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Governor Biographies

Mrs jane Valner
chair of governors, Foundation Governor and Trustee

Jane took a degree in Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and trained as a company lawyer in the city, working in the private company department on qualification. Subsequently she stayed at home to raise three sons and support her late husband’s career as a city litigation lawyer. She has lived in West End for more than 25 years and plays an active part in church life, currently as a churchwarden of Holy Trinity Church and leader of the Sunday school.

Mr Martin Barnes
Vice-Chairman, Foundation Governor and Trustee

Martin is an engineer by background with a career across the energy sector including Renewable Energy. Martin was elected a Parent Governor in December 2008 and appointed a Foundation Governor in 2011; he has had two children at Gordon’s and has lived in West End for 14 years.  

Mr Christopher Lomas 
Foundation Governor and Trustee

Elected as a Trustee and Governor in 2014, Chris currently has 2 daughters at Gordon's School. Following graduation from Harper Adams University, Chris has had an extensive career in Golf Course management including Swinley Forest and The Berkshire, Ascot. Currently Secretary of Worplesdon Golf Club and Founding Partner of Legacy Golf Advisors. 

MRS Florence Everett
Foundation Governor 

Appointed in September 2019, Florence is a Foundation-appointed Governor. After serving a military career of 16 years with the Royal Artillery, Florence moved into Business Development and from January 2019 is now Business Development Manager for The Military Mutual.  Florence is a member of the Curriculum & Pastoral Committee and of the Safeguarding Committee.

Mrs Lynn Bannister
Foundation Governor and Trustee

A parent of two former Gordon’s students and Chair of the Gordon’s School Parents’ Association 2011-2014. Lynn worked for British Airways for many years within different business areas of BA’s IT department and was an active ambassador for BA within schools, encouraging girls into a career in IT. She was a London 2012 Games Maker as a chaperone in the Aquatics Anti-Doping team. Lynn now works for Lloyds Banking Group as a Senior Cyber Security Manager with responsibility for protecting internet banking for Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and Halifax. Lynn is Chair of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee, as well as being a member of the Admissions Committee, Appeals Board and the school's Health & Safety governor.

Foundation Governor 

Dr Shenila Rawal is an applied economist with extensive experience in leading large-scale research projects for a range of organisations, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office and the World Bank, working to ensure robust, evidence-based policy and practice in education. Since completing her PhD at UCL she has authored several papers and lectured at Masters’ and PhD level on a range of topics in the field of Economics of Education. She is Managing Partner at the Oxford Partnership for Education Research and Analysis and is a Trustee at the British Asian Trust.  She is a Foundation Governor and a member of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee. 

Mrs SALLY hounsham
Foundation Governor and trustee

Sally was elected trustee in June 2020 and appointed a Foundation Governor in November 2020. Parent of two Gordonians, Sally is a strong advocate for the value of a Gordon’s education beyond the classroom. Sally’s recent work is in strategy and procurement, particularly for corporate travel and expense management. Sally is a member of the Development & Enterprise Committee.

Mrs SANDRA carr
Foundation Governor 

Appointed in November 2020, Sandra is a Foundation appointed Governor and has had two children attend Gordon’s School. Sandra has 17 years experience of working as a School Business Manager in an alternative provision setting. Sandra also sits as a Schools' Admission Appeals Panel member for Surrey County Council. 

MRS jane Abbott
Community Governor

After graduating from London University with a BA (Hons) and MA in History, Jane qualified as a teacher from the IoE.  She has since spent 38 years in the secondary education sector, both teaching and in senior leadership roles.  Her teaching career culminating in serving as Head of Woking High School for 13 successful years and in 2017 she was recognised as a National Leader of Education.  Jane was appointed as a Community Governor of Gordon’s School in September 2019.  She is also currently supporting and advising several Surrey Headteachers through her Educational Consultancy.

Mrs vICTORIA bailey
parent Governor

Victoria has a degree in Broadcast Engineering, has worked in broadcasting technology for 23 years and currently is head of an operational department that delivers live content. A supporter of initiatives such as Apprenticeships, Women in Tech and Return to Work, creating the schemes, driving recruitment and visiting schools to encourage interest in technology. Victoria has two children who are currently at the school.

Dr DANIEL Horton
parent Governor

After qualifying as a Vet from Cambridge, Dr Horton worked in private mixed practice for several years before gaining a PhD and specialising in infectious diseases. He has since worked in Government and Higher Education, and is currently at the University of Surrey in Guildford, sitting on the Executive Board of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, contributing to the strategic and operational management of an expanding and ambitious faculty.  He is a founding member of the new vet school at Surrey and teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level whilst running a research group. He has two sons, one in Year 9 at Gordon's. He is committed to all children being prepared for the challenges that they will face when they leave school.

Mrs SAF Ismail
parent Governor

Saf is a parent of two children at Gordon’s school and is an experienced Trustee and Senior Civil Servant.  She has a broad range of experience in leadership, strategy, risk, change, and project and programme management. She has over 8 years’ experience in school governance, 6 of which was as Chair of Governors.

mr mark eaden
Teacher Governor 

Mark joined Gordon’s School in September 2019 and was elected Teacher Governor in June 2020. Mark is currently Head of the Mathematics Department, having previously been a Lead Practitioner and Acting Head of Maths at Woking High School. He holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, and prior to teaching worked as a site engineer on major projects for the contractor Balfour Beatty. Mark is a keen sportsman and a member of Woking Lawn Tennis Club and Hartley Wintney Golf Club.

miss Ramla Ali
Teacher Governor

Ramla joined Gordon’s School in 2011 and is a Teacher of Biology. Ramla was elected Teacher Governor in January 2021.

Mrs Vicky Genetay
Staff Governor

Elected Staff Governor in 2019.  Has worked at Gordon's since 2014 and is currently Head of Admissions and Marketing; has had two children at Gordon's.