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Meet our Governors

At an EGM on 5th October 2017,  at the request of RADUIS Trust, the Governing Body of St Dominic’s School resolved to extend its remit to include Brantridge School too.  This will help ensure consistency in governance across the two schools and also create opportunities to share practise.  The Brantridge teacher and parent governors have also joined the Governing Body of St Dominic's and Brantridge Schools.

Ken Cowdery - Chair

Ken was appointed as school governor at St Dominic's School in late 2010 and became Chair in September 2012. 

Ken is a Chartered Surveyor and has gained considerable professional and commercial experience as founder/director of two property consultancies and formerly as managing director of a property company.

Ken is also actively involved with other charitable causes. He is co-founder/trustee of a Charity, chairs a voluntary Association, and sits on various committees and steering groups.


 Ken Cowdery







Andrew Falk - Designated Safeguarding Governor for St Dominic's

Andrew has been involved with St Dominic’s since 2009, first as Clerk to the Governors, and since 2013 as a Governor. He is now the Safeguarding Lead Governor. He lives in Hambledon, close to the school.

Andrew, who read history at Cambridge, is a retired lawyer who specialised in criminal law. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren. 


 Andrew Falk

Sarah Dunning - Charity Governor

Sarah has been a Head Teacher for five years and is currently the Head Teacher of St Peter’s Primary School in Farnham.  Sarah has taught and led a variety of schools over 20 years and feels very passionately about providing an inclusive education which focuses on the whole child.  

Sarah is a music specialist and loves to bring music into the daily lives of the children. She has a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Management and is an associate of the London College of Music.  

Having recently been appointed as a governor (September 2015) Sarah is looking forward to sharing her Key Stage 2 expertise with the team. 

  Sarah Dunning

Liz Simmons - Charity Governor

Liz is business manager of a secondary academy in Surrey and has particular expertise in the fields of property management and human resources.  She has worked in education for fifteen years and has experience of a range of school phases from a children’s centre, through an infant and primary school to her current role.  She has achieved the ADSBM and is a member of the NASBM.

Liz has lived in Milford for twenty-two years previous to which she lived in Hong Kong for five years.  She has three children, one of whom has special needs giving her additional insight into the positive impact of effective education on students with additional needs.

Liz has been a volunteer in a number of roles with Girlguiding Surrey West for fifteen years ranging from senior section leader to division commissioner for the local area.  She is a keen walker and enjoys exploring the local countryside with her two Labradors. 

 Liz Simmons


Douglas Neagle - Charity Governor

Douglas works for a firm of Accountants in Guildford and is currently training to become a Chartered Accountant. He is also a qualified teacher and taught modern foreign languages in secondary schools in Hampshire and Surrey for several years before moving out into the private sector. Previously, he has worked in setting up a legal services company on behalf of a national law firm, before taking on a management role for a group of independent day schools across the South East specialising in educational services for young people with Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties or an Autistic Spectrum condition.

He lives in Milford and loves to travel with his wife both in the British Isles and abroad. Douglas also loves to play sport and can be spotted each summer at Wimbledon as a line umpire

 Douglas Neagle

Martin Hartwell - Charity Governor

Martin’s background is in business with experience of leading senior management teams and has been a Company Director since 1993. He graduated from the London College of Furniture in 1983 with a Higher Diploma in Musical Instrument Technology.

Martin lives in Guildford and has two sons, both in further education. 

Martin looks forward to making a contribution as Charity Governor at St. Dominic’s and Brantridge Schools

 Martin Hartwell

Philip Knights - Vice Chair of Governors

Having retired from a firm of lawyers in London Philip has taken up several voluntary roles.

He is Vice Chair of Governors of Godalming College and a governor of St Ive's preparatory school in Haslemere, as well as Governor at St Dominic's School. When not sailing with friends he is a watchleader with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which offers Tall Ship sailing to both able and physically disabled crew on equal terms.

Philip's interest in education developed during four years working part time with prisoners at HMP Send. This provided a window into the extraordinary difficulties which many people still face in accessing even the most basic skills in reading and writing.

 Philip Knights

Alison Livesley - Designated Safeguarding Governor for Brantridge

Alison Livesley is a geography graduate, beginning her career in planning and development for airport operator BAA plc. She helped to secure permission for Heathrow's Terminal 5 after the UK's longest running planning inquiry lasting nearly five years. She went on to support the BAA Board in corporate strategy, corporate finance and corporate affairs.

She now has a number of voluntary roles, including as Trustee at St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley and visiting hospital patients with her Golden Retriever Rufus as part of nationwide charity Pets as Therapy.   She was previously a governor and Trustee at Brantridge School (2011 – 2015) and a Trustee of NASS (National Association of Non-Maintained and Independent Special Schools) from 2013 – 2016.  She is delighted to be back at Brantridge to play a part in the newly formed joint governing body with St Dominic's School.

 Alison Livesley

Cathy Lewsey - Parent Governor

Cathy has two boys at Brantridge, who have been there for two years now and are thriving.  She became a Parent Governor in 2014, as she wanted the opportunity to be the voice of both the boys and their parents when decisions were made regarding Brantridge School.  Cathy is a Parking Operations Manager, based at Gatwick Airport where she has worked for the past 15 years.

Cathy is also a local Assistant Cub Scout Leader, and is keen to utilise her training both with Governors and Scouts to help safeguard and improve the lives of all the boys at Brantridge. 


 Cathy Lewsey

Danielle Harry – Staff Governor

Holder of a BA (Hons) in Religious and Educational Studies and a PGCE in Primary Education, Danielle has been in the Education sector for the past eleven years. Her experience ranges from Teaching Assistant to Class Teacher and Teacher of ICT.

She has been serving as a Teaching Staff Representative at Brantridge School since March 2010

 Danielle Harry

Corrine Morgan– Staff Governor

Corinne is the Clinical Lead for Occupational Therapy at St. Dominic’s School.  As a long serving member of staff she has been involved with a number of new initiatives including the setting up of the Sixth Form and the opening of the Key Stage Two provision in 2014.  She is keen to be part of a team dedicated to moving the school forward and improving the outcomes for the pupils and students helping them to achieve their potential.  Corinne has been the Associate Staff Representative on the Governing of St. Dominic’s School since September 2013. 


 Corinne Morgan

Stephanie Chown – Staff Governor

Holder of a BSc (Hons) in Biology and PGCE in Science Education, Stephanie has been in the Education sector for the past seven years. Her experience ranges from Teaching Assistant to Subject Leader for Science

She has been serving as a Teaching Staff Representative at St Dominic’s School since September 2014.


 Stephanie Chown

Samantha (Sam) Marshall - Parent Governor

Sam has a background in corporate business, with four years in the competitive environment of recruitment and a further eight years working for telecommunications companies as an executive assistant.  Sam has a sense of commercial awareness and scale of business.

Now working part time in her own business of passenger transport, Sam is a busy Mum who is hands on in the upbringing and education of her own children.  Sam has two children in Key Stage 2, with her son, Connor, attending St Dominic's.

In the past, Sam has previously been Chair of the PTA at Mytchett Primary School for four years and at the Ark Nursery, a Montessori school for two years.  Sam has previously been an active member of the Guiding Association but now enjoys the pleasure's of family life, camping and walking the family dog.


 Sam Marshall