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.

Education, Welfare & Personnel

Chaired Jointly: Richard Thorp & Doug Gale
The Education, Welfare & Personnel Committee oversees the quality of education provided both in terms of the makeup of the curriculum, and the standards of teaching. It monitors teaching strategies employed, resources used, learning environment and standards of teaching provided, and extracurricular activities. Additionally it monitors Learning Support, Child Protection, Sex Education, Worship and Equal Opportunities. It further 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.

Health and Safety

Chair: Julie Bromilow

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


Chair: Beverley Smith
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.

Governor biographical details

Jon Field

Joined the Board of Governors: 2005

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 two daughters, (one a current student, and the other a former student, at Leehurst Swan), and their aging Labrador. Doug is a Parent Governor, and is chair of the Risk & Compliance, and co-Chairs the Education, Welfare and Personnel Committee .

Area of special educational interest: Physical Education

Penelope Joyce (Penny)

Penny became a governor at Leehurst Swan in 2018. She was brought up in Dorset, and then trained as a teacher in Cheltenham. She taught for many years both in the state system, and overseas. Her final post was as a headteacher in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. The 350 pupil school with nursery led her to be passionate about the importance of good early years education.  

She was called in to ministry in the Church of England in 2000 and has spent the last 17 years working on new housing estates building ‘community’. She loves to travel, and the highlight was most definitely a six month round the world trip!    She is a very happy single person and will sometimes admit to being a ‘Revd’!

Area of special educational interest: Curriculum, PCSHE and Early Years.  Penny is a Guardian Governor

Ian McDonald QPM

Ian McDonald QPM, graduated from Keele University with a BA (Hons) in Biology and English and later obtained a Master’s degree in Public Sector Management from Aston. A member of the Chartered Management Institute, he served for thirty years in the Police Service before working briefly for DfID in Sierra Leone and then in various capacities with local churches, including three years in Ghana. He is currently the site leader for Grace Church in Amesbury. 

Married with five grown-up children, a flock of grandchildren, two cats and a black labrador, Ian and his wife live in Laverstock and are keen cyclists and walkers.

Area of special educational interest: English and Religious Education. Ian is a Guardian Governor

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 Swan Prep.

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

Stephen Spicer

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, one still attending Leehurst Swan. Having had a child in the Seniors and another currently in 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 Deputy Chairman of the Board and is on the Risk & Compliance Committee, Marketing and is Chair of 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.

As well as being Chariman of the Board, Richard co-chairs the  Education, Welfare and Personnel.

Area of special educational interest: Music.

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 one son, who has been at Leehurst Swan since Pre-Prep and continues his education here. 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, Education, Welfare and Personnel and Marketing.

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


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