Fr John DicksonChair of Governors/Foundation Governor
Brigadier Mike RoycroftVice-Chair/Safeguarding/SEN/Child Protection/Foundation Governor
Dr John LydonVice-Chair/Foundation Governor
Mr James KibbleExecutive Headteacher
Mr Ed SmithCo-opted Governor/Literacy
Mr Ian HargraveCo-opted Governor
Mr Stuart BorehamCo-opted Governor
Mr John LewthwaiteParent Governor
Mr Laurence CahillFoundation Governor
Fr Jon HowFoundation Governor/Numeracy
Bro Joseph AdamsFoundation Governor
Mrs Alessandra PasianFoundation Governor

Governor Biographies

Fr John Dickson
I am a Salesian of Don Bosco, a foundation governor and currently Chair of the Governing Body, serving on the Finance and Development and Staffing Committees. I have degrees in Modern History and Economics and also in Theology from the Universities of Oxford and Durham and my PhD is on the Foundation and Development of the Salesians in England. Professionally I have a Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling and also the NPQH and am a National Leader in Governance. I have taught in various schools and universities and been a Governor in three Salesian Schools and also served at the Secondary Advisor for RE in the diocese and am a Section 48 School Inspector. I have worked as a priest Chaplain at various universities and am currently the Catholic Chaplain at Royal Holloway, University of London, and I also help in various parishes in the Weybridge Deanery. In my spare time, I love doing historical research, cycling, swimming, and motorcycling travelling abroad.

Brig Mike Roycroft
I am a foundation governor and currently serve as one of the two Vice-Chairs of the Board of Governors. I am the lead, on behalf of the Governors, on Safeguarding and Child Protection, and also children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and Cared for Children. As such, I form the link between the staff, such as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, and the Governors.

On a personal note, I had a full career of 35 years in the Army retiring in the rank of Brigadier to become the Chief Executive of a charity providing care and support to needy elderly people. I held that post for nearly 10 years before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of a Catholic Hospice, St Raphael’s in Cheam, which is part of a charity run by the Daughters of the Cross of Liège. I have a degree in Computation and a Masters in Design of Information Systems and was a Chartered Software Engineer. In my spare time, such as it is with 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren, I hold several parish appointments and am a facilitator with Catholic Marriage Care, the national marriage preparation charity.

Dr John Lydon
John was appointed Director of the MA in Catholic School Leadership programme at St Mary’s University, London in 2014 having previously been Director of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies programme. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Theology from Durham University and a PhD from the University of Surrey, UK which focused on contemporary Catholic teachers. John is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He was recently appointed as External Examiner to the University of Glasgow’s MA in Curriculum Leadership in Catholic Religious Education and the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate (2015-2019).
Earlier in his career, John was very actively engaged in the senior leadership of Salesian School Chertsey and on his retirement in 2013 he was awarded the Salesian Medal by the Rector Major. He now serves on the Salesian Schools Animation Team for the UK Province and will represent that group at the Forum Salesiano in Benediktbeuern Germany in August 2016. He has delivered papers at research conferences across four Continents focusing primarily on the formation of Catholic school leaders and the maintenance of distinctive religious charisms, most recently in Atlanta Georgia. His book The Contemporary Catholic Teacher: A Reappraisal of the Concept of Teaching as a Vocation in the Catholic Christian Context (2011) received extremely favourable reviews. John’s article on the transmission of charisms received an award from Routledge Publishing based on the number of times it has been accessed online and cited by other academics. He is also a doctoral level research supervisor in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s, London.
John has been a member of the National Executive of the Catholic Association of Teachers Schools and Colleges (CATSC) of England and Wales since 2000 and represents that organisation on the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. He was re-elected recently to the International Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers for a second four-year term. He is a foundation Governor of St John Bosco College, Wandsworth, London, and Salesian School Chertsey, Surrey. He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre in 2013 for services to education.
John was recently received by His Holiness Pope Francis in Private Audience during a meeting of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers in Rome. Having been invited by the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican he presented his paper Initial and Continuing Formation of Teachers at the World Congress, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Christian Education Gravissimum Educationis and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae. He also delivered a paper in October 2015 at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Leadership Summit in the USA, prior to the Congress. He addressed the National Catholic Education Association in San Diego California in March 2016.

Mr Ed Smith
I am a Local Authority Governor and act as Honorary Treasurer to the governing body. I am chair of Staffing and Personnel and a member of the Achievement & Learning and Finance committees. I joined this governing body in 1991 as a parent governor when my son was a student here and was chair of governors for three years. Previous to that I had been a parent governor at St Thomas More in East Molesley (now St. Albans) and chair of that governing body for two and a half years. I grew up in Canada and attended the University of Toronto before beginning a career as a journalist. I came to Britain in 1967 and worked in Fleet Street for 20 years as a foreign correspondent for an American news agency, United Press International. I then moved on to a second career as a project manager in the City and then worked as a freelance consultant until I retired. I am married to Ro, who works as a Health Visitor in Feltham, and we have one son and two grandchildren, all now in Southampton. Since retiring I volunteer at the National Archives, where we are indexing documents from the late 17th Century. Otherwise, I occupy myself with family and historical research, particularly into naval history. I am a keen sailor and have a boat which I sail and race on the Solent, and in my odd spare moments do a bit of star-gazing with a telescope.

Ian Hargrave
I am a Co-opted Governor, and I sit on the Finance and Staffing committees. I am a Maths graduate from St John’s College, Oxford. After graduating, I joined the management consultancy arm of Arthur Andersen & Co. and, in 1990, I left with two colleagues to set up our own IT consultancy company, CHP Consulting Limited. Over 25 years, we have built up an international software company, with half the company’s revenues now originating from the USA. I was specifically responsible for the Finance and HR functions. I am married to Jane – an alumna of Salesian School – and we have 3 children, all now (nearly) grown up. Jane is also a school governor (St John Bosco College, Battersea), and we both believe firmly in the importance of education. Outside of work, we are avid sports fans, which means we suffer the highs and lows of following the England rugby and cricket teams!

