Our school governors

The Chair of Governors can be contacted c/o Windlesham School or via email governors@windleshamschool.co.uk


Graham Rowlands-Hempel (Chair)

Graham Rowlands-Hempel is a lawyer and has worked in a law firm in the City of London for over 20 years. Since starting to work part time, Graham has looked for ways to work more in the community and was delighted to have the opportunity to join as a Governor at Windlesham School. He has a daughter in full-time education. Graham is the current Chair of Governors.

Neil Baxter (Vice Chair)

Neil Baxter is an experienced Finance professional currently working as the Divisional Treasurer for a major UK Bank. His experience covers Treasury Management and Financial Analysis and Planning. These attributes will assist the Governors in managing the financial planning and ongoing investment in the infrastructure of the school. He is married with twin daughters who are in full-time education. Neil is the current Vice Chair of Governors.

Therese England

Therese England, a former parent, comments: “I am a parent of two boys who both experienced a happy and fulfilling time at Windlesham. Being very supportive of the values of the school I am delighted to contribute as a Governor to its ongoing success and future growth. Professionally I am a local business owner and my main passions are design, art and travel.”

Christine Mannion Watson

Christine Mannion Watson has worked in various aspects of education for over 40 years, most recently as Head of an independent school for pupils aged 3 to 18, and as a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. She is currently involved in research at the University of London Institute of Education. Her main interests are modern languages, foreign travel, silversmithing, swimming, country walking and reading. She has a strong commitment to Windlesham’s aim to provide a broad education in a supportive environment.

John Patching

John Patching has been in the Technology and Banking industry for many years. He has lived and worked in many countries and continents serving a diverse customer set. He has returned to Brighton and has had two daughters go through Windlesham enjoying a great deal of success. He is keen to use his abilities and experience to benefit the school in the digital age whilst respecting the philosophy that has made the school so successful.

Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin is a business owner and former advertising copywriter, and has significant experience in advising businesses and organisations in marketing. Hannah is also a mother of two school-age children and has taken a keen and active role in their education, joining both the junior school (which she chaired for a number of years) and senior school PTAs.

Tamara Sharman Pearson

Tamara Sharman Pearson has worked in education for over 15 years, most recently as Deputy Head of an independent girls school and presently as a senior leader of a coeducational independent school. Tamara continues to remain active in the classroom and relished the opportunity to teach children from Reception to Year 6. Her recent appointment as a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador has enabled her to bring her passion for politics and democracy to children. With a daughter in Early Years in an independent school, Tamara has been able to reflect upon what makes an exceptional provision for young children. Living by the sea, Tamara makes the most of every opportunity to embrace outdoor learning.