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Governing Body

The Governing Body of Poole Grammar School have ultimate responsibility for the strategic directions of the school. The day-to-day management is delegated to the Headteacher. Governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and provide expertise in many areas whilst acting as a critical friend to the Senior Leadership Team of the school. The Governing Body runs a committee structure where much of the hard work takes place. The committees comprise Education, Finance, and Premises, which meet at least once a term and Staffing, Discipline, and Admissions, which meet less frequently.  Click here for a summary of the structure of the Governing Body and its committees and details of higher paid Poole Grammar School staff.  Full Governing Body meetings take place 4 times a year (2 Autumn Term, 1 Spring Term, and 1 Summer Term).

Click here for the summary of both 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 meeting attendance by Governors.  These annual summaries are also contained in the Annual Report and Financial Statements which are available on the school website.

Latest Governor Register of Interests

Click here for a schedule of Governor Interests, their term of office, and class of Governor.

Details of the business and financial interests, and governance roles in other schools are contained in the Governor biographies below.

Dr K Power (Chairman - Academy Governor)






I have been Chairman of Governors for 5 years and am an old boy of the school (1967-74). I am a firm believer in the concept of grammar schools and their ability to bring life changing educational opportunities to students of academic ability irrespective of parental income or background. For that reason I am committed to sustaining and improving Poole Grammar School on all fronts.

I work as a consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care Medicine in Poole Hospital and am currently the Clinical Director for Critical Care Services. I have a medico-legal practice and as such am a director of my company Power Medico-Legal Consultancy. I also have a small property letting interest.

As Chairman of Governors I endeavour to attend meetings of the other committees and also chair the Staffing Committee

Mr N Bichard (Vice Chairman - Academy Governor)

Neil Bichard has been a governor since September 1992 and was originally an LEA governor appointed by Dorset County Council.

Neil is a qualified architect practicing in Broadstone, with a degree from Portsmouth School of Architecture and a post graduate diploma from Birmingham School of Architecture. Prior to that he was educated at a local boys grammar school and has been married since September 1990 and has a daughter and a son. It’s best not mentioned that he was chair of the old boys association of his former school for 6 years.

Neil also served as a governor at Springdale First School for 9 years, 8 of which were as Chair of Governors, and is a local scout leader . In his spare time Neil is a volunteer warden on Brownsea Island, a board member of East Dorset Heritage Trust and sings in the choir of St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth together with Dorset Chamber Choir.. Many of you may also have seen him as head marshall and co-organiser of the Broadstone Christmas Parade.

Neil has always been a strong supporter of the school in his time as a governor and has been a “staff” member on the school ski trip for 7 years and was also a DofE supervisor and assessor having helped run the Bronze award at the school for more than 10 years. He has also supported, and taken part in, the History Department’s Battlefield Tour, speaking on the architectural aspects, and in particular the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens at Thiepval. In addition he has helped on the Y7 Viking experience at Cranborne ATC as well as attending music, drama and sports events at the school.

As well as being on the Full Governing Body, Neil chairs both the Governors’ Premises Committee and the Health and Safety Committee, and is link Governor with both the History and Music Departments. Neil is also chair of Poole Grammar School Enterprises Limited, the school’s trading subsidiary.

Mr S Bowden (Parent Governor)

I have been a Parent Governor since November 2014. I have a degree in Physics from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, an MBA from London Business School and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the Open University.

I worked for a number of years for an American Investment bank in London, running the derivatives trading business.

I have two boys at Poole Grammar school and two girls at Parkstone Grammar school, where I am also a Governor. I sit on the Governor’s Education Committee. My interests are technology and computing, and I am about to study for a Master’s degree in Data Science at Bournemouth University.

Mr A Falck (Academy Governor)

Adrian Falck is an Academy Governor and an old boy of the School.

Adrian was first appointed a Governor in 2006 and is currently a member of the Finance, Staffing and Audit Committees, Chairman of the Admissions Committee and a member of the Discipline panel. He is also the link governor for the Geography department.

Adrian is a Partner of Preston Redman Solicitors in Bournemouth practicing in commercial and residential property and property litigation. Outside of the office, Adrian is a qualified Mountain Leader and is a Trainer and Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Mrs F French (Academy Governor)


Originally a Parent Governor, I have been co-opted back for my second term as a Governor at PGS. I have a Physics degree from Bristol and initially worked in Medical Physics in London and Poole (Nuclear Medicine and vascular ultrasound scanning). I then trained in admin and worked in the Health Service (my favourite role was night duty admissions in A&E), in a Retirement Home and “temped” for Children’s Services for Poole Borough Council.

I completed a Diploma with the Open University in 2014, covering some generalised psychology, sociology and counselling modules and specific short courses on Autism and Eating Disorders. As well as being on the Full Governing Body, I am Deputy Chair of the Governors’ Education Committee and on the Staffing Committee, and I am the link Governor for Most Able Children, Special Education Needs and Groups, English and Religious Education.


