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 not-for-profit, limited company. Those who serve as governors come from a range of professional backgrounds and experience so that they may provide oversight 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 School also values highly the expertise and experience of governors who have previously been parents of pupils in the school, and welcomes their applications which are considered on the basis of skills offered to the Board.
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 Glenn Handley MBA Chair of Governors
Glenn Handley is the Founder of SecFin Solutions, a consultancy that adeptly navigates the intricate corridors of Securities Finance, Repo, Securities Lending, and associated sectors. Glenn’s 33 years of rich experience have been crystallised from pivotal roles at large global banks, including HSBC where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of G10 Rates Cash Financing Solutions. He was a founding member of the Bank of England Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates which selected SONIA as the sterling risk-free interest rate benchmark. Glenn co-chaired the UK Money Market Code Sub Committee and represented HSBC on several London Clearing House Committees. His ongoing commitment to diversity and mentorship is evident through initiatives to enhance committee diversity and dedicated mentorship roles at organisations like the International Capital Markets Association. He is also an Expert Witness in the world of Securities Financing.
Glenn combines this wealth of expertise with a dedicated service as the Chair of Governors at More House School. A father of four and ex-parent, he is deeply embedded in community activities, such as Dorking Rugby Club and his village’s annual Classic Car Show Committee. Glenn, an alumnus of Bayes Business School with an Executive MBA, also successfully completed the London Business School’s Leading Businesses and Functions programme in 2021. His firm, SecFin Solutions, stands at the forefront of providing tailored, insightful strategies, ensuring each client is meticulously guided through the ever-evolving landscape of the financial industry.
Committees: Finance and General Purpose; Nominations and Governance
Mrs Suzie Brand
Suzie started her working life in banking, working for SG Warburg’s for two years. She then changed direction and joined Informa pic, a conference and publishing company. Suzie joined the conference division, initially managing the Food Technology and Pharmaceutical Division, over time she also took on responsibility for the IT and Telecomms, Oil and Gas, Environmental Science and Eastern European Divisions. Suzie was on the Board for eight years and during that time was also responsible for all back office functions.
Suzie then took time out to look after her young family and during that period she became heavily involved in Macmillan Cancer Support, becoming Chairman of London a position she held for eight years, she was also on the main Council. Suzie returned to work as a Headhunter working for Maloney Search a boutique Headhunters, based in London, for four years.
Committees: Chair of Nominations and Governance Committee and member of Welfare and Safeguarding. Role: Boarding Governor.
Mrs Pam Edworthy BSc (Hons) PGDip PGCE Deputy Chair of Governors
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: Chair of Teaching, Learning and Therapy and part of Nominations and Governance Committee
Mr Robert Forster MSc BSc
After graduating with a Science degree from the University of Southampton, Rob has enjoyed a 20-year career in IT and Business. He spent 10 years as a consultant for IBM before moving to senior roles across the Natural Gas and Retail / FMCG sectors. Rob has also spent time leading IT Services for a company which specialises in technology solutions for Not-For-Profit, Charity and Social Impact organisations. Rob is currently IT Publishing Director for one of the UK's 'Big 4' publishers. Rob holds a Master's Degree in Psychology and is currently a part-time Doctoral Student in Cybersecurity at the University of East London.
Rob volunteers with Girlguiding and helps with Brownie Units in Surrey and Hampshire, and he also takes an active role as a bell-ringer at St Andrew's Church, Farnham.
Committees: Finance and General Purposes
Mrs Christine Goodyear LLB
Christine Goodyear qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and spent the greater part of her 40-year career in the law, as a partner in one of Surrey’s leading law firms. For several years, she was also chairman of the firm before setting up a niche commercial law practice with two other partners in 2010, now known as GBH Law Ltd. Over the years Christine developed a special interest in education and became highly regarded as an adviser to many large and small independent schools. In addition, she regularly spoke at conferences and events for the sector.
In 2010 Christine became an independent member of the Council of Management of Royal Holloway College University of London. During that time, she was Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee and subsequently Chair of the People Committee a newly formed committee to deal with the HR Strategy for the College.
