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Meet the Governors

Ken Cowdery – Academy Governor & Chair of the Governing Body ken

Ken was appointed as school governor in late 2010 and became Chair in September 2012.

Ken is a Chartered Surveyor and has gained considerable professional and commercial experience as founder/director of two property consultancies and formerly as managing director of a property company.

Ken is also actively involved with other charitable causes. He is co-founder/trustee of a Charity, chairs a voluntary Association, and sits on various committees and steering groups.

Philip Knights – Academy Governor & Vice-Chair of the Governing Body Philip

Having retired from a firm of lawyers in London Philip has taken up several voluntary roles.  His interest in education developed during four years working part time with prisoners at HMP Send. This provided a window into the extraordinary difficulties which many people still face in accessing even the most basic skills in reading and writing. St Dominic’s offers an opportunity to enhance the life chances of young people facing different but equally demanding educational challenges.

Philip was a governor of Godalming College for nine years until 2017, and a governor of St Ives preparatory school in Haslemere. He remains a Member of Godalming College.

When not sailing with friends he is a regular volunteer with Sailability and a watchleader with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which offers Tall Ship sailing to both able and physically disabled crew on equal terms.

Andrew Falk – Academy Governor & Designated Safeguarding Governor for St Dominic’s SchoolAndrew

Andrew has been involved with St Dominic’s since 2009, first as Clerk to the Governors, and since 2013 as a Governor. He is now the Safeguarding Lead Governor. He lives in Hambledon, close to the school.

Andrew, who read history at Cambridge, is a retired lawyer who specialised in criminal law. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Alison Livesley – Academy Governor & Designated Safeguarding Governor for Brantridge SchoolAlison

Alison Livesley is a geography graduate, beginning her career in planning and development for airport operator BAA plc. She helped to secure permission for Heathrow’s Terminal 5 after the UK’s longest running planning inquiry lasting nearly five years. She went on to support the BAA Board in corporate strategy, corporate finance and corporate affairs.

She now has a number of voluntary roles, including as Trustee at St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley and visiting hospital patients with her Golden Retriever Rufus as part of nationwide charity Pets as Therapy.   She was previously a governor and Trustee at Brantridge School (2011 – 2015) and a Trustee of NASS (National Association of Non-Maintained and Independent Special Schools) from 2013 – 2016.  She is delighted to be back at Brantridge to play a part in the newly formed joint governing body with St Dominic’s School.

Liz Simmons – Academy GovernorLiz

Liz is business manager of a secondary academy in Surrey and has particular expertise in the fields of property management and human resources.  She has worked in education for fifteen years and has experience of a range of school phases from a children’s centre, through an infant and primary school to her current role.  She has achieved the ADSBM and is a member of the NASBM.

Liz has lived in Milford for twenty-two years previous to which she lived in Hong Kong for five years.  She has three children, one of whom has special needs giving her additional insight into the positive impact of effective education on students with additional needs.

Liz has been a volunteer in a number of roles with Girlguiding Surrey West for fifteen years ranging from senior section leader to division commissioner for the local area.  She is a keen walker and enjoys exploring the local countryside with her two Labradors.

Julian Short – Parent Governor, St Dominic’s School

Mrs Angela Drayton – Ex-Officio Governor/Principal of St Dominic’s School/Regional Lead for the Surrey and Sussex Hub

Mr Dafydd Roberts – ExOfficio Governor/Principal, Brantridge School

Joanne Yarlett – Academy Governor & Designated Safeguarding Governor, Grafham Grange

Cath Drummond – Parent Governor, Brantridge School

Martin Lowthian – Parent Governor, Grafham GrangeSchool

Martin’s background is Audit, Governance and Management Consultancy in the NHS, Social Care and, previously, telecommunications and banking.  He now works for a software company that provides solutions to help organisations develop and evidence their compliance with regulatory bodies, track quality improvement and evidence the planning and delivery of care.

He has 3 children, 1 off to University in September 2018, and lives in Surrey Heath, where he coaches junior cricket in his spare time.

Martin has previously been a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled Association and assisted with specialist hospitals’ charity fundraising.

Sherie Harris – Staff Governor, Grafham Grange School

Diana Puica – Staff Governor, Brantridge School

Mrs J Tremble – ExOfficio Governor/Principal, Grafham Grange School

 

The residential special school provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good. The actions of the school contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people. Ofsted – March 2018

 

 

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