Board of Governors

Mr J Wilson (Chair)
Mrs S Barnes Mr P Degen
Mrs A Dowling Mrs C Doughty
Rev J Mortimer Mrs S Stride
Mrs V Thorn Mr N White
Mrs  Goodman, Clerk to the Governors

(Correspondence to the Chair should be addressed to the School)


Mr John Wilson: Mr Wilson is currently Chairman. He has a background in industrial relations. He is Chair of the Personnel Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee. He was the Chief Executive, the Group of Trade Associations and was awarded an OBE. He is a Daiglen Old Boy and was Chair of the PTA during the time his son attended Daiglen School. Mr Wilson is also a Governor at the state secondary school where his wife teaches and his link subject is Maths.


Mrs Sue Barnes: Mrs Barnes became a Governor at Daiglen in 2003. She has two sons, both of whom attended Daiglen. Mrs Barnes is the Business Manager at a large state primary school in Redbridge and has a degree in School Business Management. She serves on the Finance Committee as well as the Education Committee. She currently holds the position of Vice Chairman and her link subject is PSHCE.

Mr Phil Degen: Mr Degen has been a Governor of Daiglen since 2003. Mr Degen is a Daiglen Old Boy and his twin sons also attended Daiglen. He is a Private Banker and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Mr Degen coaches a local rugby team and is link Governor for sports.

Mrs Christine Doughty: Mrs Doughty taught Maths and Science at Daiglen for many years. She was a much respected Year 6 form teacher and Deputy Head, and also served as Acting Head in 2003 until Mrs Bradfield was appointed. Mrs Doughty is an ISI Inspector. She is Chair of the Education Committee and is link Governor for Science.

Mrs Andrea Dowling:  Mrs Dowling joined the Board in 2016. Mrs Dowling has had 3 children at the school. She is a Managing Director, Human Resources at Morgan Stanley and serves on the Finance and Staff Contracts Committees.

Mrs Valerie Lynch: Mrs Lynch joined the Board in 2013. Mrs Lynch is currently CEO of AND Technology Research and has significant experience of bringing electronic and software based products to the market place. Mrs Lynch also works at the University of Cambridge Centre for Technology Management as an industrial researcher and doctoral researcher and gives lectures and training to undergraduates, graduates and executives. Her link subject is Music.

Rev Jane Mortimer: Rev Mortimer is a local minister, she joined the Board in 2015. She is the link governor for RE and SEND. Rev Mortimer has been a teacher for many years with SEND as her specialism and is now retired.

Mrs Susan Stride: Mrs Stride joined the Board in 2011. Mrs Stride is a qualified solicitor and Partner of a local firm of solicitors where she is currently head of Private Client departments. Mrs Stride’s brother and nephews attended Daiglen. She is governor responsible for Child Protection, serves on the Education Committee and is link governor for History and Latin.

Mr Nic White: Mr White’s son was a pupil at Daiglen. He was invited on to the Board in 2009 and is Chair of the Premises, Health and Safety Committee. During this time, he has overseen building works and improvements to the premises such as the new ICT suite and kitchens. His link subjects are Art and Design Technology.

Finance Consultant to the Board of Governors

Mr Ray Allison: Mr Allison is a retired chartered accountant who has served on the Board of Governors from 1986 and as Chairman from 1996 to 2010. He has worked for the Crusaders, a Christian Youth organisation, since 1974 and does a great deal of voluntary work for the community. He is a Daiglen Old Boy. He is now a Finance Consultant to the Finance Committee.