Governors

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 also as Safeguarding Governor at Chertsey High School. 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 and 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 James Kibble
James has been Headteacher at Salesian School in Surrey since 2006. During this time he has also headed up a number of schools that have been in difficulty and is currently Executive Headteacher at Chertsey High School, a free school established in 2017. Salesian was designated as a Teaching School in 2014 and as a National Leader of Education, James leads on school-to-school support and professional development from pre-initial teacher training through to executive leader development. James is Deputy CEO of the Xavier Catholic Education Trust and the Teach SouthEast SCITT and a Director of the Surrey Teaching School Network.

Mr Ed Smith
I am a co-opted Governor. 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 Hounslow, and we have one son and two grandchildren, all now in Southampton. Since retiring I volunteer at the National Archives, where we are indexing naval documents from the Napoleonic wars. 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 was appointed as a Co-opted Governor having served previously as a Sponsored Governor for many years. 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 (now ALFA Systems Limited). Over 25 years, we built up an international software company, with over half the company’s revenues coming from outside the UK. 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 and 1 grandchild. 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. Originally, I qualified as a teacher of Design and Technology and spent 10 very happy years working as a teacher 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. In the mid-1990s I left teaching to pursue a career as a photographer and I now run a video and photography production company servicing clients such as Adobe and Samsung and various charities. 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 poverty-stricken children and families in Romania, India, Kenya and Tanzania. I am also a governor of Chertsey High School. My non-work related activities include rights -of way advocacy, playing bass in the local Equippers Church band, and birdwatching.

Mr John Lewthwaite
I have been a Salesian School Parent Governor since 2011 and have served on a number of committees during that time.  I’m married to Rachel who is a teacher in a local junior school and we have four children, two dogs and 5 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 started her Salesian journey in 2018.   I have been a parent at Salesian School for over 14 years with another 6 years ahead of me.  In that time I’ve seen the changes and evolution of the school both as a parent and a Governor.  I’ve been able to pick up on items from a students perspective and been able to use this along with my business experience to contribute to the school in my role 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 including CEO and MD and enjoyed leading and transforming successful businesses – as well as meeting some amazing people along the way!

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 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 local parish council 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 Salesian of Don Bosco and a Foundation Governor. 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 twenty 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 with 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 2019-2020

26th September 2019

28th November 2019

23rd January 2020

26th March 2020

4th June 2020

13th July 2020

 

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