Governing Body

The Purbeck School Governors  September 2019

Parent Governors

Gideon Daly: I have lived in Dorset for over 20 years and have a son who is currently at The Purbeck School. I work in finance at the HQ in Poole of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. I am a trustee and the treasurer of the Dorset Youth Association, a charity improving the lives of young people in Dorset. I sing in the RNLI choir, the Wareham Choral Society and my local church choir and I’m a keen runner of anything from park runs to marathons.

Anna Daniels: I’m the mother of two sons; my eldest son has now left The Purbeck School and is currently at University and my youngest son is currently in the Sixth Form at The Purbeck School. I’ve lived and worked in Wareham for over 20 years and I am the Catering Manager at a local primary school. I am Chair of The Student Development Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and I am the nominated Safeguarding and SEND Governor. In my spare time I am involved with the local rugby club where I hold the position of Welfare and Safeguarding Officer. I also enjoy cooking.

Michelle Nash: I live in Swanage and attended TPS. I am married and have two children, in years 12 and 5. Having always worked in education, I am currently an HLTA working in a Purbeck Primary School. I am passionate that all young people should receive equal opportunities and due to this founded a local charity and support group for Visually Impaired Young People. In my spare time I enjoy crafting and baking and am the welfare officer at Swanage Cricket Club.

Andy Burnet:

While growing up I often spent my holidays in Purbeck with my grandparents as my parents worked abroad and it wasn’t always possible to get home. I training as a Chartered Accountant and worked in London for a number of years before my wife and I moved our family to Purbeck in 2002 to set up our own business – Chococo, The Purbeck Chocolate Company. Since then we’ve continued to grow and develop Chococo across the south of England.  In the process of growing the business we’ve recruited students from TPS and helped them develop their skills within the workplace and also their future careers.

I’ve also continued to pursue my interest in sport and I’ve been involved in range of different sports clubs across Purbeck. Through this I’ve supported my 2 children and the junior club members to achieve amazing things and realise their potential so they can enjoy sports and reap the benefits from developing skills and friendships outside of the school environment.

Being a Governor, gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding of working with students and to share my experiences with them to help them prepare for the important transition into the working environment.


Local Authority Governor

Shelley Cranshaw: I am a retired solicitor whose work was speaking in court. I was a Wareham Town Councillor until May 2015. I enjoy helping young people debate and would like to see all the students have a go at public speaking. One day they’ll go for an interview


Staff Governor



Adam Darley:


Co-opted Governors

Peter Scupholme: Mancunian by birth I’ve lived in Wareham for 33 years and our two children attended Purbeck School.  I was CEO of Dorset Wildlife Trust (charity) and previously had a long career with BP starting as a research scientist and subsequently as an environmental manager in the North Sea based in Aberdeen.  We moved to Wareham to join BP’s local Wytch Farm oilfield team, and then had international roles based in the USA and finally at BP’s corporate HQ in London.  Outside school I play golf regularly and love gardening, hill and coastal walking – i’m a trustee of Southwest Coast Path Association.  I was heavily involved in Wareham’s Rex Players but recently gave up my ‘stage career’.  We try to see our children and grandchildren in London and Derbyshire as often as possible

I’ve been a Governor at TPS since 2007 and Chairman since 2009.

Ashley Pellegrini: Born in Hove, East Sussex, resident in Ridge for 28 years, since moving from London to become a secondary school headteacher in Poole. Now retired from headship. Experience of educational consultancy, working with schools on various national government initiatives and mentoring potential school leaders. Mad keen on dogs, owning a Briard, a French cattle herding dog, necessitating many long rural and seaside walks. A member of Arne Parish Council. A strong advocate of comprehensive education.  Passionate that education should provide the route for students of all backgrounds and abilities to aim for and achieve the very best. Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Rosemary Lewis: I am a qualified accountant and currently Chair the Finance Committee for the school. I am also a governor of an independent school in Dorchester and a Trustee for Forest Holme Hospice. Prior to my retirement, I worked for Humphries Kirk solicitors in Wareham where I held the role of Practice Manager. My interests include walking with friends and bird watching.

Tracy Drake: I am a single parent with a family history of attending The Purbeck School. I have one son who has completed all of his educational life at the various schools in Wareham (Lady St Mary, Wareham Middle and now Purbeck). He has recently achieved a good level of success in his A levels in the Upper Sixth and is taking a gap year prior to going to University to study Business Management.

