Katharine Manser

Katharine Manser

Katharine Manser

Parent Governor

Member of the Learning and Development Team

Designated Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)/Child Protection Governor


I joined the STS Governing Body in March 2015.  I live in Deal with my husband, Steve, and have three children: Jack (aged 6) and twins Matthew and Rachel (aged 15).  At the time of writing, Matthew is in Year 11 at STS and is looking forward to continuing on to the Sixth Form.

I have worked in Housing for over fourteen years, both in the private and public sector.  Before my current position I was an Independent Living Manager for the Local Authority sheltered housing schemes in Sandwich, Eastry and Aylesham and a Neighbourhood Manager for the Buckland area of Dover.  I moved in December 2014 to work for Canterbury Christ Church University as Accommodation and Front of House Manager.  I am responsible for the strategic and operational management and allocation of 1,900 bedrooms spread over three campus locations and a variety of different buildings.  I am also responsible for the switchboard and reception areas of the buildings across Canterbury.

I put myself forward for the role of Parent Governor because I want to make a positive contribution to the way in which a child is given the opportunity to reach their potential and receive the best education possible.  I have a passion for making sure that those with SEND are not disadvantaged and, therefore, am particularly enthused by my specialist role of Special Educational Needs and Disability/Child Protection Governor.  In this role I hope to raise awareness of SEND and ask the questions that need to be asked.  I am also part of the Learning and Development Team, which looks at how the school is performing and what is being implemented so that standards continually improve.

Outside of work I enjoy going on walks, swimming and spending time with my family.  I love to travel and have visited many destinations – my favourite being the eternal city of Rome.