The Governors are Trustees of The Portsmouth Grammar School Trust. The address of Trust is as follows: The Portsmouth Grammar School Trust, The Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, PORTSMOUTH, PO1 2LN.

The Chairman of Governors, Mr Walter Cha, can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mr S Merriam. The contact details for the Chairman of Governors is as follows: The Governing Body, The Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, PORTSMOUTH, PO1 2LN. The contact email for the Clerk to the Governors is s.merriam@pgs.org.uk and he can be contacted by telephone on 023 9236 4205.

Mr W J B Cha, BA 
Walter is a lawyer by background.  He joined the Governing Body in 2007 chairing the school’s Finance and General Purposes Committee before becoming chair of the Governing Body in September 2017.

Walter was the Managing Partner at Blake Morgan from 1999 to 2016. He retired from Blake Morgan in 2017 and now undertakes a number of non executive roles at businesses in the development and construction sector to professional service firms.

Walter is married to Elizabeth. They have two children Connie and Richard. Richard was a pupil at the school from 1997 to 2010 and was Senior Prefect in his final year.

Mrs M Scott, BSc
Margaret Scott is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body, chairs the Education Committee and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. She is a lay member of the NHS South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and a governor of the University of Portsmouth.

Until 2017 she was a Public Appointments Assessor chairing selection panels for appointments made by government ministers. Prior to this she worked for the Appointments Commission making appointments to NHS and other health and regulatory organisations. She was a board member and then chair of Radian Group Ltd, a social housing and support provider based in Hampshire, between 2005 and 2014.

Between 1996 and 2006 she chaired three NHS trusts – Hampshire Ambulance Service, Portsmouth Healthcare Trust and East Hampshire Primary Care Trust.

Margaret’s early career was spent in IBM with roles in marketing, technical support and personnel development, and she worked with clients in the international banking, oil, local government and manufacturing sectors.

Mr M R Coffin, BA (Econ) FCA 
Mike is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Governing body in 2005. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk committee and a member of the Finance and General Purposes and Nominations Committees. He is married to Rosemary with an adult son and daughter, both of whom joined PGS in reception class continuing through to the VIth Form. Mike was educated at a State Comprehensive school in Wimborne and then Manchester University where he read Economics. He is interested in most sports, represented Manchester University 1st XI at both football and cricket and is a passionate supporter of AFC Bournemouth.

Mr N D Latham, CBE, MSc, CEng, FIMarEST, MIMechE 
Mr N D Latham, CBE, MSc, CEng, FIMarEST, FIMechE Neil Latham is an engineer by background, with leadership experience in further and higher education. The latter part of his naval career was closely involved in education as Commanding Officer of HMS SULTAN in Gosport and as Commandant of the Defence Academy’s College of Management and Technology at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire. He is presently Chief Operating Officer at Bath Spa University. Neil joined the governing body in 2006 and is the Chairman of the school’s Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr P Parkinson, B.A. (Hons), Dip Arch (Dist. Thes)
Phil Parkinson lives in Southsea and is a former PGS parent. Phil became a Governor in November 2010 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Audit & Risk Committee. He studied architecture at Portsmouth University and worked for a variety of practices before establishing PLC Architects in 1990. He has worked on a number of major developments in the local area including Gunwharf Quays, Spitbank Fort and the Cowes Outer Harbour project. His eldest son is a lecturer at Fareham Tertiary College and his wife heads up the Adoption Service for Hampshire County Council. His interests include music and the arts, photography, cooking, country walks and a variety of sports.

His Honour Judge Peter Lodder QC LLB 
Peter is an Old Portmuthian. In 2015 he was appointed by The Queen to be a Senior Circuit Judge and the Resident Judge at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.  Prior to his appointment he was a leading barrister in complex fraud, serious crime and regulatory work.  Called by the Middle Temple in 1981 (Jules Thorn Major Scholar and Blackstone Exhibitioner), he  was a Recorder of the Crown Court  from 2000 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001.  Peter is a former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (2008/9) and  was Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales (2011), he was elected as a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2010. Peter  has often appeared  in the press and on national radio and television to comment upon high profile cases and on changes in the law.  He is a trustee of the charity ‘Spark Inside’ which assists young offenders upon release and a trustee of the Council of The Inns of Court. Peter is an advanced advocacy trainer; regularly he conducts ‘mock trials’ with young people for a variety of social mobility organisations including Leadership Through Sport & Business.

Mrs E A Stanford
Anne Stanford joined the Governing Body in February 2014 and is a former parent. Anne is a member of the Education Committee and the Finance & General Purposes Committee. She studied journalism in South Africa and has worked on national newspapers and magazines in UK, Hong Kong and South Africa. Her in-house communications experience includes eight years working on internal and external communications in Whitehall. She led the Press and Public Relations team at the University of Portsmouth for twelve years, and is a lay member of the University’s Animal Welfare Ethical Review Board. 

