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.

The Governors bring invaluable experience and expertise and come from a variety of different backgrounds. A number 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.

Mr Andrew Hussey (Chairman)

Mrs Amelia Brooks

Mr Phillip Evitt

Mr Mark Mortimer

Mr Martin Scott

Brig. Alex Potts

Mrs Kate Saker

Mr Christophe Stourton

Dr Ruth Sullivan

Mrs Charlotte Watson

Mrs Clare Witheridge

Contact with the Chair of Governors, Mr Andrew Hussey, 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
Kate Saker
Christophe Stourton
Rory Johnston (Headmaster)

Education Committee
Chair: Phillip Evitt
Mark Mortimer
Dr Ruth Sullivan
Clare Witheridge
Rory Johnston (Headmaster)
Carrie Lewis (Director of Studies)

Nominations Committee
Chair: Charlotte Watson
Clare Witheridge

Governor with Responsibility for Child Protection 
Kate Saker / All Governors

Governor with Responsibility for the Staff
All Governors

Governor with Responsibility for Marketing
Amelia Brooks

Boarding Liaison
Kate Saker

Estates/Health & Safety Liaison
Brig. Alex Potts

Governor Biographies


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.


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.


Mark Mortimer has been the Headmaster of Bryanston since September 2019.  He was educated at Mill Hill School, Saint James School, USA and the University of London, where he read history. On leaving university, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then spent eight years as a British Army officer in the Light Infantry regiment.  His first teaching post was at Giggleswick School, where, during six years at the school, he was Head of History & Politics and an assistant housemaster in a boarding house.  He also coached the 1st XV. From Giggleswick he moved to Hampton School as Head of Sixth Form. From 2008 to 2013, Mark was the Deputy Headmaster of St John’s School, Leatherhead and then spent six years as the Headmaster of Warminster School.  Mark is a keen sportsman, particularly rugby, cricket and cycling, and has coached pupils at various levels during his career. Not afraid of taking on an adventure, Mark has twice rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and in 2017 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables footrace across the Sahara.  Mark is married to Anna, who is from Paris and they have three children at prep school.


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.


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 busyrural Estate in North Dorset managing events and dealing with all variety of people.


Martin is an accountant with over 25 years’ experience at board level with both private and public listed FT250 companies, including 18 years at Hall & Woodhouse Ltd the regional family brewer based in Blandford.  He is a Non-Executive Director for several business based in Dorset which interests range from recycling to IT security.  He has four children (three boys and one girl) all educated in Dorset school, the youngest attended Hanford for six years and has recently left Sherborne Girls.  He has lived in North Dorset for over 20 years along with his wife, dogs, horses and chickens.


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.


Ruth was educated at City of London School for Girls and Sherborne Girls. She completed her BSc and PGCE at Edinburgh and has an MSc (Population and Health) and PhD (Epidemiology) from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Ruth has taught at St John’s School, Leatherhead; Glenalmond College, Perthshire; The Queen’s School, Chester and Haileybury College, Hertford.  She has taught Geography and Geology and been a Housemistress, Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Master. Ruth has travelled extensively throughout the world, often on foot or on bike, and competed in numerous marathons, half-ironman and ironman events.


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.


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.