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Governing Body

The day-to-day management of Godolphin is delegated by the Governors to the Head who is supported by the Senior Management Team. To contact our Chairman of Governors, Lt General Sir Nick Pope, please write to:

The Chairman of Governors, c/o Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2RA

Nominated Members

Name Bio
The Bishop of Salisbury, Mrs R Hawley Bishop of Salisbury representative, Rosemary Hawley, born in India, has a degree in English from London University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool. She taught at a teacher training college in Ghana before various community work jobs in Wales, Wolverhampton and London. She lived in Liverpool for nearly thirty years where she was over time chair of three different NHS trusts and also of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, a magistrate, school and university governor, and for one year High Sheriff of Merseyside. She moved to Wiltshire on retirement seven years ago, and is proud to be the Bishop of Salisbury’s nominee on the school’s governors
The Old Godolphin Association (OGA) Mrs A Burchmore OGA representative. A former pupil of the School, Annelie went on to study at Camberwell College of Art and the London Institute where she gained an honours degree in Art History and Art Conservation. After a fifteen year career in Executive Search and Recruitment in London, she returned to Wiltshire where she now runs an arable farm and various associated businesses with her husband. Annelie is an active member of the School alumnae association (OGA) becoming Secretary in 2016 and OGA Governor in 2017. She sits on the Education and Development Committees
Revd J M Guillebaud(Chapter, Salisbury Cathedral) Maggie Guillebaud is the Dean's Representative on the Governing body. After training for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxford she came as a Curate to the Cathedral and has been there ever since. She has been at the Cathedral for over 15 years, holding other Diocesan jobs in Salisbury as well, and has also served in the Diocese of Europe in Italy. She has been a Governor at Sarum Academy for over 10 years. Before ordination Maggie worked in arts and health, as well as sitting as a magistrate for 10 years in Gloucestershire, where she used to live. She was Chair of South West Arts, and was a member of the Arts Council of England, where she chaired Education. She was heavily involved in urban re-generation in Bristol, being a member of the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership which delivered a hundred million pound project on time and on budget in the docks area. She lectures on an occasional basis on early Church History, and holds 3 degrees - in English, Theology, and an Honorary degree from UWE in recognition of her work for Arts and Education in the South West. She lectures on an occasional basis on early Church History.

