Growing to Learn, Learning to Grow
Having campaigned for women’s rights for over 6 years I was eventually appointed as the first lady sound engineer at the BBC, first working in radio and then moving on to television outside broadcasts. After an exciting career of 34 years I took early retirement to concentrate on my voluntary work. As a Parish Councillor of 27 years I have always been involved in community projects such as allotments and open spaces and as a school governor of 16 years I have always been a ‘hands on’ governor, helping with walking buses, school trips and clubs.
I gained a BTEC Advanced Certificate in school governance in 2004 and became Chair of Governors here at Broadwater Down in 2006, while continuing to be a governor at a small village church school. Sharing ‘best practice’ between the schools has helped both to improve and our pupils to succeed and I am proud to have been a part of this.
I intend to continue giving my time so that young people can, through education, become responsible citizens who will help run our country well and look after me in my old age!
Linda Wybar has been Headteacher of Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School since 1999, and a Governor of Broadwater Down Primary School since 2013, having been actively involved in primary/secondary school transition in the Tunbridge Wells area since first becoming a headteacher. As Chair of the Kent and Medway Grammar Schools' Association since 2004, she believes strongly that schools should work together in the best interests of the young people in a community. Linda lives locally in Langton Green and has two sons, now grown up, who attended The Skinners' School.
Clare Hyland, a Partner at local law firm Cripps, has lived in Tunbridge Wells for the last 25 years. She has always been interested in education, partly fuelled by her father’s career in schools across the country (as a teacher and chief examiner) but largely to keep in tune with the progress of each of her 16 nieces and nephews! Being able to work with Broadwater Down Primary is a wonderful opportunity for Clare to understand more about this local school and help support the development of its pupils.
I believe that all children should have the right to the best possible education, and I was very interested to become involved in this improving local school, and bring whatever skills I can to the Governing Body. My career has been in finance as a fund manager for the last 30 years, and I currently work for Soros. I sit on the Learning and Development committee, and I am also a governor at The Skinners’ Kent Academy and a committee member of the charity, The October Club.
I believe that schools should be at the heart of their communities and that education is key to unlocking children's potential. Being a local resident I joined the governing body in 2016 as I wanted to support Broadwater Down in achieving this ambition. I currently sit on the Resources Committee. Previously employed in various corporate and regeneration roles I currently work for a London Borough leading school development and school place planning. Outside of work I have previously been a member of the Interim Executive Board of a special school in SE London and a Director of a Community Credit Union.
I have a daughter in Year 4 who joined Broadwater Down last year having returned to Tunbridge Wells after several years living in Ireland. I have previously been a Parent Governor at another Tunbridge Wells Primary and hope to bring that knowledge and experience to assist the Headteacher in the school's progression towards outstanding. I currently sit on the Learning and Development Committee.
Professionally I have previously worked in the energy commodity markets for a multinational energy company before retraining to become a chiropractor and establishing a practice in Tunbridge Wells.