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.

Clare Brunet

Staff Governor (Headteacher)

Learning Committee Every Child Matters Committee

Deborah Pepper

Vice Chair of Governors 

Deborah has served as a governor at Holy Trinity Pewley Down for many years and was actively involved in the federation of the two schools. She works as part of the Education team at Guildford Diocese advising church schools on school organisation issues. She is also actively involved in the life of her local church and serves as a charity trustee.

Toby Strutt

Staff Governor

Toby joined the governing body in 2019 and is a member of the Every Child Matters committee. He is one of the Year 5 teachers having taught in Year 3 for a couple of years. He spends his spare time out on his mountain bike, playing the drums or planning his next trip to the mountains or the beach

Catherine Finniear

Co-opted Governor

Catherine was appointed as a governor in 2019 and is part of the Learning Committee. She has recently moved to Reception after previously being a Year 5 teacher. She is also HTPD's RE leader. Catherine loves being outdoors - anything 'eco' is her thing! She's currently studying for her Master's degree, but has plenty of time to spend at National Trust properties with her husband, Sam.

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 all attended HTPD over a period of 12 years. She has been involved with the PTAs, as Treasurer of FOPS and Assistant Treasurer of HTSC. She worked for many years for large firms of chartered accountants as a tax adviser and later as finance manager at a secondary school in Guildford. She now works as a tax manager for a German multinational company. She is particularly interested in the areas covered by the Finance and Admissions Committees.

Paul Okesola

Foundation Governor 

Paul was appointed a governor in 2019. He has three sons with the eldest two currently thriving at HTPD. Paul works in Investment Management with a long background and expertise in Technology. He is a member of the Finance and Premises Committee and hopes to be able to make a valuable contribution

David Harris

Parent Governor 

David has two children at HT. He has spent over 20 years working in the area of sustainability and climate change with companies and investors and is passionate about this work. He is currently Head of Sustainable Business at London Stock Exchange Group. He also enjoys foraging for wild foods, and brewing his own beer.

Sam Ludlow Taylor

Parent Governor 

Sam started her journey as a school governor in 2020 and currently has two children at Pewley. She is passionate about people and in her day job, is a Senior Manager for Human Rights Programmes within a large retailer. Sam loves to travel and is a keen runner, both of which she is more (or less) successfully trying to pass on to her children.