Step by Step Board of Governors

Meet the Governors


Stuart King – Chair

I have been a Parent Governor at Step by Step since 2009, and was SKdelighted 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.

Contact: Stuart King

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 ABexperience 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.


Daniel Horan – Independent Governor

I was both humbled and excited to be invited to join the governing dh body of Step by Step in December 2015. My own career has been entirely focused in special education, primarily using ABA in autism. This has included teaching and learning with children, young people and adults in the application of evidence-based practices in home, school, community and clinic settings across the world. The achievement, empowerment and engagement of students and their families has been a continual source of reinforcement. Collaborating with my fellow governors and the school staff I hope to make lasting positive contributions to the school’s continued success and inspiring evolution.

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. cjMy 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.


Claire Wise – Staff Governor

I have worked in the education sector for the last 13 years, initially as a learning support assistant supporting a pupil with Autism, followed by a teaching assistant and therapeutic play specialist in mainstream primary schools.  Having worked at Step by Step School since 2014 and progressing to Lead Tutor, I feel equipped to make a valuable contribution to the school governing body.  It is an honour to have been elected staff governor and very much look forward to delivering a staff perspective on decisions at a higher level and enhancing my knowledge of our schools` leadership.

Kelly Robinson – Independent Governor

I have a background in HR and am an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) with experience of organisational design, re-structuring, workforce planning and managing HR initiatives.  I have also specialised in talent acquisition, attraction and retention strategies, particularly through graduate recruitment and development.  Prior to my career in HR, I worked in the care sector, supporting people with learning disabilities and poor mental health. I am aiming to contribute my HR knowledge and community based initiatives to supporting the school and  joining a team that contributes to the quality of life for others, (and not just for the pupils but their families too), is an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility that I feel privileged to be a part of.

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 of the younger generation.



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