Our Governing Body


It is a privilege to be a Governor at Powell Corderoy School and especially to be involved with the school at this exciting time of change and improvement. 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 as well as the wider community.

Our main role is to have a strong strategic vision for the school and to make sure everyone connected with the school agrees with it and works towards it, thus providing the best possible education for your child.

The whole school community share our vision, which is ‘to be a school of excellence and happiness at the heart of our community’.

Governors monitor and evaluate the schools policies and practices to ensure that this vision becomes a reality. We divide ourselves into sub-committees which meet termly and report to the Full Governing Body which in turn meets termly. In this way we are able to provide support and challenge to the school.

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

Alex Cliff

Chair of Governors

Alex Cliff: Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

My responsibilities as Chair of Governors are wide and varied, time consuming, challenging and totally absorbing – and I take great pleasure in the role!! I am a mother of three boys, all of whom attended Powell Corderoy before moving on to The Ashcombe. All three of my sons have benefited from attending Powell, a small  nurturing school. I very much wanted to be a part of their education, and so, the shaping of their future. As a  Governor, plenty of opportunities for involvement arise!

In my spare time we have a lively Springer Spaniel to walk and my other hobbies seem to be chauffeuring our sons to their various clubs and sporting fixtures.

Happy Days!

Matt Sears: Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee
Co-opted 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.  At present I am vice-chair of the Governing Body, and have chair of  the Resources sub-committee. When I’m not carrying out school health and safety visits and hanging up doughnuts at the Summer Festival, I work as a Chartered Building Surveyor in a local practice. I enjoy running, and watching American football.

Emma Smart: Headteacher
Co-opted Staff Governor

I first had the pleasure of working with the Powell Corderoy in the summer of 2014 when I was asked by Babcock to work with Emma McLaughlin and her team. I am thrilled to be back and seeing the progress the school has made since that time. I am married with 2 children, a son and a daughter, and live in Guildford. I have always worked in education coming from a family of teachers. When I get any spare time in between mum duties, I enjoy reading, going to the cinema, meals out and catching up with friends.

Hannah Pearce: Chair of Performance & Welfare Committee
Co-opted 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.

Christine Evans: Vice-Chair of Resources Committee
Co-opted 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.

Steve Henwood: Vice-Chair of Performance & Welfare Committee
Co-opted LA Governor

I moved Dorking in 2009 to work for St Paul’s Church and have served on the governing body for a large portion of that time. My involvement with Powell is quite diverse – both my girls came here before moving on to secondary school, my wife Jo is currently on the staff as the music co-ordinator and I take assemblies and lessons as part of my work. Previously a primary school teacher, I am now the Children’s and Youth Minister at St Paul’s Church; a role that involves early mornings with toddlers, late nights with teenagers and probably more fun than is strictly necessary.  Not one to turn down Mexican food or a good curry, I can also sometimes be found playing in various ad hoc jazz/blues bands or trail biking in the Surrey hills (not all at the same time).

Alison Boyd:
Co-opted 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:
Co-opted 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.

Kathleen Favell:
Co-opted 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 Co-opted Governor

I am married with three children 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. I now work as a freelance photographer and teach photography classes. My three children attend school in Dorking.

Julia Metcalf:
Co-opted 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 in the coming terms to supporting all the great work that goes on.   In my spare time I am a United Nations on-line volunteer and love to run and travel.