Our Governors

Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher / principal - Dr Dorian Lewis

Dr Dorian Lewis (Headmaster)   DPL      

I started teaching in 1994, shortly after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from Southampton University.

I became the headmaster of Bournemouth School in September 2009.  The best part of my job is how every day is different, with each one having its own successes and challenges. 

Bournemouth School is very much like the grammar school I attended in Pontypool, South Wales.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have in later life thanks to the foundations laid at school.  I believe that education can change lives for the better – for both individuals and society as a whole.  I want as many as possible to benefit from being part of our community.  All three of my children have attended the school; and my wife has undertaken a number of roles over the years, most recently as an Exam Invigilator.  Bournemouth School has become an important part of all our lives.

On weekends and during the school holidays, I enjoy spending time with my family (including our unruly black labrador) walking in the Purbecks or further afield.  I am a keen DIYer and like nothing more than spending my spare time improving the house or garden.  (My wife despairs at the consequent state of my garage!)

Chair of Governors' - Mr David Sidwick

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.

Vice Chair of Governors' & Chair of Student Experience Committee - Mrs Sally Burrows

Mrs Sally Burrows
Vice-Chair of Governors'
Chair of Student Experience Committee  
    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 Bournemouth School.

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 MasterChef and trips to Padstow to check out the shellfish!

Chair of Resources Committee - Mr Anthony Spotswood

Tony Spotswood

Chair of Resources Committee

Tony is presently the Chief Executive of the Affordable Housing and Healthcare Group, which is a registered provider of affordable homes.  He is also Chair of a Care Home Group.  Prior to this Tony worked in the NHS, he has spent over 22 years as  a Hospital CEO, and recently retired after 19 years as the CEO of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals.  During his career he led work within the NHS at a local, regional and national level.  He also chaired the Wessex National Institute for Health Research and Healthcare Education England’s Wessex and Thames Valley Assurance Board.  He is a trained coach and mentor and has a strong interest in organisational culture .  Tony is married with two children.  He enjoys skiing, road cycling and a wide range of sports.

Chair of Audit Committee - Mr Mike Jones

Mr Mike Jones
Chair of Audit Committee

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 sons who both attended Bournemouth School and are now studying at University (Law at Oxford and Economics and Politics at Nottingham).  The boys have very different personalities, and the atmosphere offered at Bournemouth School enabled 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.

Governor - Dr Jeffery Bray

Dr Jeffery BrayDr Jeff Bray

After a career in business, managing stores and projects for Halfords, I became an academic at Bournemouth University.  During my time at the university I have managed undergraduate and post graduate courses, completed a research PhD and a PGCert in education.  I am currently Principal Academic in Consumer Behaviour.

I also serve as a Governor at a large local Primary School a role that I have had since 2014 and have previously served as a Trustee of Bournemouth Primary Multi-Academy Trust, roles which have provided a broad overview of school practice and effective governance.

I have twins currently attending the school who keep me busy, but whenever we can we really enjoy trips away in our camper van including our annual drive over the Alps to the Italian lakes.

Schooling plays a very important role in our children’s development, and beyond formal education it is important that Bournemouth School nurture happy, confident children who are keen and able to make the most positive impact on their environment.

Governor - Mr Eugene Brunet

Mr Eugene BrunetEugene

I attended Bournemouth School from 1975 to 1982 leaving to go to University College London to study Microbiology and Genetics.  My wife, Merilee worked for 10 years at Bournemouth School, supporting Sixth Form students as they prepared for life beyond A levels.  Both of our children have been lucky enough to attend Bournemouth School and now have successful careers.  I have even taught there for a few weeks, covering one of the science staff in the run up to the exams.

Following my degree at UCL, I realised that I had a vocation to teach and make a difference in the lives of children.  It has been my privilege to work in education since 1986, raising standards in every school I have worked with, and being part of the Senior Leadership Team in three different schools.  I also expanded my experience to Local Authority level, playing a major role in three school improvement teams.  I am currently an independent educational consultant, working directly to support leadership and management in over 300 schools nationwide.

My experiences across all sectors of education have taught me the value of sharing best practice and it is my mission to continue this work as I believe that as educators we are stronger working together than existing in isolation.  Despite increasing levels of bureaucracy and the pressures of exam success we can never lose sight of the fact we are all here to serve the students and they must be at the heart of every decision we make.  Grammar schools like Bournemouth School face unique pressures and success can be difficult to gauge as evidently most students do very well.  I have been excited to see many positive initiatives put in place at Bournemouth School, stretching the most able to achieve their potential and supporting those who may struggle with an excellent SEN provision.  

