David Larkins

David Larkins

Community Governor

Member of the Learning and Development Team

Designated Training/CPD Governor

Currently living in Minnis Bay, I was born in Sandwich and I can trace my family tree to within a ten-mile radius of the school for over three hundred years. I am married to Clare, who I met at STS in 1978, and have two children who also attended the school – Steven (aged 31) and Sarah-Jayne (aged 28). Both went on to gain University Degrees, realising the school’s vision for every student to fulfil his or her potential!

Although no longer playing any sport, I am an avid follower of all sports and a very big Spurs fan – usually attending eight to ten matches a season. I enjoy reading and recently read James Cracknell’s ‘Touching Distance’. I also enjoy travel and last year ticked another item off my “bucket list” by embarking on a road trip around the Rocky Mountains in western Canada.

When I left STS in 1978, I completed an electrical fitter apprenticeship at Chatham Dockyard, working on many of the frigates and submarines that served in the Falklands War in 1982. From 1982 to 1998 I worked as an electrical engineer all over the south-east of England, with much of my time spent testing and inspecting electrical systems. My current employment is with the Discovery Park in Sandwich, where I line manage a Utility Support Team. The team looks after all of the utilities and building services across the site. From 1998 to 2012 I fulfilled a very similar role within Pfizer.

From a community perspective, I have played for and managed several local football clubs over the years and, in 1990, I set up Saturday football training in Monkton for junior school children. I am glad to report that this still continues today at Monkton Sports Club, with over one hundred and forty children participating in various teams.

I joined the Governing Body at STS in 1998 – elected initially as a Parent Governor and serving more recently as a Community Governor. As a former STS pupil, I am proud to put something back into the school and the local community, which I hold so dear.