Mr Matt Thomas MEd BA Ed (Hons) FRGS


Mr Andrew C Owens MSc ACMA

Headmaster's Secretary and Registrar

Mrs Sarah O'Brien

Teaching Staff

Mr Michael Baldwin B Sc, (University of Durham), PGCE, Head of Geography and History, Games' Coach
Mrs Jill Bentley Diploma Special Needs (Hornsby) - Learning Support (part time)
Mrs Karen Bentley BA (Hons) Education (Kingston) - Year 1 Teacher
Mrs Lisa Green BA (Hons) (Liverpool), PGCE - Head of French, Year 8 Form Teacher
Mrs Carly Harrison BA (Hons) (Winchester School of Art), PGCE - Head of Art
Miss Sarah Hobrow B Sc (University of Sussex), QTS, PGCE, Head of Pre-Prep, Year 3 Form Teacher
Mr Jamie Howell FA A Coaching Award (UEFA A Diploma) - Games Coach
Ms Laura Hutchings BA (Hons) (Leeds), PGCE - Deputy Head, Director of Studies and Head of English, Year 7 Form Teacher
Mr Paul P Keane BSc (Hons) (Dublin), Dip. App. Sc - Head of Science
Mr Jason Marconi BA (Hons) (Oxford Brookes), PGCE - Director of Music, Head of Boarding
Mrs Janet Maultby Reception Class Teacher
Mrs Audrey Moncrieffe BA (Hons) (Kingston), PGCE, Cert SpLD, Head of Learning Support
Mr Lee C Nield B Soc Sc (Economics) (Birmingham), PGCE - Head of Maths, Year 5 Form Teacher
Miss Steph Oland BA (Hons) (Chichester) - Girls' Games Coach
Miss Joanna Owen BSc, (Hons) Canterbury Christ Church University College - Girls' Games Coach
Miss Sasha Place MA BSc (University of Durham) PGCE - Year 2 Class Teacher
Mrs Joan Telfer MA (Oxon) - Head of Classics
Mr Matt Thomas MEd BA Ed (Hons) FRGS - Head of RS
Mrs Jo Truscott OCR Level 5 Specialist Teacher, SpLD, (Helen Arkell) - Pre-Prep SENCO
Mr Greg Weaver BA (Hons) (Southampton), PGCE, Director of Sport, Year 6 Form Teacher
Mrs Janet White BA Hons. (Bangor), PGCE - Year 4 Class Teacher
Mrs Susan Wightman MSc (Bristol) PGCE

Support Staff

Mrs Alison Howard-Dace - Catering Manager
Mrs Mary Lamb - Matron
Mr Alan Lamb - Estates Department
Mrs Jenny Lloyd BBS, Massey University, (New Zealand), Bursar's Assistant
Mrs Lucy Oakden Administrative Assistant
Ms Milena Thorburn Night Matron
Mr Kirby White - Estates Manager

Teaching Assistants

Miss Pippa Higham Teaching Assistant, BA (Hons) University of Derby, Diploma in Professional Cookery
Mrs Rosemary Manger Montessori Diploma - Teaching Assistant
Miss Steph Oland BA (Hons) (Chichester) - Teaching Assistant
Ms Milena Thorburn Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sarah Twinley Level 3 NVQs - Children's Care, Learning and Development and T.A. for children with Dyslexia

Willy Hockin OBE FIoD FRAes

Willy was educated at Sherborne School, The Royal Naval College Dartmouth and the Joint Service Defence College, Greenwich.

He commanded three Destroyers; established the management structure for a Defence Agency and assisted in the creation of the infrastructure for the Defence Logistical Organisation Headquarters.

He is now the Director of Defence at ADS, the trade organisation that advances the AeroSpace, Defence, Security and Space Industries.  He is a Director of the United Kingdom Council for e-Business, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Willy is married to Di and they have three sons, all of whom were educated at Dorset House.

He is interested in outdoor sporting activities and enjoys his family and exploring the possibilities in life.

Willy has a bod managerial experience in both the public and private sectors and this helps the management team to run the business aspects of the Trust and School.



Richard Agutter FCA, JP

Richard was educated at Marlborough College, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1964 and joined Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and made a partner in 1976, specialised in Corporate Recovery but in 1986 was asked to set up the Corporate Finance Division and was appointed Chairman of KPMG Corporate Finance in 1990. He retired in 1998.

He is now a a non-executive director of a Public Company, a Governor of Birkbeck College ( Chairman of the Finance Committee). He is also a JP. He was an Alderman of the City of London from 1995-2004 and a Sheriff in 2000-1.

Richard is married with grown up sons and lives in Bury. He believes his financial background can be of assistance as a governor and as a member of the Estates and Finance Committee at Dorset House.


