Mrs K Henwood

Chair of Governors
Finance & General Purposes Committee

Mrs Katherine Henwood has been a Governor at Our Lady of Sion School since 2004.  She is a qualified Solicitor and has 3 children. She attended Our Lady of Sion School from 1968 – 1981 and was Head Girl in her final year before going to University College London to complete an honours degree in Maths. She then went to the College of Law in Chancery Lane, London to train as a Solicitor and worked for the solicitors firm Bolton and Lowe in the Temple, London before returning to live in Worthing.

Mrs Katherine Henwood has previously been the Vice Chair of Governors at Our Lady of Sion School. She was actively involved in appointing both the new Deputy Head and the new Headmaster. She is also a Governor at Bramber Primary School where she has been a Governor since 2000. In 2010 Bramber Primary School achieved an “Outstanding rating” in its Ofsted inspection. She regularly attends her Church and local gym and her hobbies include swimming, walking and gardening.


Sr Brenda McCole

Coordinator of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, UK and Ireland
Finance & General Purposes Committee
Governor responsible for Child Protection

Sr. Brenda McCole has been involved in education for over 20 years in many aspects; teaching and advisory and has always enjoyed the challenge of being with young people.  She continues to work with young people in another capacity at parish level.  As a Sister of Sion she is particularly interested in Our Lady of Sion School, ensuring that the ethos and the charism of Sion is kept alive in the school.  Dialogue and encounter with all faiths and none are very important aspects of Sion and therefore it is also necessary to ensure that this message is encouraged in our School. As the link from the Governors with Safeguarding, she recognises this as a very important aspect of being a Governor, and endeavours to address this responsibility in the best way possible.


Mrs P Akyol

Mrs Patricia Akyol attended Our Lady of Sion School from 1966 to 1973. She is married with one son  and has lived in Worthing for most of her life.

Formally a partner in the regional firm of Thomas Eggar LLP solicitors, she originally specialised in family law  before moving into the  private client field in 1999 taking over the leadership of the Worthing Private Client Team. In this capacity she held numerous appointments as Trustee, Executor and Court of Protection Deputy. She headed the Private Client Group between 2002-2010 having overall responsibility for teams in 5 geographical locations throughout the South, and led the Group to success in winning the national STEP award for UK Regional team of the Year. Whilst Group Head she was a member of the firm’s Executive, and was elected to the firm’s  Management Board from 2010 to 2015.

She retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has taken on various  voluntary charitable Trustee roles with a view to applying the  skills and experience she has acquired for the benefit of the not-for-profit sector.


Mrs A Ansted

Governor responsible for Early Years

Mrs Anna Ansted joined the Governing Body in 2014. She is a former pupil of Our Lady of Sion School and was also Head Girl. She has an Economics degree and followed a career in fashion merchandising working for large retailers. She now has two young children and is currently a community fundraiser for an international charity. She works closely with schools and has a strong finance and marketing background.


Sr Isabel Herd

Sr. Isabel Herd is a Sister of Sion and is obviously passionate about the charism and ethos of the Sion family, namely the importance of being in dialogue with all faiths and none.  It is therefore important for her to be part of the Governing Body of Our Lady of Sion School, ensuring that this charism is continued in the School and to be able to make a contribution to the understanding of the charism. She has been involved in education and taught for over 20 years in the state sector.  Education has always been important for her, making sure that the child can develop in all aspects.


Prof D Read

Governor responsible to assist our Director of Studies

David Read is Professorial Fellow in Chemical Education at the University of Southampton.  From 2003-07, David was a school teacher at Theale Green Community School, just outside Reading, prior to his appointment as a School Teacher Fellow at Southampton. David is currently the Director of Outreach and Head of the Education Group within Chemistry.  David supervises 3 research students (1 MPhil, 2 Ph.D) who are working on projects in education research, and he has published numerous articles in a range of magazines and journals.  His other role is that of Science Foundation Year Programme Leader, where he teaches the chemistry component of the course.  Externally, David is Chair of the Editorial Board for Education in Chemistry and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Curriculum Working Group, having previously sat on the Education Division Council (2009-2012).  David also designs and delivers CPD courses for chemistry teachers, and has worked with a number of awarding bodies as an HE representative.

He has written detailed reviews of A-level chemistry content and is recognised as an authority on the school-to-university transition.


Mr M Spofforth

Chair – Finance & General Purposes Committee

Mr Mark Spofforth is a senior partner in Spofforths LLP, a firm of Chartered Accountants based in West Sussex. He has a wide portfolio of clients including audits, but mainly focuses on private client work, charities, and the SME sector.

Mark is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is a former Chairman of the Council of ICAEW, and also chaired a number of boards there.   He is currently a member of the Charities SORP Committee, the group responsible for setting the accounting standards for Charities, and he is a Trustee of the Thalidomide Trust. Internationally, he also served as Deputy Chairman of the International Accounting Education Standards Board, and is now the ICAEW Observer to the International Federation of Accountants Board.  In 2014 he was awarded the OBE for services to the profession.

Mark also lectures internationally on business management, and for 7 years presented a personal financial advice slot on BBC Southern Counties Radio. He writes for the financial press, mainly on matters relevant to the SME sector.

Away from the office, Mark is currently Master of the Chartered Accountants’ Livery Company in the City of London.  He is High Sheriff in nomination for West Sussex and took up office in March 2016. For ten years he was a mini Rugby Union Coach at Worthing RFC.

Mark’s parents were both Governors at Sion, and his sister attended the school. He is married and has a daughter, Gemma, who was an Olympian swimmer competing in Beijing and London.  In 2009 she became World Champion and still holds the World Record for the 100m backstroke event. His son, Peter, works in Corporate Finance in the technology sector.


Mr J Wiseman

Finance & General Purposes Committee
Governor – assists with building and architectural matters

Mr John Wiseman was employed as an Architectural Technologist, with responsibility for the detailed design for commercial, residential and school buildings, and in that capacity now assists and advises Our Lady of Sion School in the maintenance and on-going improvement of the buildings and environment of the school.  In addition he is particularly concerned with the wellbeing of the children, the maintaining of the School ethos, and ensuring that all students can look back at their time at school with happy memories and the foundation to lead a good life.


Dr S Coldwell

Dr Sue Coldwelll is a Consultant Paediatrician and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health working for the last 21 years at Worthing Hospital.  Her specific interests are school health and school aged children with additional needs, Paediatric Diabetes and Palliative Care. She is involved in Safeguarding of children up to age of 18 years and also provides teaching and clinical supervision for medical students and doctors in specialist training as well as nurses and allied health professionals. She was a module leader for MSc for both Child and Adolescent Diabetes and Social and Professional Networks in Child Health Modules at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (2002-2010).  She has previously been a Governor to George Pringle/Palatine School (1988-2003),  John Horniman (ICAN) School (2001-2003) and Trustee of St Barnabas Hospice (1997-2004) and Chair of Steering Group for Ashdown Children’s Centre (1998-2005). She was involved in the setting up of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and  currently provides medical cover. She was also a Founder Public Member of Royal Marsden Foundation Health Trust. She is married with four children and three grandchildren.  Her youngest two children attended Our Lady of Sion School from Nursery to Sixth Form and her twin grandsons attended Nursery before moving to London.  For relaxation, she exercises daily, reads, enjoys travelling and keeping up with all her family’s activities. She is a qualified Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline judge. She is grateful to Our Lady of Sion School for the education and advice that her children and grandchildren received and would like to offer her time and support for the School.