Our Governors

​The Function of the Governing Body

The governing body is an essential part of the management of the school, bringing with it, as it does, a wide range of experience and interests from the world of work and the community. It is well supported by Dorset Governor Services, who provide information, guidance and regular training opportunities.

The Role of the Governing Body

The Board of Governors is responsible to parents and the community, served by the school. The school is managed by the Head teacher and senior leadership team, with the governing body acting as a critical friend, in helping to maintain and improve the standard of education provided by the school. This broadly concerns issues such as curriculum matters, finance and the use of buildings and facilities.

A particularly enjoyable role of the Governing Body is to make presentations at Founders' Day.  An afternoon of celebration of the achievements of our younger year groups in the name of the Founders of Gillingham School.  Click on the link below to see a list of all the various award winners this year.

Founders' Day Programme 2019

The Governors also play an active role in presenting shields, trophies and prizes at our Annual Speech Day Awards. Speech Day is an afternoon of celebration for the achievements of our Upper School students and also, former students. Click below to see the list of all the award winners of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Speech Day Programme 2020

Governors have no individual authority so if you would like to contact the Board of Governors, please do so via the School.

The Work of the Board in 2020-21

Board work schedule for 2020-21

Members of the Governing Body 

Mr Patrick Andrews, Parent Governor

Mrs Maggie Ayre, Parent Governor

Mrs Paula Davidson, Parent Governor

Mr Neil Demmar, Co-opted Governor

Mr Clive Drake, Foundation Governor

Mr Richard Harvey, Associate Governor, Vice Chairman of Governing Body

Mrs Su Hunt, Co-opted Governor

Mr Andrew Jenkins, Foundation Governor

Mr Mat Lake, Co-opted Governor

Mr Guy Lowton, Chairman of Governing Body

Mr Paul Nicholson, Headteacher

Mrs Jane Rees, Co-opted Governor

Mr Tim Sharp, Co-opted Governor

Mr Stephen Uden, LA Governor

Ms Emma Vallender, Staff Governor

Mrs Charlotte Willis-Clark, Co-opted Governor

Clerk to Governors: Mrs Pam Henderson

Composition of the Governing Body

Governors List and Attendance as at 19 May 2021

Governing Body Awards


George H Butler was a former scholar of Gillingham School but as a local farmer he continued his association, particularly with the running of the old school farm in the 1960s and 1970s.  After his death in 1999, his Will left part of his estate to establish a fund, the income from which would be used to give financial assistance to needy former pupils to continue with further/higher education.  Trustees of The George Butler Scholarship Fund invite applications from current or former pupils of Gillingham School who wish to attend university, college or similar educational establishments in the academic year 2020–21.  The Trustees are indebted to George Butler for providing this assistance for pupils to meet the considerable costs and fees now involved in continuing studies.


George Butler Scholarship details and background for applications 2021-22.pdf


The Fletcher Enterprise Award

(available to all pupils)


The Fletcher Enterprise Award was set up in 1985 in memory of Yvonne Fletcher.  Yvonne was a pupil of Gillingham School and left in 1976 to follow her childhood dream of becoming a Police Officer.  In 1984 whilst on duty with the Metropolitan Police and deployed outside the Libyan Embassy in London following disturbances, she was fatally wounded by a single gunshot fired from the Embassy.  It was an event that had worldwide ramifications and remains largely unresolved today.

As a fitting and perpetual memory of Yvonne, her family wished that future pupils of Gillingham School with a similar humble background to Yvonne should be helped to pursue any worthwhile and life enhancing interest, ambition, hobby or idea.

So, if you need a bit of money to fulfil a worthy ambition, start a project, put a sound idea into practice or expand an enterprising hobby, why not apply for the Fletcher Enterprise Award?  Download the application form from the website and complete it as best you can and email it to or drop a hard copy into School Reception marked "Board of Governors – Fletcher Award".  A panel of Governors together with Yvonne's family will then assess each application.

The cut-off date for applications is 28th February and all applicants will be informed by the end of Spring Term.  If your application is short-listed, you may be asked to make a short presentation (remotely) to the panel.  Good luck!


The Fletcher Enterprise Award Application Form