Mr Stuart Boreham
I have been a Salesian School Governor since 2005. I sit on the ‘Ethos’ and ‘Achievement and Learning’ committees and am the Literacy link governor. I qualified as a teacher of Design and Technology and spent 10 very happy years working at Salesian from the late 1980s, rising to the heights of Deputy Head of Dept. I was also a Head of Year for 5 years and worked for the exam groups as a moderator. I helped to run courses for Surrey County Council teaching other teachers graphics skills. In the mid-1990s I left teaching to pursue a career as a photographer and since then work has expanded such that I now run a video and photography production company servicing clients such as Adobe and Samsung and also various charities. We have won multiple awards and do a great deal of work in schools, photographing prospectives and videos. My wife Maggie is a teacher and we have 4 adult children all of whom went to Salesian. I am a passionate trustee of The Grassroots Trust, a Christian charity that amongst other things supports children and families in poverty in Romania, India, Kenya and Tanzania. I am also a governor of Chertsey High School. My non-work related activities include driving a very old Land Rover into mud, playing bass in the ‘Equippers Chertsey’ church band and embarrassing myself on Facebook.

Mr John Lewthwaite
I have been a Salesian School Parent Governor since 2011 and have served on a number of committees during that time, currently as the lead governor for Health and Safety and sitting on the Achievement and Curriculum Committee.  I’m married to Rachel and we have four children, two dogs and 6 goldfish [at the last count].  Three of our children have attended Salesian School and have left to go on to university and our youngest daughter has just started year 7 in 2018.   I have been a parent at Salesian School for 10 years so far with 7 years ahead of me.  I’ve seen the changes and evolution of the school as a parent and been able to contribute in some way as a governor.  In respect of my career, I am a degree qualified, Chartered Civil Engineer and spent most of my working life as a consultant and contractor in the building services and facilities world.  I’ve held senior business posts over the last 15 years and currently Managing Director of a multi-disciplined Division of a contracting PLC.

Mr Laurence Xavier Cahill
I am a Foundation Governor and currently serve on the Finance Committee. Educated in Ireland, after various temporary jobs I undertook studies in Theology, Philosophy and Scripture. Subsequently, I was recruited into the financial services industry by a national company to provide advice on a wide range of investment matters to both private and corporate clients over a number of years. Having served as Training and Regional Manager I left to form my own advisory company which I amalgamated into a larger company in Surrey, initially as Finance Director and eventually retiring as Managing Director and Chairman. In addition to my company duties, I sat on the Management Committee of my professional body (an elected position) for a number of years.  As chairman of this body, amongst other responsibilities, I represented them at international trade conferences speaking on developing regulatory matters in the UK financial services industry and other relevant issues. I am married to Marie, a local Executive Head Teacher of a MAT, and we have two children, both of whom were educated in the State sector.  We have one grandson, Xavier. I am also on the Finance Committee of my local parish where we are undergoing major restructuring. Until recently I have supported my local Care Association offering support services to the sick and elderly in my local community.

Fr John How
Fr Jonathan is Parish Priest of Cobham and a Foundation Governor. He is also a Trustee of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and Chair of its Finance Committee. Prior to his appointment to Cobham in 2016, Fr Jonathan was Bursar and Director of Studies at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh for a total of 18 years, teaching and holding responsibility for administration of the charity and for the design, management and quality assurance of its curriculum. He holds post-graduate qualifications in Philosophy, Liturgy, Adult Education, and Educational and Social Science Research Methods, and first degrees in Mathematics and Theology. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a number of scholarly societies. He is an active member of the Scout Movement, holding senior roles in Surrey Scouts and in the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, with particular experience in its educational method, the Spiritual and Religious Development of young people, Interreligious Dialogue and Mountain Leadership.

He is pleased to be part of the life of Salesian School and to be able to contribute to its mission.

Br Joe Adams
I am a Foundation Governor and also a member of the Health and Safety and Maintenance Committee. I am a Salesian of Don Bosco. I qualified in Residential Social Work from Cardiff College and later studied for a Diploma in Social Work at Bristol University. I spent a year in Malta working with socially deprived children and twenty years working in a Residential School for emotionally disturbed children in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. For eight of those years, I was Head of Care. I spent ten years working in a Parish in Muirhouse, Edinburgh. This was an area of anti-social behaviour with major drug, alcohol and AIDS problems. For the last sixteen years, I have been the Manager/Bursar of St John Bosco House, Farnborough, a retirement home for Salesian Brothers and Priests. For many years I was involved in HCPT (The Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) both as a helper and Group Leader.

Alessandra Pasian
I am a Foundation Governor.  I grew up in Italy and moved to London in 1993; I worked in the City for more than 20 years mainly in the private equity sector in the emerging markets. I have a degree in Economics, a second degree in History and Archeology and a Master in Finance. I am married to John and we have a lovely rescued dog (Berkeley) that keeps us very fit.
I am passionate about a rich cultural education for all young people. I share the school’s ethos and it is a privilege to support the school, staff, and governors in any way I can.

Local Governing Committee Meetings 2018-19

13th September 2018

8th November 2018

17th January 2019

28th March 2019

16th May 2019

8th July 2019


Governance Records

The Business Interests of the Governors, and record of attendance/apologies for the main Governors meeting and the Subcommittees can be found on the following Google Sheet:

Governor Business Interests and Meeting Attendance