Chris Hobbs

Chris Hobbs
Chris Hobbs
Governor

What do you enjoy about being a governor of Sidcot?

The community spirit and mutual support among the entire school, pupils and staff alike, makes governing an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I hope I can make a worthwhile contribution.

What do you do in your everyday life?

I am a qualified solicitor, although retired from full-time practice at my old firm in London. I remain a consultant there. I used to specialise in maritime and commercial disputes, but more recently worked in the compliance and risk management teams. Nowadays, I mix consultancy with school governance, I have qualified as a hockey umpire and I help out at my daughter's local hockey club. I am a member of a local gym, I cook and practice my guitar (both badly) and I try to read more books now that I have some more time.

What's most important to you about being a governor? 

It affords me the opportunity to make a difference to others, to give something back.

What are you curious about?

Where to start? I think we should all be curious about the world around us, it offers so much that enriches, and endless learning opportunities. We cannot help but be better citizens by being well informed.  

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Be nice.

What surprises you about Sidcot?

The quality and range of opportunities offered to the pupils.

Do you think you'd enjoy being a pupil at Sidcot? And if so, why?

Yes. Sidcot is focused on offering a full education in all of its aspects, both in and out of the classroom, with the aim of developing rounded and valuable individuals, and that chimes completely with me. I appreciate the fact that the school eschews social pretence and academic snobbery without compromising standards. I would like to think that I would have made the most of what is on offer today.

What does Quakerism mean to you?

I am not a Quaker, but that does not mean that I cannot appreciate the emphasis on mutual respect, tolerance and concern for each other and the environment which Quakerism promotes. 

I am not a Quaker, but that does not mean that I cannot appreciate the emphasis on mutual respect, tolerance and concern for each other and the environment which Quakerism promotes. 

If you had one word to sum up Sidcot School, what would it be?

 Optimistic