Governors’ biographies 2022/23
This section provides a short biography of each of our current governors and lists previous members who held office in the previous academic year.
Andrew Nicholas Boagey
Andrew is Chair of the governing body and was previously our Vice Chair. He has been a governor since 2008, initially as a parent governor, then a Local Authority governor and now a co-opted member. He also leads our working party on Academisation.
Andrew has lived in Dorking since 2006 and his three children all attended St Martin’s before moving to the Ashcombe School and tertiary education. Andrew is a chartered civil engineer. He keeps bees and enjoys gardening. He is married to Dr Susan Boagey who was a teacher at St Martin’s.
Andrew Chairs the Dorking, Ashtead and Leatherhead Joint Governance Collaboration Group. He is also a Director of the Dorking, Ashtead and Leatherhead Schools Company (DALSCo).
Nick is the Vice-Chair of the governing body and co-opted member. He is a serving officer with the Metropolitan Police and has worked as a detective in both Specialist Crime and Counterterrorism for over 22 years during which he served for several years in north and west Africa. He spent six months as a Fulbright Scholar in the US with the FBI and Chicago Police Department’s Gang Enforcement Unit. Nick has worked in a number of Inner-London boroughs and has a particular interest in safeguarding. He is a student of French and Italian. His gardening is improving. Nick has been a governor since July 2019.
Jane Elizabeth Gorecka and Mandy Parsonson
Jane Gorecka and Mandy Parsonson are our joint Headteachers and ex-officio members of the governing body. They share the participation in the school governance arrangements. Jane was appointed as Headteacher of St Martin's in September 2006, having previously been a headteacher in a Leatherhead School and a Deputy Headteacher in 3 different schools. Jane has acted as an Executive Headteacher and spent the first 10 years of her career teaching in Inner London.
Jane’s passion is to find success in every child and to utilise the confidence that brings, to motivate them to tackle areas where they may struggle. Jane is married to a teacher and has three children who have gained tremendous benefit from their time at local state schools.
Mandy was appointed as Deputy Headteacher of St Martin's in 2013 and became the joint Headteacher in January 2021, having previously worked as the Deputy Headteacher since 2013. Mandy’s passion is for teaching, and she has developed the St Martin’s curriculum over the past 9 years to ensure that it is broad, balanced, relevant, exciting, engaging and accessible for all children.
Prior to joining St Martin’s, Mandy worked as a Literacy Lead Teacher for Surrey and worked with a range of schools supporting the development of writing.
Our three Church of England Foundation Governors include:
the Officiating Minister of St Martin’s church in Dorking;
a governor appointed by the Guildford Diocese Board of Education and
a governor appointed by the local St Martin’s Church Council.
Reverend David Williams
The Reverend David Williams is a retired priest with Permission to Officiate in the Dioceses of Guildford, Southwark and Oxford. He has held senior management positions in the National Church of England Institutions for 17 years and was latterly Clerk to the General Synod and Head of the Central Secretariat of the Archbishops' Council. David was for several years a part-time tutor in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies in the Department of External Studies at St. John's College Nottingham.
David was ordained in 2009 and became the incumbent of four village churches in Oxfordshire for eight years. He was also Area Dean of the Vale of the White Horse for part of this time. He is a Justice of the Peace, a community mediator with Surrey Mediation, and has a national advisory role in relation to clergy discipline. His interests are art, architectural and garden history, historical bibliography, and numismatics - as well as walking, cycling and horse-riding. He has a degree in history from Exeter University, a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies and a master’s degree in library history from London University.
David leads on preparation for the SIAMS Inspection and hosts termly school services in St. Martin's Church.
We are currently seeking to make appointments to the two vacant foundation governor posts. One will be appointed by the Parochial Church Council and the other by the Guildford Diocese Board of Education.
(The position of Minister (Vicar) of St. Martin's Church is currently in vacancy)
We have five Parent Governors, each elected to serve for four years.
Elen is a senior civil servant with a background in developing and delivering strategies and policies on a range of environmental and agricultural issues. Her core skills are considering a broad range of evidence and information to inform decisions and act, using programme and project management tools to deliver change, and in providing strong leadership through periods of change and ambiguity. Elen chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee and sits on the Wellbeing and Community Committee.
Emma has lived in Dorking since 2003 and has two children at the school. She is a local antenatal teacher and has been involved in many community-led projects, including Pippfest, Dorking Children's Allotment and a support group for new parents. As a hospitality interior designer, she brings project planning and management skills, with experience of working collaboratively, interpreting and presenting discussions and concepts. Emma is a mental health first aider and has inclusivity and reflective practice training. She keeps an allotment and is a keen supporter of environmental issues. Emma chairs the Wellbeing and Community Committee and sits on the Resources Committee.
Working on public and private sector transformation programmes over the last 25 years has helped Rick develop strong strategic planning, project management and problem-solving skills as well as a good understanding of finance and staffing. He is passionate about the use of technology in education and enjoys supporting the school's digital learning and online safety initiatives. Rick has been a governor since 2012. He sits on the Resources and the Wellbeing and Community Committees. He is the link governor for ICT/Computing and Maths.
Peter is a software engineer with experience in change and project management. He has lived in Dorking since 2013 and his eldest child started at St Martin's in 2020. His youngest will be starting this year. Peter chairs the Resources Committee and sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Sarah is a qualified accountant who has worked across the public sector in both national and local settings at a strategic level. She has been a chief executive in both criminal justice and NHS community arenas overseeing significant change programmes in both. She has expertise in governance, performance improvement and collaborative working across organisations. Currently CEO of a community health provider in Surrey she is passionate about enabling people to achieve the best health and wellbeing outcomes they can for themselves and their families. In her spare time, Sarah is a keen musician and likes to sing and accompany choirs on the piano as well as helping with Colts cricket in the summer.
Sarah sits on the Wellbeing and Community Committee.
We have one staff governor, elected by the teaching and support staff.
Kerry Peregrine is a Higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) at St Martin's school.
Local Authority governor
We have one Local Authority governor, nominated by Surrey County Council and appointed by the governing body.
Clare Mary Mansfield
Clare has been a governor since 2004, originally as a parent governor with 3 children at St Martin’s school. She is a passionate supporter of high-quality state education and has previously chaired both the Curriculum and Finance Committees for substantial periods of time, led many working parties and been a member of the governing body of St. John’s Community School. As a Chartered Accountant, Clare has a strong background in finance, enjoys strategic problem-solving and analytics. She has a degree in Geography from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in psychology.
Clerk to the governors
Sinead Tobin has been the Clerk to the St Martin's Governing Body since 2018.
Becoming a governor
There are opportunities for parents and carers to become parent governors through the regular election process and for members of the community to be appointed to co-opted or Church of England appointments. If you are interested in becoming a member of the governing body, please contact the Headteachers or the Chair of Governors. Terms of office for governors vary, but are normally four years.
If you wish to contact a member of the governing body about a matter of governance, please call the school office.
Past members of the Governing Body (2021/22)
Reverend Derek Tighe