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.

Richard Miller – Chair 

Joined the Board in October 2010. Richard Miller is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Richard is a managing partner in Symonds and Sampson Surveyors and Estate Agents, practising mainly in the rural sector as a land agent. His duties include management of rural and urban estates, planning and development, sales and purchase of rural property. Richard sits on the Finance Committee. Richard took over the Chair in January 2014.

Email: chairman@sunninghill.dorset.sch.uk

John Chittenden – Vice Chair

Joined the Board in March 2007. John Chittenden is the Vice Chair of the Board and also sits as Vice Chair of the Education Committee and is one of the most experienced Board Members. John is a Solicitor and holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a full Equity Partner at Humphries Kirk

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.

Philip Fry – Chair of Finance & Business

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.

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

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.

Rupert Turberville-Smith

Joined the board in October 2013. After being brought up in Sussex, Rupert qualified in medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1992. He has been a GP partner at The Bridges Medical Centre in Weymouth since 1999 and has recent experience in commissioning of medical services. He has been a parent at Sunninghill since 2006.

Jean Walker