Governance

Guildford High School is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2019 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Local Governing Body (LGB)

Guildford High School’s LGB deals with issues specific to the school in conjunction with the Headmistress and other members of staff. A list of current members of the LGB and their biographies can be found below.

Any correspondence for the Chair of Governors should be sent to: chairofgovernors@guildfordhigh.co.uk

Ms Zip Jila

Chair and EYFS Representative
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Ms Zip Jila

Chair and EYFS Representative
Zip spent 14 years as a pupil at GHS (1988 - 2002) before studying Law at St John’s Cambridge. After graduating with a double first she took a Masters at Harvard Law School and qualified as a solicitor in 2009. Zip spent eight years in private practice as a restructuring and insolvency solicitor before joining a special situations fund in London as their General Counsel, a role she tries to balance with spending two days a week with her young girls at home in Abinger Hammer. She is an enthusiastic and active GHS alumna, who is very proud of the school's (and its pupils’) achievements.

Ms Karen Braganza

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Ms Karen Braganza

Karen is an alumna of both the Junior School and Senior School, having spent 13 happy years attending GHS. After reading Law with European Studies at St John’s College, Cambridge University, she trained and qualified as an intellectual property solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. As a Vice President at Warner Bros., she now manages the Business and Legal Affairs team for WB's Home Entertainment business, advising on the distribution of films and TV programmes across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Karen has been a governor since May 2015. She feels privileged to be able to give back to a school and community that gave her so much: a fantastic education, high aspirations and friends for life.

Rev Canon Robert Cotton

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Rev Canon Robert Cotton

Arriving in Guildford as Rector of Holy Trinity Church in 1996, Robert joined the local governing body at GHS as the Bishop of Guildford’s nominee. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1983 and have served in four parishes in Kent and Surrey. Robert particularly delights in speaking in assemblies at GHS – both Senior and Junior – and leading worship such as the Junior School Carol Service and end of year Commem Service. A bit of gentle jogging keeps him fit: coming from the centre of town, he is always pleased to reach the top of the hill, near GHS!

Mrs Anna Lise Gordon

Child Protection Representative
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Mrs Anna Lise Gordon

Child Protection Representative
Anna Lise is the Director of the Institute of Education at St Mary's University in Twickenham, London. Her role involves the training of over 800 new primary and secondary teachers each year as well as providing professional development and MA in Education and Professional Doctorate programmes for more experienced teachers. Her research interests focus on the resilience and wellbeing of students and teachers. Anna Lise is the designated safeguarding governor for GHS. Her two daughters attended the Senior School at GHS.

Dr Sian Jones

Health and Safety Representative
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Dr Sian Jones

Health and Safety Representative
Born and brought up in West Wales, Sian qualified from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1985. Her post registration experience has been varied, including working in a rural surgery in Glastonbury, as a GP in Australia and a community paediatrician in Bristol and Guildford. Her particular interests are in children’s and women’s health. Sian is a GP in Wonersh, initially salaried and as a partner from 2002. Sian has been the school doctor at Guildford High School for nearly 20 years, one of her most rewarding roles, working closely with the nurses, headmistress and pastoral team. In 2018 Sian was appointed to be Clinical Chair at Guildford & Waverley CCG and Clinical Lead for Cancer and End of Life Care. Sian’s main link with GHS is as a parent of three daughters who all attended GHS from 4-18 years.

Mr John Rigg, FRICS

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Mr John Rigg, FRICS

John is a borough councillor and member of the Executive Guildford Borough Council. He is also the founder and past chairman of Guildford Vision Group and the founder and deputy leader of Residents for Guildford and Villages (R4GV). John holds a Bsc Hons, and is a retired FRICS Chartered Surveyor, previously the Head of Central London and International Investment at Savills Plc.

Mr Robert Turnbull

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Mr Robert Turnbull

A native of Scotland, Robert studied chemistry at Edinburgh University. He is a tax consultant and has spent most of his working life in the City, but lives in Guildford. Robert has a son and two daughters, both of whom are GHS pupils.

Mr Richard Webb

E-safety Representative
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Mr Richard Webb

E-safety Representative
Richard Webb is Managing Director of JPMorgan Asset Management International Equity group in London and manages Core European and Global Sustainable Strategies and Pan European mandates for institutional clients. Born in Kenya, Robert grew up mainly in Africa and boarded at Cranleigh School.

He obtained a B.A. in Modern History and Politics from the University of Durham and an M.A. in European Management from Cranfield School of Management. He is married with three daughters who all had a happy and successful time at GHS. Richard has a strong interest in conservation and continues to play competitive tennis.