Governor Profiles

Rev Robert Cotton

Chair of Governors

Robert came to Guildford as Rector of Holy Trinity and St Mary's in 1996 and his two children attended Pewley Down and Holy Trinity. Robert has been Chair of Governors since then, with a particular interest in ensuring that local schools serve their neighbourhood and are well connected with the community. Robert is also a governor at the Royal Grammar School, Lanesborough Prep School, and Guildford High School. He is keen to learn and share best practice, in education and governance, wherever it is to be found. He also has enjoyed being alongside Clare as the school's vision has evolved, as well as spending time with the staff at their annual conference in Bosham.

Clare Brunet

Staff Governor (Headteacher)

Learning Committee Every Child Matters Committee

Deborah Pepper

Vice Chair of Governors

Deborah has been a governor at Pewley Down since 1997 and at Holy Trinity since 2003 and was actively involved in the federation of two schools. Her three sons look back with happy memories to their time at the schools. Deborah has a real interest in education issues and does consultancy work for the Education Department at Guildford Diocese, as well as acting as a trustee at two Guildford charities.

Helen Murray

Foundation Governor 

Helen has been a governor at Holy Trinity since 2005, following a career in Project Management. She takes a particular interest in staffing and admissions matters. Her two daughters look back nostalgically to their happy times at Holy Trinity, especially the assemblies!

Sara Waterfield

Co-opted Governor 

Sara started as a governor at Pewley in 2007 and has been an enthusiastic parent helper since then in both her children's classes. She is a practising local architect and takes an interest in all aspects of the school buildings from site masterplans to roof repairs and the design of the Pewley Ecoplay house.

Mark Sharman

Foundation Governor 

Mark first became a governor in 2005 when his daughter Florence, the youngest of three, attended Holy Trinity. Mark served as fire officer with the London Fire Brigade before practising as a fire, health and safety consultant from his office in Guildford. As a fitness fanatic, Mark enjoys spinning, body combat and off-road biking across the Surrey Hills.

Geraldine Tame

Foundation Governor

Admissions Committee Learning Commmittee

Tim Burgess

Foundation Governor 

Tim was appointed in 2016. He has a long connection with Holy Trinity having attended the school as a pupil, served as Deputy for 14 years and also sent his four children here. Tim has been in education all his career and is currently Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development at Winchester University.

Femke Perry

Foundation Governor 

Femke has three children, who all absolutely loved their time at HTPD, with the youngest still enjoying his last years at the school. Femke is a management consultant and university lecturer, specialising in Design Thinking and Strategy. She started as a governor in 2014 and focuses mainly on learning and school effectiveness.

Steve Britain

Local Authority Governor 

Steve became a governor in April 2014. He has three daughters, one of whom is currently at HTPD and two who each spent seven wonderful years at HPTD before moving on to secondary school. Steve works as an interim manager undertaking executive level roles in financial services having previously worked at HSBC for more than 22 years. Steve became a governor as he wanted to give something back to the school and is keen to help in as many ways as possible. He is the current Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.

Katie Larkin

Co-opted Governor 

Katie became a governor in April 2014. She has three children, two of whom are currently at HTPD, enjoying all it has to offer. Katie works part time as a barrister and government lawyer. She is very much looking forward to being a governor of HTPD and will be taking a particular interest in admissions matters.

Vanessa Taylor

Foundation Governor 

Vanessa's 3 daughters have all attended HTPD since 2007, with another 5 years before the youngest leaves HT. She has been involved with the PTAs, as Treasurer of FOPS and then Assistant Treasurer of HTSC. She worked for many years for large firms of chartered accountants as a tax adviser, and most recently as finance manager at a secondary school. She is particularly interested in the areas covered by the Finance and Staffing Committees.

Anna Earl

Foundation Governor 

Anna has two children, one still at HTPD and attends Holy Trinity Church. She worked for Essex Police as a Detective on Major Crime before moving to Surrey in 2015. She us currently completing a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. Anna’s main governor role is on the ‘Every Child Matters Committee’, focusing on safeguarding and children’s’ well-being. She is a great advocate of outdoor learning and investing resources for every child to find their potential.

Tom Everard

Staff Governor

Tom teaches in Year 6.

Louise Potter

Parent Governor 

Louise was elected as a parent governor in 2016. Her four children have all attended HTPD, and her younger two are still enjoying their time at the school. She is a managing director at an investment bank, and her 20+ years' financial services experience is centered on audit, people development, compliance and corporate governance. Louise has a particular interest in special educational needs, and is a member of the Finance and Premises committee.

Hilary Gray

Parent Governor 

Hilary was elected parent governor in October 2016 and has two children at HTPD. Hilary is a lawyer and until December 2016 was working as Head of Governance for the Government Legal Department in central London before taking a career break to focus on other projects. She is very much looking forward to being part of the Governing Body and with a background in employment law, hopes to be a useful addition to the Staffing Committee, and with her interest in education and learning hopes to add value to the Learning Committee too.