Governors

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CHAIR: Sally Dyson

I was elected to the TGS Governing Body as a Parent Governor in March 2012 and in March 2016, became an Ordinary Governor.  I trained as a teacher of Human Movement Studies (PE) and History at Bedford College and taught at a school in Streatham, South London for 10 years, including as Head of Department for five years.  My husband and I moved to Kent after our daughter was born and she joined the School in 2011.

I wanted to become a governor because I believe every child should have the opportunity to benefit from a good education.  In order to do that schools need people who are willing to support and challenge them, to provide an environment where children are inspired, are set aspirational targets and are given as many opportunities as possible.

As Chair of Governors I spend a lot of time reading documents and attending meetings to ensure that I am up to date with education trends, policy and governance requirements.  However, when time allows I enjoy sewing and making silver jewellery. I also help out with my local museum shop and try to keep fit.

In addition to my role as Chair of the Governing Body, I serve on the Strategy and Steering, Curriculum and Staffing, and Finance and General Purposes Committees.  I also sit on the Development Steering Group and am the governor with responsibility for SEN and Safeguarding. I was Vice Chair of the Play Your Part Fundraising Campaign.

Terms of Office Ends: March 2020

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LAURA ACOSTA

I was elected to the TGS Governing Body as a Staff Governor in October 2014. I read French and Spanish at University and then joined Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. I worked as Graduate Recruitment Manager for eight years before moving to become Head of Human Resources for the IT sector of the PA Consulting Group.

After a break from work to be a full-time mother I re-trained as a teacher of French and Spanish and joined TGS in September 2012. During the time raising my four children I also worked as a Piano and Singing teacher and was a Parent Governor at my children’s primary school and the secretary to the PTA.

I volunteered to become a Governor because I believe passionately in getting involved and helping to shape the future direction of TGS. I serve on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee. I am a qualified Mindfulness teacher through MiSP for children aged 11-18 and for adults in a school setting. I feel privileged to be working with TGS to continue to introduce Mindfulness to more students and adults.


Mark Davis


I have lived in Hildenborough and Tonbridge all my life, currently in north Tonbridge where my wife and I have brought up two children who are now in their late teens.  After school at Judd, I qualified as a Solicitor, training at Warners in Tonbridge. Following a short spell in London, I returned to Warners and became a partner in 1989 and now head the commercial property team in Warners’ Sevenoaks office.

I am a Councillor on Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, representing the Cage Green ward. When time allows I enjoy long-distance walking, genealogy, watching cricket and I have a keen interest in history.

My family has a long association with TGS; my mother, sister and daughter all having attended and my father having been a Governor for 30 years.  I was appointed as a Community Governor in 2003 and since Academisation I have served as an Ordinary Governor. During this time I have been a member of a number of committees and played an active role in development projects.  I currently sit on the Strategy and Steering Committee and the Curriculum and Staffing committee. I am the Governor with responsibility for monitoring school trips.

Terms of Office Ends: August 2020

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Dr. Annette Doherty, OBE

I have spent my career working as a scientist in the Research and Development of new medicines within the pharmaceutical industry. I am currently the Global Head of Product Development and Clinical Supply at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).    I originally trained at Imperial College of Science and Technology and have worked in research groups in the USA, France and the UK.

I enjoy public service and have served on the boards of private, public, charity and educational institutions.  I was a member of the Pfizer UK Board (2003-2009), the Medical Research Council (2010-2014) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (2011-2015). I am currently a board member of the Medical Research Council Technology Charity (MRCT) and of Queen Mary, University of London Council.

I am very interested in being actively involved in shaping the School’s strategic direction and in continuing to provide the best learning environment for all students now and in the future.  My two daughters are at Tonbridge Grammar School and my son is at Tonbridge School.  I became a Parent Governor in September 2016.

Terms of Office Ends: September 2020


Melanie Gailey

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I am a Staff Governor and have worked at TGS, where I am Director of Admissions, since 2011. My role brings me into contact with students across the School; introducing primary school families to TGS, supporting current students in their decisions about Sixth Form study, and finally helping students launch themselves into their futures in Higher Education. As a result, I am privileged to have a very broad overview of the needs of all our students and was keen to become a Staff Governor in order to usefully bring this experience to strategic decision-making.

