The members of the joint committee are:

Interim Board of Governors as of 12 September 2018

  • Mary Massey (Chair)
  • Chris Hunt
  • Dominic Luckett
  • Jim Gower (Head of School)
  • John Evans
  • Nigel Rees
  • Steve Hillier (SAST representative)
  • Dave Farrow (Local Authority representative)

The Governors can be contacted through the school with correspondence marked for the attention of Mary Massey Chair of Governors.

Mary Massey

Mary Massey retired in 2014 after eight years as an HMI, inspecting mostly secondary schools and Initial Teacher Education.  She currently works as an independent school improvement consultant for both secondary and primary schools.  Before joining Ofsted she spent 36 years teaching in a wide variety of secondary schools, in both rural and urban contexts, including 20 years in senior management.  She has particular interest in leadership, behaviour management, and provision for the most vulnerable students including those with special educational needs.


Christopher Hunt

Chris is a successful and experienced Headteacher, having served 10 years as Head of Westfield Academy in Yeovil from 2008 to 2018.  Prior to that he served 4 years as Curriculum Deputy at Priory Community School in Weston-Super-Mare.

Chris has extensive experience of governance, and procedures including redundancy, capability, disciplinary and grievance. Since retiring in 2018 Chris has undertaken school improvement work and consultancy.


Dr Dominic Luckett

Dominic Luckett was educated at the University of Leicester, where he obtained a first class honours degree in History, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed his doctorate.  He then taught for eleven years at Harrow School, where he was Head of History and an assistant housemaster, before moving to Worth School as Deputy Head.  From 2007, he was Headmaster of Mill Hill School, an independent coeducational day and boarding school in north London, and Chief Executive of the Mill Hill School Foundation comprising the senior, prep, pre-prep and international schools.  Since January 2016, he has been Headmaster and Chief Executive of Sherborne School.

He is a Governor of Sherborne Qatar; of Sherborne Preparatory School; and The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester.  He is married to Cara, a barrister specialising in clinical negligence, and they have two daughters.



Nigel has been involved in school and FE College Governance since 1984 in a variety of settings.  Nigel is currently a Member and Chair of Trustees for Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST),

Nigel was designated as a National Leader of Governance in February 2016 and developed strong links with Dorset Local Authority, Salisbury CofE Diocese, and Bath and Wells CofE Diocese, which has enabled him to support the Governing Bodies in twelve primary and secondary schools since designation, outside SAST.

Nigel’s career was in banking (1974 – 2014), his final role being as a Senior Manager for HSBC Bank plc.  Following retirement, he is currently undertaking a role as a Banking Expert, supporting a senior independent reviewer in their assessment of a large UK bank’s remediation programme.  The role focuses on providing business banking and restructuring expertise to help inform customer outcomes.


John Evans

John has worked in further education for 33years progressing from a lecturer to Principal.  He has been a senior manager for 14 years and Principal of Yeovil College since January 2014.  John has also been an Ofsted Inspector since 2008.

He has achieved an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ at all of his previous colleges; Bridgwater, South Devon and Swindon.

He has a passion for innovative teaching and learning and has delivered numerous conferences on the topic.

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