Our Governing Body


Note from the Chair of Governors

It has been a huge privilege for me to support Powell Corderoy as a Governor since 2011 and as Chair of the Governing Board since May 2017. I am proud to lead a Governing Board which enthusiastically supports and rigorously challenges the school. I am absolutely delighted that Ofsted has recognised Powell as a ‘good’ school.

The Governing Body has been recognised as a strength of the school by Ofsted. We are a very active and committed group of people drawn from parents, staff and the wider community. In their inspection report from December 2016 Ofsted  remarked that ‘school leaders and governors are ambitious and have created a culture in which pupils and staff are expected to do their very best‘.  As Governors we have a strong strategic vision for the school and work hard to make sure everyone connected with the school shares our vision and works towards it. Governors monitor and evaluate the school’s policies and practices to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.

I see the most important role of governors as acting as advocates for every child in the school. Our job is to make sure every child leaves Powell Corderoy as well prepared as possible for the next stage of their life; we should be ambitious for every child and make sure every day counts.

As Governors we are all very ‘Proud to be Powell’!

Hannah Pearce

Chair of Governors

Hannah Pearce: Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

I moved to Dorking in late 2010 and as a new resident I was keen to contribute my time and energy to the local community. I decided becoming a school governor would be a role which I would enjoy and to which I hope I have something to offer. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have become a part of Powell Corderoy’s community. The other reason I decided to become a school governor is that I had a baby boy at the beginning of 2012 and therefore have a very personal interest in learning more about primary education and educational development.  I have worked for almost twenty years in campaigns and policy-making for charities including Age Concern, VSO, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and a child rights organisation, ECPAT and most recently as Head of External Affairs for Age UK.

Emma McLaughlin: Co-headteacher, Staff Governor

I am hugely proud to be one of the headteachers at Powell Corderoy. I live in a Horsham with my husband, daughter and stepson, who all enjoy coming to events at school and feeling part of the extra things we do.  It is a pleasure to work with such a committed governing body, a brilliant staff team, a supportive group of parents and, of course, fantastic children. The school has been on a huge journey since I joined as a deputy head in 2012; it has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve next!

Jo Wilson: Co-Headteacher, Staff Governor

I’m thrilled to be joining everyone at Powell Corderoy and working alongside Emma as Co-Head. I love the atmosphere at Powell. Whenever I’m in, it’s always busy, friendly and full of fun – ideal attributes for a primary school. I live in Dorking with my husband, daughter and stepson and they are all keen to get to know the school better too. Powell Corderoy has achieved so much in recent years and it’s an exciting journey to be a part of.

Cheryl Arumugum: Local Authority Governor

I am married with two daughters and we have lived in Dorking for 5 years. Our eldest just started in Reception at Powell; freeing up enough time for me to try to give something back to the wider community. I am passionate about every child receiving a good education and keen to use my skills in my role as a governor to help every child achieve that at Powell. I worked as a legal translator before becoming a full-time Mum. I love reading, languages, travel and sport, especially dancing.

Harry Bath-Barranco: Foundation Governor

I’m married, have four daughters (and a labrador) and moved to Dorking in 2015. My eldest daughter joined the school in September 2017 and I joined as a foundation governor shortly after, in January 2018. Knowing that all of my daughters are likely to start their education in Powell, I’m ecstatic to be in a position to support the school to be the best it can be, whilst maintaining its already fantastic reputation. Outside of being a governor, I’m a full time bid project manager for a cyber security company, and in my spare time enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and getting out on the river mole in my kayak.

Alison Boyd: Foundation Governor

I am delighted to join the Governor team.  I live in Dorking, working from home for a small environmental charity.  Both my children attended Powell and those of you with longer memories may remember me as an active member of the Friends, including a spell as Chair.  I am looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with Powell as it continues to thrive.

Richard Darke: Staff Governor

I have loved working at the school since September 2014 and now represent the staff on the Governing Body.  I live in Epsom with my wife and son – in between looking after them, marking books and planning lessons I enjoy playing sport, especially football and cricket.

Marika Elzinga: Co-opted Governor

Powell Corderoy School appealed to me as a holistic school when we moved into Dorking in 2013. Born in Finland and having lived in France for 18 years, I bring with me a different kind of school and learning experience. My three boys enjoy the English school system and two of them love being part of Powell’s community feel. I’ve worked as TA and French teacher at Powell for two years and am excited to be back in my new governor role.

Outside school hours and runs, I’m locally involved with the Surrey Hills AONB and local tourism. My interests range from music and piano to reading, films and crafts. I also try and find the time to be outdoors and enjoy the stunning countryside around us.

Christine Evans: Foundation Governor

My specialism as a governor is to promote Powell Corderoy as a school of excellence at the heart of the community. My relationship with the school started in 1999 and I have two boys who benefited immensely from the values and teaching they received at Powell. I live in Dorking and have two very lively Springer Spaniels. Other hobbies include singing in Rock Choir and reading. Living in a boy house, I also get to watch a lot of Rugby and spend many a happy Sunday at Dorking rugby club.

Kathleen Favell: Parent Governor

I live and work in Dorking and have two daughters, both of whom are now at Powell, and became a parent governor in 2015. The role, which includes using my financial background in helping to monitor school finances, is very interesting and rewarding and has given me an appreciation of the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make the school run successfully. My spare time is spent trying to keep fit and I’m a big tennis fan!

Sally Hornung: Co-opted Governor

I am married with three children and I have lived in Dorking for 18 years. I worked as a teacher before starting a family and then went back to supply teaching and then worked as a Home School Liaison Worker. I then had a career change and retrained as a photographer before returning to teaching. My three children attend school in Dorking.

Julia Metcalf: Co-opted Governor

I studied Politics & Economics at York and London Universities and qualified as an accountant whilst working at Unilever.  I am interested in ensuring that children go to school in an environment that is safe and one that encourages confidence and independent thought.  I am delighted to be a governor of such a wonderful school and look forward to supporting all the great work that goes on in the coming terms.   In my spare time, I am a United Nations on-line volunteer and love to run and travel.

Matt Sears: Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Powell since 2011, when my daughter started in Reception. There have been a number of changes to the school since I started, and I’ve very much enjoyed my time challenging and supporting the school leadership team.  I have been vice-chair of the Governing Body and chair of the Resources sub-committee, and I am now Health & Safety Governor. When I’m not double checking that fire drills have been completed in record time and hanging up doughnuts at the Summer Festival, I work as a Chartered Building Surveyor in my own local practice. I enjoy running, and watching American football.

Claire Hope: Parent Governor

I live in Dorking with my husband and our four children.  I am a qualified accountant and am a Bursar at a local infant school.  Our eldest started Reception at Powell Corderoy in 2011 and our youngest will finish Year 6 in 2026 so our association with the school will span 15 years.  As a parent and an active member of the Friends over the years, I have been part of the community of parents, staff and Governors working together to make our school a unique place to be and to enhance its ability to achieve the best outcome for every child.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to further support the school and its staff by becoming a Parent Governor.