Richard Holste MBE
Business and Community Local Governor
"When I was the Senior Manager for NatWest bank in the area I was approched by Sussex Downs College ( formerly ECAT ) to become a Governor as they were about to become self governing, after previously being run by East Sussex County Council. They sought both corporate and financial expertise and I fitted their requirements. I have served as a Governor for 25 years, the last 7 years as Chair and after Ofsted judged us as Outstanding following an Inspection I retired from the Board. I
was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to Further Education.
Whilst a Governor at Sussex Downs I was asked in 1994 by the then Chair of Governors at Bishop Bell School to join their Board as they wanted additional financial expertise. I served as Chair of Finance for several years and 7 years ago took on the role of Safeguarding Governor a position I still hold both here and at The Eastbourne Academy.
In 2013 I was awarded a Lifetime Achievers Award from the Eastbourne business community."