Leaden Hall has a very experienced group of governors, chaired by Sara Willan, pictured on the right. The majority have had daughters at the school, which gives them a deep understanding of the aims of Leaden Hall. They bring to the Governing Board a wide range of expertise and their overriding ambition is to maintain the excellence and caring ethos of our happy and purposeful school not just in the immediate future but in the long term too. The Board is divided into three sub-committees; most governors serve on two of these committees so that their skills can be focussed on their areas of specialism.
I moved from London to Wiltshire in 1995, retiring from Marks and Spencer where I had worked for 23 years. This gave me the opportunity to get more involved in the local community, mostly on a voluntary basis.
I was appointed a non-executive director of Salisbury District Hospital in 1997 and served until 2004. I have been elected twice as a District Councillor from 2000 to 2007 and was an elected Governor at Salisbury District Hospital, a role I relinquished in 2012 after 6 years.
My daughter started at Leaden Hall in 1995 and became a boarder from 1999 to 2002. During some of that time I was the secretary of the Friends and after she left, I wanted to retain my contact with the school that had given her such a good start in life. I was delighted to be asked to become a governor in 2006 and became Chair in 2010.
We plan to continue to ensure that our girls have the best teaching and opportunities for learning with continued improvement in equipment and facilities around the school in this lovely environment within the Close.
I have been a governor since 2010; I am the Chair of the Marketing Committee with responsibility for liaison with EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and I also sit on the Education Committee. I have two daughters who attended Leaden Hall, and I am delighted to be part of a great team that will ensure that the Leaden Hall magic is available to future generations. In 2001 I set up my own business, Night Nannies, and I am a specialist in children’s sleep problems, delivering talks and training throughout the south of England.
I am the Chair of the Education Committee and am the governor responsible for Child Protection. I also sit on the Finance, Legal and Property, and Marketing Committees. I currently work at the Citizen's Advice Bureau in Salisbury, having had a background in the City and in Executive Search. I had three daughters at Leaden Hall and as an ex-parent I am delighted and proud to continue to be involved in supporting such an exceptional school.
Philip W. Pollard FRICS FAAV
As the father of four girls who all benefitted immensely from their education at Leaden Hall, I am committed to seeing the great foundation that Leaden Hall gives to the girls that are educated here is continued. I am also, in part, repaying the debt that I owe to Leaden Hall for the great education it gave to my daughters.
I have been Head at Westonbirt School since 1999. I was educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls, then read French at St Andrews University. I taught at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Warminster School and joined Westonbirt in 1996 as Head of Modern Languages; my other interests are singing, golf and travelling.
I am an ex-Leaden Hall parent of Lucy (20) and Katie (18). I work from home as a Solicitor dealing with property law for a small number of developers in partnership with husband Keith, who is a Family Law Solicitor. I was a governor at Salisbury High School prior to its formation as Sarum Academy. I have a very real interest in education, conservation and the countryside and the eco-ethos of Leaden Hall is very close to my heart.
My two daughters Sophie (15) and Eliza (13) had such a happy and productive time at Leaden Hall as both day girls and boarders that I was delighted to be approached to join the governors in 2010. I sit on the Finance, Legal and Property Committee. In my other life I am a partner in a London fund management business.
As the mother of 2 girls who attended Leaden Hall all the way from Nursery to Year 6, I am delighted to have been asked to be a governor. The school is an inspirational place and it is wonderful to be given the opportunity to support those who work to keep it that way. My work background is in marketing, in both corporate business and freelance environments.
I was born and bred in the shadow of Salisbury cathedral and educated at The Swan School and then Bishop Wordsworth’s School where I was also a governor for a number of years. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with a local firm I opted to remain locally and became a partner in 1981. I have been involved in the financial life of Salisbury for 40 years and believe that I have an understanding of many of the issues which affect the health of the local economy. I believe that Salisbury must retain its unique character and ethos in order to thrive and I am delighted to be able to contribute to the lovely world which exists at Leaden Hall.
I retired in 2010 after 17 years as Headmaster of Port Regis. During that time we welcomed into the school at 11+ a number of Leaden Hall girls, who boarded for two years before going on to their senior schools at 13. I was always deeply impressed by the courtesy, work ethic and other fine personal qualities of these girls, who proved such a credit to Leaden Hall. Since retiring I have served as the Education Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and done a variety of consultancy work in independent schools. I am greatly looking forward to being a Governor of Leaden Hall and engaging with the wonderful work that is being done in the school.
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