Governor Profiles


Marcus Bell

Marcus has been a parent governor since 2012 and has been the chair of the governing body since 2013. He lives at Cranbrook and has four children at the school: two in year 4 and two in Reception (all twins!). Marcus works within the Race Disparity Unit of the Cabinet Office, in London. 


John Furminger

John has lived in Cranbrook since 1974. He taught economics at Cranbrook School where he was also responsible for university applications as well as helping with sport and serving as an elected Teacher Governor, retiring five years ago.

His wife also works with young people while both his daughters enjoyed their days at Cranbrook CE Primary before going on to Angley School (now High Weald), Cranbrook School and university.

John has been on the governing body for four years, chairing the Resources committee and acting as vice-chair. He is committed to the cause of state education in the town.


Nicola Lock

Nicola has been a Co-opted governor since June 2015 and is the Vice Chair of the Data and Performance Team, as well as having governor responsibility for parental engagement.

Nicola qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2001, and currently works for Deloitte, London.  She previously studied Law at the University of Sussex and after graduating completed the Legal Practice Course at College of Law, London. 

Nicola and her husband moved with their 2 children from Essex to “the countryside” (i.e. Cranbrook). Nicola has governor experience from her children’s previous school and is passionate about helping children to achieve their full potential. In her spare time, Nicola helps out with the P.T.A. and school sports club, and enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Lesley Atkins

Lesley and her family moved into the area and her children started at the school in 2009. She quickly became very active within the school, firstly as Chair of the PTA and then in October 2011 as a Governor.

 Lesley is Vice Chair of the Resources Committee, monitors Early Years, Pupil Premium and SEN. She is committed to ensuring that all children receive the attention and support that they need to achieve their very best, and focuses on narrowing the gap. 

 In her spare time Lesley is involved in supporting the local Pre-School, the Out of School Club and runs a Community Lunch Club which is held in the School each Week.


 Candice Goodchild

Candy has been a parent governor since 2016. Originally from South Africa, she moved to England, and to Cranbrook, in 2004.  She and her husband have three sons in the school, with one more eager to start. Candy's background is in IT and although she left full-time employment when their first child arrived, she now works part-time for a Cranbrook-based business. Candy is also responsible for the pre-schoolers' activities at The Vine Church in Cranbrook.


Debbie Jones

Debbie is a foundation governor representing the church. She has a particular interest in the spiritual life and the health and well-being of the school and all of its members.

Debbie has lived in Cranbrook for 20 years and her three children were educated in local state schools. She is a retired psychiatrist and psychological therapist. 


John Mather

John is originally from Manchester, went to an independent boys Grammar school in Altrincham, Cheshire, which was the foundation of his three degrees. After five years working at PowerGen in Solihull, he went to work and live in Melbourne for seven years, where he helped restructure and then privatise two large utilities for the Victorian State Government. 

John is now a professional change manager and work often takes him overseas to Arabia, Africa and Asia, working primarily in the electricity and gas industries, for Governments, Regulators or energy companies.
John usually works with teams of engineers, various experts and accountants, to make them work more efficiently or more effectively, changing out-dated working practices, or, with the addition of some new technology and retraining, enables them to work "smarter" rather than harder to achieve their objectives.

John is an active member of the local community and has been a Headcorn Parish Councillor for the last 5 years. 


Katie Dougal

Katie has been a local authority governor since December 2017, following an interest to engage in the local community.

Katie trained to be an English teacher in 2014 before moving into county-wide alternative education provision. She studied Education at Durham University and has a Masters in leadership in an educational setting, demonstrating her passion for improving education in Kent. 


Matt Lock

Matt has worked in local government for almost 20 years, initially training as a Chartered Internal Auditor and later as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, and currently working for the City of London Corporation.

Matt is keen to help the school to make best use of its resources and to support the Board of Governors in discharging its responsibility for ensuring effective financial management and has joined the Resources Committee as an Associate Member.