On leaving The Purbeck School at 18, I attended Portsmouth University where I achieved a BA(Hons) in Politics and then joined the Civil Service. I have worked for the Ministry of Defence for 32 years carrying out a variety of jobs including; finance, HR, management training, commercial and property management. I currently work at the Armour Centre in Bovington where I am the Civilian Business Advisor. I have served as a Governor for 10 years now, initially at Lady St Mary as a Governor then as the Chair prior to joining The Purbeck School in 2014.

I have no specific education expertise other than as a parent but am using my work experience as a member of the school Finance Committee and Chair of the Pay & HR Committee. I firmly believe in giving back, getting involved and supporting the local community where I live. I have a special interest in supporting the needs of children of Serving Personnel as I represent the Bovington Garrison as a Governor at the school.

Steve Clarke: We moved to Purbeck in 2011 but our relatives have lived in Swanage for over 40 years and our great nieces and nephews attend the school. Formerly Deputy Director of Education for Surrey County Council, the Chief Executive of a large school improvement and support company, and a DFE consultant on academies. We now run an art gallery in Corfe Castle where I am Chair of the Chamber of Trade.

Sarah Moorehead: Born in the East Midlands and educated at the University of Hull where I read Geography, I then moved around the UK a lot with my role as a Flight Operations Officer in the Royal Air Force. I have served in the RAF for the last 15 years and had some great experiences and opportunities both in the UK and overseas. I am still serving but have been resident in Wareham (whenever possible) for the last 3 years. I am currently involved in the training organisation within the RAF so there are natural synergies with my role as a Governor, particularly on the Student Development Committee. Married, with one young child and another on the way I am also a board member for a Community Interest Company based in Birmingham. In my spare time I simply enjoy getting back to Dorset and getting out and about to explore the area with my family.

Richard Bond: I was born in 1947 and brought up in Purbeck. In 1970 I qualified as a Barrister and practised in London. My work mainly concerned cases involving children whose families were in difficulty and where the local authority had applied to the Court for a care order.

In 1997 I was appointed a Circuit Judge. From 1999 I worked in the Courts at Bournemouth. My workload consisted mainly of care cases. In 2001 I was appointed the Designated Family Judge for Dorset, a position which I held until shortly before my retirement in 2015. From 1999 until 2006 I was also Course Director for Family Law of what was then called the Judicial Studies Board. This involved devising and delivering both introductory and refresher courses for family judges.

Since retirement I have become Chairman of the Etches Collection, a museum of marine life at Kimmeridge. I am a member of the local committee of the Country Land and Business Association. I am a Vice President of the Wareham and Swanage Rugby club. I also owns a farm which I let and am in the process of restoring the woods and hedges. I am interested in 19th Century European history and in historic buildings.

My interest in the Purbeck School was stimulated when about 2 years ago I attended an evening which launched the appeal. I was later invited to consider whether I would become a governor and was given a tour of the school. The commitment of the Head teacher and staff illustrated how important it is that the nation gives a sound education to our young people. It will both give them self- esteem, contribute to a local society and ensure that the country can prosper in the very competitive global world. It will be a privilege to be of help in achieving this.


Associate Governors

John Burgess: I have run my own architectural/surveying business since 1969. My two children attended TPS. Chairman of Stoborough Village Hall and President of the Swans Rugby Club. Governor at TPS since 1988. Health and Safety Governor.


Clerk to the Governors

Karen Hall: Having grown up in Somerset throughout the whole of my child-hood, I moved to Dorset in 1994 to make a new life with my husband Andrew. We have been married for 20 years and have two children, Michael and Christopher. My eldest son is in Year 10 at The Purbeck School and my youngest son is in Year 7.

I have always worked in local government, spending 16 years with Dorset Probation Trust and then in 2011 I undertook a home study course to become a teaching assistant and qualified in 2011. In 2013, I took a change in career path to become a Teaching Assistant at a local Purbeck Primary School. I have been there 3 years now, I love my job and I am very passionate about being able to make a difference to the children’s education.

Being involved with school life is very much a part of me- I started off as a parent volunteer within the Reception class when my eldest son started school in 2006 and I continued to play an active part within school by becoming Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of school PTA over the years.

Outside of work I am a keen Short Mat bowler and have played for Dorset County for the last 21 years. I also enjoy card-making in my spare time.