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Governors

Board of Governors

It is the Governors’ function to have responsibility for the long-term success and viability of the school and to support the Head and senior leadership team. Governors are non-executive and come from a range of backgrounds. The Governors are both trustees of the charity and directors of the limited company.

Their role is to:

  • Set the strategic direction for the school, ensuring its long-term success and viability
  • Provide guidance and support for the Head and the senior leadership team to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for both present and future pupils
  • Ensure effective control and management of the school’s finances
  • Ensure that the school complies with all relevant regulation

Exeter School Governors

Gillian Hodgetts

Position:
Chair
Gillian is a former pupil of St Margaret’s School who studied in the sixth form at Exeter School. A Governor since March 2011, she is Chair of the Foundation Committee, sits on the Finance and General Purposes and Governance Committees…READ MORE

Mr Adrian Burbanks

Position:
Vice-Chair

Adrian is a former pupil who attended Exeter School from age 7 to 18. Outside the classroom he was very involved in the music department, CCF and school journalism and represented the school in rugby and chess. Adrian is a…
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Catherine Gibaud

Position:
Vice-Chair
Catherine Gibaud is a KC, practising at Gray’s Inn and specialising in commercial litigation and advisory work. She became a Governor in March 2017 and sits on the Junior School and Welfare and Safeguarding Committees. Before coming to the Bar…READ MORE

Claire Baillie

Position:
Vice-Chair

Claire Baillie joined the board in March 2023 and sits on the junior school committee. Both her children attended Exeter School. Claire has over 40 years’ experience of education both as a serving practitioner and in a number of leadership…

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Helen Clark

Position:
Governor

Helen has been a Governor since March 2011. She is Chair of the Junior School Committee and sits on the Welfare and Safeguarding Committee. Helen is an outdoor pursuits expert who has represented The Ski Club of Great Britain in…

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Mr Stephen Hodder

Position:
Governor
Brigadier Stephen P Hodder BSc (Hons) joined the Governing Body in June 2015 and sits on the Foundation Committee. He is a former pupil of the school and is the Honorary Colonel of the Exeter School Combined Cadet Force. Following…READ MORE

Mr Dominic Kalantary

Position:
Governor
Dominic became a governor in 2022 and sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Educated at Trent College, he studied Economics and Politics at the University of Exeter, developing his kills in preparation for working in the managerial team…READ MORE

Mr Richard May

Position:
Governor

Richard May became a Governor in 2016. He grew up in Plymouth and has lived and worked in Devon for most of his life. He sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Following 3 years at Swansea University reading…

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Mr David McGahey

Position:
Governor
David was Director of Education for Buckinghamshire until 2000, having previously worked for five other Local Education Authorities. He was himself once a teacher. From 2001 he was Managing Director successively of a number of Education businesses: Amey Education, VT…READ MORE

Mr Michael Johnson

Position:
Governor

Mike is the CEO of Chulmleigh Academy Trust and Headteacher of Chulmleigh College, a position he has held since 2004. He sits on the Academic Committee. After reading history at The University College, Bangor, Mike completed a PGCE at The…

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Mr Ikenna (IK) Iroche

Position:
Governor

IK became a governor in November 2023 and sits on the Foundation and Finance and General Purposes (F&GP) committees.  He was a pupil of the school from 1993 to 1995 and was active in the CCF in addition to representing the school in rugby…

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Exeter Pre-Prep School Governors

Helen Clark

Position:
Governor

Helen has been a governor since March 2011. She is Chair of the Junior School Committee and sits on the Welfare and Safeguarding Committee. Helen is an outdoor pursuits expert who has represented The Ski Club of Great Britain in…

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Claire Baillie

Position:
Vice-Chair

Claire Baillie joined the board in March 2023 and sits on the junior school committee. Both her children attended Exeter School. Claire has over 40 years’ experience of education both as a serving practitioner and in a number of leadership…

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Possible loss of functionality to our portals

Please note that there is a widespread technical issue with CrowdStrike’s centralized software which has led to a global outage affecting various sectors, including planes, railways, and iSAMS servers and communications. This may mean that parents of the school might not be able to use their parent portal currently and some other parts of our site might not work as well as they normally do.

We urge you to take a well-earned break and check back in on Monday when hopefully things will be working again.