Alton School

Governing Body

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please send a letter marked Confidential and addressed to:

Mr Clive Hexton
c/o Clerk to the Governors
Alton School
Anstey Lane
GU34 2NG

Mr Clive Hexton

Clive Hexton was appointed as a governor in 2013. Clive is an investment director in the Private Wealth Management industry and has been employed in the industry for the past 30 years. Prior to that, he graduated from London University and then served as a commissioned officer with the Regular Army prior to his career in finance. Clive is also an ambassador for SkillForce, a charity which, through the involvement of ex-military mentors and instructors within the school curriculum, helps improve the academic results and social interaction skills of under privileged children. Clive is an ex parent and both his daughters attended Alton Convent from ages 6 to 18. His eldest daughter is now a teacher. Clive and his wife live locally.

Mr Hexton has a role in Employment and Careers and Personnel Recruitment. He is a member of the Finance and Development Sub-Committee and a member of the Complaints Panel

Mrs Caroline Grinham

Caroline Grinham was appointed as a governor in October 2013. Caroline worked for many years as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser before retiring in December 2019. She was a pupil at Alton Convent senior school for seven years, being a boarder from age 11 to 18. She is honorary treasurer of the past pupils’ association.

Mrs Grinham is Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Academic Sub-Committee and a member of the Complaints Panel.

Mr Nick Caddick

Mr Caddick was appointed as a governor in 2015 having had two daughters at the school. He is a barrister. Having been called to the Bar in 1986, he was appointed Junior Counsel for the Crown in 1999 and was made a QC in 2011. He studied history and law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Mr Caddick has taken up a role in Child Protection and Safeguarding. He is a member of the Finance and Development Committee.

Mrs Rosemary Chambers

Rosemary Chambers was appointed as a governor in 2014.  She previously taught Religious Education at Alton Convent School from 1970 to 2002. Rosemary initiated the contact with St. Lucy’s Convent at Medstead due to her family’s involvement with the Sisters, since the mid 1950’s. Pope Pius 12th gave the Sisters permission to come to England and the Chambers family provided the house and grounds in which a remnant of the Sisters still live. Rosemary was instrumental, (along with Mrs Mary Bell (Head of the R.E. Department) with starting the day retreats that are held at St Lucy’s for our pupils.

Mrs Chambers has taken up a role in supporting the Ethos of the school with Sister Helen and Sister Thérèse who are Trustees of the school.

Mrs Jennifer Charles

Jennifer Charles was appointed as a governor in April 2017, having had a daughter in the school and husband who was Vice-Chairman of the Governors. After graduating from Durham University she qualified as a teacher from the College of Sarum St. Michael in Salisbury. She taught at Amesbury Secondary School, Wiltshire and Cold Lake Catholic School in Alberta, Canada before joining Alton Convent School in 1977. She was Head of Law and Head of Careers in the Senior School and was also a member of the Senior Management Team and Head of Pastoral Care in the Preparatory School. Jennifer was appointed to the Alton Bench in 1981 and was a magistrate in North Hampshire for 36 years, specialising in Criminal and Family court work.

Mrs Charles has a role as a member of the Academic Sub-Committee.

Mr Brendan Collins

Brendan Collins lives in Milland, West Sussex and was appointed as a Governor in August 2017. He has spent his entire career in the construction industry and is a construction director at Overbury, a commercial office fit out company, where his focus is on ensuring projects are delivered to client expectations.

Brendan is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute Of Building and has three daughters all of whom attended Alton School and have since gone on to university. He is also a practising Catholic and is a parishioner at the Immaculate Conception in Liphook.

Mr Collins has taken up a role on the Finance and Development sub –committee.


Mrs Kate Dobson

Kate Dobson was appointed as a governor in October 2010. She is a former specialist oncology nurse and now works as a Practice Nurse (Sister) at a local Health Centre. Her son and daughter started school in the prep school and her daughter continued her education her into the Sixth Form.

Mrs Dobson is a member of the Academic Sub-Committee. She has taken up a role in overseeing First Aid procedures and Welfare within the school and Personnel Recruitment.

Mrs Sheila Mansell

Sheila Mansell was appointed as a governor in October 2010. She has extensive experience in PR and journalism working with her husband as editor of a national newspaper. She maintains good contacts with extensive media networks. Sheila is committed to a number of charitable trusts and has actively supported and been a major fundraiser for an African orphanage and village.  She is a former parent and was chairman of Alton Convent School’s PTFA for many years.

Mrs Mansell has taken up a role in Child Protection and Safeguarding.

Mr Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan was appointed as a governor in October 2010. Mr Nolan has worked in the engineering industry, management consultancy and subsequently in banking with Citibank in a number of roles and latterly with The Northern Trust Company as a Compliance Manager. He has two children who have attended local Catholic schools and he is an active member of the Catholic Parish of St Joan of Arc, Farnham. Mr Nolan was educated in Ireland and has an Engineering Degree and a MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

Mr Nolan is the Chairman of the Finance and Development Sub-Committee.

Sister Helen Samuel

Sister Helen was appointed a governor in 2014. Sister Helen joined the congregation of Our Lady of Providence in 1958 and was professed in 1960. She graduated from London University with a BSc in physics and maths in 1967. She taught physics at Alton Convent School from 1967 – 2002. She also spent time as Mother Superior of the congregation. In more recent years Sister Helen has been actively supporting, engaging and developing the alumni and has recently assisted with the new alumni site,

Sister Thérèse Garman

Sister Thérèse was appointed a governor in 2016. Sister Thérèse joined the congregation of Our Lady of Providence in September 1958. She holds a BA in English, French and German and a BSC (Hons) in Psychology amongst various other postgraduate diplomas and qualifications. Sister Thérèse is also a Member of the Canon Law Society of GB & I, and a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Sister Thérèse joined the staff at Alton Convent School teaching French, Spanish and Religious Education becoming Head of Modern Foreign Languages and then headmistress from 1973 to 1983. Currently Sister Thérèse works as a part-time consultant, supervisor staff trainer and Quality Assurance Advisor for the Institute of St Anselm’s. She is also on the editorial team at Redemptorist Publications writing articles for Christian publications and proof reading.

The Sisters are trustees of the Alton Convent School Charity which is the charity under which the school operates.
The Sisters offer support on spiritual and ethos matters and as Trustees of the school, are accountable to the Charity Commissioners for the management of the school with probity.