My career before children was in international corporate communications where I managed publications, conferences, exhibitions and press and investor relations for a Blue Chip company. I have one child at secondary school in Tunbridge Wells and the other at university.

I serve on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Terms of Office Ends: February 2018


Stephen Holdcroft

I joined the TGS Governing Body in January 2014, served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee and am now a member of the Curriculum & Staffing Committee.  I have over 25 years’ experience of working in Higher Education and I currently work for the University of Kent as Head of Student Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing.

I have always been a strong advocate of the IB qualification with the fantastic opportunities it provides to all students, in particular those going onto University.  As a governor I am well placed to offer appropriate support to the School on issues affecting student progression to Higher Education.

Originally from North Staffordshire, I studied Economics at the University of East Anglia and Education Management at the University of Keele.  I live with my family in Hythe and my two children attend local Kent grammar schools. In my spare time I like to indulge my passion for football by taking my son to watch as many Norwich City games as possible – ever the optimist!

Terms of Office Ends: January 2018

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Geraldine Hughes

I have been a governor and member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee at TGS since 2008 and currently sit as a Co-opted Governor. Both of my daughters studied at TGS and my youngest is now in her final year.

I graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Chemistry and trained as an accountant with Unilever plc. During my 13 years with the company I worked in a variety of financial roles including two years in the Internal Audit Department.

I currently work as the Diocesan Management Accountant for the Diocese of Rochester.  This role has given me experience of the financial reporting requirements specific to the ‘Not for Profit’ sector which has proved particularly useful since the School’s conversion to Academy status.  My previous financial experience also enables me to act as the Responsible Officer for TGS.

Terms of Office Ends: August 2018

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Rosemary Joyce

I have been Head Teacher of Tonbridge Grammar School since April 2005.  

Having studied Religion and Philosophy along with History at the University of Stirling - where I developed a long standing intellectual interest in Eastern Philosophy - I completed a PGCE and a Masters in Education at the University of London, Institute of Education.  I began my teaching career in 1988 teaching Religious Studies, Philosophy and History at comprehensive and selective schools in Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire before becoming Deputy Head at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam in 2000.

I am very proud of Tonbridge Grammar School and all who are part of our community.  It is a real privilege to serve such a wonderful school full of students inquisitive to learn and staff who are so passionate and committed to support our students to success.  I am particularly proud that alongside our academic reputation the School has strong core values and is committed to providing an enriching educational environment that develops character and supports them to make a strong contribution to the community through leadership and service.

I am Chair of Governors of the Two Bridges School, which offers a nurturing alternative learning environment to students who find it challenging to settle and progress in mainstream schools locally.  This role is important to me because I recognise the transformational role of education for all young people and the responsibility of all educational leaders to ensure the best educational provision possible for all students within our community.

Work keeps me pretty busy but aside from that I like to spend time with my children and pursuing my interests in modern art and gardening.

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Michael Joyner

I was elected as an Ordinary Governor in 2008 and am presently Vice-Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and the designated Health & Safety Governor.  I also sit on the Admissions Group.

Married with three children I am now in my tenth year of association with TGS after two daughters have benefitted from being educated at the School. Beyond TGS, my family has other connections with Tonbridge as my wife runs a business in the town.

Following university my career has been based in the City, in the banking industry. Outside work my interests include golf, cricket, cycling and running.

Terms of Office Ends: November 2018

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Andrew Leale

I moved to Tonbridge to teach at Tonbridge School in 1993 and have continued to live and work in the area ever since. I currently teach Economics at Tonbridge School where I am also the Director of Admissions and Marketing and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I have previously been head of an academic department and a pastoral leader, and I continue to coach sport. I strongly believe in the responsibility of a school to not only ensure excellent academic leadership for its students, but also to provide a broad based education and, crucially, a supportive and kind environment in which they can grow.

I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2015 and sit on the Strategy and Steering Committee, as well as the Finance and General Purposes Committee. I also sit on the Admissions Group and previously served on the Curriculum Committee.

