Board of Governors

Mrs S Barnes (Chair)
Mrs O Brown Mr N White
Mrs C Doughty Mr P Degen
Mr G Lee Mrs A Dowling
Mrs S Stride
Mrs Goodman, Clerk to the Governors

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


Mrs Sue Barnes: Mrs Sue Barnes: Mrs Barnes is currently Chair.  She became a Governor at Daiglen Preparatory in 2003.  She has two sons, both of whom attended Daiglen Preparatory.  Mrs Barnes is retired but was previously a Business Manager at a large state primary school in Redbridge and has a degree in School Business Management.  She serves on the Finance Committee and Staff Contracts Sub-Committee as well as the Academic Committee.


Mrs Opal Brown:  Mrs Brown is a former head teacher.  She has worked in local independent schools and is retired but was previously a School Improvement Adviser.  She came to know Daiglen Preparatory when she was one of the Inspection team for our 2006 Inspection.  Mrs Brown served as a Governor from 2008 until 2014 and re-joined the Board of Governors in 2018.  Her special interests are coaching and mentoring senior and middle leaders; curriculum development; and improving the quality of teaching and learning.

Mr Phil Degen: Mr Degen has been a Governor of Daiglen Preparatory since 2003 and is currently Vice Chair.  Mr Degen is a Daiglen Preparatory Old Boy and his twin sons also attended Daiglen Preparatory.  He is a retired Private Banker and holds a number of non-executive and trustee positions. He is Chair of the Finance Committee and Staff Contracts Sub-Committee.  He is also a member of the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.

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

Mrs Andrea Dowling: Mrs Dowling joined the Board in 2016.  She is a Managing Director in the Human Resources Division of a major, global investment bank. She serves on both the Finance Committee and Staff Contracts Sub-Committee. She is also a qualified Executive Coach and a trained Mental Health First Aider for both adults and children. Her three children have all attended the School.

Mr Gerald Lee: Mr Lee joined the Board in 2022. He is the Church Manager of St James’ United Reformed Church in Buckhurst Hill.

Mrs Susan Stride: Mrs Stride joined the Board in 2011.  Mrs Stride is a qualified solicitor and Partner at a local firm of solicitors where she is currently head of Private Client departments.  Mrs Stride’s brother and nephews attended Daiglen Preparatory.  She is the governor responsible for Child Protection.

Mr Nic White:  Mr White’s son was a pupil at Daiglen Preparatory.  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 ICT suite and kitchens.