Board of Governors
All Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Mr Neil Mapletoft, at the school address. Please clearly mark all correspondence ‘Governors’ Business’.
Lord Bradbury (Chairman)
Educated at Gresham’s School and Bristol University (Aeronautical Engineering), he followed a career in marketing, retiring as Executive Vice President and Board Director of one of the world’s leading global marketing services and communications networks based in New York. He has also had business interests in: the insurance industry; international intellectual property protection; global warming and environmental protection technology companies; and has participated in healthcare and education think tanks.
Role as Governor: Chairman of the Full Board of Governors and member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
J Blackburn Esq.
Jeremy recently retired as Head of UK Communications for JTI, having worked in the industry for 30 years; in that time carried out senior roles in sales, marketing and corporate affairs. Since leaving the corporate world he has set up a consultancy business and is a member of a London PR company advisory board.
Jeremy attended Perrott Hill between 1969-1975 before going on to Sherborne School. His children, Harry and Emma, also attended Perrott Hill in the late 1990s before the family moved to Hampshire. He grew up in the West Country and recently set up home outside Crewkerne with his wife, Lucy. He has a passion for sport having played rugby, hockey and cricket to county level at a younger age. He now sticks to playing golf at Cricket St Thomas and also runs the Wessex Racing Club, with National Hunt horses trained locally (one with Jack Barber – also an OPH!).
P Brewster Esq.
Paul joins the board having been an extremely successful and experienced Headmaster in multiple schools across the past 19 years, including Foremarke Hall (Repton Prep School) and The Beacon School in Amersham. He has also served as the Principal of an International School in Prague, the CEO of Repton International Schools Ltd and has been a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Now retired, Paul spent the 2017-18 academic year working as an Educational Consultant here at Perrott Hill and, as such, brings with him a unique insight and immediate understanding of the school.
Mrs K Frost
Kate studied for a Bsc in Agriculture at Seale Hayne (as part of Plymouth University), before selling animal nutrition supplements to farmers in the South West. She then helped to set up and run a meat business, selling meat directly from farmers to butchers in London for seven years. Kate is now involved in running her husband’s family farm and dairy businesses at Childhay and Forde Grange Farm. She has four children; three are at Perrott Hill and her oldest, Archie, left last year.
Role as Governor: Parent Governor.
Mrs G B Kerton-Johnson
Retired Head of Sherborne School for Girls, and previously Head of a large independent school in South Africa, her husband is a vicar and she contributes an enormous amount – both educationally and pastorally – to the Board. Her experiences as a Head are extremely valuable with regard to the management of the school.
Role as Governor: Sits on Educational and Pastoral Committee and EYFS Governor.
R J King Esq.
Educated by the Jesuits at Mount St Mary’s College in Derbyshire, he went on to read law. He qualified as a solicitor in London and moved to West Dorset in 1984, where he is currently a partner with Kitson & Trotman. Married to Ros, with two children, James and Georgina, who both attended Perrott Hill, he was appointed as a governor in 2008.
Role as Governor: Advises the governing body and the Headmaster on any legal matters arising.
J Lowe MRICS
Educated at Sherborne and the RAC, Justin qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1990. He moved to South Somerset in 1995 and became a partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt and head of their Yeovil office. Based in South Somerset, he advises farmers and landowners throughout the south west in the sale and purchase of agricultural and residential property. Justin lives with his wife Julia and three children near Perrott Hill. All three of his children have been at Perrott Hill and two to date have been successful in obtaining scholarships in art and sport. Justin maintains an active interest in sport both at school and local clubs.
Role as Governor: Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Dr K Latham
Currently, Kathryn is a part time GP partner in a rural three-partner practice in Yetminster. Kathryn qualified from University College Hospital/Middlesex Hospital in 1989 and then continued her GP training in Poole, attaining MRCGP in 1995. She has had various hospital jobs in Cheltenham, Yeovil and Dorchester as well as a research post investigating heart failure in the community. A medical officer at Sherborne Boys School since 2009, Kathryn has three children who have been, or are still currently, at Perrott Hill, with her eldest attending the school right from the Montessori through to Year 8.
Role as Governor: Medical Expertise and Safeguarding.
J D Lever Esq.
John Lever was educated at Westminster and Trinity College Cambridge before a PGCE at Oxford. He taught at St Edward’s Oxford, then for 16 years at Winchester College where he co-founded the Geography Department and ran a boarding house. He became Headmaster of Canford in 1992 and retired in 2013 after a period of considerable transformation. He and his wife Alisoun now live locally.
Role as Governor: Boarding.
M Longbottom Esq.
Marcus has over 25 years experience in the accountancy profession, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 whilst working in the Leeds office of a national firm of Chartered Accountants. He then had two years working in a small practice in Guernsey before being recruited by Ernst & Young in Sydney. He returned to England in 1996 to take up the offer of partnership with a South Yorkshire firm where he worked with clients across a broad range of industries. The majority were owner managed businesses where he provided commercial and taxation advice, both on a corporate and personal level. In 2007, he became an equity partner with Somerset based Chartered Accountants Moore Scarrott. Marcus is one of three equity partners in Moore Scarrott and he heads up the Rural and General Practice team. He specialises in providing strategic tax and business advice to a wide range of clients, including estate owners, farmers, veterinary surgeons, manufacturing companies, charities and various other businesses throughout the country. Outside work he volunteers as the Company Secretary / Finance Director of a charity providing a life boat on the South Devon coast. He was a parent governor at a primary school in Yorkshire from 2004 to 2007. Together with his wife and three teenage children, they also live and run a smallholding on the Blackdown Hills where they keep sheep, pigs and chickens. His sporting days are mostly behind him but he occasionally gets to swing his golf clubs and very rarely turns out on the cricket field.
Role as Governor: Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Mrs S McConnell
Sarah studied Environmental Science at Kings College, London, and did her PGCE at Kingston. She taught for a year in Poole before moving to Cairo to teach in an international school. On her return, she moved back to the family home at Hooke Court in Dorset and taught at Hooke Court School, before gradually taking on more responsibility from her mother who is now fully retired. Since she has taken over, Hooke Court has grown considerably, changing from a school to a residential centre with its own nursery on-site, and now with camping and new accommodation blocks. They’ve also added a new centre in Wales, and have set up Hooke Court in Malawi. Sarah now runs the business with her husband Chris and they live onsite with their four children.
Role as Governor: Parent Governor.
K R Moore Esq.
Keith spent most of his career as a teacher of geology and geography at All Hallows School after gaining a degree in geology from Cambridge and was elected FGS with Chartered Geologist status when Regional Chairman of the Geological Society. He held various posts of responsibility while teaching, including boarding houseparent (twice) and latterly Headmaster of a small independent school and the Marketing Director of Taunton School until his retirement. He remains the Fire Officer and Health and Safety coordinator at Taunton, having formerly been a part-time fire fighter and member of the coastguard.
Role as Governor: Health and Safety and fire safety training and risk assessment. Governor with special responsibility for marketing at Perrott Hill.
Mrs S Thomas
Sarah is the current Head at Bryanston since 2005, having previously been Deputy Head at Uppingham for six years. Before that she taught Classics at Sevenoaks School for 13 years, becoming, in turn, a Housemistress of the Sixth Form girls’ house, Head of Boarding and Head of the 400-strong Sixth Form. She is married to Adrian who teaches History at a Dorset prep school, and they have two daughters, Ellie and Olivia, now both beyond Bryanston. She still much enjoys teaching some Classics, as teaching is one of the few things that keeps a Head young!