Mrs. C. Hadcocks Co-Chair of Governing Body
Mr. A. A. Bodell Headteacher (ex-officio)
Mr. C. Roy Staff Governor
Ms. S. Balkwill Governor
Mrs. L. Caldwell Parent Governor
Mr. R. Dear Governor
Ms. L. Footner Co-Chair of Governing Body
Prof. S. Luke Governor
Mr. J. Lloyd Governor

Mr. A. Whitby

Mr. D. Murden Governor
Ms. A. Day Governor

Clerk to the Governors:  Mr. B. Washington

Governors can be contacted through the Clerk of Governors via the school on 01372 745 333 or by email,  

Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Sandra Balkwill (Governor)

I have been a governor since 2008 and have loved being part of a challenging and supportive governing body through exciting changes.

My daughter attended Blenheim and is now at Exeter University studying English.

I taught PE and Geography for 25 years in large Wandsworth comprehensive schools experiencing a wide range of managerial posts.

I am extremely passionate about the importance of children's education and the vital role we all must play in ensuring they achieve their full potential and receiving the best possible opportunities at this vital time of their lives.

I am currently a member of the Learning and Progress committee, Discipline Panel and Head Teachers Performance review panel and I chair the Student Development committee. 

I am currently a member of the Achievement and Learning Committee, Community Committee and Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel. I look forward to the challenges ahead and am inspired by the Blenheim community members.


Laura Caldwell (Parent Governor)

My background is in business and marketing and as parent governor I am pleased to be part of this governing body with such high expectations for all students at Blenheim.

In recent years I have worked part-time/free-lance and studied to fit around our 3 boys and my husband’s career. Longer ago, I briefly studied at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam before starting a yacht charter business in the South of France and selling this 10 years later in order to return to the Netherlands where, after a few years of commercial management in employment, I established and ran my own marketing and events business until sold, when we moved to Surrey. I am currently retraining to venture out onto an entirely different career path.

I am very excited about Blenheim’s future; I am confident that its embedded ambitious culture for leadership, teaching, learning, behavior, safety and technology will continue to develop in all round excellence. Resulting in even more inspired, well-educated and rounded youngsters, with fond memories of their time at Blenheim and a thirst for life-long learning.

I am currently a member of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee and the Achievement and Learning Committee.

Robin Dear (Governor)

Professor of bridge and civil engineering and a member of the board of the faculty of Engineering at a Russell Group University. 

I am currently a member of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee and the Community Committee

Louise Footner (Co-Chair of Governing Body)

My career has always had a communications basis, spanning a number of industries over 20 years. I have worked as a journalist, in publishing, as an account director for a public relations consultancy and as a senior communications manager for Barclays Bank. I am now Head of Communications for Surrey County Council.

I have two children at Blenheim and have lived in Epsom for almost 15 years.  It's an honour to have an opportunity to be part of a team that helps young people at Blenheim achieve even greater things.

I am currently Chair of the Community Committee and also a member of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee.

Claire Hadcocks (Co-Chair of Governing Body)

I have been a Governor at BHS since September 2011. My son was a student at Blenheim between 1999 and 2006.  He went on to Royal Holloway, University of London where he graduated with a BSC in Geology. I am proud to be part of the team that is helping ensure that today’s students experience the same excellent educational and pastoral provision that the school provided to him. 

I have worked for a number of blue-chip companies including British Airways, Accenture and the BBC. I ran my own business for five years and am presently Chief Operating Officer for a division of CBRE, a global Real Estate company. My particular expertise is in customer service delivery, managing people and change, and controlling large and complex cost and revenue budgets. 

I have been Chair of Governors at Blenheim since July 2017. I am delighted to be working with the Full Governing Body and with Tony and the Leadership Team to ensure that Blenheim provides the best possible education to all the students in our care.  

Jeff Lloyd (Governor)

I am a retired Primary Phase Headteacher with over 40 years’ experience in education. I am an accredited School Improvement Partner and Adviser to Governing Bodies in relation to Performance Management and am Ofsted trained. I am currently a self-employed consultant working mainly in the Brighton and Hove area where I support and challenge schools to become better. I am a Trustee of the Kennel Club’s Education Trust and have written a scheme of work for them aimed at year 4 pupils called ‘Safe and Sound’ which is designed to teach the children  to be safe around dogs. I sit on the Learning and Progress and Student Development Committees. I have two children who currently attend the school. My interests are varied and include sport, painting and my allotment when I have time. I sit on the Achievement & Learning and Community Committees.

Professor Sam Luke (Governor)

I have been a Governor since July 2014. I am a Chartered Engineer with 28 years’ experience working in the private sector on a range of civil, structural, rail engineering and asset management projects in the UK, Singapore, Australia and the Middle East. I am currently the Director of Rail and Asset Management at one of the largest engineering consultancy companies in the world, and also a Visiting Professor of bridge and civil engineering and a member of the board of the faculty of Engineering at a Russell Group University. 

I am currently Chair of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee and also sit on the Community Committee

Alastair Whitby (Governor)

I currently work as Management Consultant specialising in change management and consumer experience. I work with internationally recognisable blue-chip in the aviation, healthcare and financial services sector. Before my current role, I was Chief of Staff to a government Minister.

I am a fully qualified science teacher and served as a Governor at Tamworth Sixth Form Academy before I moved to the Surrey area. Whilst it is logistically difficult for me to continue as a Governor in Tamworth, I remain passionate about education and still wish to contribute to the local education system as a Governor. I believe that my blend of teaching, political and business experience provides me with the tools and knowledge required to contribute and play a part within a successful team of Governors.

I sit on the Achievement & Learning Committee.

David Murden

My entire career has been devoted to ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  

I am currently Deputy Head at an all age special school in Sutton, leading on the development of our new campus designed to meet the needs of students with severe autism, learning disabilities and complex needs including behaviour that challenges others.  Before moving into schools, I worked in the specialist post 16 sector with Orchard Hill College.

I live in Epsom and my two daughters attend Epsom Primary School and Blenheim High School.  

I am excited by the opportunity to support the leadership team in enabling all the children and young people in our community to achieve their potential, regardless of their starting points.

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