Ian Barwood

Ian Barwood

Ian Barwood

Community Governor

Vice Chair of the Resources Team

Designated Health and Safety Governor

I am originally from Buxton in Derbyshire; but since retiring from the army in 1984 I have lived in Eastry. I am married with three children; two of whom are now grown up and living away from home. Our third – and youngest son – was killed in 2008 whilst serving with the RAF in Iraq.

I am a professionally qualified Electronic Engineer, who has enjoyed successful careers with both the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and MoD (Army). I served in the army for 22 years; primarily as a Bomb Disposal Technician with a secondary role as Trade Instructor and Communications Manager – specialising in Operational Military Radio Systems.

On leaving the army I joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as a Communications Electronics Engineer where I became an experienced Project Implementation and Training Manager responsible for delivery of major Biometric IT projects, working with the MPS ‘Scenes of Crime’ Group and also MPS ‘Special Branch’. These roles honed my skills as an effective communicator working in a team environment; able to manage, guide and motivate others to achieve key objectives. I am also a trained and experienced Facilitator; which I used whilst employed by the MPS.

On retiring from the MPS I started at Sandwich Technology School as a volunteer Teaching Assistant, but was then offered a full time role in that job, which I did for five years until the family tragedy caused me to resign. In my role as a Teaching Assistant, I was able to use my Facilitator experience and training (gained with the MPS) as I also became a mentor for four students who had learning and behaviour management issues.

Since retiring from STS, I have been coming into school as a volunteer assistant. For the first three years (and because of my Public Services background) I supported teaching in the ‘Public Services’ subject. For the last three years I have – again because of my previous experience – been assisting the ‘Business Studies’ groups.  

My hobbies are: scuba diving, music and the arts, reading, and I am on a continual study course on the subjects of Etymology (specific to the English language) and Comparative Religion (specific to the monotheistic religions from Zoroastrianism through Judaism and Christianity to Islam).

I became a Governor because I think that, with my life experiences, I can add to the already vast skills set of the Governing Body to make STS a positive learning environment for all of the students who attend – irrespective of their ability, race, creed or sexual orientation – and to bring out the best in all of those students so that they will want to learn, because “learning is fun”.