Hanford has a skilled board of governors who play an important role in the running of the school. All governors are trustees of The Hanford School Charitable Trust Limited. They assist in the school’s governance, planning the school’s strategic objectives, safeguarding its financial health and ensuring we are compliant with all legal requirements.

Hanford School-Governors

The Governors bring invaluable experience and expertise and come from a variety of different backgrounds. Two of our Governors are serving Headteachers, others are professionals or members of the local community as well as parents. They work as volunteers and meet at least once a term. They are passionate advocates of Hanford and their support is invaluable often going beyond the remit of the role, attending events, acting as sounding boards for new ideas or bringing in fresh and innovative suggestions of their own. The governors input has a positive effect on the school environment and the learning experience of pupils.

Mrs Lucinda Sunnucks (Chairman)
Mr Giles Anderson
Mrs Amelia Brooks
Mr Phillip Evitt
Mr Andrew Hussey
Brig. Alex Potts
Mrs Kate Saker
Mr Mike Steinmetz
Mr Christophe Stourton
Mrs Sarah Thomas
Mrs Charlotte Watson
Mrs Catty White
Mrs Clare Witheridge

Contact with the Chair of Governors, Mrs Lucinda Sunnucks, can be made c/o the clerk:

The School address is the registered office, and is the address at which the chair of governors can be contacted.


Finance and General Purposes Committee
Chair: Alex Potts
Andrew Hussey
Mike Steinmetz
Christophe Stourton
Lucinda Sunnucks
Rory Johnston (Headmaster)

Marketing Committee
Chair: Giles Anderson
Amelia Brooks
Catty White
Rory Johnston (Headmaster)

Education Committee
Chair: Phillip Evitt
Kate Saker
Christophe Stourton
Sarah Thomas
Clare Witheridge
Rory Johnston (Headmaster)
Carrie Lewis (Director of Studies)

Nominations Committee
Chair: Charlotte Watson
Catty White

Governor with Responsibility for Child Protection 
Kate Saker / All Governors

Governor with Responsibility for the Staff
All Governors

E-Safety Liaision
Mike Steinmetz

Boarding Liaison
Kate Saker
Catty  White

Health & Safety Liaison
Alex Potts

Governor Biographies

After school at St Paul’s and reading Economics at University in London, Lucinda became a food retail analyst at the City stockbroking firm Galloway and Pearson. This led to managing investor relations at the retail group Storehouse until, in 1996, she moved to Dorset. Since then she has concentrated on bringing up her three daughters all of whom went to Hanford. She is a Governor of Milton Abbey School.

Giles runs a multi-service publishing and marketing consultancy business specialising in the horse racing and bloodstock industries in Europe and North America. Giles has three daughters, one of whom is a current pupil at Hanford.

Amelia, nee Enderby, grew up in Dorset and Northumberland and was educated at Hanford before moving on to Sherborne Girls. She read Russian at Durham then worked at Bloomberg for 15 years. She is now the Headmaster’s Wife and Marketing & Communications Manager at Brambletye, a co-ed Sussex prep school. Amelia has 3 children, all of whom are at Brambletye.  She says that summer terms and early morning rides at Hanford form some of her very favourite childhood memories.

Phillip read History at Cambridge before taking a PGCE at the Cambridge University Education Department. He taught History and English at Monmouth School from 1982 to 1985, where he was also a Residential Boarding Tutor, then moved to Dulwich College. There he taught History, latterly as Head of Department and was a Middle School Day Housemaster until 1999, when he became Head of Highfield.  He is married to Jo and they have four children. He is currently a Governor at King’s College School, Wimbledon.

Andrew worked for thirty five years in various roles in the insurance industry in London. He remains a non-executive director of an insurance analysis business. He is a former chairman of the Turf Club. He has four grown up children and lives in North Dorset with his wife, a Labrador and a Norfolk terrier.

Brigadier Alex Potts is a serving Army officer and is married to Anna, an ex-Hanford Governor. Their three daughters are Hanford girls, past and present. His military service has taken him on numerous operations and to various countries; most recently to Afghanistan in command of his regiment, The King’s Royal Hussars.  He commands fourteen recruit training regiments that are located across the UK with responsibilities for training up to 15000 regular and reserve recruits per annum.

Mike leads global sales at Micro Focus. He has more than 15 years’ experience in sales leadership roles within enterprise software organizations. Prior to joining Micro Focus in 2009, Mike served as the World Wide Vice President of Professional Services, Maintenance Renewals and Technical Support for the NetIQ business unit of Attachmate. Before that time he held various leadership roles at BMC Software. Mike has a degree in English Literature and Computer Science from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Kate (née Macdonald) is a Hanford Old Girl of the 1970’s. The combination of growing up on a farm in Somerset and a prep school education at Hanford instilled a love of life, people and friendships. She went on to Sherborne School for Girls then Bristol Polytechnic to read Spanish & French. After two years in London working in the South American marketing department at United Distillers, 20 years as an Army wife then followed. For the last 12 years she has been Private Secretary on a busy rural Estate in North Dorset managing events and dealing with all variety of people. She has two boys, both educated at Dorset schools.

Christophe has worked in business-to-business communications for over 25 years, founding and leading various companies including conference, film and video production companies operating globally. Now in Dorset, establishing a Business specialising in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, he is a current parent with the youngest of 3 children at Hanford (till 2017). Both his wife and elder daughter are Hanford old girls.

Sarah read classics at Oxford, took her PGCE at King’s, London, and came to Bryanston as Head in 2005 after helping run two of Britain’s most successful co-ed public schools. She was deputy head at Uppingham for six years and before that spent 13 years at Sevenoaks teaching classics, housemistressing and heading the sixth form.

After reading Social Anthropology at Edinburgh, Charlotte became a solicitor specialising in media law and was a Partner at libel firm Carter-Ruck for 12 years. After a period as Marketing Manager at a Private Client firm of solicitors and as a duty lawyer at the Independent, Evening Standard, Daily Mail and Metro newspapers Charlotte now works as a Legal Director at the law firm Schillings, who are experts in reputation management. Charlotte has three children, the youngest of whom went to Hanford.

Catty, a Hanford Old Girl, initially qualified as a Montessori teacher before embarking on a career in fund raising, events and PR. After 10 years working for a Prison Rehabilitation Charity, she is now a Logistics and Creative Director for conferences on behavioural and mental health. Catty has three children and her eldest daughter recently attended Hanford.

Clare was at Hanford in the early 80s where she made some of her closest friends. She went on to Sherborne, and then Durham to read French, Italian & Theology. She has been working in marketing for over 20 years and was Head of Marketing at Lacoste UK for 10 years and on the Board of Directors for 5 years.  She now works with her twin sister, Ann Witheridge, running the Marketing and Business Development at London Fine Art Studios. She lives in West Sussex with her 3 children.