Governors

Forres Sandle Manor has a Governing Board made up of business minds, staff and parents. They meet regularly to assist the School in its strategic direction. Sitting alongside the main Governors Board is the Finance and General Performance Committee, the Communications Committee and Educational Support Committee.

COL (RETD) PETER WILLIAMS OBE

COL (RETD) PETER WILLIAMS OBE

(CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS & F&GP COMMITTEE MEMBER)

Peter Williams’ military career included command of 39 Regiment RA during the Gulf War, Commandant Royal School of Artillery, Chief of Staff of UN Mission in DR Congo and Chief Operations Support in Iraq in 2003/04.
In 2004 he embarked on a civilian career as Defence & Security Consultant which subsequently has included several years in Nigeria with Chevron-Texaco. His current long-term engagements are with Easat Radar Systems as Business Development Manager and Stirling Reid Ltd, a UK-based provider of Emergency Response mentoring to international oil companies.

His additional commitments include being a North Dorset District Councillor, parish councillor and churchwarden.

DR LUKE GAMBLE BVSC DVM&S FRCVS

DR LUKE GAMBLE BVSC DVM&S FRCVS

(DEPUTY CHAIR, BOARD OF GOVERNORS - PARENT GOVERNOR)

A mixed-practice vet, Luke is the practice principal of Pilgrims Veterinary Practice based in Cranborne and Fordingbridge and founding director of PetAir UK. He is the CEO and founder of the international charities Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) and Mission Rabies. Luke is married to Cordelia and they have 4 children all of whom attend FSM.

Luke joined the board as a parent Governor at the end of 2018, keen to support a fantastic school and help champion it’s family values, diverse strengths and academic excellence.

BEN ARNOLD

BEN ARNOLD

(FINANCIAL & GENERAL PURPOSES F&GP COMMITTEE MEMBER)

Ben Arnold is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and heads up the land and planning team for Pennyfarthing Homes since October 2017. Pennyfarthing Homes are one of the largest privately-owned house developers in the New Forest and surrounding areas of Hampshire and Dorset.

Ben previously worked for 12 years as a Director in the Development Team of Savills (UK) Limited in charge of the valuation business on the South Coast. Ben is married with four young children.

CAROL EVANS

CAROL EVANS

(DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS & EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE ESC MEMBER)

Carol Evans has held senior board level positions since 1988. She is currently Director of a leadership development consultancy providing services to the FTSE 250 C-suite.

Carol’s passion for helping individuals achieve their career goals and her delight in seeing success for both the organisation and the individual means that she is totally aligned with what is being achieved at FSM. She brings a wealth of HR and general business experience.

Carol is a mother of two children and an active member of the community. Alongside her role of Governor at FSM she is a trustee of a local charity providing a range of services to young people.

LT COL (RETD) MARK JENKINS MBE

LT COL (RETD) MARK JENKINS MBE

(CHAIRMAN, F&GP COMMITTEE)

During his 38-year Army career Mark Jenkins served in a range of procurement, engineering and learning and development appointments. His final appointment was Head of the Adjutant General’s Business Consultancy Team, leading teams of consultants in diverse assignments ranging from the creation of a single Army headquarters to analysis of education provision options for military children.

Upon leaving the Army in 2007, he joined Cranfield University at the UK’s Defence Academy and taught on Masters level courses including MBA (Defence) and MSc (Defence Acquisition). He subsequently established his own successful business consultancy.

Prior to becoming a Governor at FSM, he was Governor at a Further Education College in Andover.

DR STUART SMALLWOOD PHD

DR STUART SMALLWOOD PHD

(BOARD OF GOVERNORS)

Dr Smallwood is the current Headmaster of Bishop Wordworth’s School in Salisbury. Grammar school educated, then research and a brief period in HMRC before teacher training. He gained his PhD from Cambridge University. Rose through the ranks at Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester, before coming to Salisbury in 1998. Deputy Head of Bishop’s prior to appointment as Headmaster in September 2002.

As the longstanding Headmaster of Bishop Wordsworth School, a hugely successful school which is regularly amongst the top-performing schools in England and has undoubtedly been a beacon for grammar schools across the country, Dr Stuart Smallwood brings a wealth of experience alongside a healthy alternative educational perspective.

CHRISTOPHER HANCOCK

CHRISTOPHER HANCOCK

(BOARD OF GOVERNORS - STAFF GOVERNOR)

Chris qualified as a PE teacher in 2008 and went on to become a Head of Rugby in a specialist sports academy at a successful state school. His passion for all sports lead him to Forres Sandle Manor in 2016 where his mission was to make sport as inclusive for all and start pupils sporting journey as early as possible. Chris’ passion is to give pupils a solid foundation so they go on and enjoy (and excel in) their sport not only in their senior schools but for life. Chris played county sport in rugby, cricket and athletics throughout the age groups and went onto play rugby in the British universities premier league.

Chris joined as staff governor in late 2018 as he has a keen interest in making sure that the staff voice is carried to aid the governors in their strategic decisions for the School.

CHRISTINE DURE-SMITH ACA

CHRISTINE DURE-SMITH ACA

(BOARD OF GOVERNORS - PARENT GOVERNOR)

Christine Dure-Smith is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and is a senior member of the legal team at Merlin Entertainments plc as Senior Contracts Director. She has been employed by Merlin since 1995, having started in finance, eventually taking charge of the financial control in the Capital Projects division (Merlin Magic Making) and more recently moved to a senior role in the legal team.

Christine’s key area of focus in Merlin at present is around the negotiation of significant contracts for Merlin including new leases for smaller attractions, new LEGOLAND Parks, new intellectual Property relationships, permits and licenses for new attractions, and coordinating the legal process for any sale or acquisitions Merlin makes.

Christine is married and a mother of 3 boys, all of whom attend/ attended FSM. Christine has joined the board as a parent governor and is keen to support the school with her commercial acumen having seen that happy children really do succeed.