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Jonathan Hobbs

Jonathan Hobbs


Co-Opted Governor

I have worked for the past 7 years at the Julie Rose Stadium and Stour Centre, Ashford’s local authority sport and leisure facilities and through this I have a lot of contact with a diverse cross-section of the local community. In particular, my work as an athletics coach has allowed me to get involved in a small part of the health and well-being of local children. 

Currently, I am part-way through a mathematics degree at the University of Kent and I have a particular interest in data collection and analysis and using this to inform decisions objectively. I am also part of the maths school’s outreach team, though the pandemic has prevented much involvement. 

I am keen to use my skills and develop new ones to support and inform decision making within the local community. Having not worked in education or the public sector, school governorship presents a learning curve, but this also means I can bring a fresh perspective. 

I bought a flat in Ashford last year but grew up in Folkestone and New Romney and my parents were governors at my primary school. Both had long careers at Dungeness’ power stations and are now enjoying retirement, while my sister works at William Harvey Hospital and my brother lives in Paris. 

In my spare time, I have competed for Ashford Athletic Club since the age of 10, at a national level and overseas, and have twice won the national 50km race walking championships. I can be seen training around south Ashford, usually in the pleasantly quiet small hours.