About the Governors
We are proud to have a committed Governing Body that is made up of a team of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. In addition to the Headteacher, the governors ar
JO THOMAS (Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body)
I was delighted to be voted in as a parent governor in July 2016 and was subsequently appointed as a co-opted governor in November 2018. I believe the governing body has a really important role to play in supporting Busbridge Infants School in going from strength to strength. My son spent three happy years at the school and had a brilliant start to his school life there. I work part-time as a senior civil servant at the Department for Education so am able to contribute a detailed knowledge of education policy and I also bring experience of good governance as I was previously a trustee of a national charity. In my spare time I enjoy practising yoga and singing with Guildford Choral Society.
SALLY ROGERS (Staff Governor)
I started at Busbridge Infant School as the Bursar in November 2017. I have worked in education for several years both as a teacher and more recently, in a school office. Before this I worked in software design. I am proud to be part of Busbridge Infant School with its strong supportive staff team and amazing and creative children. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family or pursuing my favourite activities such as mountain biking and climbing.
GAYLE HOROBIN (Foundation Governor)
I have lived in Busbridge for nine years. Prior to parenthood I was an educator. I have worked mainly in international schools as a teacher, team-leader, head and governor in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Charleston before ending up in the American School in London. We had our daughter 10 years ago and we moved out to Surrey. I am now starting my second term as a governor and am currently chair of the Children and Learning committee and am literacy and mentor governor alongside my other governing duties.
ANNA DAWKINS (Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair of the Governing body)
I have been a Governor since September 2014 and am a member of the Resources Committee. I have three boys, Ben and Harry who went to Busbridge Infants and Jack who is a current pupil. Before children, I was a Partner at a Corporate Finance firm and I am a Chartered Accountant. I am currently a non-executive director of a steel processing group. In my spare time I enjoy being outside with the boys, swimming, walking, running, reading and tennis.
HANNAH JONES (Co-opted Governor)
When I moved to Godalming in 2017 from London I was delighted to be welcomed to the Governing Board. I have a passion for community schools so becoming a governor at Busbridge Infant School is and was incredibly exciting.
I have worked in primary schools since graduating from Roehampton University with a teaching degree and have taught from reception all the way to year 6. Most recently I was assistant head teacher of a community school in London which was challenging, fulfilling and diverse.
At present I am taking time out to look after my two children, Violet and Wilfred, which brings a whole new challenge. Similar to teaching no two days are the same and every day you learn something new.
In my limited spare time I love walking my dog, cooking with my husband, gardening and spending time with my family.
SONIA ALDER (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Godalming for around 16 years and am married to Chris, who attended Busbridge Infant School 30 odd years ago! We have 2 girls at Busbridge Junior School, one in Year 3 and one in Year 5. I have been a Parent Governor for the last 4 years and am delighted to begin a new term of office in 2017 as a Co-Opted Governor.
Before children, I worked as a Senior Teacher and Head of Year in a large Secondary School in Crawley. I then had 7 years at home, before returning to teaching at George Abbot School in Guildford.
I am Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and have special responsibility for SEND and RE.
In my spare time, I enjoy going out with the family, nice meals, the theatre, running and yoga.
TOM MARTIN (Local Authority Governor)
I have been a local authority governor at Busbridge Infant School since Summer 2003. I live locally with my wife, Jessica and young children (Tamsin & Freddie). I work locally in Guildford for a multi-national technology company as a Senior Technical Lead. For several years I represented the local area as a Borough & Town Councillor (serving as Town Mayor 2013-2014 and Waverley Borough Council Deputy Leader & Executive member) though I am now retired from politics! As a Governor I have sat on personnel, health & safety and finance committees which have now been merged into the one resources committee which I chair. In my spare time, what little I have left, I love playing Trombone (and am in the Godalming Band). I am a keen cyclist and skier and I am also passionate about Bath Rugby.
MARK SHEPHERD (Co-opted Governor)
I am privileged to have recently become a governor, having lived in Godalming for 13 years and been a music teacher for nearly 20. I have a particular interest in outreach and enjoy developing connections between pupils and disabled people, particularly through the medium of music. My hobbies include running, kayaking and art appreciation, especially the paintings of my wife, Jo. I have been warmly welcomed and supported and I very much look forward to serving such a friendly and thriving school community.
MATT TREACY (Parent Governor)
I have lived in Godalming since the age of 7 and so know it pretty well. I currently work for a financial computer software firm in the City.
I was looking for a way I could help the school since my daughter started in 2016 and was excited to be accepted as a parent governor towards the end of 2017. My son Benjamin is about to join the school in September. I've learnt a great deal since starting as parent governor and enjoy assisting in any way I can.
JOE SMITHIES (Parent Governor)
I have lived in Godalming for seven years, and I was delighted to join the Governing Body of this fantastic school in June 2019. My wife Jeni has volunteered for the PTA, and our son has been enjoying his time at the school since 2018. During the week I work in London at Ofcom, the broadcasting and telecoms regulator, where I look after a team whose job is to communicate our work effectively. I have also worked as a journalist, and I graduated in philosophy which - along with football - is still a big passion of mine.