Mrs S Fry (Staff Governor - Non Teaching)


Susan has been at Poole Grammar School for nine years and is currently a Support Staff Governor. Susan currently runs the School’s busy Reprographics Department as well as managing the School website, social media feeds and e-comms among other functions! Susan is also a keen photographer and takes the majority of photos for school publications. As a Support Staff Governor, Susan attends meetings of the Full Governing Body, and is also a member of the Premises committee.

Mr S Fuller (Parent Governor)

Simon Fuller joined the Governing Body in 2020 as a parent Governor.  He serves on both the Finance and Full Governor committees.  He has two sons at the school, one in Year 11 and the other in Year 8.  He is also an ex-student himself from the eighties.

 Simon is currently Director of Business and Finance at Highcliffe School so helps bring additional educational experience to the Governors.  Prior to that role, Simon worked in the Private Sector for companies such as Ernst & Young, Barclays and Liverpool Victoria.

Mrs H Hall (Parent Governor)

Having qualified as a physiotherapist in London, my clinical career has involved me working in a variety of healthcare settings in England and Canada. Latterly, my career has evolved into senior clinical leadership positions within the NHS and I am now the Dorset professional and strategic lead for a collective group of 14 healthcare professions (which includes physiotherapy). As a parent governor with a son in year 9, I am part of the education committee and am keen to ensure that Poole Grammar School facilitates the achievement for each individual pupil of their maximum potential in all aspects of their personal and academic development. 

Mrs M Holmes-Evans (Co-opted Governor)
Mrs R Knapper (Parent Governor)

I have been a Parent Governor since March 2019.  I have one boy at PGS.  I work for Dorset Council where I am responsible for post16 education and the adult skills agenda.  I am passionate about supporting all children to reach their full potential and to make good choices about their futures.

I attend Fully Governing Body and I am also a member of the Education Committee.

Mr S Morris (Parent Governor)


I am an experienced Parent Governor at Poole Grammar having previously been Chair of Governors at St. Mary’s Catholic Combined School for five years. I am married to Suzi and have a son in the Upper 6th and Year 7.

I have a degree in Design from Nottingham and I am half way through a PhD at Bournemouth having completed my MPhil transfer.

Having been Design Director at G Plan and Peter Guild for 15 years, I decided after a life changing rugby accident to start my own business. For 15 years I owned a ran a successful Domiciliary Home Care business – I now own and run a courier and express freight business based locally.

I am a level 2 RFU coach and I have coached children at LMRFC and several local schools for 12 years.

Apart from my obvious business experience, my work knowledge in dealing with the government departments at a local and national level, Safeguarding Policies & Procedures and staffing issues are invaluable to my Governor roles.

Being a late starter myself I am passionate about ensuring that all children are given every opportunity and support to achieve their academic and personal goals. I believe that Governors should ensure that the boys at Poole Grammar are inspired, engaged and empowered to be the best they can be. I have a strong belief that there is something special and unique in everyone and we should endeavour to find that.

I am Deputy Chair of the Finance Committee, a member of the Premises Committee and a Design Technology Link Governor.

Mr D Newell (Academy Governor)

David is an old boy of PGS (1971-78) and has been a governor on the Education Committee since 2002. He is a Computer Scientist, with degrees from Manchester University in Physics & Electronics Engineering, and Software Engineering from Bournemouth University, where he is a Senior Lecturer in Systems Integration in the Faculty of Science and Technology. David has published numerous academic papers on Computer Networks in many international journals and has presented invited keynote speeches at conferences throughout Europe and Internationally including India, Korea and South America. He visits colleagues in the USA and has worked with companies such as Ferranti, Plessey Semiconductor, Schlumberger Instruments, Fairchild & National Semiconductor, Cisco and IBM. As Chairman of Poole Borough’s Education Committee, he negotiated grants and funding of over £100m from Whitehall to improve Poole’s Primary and Secondary Schools. He currently chairs the BOP Environment and the Audit Committees.

Mr J Phillips (Parent Governor)

I have been a Parent Governor since September 2018.  I have 4 children, the eldest of which is at PGS.  I am a Consultant Surgeon based at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, and in addition to my clinical work I also have roles within areas of management, education and quality improvement. I have a Diploma in managing health and social care, and in my spare time I enjoy cooking, playing the drums, and helping coach junior rugby at Wimborne RFC. I am passionate about supporting the school to achieve the best for its students.  

Mr S G Powell (Staff Governor - Teaching)

Simon Powell has been a teacher of History, Ancient History, Archaeology and Games at Poole Grammar School for 35 years and is currently a staff governor and is a member of both the Full Governing Body and Education Sub-Committee.

He studied Medieval and Modern History at Nottingham University in 1985, gained a PGCE at Manchester in 1986 after which he was employed at Poole Grammar starting as a History teacher before progressing to Deputy Head of Year (Sixth Form) then becoming Head of History in 2005. He has taken nearly 100 school sports teams over the years, runs the Debating Society, the Hist and Arch and Friday Football and has a love-hate relationship with Bolton Wanderers.

