Our Governors

Mr David Sidwick, Chair of Governors      David Sidwick   

I joined the governing body in 2005 as a parent governor. Since then I have been passionate about advancing the vision of Bournemouth School and helping to ensure that the school delivers the excellent educational experience and personal growth that our pupils deserve and expect from our hard won reputation.

Three generations of Sidwicks have attended Bournemouth School and I am therefore keen to ensure that it continues to offer a superb Grammar School education for the parents of Bournemouth and the local area.

My background is that of being a senior executive in a major pharmaceutical company, chairman of a technology company and having run my own consultancy for the last 17 years. Now semi-retired, I have the time to devote to various endeavours.

I have a son and daughter who have now started their professional careers having attended Royal Holloway and Sheffield Universities. My wife Ruth and I live in Southbourne when we aren’t on holiday.

My hobbies are being far too interested in good food (my wife is a foodie and extremely good cook), playing board games (far beyond Monopoly – more Betrayal in the House on the Hill / 7 Wonders etc), collecting toy cars and walking on the cliff top and beach.

Mrs Sally Burrows, Vice-Chair of Governors      Sally Burrows   

I have been a Governor at Bournemouth School for fourteen years and in that time, I have certainly seen some changes!

Before I retired, I worked as a nurse and midwife in a hospital setting for around 20 years.  I then set up and ran a nursing home for 11 years which was a very challenging time, particularly as I also had two young boys who both subsequently became pupils of BS.

I used to play a guitar and the piano and have sung a lot over the years and in a moment of madness, took up trombone playing at the age of 50!  I now play in my local brass band.

I enjoy swimming and sailing but particularly love cooking so am rather addicted to Master Chef and trips to Padstow to check out the shellfish!


Mr Noel Smith, Chair of Resources CommitteeNoel Smith

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 with Grant Thornton in Hampshire. Now I work as the Head of Finance for a Hampshire company in the Defence and Aerospace sector.

I joined the schools governing body shortly after it became an Academy, to support the school with its increased financial independence. I also enjoy developing the schools future strategies.

Outside of work, I enjoy an active life style, independent travel and researching family & World War 1 history.

Mrs Cara Lloyd-HopkinsCara Lloyd Hopkins

I am a member of the support staff team at Bournemouth School and became a Governor in October 2017.  My son has been in the school since year 7 and is now a student in the Sixth Form.

I have a degree from Bournemouth University in Retail Management and worked for BHS first in their graduate training scheme and then in a management role in Oxford Street, London, before moving back to Bournemouth.

As well as my role as support staff I also run my own business from home.  I have been running my own design company for over 15 years now which included a period when I successfully ran my own shop in Bournemouth.

With a combination of my business experience and creative background I look forward to contributing towards the development and direction of this outstanding school in these challenging times as a Governor.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family in the New Forest or visiting local beaches.

Mr Mike Jones, Chair of Audit CommitteeMike Jones

I attended Bournemouth School from 1979 to 1986, and this provided me with the opportunity to study and qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) aged 22.  I have 27 years post-qualification experience, the bulk of it as Finance Director of a Group of Companies that includes property development, property investment, care homes, student accommodation and pubs.  My role covers HR, Marketing and IT as well as Finance, and I believe all of this experience and knowledge can help Bournemouth School to make its resources stretch as far as possible.

I have two teenage boys who are both currently at Bournemouth School.  The boys have very different personalities, and the atmosphere offered at Bournemouth School enables them both to thrive academically, and pursue sport and music at a very high level.

In 2016 the School was looking for new governors and I felt it was only right that I should give something back.  I believe strongly that grammar schools offer the opportunity for gifted children to fulfil  their potential.  The Senior Management Team and teachers at Bournemouth School care deeply about all of their pupils and I am very pleased to support them in my role as a governor.

Mr Alan Turle

I was a student at Bournemouth School and I left the sixth form ( 6. 2 A Arts ) in 1969 with three A levels and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor in 1977 and I have been in private practice here in Bournemouth since then.

I am married to Patricia who was a student at the School "down the hill" and we have three children and five grandchildren. 

In 1985 I was firstly a Parent Governor when our three children attended at what is now Winton Primary School and for almost 14 years I was Chairman of Governors there.

Since joining the Governing body almost two years ago I have been glad to play my part on the Governing Body and until recently I was vice chair of the Resources committee. 

Mrs Kate Shaw

I’m married to Paul and have two sons, 14 and 16.  We used to live in Nottingham but fell in love with Bournemouth whilst visiting on our regular holidays here and decided to relocate back in 2011.

I run a successful PR company in Bournemouth and enjoy working with a diverse mix of clients across various sectors including tourism, marine, accountancy, insurance and education.

My weekends are spent watching our youngest play rugby.  I’m a loyal Nottingham Forest supporter and of course AFC Bournemouth too.  I enjoy jogging on the beach front several times a week and keeping fit.  I go to French conversational classes in an attempt to retain my school girl French standards - I’m a bit of a Francophile.  My husband is an excellent cook and eating great food has to be high on my list of pleasures.

My eldest son has been at Bournemouth School since year 7 and is now in the sixth form.  He has certainly reaped the benefits of all that Bournemouth School has to offer and really enjoys his school life.  I’m looking forward to helping to positively contribute to the school community and using my experience of working in the education sector in alumni relations and fundraising.