Meet the Governors

Kathrine Everett (Chair)

Kathrine is Education and Inclusion Service Manager for the North East of Surrey, at Surrey County Council, having previously been the Head of Curriculum at our Beaconsfield centre in Kingston and Head of the Admissions Team for the College.

As the Chair, Kathrine is portfolio holder for Ethos Vision and Strategy and she also sits on the LGB’s Pay Committee.  She also sits on the Local Governing Body for The Skills Hub and Young People’s Academy.


Graham Payne (Principal Ex-Officio)

Graham joined the school in September 2019.


Ian Bowers

Ian studied Materials Science at Manchester University before achieving a DPhil at Oxford on alloys of rare metals.  Ian begun his career at British Leyland in Oxford, eventually taking over the recruitment and training of 80 graduates a year entering the company.  He went on to achieve an MBA, specializing in Personnel Management, and the next 18 years involved consultancy projects covering personnel, appraisal and rewards systems, manpower planning in Jordan and Oman, senior recruitment across Europe and Industrial Relations in the public sector, leading to executive appointments as Personnel Director for two Engineering Consultancies in periods of major change.

In 1991 Ian was appointed as Director of Personnel and Public Engagement at South West Surrey Health Authority and was responsible for a number of change projects including supervising the transfer of the services for adults with learning and behavioral challenge to the funding responsibility of Social Services.  He was appointed Chief Executive in 1993.

Since 1981, Ian has also run a business supplying craftsmen with their raw materials, which has grown substantially over the years. He has also spent a period as non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of a Health Authority, Director and vice-Chairman of Eagle radio, also as Director of Natural Fibre Company.

Ian’s portfolio is Human Resources and Organisational Development.

Shirley Bryant (Parent Governor)

Shirley is the grandparent and main carer for a student at the school.

Shirley’s portfolio is Business Development and Marketing.


Stephanie Hill 

Steph is the Director of Business Services at OHCAT.

Her portfolio is health & safety.


Neesha Sohun

Neesha is the Assistant Principal for Young People’s Academy (school for students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties). She is passionate about having high expectations for our young people and along with our dedicated staff team, support them to achieve their goals and is committed to ensuring that our students enjoy learning and reach their full potential.


Geoff Tanner (Staff Governor)

Geoff is employed as a teaching assistant at the school, and has set up the music department, leading on music sessions.

Geoff has been a parent governor in the past, and has experience of governance in a commercial setting.


David Thomas 

David is the Deputy Principal of Orchard Hill College.

His portfolio is safeguarding.




The difference in my boy since he started at Chart Wood a year ago is amazing and really positive. My boy loves all aspects of his school day and now comes home calmer and happier. I wouldn’t want to place him anywhere else now.


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