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DGSB’s Governor Board

The Board of Governors seeks to ensure that it plays its part in driving the school forward to even greater things. Meeting monthly, any parent or other member of our local community who would like to know more about how we operate or, maybe even to look to join us, is encouraged to contact the Chair, Les Craggs whose details can be accessed via the school, for an informal conversation.

Les Craggs, Chair of Governors.


Who are DGSB’s Governors?

DGSB Governing Board 2021-2022

Parent Governors:


Aylson Young

Alyson Young is a Parent Governor. She is the mother of a Year 10 DGSB pupil and is a former pupil of Dover Grammar School for Girls. As a practising business lawyer running her own practice, she has expertise in legal compliance and commercial contracting. Her financial acumen is of great importance at this time in the life and development of the school. Aly has a keen interest in Careers Education, personal development and well-being. She brings with her experience from having been the governor of a local primary school.

Ali eyden

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. 


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, is playing 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.

Local Authority Governor: 

Les Craggs

Les Craggs is the current Chair of Governors. Before retirement, he 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.

Partnership Governors:

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. Chris is one of our two Vice Chairs.

Co-opted Governors:

Andy Bawtree

Revd Andy Bawtree is our other Vice Chair. 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

Andy Rogers is a Co-Opted Governor. As an experienced civil servant working for the Home Office, he specialises in Business Continuity Planning and puts his expertise to good use as the school embraces the significant developments the future holds. Andy has ten years’ experience as a governor, including as Chair at a successful local primary school. He is also governor at Dover Grammar School for Girls, which helps develop further the collaboration that already exists between the two schools. He has two children, with a son in Year 10 at DGSB. Andy is the school's Safeguarding Governor and oversees its Health and Safety practices. 


Janine Owen is a Federation School Business Manager for two local primary schools, having previously worked in accountancy and tax consultancy. Prior to joining the DGSB Board, Janine served both as a primary school governor and was the Chair of Trustees at a Primary Academy. She has three daughters; one who has just left University and the others are in the senior years of a local Girls’ Grammar School. Her role at DGSB includes that of Finance Governor and overseeing provision for vulnerable children. 

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Sue 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. 

Associate Governors:


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

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:

DGSB Governing Body Information including Declarations of Interest

DGSB Governors Attendance 2020-2021

DGSB Governing Body Terms of Reference

DGSB Governing Body Code of Practice