Governance at Duke of Kent School

Duke of Kent School is fortunate to be served by a board of dedicated and enthusiastic governors with a wide range of experience and talents. 

Governors help to shape development strategy, advise and support the Head, scrutinise policies and ensure compliance with regulations and take an interest in the work of the School. In addition to the four Governing Body meetings that take place each year, Governors serve on sub-committees including Finance and Property, IT Strategy, Health and Safety and Education. 

Each Governors' Meeting includes a particular focus on an area of School life; recently these have included a tour of Pre-prep,  a visit to the Art Department and exploration of the School's SMSC (Social, Moral, Cultural, Spiritual) work with the Head of Senior Section. Regular opportunities for Governors to meet with senior staff and see the School in action ensure that Governors have a thorough understanding of the way the School operates. Each term Governors are invited to select a subject, activity or key stage of the School and to spend a morning with pupils experiencing life in the classroom and beyond. The Chairman of Governors holds an annual Chairman's Breakfast for parents in the Summer Term and is always happy to hear from parents and pupils about their experiences of the School.

Duke of Kent School Governors

Mr Richard Brocksom, Chair of Governors

Financial Consultant and Chartered Accountant

To contact Richard Brocksom during term time or holiday time, please write care of: 

The Bursar, Duke of Kent School, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Surrey GU6 7NS, 

 Telephone: 01483 277313 

Mr Alex Balls

Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Reeds School

Mrs Jenny Cropper

Former parent Duke of Kent School

Mr Stephen Dallyn

Former parent Duke of Kent School

Mr Douglas Jack

Architect and former Chairman of Planning (Waverley)

Mrs Penny McKenna

Care Home Proprietor, former parent Duke of Kent School

Mrs Cathy Wilson

Former Head of Prep, Duke of Kent School

Governors' Biographies

Mr Richard Brocksom

Richard read Law at Pembroke College Cambridge. He joined the London office of Arthur Andersen that year, later qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. Richard became Finance Director of Merivale Moore in 1992 liaising with professional advisors, raising funding for trading and development projects and a public placing. He also directed strategic planning and various corporate acquisitions and disposals. In 1996 he became Finance Director and Company Secretary of ITG, an AIM listed company. From 2000 he pursued other opportunities in the internet arena with several internet retailing ventures. Richard was involved in all the financial, legal and operational issues in establishing these ventures and in the ongoing development of the underlying businesses. He is Treasurer of a local cricket club – Blackheath CC (Surrey) recently being involved in raising £400,000 for their new pavilion. Richard is Chairman of Duke of Kent School’s Finance Committee and was appointed Chairman of Governors in May 2013.

Mr Alex Balls

After leaving Reed’s School in 1988, Alex studied Physical Education and Geography before starting his teaching career at Hove Park School in Sussex. Being Head of Outdoor Education enabled him to share his passion for the mountains whilst also playing rugby to a reasonable standard. After five years he took over as a head of department at Reed’s and has held a range of co-curricular and pastoral leadership posts since. He is currently Deputy Head alongside being the School’s safeguarding lead. As a passionate educationalist with considerable experience of school inspections, he still enjoys a range of sports and any opportunities to head to the hills.

Mrs Jenny Cropper

Jenny was educated at Roedean School. After this she joined the London Stock Exchange Press Office in London helping with all aspects of global press dissemination and event organising, transferring to Hong Kong for 4 years. There she travelled extensively throughout Asia with the Exchange and in particular assisted with the PR and Marketing surrounding the opening of the Taiwan stock exchange . Returning to London in 1992 Jenny then worked for the ISMA (International Securities Market Association) in press and publicity until starting a family. She has chaired the boys various school Parents’ Associations over the last 10 years helping with several varied fund raising events . In addition Jenny has also worked for a children’s charity – Action Medical Research running their regional event and fund raising operations.

Mr Stephen Dallyn

Stephen completed a 3 year agricultural course at RAC in 1976. After a year teaching in the Philippines he started travelling, and never really stopped. He spent 15 years as Marketing Manager for an adventure travel company, then left to start Winetrails, a collection of gentle walks through vineyards. He now mostly organises bespoke wine and gourmet holidays, worldwide.

Mr Douglas Jack

Douglas studied Architecture in Edinburgh. He subsequently established a company that built commercial developments in the investment and government sectors, and had dealings with both at director level. As a Governor with a property background he has been involved in positive changes at Duke of Kent, and he strongly supports the school ethos. Douglas is also a governor at Godalming Sixth Form College. He likes travelling to remote parts of the world, enjoys music and trekking, and Is a volunteer, skippering public trips on canal boats.

Mrs Penny McKenna

Penny owns a local business and is qualified in Business management, Personnel management, NLP (Neuro linguistic programming) and Care management. Penny has over 25 years’ experience running a care home for the elderly. (Care home for over 65s without nursing) dealing with regulators, all aspects of compliance, vulnerable people, families and staff. Penny also sits on the School’s Health and Safety committee at Duke of Kent School which demands very similar commitments albeit at different ends of the age scale. As a former parent she has personal experience of ethos of the School and has supported it since 1998/99!

Mrs Cathy Wilson

Cathy studied Physical Education at Chelsea PE College, part of Sussex University. After graduating she taught at a Girls’ Independent School in Banstead Surrey for 9 years before joining the staff at Duke of Kent running the Prep Department. As the Safeguarding Lead in the School she was involved in the pastoral support of all the pupils. She is delighted to be able to continue to her involvement with the school.
Cathy played county tennis and was Berkshire County Captain. Since her retirement from teaching in 2017 she has continued to keep up her sporting interests, swimming, playing tennis and trying to improve her golf swing! She also has three rather noisy chihuahuas who take up her time.