I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.  My wife is also a teacher – of History – and I have two daughters studying at TGS.

Terms of Office Ends: December 2019

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Jose Luis Parody

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and have been involved with TGS since 2001, initially in a professional capacity as Project Manager for the development of the site and culminating in the construction of the Hands Building.

I have been an Ordinary Governor at the School since January 2011 and I am actively involved in the Finance and General Purposes Committee. I also chair the Building Development Steering Group, focused on driving the school’s development plans to fruition.

My interests are varied and include playing tennis and choral singing.

Terms of Office Ends: January 2019


Steve Seagrove

I live in Sevenoaks and have a daughter who attended Tonbridge Grammar School and is now at university and a son at Skinners'.  After graduating from Loughborough University I spent 25 years in the banking sector, mainly with Standard Chartered Bank where I held a series of senior positions.  I have lived and worked both in the UK and in Asia.  I was a board director of nine of the Bank's subsidiaries in Asia, Europe and Africa.  

I was elected as a Parent Governor in April 2012. and became an Ordinary Governor in 2016. I am currently Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and a member of the Building Development steering group and the Admissions group.

Terms of Office Ends: October 2019

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Andrea Senior

I have more than 25 years international business experience in senior HR and training roles in a variety of blue chip companies, from technology to fashion. I am passionate about employee engagement and people development. I founded and now run a specialist Change Management and Human Resources Consultancy which helps businesses drive change and get the most for, and from, their people. I am an external coach to a number of senior business leaders and professionals.

I have a degree in teaching and taught Mathematics at secondary school in South Africa.

I have been an Ordinary Governor since March 2012, am the Vice Chair of the Curriculum and Staffing Committee and serve on the Strategy and Steering Committee and am the governor responsible for training. I am married, with a daughter who attends TGS and a son who is at school in Cranbrook. I love travelling, cooking and reading, and am passionate about making a difference to our world. I am actively involved in charity work and lobbying for causes close to my heart. 

Terms of Office Ends: March 2020

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Andre Wessels

I qualified as an Attorney in South Africa more than 20 years ago and have worked in a variety of blue chip and international organisations as an in-house commercial lawyer in a variety of industries; FMCG, Pharma and IT.  My wife and I immigrated to the UK in 1999 and have lived in Tonbridge and the surrounding area for all but one year since our arrival in the UK. All five of our children were born at the old local hospital and our oldest daughters are at TGS and Weald of Kent respectively. Our other three children attend a local Catholic primary school. 

My passion and desire to contribute to my local community and interest in education lead to my applying to become a Community Governor. Choosing TGS in March 2009 as my appointment was easy as the ethos of excellence in education and learning is a principle which provided direction to my own primary, secondary and tertiary education. After academisation I became an Ordinary Governor and am currently the Vice-Chairman of Governors and serve on the Strategy and Steering Committee.

I have a very strong interest in sport and the benefit that it could bring to society and education and swim, play golf, tennis and squash and fly-fish when I am not doing duty as a qualified swimming judge at weekend meets.

Terms of Office Ends: March 2017

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Julia Wheeler

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I am a journalist by profession and have spent much of my career working for the BBC.  I was the BBC Gulf Correspondent based in the United Arab Emirates from 2000-2010 covering news, business and sport for TV, radio and online.  During this time I also wrote a book, ‘Telling Tales,’ about the history of Dubai.  I am now a freelance writer, I chair events at Literature and Science Festivals and consult, using storytelling techniques to help corporate and government leaders become more effective and impactful in their roles.

I grew up in Canterbury where I attended Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar.  I am passionate about the ethos of schools inspiring life-long learning.  I read Economic and Social History at University before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism.

My husband and I have a daughter at TGS and our son is at The Judd School in Tonbridge.  I became a Parent Governor in October 2012 and have recently moved to being a Co-opted Governor.  I chair the Curriculum and Staffing Committee, serve on the Strategy and Steering Committee and was Chair of the ‘Play Your Part’ Fundraising Campaign which raised money for the IBarn and the Music and Art Departments.  I also sit on the Development Steering Group and the Admissions Group.

Terms of Office Ends: August 2018