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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 is a member of the Bohunt Education Trust.

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 
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.

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.


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.

Mrs S J Baker, MA
Susannah Baker is Director of the Waynflete Office at Magdalen College School, Oxford, where she is responsible for fundraising, alumni relations and a range of stakeholder activities. Prior to joining the school, Susie worked in higher education in communications and marketing roles, most recently as Director of Communications at Oxford Brookes University, and before that at Cambridge University. She has worked closely with six Vice-Chancellors and two school heads, and seen a wide variety of leadership and governance approaches. Susie is interested in how educational institutions identify what make them distinctive, and how knowing what you stand for can deliver strategic advantage. She is co-author of the book, The Challenge of Being Distinctive (CASE 2017).  Susie is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr T W Burden, MA
Tom Burden – who joined the governing body in January 2020 and is Deputy Safeguarding Governor – is a former Headmaster of two schools: The Pilgrims’ School in Winchester and Hereward House, a north London day school.  He grew up on the far side of the Isle of Wight.  After Oxford, Tom intended to teach for a year, that became two, that grew to over 25.  He will spend the next year studying and training in Oxford before ordination into the Church of England in mid-2021.  Tom is a keen soccer fan and season ticket holder.

Mr Jacob Poulton, BA (Cantab)
Jacob is an Old Portmuthian and joined the Governing body in January 2021. He left PGS in 2012 and went on to read economics at Clare College, Cambridge. His professional experience lies within education, having helped establish an EdTech company, and worked as a Senior Consultant at a strategy consulting firm focused on education where he led projects for school group and EdTech clients. He is currently developing a new social impact start-up which will provide e-learning courses dedicated to sharing best practices in areas of public policy concern. Jacob also sits on the governing body of Bridgemary School in Gosport.

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