Trustees and Governors
Trustees – Member of the Congregation
Sister Mary Andrew
Mrs Nikki Byfield – Chairman
Nikki’s connection with The Towers started 18 years ago when her daughter joined the nursery. She joined the PTA and became the Chair; she has been on the board of Governors for 4 years. Nikki comes from a training and Human Resources background having worked for 20 years with Trusthouse Forte after which she set up her own business as a training consultant working in the UK and abroad for various companies. Nikki has governor responsibility for safeguarding, HR and Personnel.
Mr Neil Thomas – Foundation
Neil began his career in steel building fabrication, manufacturing and designing steel structures. Neil loved the practical side in the workshop. Due to the economic climate he moved into financial services, selling products, and became head of compliance with a leading insurance company; having been involved with training he then sat the other side of a desk and retained to become a teacher. After several years teaching, Neil joined The Towers in 2004 to teach Design Technology and Religious Education for 14 years. He is the Foundation Governor and is jointly responsible for helping to maintain the ethos in our school which is a lived experience and permeates through all aspects of school life. The Towers ethos may be understood to be the outward signs and experiences of the teachings of Christ in all our daily lives.
Mrs Margaret Benham-Hemetz
Margaret is a retired solicitor with three adult children. She has a long association with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and The Towers. Margaret is a local resident, a member of the local Catholic Church and actively involved in the local Citizens Advice, RVS and the history museum. Margaret has governor responsibility for special needs.
Mr Frank Gainsbury
Frank has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2007. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and qualified Arbitrator with his practice based in Haywards Heath. Frank’s professional experience of our buildings and any major construction works. Frank is married with three grown-up children. In his spare time he is a keen basketball fan, being involved in the ownership and management of a professional basketball team in Worthing. Frank has governor responsibility for premises Health & Safety.
Mrs Jane Stephenson
Jane is married and has two adult sons and two adorable granddaughters. Jane qualified as a teacher in 1974 and has taught in both the private and state sectors. Her last position was in St. Peter’s School in Henfield where she taught for fourteen years and was responsible for RE throughout the school. Jane retired in July 2014 and joined the board of governors at The Towers in April 2015. Jane has governor responsibility for the Juniors and literacy.
Mr Sean Teatum
Sean is semi-retired having spent over 40 years in the ICT business. During his career he has worked in UK, Europe & Asia Pacific and in Project, Programme & Process Management, Business & Network Operations and Customer Service. As Director of Business Operations for 21st Century Networks he helped transform BT. Sean currently works voluntarily for the Upper Beeding Parish Council as Chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning Team and part-time for the College of Arts & Humanities at Brighton University. He enjoys working with people, bringing about improvements and success through engagement and hard work. Sean has governor responsibility for ICT and PE.
Mr Tony Rolph
Tony is a married man with five children and lives locally. He is a Chartered Accountant, and after working in a professional office for 10 years, decided to branch out and move into industry. He joined a large multinational company, involved in the manufacture of chemicals, agricultural products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and spent the rest of his career there. Since his retirement he has been involved in a number of charities in differing financial positions. Tony was on the finance committee of two large charities, Treasurer of the A & B Lourdes pilgrimage for ten years, and also involved with the parish and a number of small local charities and organisations in various capacities.
Mr Philip Navier
Philip’s connection with The Towers started at Easter in 2008 when his daughter was welcomed into the Reception/Year 1 class. On 31st January 2011 Philip joined The Towers’ lovely PTA volunteers. He was recently the Vice Chair of the PTA and is now the Treasurer of the PTA. Philip worked for the Insolvency Service for 37 years, latterly working as an Official Receiver, before accepting an offer of early retirement in March 2011. After a short break he decided it was too early to retire and he set up his own business as an accountant. He sings in the choir of the local Catholic Church. Philip has governor responsibility for history and the sciences.