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Katie Dougal

Katie is an official at the Department for Education, based in Westminster.

In her current role, she has experience of leadership and management in a high pressure environment. She creates processes to ensure targets are met and actively applies continuous improvement strategies to ensure effective operations.

Prior to this, Katie was a teacher. She has taught English literature in a secondary Academy, English as a Foreign Language to refugees in Canterbury and functional skills to young NEETs across Kent. Her broad and varied teaching experience means she is aware of a range of educational issues and policies and is always exploring new alternative ways to improve educational outcomes in Kent.

As a primary school govenor, she is aware of the responsibilities that come with the role and is looking forward to applying herself in a different setting.

Chris Goulding

Managing Director of Vista HR Solutions (FCIPD/MBA)

Chris has previously worked as HR Director for 2 Trusts, Local Authorities and also in the private sector bringing over 25 years of HR experience to the table.

Currently as project manager working with 4 NHS Trusts in London on Collaboration projects; examples include the formation and running of a shared staffing service and the set up of a recruitment hub.

Chris believes that the biggest investment most employers make is through their people. He has been assisting local employers in Kent to address their people issues and putting in place user friendly policies and practices that enable business success.

Living in Tunbridge Wells, married with 4 daughters and one grandson. A huge rugby fan and a season ticket holder with Northampton Saints he also enjoys swimming.

Chris Brown

Chris is an Associate in a Chartered Accountants practice in Epsom, Surrey.

In his role he has experience in working alongside and assisting a range of companies in developing and growing their businesses. Guiding them along the way dealing with all compliance and regulatory issues, Chris has an eye for detail and for producing timely and effective information, enabling management to make informed decisions as soon as possible. He also has a keen interest in governance and risk management – ensuring suitable steps are taken to ensure risks are managed and strategic plans are put in place wherever possible.

Outside of work Chris is a trustee for a local charity supporting young children and their educational development. He also enjoys playing golf and cricket – whenever the weather and time permits!

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