Governor Bios


Aurelie was appointed to the Governing Body as a co-opted governor in July 2015 after having served for a brief time as a parent governor.

Aurelie previously spent fourteen years with Brent Council as a Librarian and moved with her family to the Ashford area last year.  As a Librarian, she spent much of her time working with the local community and particularly with primary schools in the Wembley area.

Whilst Aurelie understands that she is a newly appointed governor and has much to learn, she is keen to support Phoenix and its Governing Body in whichever way she can.  She has also become a member of the Learning and Development Team.

Aurelie says “I enjoy the challenge of the role and working with a number of very dedicated individuals at the school.”

Ann Burgess (Co-opted Governor)

Ann is a retired primary teacher who is a grandmother to four children.  After being shown around the school, Ann felt that she wanted to become part of the team that took Phoenix forward.  Ann says “I believe that children should be given as many opportunities as possible to explore and understand the world in which we live.”

Gary Foreman (Parent Governor)

Chartered Tax Adviser and Partner of Nash Harvey, a local firm of Chartered Accountants with offices in Ashford, London and Maidstone.

This is my first appointment as Governor and am looking forward to supporting the school with my experience in finance. I also have a step-daughter within the school, and my wife is one of the class teachers, so have a keen interest in the school maximising its potential.

Bob McKay (Associate GOVERNOR)

Bob McKay is Assistant Headteacher at Dover Grammar School for Boys. He specialises in the improvement of teaching and learning across schools and is heavily involved in collaboartive work between schools, including with the Ashford Teaching Alliance. He previously taught Modern Foreign Languages at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, followed by time spent as Head of the MFL Department at The Folkestone School for Girls. Bob is keen to develop teaching and learning techniques across the primary and secondary sectors and hopes to put his expertise to good use ensuring that our children at Phoenix get the high quality education they deserve.


Vicky has lived in Ashford for a number of years and has been a member of the support staff at Phoenix Community Primary School since 2013.  She was elected to the Governing Body as a staff governor the following year.  She says “I am proud to serve the children and families of this community and am excited to be a part of this dynamic and progressive group of staff and governors.”

Ambrose Oliver (Local Authority Governor)

Ambrose has been a school governor for the past 25 years.  He serves two Primary Schools as well as representing governors at District and County level. During the 1970s and 1980s he was involved in Primary School teaching. 

Currently he does some voluntary work in Churches and old people’s homes.  This includes such activities as counselling, singing solos (usually accompanied by a guitar) and public speaking.  He also serves as a Parish Councillor.

Ambrose is married with five children and four grandchildren.

Roger Spicer (Co-opted governor)

CEO of Marine Insurance Broker (SSL) in the City of London and one of the founding partners.  I have been a school governor for 10 years and also served 10 years as a Parish Councillor for Challock, the last 7 of which were as Chair.   Also a governor at Challock Primary and Mersham Primary Schools. 

I am a coach for two rugby teams; Ashford U14 boys and Aylesford U18 girls.  Married for 19 years to Rachel and have 4 children.

Divya Sunil (Parent Governor)

Divya joined the Governing Body of Phoenix in June 2015.  Her daughter is a pupil at the school.  As a parent governor, she takes a keen interest in the welfare of the children, especially in all aspects of learning and development.

Hellen Ward (Co-Opted GOVERNOR)

Coming soon