Our School Governors

Kevin George (Chair of Governors)

Kevin George (Chair of Governors)

Chief Executive Officer, Red Funnel

Kevin George joined Red Funnel on 2nd January, 2014.

Kevin has over 30 years experience in the transport sector having held senior management positions in a number of companies including British Airways and Monarch Airlines.

An engineer by training, Kevin has worked extensively in business development, customer services and operations as well as leading a number of significant business transformations.

In December 2015, Kevin was appointed Chairman of Discover Ferries, the industry body that promotes ferry travel for all the UK operators. He is also a Governor of the Isle of Wight Studio School.
Kevin is a keen sailor and lives on the Isle of Wight.

Sarah Stannard

Principal and Chief Executive of City College Southampton

Sarah Stannard has been Principal and Chief Executive of City College Southampton since the summer of 2013. She was previously a Vice Principal at Chichester College, one of England’s largest and most successful colleges. Her career also includes management consultancy with global businesses and national public sector organisations, and marketing and sales roles for FMCG companies.

City College is Southampton’s general further education college. It educates and trains around 7,000 people a year, including: 1,300 young people, 1000 apprentices, 200 higher education students (often adults in work and studying part-time) and about 3,500 adults a year. The college is committed to providing education for all its community to ensure they have the right skills for work and life but has particularly invested in specialist facilities for Marine, Engineering and Construction as well as the Creative and Performing Arts to meet the needs of local employers.

Steve Archer

IT and telecommunications specialist

Steve Archer I.Eng MBA BA(Hons) MIET worked for 30 years in the IT and telecommunications industries until 2004. He specialised in the installation and service management of connections between the high capacity networks of carriers such as British Telecommunications and the private networks of multinational companies. Major projects included linking the systems of banks in New York and London, setting up London networks for charitable events such as Live Aid and BBC Children in Need, managing the interconnection of mobile operators such as Vodafone and O2 within London.

Steve’s education career started in 1982 when he was invited to teach microelectronics during the evening at a local technical college. Steve left industry in 2004 to teach full time in the Further and Higher Education Sectors. Steve was a senior lecturer at the School of Engineering, University of Greenwich in the years prior to his retirement in 2010. During this time, Steve was the programme leader for a suite of Foundation Degree and HNC/HND programmes with a special remit to deliver these programmes to deprived areas.

Steve lives on the Isle of Wight where he spends time on such hobbies as radio control models and various social clubs. Steve is a keen touring cyclist who has recently toured Sicily, South Africa and Scotland and is a committee member of Cyclewight which represents the interests of island cyclists in negotiations with the Isle of Wight Council and other bodies.

Carl Baker

RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre

Carl Baker is the Business Development Manager for RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes. Carl was born on the Island and attended Island schools before completing a Boatbuilder/Joiner apprenticeship in the early 1980’s. He has worked locally for marine, construction and aerospace companies over the years, working his way up from the shop floor to supervisory and management positions over a period of 30 years, gaining a HND in business (University of Chichester) through part time study at the IOW college in 2007.

Carl lives in Binstead with his wife and two daughters who both attend the IOW studio school. His hobbies include cycling, kayaking and spending time with his family. He is keen all students at the school reach their full potential, participating in enrichment activities, developing new skills and confidence through work placements to follow their chosen career. Hopefully, some of the students will realise their careers locally to support the needs of local businesses and organisations whilst contributing to our Island community.

Sarah McCarthy-Fry

Sarah McCarthy-Fry

Finance Director for GKN Aerospace

Sarah McCarthy-Fry is the Finance Director for GKN Aerospace based in East Cowes. She is a Chartered Management Accountant and has held a variety of financial roles with GKN in the UK, USA and Germany. Alongside her role in GKN, Sarah also chairs the Employment & Skills Board of the Solent LEP.

Sarah was Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council between 1995 and 2000 and later MP for Portsmouth North between 2005 and 2010. During her parliamentary career Sarah was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools and Learning and later Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

Sarah lives with her husband in Shanklin and has 4 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys walking the dog and singing in the local church choir.

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