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
Vice-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 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 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. 

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’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.

Mr Simon Spendlowe
Chair of Resources and Student Experience Committee


I am a co-opted governor with a particular interest in overseeing the School’s policies, with regard to Health and Safety obligations. Professionally, I work as a Funeral Director and Area Manager for Tapper Funeral Service, a local independent firm; I’m based in Christchurch.

As a direct result of the School’s ethos, values and continued encouragement, my son is thriving at the school.

My career commenced within the funeral profession in 1989. I have obtained professional qualifications through the National Association of Funeral Directors - Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD) and Diploma in Funeral Service Management (Dip FSM).

I am a former president of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors, twice elected (2006 – 2008).

I graduated from the University of Portsmouth, achieving a Post Graduate Certificate (PgCert) and Master of Science (MSc) degree, with Merit, in Occupational Health and Safety Management. My academic research focused on safe working practices within the UK funeral industry, the first of its kind to be carried out in this country.

I also serve as a trustee for Age Concern Christchurch.

I reside in central Bournemouth. I enjoy spending time with my two children, sea kayaking, walking, running and classical music.

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 next year – 94 Miles from Glasgow to Fort William.

Ms Karen TurtonKaren Turton

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.

Ms Caroline KellewayCaroline Kelleway

I joined the governing body in 2016 as a co- opted governor. My son having attended the school as a pupil until 2017

I have run a property management company in Bournemouth since 1995 specialising in the management of residential and commercial service charges and I believe that the experience and knowledge I have gained can be of assistance to Bournemouth School.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking and spending time with my family.