Step by Step Board of Governors

Stuart King – Chair

I have been a Parent Governor at Step by Step since 2009, and was delighted to be elected as Chair of Governors towards the end of 2014. My son has been at Step by Step since 2008, and I have been fortunate to see the impact of the school’s individualised teaching approach first-hand. My professional career is in strategy consulting within the healthcare sector, including roles as a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group and Director at Novartis UK. I have an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Athene Burdge – Parent Governor

Both my son and daughter attended Step by Step from 2007-2010, and my son returned in September 2017. Having personal experience with two children with autism, I am an advocate for the use of ABA, believing in its efficacy and being passionate about its wider dissemination. I believe it is important that parents partner closely with staff and governors to make Step by Step the best it can possibly be at meeting the needs of pupils and their families. I am a qualified teacher, a parent trainer and a professional in the field of ABA. My experience as both a parent and a professional will enable me to make a positive and substantial contribution to the Board of Governors.

Dr Catherine James – Independent Governor

I am delighted to have been invited onto the Board of Governors at Step by Step, having been a founding member of the school. My son attended the school when it first opened and was able to benefit from the individualised and intensive approach to teaching and learning. As a qualified teacher, I have worked in a wide variety of settings, including schools, colleges and universities. My current role as Lecturer in Academic Support at University of the Arts, London involves working with all students, including those with additional or special educational needs. I look forward to collaborating with staff and fellow governors to ensure the school continues its outstanding work.

Jill Moss – Independent Governor

I am so pleased to have been asked to join the governing body of Step by Step School.  As a recently retired SEND practitioner, I feel my recent experience and interest in special needs will be useful in assisting the governors in carrying out their strategic duties. I have worked in both the maintained and independent sector during my teaching career and also in schools in East Africa. I am a trainer for a nationally recognised Conflict Management company and deliver training in schools in Brighton and Hove. I have a particular interest in Health and Safety, Risk Assessments and offsite visits, so will be undertaking the role of Heath and Safety Governor. I look forward to working with the team over the coming years and ensuring the school continues to deliver high quality provision.

Aisling Hailes – Staff Governor

I have worked at Step By Step School since September 2017 and in 2021 I progressed to the role of Class Leader. I have a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and I am currently studying for a Masters in ABA. I have a range of experience in education and have previously worked as a Forest School Leader going into several schools. I also have many years experience supporting children with additional needs out in the community. I look forward becoming part of the Governing Body as Staff Governor.

Bronwyn Gan – Independent Governor

I am an experienced project professional, currently working as a Project Management Office Lead at a well known bank.  I have worked in the financial service industry for 20 years specialising in IT and Financial Management Control and Change Management.  I have worked in Australia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Belgium before settling down in East Sussex with my husband and two children.  Through my own children I have been able to see how important a school and the local community is in contributing to wards the development of each child, especially in their formative years.  I am joining Step By Step as a school governor as I would like to give something back to my local community and add value to the development and well being 0f the younger generation.

Nicola Smart – Independent Governor

I am a Human Resources and coaching professional with over 25 years experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  My background in HR has allowed me to develop skills in analysing, advising and supporting leadership, as well as the ability to challenge when needed.  Preparing young people for the world of work is of great interest to me and I regularly coach and mentor those looking to take those first career steps. I am passionate about the ongoing personal development for everyone throughout their lives and  believe the enjoyment of learning starts with the positive education that children receive at school. I hope to use my experience, time and energy to develop opportunities for pupils and staff to access opportunities for personal development so that they can reach their full potential.

David Tilbury – Independent Governor

I am a practising solicitor in the financial services industry, with experience in a broad range of commercial matters as well as financial regulation.  I have experience in litigation, commercial contracts, and data protection. Having attended a state-school I am very aware of the role education plays in the opportunities afforded to children, both during and after their school years. I am particularly passionate about the importance of school beyond academic performance and the ways in which it can help children with social and behavioural development, and this is especially true for children with additional needs; I strongly believe that being in the right environment, with access to appropriate facilities, can make a tremendous difference to a child at a crucial stage.


For more information on our governing body, please contact our clerk- AnnaMaria Williams .