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 (and was previously Vice Chair).  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 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 and Marketing

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.

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 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 Coldwell 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.

Mrs G Buqué

Academic Committee

Gill Buqué attended Sussex university, gaining a degree in Mathematics and Statistics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Her 5 children all attended Our Lady of Sion Senior School.

Gill has worked as a professional statistician but her main interest and work has been in the area of Mathematics education. She is a very experienced teacher and has held several senior roles within schools and colleges, focused on A level teaching. Gill has also authored several A Level text books.

She has worked extensively with the DfE, both promoting and supporting Mathematics teachers and in the development of A Level Mathematics and Statistics qualifications. Gill was a Teaching fellow at Sussex University for many years, working with post graduate Mathematics teacher trainees and she is currently Chair of Examiners at AQA exam board for Mathematics and Further Mathematics and Chair of Examiners at Pearson exam board for A Level Statistics.


Sr Carolyn Wicks

Sr Carolyn Wicks is a Sister of Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, committed to and passionate about the School of Our Lady of Sion. She was qualified by the Three Year Training Certificate and an Honours Degree in Education. She taught in the Worthing Junior School for nearly twenty years. She found these to be wonderful years, hard work, but a sheer delight. The Sionian Charism is at the heart of all she is and does.  Each pupil was special and she and her colleagues strove for a balanced, all round education, imbued with a love of God and a desire for the best for the child and deep respect for all those around.

Sr Carolyn went on to be trained as a Spiritual Director, a training to work for Women’s Aid, Ecumenical and Interfaith involvement and all areas of Parish work.

Sr Margaret Shepherd nds BA MTh

Sr Margaret is a member of the Roman Catholic Congregation of Our Lady of Sion and a Director of the Sion Centre for Fialogue and Encounter.  As well as her involvement as a Governor of Our Lady of Sion School, sche is also a freelance lecturer and advises on Catholic Jewish Relations fo the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.  Sr Margaret is also a Texas and Mississipi Coordinator for Lifelines which supports prisoners on death row in the USA.

Having qualified with a Master of Theology in Biblical Studies and achieved a BA in Humanities from the Open University as well as a Diploma in Education from the Maria Assumpta College, London, her past experience has included teaching English and Religious studies.

Sr Margaret is responsible for a number of publications including:

  • Public Life and the Place of the Church, Edited by Michael Brierley (Ashgate, 2006)
  • He Kissed Him and They Wept: Towards a Theology of Jewish-Catholic Partnership, Edited by Tony Bayfield, Sidney Brichto & Eugene Fisher (SCM, 2002)

Sr Margaret also enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with friends.