Who are the Sunninghill Governors?

The Governing Body of Sunninghill Prep school is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the School in conjunction with the Head and senior staff. It sets and reviews the policies, plans and procedures which are designed to ensure the best possible education for our present and future children of Sunninghill. Sunninghill Governors are responsible for ensuring the proper control of the School’s finances and ensuring compliance with regulation under the guidance of the Charity Commission.

We are very grateful to our governors who offer their valuable time and expertise in order to support the school’s ambitions.

Jean Walker – Chair

Jean Walker worked for 39 years in the education sector and recently retired from her last teaching post as a Deputy Head at St Mary’s Shaftesbury. She was also the designated safeguarding lead, developed a wealth of experience in leading on Safeguarding matters in school and will provide additional support to the Lead Safeguarding Governor. Her academic and pastoral expertise has been developed through a variety of management positions, in both the state and independent sector and from teaching across all age ranges, in Preparatory and Senior schools. Jean is also an experienced ISI Inspector and has a wealth of experience across all aspects of education. Jean joined the board March 2018 and is Chair of the Education committee.

Email: chairman@sunninghill.dorset.sch.uk

Duncan Perks – Vice Chair 

Joined the Board in March 2013. Duncan has a MSc in Economics and is a qualified accountant. Having set up and run his own Dorchester-based practice for about 20 years, he is now an equity partner in Old Mill Accountants, where he specialises in Strategic Business and tax advice. Duncan sits on the Finance Committee.

David Brugge

David joined the Board in March 2019 and sits on the Finance & Business Committee. He is the Director of Christmas and Brugge Ltd, a local firm of Chartered Surveyors, and has worked in Dorchester for over 30 years dealing with all aspects of property for the local community.

Stephanie Dean

Ian Jefferis

Ian Jefferis retired from his first career in the Royal Navy in 2000 after 25 years’ service as a helicopter pilot and operations/warfare officer. During this time, he graduated from the Open University (BSc) and completed a MA in Defence Studies. He now owns and runs local businesses (Weyprint, Dorset Schoolwear) and is the UK distributor for Noble Manhattan (Coach) training.

Chris Keenan

Chris joined the Board in March 2019 and sits on the Finance & Business Committee. He is a Partner at Humphries Kirk LLP and head the firms Court of Protection team specialising in issues of vulnerable adult mental incapacity. I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2007 and initially worked in Devon before moving to Humphries Kirk in 2011.

Rosemary Lewis – Chair of Finance & Business

Rosemary joined the Board in June 2015. She is a qualified accountant. Rosemary recently retired from the role of Practice Manager of Humphries Kirk Solicitors, prior to this position she had many years’ experience, both accounting and company secretarial, with Hamworthy Engineering in Poole.

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