The balance between the highest possible aspirations and realistic expectations is one that I can offer as an independent educational consultant.  I feel that I am uniquely qualified on the governing body to challenge and support the Senior Leadership Team and the staff.  I am excited for the future of the school and look forward to celebrating the success of the students in its care.

Governor - Miss Michèle Gosling

Miss Michèle Gosling Michele Gosling

I undertook my Teacher Training at Bournemouth School and was delighted to then be offered a job, initially part time and then full time in the Modern Languages Department.  I have been happily teaching here since 2013.

I have five children ranging from 27 years old down to 16 years old (3 boys and 2 girls).  I have worked in and around education since falling pregnant with my eldest son in 1990.  I began teaching dress-making and design to adults and worked with adults with learning difficulties teaching craft and cookery.   I followed this up with Montessori training and spent 10 years in Early Years Education.  As my children grew up and became less dependent I decided to take the plunge and become a full time teacher in mainstream school.

In my free time I enjoy playing the flute, walking - the remoter the better and am planning to undertake the West Highland Way – 94 Miles from Glasgow to Fort William.

Governor - Mrs Cara Lloyd-Hopkins

Cara Lloyd HopkinsMrs Cara 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.

Governor - Mrs Jennifer Roche

Mrs Jennifer RocheJen Roche

I joined Bournemouth School as a Teacher of Business & Economics in September 2019, becoming a Governor soon after.

I obtained a degree from Bournemouth University in Business Studies and worked for various companies in Sales & Marketing based roles, including Wave 105 and Zoopla.  However, after having my daughter I decided that I wanted to have a more fulfilling career and pursued my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.

I believe my industry knowledge coupled with my passion for education will enable me to contribute well towards the development of this outstanding school.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my young daughter.  In addition, I am very active and am a keen netball player, playing 3 times a week in the Poole, Bournemouth and New Forest leagues.

Governor - Mrs Kate Shaw

Mrs Kate Shaw

Kate ShawI’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 am 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.

Governor - Mr Noel Smith

Mr Noel SmithSmith Noel
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 and World War 1 history.

Governor - Mrs Daphna Skotnicki

Mrs Daphna SkotnickiDaphna Skotniciki

I am delighted to have been elected parent governor and I look forward to learning more about Bournemouth School and my new role. Having taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Bournemouth and Poole college for over 15 years, an educational environment is not new to me and I hope to be able to contribute to both the school and its student-body.

Having lived in Israel, Italy and Germany, I am particularly fascinated by intercultural communication and, following a Master’s degree in Transnational Studies, I designed a workshop aimed at improving communication and increasing empathy between people with a different first language and first culture.

I have always been active in my sons’ primary school, and as Chair of its PTA I helped build a significant group of parent volunteers.  Volunteering at the school also allowed me to meet lots of committed parents and friendly teachers, and also taught me how best to engage other parents in school life.

Prior to having kids I acted in the Arena Theatre group (we used to perform at the Regent’s Centre in Christchurch), and sang in a choir.  Other hobbies include growing vegetables (not always successfully!) and going for walks.

Governor - Mr Alan Turle

Mr Alan TurleAT

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.

Governor - Ms Karen Turton

Ms Karen Karen TurtonTurton

I enjoyed a terrific career in HR, working in the retail sector then starting my own HR consultancy, helping local businesses with recruitment, employee relations and training.  This involved dealing with people from all walks of life, often managing difficult situations in a sensitive and tactful way to reach a positive solution.

After 10 successful years, my business is taking a break and I am developing my upholstery hobby into a new career.

I’m a Cub Scout leader which is very rewarding and great fun.  I have a son at Bournemouth School and a daughter who went to Bournemouth School for Girls.  I am very active and am a regular runner - I’ve done over 100 Park runs and compete in half-marathon races.

Governor - Dr Maria Vassallo

Dr Maria Vassallo

I became a Governor at Bournemouth School in 2020, a year after my son started at the school.

I qualified as a medical doctor in 1991 and went on to specialise in psychiatry.  I have worked in the Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole area since 2006, which has given me a particular perspective upon this beautiful area.

I studied English Literature before turning to medicine.  I am still very fond of the theatre and of reading.  I enjoy walking in the New Forest and during the lockdown in 2020, I started exploring the area by bike.

I am most grateful myself for the opportunities opened up by a good education and I think this is enormously important for our young people.  It is a privilege to be involved with the school.

I am someone who is naturally fairly optimistic and idealistic.  I am interested in understanding different viewpoints (and am very open to consider creative approaches and new ideas).