The Board of Governors
About the Governing Board
The board of governors comprises volunteers who serve as governors of the school, trustees of the charity and non-executive directors of the limited company. Those who serve as governors come from a range of professional backgrounds and experience so that they may provide guidance and strategic direction. The full governing body meets formally at least four times a year, and governors are invited to attend other school occasions.
In addition to attending and participating in meetings of the full governing body, governors are expected to be active within one or more of the governing board’s sub-committees, which meet separately as appropriate for each committee’s objectives. Governors act as ambassadors and advocates for the school, and must act independently in accordance with Charity law. For this reason, it is extremely unusual for the parent of a pupil currently on-roll to be appointed to serve on the board of governors. However, parents are encouraged to contact the Headmaster or the Board directly with recommendations for suitable candidates to serve on the board who are not parents of current pupils on the school's roll.
The governors are responsible for the appointment of the headmaster, and for monitoring and supporting his performance and the quality of all aspects of the school's provision. As trustees of the charity, the governors are responsible for the charity’s assets.
Mr Sean Collins MA (Cantab.) Chair of Governors
Sean has been a governor at the school since 1998. He has an MA in Classics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has over forty years in professional accounting practice (twenty-seven as partner), including seven years in South East Asia. He is currently a Director at Jersey Telecom. He is a Crown Representative at HM Government Cabinet Office, a committee member at the Financial Reporting Council, and a Council member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. Sean is also a board-member of Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Committees: Leadership and Management; Finance and Remuneration.
Mr John Stares BSc (Hons) Deputy Chair of Governors
A governor since 2001, John is an Imperial College Mathematics graduate who worked in I.T., qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then was with Accenture for twenty-three years. With Accenture he worked as a consultant with clients in most industry sectors and, during his fifteen-year tenure as a partner, held a wide variety of leadership roles.
Since retiring from Accenture in 2001, John has held chair/non-executive roles with a variety of Operational businesses, investment funds and charities.
Committees: Leadership and Management; Finance and Remuneration; Nominations.
Mrs Pam Edworthy BSc (Hons) PGDip PGCE
As a former Head of Mathematics and then Head of Learning Support, SENCO, Pam has a BSc in Mathematics, a PGCE in secondary education and a Post Graduate Diploma in teaching children with specific learning difficulties, Dip.SpLD. When teaching, as part of the senior team, she had particular involvement in and responsibility for implementing teaching and learning strategies throughout the school, to all abilities from Year 7 to Year 13.
Committees: Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Sixth Form; Nominations.
Dr Tony Gardner PhD BA (Oxon)
A governor since 2009, Tony has a BA (Oxon) in Physics and a PhD in Atomic and Nuclear Physics from Reading. His career has been based predominantly in I.T. security, including running his own consultancy company. He is a member of St John Ambulance.
Tony's responsibilities as a governor include working alongside the school's designated safeguarding and child-protection officers to ensure the safeguarding of all children and young people within the school.
Committees: Behaviour and Welfare; Residential Provision; IT.
Mr Gary Hay BA (Hons) MBA
Gary is an employment lawyer with over 25 years' experience working in private practice, 14 of which were spent on the boards of national firms. During that time, he specialised in working for the public sector, including the NHS, Police, Local Government and Social Housing. Aside from advising clients, he was responsible for leading Capsticks' Birmingham office and for setting up the firm's HR consultancy service. Gary currently runs his own consultancy, Law2Business, focused on training and coaching for law firms. He is also Chair of Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity and a Non-Executive Director at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mr John Manning-Smith MBA MSc BSc (Hons)
John has been a governor at More House School since 2015. He holds a MSc CQSW in Social Work, an MBA and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Psychology. He has experience of working within statutory health and social care organisations as well as independent providers and the charitable sector. He has worked as an independent consultant and run his own businesses.
Married with four children and two grandchildren, John is now semi-retired and runs his own hotel and restaurant in Hampshire. He still retains a keen and current interest in all aspects of education, health and social care.
Committees: Behaviour and Welfare; Residential Provision; I.T.Accordion Title cordion conten
Fr Patrick Sherlock SDB BSc BA QTS
Fr Sherlock joined the Governing Body in 2017. He is a Catholic priest and a member of a religious congregation, the Salesians of Don Bosco. He has a BSc in Physics and a BA in Theology and has been a qualified teacher since 1973. After ordination he spent thirteen years as a teacher of Physics and Head of Computing at a Salesian secondary school, followed by several years running a Youth Club and working in a Youth Retreat Centre. He then became Provincial Secretary for the Salesians in Great Britain, a post he held for twelve years, while maintaining his contact with schools and youth work. He is currently Chaplain at Salesian College, Farnborough, and a Trustee and Assistant Trust Chaplain of HCPT, a Charity which offers pilgrimages to Lourdes for disadvantaged and disabled children and adults.
Mr Patrick Wilson BA (Hons) MA Cert.Ed
Patrick has been a governor at More House School since 2005. He has a BA (Hons), MA Cert.Ed and has been a qualified teacher since 1975. He taught in two London schools prior to taking up a Deputy Head position at Blessed George Napier School, Banbury; a post he held for eight years before being appointed as the first lay Headmaster of Salesian College, Farnborough, which was founded in 1901. Patrick served for seventeen years as Headmaster at Salesian College, Farnborough until his retirement in August 2014. He was the longest serving Headmaster in its history.
Patrick has also been an inspector for twelve years with the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate), and is Deputy Chair of Governors at the Marist School, Sunninghill, alongside his role of Governor at More House School. He enjoys travelling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Committees: Leadership and Management; Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Sixth Form.
Mr William Woellwarth BSc MRICS
A governor since 1998, William has a BSc in Building Surveying and has been a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1987 (MRICS). He was an active member of the PTFA at Weydon School for nine years and has been the Surveyor to the Fabric of St Joan of Arc Church, Farnham, since 1997. As a governor he has particular responsibilities for the residential provision, and for Safeguarding.