Mr J Rana (Parent Governor)

Jayes (Jay) Rana is a Parent Governor, married to Bijal and has two sons at Poole Grammar. He was brought up in the Leicester and went to Bradford University to do his Dual degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. He moved to Poole in 1996 to work for a steel fabrication company. Jay is a Chartered Structural Engineer and is a Director of a local Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy. Jay also is training to be a trainer for Dale Carnegie.

Jay was a Parent Governor at a local Primary School and following an Ofsted inspection and other circumstance soon found himself as Chair of Governors for that school. The school had to re-establish it leadership role and deal with its poor report from Ofsted. Jay has been through over 10 Ofsted Inspections and the school in its last inspection was raised to Good. Jay assisted in appointing the new Headteacher for that school and helped “steady the ship” during its turbulent times. Jay, from his experience has helped several other school during their tough times and is sometimes asked by Poole LA to do so. Jay is committed to making a difference to help children do the best they can, holding Headteacher and other key members of staff and Governors to account. Being particular to detail yet not losing the big question of “so what does this mean for the children?”

As well as member of the Poole Grammar full Governing Body, Jay is a member of the Finance Committee and is a link Governor for pupil premium spending.

Dr A J Smith (Principal Governor)

Amanda Smith joined Poole Grammar School as its Headteacher in September 2020.

Amanda studied Neuroscience at the University of Cardiff, graduating in 1994. Once she had completed her degree, she went on to study for a PhD in Neurophysiology at the University of Leicester.  She studied for her PGCE in 1999 and once complete, began work in Leicester and then Sheffield as a Science teacher. More recently she worked at South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury before beginning her headship at Poole Grammar School in 2020.

As the Principal Governor, Amanda attends all Full Governing Body and committee meetings.

Dr R J Smith (Staff Governor - Teaching)

Rhiannon Smith has been a teacher of Chemistry at Poole Grammar School for twenty-four years and is currently a teaching staff governor.

She studied Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. Once she had completed her degree, she went onto study for a PhD in Surface Science Chemistry.  She studied for her PGTC in 1993 and once complete, began working at Ravenswood School in Bromley as a chemistry teacher. She moved to Poole Grammar School in 1996 and become Head of Department in 2003.

As a Teaching Staff Governor, Rhiannon attends meetings of the Full Governing Body, and is also a member of the Finance committee.

Mrs A Steel (Academy Governor)

My husband and I run a shopfitting business for which I studied accountancy to Technician level to enable me to further understand our company accounts. I am Finance Director and control the accounts and payroll and implement all financial decisions as required to run our business.

I was first a governor in 1993 at our children’s First School in Verwood, serving two terms as a parent governor, a role which I thoroughly enjoyed and found the experience of being involved in the development of the school very enjoyable. When I finished my second term I was vice chair of governors and Chair of the Finance Committee, our youngest being at middle school by this time.

This led me two years later to being elected as parent governor at Poole Grammar School, where I have been pleased to be able to reprise my governor role, albeit on a completely different level. The differences in the size of the budget and the age and number of pupils are vast but I have found it surprising how many similarities there are and how much of my past experience has been invaluable. I am now in my third term of office and am an Academy governor serving on the Admissions, Staffing and Finance committees and have recently been elected as Chair of Finance.

I am the link governor for Physics where my interest is mainly through our son who gained a good engineering degree and is now working as a Research Engineer.

Mrs A Thomas (Parent Governor)

I was elected as a parent Governor in 2016; I have a son in year 9 and I currently work at Canford Heath Junior School. I worked in retail management but stayed at home once we had children. Since then I have taken numerous educational courses and am currently working towards a qualification as a level 3 teaching assistant.

As a parent I have been involved in various committees, I was the chair of the PTA at my children’s infant school, this included organising and running various fund raising events and I currently represent the Grammar School as a member of Poole Parents Voice.

I attend the Full Governor Committee meetings and am on the Premises Committee. I am also a link Governor for the Learning Resource Centre.

Dr E Thompson (Academy Governor)

I am an Academy Governor at PGS, joining the governing body in January 2018. I studied for a degree in Politics from the University of Southampton, where I subsequently went onto complete a Master’s Degree and PhD in Social Statistics.

Having been especially interested in Teaching and Learning whilst completing my PhD I now lead the university’s Learn with US Transition programme that supports students in Years 12 and 13 to acquire the requisite academic and research skills to succeed in Higher Education. I work with schools across the country, including boys in Year 13 at PGS who are undertaking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

I am on the Full Governing Body and the Education Committee serving as the Higher Education Link Governor. I am also a governor for Testwood School on the edge of the New Forest in Totton.

All governors can be contacted through the school office via Mr J Stiby, Clerk to Governors, Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, BH17 9JU. E-mail: stibyj@poolegrammar.com