Our Directors

Mike Crump

Chairman

The Chair of Directors Mike Crump has been a director for five years and was elected chairman in 2015.

A Chartered Surveyor by profession he takes the lead on all property and Health and Safety matters in the school and nursery, and has a grandson in the school.

Fiona Kellett

Finance Director

Fiona is Finance Director, working closely with the school’s Finance Officer.

Diana Overbury

Diana Overbury (BA Hons) founded the present school in 1996 with five pupils, was its Head for many years and is now a Director with a great- grandchild within the school as a pupil. She has served in almost every role at one time or another, predominantly as a teacher but in the early days even as a cook and cleaner.

She worked for many years in the Bexhill schools as a supply teacher while her family were growing up and then in the independent school sector in St. Mary’s, Baldslow and Ancaster House, which metamorphosed into Charters Ancaster.

Diana leads on Staff Welfare, and is pleased to still be involved in the development of the school.

Sarah Norman

Sarah has been involved with Charters Ancaster School and Nursery since it opened on its current site in 1996. She currently chairs the Charters Ancaster Friends committee which organises social and fundraising events.

Sarah has been a Speech and Language Therapist working for the NHS in East Sussex for 40 years. Today, she manages a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists working with children who have complex needs. Many of the children and young people that Sarah has worked with, have needed the support of additional communication methods such as signing and the use of picture symbols. As a result of her belief in the benefits of using these systems, Sarah also works as a Senior Tutor for The Makaton Charity which supports families to use speech, signs and symbols for communication. This role has involved Sarah in writing and presenting training packages locally, nationally and internationally.

Sarah has lived in Hastings for many years and loves the Sussex coastline and countryside, as well as the many local festivals and traditions. Her interests include reading, walking, theatre and a range of dancing – from Scottish to Zumba!

Don Young

Don Young has been the Owner and Chairman of Brain Injury Services Ltd since 1999. He is a retired Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities; he also holds a Masters Degree in Public Sector Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Advanced Member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers.

For a number of years Don was a Trustee/Governor at a school providing specialist services for children and young people suffering from speech, communication and intellectual difficulties. Prior to his retirement in 2015 he had been Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Don’s professional career has spanned over 48 years working in the field of Public and Independent Health and Care and children’s charitable sectors. In the National Health Service he held positions up to Director of Nursing at a large District General Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer for a District Health Authority, Don was the first National Director of Personnel for the NSPCC.

Don joined the Board of Directors for Charters Ancaster in June 2016, and leads on HR.

“We have found a school where our child is truly valued, where his voice is heard and listened to.”
“We are confident that our son's educational and social needs are being met on an outstanding level.”
“When we compared the learning expectations here with other local schools, the choice was really clear...”
“We hadn't thought about private schooling until our boys were unhappy in their other school. We didn't realise how affordable Charters Ancaster was.”
“Sending our daughter to Charters Ancaster was the best decision we've made - we know that she has enjoyed her primary years so much...”
“A great, nurturing, caring school which gives children the best start.”
“Great little school , great staff, high level of teaching. My little boy is very happy here. Love the small classes.”
“We chose Charters Ancaster because of the family feel and the care taken over every child.”
“My child loves coming to school - sometimes we have tears on Saturday because he can't go!”
“We can't thank the staff enough for the care and support our children have been given. They are really thriving at Charters Ancaster.”
“We picked Charters Ancaster because the small class size means my daughter gets the attention she needs to learn at her own pace.”
Parent
“I love music. I get music lessons with my class and have learnt to play the piano too.
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