Following her retirement Christine has taken up the opportunity to maintain her interest in schools as a governor at More House School.
Fr Nick Gosnell SRN BTh(Hons) MA(Ed) MA(CL)
Fr Nick Gosnell joined the Governing Body in 2022. He is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster. After joining the Royal Navy and qualifying as a State Registered Nurse he saw service in the Falklands Conflict before leaving the Armed Forces to train for the Anglican ministry. He married Alison in 1981 (who died of a terminal illness in December 2021) and they have two married sons with, currently, one granddaughter. Following the family’s conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1997 he was sent by Cardinal Basil Hume to work as a Regular Army Chaplain and served in many areas around the world before becoming Vicar General of the Bishopric of the Forces and Dean of the Military Cathedral in Aldershot in 2018. He has a Bachelor of Theology Degree, a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Canon Law, and further to his time as Head of Divinity at St John’s School, Leatherhead, he has been an examiner for GCSE and A Level Religious Studies with EDEXCEL.
Committees: Teaching, Learning and Therapy
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.
Committees: Chair of Finance and General Purposes committee and member of Welfare and Safeguarding committee.
Alison Reynolds BSc (Hons), CChem MRSC, CSci, PCQI
Alison is the quality manager of a local biotechnology firm. She has a degree in chemistry and has worked in the field of science for over 30 years, with employers including Glaxo, Kodak, Johnson &Johnson and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. She moved from lab work to quality assurance in the early 2000s whilst working in a unit manufacturing and packaging drugs for clinical trials, and subsequently returned to the clinical diagnostics industry. In her current position she is involved with most aspects of her employer's business and she still carries out practical lab work from time to time. Alison holds memberships of The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Quality Institute and has studied biological and social sciences at undergraduate level with the Open University.
Alison has two children, one of whom recently left More House School Sixth form having been supported by an EHCP. During his time at the school she was secretary and a trustee of the Friends of MHS. She was a committee member and trustee of her local scout group for many years and a committee member of the local swimming club for four years with responsibility for accreditation with Swim England.
Committees: Safeguarding & Welfare
Mr Andy Routley BSC Hons and Cert Ed
Andy Routley has a portfolio career primarily as a Company Chairman and Advisor to businesses of different sizes and organisations. He is Executive Chairman Big Spoon Brands and has been Chairman of Absolute Collagen, a private equity backed Health & Wellness business. He is also a Director and Trustee of Lads Need Dads, a charity offering support for teenage boys in need of positive male role models. Having graduated from Loughborough University in 1988, Andy joined Mars as a graduate trainee and then spent the next 25 years in increasingly senior sales and marketing leadership roles in Unilever & SAB Miller until becoming Managing Director for Church & Dwight in the UK and then served a four-year term as Managing Director/CEO DB (Heineken) New Zealand and Australia where he led a branded business plus a hospitality joint venture. He then became Managing Director Digital Commerce Europe at Heineken Europe. Andy is married with three children – one of whom has just left More House - and lives in Surrey.
Committees: Finance and General Purposes
Kyla de Sousa
Kyla de Sousa is Assistant Head and SENCo at St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, an independent, non-maintained special school and college on the outskirts of Surrey. She has an undergraduate degree in film studies, achieved QTS with South Farnham SCITT and is now in the final year of her MA in Educational Leadership at UCL. She developed her career in education over 8 years, starting as a teaching assistant and working her way to teacher, literacy lead and then onto the senior leadership team.
Committees: Safeguarding and Welfare
Mr Graham Spawforth MA MEd PGCE
Graham is Headmaster of Ditcham Park School a co-educational Independent School in Hampshire. Prior to taking up the Headship of Ditcham Park School in 2017, Graham worked at Reed’s School, Surrey, as Deputy Head and spent 6 years as a Governor of the local maintained secondary school. Graham spent 12 years teaching GCSE and A level History and coaching rugby at Monmouth School, Wales, where he was promoted to the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Sixth Form. He was educated at Edinburgh University where he was awarded a Blue for rugby and graduated with an MA Hons in Modern History. After graduating, Graham spent six years as a British Army Officer serving with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers seeing active service in Northern Ireland and Gulf War.