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Governor Profiles


Christine Wilson – Acting Chair

Chris was originally elected as a Community Governor in 2009 and following the reconstitution  was co-opted back onto the Governing body. She has been Chair of Resources since 2013.

Chris is the mother of two former students who are both successful in their chosen professions. She is a retired science teacher with over forty years’ experience in secondary schools.


Richard Mordecai – Staff



Sue Hearle – Headteacher

Sue has been the Headteacher at Henry Beaufort for five years. She has worked in a range of secondary school provisions including a secondment to a school in Somerset as the Head of School.

Sue believes education is about the development of the whole child and is committed to the fundamental role that school’s play in the academic and moral education of young people.


Chris Grove – Local Authority

Chris taught at Henry Beaufort School in the 1970’s. His three children attended the school in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He became a governor of the school in 1988, and since then has undertaken various roles, including serving as Chair of Governors from 2000 to 2011.

He has been a secondary and a primary teacher. He has substantial experience in the education and training of teachers and was for many years Head of the Department of Professional Studies in Education at what is now the University of Winchester. Since 1997, he has worked as an educational consultant and school inspector.


John Atherton – Co-opted (Chair of Resources)

John Atherton attended Henry Beaufort School from 1986 to 1990 before going on to Peter Symonds College and The London School of Economics, where he took a degree in International History.  After qualifying as a chartered accountant with a practice in Southampton John went on to work in finance roles at two regional tourist boards and since December 2014 he has been Director of Finance and Operations at The Elizabeth Foundation in Portsmouth, which is a charity that supports pre-school deaf children and their parents.


Leigh Henderson – Co-opted (Chair of Curriculum)

Leigh was originally elected as a Local Authority Governor in May 2014 and following the reconstitution of the Governing Body was co-opted back onto the governing body.  Subsequently, Leigh was elected as Chair of the Curriculum Committee in October 2015.

Leigh’s two daughters both attended the school before studying at Peter Symonds College. Now retired, Leigh worked in Hampshire Careers Service for over 20 years before moving on to quality assurance, research and policy development in the career guidance and offender rehabilitation fields.


Catriona Burt – Parent

Cat is a Parent Governor, having been a parent at Henry Beaufort since 2008, and a governor since 2014.  She has 23 years teaching experience which was completed in the infant department of Harestock Primary school.  Although Cat is no longer able to work as a teacher due to long term illness, her specialism is physical education and she is the attached governor for the physical education department at Henry Beaufort.  Both of Cat’s children have been to Henry Beaufort, one who left with a good set of GCSE results the other is still attending.


Michael Smith – Parent (Chair of Welfare)

Mike is a Parent Governor and is currently Chair of the Welfare Committee.  He has a son in year 11, preparing for his GCSEs and a daughter in year 8.  Mike is a serving police officer in Hampshire for over 28 years.


Peter Priest – Co-opted

Peter is a co-opted governor and is also a member of the support staff at Henry Beaufort. He retired from IBM in 2015 after 34 successful years in the IT service industry working globally in numerous technical, managerial and executive roles. Outside of work Peter is an RAF Volunteer Reserve officer with command and responsibility for 250 volunteer and regular staff and 1000 Air Cadets in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.  Married to Sharon, a teacher and course manager in the SEN post 16 area, he has two daughters one of whom works at HB and the other is an international financial lawyer. Interests include sailing, gardening, keeping his old Triumph TR6 on the road and a smattering of photography all mixed with a healthy dose of foreign travel.


Amy Mossop - Co-opted

Amy is a co-opted governor and is also a governor at her local infant school, which her children have all attended. Amy is married to Chris and has 3 children. She has a daughter in year 6, who is very excited to be starting at Henry Beaufort in September, and sons are in years 5 and 1, who will hopefully join the school in due course. Amy has worked in the field of corporate taxation for many years and is a qualified accountant and tax adviser. In her free time Amy leads Guide and Rainbow units in Basingstoke and has recently rekindled a love of watersports by completing the Fastnet sailing race in 2015.


Mark Cox - Co-opted

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cox is a co-opted governor, a Commanding Officer and Deputy Garrison Commander of Winchester. He has served in the Army for 34 years, for 17 years as an Infantry soldier and latterly for 17 years as a Commissioned Officer in the Adjutant General’s Corps. He has lived and served all over the world, but has been a Winchester resident for the last 6 years. His interests include: Motorsports (he has competed in several national motor racing series), cars and motorcycles, travel, all forms of physical activity and fitness, skiing and sub aqua diving.


Geoff Sheffield - Co-opted 

Geoff is a co-opted governor and recently returned from a 5-year period in Dubai where he was Commercial Director (Board Member) for a Retail Group, managing the Purchasing, Marketing and PR for the Group who ran Toy and Gift retail stores. A fluent German speaker, Geoff has 22 years’ experience in the International Toy and Gift markets having managed global distributor markets for Russ Berrie. He recently established his own consultancy assisting companies with their International sales strategies. Geoff’s daughter attends Henry Beaufort in Year 8. His interests include Travel, Golf, Movies, Lego and Gaming.


Further information to follow shortly on newly appointed governors:

Nicky Crosland (Parent Governor)

Toria Dennison (Parent Governor)

Phil Goff (Parent Governor)  

Alex White (Coopted Governor)