Boards of Directors and Governors
Day-to-day responsibility for the governance of the school lies with the Board of Governors whilst the Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr Timothy Fisher, holds ultimate responsibility. 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 (Chair of Governors)
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 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.
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
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.
R J King Esq.
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
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
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.
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 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.
Dr D Luckett
He then taught for eleven years at Harrow School, where he was Head of History and an assistant housemaster, before moving to Worth School as Deputy Head. In 2007, he was appointed Headmaster of Mill Hill and Chief Executive of the Mill Hill School Foundation comprising the senior, prep, pre-prep and international schools. He has published various articles on early Tudor history, is an inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and a member of the Council of the University of Leicester, the university’s governing body.
Mrs S McConnell
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.
Mrs V Wells
Vivienne brings a wealth of experience to the governing body, having spent 17 years as Registrar and Headmaster’s Wife at Junior King’s Canterbury. Prior to that, she worked in multiple schools, including Dulwich College, Dulwich Village Infants’ School and Liverpool College Prep. Vivienne grew up near Ilminster and is delighted to be back in the West Country.