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Who are DGSB’s Governors?
DGSB Governing Board 2023-2024
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.
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.
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.
Local Authority Governor:
Before retirement, Les worked in education himself. His first role in Kent was as a secondary headteacher before leading the county’s inspection and advisory service. He oversaw Hertfordshire’s school system before his final work in London, including being Senior Director for the National Strategies for the government’s educational department. He has three children, one a teacher at a Kent school. His son studied at DGSB. Les was our Chair of Governors until September 2023 when he stepped back from the role
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.
Eleanor Beer is a Parent Governor. With her son having just started in Year 7 at DGSB in September 2022, Ellie is both new to the school and to being a governor. She attended a Kent grammar school herself before pursuing a career in finance, working both in corporate finance for major organisations as well as undertaking financial and managerial roles in smaller companies. Ellie brings to Board an innovative business brain and is someone who likes to ask probing questions. She has an acute analytical mind and brings a fresh pair of eyes to how the school operates.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Hazel Groves is Clerk to the Governing board. Hazel has two sons, both at Dover Boys. Before becoming a parent Hazel worked in the legal profession with a particular focus on child protection. Hazel has been a primary school governor for many years before becoming a governor at DGSB, prior to becoming our Clerk.
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:
Chair of Governors' Reports
Reports from the Chair of the Governing Body can be found here: