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Who are DGSB’s Governors?

DGSB Governing Board 2023-2024

Local Authority Governor:

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Sue is our Chair of Governors. She has been part of the schools' governing community at both primary and secondary levels for over twenty years, serving on boards, including many years both as vice chair and chair. Sue is a local accountant, educated at Dover Grammar School for Girls. Her son and daughter were educated within the Dover Grammar schools and she works hard to inspire everyone to reach their very best. 

Co-opted Governors:


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Revd Andy Bawtree is one of our two Vice Chairs. He serves as priest in River, a parish in the Dover Deanery and the Diocese of Canterbury. He has been involved in education as well as the Church of England for many years, having taught and been Chair of Governors in a Hertfordshire school. He spent some time working  in the USA before coming back to Kent. He has four children, three of whom have been and are educated at DGSB. His foci within his governance include Community Links, Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Development, as well as oversight of how Covid-19 has impacted our students. 



Andy Rogers is one of our two Vice Chairs. As an experienced civil servant who specialises in Business Continuity Planning and puts his expertise to good use as the school embraces the significant developments the future holds. Andy has fourteen years’ experience as a governor, including as Chair at a successful local primary school. Andy is the school's Safeguarding Governor, oversees the school Health and Safety practices and is a link governor for History and the Combined Cadet Force.



Dawn was born and educated in Dover.  She co-founded the local charity ‘Dover Smart Project’ in 2013 with the aim of giving young people experiences and confidence to help them create a more equitable society. The project has since developed and the charity now works to support 250 young carers, 45 older people and offers a whole family support network for all of the charity’s beneficiaries.  Dawn has extensive knowledge of the third sector, child protection and how to support vulnerable children and families.  Dawn is enthusiastic, committed and hardworking. She enjoys new challenges, meeting people and hearing their stories.



Martyn is a Co-opted Governor who has worked in education for the whole of his working life. He was the Deputy Headteacher of a Kent secondary school where he taught mathematics for twenty five years. Currently, he works as the Regional Lead for the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) which aims to promote students' pursuit of mathematics qualifications to Level 3 and to provide support to teachers and schools in offering the suite of qualifications.  Martyn has previously been a governor at a local primary school. He has a son in Y9 at DGSB as well as one at university and two others still in primary education.  He brings to the Governing Board significant experience of working with school performance data and also of the Post 16 curriculum.

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Ali Eyden is a Parent Governor.  She has a son in Year 10 and a daughter at Dover Girls Grammar School.  She is Director of Learning and Teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University with a background in healthcare. Ali has considerable experience of being a governor at a primary school (including Chair) and also as a staff governor at the university. She has governance responsibility for 16-19, pupils with SEND and the school website. 

Partnership Governor: 

Chris Turner

Chris Turner is a retired university lecturer, and worked in the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Before that he was the Head of English at a comprehensive school in Stockport. Prior to moving to Deal, he was the Chair of Governors at a girls’ comprehensive school in Manchester. He leads for the Governing Board on matters to do with Teaching and Learning, meeting regularly with the school’s Assistant Headteacher. He also takes a special interest in the subject he used to teach. 


Liz Gibney is a Partnership Governor and the parent of a former pupil. Having been closely involved in the design and construction of the new school building, she has continued to build a close association with the school. Liz is the Chair of the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership and Business Advisory Board, Chair of Canterbury for Business, and Board Director for the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of their Coastal Communities Action Group. She is passionate about raising the aspirations of young people in Dover District and inspiring creativity. Liz is taking a special interest in the development of Careers Education at DGSB.


Philip Horstrup

Phil Horstrup became Headteacher at DGSB in September 2018, having been Deputy Headteacher (and previously Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form) at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. Born in London, Phil moved to Kent aged 10 and was educated at Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone, before doing his BA in French at Southampton University. He undertook his PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University and has taught in a number of different environments including single sex-selective, mixed selective and non-selective schools in Kent and Medway.

Staff Governor: 


Carl Hansen is the school’s Staff Governor. He has taught for over twenty five years in a range of settings, both in this country and abroad. Carl joined DGSB as Director of ICT in 2018 and in addition to his subject leadership position, he played a key role in planning the move to our new premises and its state of the art ICT facilities. Carl has three children, all working their way through the grammar school system, and has a passion for music and fine arts. He was appointed to the Board in 2022 and is keen to add to his already impressive range of professional experiences that of governing a school at a strategic level.

Associate Governor:


Ben Ralph is one of our two Deputy Headteachers. He is in charge of Curriculum and Outcomes and is also the Lead Teacher for A Level Economics. Ben joined DGSB in 2000 as a newly qualified teacher and has taken on increased responsibility over time. He has served on the Governing Body since 2010.

Clerk to the Governing Board:


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Sarah is our Clerk to the Governing Body.  She has been working as Governing Body Clerk in a number of local primary and secondary schools since 2021 and joined Dover Grammar School for Boys in April 2024.  Sarah has previously worked as a Personal Assistant in Local Government and Further Education.  Sarah has two young children, currently at primary school.  

Governing Body - Further Information

Please read the Governor Review for Parents 2020-21 by clicking here: Governor Review

Please see below for the most recent updates in relation to the Governing Body:

DGSB Governing Body Information including Declarations of Interest

DGSB Governors Attendance 2022/2023

DGSB Governor Membership

DGSB Governing Body Terms of Reference

DGSB Governing Body Code of Practice

Chair of Governors' Reports

Reports from the Chair of the Governing Body can be found here:

End of Year Report 2022-23 our Chair of Governors