Dr M C Grossel, BSc, MA, PhD
Martin Grossel has been a member of the Education Committee since January 2014 as one of Christ Church’s two representatives.  Martin is an Emeritus Fellow in Chemistry at Southampton University and an Emeritus Student of Christ Church, University of Oxford.

 

Mrs K Bishop, BA (Hons) ACA
Kathy Bishop chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of both the Finance & General Purposes Committee and Audit & Risk Committee. Kathy is currently Head of Tax Operations at Maersk, the Danish Container Shipping group and was previously a Tax Vice-President and Co Chair of the IBM UK Pension Trust. Kathy is also PGS Parent.

 

 The Revd Canon Dr Edmund Newey 
Edmund Newey is the Sub Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where he oversees the day-to-day life of the Cathedral within the wider life of Christ Church and the city and the diocese of Oxford. Edmund was educated at Abingdon School and read Modern Languages at Lincoln College, Oxford. He then worked as a schoolteacher in Bolton before training for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. Prior to returning to Oxfordshire, Edmund worked for thirteen years in parish ministry in Manchester, Newmarket and, most recently, Birmingham, where he was Vicar of St Andrew’s, Handsworth and Area Dean of Handsworth. He is married to Emma, a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Birmingham, and is the proud father of two young children. In his spare time he enjoys being in the hills and mountains of Britain and is a member of Mercia Fell Runners.

Mr Howard Tuckett
Howard Tuckett joined the PGS Governing Body in 2015 and is a member of the Education Committee. He is currently Head of Caterham Prep School. Previous posts have included Deputy Head at King’s Hawford School in Worcester and Headmaster at St. Joseph’s College Prep School in Ipswich.  Howard qualified as a teacher at Natal University, Edgewood College in 1983 and received an MA in Education from the Open University in 1998.  He is married and has two children; he is a keen fisherman, gardener, reader and collector of books.

 

Mr Jonathan Nicholls
Jonathan formally joined the Governing Body in the Spring Term 2018 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes committee. He is married to Carol Ann and his children, Hannah and Charlie are pupils at PGS. He is Chairman of Shaftesbury PLC, Senior Independent Director of Ibstock PLC and assumes the role of their Chairman on 24 May 2018. He is the Senior Independent Director of DS Smith PLC and was previously Group Finance Director of Hanson PLC and most recently, Group Finance Director of Old Mutual PLC.

Sally Gingell, MSc, DIPSW
Sally has worked in the public sector for nearly 30 years in frontline, strategic and governance posts. She is a safeguarding specialist and brings her experience of managing, leading and delivering statutory Local Authority services in her role as Lead Safeguarding Governor at PGS. Sally is a PGS parent and former pupil, she is a member of the Education Committee and represents Governors at the Junior School Parents’ Forum.

Dr Sally Ross, MB ChB, MRCGP
Sally served as a Royal Naval Medical Officer for over 20 years after training at Birmingham University Medical School. She was the first female doctor to serve both with the Royal Marines and in a deployed Royal Navy operational warship. She completed Joint advanced command & staff training and led the operational delivery of Royal Navy primary care before retiring to become an NHS GP and senior GP partner.

A GP Trainer, Appraiser and educator at under-graduate and post-graduate level, recent medical director, and current NHSE advisor, she now focuses, through several roles, on developing professional skills and performance in GPs and their practices both locally and nationally. Sally continues her clinical practice as a GP in Portsmouth. Sally is a PGS parent and a member of the school’s Education Committee.

 

Mr. David Jeapes, BSc, NPQH – Co-opted member of the school’s Education Committee
Headteacher at Mayfield School, Portsmouth since April 2011.  Mr. Jeapes was previously Associate Headteacher at Carisbrooke High School, on the IOW and Deputy Headteacher at ‘Fundacion Colegio de Inglaterra – The English School’, Bogota, Colombia.  David studied Mathematics at Kings College London before training as a secondary teacher of Mathematics at the Institute of Education, London. His interests include travelling, cooking and a variety of sports.  


Governors Emeritus

Mr D K Bawtree, CB, DL, BSc(Eng), CEng, FIEE, FIMechE
Mrs J Cockcroft, RGN, FPC, CertEd
Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns, GCB, KCVO, CBE, FRAeS, RAF
Mr I A Carruthers
Mr B N Gauntlett, Dip.Surv, FRICS
Professor C B R Pelling, MA, DPhil
Mr M J Pipes, MA, MBA, FInstP
Mr F S K Privett, LLB
Mrs S Quail, BA
Mrs S Resouly, BSc, MRPharmS
Mr P F J Tobin, MA, FRSA 
Mr B S Larkman, BSc, ACIB, MBE