Hadlow Rural Community

Matt Algar

At 21 I returned to education and gained a BA Hon’s Degree in Psycho-Social Studies. Over the past 25 years I have gained a wealth of experience working across a range of public, private and charitable sectors, including: adult mental health/substance misuse rehabilitation; managing a therapeutic drug treatment Unit in HMP Swaleside and delivering training for substance misuse to professionals and companies across the country.  I have worked with the Home Office, Drug Strategy Directorate and developed and rolled out the National Drugs in the Workplace Initiative. 

In 2005, I decided to leave employment to pursue my ambition to run my own training company, and for the following 7 years I trained thousands of professionals across the country and internationally identifying and working with young people who use, misuse or who were at risk of misusing substances. I developed and produced Theatre in Education Productions on sexual health, healthy relationships and alcohol misuse and toured productions around schools, colleges and pupil referral units to raise the awareness of key issues for students and staff; producing a PSHE pack for teachers to consolidate the learning.

I have extensive project and programme management experience, having worked for Connexions Kent and Medway and managing the multi-million pound European Social Fund programme designed to help young people back into education, employment or training.  I then joined Kent County Council as Business Transformation Programme Manager for the Kent Troubled Families Programme within the Education and Young Peoples Services Directorate.

After gaining this invaluable experience in the public sector, once again, the desire to run my own business called, and in 2015, I left KCC to provide Business support for my wife’s Specialist Dyslexia Provision – Flexi-School Dyslexia.  We are currently working with over 40 primary aged children, (some of whom now attend HRCS), along with supporting and advising parents and schools about SpLD (dyslexia).

I am married with two children; my daughter has been a student at HRCS for the past 4 years and my son will be joining in September 2018.  I look forward to playing an active role as Parent Governor and ensuring all children have the best experiences and education possible.