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Governor Profiles


Christine Wilson – Acting Chair 

Chris was originally elected as a Community Governor in 2009 and following reconstitution was co-opted back onto the Governing body. She was Chair of Resources from 2013 -16. She was previously a teacher Governor at another Hampshire school for 8 years.

Chris is the mother of two former pupils who attended The Henry Beaufort School from 1988 to 1995. One is now a senior manager at the Bodleian libraries in Oxford and the other an accounts analyst for a multi-national company. She is a retired science teacher with over 40 years experience in secondary schools in Yorkshire and Hampshire.


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

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.


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 in marketing 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.


Mark Cox - Co-opted (Vice chair and Safeguarding)

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.


Michelle Hemming - Co-opted ( Chair of Curriculum)

Michelle joined Henry Beaufort’s Governing Body in April 2017 as a co-opted governor.  She has more than 25 years’ experience of the higher education sector, having worked for The Open University in a number of management roles.  She currently works for the University of Southampton. 

Michelle is the parent of 2 children and has lived in Winchester for 5 years.  She believes deeply in equality of educational opportunity and the power of education to change lives.  Her personal interests are in history, which she studied at university, and languages, which she is currently studying with the Open University. 


Toria Dennison - Parent 

Toria has a son in Year 7 (from September 2016) who travels in from Basingstoke. School life has always played a big part in her family's activities outside of work, having been an active member of the PTA at her son's primary school for the duration of his time there.

She has over 15 years of business experience, predominantly in Supply Chain and Operations.  She spends her spare time with friends and family, entertaining her sons friends and following Stoke City FC around the country!


Further information to follow shortly on newly appointed governors:

Nicky Crosland (Parent Governor)

Phil Goff (Parent Governor)  

Steve Cross (Parent Governor)