Leehurst Swan School


Independent Co-Educational Day School

Tel: 01722 333094



Introduction by the Chair of the Governing Body

Mr Richard Thorp *

Welcome to the Leehurst Swan Governor web pages. We are very proud of our school with its well established reputation for high academic and personal achievement and a happy and caring approach based on Christian values.

The Board of Governors at Leehurst Swan provides strategic direction for the school and acts as a critical friend to the Head and staff, working together to ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils.

The school has enjoyed considerable growth and success in recent years and we hope to continue with carefully planned development and improvement while preserving the very special atmosphere and environment provided at Leehurst Swan.

I hope you find the information on these pages helpful and informative.

Mr Richard Thorp *

The Governing Body is responsible for the determining the aims and overall conduct of the school. It sets and reviews the policies, plans and procedures to ensure the best possible education for both present and future pupils, including the finances.

The Governing Body at Leehurst Swan currently comprises twelve members. Details of individual governors can be found below. In addition, the Head, Deputy Head and Bursar attend full governing body meetings.

Each governor is a member of one or more committees and has selected an area of the curriculum, as an area of special interest.

The full Board of Governors meets three times a year, (once a term), and has overall responsibility for ensuring compliance and monitoring progress against agreed targets.

Members of the Board are: Governors of the School; Directors of the Company and Trustees of the Charity.

Committee Structure

 Each committee has its own terms of reference and delegated responsibilities. In addition to the established committees, ad hoc working groups are sometimes formed to deal with specific issues delegated by the Board.


Chair: Richard Thorp 
The Curriculum Committee oversees the quality of education provided both in terms of the make up of the curriculum, and the standards of teaching. It monitors teaching strategies employed, resources used, learning environment and standards of teaching provided, and extra curricular activities. Additionally it monitors Learning Support, Child Protection, Sex Education, Worship and Equal Opportunities.

Health and Safety

Chair: Julie Bromilow

This committee is responsible for the welfare, health and safety of pupils, and includes Governor representation.


Chair: Roger Leake
This committee includes Governor representation and co-ordinates all marketing activities of the school, including advertising, local and school events, market research and membership of ISC and other national organisations.


Chair: Doug Gale
The personnel committee oversees the appointment and performance of staff, the performance management system, and the monitoring and review of Disciplinary, Capability and Grievance Procedures and Equal Opportunity Policy.

Governor biographical details

Jon Field

Joined the Board of Governors: 2005

Jon is Chair of the Scholarship and Bursary Committee

Area of special educational interest: Design Technology.

Doug Gale, MBE

 Doug gained a degree in Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, a Cranfield Masters in Defence Administration (MDA) and a Masters in Defence Studies with Kings College London. He was commissioned into the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1983 as an Aero-systems Engineer Officer, enjoying a service career of over 20 years before retiring as an Air Commodore in 2012. After leaving the RAF, Doug spent a year and a quarter working for Booz & Co consultants in the United Arab Emirates, before joining QinetiQ to take up his current role as the Air & Space Business Engineering Director.

He now lives near Salisbury with his wife Susan and 2 daughters, 16 years and 8 years (both at Leehurst Swan), and their aging Labrador. Doug is a Parent Governor, and is chair of the Personnel Committee, and a member of the Risk & Compliance, Bursary and Steering Committees.

Area of special educational interest: Physical Education

Duygu Riley 

Duygu gained a degree in Interior Architecture in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy (Istanbul-Turkey) in 1991.  Duygu came to England in 1992 and met her husband, a chef.  Together they ran Michael’s very busy, successful restaurant in Hamble for four years. Then leaving the restaurant for her husband to run, started working as an architectural assistant in The Conservation Practice, Midhurst. Duygu later moved to Favonius & Co; an architectural practice based in Salisbury. During this period she gained a Diploma in Architecture from Oxford, Brookes University.  Duygu joined The Property Department at Diocese of Salisbury in 2008 working as an Architectural Officer designing schools and community buildings.  The new Centenary Building at Leehurst  was one of her projects.

Duygu lives in Salisbury with her husband Michael and their son, 14 years who attended Leehurst Prep.

Member of Finance & Estates, Risk & Compliance and Health & Safety at Work Committees

Stephen Spicer

Joined the Board Spring 2016

Although not originally from Salisbury, Stephen has lived in and around the city since 1978. Stephen has been a local businessman for over 25 years and continues to be involved with a number of businesses. Stephen has a real passion for business and he regularly mentors new businesses in South Wiltshire.

Stephen is a very keen cyclist, covering many miles across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.

Stephen is married with three children, two still attending Leehurst Swan. Having a child in the Senior School and the other in the Prep gives him a broad view of life at Leehurst Swan. He was Chairman of FOLS for four years and on the committee for eight years, he remains committed to FOLS by providing assistance when required.

Stephen is on the Risk & Compliance Committee, Curriculum, Marketing and Finance & Estates

Areas of special educational interest: Senior School

Richard Thorp

Richard joined the Board in 2012 having retired from his 22 year stint as Head of St Neots School near Basingstoke. Educated at Durham and Cambridge universities he entered the teaching profession in 1975 teaching Classics and History.  Out of the classroom he played a number of sports but mainly Rugby representing various clubs.

Chairman of the  Curriculum sub committee.
Area of special educational interest: Music.

Nick Turner

After obtaining a law degree from King’s College London, together with an Associateship of Kings College, Nick qualified as a solicitor specialising in tax, trusts and estates.  He became a member of the Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly, and The Law Society Private Client Section and gained various financial services qualifications.  Nick is a Limited Liability Partnership partner with a substantial Southampton firm.

Nick is married with two children at the school.  Having lived in the Salisbury area since 2005, he became a governor in 2014.  Nick sits on the Finance & Estates and Risk & Compliance Committees of the Governing Body.


Victoria Zissis

Victoria graduated from Plymouth University in 1999 with a degree in Sociology and Politics. She has worked for House of Fraser, Nationwide Building Society and British Airways, plus other smaller companies, always in prominent customer facing roles.

Victoria is married and has 1 son, who has been at Leehurst Swan for two years and is currently in Year 1. They live in the Wiltshire village of Teffont Magna and enjoy being part of a village community.

Victoria loves spending time in school and has a passion for child happiness and wellbeing, she currently holds the position of Safeguarding Governor at Leehurst Swan. Her other areas of special interest at school are Learning Support and PSHCE. Victoria sits on three committees within the Governing body, Curriculum, Personnel and Marketing.

Area of special educational interest: Learning Support, Pre-Prep, PSHCE and Child Protection.


* The Chair can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors; bursar@leehurstswan.org.uk


Prep School

Ages 5 - 11 years

The Nest & Pre-Prep

Ages 6 weeks - 5 years