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Powell Corderoy Primary School

Powell Corderoy Primary School

Governor information


Our Governing Body

Alison Boyd
Chair of Governors, 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.

Carrie Reynolds
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.

Steph Williams
Parent Governor

I live in Dorking with my husband and two children. I have worked as a teacher of Psychology and Sociology since 2002 with a period teaching overseas. Both of my children are at Powell Corderoy, and thoroughly love the nurturing learning environment offered. I feel very privileged to be involved with the school as 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!

Joanna 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 several years. Our two daughters attend 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. 

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

I am the Headmaster of a local private school and also the step parent of two children who attended Powell Corderoy School. I sit on the Surrey County Council Safeguarding forum representing the independent sector and am also a member of the Society of Heads Development Panel. I have worked in state schools for eight years as well as through schools, international schools and boarding schools. My career in education spans 27 years.  Wider interests include sport, gardening and the French language.

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.


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