Co-opted Members

Title Name Bio
Chairman of Governors Lieutenant General Sir Nick Pope Lt General Sir Nick Pope has been the Deputy Chair of the General Staff of the British Army since 2015. After joining the Royal Corps of Signals in 1981, Nick read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge. During his subsequent career, he has served in Germany, Cyprus and Hong Kong and has deployed on operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan.In between times, he has held a number of staff positions in the Ministry of Defence in London. In his current employ, Nick is the de facto Chief Executive for an 80,000 strong business. He is also the Master of Signals, Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Chairman of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a Salisbury-based charity which supports Gurkha veterans in Nepal. His youngest daughter left Godolphin in 2020.
Mr Jeremy Booker Jeremy Booker is a Chartered Accountant and Chairman of Finance Committee. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 24 years, having initially trained in PwC Southampton. He spent most of his career in London with clients in the technology and communications sector. The last three years of his career were in a global role for PwC.Jeremy is trustee for a number of charities, is married with two adult daughters (both of whom were Sarums) and his hobbies include sailing, travel and skiing
Mr Rod Franks Rod Franks enjoyed a lifetime career in the construction industry commencing in 1967 with an involvement in the research and eventual construction of Wylfa Nuclear Power Station before moving overseas where he was involved in the management of major infrastructure projects in Romania, Brasil, Bolivia and Nigeria. In 1981 he moved to Oman where as director of the Taylor Woodrow local subsidiary company he worked closely with the Royal Palace and the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces employing a 3700 TCN labor force, three 1200 dwt landing craft and a Twin Otter aircraft to provide access and logistics support to remote job sites in this mountainous coastal region. After six years he and his wife moved to Malaysia to begin a 12 year term as Far East regional director following which he took early retirement in 1999. Rod then moved to Hong Kong to run a listed construction and property company with operations in Hong Kong, China and Macau. In 2006 he began his final salaried role as Construction Director for the Las Vegas Venetian casino group on the multi billion dollar Marina Bay Casino Development in Singapore. He retired in 2010 but continues to provide part time advisory services to clients engaged on major construction developments.
Mr Guy Green Guy Green (LLB Hons) is a retired Solicitor who was in practice with Payne Hicks Beach, a medium sized law firm in London, for more than 40 years. He specialised in Company and Commercial Law, acting for a wide range of businesses, before becoming the firm’s Managing Partner for nearly 10 years. He lives near Winchester and is married, with three grown up children, one of whom attended Godolphin in the 1990s. He has been a Governor since 2010 and is Chairman of the Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. His interests apart from Godolphin include various sports, golf, walking, gardening, history and a couple of local charities
Dr Elizabeth Shaw Dr Elizabeth Shaw (MB BS, MRCS LRCP, DRCOG) qualified at Guys Hospital, London in 1982.She has been a GP in and around the Salisbury area for most of her professional life, enjoying a portfolio career which has included GP partnership for many years.She is now a freelance GP, represents sessional GP’s on the Local Medical Committee, sits on committees for the local clinical commissioning group and is a GP appraiser and senior appraiser.The Clinical Commissioning group work includes being involved in the Child Health Improvement group for Wiltshire, a GP representative on children’s community services and children’s End of Life care.Dr Shaw is the mother of four offspring, all educated at British public schools.Apart from her interest in education, Dr Shaw enjoys outdoor activities, walking, cycling, skiing and music
Mr Kit Thompson Christopher Thompson (Kit) was born in Taunton and educated at Downside School, Bath, before studying for his degree in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. After graduating, Kit worked in the City for five years, before deciding that what he really wanted to do in life was teach. He completed a PGCE at Roehampton, University of Surrey, and in 1999 fortuitously began his career at Unicorn School, a unique prep school in Kew, Richmond, where he taught for three years. In 2002 he moved to Tockington Manor School, Bristol, as Director of Studies where he stayed for seven years and then to Twyford School, in Winchester as Deputy Head (Academic) for a further four years. Kit is currently Headmaster of Unicorn School, since 2013, and is married with three daughters, all of whom attend or have attended Godolphin School. Interests include golf, tennis, literature, music and walking
Dr Christine Mannion Watson Dr Christine Mannion Watson (BA, MSc, PhD) has worked in education for over forty years, most recently as Head of an all-age girls’ school and as a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. She represented GSA at HMC West, has served on the GSA Education and Inspection Committees, the OCR Examining Board’s Modern Languages A level panel, and regional advisory committee, and was Chair of the Board of Central ISIS (Independent Schools Information Service). Having studied Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, she is author of several French and Spanish text-books. She has gained an MSc in Education Studies, an OU Certificate in Managing for School Effectiveness, and a PhD from the UCL Institute of Education. Her research was focussed on aims and evaluation in independent education. Christine has a strong commitment to Godolphin’s aim of providing a stimulating, all round-education in a supportive environment. She is Chair of the Education Committee
Sir Tim Boughton Tim Boughton spent nearly twenty years in both the Army as an Infantry Officer and Royal Navy as a Commando Pilot. Having left in 2008, he then went into banking in London where he was responsible for the private banking and investments of various individuals and organisations. Tim has a passion for the charitable sector and has sat on numerous national charitable boards as well as those at a more local level. He is a strong advocate for better mental health provision (believing physical and mental fitness are as one) and has given evidence to government and advised the military (in which he serves as a Reserve Officer) on policy regarding mental fitness and resilience. Knighted in 2014 for service within the Caribbean Realms, he was also made a Commander of The Order of St John for services to charity by HM The Queen. He was a music scholar and still tries to resurrect a decent piano tune and has been known to play the trumpet under duress!
Mrs Samantha Nolan Samantha Nolan was educated from 9 to 18 years at an all-girls boarding school in the Lake District before studying for her degree in Philosophy at Reading University.Sam spent 20 years working in marketing and running an integrated marketing agency for Omnicom, one of the world’s largest communication groups. During her tenure she was also one of the founding members of Omniwomen UK, helping to champion female leadership across the Omnicom group and drive gender equality. Moving to Salisbury in 2015, Sam joined the NSPCC working as a Schools Organiser delivering key safeguarding messages to all primary aged children across Wiltshire.Her particular interests at Godolphin include development and fundraising and marketing. (Sam is Chair of the Godolophin Capital Campaign Volunteer Board) Sam is married to Brendan who works for a defence technology company and they have 2 daughters who are both at Godolphin
Mr Patrick Smith Patrick was born in Oxford and attended the Dragon and St Edward’s Schools. After training at Sandhurst, he served in the Royal Green Jackets both in Germany and the UK. On leaving the Army, he went into industry and then management consulting working at De La Rue, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) before leading Vantagepoint, a public sector focussed management consulting business until its acquisition. He subsequently became a partner at Atos Consulting before joining the FTSE 100 group Capita where he led government business development and relations for eight years. Patrick is now an independent advisor working with techUK, the technology trade body, and various venture capital backed businesses. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Henley Business School and a director at Restart, a Kenyan children’s charity, and the Sandhurst Trust. Patrick is married to Dee and lives in Winchester. They have two sons and a daughter, Annie, who was at the school. His main interests span sport, travel as well as UK and international current affairs
Dr Lady Joanna Pope Joanna (Jo) Pope was born in Africa and brought up Yorkshire. A first degree in psychology was followed by a career in Public Relations in London with stints in New York and Whitehall, specialising in the health sector. After a vocational change of direction, she switched to study medicine at Kings College London at the age of 30. After marrying Nick, she completed her medical training whilst in tow as an army wife. She has two children one of whom, Lucy, is a former Godolphin pupil. Jo is an experienced GP, with an interest in psychology and mental health. For the last eight years she has worked in urgent care in Salisbury where she has been the Safeguarding lead.
Mrs Rebecca Tear Bex Tear, born in Devon, read Chemistry at Exeter University, before undertaking a PGCE at The Institute of Education, London, where she also completed an MA in Educational Leadership. Always keen to keep learning, she recently gained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and also her Mindfulness in School Project b. Teaching Certificate. These studies fuel her interest and engagement in staff CPD, mentoring and innovation. Currently Head of Badminton School, Bristol, she previously spent several years at Wycombe Abbey, firstly as resident Head of Sixth Form and more latterly as Senior Deputy Head. Prior to that, she enjoyed many years at St. George’s, Ascot, where she held several academic and pastoral responsibilities. Bex is passionate about helping pupils to develop a broad and balanced set of skills and interests. She is equally supportive and understanding of boarding; not only has she run a Boarding House, she has boarded herself as have her sons, so she appreciates it from several perspectives. Bex holds the position of Governor on the Board of independent schools and is an ISI inspector. She held the position of Chair of BSA 2021, is a member the GSA Educational Committee and acts as a mentor to new GSA Heads. A keen musician, she often joins music scholars at the Christmas Bazaar, offering a jostling ruse from her Bass recorder, but most frequently is seen chasing after her two border terriers.