John Barclay DL

John was educated at Eton, played first-class cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club (1970-1986,Captain 1980-1986), He is a Director of The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, Past President of MCC, President of The English Schools Cricket Association, President of The Cricket Society and Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex.

His life has so far been dedicated to sport and young people. His son was a pupil at Dorset House and he trusts that his enthusiasm will always have a very beneficial effect upon Dorset House.



Hilary Dugdale MA, PGCE

Hilary was educated at Gresham’s, graduated from Cambridge University (English), PGCE (secondary) in English and Drama at Durham, taught in Sri Lanka, appointed Senior Mistress at Lancing College (1999), co-ordinated the move to full co-education in 2000 and since 2014, has been Senior Deputy Head.  Hilary is also Designated Safeguarding Lead.

She is married (to Head of RS Lancing College) with three daughters.

Her interests include: music (Flautist and singer), theatre (watching and directing); walking and reading.

Hilary has been involved in the sweep towards full co-education, has an educational background; knowledge of senior schools and their academic expectation and a commitment to small schools that know and nurture their pupils.


Brigadier AF Gordon CBE, MA

Alan was educated at Tonbridge School, the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1959. After his army career, he was elected a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and Bursar and later elected Emeritus Fellow. Upon retirement, he became a Chairman of the RA Widows Insurance Society; a Trustee of the RA Charitable Fund; a Director of the Sarasin Alpha CIFs; Chairman of the Finance Committee of the ACFA; a member of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

He is married with three children and lives in Chichester.

He enjoys golf, tennis and off-shore sailing. He is Admiral of the RA Yacht Club.

Alan has an interest in young people and their development and has experience as a Bursar.


Michael Higham

Michael was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s boys’ school in Elstree and at Exeter University ( St Lukes College )He started his teaching career at Felsted Prep School before spending two years in Australia teaching Science to boys aged 11-18. He returned as deputy head of Felsted Prep and has recently retired after 20 years as Head of Moulsford Prep School.

He is an ISI inspector, a mentor for Prep School Heads through the IAPS and an educational consultant.

He is married to Joanna with three daughters all of whom are involved in the teaching profession.

Michael is a keen games player having played a high level of rugby, cricket and squash. His activities are now confined to the Golf course and looking after his garden in Thakeham.



Tim Manly

Tim Manly became Headmaster of Hurstpierpoint College in January 2005. Tim, who is married with four children, was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford and read Classics at Oxford University’s Oriel College, graduating in 1987. After gaining an MSc at the London School of Economics, he worked for a number of years in London as a Consultant.

He took his PGCE at Cambridge University’s Hughes Hall prior to taking up his first teaching post in 1995 at Sevenoaks School, where, for his last four years, he was both Head of the Classics Department and Housemaster of School House. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Head of Oakham School which, like Sevenoaks and Hurstpierpoint College, is a fully co-educational boarding and day School.





Amanda Meyrick

Amanda was educated at Tudor Hall School and Edinburgh University.  She started her Public Relations career at the Royal Albert Hall and then moved into the agency world with Ogilvy PR.  She is now CEO of Clarion Communications, a WPP owned consumer PR consultancy.  She works with well-known brands owned by companies such as Unilever, Diageo and GSK and is experienced at targeting families.

Amanda is married and has two sons who were both at Dorset House and are currently at Marlborough College.


Nigel Parsons

Nigel was educated at Charterhouse and then Harper Adams University.

Having studied agriculture and business studies Nigel worked within the agricultural sector before forming Landmark Systems Ltd., a Pulborough based IT Company specialising in the rural sector in 1987. The company has grown from a start-up to a sector leading company operating throughout the UK with 35 employees, working closely with Farms, Estates and Property Management companies.

Nigel is also involved in a small family farming enterprise and property management business.

Nigel is married to Amanda and they have two children. He knows Dorset House well as his son is former pupil.


Marian Scott

Marian Scott was educated at Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth and read Natural Sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge. She taught chemistry and some physics before being appointed Headmistress of Lavant House School in 2001.  As a governor at Dorset House, Marian takes a special interest in the pre-prep. 

Marian is interested in sailing and scuba diving and is married with two adult children and three young grandchildren.




Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, from where he went on to gain a 11.1 in Chinese Studies from Durham University, which included a year spent studying in China. Upon graduation, Paul spent a year teaching English to Chinese student both in China and the UK.

He then trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers for three years in their Cambridge office. Once chartered, Paul went to work for a smaller accountancy practice for 2 years.

After this, Paul switched careers to pursue a career in secondary education, qualifying initially as a teacher of Mathematics and working for four years at Seaford College in West Sussex.

For the past two years, Paul has been working at Brighton College teaching Mandarin and as Housemaster of one of the College's boarding houses. Paul also works as a sports teacher and is an officer in the College's CCF
Paul is married to Sarah, a GP and they have two children, Toby and Lois. Paul enjoys hill walking and rock climbing.


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