School Governors

Introducing the King Henry school Governing Body

Mr R Leitch
Chair of Governors

Rob is a senior leader in a large secondary school in Bromley, where he is responsible for raising outcomes, particularly at KS4.

Rob has also previously served as Deputy Leader of Bexley Council and Cabinet Member for Education in the London Borough of Bexley. Rob is also the Founder of the Sidcup Garden Project and has chaired a number of local charities as well.

Mr R Leitch, Chair of Governors, King Henry School

School Governors

King Henry School Governors (Alphabetical order - Surname).

Kirsten Aust

Kirsten has worked in secondary education since 2007. She has taught across four schools in and around London, ranging from ’outstanding’ to ‘requiring improvement’, as judged by OFSTED. In her previous Head of Curriculum Area role in a non-selective secondary school in Surrey, she actively participated in school improvement as a Staff Governor. She currently leads a subject department at Townley Grammar School, which she is thoroughly enjoying.

Julie Carson

I am currently an executive Head Teacher for the Woodland Academy Trust, with specific responsibility for maths, the curriculum and standards across the Trust. I have 13 years’ experience as a Head Teacher both in Bexley and Salford, as well as supporting school improvement in other schools in Salford. I have vast amounts of safeguarding knowledge, having been the primary school representative on the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board (as it was known then), working specifically on improving safeguarding across the primary schools and increasing the knowledge of private fostering across all sectors. I am particularly passionate about mental health provision in schools, and ensuring provision for children with SEND is the best it can be. I am delighted to be on the governing body of King Henry, and am looking forward to being able to support the school’s journey in improving outcomes for the local community.

Nicola Coppen
Desmond Deehan
Ronnie King

I am currently the Head of Art at King Henry School a position I have held for the last 9 years. Prior to this was the Head of Art at Harris Academy Falconwood and worked at Graveney School in Tooting. Before this I ran a successful commercial Photography business and decided to make the leap into education. I have never looked back and every day look forward to contributing to the development of the very promising and talented individuals, who I have had the pleasure to teach over the years within our school.

I am very excited about the journey the school is currently undertaking and feel that my local knowledge of the school and students will help me make a positive contribution to the future direction of the school. As the Staff Governor for Well Being I will be taking an active role in trying to ensure that staff are supported within the new school and this in turn will help to build a strong team of teachers, who will contribute towards the progress of the school.

Phil Powell
Sarah Rackley
Sophie Sykes 

I am delighted to have been appointed as a Parent Governor for King Henry School. I was born in Bexley and grew up in this area, attending Townley Grammar School in the distant days when formerly known as Bexley & Erith Technical High School for Girls! I am now the parent of two sons both of whom attend our school, one currently in Year 7 and the other Year 12.

I am a qualified family lawyer with over 20 years of experience and I have been working successfully on a self-employed consultancy basis for a local solicitors practice for the past 8 years, advising clients in regard to all aspects of matrimonial and family law. Through my work over the years I have very much enjoyed meeting a great variety of people with vastly differing backgrounds and I have particularly enjoyed helping clients navigate through what can be a very difficult time in their lives. I am a very good listener, focussed and patient in my approach to assessing and working through any difficult situation or conflict.

I am particularly interested in supporting the multi academy trust between our school and Townley Grammar School. I am extremely excited about this collaboration and the benefits that I feel this will bring in the future, not only to our school but also to the wider community. 

Chris Willis

How to contact the School Governors

The Chair of Governors, Mr Rob Leitch can be contacted via the Headteachers PA via email on:

If you prefer to write to the Chair of Governors, address your letter accordingly:

Mr Rob Leitch,
Chair of Governors
C/o Mrs L Tierney
King Henry School,
Avenue Road,
Erith, Kent,


The Chair of Trustee's for King Henry School is John Paterson.