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

Mr Dan Perrett

Chairman and AGBIS Representative
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Mr Dan Perrett

Chairman and AGBIS Representative
Dan is a founder and managing partner of Perrett Laver, the international executive search firm serving mission driven sectors. He was educated at the Perse School for Boys Cambridge and the University of Cambridge where he attended Jesus College and gained a first class honours degree in Geography and a MPhil in the Economics and Politics of Development.

He has sat on the LGB for the past seven years, five of them as Chair. He is a father of four, including a daughter who attended GHS. He is passionate about all sports especially cricket and rugby, in which he gained a Blue at Cambridge and has also represented Oxbridge, Rosslyn Park and Surrey. 

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.

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.

Ms Zip Jila

EYFS Representative
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Ms Zip Jila

EYFS Representative
Zip spent 14 years as a student 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.

Mr Mark Barlow

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Mr Mark Barlow

Mark is the Chief Marketing Officer for the University of Chichester and has over twenty years’ experience in Higher Education. During this period, Mark has occupied a number of positions, having previously worked at both the University of East Anglia and the University of Surrey. In addition to working for Chichester, he is also a regular speaker at UCAS, HMC and other HE events.

With direct experience of the competitive admissions processes in place for certain university courses (i.e. Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Musical Theatre), and his strong network within HE, Mark always aims to use this knowledge to ensure GHS is well informed of the latest sector developments.

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. She is now an Executive Director in the Business and Legal Affairs team at Warner Bros. Entertainment, advising on the distribution of films and TV programmes across Europe.



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!

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 Ortwin Hess

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Mr Ortwin Hess

Professor Ortwin Hess currently holds the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London and is Co-Director of the Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials. Professor Hess studied physics at the University of Erlangen and the Technical University of Berlin where he obtained his PhD in Physics in 1993. Following pre- and post-doctoral times in Edinburgh and at the University of Marburg, Hess has from 1995 to 2003 been head of the Theoretical Quantum Electronics Group at the Institute of Technical Physics in Stuttgart, Germany.

He has a Habilitation (Dr Habil) in Theoretical Physics at the University of Stuttgart (1997) and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Stuttgart in 1998. Since 2001 he been Docent of Photonics at Tampere University of Technology in Finland. Professor Hess has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1997 - 1998) and the University of Munich (2000 - 2001). Before moving to Imperial College London in January 2011, Hess was from 2003 to 2010 Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter and Optical Physics in the Department of Physics and the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. 

Dr Sian Jones

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Dr Sian Jones

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 & 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 the 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 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.