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.

Philip Fry – Chair 

Joined the Board March 2009. Philip Fry a graduate in Quantity Surveying and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), oversees the running of CG Fry and Son, a construction and development company working across the South West. Philip is also the lead Governor for Health and Safety.

Email: chairman@sunninghill.dorset.sch.uk

Trevor Blackburn – Lead Governor for Estates

Trevor Blackburn joined the Board in June 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Building Surveying division). In 1978 he founded a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors which grew to become the largest such specialist firm outside London. In 2000 Trevor retired from the practice and moved into the Independent School sector, firstly as the Property Manager at Bedes School in Eastbourne and then as the Estate Bursar at Charterhouse. Trevor is now retired but still carries out some consultancy work with the sector. He sits on the Finance and Business Committee.

Stephanie Dean

Penny Graham

Penny’s first career was as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy, where she held a wide range of administrative and logistics appointments, including training, HR delivery of support services and contract management.  She was subsequently appointed as Clerk to the Governors and Bursar of Leweston School in 2009.  In 2014 she left Leweston in order to complete a Masters’ degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Exeter Business School and has been working as adjunct faculty at UEBS, teaching a variety of HR and general management modules, since September 2014.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.  Penny joined the Board and the Education Committee in January 2015.


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.

Rosemary Lewis

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.

Duncan Perks – Chair of Finance & Business

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.

Jean Walker – Chair of Education

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.