Port Regis is governed by a Board of Governors, called our 'Council of Management', whose prime responsibility is to ensure that the School provides the best education for the children. The Council has a duty to ensure its charitable objectives are adhered to. It comprises a group of people who voluntarily contribute a varied and differing range of experiences and skills applicable to the functions of the School. The Council seeks to achieve a balanced and diverse membership.
The full Council meets once a term although much of its work is carried out through committees which meet on a regular basis and report to the Council.
The Chair and Vice Chair can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors by email at email@example.com or by post to: The Bursary, Port Regis, Motcombe Park, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9QA.
James joined the Council of Management as Chair of Governors in Summer 2021.
James read Modern History at Oxford before joining De La Rue Plc , a global industrial, as a graduate trainee in 1983; he remained with De La Rue for a further 27 years becoming CEO in 2009, a business with £500m of revenue and in the FTSE250.
In 2011, James joined Oberthur Fiduciaire a family business in the same industry as De La Rue, based in Paris, as Advisor to the Chairman, a post which he held for 9 years until December 2020. James has also been a Non-Executive Director of Camelot, the UK National Lottery; Vice Chairman of a charity, Friends of the Elderly and remains a Trustee for Ruffer LLP (Capital Points)
James is married to Emma, lives in Wiltshire and is an ex-parent.
As Chair, James sits on all committees.
Fiona read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St Anne's College, Oxford. She worked in management consultancy for Bain & Co, as well as for the public relations company Hill and Knowlton. Fiona is also a founder and Principal of Hawkesdown House, a boys' preparatory school in Kensington.
Fiona moved to Somerset in 2001 and all her four children were educated at Port Regis.
As Vice Chair, Fiona sits on all committees and chairs the Governance committee.
After reading Languages for Business at University, Maz (Marianne) attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, completing the Commissioning Course in 2001. She served for 16 years as an Officer with the Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services) conducting a variety of roles including working within the Defence School of Languages, writing policy in Army Headquarters and acting as the Military Liaison Officer with The Prince’s Trust. Maz left in 2016 and moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where she spent five years with her family before returning to the UK and settling in Dorset.
She now works with the Army on a part-time basis as a member of the team designing the new Army Talent Framework. Maz has previously been a School Governor, her interests include sport, nutrition and travel and she has two boys at Port Regis.
Maz is chair of the Communications Committee.
Emily Boswell has worked at Wycombe Abbey School since 2008. She is currently Deputy Head (Academic), responsible for all aspects of the School’s academic life; she was previously Director of Higher Education and Careers. Before that, she was Head of Religious Studies at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She enjoys teaching across the whole age range from 11 – 18 and is keen to encourage pupils to read widely and to find their own passion. Emily was educated at boarding school from the age of 10 and later read Theology at Worcester College, Oxford. She met her husband David at Oxford and they have a 6 year old daughter. Emily’s interests include music and travel. She is a member of our Education Committee.
Emily is a member of the Education Committee.
Elizabeth Dawson (formerly Lee) was an executive director of Close Brothers Group plc from 2012 to 2019 with responsibility for legal and regulatory affairs, having joined Close Brothers as general counsel in September 2009. She was previously with Lehman Brothers as European General Counsel and prior to that she was with General Electric as General Counsel of their global consumer financial services businesses. Before that she was a partner at the law firm Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) in Hong Kong.
Elizabeth read Jurisprudence at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
She is a former Port Regis parent and is based between London and Wiltshire
Elizabeth is a member of the Governance Committee.
Jeremy Hamer was brought up in Surrey and went to Tonbridge School. His professional background blends an early career in financial services and then the food industry, with a more recent array of mergers, acquisitions, fundraising and turnaround experience, with a prime focus on the AIM market. He currently acts as a non-executive director across a portfolio of publicly quoted companies, as well as being an active Board level executive coach.
Jeremy moved to Dorset in time for the youngest two of his four daughters to be educated at Port Regis. He was appointed governor in 2016.
Jeremy is a member of the Finance Committee.
Sarah James completed a BEd(hons) degree at Trinity College, Camarthenshire. She has worked at The Paragon School, Bath for 21 years during which she has been head of department for the past 7 years. She is responsible for the pastoral care and academic progress of over 100 pupils and still teaches a reception class which enables her to have an excellent understanding of the needs of the EYFS.
As part of her current role Sarah is also the Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) for the School and DSL for EYFS children and has been part of the Senior Leadership team since 2010. She has a love of outdoor education and took on the role of ‘Outdoor Learning Coordinator’ raising the profile of a non-existing subject, making it a key part of the curriculum and through which The Paragon has become known for embracing outdoor education. She also relaunched the nursery at a time of falling pupils and made it successful.
Sarah has two very sporty boys who attend Prior Park and is a volunteer for a charity called ‘Forever Hounds Trust’. She is also a keen walker.
Sarah is a member of our Education Committee.
Alex teaches Geography at Eton College where he has been since 2003 and is currently House Master of Jourdelay’s which he took on in 2017. He has degrees from Oxford, Nottingham and Cambridge universities.
In another life, he was an international oarsman and coach, rowing and coaching for Great Britain and latterly coaching for Australia where he lived for three years in Melbourne. He has run the high performance section of Eton’s rowing program for twelve years. He is also a governor at Ludgrove School.
Alex is married to Rachael, an educational fundraiser with whom he has a son, Bligh currently at St Edward’s School in Oxford. They have their family home in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset.
Alex is a member of the Education Committee.
Rupert Jones was educated at Sherborne School and Reading University where he read History. He retired from the Army in 2022 as a Major General after 30 years’ service. He commanded on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the Caribbean. Decorated twice on operations, among other senior roles he served as the Army’s Assistant Chief of the General Staff and as deputy commander of the US-led coalition that defeated ISIS.
He now lives in Somerset and works as a consultant and advisor. His three children all attended Port Regis.
Rupert is a member of the Governance Committee.
Giles is experienced in solving problems and leading change in both large and small firms, with a focus around technology and finance. He has worked with the leading global firms in the financial services industry.
Driven by a desire to identify and utilise the most productive technology for businesses, or, in our case Port Regis, Giles will help us create teams who can work efficiently and autonomously with the right tools to find sustainable solutions for complex school and education issues. Giles will bring a technology and IT understanding to the workings of the school and the Council of Management.
Giles has three children at Port Regis.
With a career focused on organisational, leadership and individual development, Tim brings useful skills and experience to both the Council of Management and the school. He works for Anglo American, a global leader in its field, and is focused on understanding how, driven by innovation and societal shifts, the world of work will evolve over the next twenty plus years and what this means for companies, society, and wider institutions.
Tim also has experience as a company director. He has three children currently at Port Regis.
He is a member of the Governance Committee.
Sophie is a barrister specialising in family law and a member of our Wellbeing Committee.
Gavin White was brought up in Wiltshire and attended Sherborne School and Durham University, where he read Modern Languages. In 1991, he started his career at SG Warburg (later UBS) where he worked for 14 years, initially as an analyst in the European oil sector, before moving on to manage the European technology research team and then on to proprietary trading. From 2005-2013, he was a fund manager at Millennium Partners.
Now living in Somerset, he is married to Maymie and has educated all four of his children at Port Regis.
He was appointed a Governor of Port Regis in 2014 and is Chair of the Finance Committee.