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 Finance
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 Finance; Nominations
Working Groups: Wellbeing and Ethos
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; Nominations.
Working Groups: I.T.
Ms Lindsay Gowland MA Ed ACIS
A governor since 2019. She has had a varied career and has lived and worked abroad in a variety of roles, from Hong Kong to New York. She has a strong background in schools and public sector governance, having been Clerk to a Local Authority and to the Governing Body of a major public school.
Lindsay has a Masters in Education which focussed on children’s development and she is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. She is a co-opted member of the Hampshire Pension Fund Panel and Board.
Mr Glenn Handley MBA
Glenn is an investment banker with almost 30 years’ experience working in the City of London. Glenn has worked for BZW, Barclays Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort and has been at HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets since 2006 where he is a managing director and currently Head of Short Term Interest Rates. Glenn represents HSBC on numerous external committees and working groups including the Bank of England, European Central Bank, International Capital Markets Association and International Swaps and Derivatives Association and is involved in regulatory reform, including Libor.
He is a mentor to industry participants and is also involved in mentoring children at schools in the East End of London. He is also actively involved in the intern scheme and graduate scheme . He holds an Executive MBA from Cass Business School, City of London.
Committees: Leadership and Finance
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: Leadership and Finance
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.
Committees: Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Working Groups: Ethos and Wellbeing
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.