MR D W N ASTON
Appointed to the Governing Body in 2008 David has been a schoolmaster since 1983 teaching for a few years at a prep school before moving to a public school where he became a housemaster. He became Headmaster of Aldro School, a prep school for boys, in 2001, retiring in 2015. Among wider interests he is a trustee of the Titus Trust and has a strong interest in railways.
MRS C JACK
Vice Chairman; Chairman of the Marketing Committee
Katy studied Jurisprudence at Oxford University and went on to qualify as a solicitor in the Employment Department of the International Law Firm Allen & Overy. She took a career break from law to look after her three young boys and moved to Oxford. Whilst living there Katy was chair of Governors of her sons’ school and continues to be a governor of an independent girls’ school in Somerset. Katy’s family moved to Dorset two years ago in order for her husband to take up his post as Chaplain at Canford School. She now works in development in education and is the administrator of a charitable trust. She also supports the chaplaincy work at Canford and coaches netball whenever possible
MRS D GRADY
Danielle is a dental surgeon in private practice, the community dental service and urgent care. She joined the Governing Body in November 2012. She has two children at the school. Her interest in children is reflected in her professional life where she is focusing continuing training on paediatrics and in her personal life, too, running crèches and holiday bible clubs at her church.
MRS P J KNOTT
Finance & General Purposes; Development; Financial Assistance; Remuneration and Marketing Committees
A Classics graduate Tricia worked in publishing for several years, before retraining as a secondary school English teacher. Her association with Castle Court began when after further training she took up a post in the Special Skills Department. Five years on she moved to Canford, where she was Head of Support for Learning for 11 years, also teaching English and Latin. She now works independently in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties. Tricia joined the Board of Governors in June 2011
MR ROBIN LEWIS
Robin is a former HMC housemaster and IAPS Head. He moved from these roles to inspection and has been a reporting [lead] inspector of schools in the UK and overseas for the last decade. He lives in Bath from where he runs his own consultancy business; this operates across the independent schools’ spectrum. An active member of his local Anglican church’s PCC, he has many interests including a wide variety of sports, a lifelong passion for rowing, visiting UK islands, and his garden and allotment. He is a repeat winner of the potato class at his local flower and produce show!
MR J MACDIARMID
Member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee
Following a career in business, including some years as the Sales Director of a major public company, John, a law graduate from Southampton University in 1982, moved into Christian Ministry in 2009, becoming the Minister of Poole Christian Fellowship. He is married and has three adult sons and one grandchild. He joined the Governing body in 2011.
MR J MORLEY
An economics graduate from Durham University, Jonathan has spent his entire professional life in education. He has taught both in the state and independent sectors. In 1999 he moved to Monkton Combe School to assist his wife in running a girls’ boarding house and since then he has gone on to become Deputy Head (Academic) before being appointed Deputy Head (Pastoral) in 2014. He has been an Independent Schools’ Inspector and is currently a principal examiner for the International Baccalaureate. He joined the Board of Governors in 2015.
DR M PHILLIPS
A general practitioner in Dorchester, Madeline balances working in a thriving doctor’s practice along with running a busy family life with her husband and four children. In 2011 the family moved to Dorset from Birmingham and have become an integral part of the school community with their three younger children currently enjoying all that Castle Court has to offer. Madeline’s role on the board of governors is primarily focussed around safeguarding.
MR T P C STONE
Financial Assistance Sub-Committee
Tim joined the Governing body in March 2006. He is a partner and head of the Company/Commercial Law Team at Steele Raymond LLP. He is also the firm’s Chairman. Tim is married, has two children and lives in Poole.
MR A SIMMONS
Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Alex is a partner at Saffery Champness, a national firm of chartered accountants. He lives in the New Forest and enjoys walking and running. He is married with a daughter and is also a Governor of a prep school in north east London.