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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 ;

Find out more about our current Governors below;

Annette Di Giovanna -  Chair Full Governing Board    

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 confederation 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 extremely proud to be associated with The Dawnay.

Andrew Rourke  - Vice Chair of  Governors

Andrew became a parent governor in 2016 and Vice Chair of Governors in 2018. He has three daughters at The Dawnay.  Andrew moved to Bookham with his family in 2011. In early 2013 he moved to Shanghai, China before returning to Bookham in late 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.

Andrew  joined the Dawnay Governors because he wanted to support the school and its staff in providing the best possible education and outcomes for all  pupils, whatever their abilities and backgrounds. He enjoyed and benefitted hugely from a state education and the guidance of some inspirational teachers which opened up a wealth of opportunities. However,  he also saw incredible potential go untapped. Andrew wants to help ensure that the Dawnay inspires our children and opens up opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have to ensure that no potential goes unfulfilled.

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

I became a Parent Governor in 2008 when my two sons were at the school, and then became a Community Governor in 2012 and a Co-opted Governor in 2014. 

I’ve got a background in sales and marketing and having worked for a number of private and public sector organisations, I now work for a large medical research charity. I'm also a Trustee for a Multi-Academy Trust with schools in NE London and Peterborough. In my spare time I’m a keen marathon runner and cyclist, and am currently the Chair of Dorking and Mole Valley Athletics Club.

I live with my family in Bookham and when I work from home, I'm close enough to the school to be able to hear the children laughing and playing during break time.

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.

Marie Booth

Marie became an associate member in October 2017 and a Co-opted Governor in September 2018.  Marie is a Chartered Engineer with experience in Operations and Maintenance Management, Assessment and Key Performance Indicators and Continuous Improvement. Marie is a great advocate for making STEM subjects more accessible, in particular for girls. 

She strongly believes that children will learn more effectively and turn into more confident adults if they are taught in a happy, nurturing environment and joined the Governing Board to support this ethos for the Dawnay. She lives in East Horsley with her husband Michael and her children, Amelia and George, who both flourished and gained confidence during their time at the Dawnay.   

Louise James

Louise has been a teacher for 11 years and is currently in her  fourth year at The Dawnay School in Ladybirds Class. Prior to this she has worked at schools in Epsom and Cobham. Louise lives locally with her husband and feels very much a part of the local community. In her spare time she enjoys watching football and supporting her favourite rugby team at Twickenham.

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.  

He initially became a Governor when he was asked by Jim Smith who, at the time, was a local councillor for Surrey. He was pleased to do so, partly because it was a great way of continuing to use his prior learning and experience in business, in the church and as a governor, but mainly as he is committed to working with local schools to help them to be the best that they can for the sake of the children.

Yvonne McLeod

Yvonne has been a governor for many years and spends time helping other schools with governance, either as a Surrey Additional Skills Governor (ASG) or as a National Leader of Governance (NLG). Yvonne is an experienced Chair and has led many governing bodies and committees as well as being a governance advisor. She believes it is always a pleasure and a privilege to support schools and be part of the team which moves a school forwards. 

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 and the youngest joined the Dawnay this year. Chris has a background in Retail Management and when not working is a keen runner and active member of Bookham Tennis Club.

Alister Moses -  Executive  Head


In Attendance:

Alexandra Fox - Associate member (PPF Committee)

Kelly Cardoo - Clerk to the Governors

Kayleigh Hewitt-Lee - Associate member  (FGB and PPF Committee) (Head of School)