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The School Governors

The Governing Body in state schools has responsibility for raising school standards through its three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Our Governors are a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers who work tirelessly to support and challenge the school towards excellence.

Copies of the approved minutes of Full Governing Body meetings are available from the office on request.

 The Chair of Governors can be contacted by email ;

Full information on our Governors is available via the links on the left.

Find out more about our current Governors below;


Fiona Ball

 Fiona has been a Parent Governor since 2016 when her children joined The Dawnay.  She is a director of corporate social responsibility for an entertainment company.  Fiona brings experience of Project Management, Marketing & Communications to the team. She lives in Bookham with her 3 boys and husband.


Lawrence Bate - Chair Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee (PPF)

Lawrence became a Parent Governor in 2008 , a Community Governor in 2012 and a Co-opted Governor in 2014.  He is the Chair of the Premises, Personnel and Finance Committee.  Lawrence has a background in Sales and  Marketing and has worked for private and public sector organisations.  He helps manage the Junior Boys athletics team at Dorking and Mole Valley AC, and is a keen marathon runner and cyclist as well as playing squash, badminton and volleyball.


Marie Booth


 Annette Di Giovanna - Vice Chair Full Governing Body    

Annette first became a Governor when her daughter joined The Dawnay in 2004; she became Chair of Governors in 2007.  She is also a member of the Chairs of Governors monitoring group for ELP (our local confedaration of schools ) and is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor  for SCC to support other schools in the County.  Annette brings experience of Project Management, Training Development and Financial Management to the team.  She has lived in Bookham for 20 years and runs her own business.  Annette is extremly proud to be associated still with The Dawnay.


Kate Hargreaves


Kelly Storey interim head teacher


Louise James


Reverend Alan Jenkins

Alan has been involved with primary schools since 1995, a school governor since 2003, and a Governor at The Dawnay since 2008.  He takes assemblies at The Dawnay, and thinks the school's residentials are fantastic.  He is Rector of St Nicolas, Great Bookham, and  his three children have all been pupils at The Dawnay.  


Yvonne McLeod


Andrew Rourke

Andrew became a parent governor in 2016 and has three daughters at The Dawnay. Andrew moved to Bookham with his family in 2011. In 2013 he moved to Shanghai, China before returning to Bookham in 2015. Andrew is a partner in an international law firm, but in the dim and distant past spent a year teaching English at a school in Vienna, Austria.


Christopher Watney  

Chris became an Associate Member in May 2016 and a Co-opted Governor in September 2016 and holds a place on the Premises, Personnel and Finance committee. Chris lives in Bookham with his wife Esther and two children, the oldest of which started at the Dawnay in 2015. Chris has a background in Retail Management and when not working is a keen runner and active member of Bookham Tennis Club.


 Stephen Wade  - Chair  Full Governing Body                                                                              

 Steve joined The Dawnay as a co-opted governor in 2014. He has worked in education since 1995, currently as a director of a national schools group and a trustee for an academy group. His previous roles have included working as a head and class teacher in both primary and secondary schools. He lives in Dorking with his wife and three children.


 In Attendance:

Alexandra Fox - Associate member (PPF Committee)

June Hughes - Clerk to the Governors

Kayleigh Hewitt-Lee - Associate member (deputy head teacher)