Sun Alliance; and sport became his passion which remains to this day. Football and cricket have now been replaced with tennis and cycling, and the odd game of golf.  

Like many people from this area, Paul’s career developed in the London Insurance market and after 20 plus years of commuting, he was lucky enough to get involved in a sports insurance project; combining his business skills with his interest and became the underwriter on behalf of a number of sporting organisations in respect of career ending injury insurance. This progressed to General Manager in the mid 90’s and life became hectic.  Apart from PE the one subject Paul was good at was maths, so the numbers came quite easily.  

Paul eventually set up his own business in 2001 where they diversified into pet insurance becoming one of the largest UK Insurers.  Paul sold this business in 2015 and for the following two years worked on merging a number of companies, eventually trading his incredibly busy Managing Directors role for a less hectic role as Chairman where he is today. Paul believes the skills he acquired in running a regulated business with circa 600 staff are transferable and has a desire to put something back after a satisfying and fulfilling career. As Parent Governor Paul really wishes to engage with the other parents and make himself available and help to create greater transparency and communication with the school. If he can do anything to help improve the opportunity or maximise the potential of any child then he will be happy.  

Peter Corns – Parent Governor 

Peter’s background within manufacturing has provided him with a variety of skills including Product & Process Improvement, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Personnel Development and Finance Control. 

After almost 50 years spent in industry he stepped down from his role as a Senior Operations Manager to become a ‘Home Parent’. 

Peter has served as a Governor at a local Catholic Primary School since 2013 where he also served as Chair of the PTA. 

Both Peter’s sons attend All Hallows and he became elected as a Parent Governor in 2017. 

Peter’s passion is to support the teaching staff in providing the very best learning experience for our children while also serving as a critical friend who is unafraid of raising challenge where appropriate. 

Alice Nixon – Foundation Governor – Diocese Approved Leave of Absence  

An ex-pupil herself, and having put 5 children through the school; 3 of them going to university. Alice became a Governor at a local primary school 9 years ago; and has been COG at that school for the last 3yrs. Having such a long relationship with All Hallows; when Alice heard there was a vacancy for a Foundation Governor,  she thought (with her experience here) this was something she could do.

Like all Catholic organisations once you volunteer for one job you soon get volunteered for many more. Alice has been the Safeguarding Minister in the Parish of St Josephs & St Marys (Aldershot) for 10 years.  She has been involved in various roles within the Catechesis of both First Communion & Confirmation. Alice now runs the Baptism Course & delivers our Children’s Liturgy programme. Being the Safeguarding Minister has now landed Alice a role on the Parish Council.

Alice is registered disabled, as is her husband.  Therefore Alice likes to feel she is giving back to the Community as she cannot perform a full-time role. In the past Alice has been a childminder, ran the family shop, became a cook in a pub & various care homes. Working in the care homes led Alice into agency care work & after a few years she became the Registered Manager of a retirement Home for the Elderly. Alice’s last job saw her as a Deputy Manager in a home for young adults with learning disabilities.

Helen Collins BA (Hons) PGCE – Co-opted Governor/Vice Chair and Safeguarding Lead

Helen has lived in Aldershot for 24 years and has 2 children who have attended St Joseph’s Primary School and All Hallows.  Her son is currently serving in the Royal Navy and her daughter has recently graduated from university and is awaiting a course in Los Angeles beginning in June in 2019.

Helen has previously been a Governor at Badshot Lea Primary School, and at the Guildford College Group, encompassing Merritt Wood land based college, Guildford College and Farnham Sixth Form College.

She is a serving senior police officer, and has specialised in firearms command and investigative work. She is also a qualified teacher and has extensive experience in leading projects as a Senior Responsible Officer, budget management, leadership development and risk management.

Helen is currently Vice Chair of Governors at All Hallows and has just started her 3rd year on the Governing Body.

She has a personal interest in issues pertaining to years 12 and 13 (or the sixth form in old money), safeguarding, discipline and continuous professional development.
Her personal hobbies and interests include Skiing, Pilates, travel, reading and sewing.

Reverend Craig Aburn – Foundation Governor

Deacon Craig Aburn was ordained for the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2016. He shares his ministry between the Aldershot Catholic Parish of St Joseph’s and St Mary’s, where he is also part-time Chaplain to St Joseph’s Primary School, and working as Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Portsmouth.

He has been a parent of All Hallows since 2011; his son has now left and he has a daughter in Year 9. Prior to Ordination, he worked in Education for 15 years.

In his spare time he supports local Scouting in Blackwater Valley Scout District. He was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Bishop of Portsmouth in September 2018.

Libby Reynolds – Co-opted Governor

Libby is mother to twin boys who currently attend All Hallows School. She lives and works locally.  She has worked in the IT Industry for over 25 years holding a variety of roles that has afforded her the opportunity to experience business end to end in global organisations.  

Libby currently holds the position of Vice President of Security, Risk and Compliance for Barclays Payment Solutions based in Fleet.  She is keen to use her experience to help the school with operational and financial excellence, careers support and development and welfare and discipline.

Having started her career in catering she is still a keen chef and especially enjoys baking.  She has a creative side inherited from her mother and enjoys drawing, watercolour painting and sewing.

Guy Stephens – Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors

Guy has been a Governor of All Hallows since 2013, and became Chair of Governors in 2018. His children have all been or are currently at All Hallows. Guy was born in Singapore, grew up in New Zealand, lived in Taiwan, and eventually ended up in the UK in 1993, before finally settling in Farnham in 2005. He has a Masters degree in Chinese from the University of Oxford. In his spare time, Guy enjoys going to the gym and playing touch rugby.

He is currently a trainer at IBM where he supports the learning needs of IBM’s European-based consultants. Outside of IBM, Guy is an industry-recognised authority on the use of social media for customer service, and is in the midst of launching a microlearning start-up providing social customer care training via smartphone. He is also a certified trainer in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. 

Over the last year, Guy has overseen a period of change amongst the Governing Body at All Hallows, ensuring a greater degree of transparency exists, together with a sense that the Governing Body must be there to make a visible difference to the students. He is passionate about All Hallows and dedicated to ensuring that every student is provided with the opportunities to achieve more than they thought possible during their time at the school.

Finbarr O’Sullivan B.Sc. (Management), M.A. – Foundation Governor

Finbarr went to Trinity College Dublin, and has previously worked in senior Sales & Logistics roles in the UK and Ireland. 

He made the career change to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a commercial pilot and now flies business jets and also enjoys working as a flight instructor. He lives in Ash Vale with his partner Jane and their 2 sons.