Please find below a comprehensive list of all the Ditcham Park School Governors.
Rev W Hughes – School Chaplain
|Mr C Pickett||Chairman of Governors & Chairman of the Building Sub-Committee|
|Mrs M Downes||Vice-Chairman of Governors, Designated Governor for Child Protection & Chairman of the Education Sub Committee|
|Mr D Taylor|
|Mr S Howarth||Chairman of Finance Sub Committee|
|Mrs C Tyrrell||Designated Governor for Creative Arts|
|Mr G Hughes||Member of Building Sub Committee|
|Mrs R Parrett||Member of Education Sub Committee|
|Mrs S Barber||Member of Finance Sub Committee and Designated Governor for Data Privacy|
|Mrs P Field||Member of the Education Sub Committee|
|Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG, LVO||Mrs P M Holmes – (Founding Headmistress 1976 – 1999)|
|Cdr M E Buchanan||Mrs K S Morton – (Head Teacher 1999 – 2011)|
|Mr J P Daley||Mr Bruce Strugnell|
|Mr A Dale||Mrs Angela Moody|
(Designated Governor of Creative Arts)
Catherine has been a Governor since October 2012. Catherine qualified in medicine in 1980 and became a GP in 1984, working as a part time partner in a practice in Portsmouth since then. During her time in general practice Catherine has been involved in teaching medical students from Southampton University, and in their clinical examinations.Catherine is the Research Lead in her practice, and also has a particular interest in acupuncture. As a GP she has training in Safeguarding and Child Protection. Catherine is involved in careers advice at PGS and has had a small role there supporting the medical team. Catherine is married to a recently retired GP and has two sons.
(Chair of Governors)
Chris has been a Governor at Ditcham since October 2008. For the last 32 years, Chris has been Managing Director of a five-generation family jewellery business in Petersfield. Through his profession, his participation in three Olympic cycles within England’s and Team GB’s hockey programme, and his current position as president of Havant Hockey Club, he has acquired key skills in performance management, motivation and team leadership. A strong understanding in marketing and building a brand image has enabled Chris to contribute to the School as Chairman of the Marketing Sub Committee and has been a member of the Buildings Sub Committee. Chris is married with four children, his youngest daughter is currently in the Juniors whilst his youngest son left Ditcham after a well-rounded education.
Douglas was born in St. Augustine Road, Portsmouth was educated at The Portsmouth Grammar School from the age of 8. He studied Law at Sheffield University, joined the Honourable Society of Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in 1981. Having practised from 5 King’s Bench Walk in London, in 1989 he became a founder member of College Chambers in Southampton and Portsmouth. In 1995 he was appointed a Tribunal Judge and in 1999 he was appointed a Deputy District Judge. In December 2016 he left the Bar when the Lord Chancellor appointed him a District Judge. He continues to sit as a Mental Health Tribunal Judge. Douglas specialises in hearing Family, Care, Mental Health and Court of Protection cases. His professional passion is the promotion and protection of the rights of children, vulnerable adults, the mentally disordered and the elderly.
Douglas is married to Rosein, who is also a barrister and he is the proud father of four children, all have attended PGS.
Douglas loves sport and was our first Governor to take part in the Hayling Island to Paris and back again cycle ride, in July 2014. He obtained his cycling proficiency badge at the age of 9!
He accepted an invitation to become a Governor in 2012 and is delighted to be associated with such an exceptional seat of learning.
Gethin became a Governor at Ditcham in May 2015. Since graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1997, Gethin has worked for the NHS. He is currently Director for Integrated Services at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the community and mental health provider in Hampshire. Gethin joins the Council of Governors with a strong interest in workforce and organisational development. Gethin is married and has a daughter in Seniors at Ditcham.
(Designated Governor of Safeguarding & Designated Governor for Music)
Mary has been a Governor at Ditcham since June 2011. After graduating from Leeds University , her career has been split between NHS management, (initially in London and later at St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth) and local government, the last ten years of which were spent in senior roles in Social Services in Hampshire and West Sussex County Councils. Since 2011, Mary has been undertaking governance support to a number of schools in Hampshire. Mary’s experience in Social Services has been of particular value in taking on the role of Designated Governor for Safeguarding at Ditcham. The unique pastoral care and individual support offered to pupils at Ditcham was a major factor behind her decision to become a Governor and she hopes to continue supporting the School in maintaining this aspect of the School’s ethos. Mary is married with two children, one of whom attended Ditcham.
Peggy became a Governor in August 2015. After graduating in Geography she worked for The British Council before completing a masters degree at the University of Edinburgh. She then pursued a career within the charity sector working for the Worldwide Fund for Nature on conservation and development projects and developing policy on gender and demographic issues. More recently Peggy worked for the University of Chichester developing strategies on sustainability and environmental management. Peggy has an active interest in sustainability and particularly on the engagement of young people in environmental issues. Peggy has two children and the youngest currently attends Ditcham Senior School.
(Member of Finance Sub Committee)
Sally became a Governor at the end of 2015 and is proud to be the first former pupil to have been elected to the Council. Sally was a pupil in both in the Juniors and Seniors and was a recipient of the Sir Richard Cave Award for service to the school. After attaining her A-levels she started her career with HSBC, formerly Midland Bank, and enjoyed a varied 17 year career with them before moving on to a new role with SSE as a project co-ordinator. Since leaving Ditcham, Sally’s interest in voluntary work in the community has continued and she has been involved in three voyages with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity which enables all ages, of any ability to sail side by side on board a tall ship. She is also an active supporter of the National Anklosing Spondylitis Society, an organisation which provides guidance and assistance to those suffering with Anklosing Spondylitis, a condition with which her husband has been diagnosed. Sally’s many hobbies range from listening to music, watching football at Fratton Park and a love of home baking.
Steven is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience in his profession. Until his retirement in 2013 he was senior partner of the school’s auditors, Leonard Gold, and dealt with our financial affairs for over 30 years.
Since retiring Steven has taken on roles at Parham House, and his Probus club. Steven is married with two children, four step children and five grandchildren.
Rebecca has worked in a number of Hampshire schools over the past 10 years and is currently Head of School for the secondary phase of an all through 4-16 school in North Hampshire. As a teacher of English and Geography, Rebecca has experience of school leadership as both head of department and in senior leadership. She is married with two children.