Governance

Mrs. C. Hadcocks Chair of Governing Body
Mr. A. A. Bodell Headteacher (ex-officio)
Ms. S. Balkwill Governor
Ms. A. Day Governor
Mrs. G. Davies Parent Governor
Mr. R. Dear Governor
Prof. S. Luke Governor
Mr. D. Murden Governor
Mr. A. Whitby 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, washington@blenheim.surrey.sch.uk  

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.


Gemma Davies (Parent Governor)

I joined the governing body in November 2018 as a new parent to the school. I have over 12 years experience of working in the educational sector, both state and private, and I really wanted to join the governing body to help make a difference and drive Blenheim forward in its pursuit of excellence. 

I have a Human and Physical Geography BSc Hons Degree and, in 2018, I gained a Distinction in my Post Graduate Diploma in Geographical Information Systems and Sciences. My qualifications have led me to my current career as a Data Manager and also into teaching programming to girls. Education is very important to me and I recognise the value and dedication it takes to achieve, as well as the commitment of all teachers to get the best from their students. I am a habitual scholar and I have a keen interest in SEND. I hold qualifications in Understanding Autism and specifically Autism in Woman and Girls and am always looking to broaden my skill set with other courses and qualifications.

Wellbeing is one of my core values and I believe it is of upmost importance to the impact on mental health and life balance. The education sector is fast paced, ever changing and under enormous strain from funding cuts, which in turn creates pressure for those working in this environment. Part of my role is being a link governor for Staff Wellbeing, liaising with the Wellbeing working group at the School. I am pleased that Blenheim has an active culture of encouraging positive wellbeing in both staff and students, and I look forward to helping navigate the challenges ahead to create a more balanced approach to working life.

I am Vice Chair of Achievement, Learning & Communities Committee.


Anne Day (Governor)

I am a retired teacher and have experienced a varied, interesting and challenging career.
As well as teaching in Surrey secondary schools, I was the Deputy Head of a London primary school, a prison education tutor, taught pupils excluded from school and tutored adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues. I have trained teachers in Uganda.

As a qualified Appropriate Adult working with three police forces I supported vulnerable adults held in police custody.  For a number of years I was a Contact Supervisor with Surrey Social Services.

It’s a privilege to be a Blenheim Governor, working with others to enable all members of the school community to Believe and Achieve.

I am currently a member of the Assessment and Learning and Community Committees.


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.

 


Claire Hadcocks (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.  


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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