The Chair of Governors is Mr Rashid Chinchanwala. All governors can be contacted by email at email@example.com or in writing, addressed to the school.
Rashid Chinchanwala is a former pupil at St. Michael’s School, attending as a boarder from 1972 to 1977 and achieving the position of Deputy Head Boy. He has been a governor since November 2007.
A chartered accountant, he has worked in finance within the UK media industry for 27 years and has a good working knowledge of the film & TV production, media buying and market research sectors. In 2008, he helped found his current business Media Powerhouse Ltd, an audio visual services company where he is Finance Director.
Rashid’s interests include mainstream sports, travel and photography.
Julia has over 30 years’ experience as a senior HR professional across a diverse range of sectors, having built her early career in Boots, TDG and Marconi, before entering Financial Services with both Barclays and RBS during a period of significant corporate restructuring activity. She subsequently held strategic and transformational roles as Group HR Director at Wates in the construction sector and at LV= where she played a major role in promoting both the Talent, Diversity and CSR agenda winning several prestigious awards including BITC Company of the Year. She is the MD of Beyond People, a change consultancy, a NED of a housing association and a digital learning Trust and is a Henley qualified executive coach with a focus on leadership team effectiveness.
Julia is the Chair of the Staffing and Remuneration Committee.
Cameron Kiggell served as a British Army officer in a variety of roles before leaving in 1995. He then went into sales and marketing with a water purification company where he became a Director. After 8 years, he joined Sevenoaks School to teach Economics and Business and Management. Cameron has been a tutor and housemaster whilst being heavily involved with the co-curricular aspects of school life. He was promoted to Divisional Head in the Middle School responsible for pastoral matters of children from Year 9 to 11. Cameron is the Safeguarding Governor.
Emma was a parent at St Michael’s for 13 years with both her daughter and son starting in Nursery and leaving at the end of Year 8. During her time at St Michael’s Emma sat on the P&F Committee and also volunteered as a class rep.
Emma is a solicitor by profession having worked at Allen & Overy in the city and Stephenson Harwood in Hong Kong, where she and her husband lived for 5 years. Emma is now a full-time mum but has more recently trained as a mediator with Maidstone Mediation. She is a keen rugby and cricket supporter (she is a life member of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club) and also enjoys spending time with her family, walking with her Cocker Spaniel, reading, playing tennis and travelling.
Emma has been a governor since 2016 and is responsible for Health and Safety.
A Sevenoaks resident since the age of 10 and degree educated in construction management at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Patrick has spent his entire working career at the O’Keefe Group, joining the company from university and having a leadership role for over 20 years. At the O’Keefe Group, Patrick has delivered controlled growth over this period as well as continued investment in their people and their infrastructure.
Patrick has worked with a number of Non Executive Directors as well as furthering his own development at the London Business School. He also acts as a consultant in the field of Family Business and works as a mentor for young executives working in various sectors, but within a family business unit. Patrick has worked with a variety of charitable sports clubs local in the area, working with the senior management teams
Patrick’s three children all attended St Michael’s over a 16 year period from 2002 to 2018.
Adam is an old Michaelian who joined the school in 1988 and has remained a regular visitor since. Adam grew up in Otford and moved to Cambridge where he studied after leaving St Michael’s.
Adam now works in the property and construction industry where he runs bespoke windows and doors company Valdi ltd. This career choice follows in the footsteps of his grandfather who worked as a cabinet maker when he came to the UK from Poland during World War II.
Adam is a proud father of two girls aged four and six, which helps put him in touch with the current needs of the school. In his spare time he enjoys car building and restoration, rugby, hiking and outdoor activities.
He has always been a staunch advocate for the Old Michaelian Association and is looking to revamp and improve the current alumnus.
He has been a Governor since 2019 and is responsible for IT.
Susan was a parent at St Michael’s for three years. Her daughter joined in Year 6, and left at the end of Year 8 with outstanding memories of St Michael’s. Because of this, Susan was keen to stay involved in the school and participate in its future growth.
Susan has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, having worked for both JPMorgan and UBS. Since leaving UBS last year, Susan has been building an advisory business in impact investing and pursuing various start-up opportunities.
Susan lives in Sevenoaks with her husband and two daughters. Together they enjoy cycling, walking and other outdoor activities in Kent.
Ben Charles has been the Principal of King’s School Rochester since April 2019.
Ben is a musician who trained at the Universities of Exeter and Durham before moving into a teaching career which began at another King’s School, this time the cathedral school in Peterborough. At the same time, he sang in the cathedral choir as a Lay Clerk. Ben then moved on to serve as the Director of Music in two HMC schools: Chigwell School in Essex and Millfield in Somerset.
Prior to moving to Kent, Ben was the Senior Deputy Head at The Portsmouth Grammar School where he oversaw pastoral care, safeguarding, school operations and staff welfare. He has a keen interest in sport and has represented County Durham at rugby as a schoolboy, and in music and drama. Ben is married to Helen, also a teacher, and they have four young children.