Steve Smith, Chair of Governors
“I’m passionate about working with the local community, and in my opinion this should be a fundamental aspiration of any business. As a parent I worry about the condition of the education on our beautiful Island. I’m determined to put my expertise and knowledge into making the school not just good but outstanding. I will be challenging the school on all issues that will affect the education and wellbeing of our pupils… these continue to be exciting times for the Island, and we have a collective responsibility to build on the foundations of our school and be the best we can be.” says Steve Smith.
Steve is a local businessman, who is married with three children. He moved to the Island in 1994, from which he currently runs a group of 21 McDonald’s restaurants dotted around the South Coast. During his career in McDonald’s he has received various accolades and even worked a while in the UK training department. He currently oversees a workforce of approximately 2,200 employees and has aspirations to continue to climb the McDonald’s ladder and perhaps own and operate his own group of restaurants in the future.
Over the years Steve has been closely involved with many Island community organisations including Brading Football Club, the Newport Business Association, Newport Police and Council organisations among many others. One of the highlights for him has been his involvement in setting up and helping to open the Island Free School in the capacity of Founding Governor and Director.
“My commercial experiences alongside previous projects in education have set me in good stead for my work in our school. Over the past 20 years, I have worked within schools on a range of projects through the Young Enterprise Board as a former Chair and the Young Chamber. My business skills-set has certainly given me an advantage in the role I played as Vice-Chair and I’m determined to build on this in my current position of Chair of Governors. Even though our school is set up in a new building and we are finally full, we are all still committed to raising educational aspirations on the Island and continuing to put the Island Free School on the map. For me, the journey has only just begun, and I assure all parents and stakeholders that I will continue to challenge and scrutinise the talented leadership team we have in our school for the foreseeable future. I’m determined to leave a legacy that will serve the Island families and community for years to come”
Outside of work, and his community commitments, Steve likes to spend time in the water, whether it’s kayaking or paddle-boarding. However, spending time with his family and going on long dog walks are his go-to preferences.
Businessman, bookkeeper and parent, with a track record of making a difference to his local community
Currently studying for a Politics, Economics and Philosophy Degree with the Open University.HNC Business and Finance from Eastleigh College, Hampshire.
McDonald’s in-house training.
9 GCSEs and 3 A Levels from Poole Grammar School, Dorset.