About Us


Carrie Reynolds: Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

I moved to Dorking in August 2017 and my two eldest children started at Powell that September in Year 1 and Reception. I have a public sector background in political policy and research but am currently at home with my youngest son. I love swimming and am working on overcoming my fear of fish to swim in open water!

I’m delighted that we have found such a welcoming and beautiful place to live and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to support our school by becoming a parent governor.

Claire Hope: Vice Chair, Parent Governor

I live in Dorking with my husband and our four children.  I am a qualified accountant and am a Finance Manager at a local primary 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.

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 thoroughly enjoy being one of the headteachers at Powell Corderoy. I love the atmosphere at Powell. It’s always busy, friendly and full of fun – ideal attributes for a primary school. We are so lucky to have such a committed, passionate team and the school continues to go from strength to strength. I live in Dorking with my husband, daughter and stepson and love being a part of the local community. When I’m not in Head mode, you’ll usually find me pushing a swing at Meadowbank park or at various soft plays around the Dorking area!

Cheryl Arumugum: Local Authority Governor

I am married with two daughters and we have lived in Dorking for 6 years. Our eldest is now in Year 2 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.

Alison Boyd: Foundation Governor

I live in Dorking, working from home for a small environmental charity.  Both my children attended Powell, during which time I was an active member of the Friends, including a spell as Chair.  I am delighted to be back as a Governor at 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!

Trevor Hood: Co-opted Governor

I’m married and have two grown up children who are both employed. My background is in programme management, I worked for Babcock4S (now Strictly4S) for over 10 years.

I have been a governor at The Greville Primary School in Ashtead for 20 years. The school has grown from 400 to 640 children over the last five years.  My mother was a Montessori teacher so I have always seen education as fundamental. Finding out what each child can do and helping them achieve their potential, what could be more important than that?

Cory Lowde: Co-opted Governor

Cory Lowde is the Headmaster of a local private school and also the step parent of a child in Key Stage 2 at Powell Corderoy School. He sits on the Surrey County Council Safeguarding forum representing the independent sector and is also a member of the Society of Heads Development Panel. Cory has worked in state schools for eight years as well as through schools, international schools and boarding schools. His career in education spans 27 years.  Wider interests include sport, gardening and the French language.

Marie Snelling: Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Dorking for the past 8 years and have 2 children at school and nursery locally. I am passionate about enabling positive outcomes for young people. I’ve worked in and around public services for over 20 years including working with schools and PRUs across London to tackle violence and exploitation. I believe that schools play such an important role to create positive but also protective environments for children and young people. I’ve held Director roles in local authorities and policing for the last 10 years, transforming organisations and improving outcomes for people and place. 

I’m delighted to be part of the passionate and focused governing body at Powell and hope to use my experience of putting children and parents at the very heart of strategy and change to take the school from strength to strength. 

Chris Stone: Foundation Governor

I moved to Dorking in 2014 just before the eldest of my two children was born. I have been a teacher for the last twenty years, working in the UK and abroad in both the state and independent sector. I hope to bring my experience of a variety of educational establishments to what is already a well established and knowledgeable team of Governors.

Helen Swallow: Staff Governor

I joined Powell in 2018 to be part of a job share in Year 1. I love working at Powell, the staff, children and parents are fantastic. I really like how you are encouraged to work towards a balance in your home and work life. I live in Horsham with my husband and two daughters. When not teaching, I am busy finding new walks with my rescue dog Bonnie. Being a governor has helped me to understand the much bigger picture involved in running a successful, busy and happy school. 

Andy Whitehouse: Co-opted Governor

Originally from Solihull, I have lived in Dorking since 2000. I am a qualified actuary having worked at Friends Life in Dorking and London and am a governor at Dorking and Chertsey Nursery Schools and Mole Valley Family Centre. I believe I bring general business skills to the team, having had significant experience in finance and managing budgets as well as general management and project management skills. I feel I can use these skills in a different environment, and also to learn new skills whilst, I hope, contributing to the local communities.