- Pupil Wellbeing
Chair of Governors & Governance Nominations Committee
Having trained and worked in London, Helen is now a senior associate in the Farm & Estates team at Wilsons Solicitors in Salisbury. Her two sons both attended Chafyn and during their time Helen was an active member of the parent body, including Chair of the Year Reps Committee. Away from the office Helen enjoys many types of music, trips to the theatre and can often be found on a tennis court or in the garden.
Vice Chair of Governors
Following a full career in the Army Air Corps, Yori now works for an American investment management company with responsibility for aviation and their electric helicopter programme. His two boys both attended Chafyn Grove and his wife Jenny was the nursery teacher until 2015.
Finance Committee member. GNC member.
Michael Roller has more than 20 years’ experience as a Finance Director of public companies. He is presently Chief Financial Officer of Circassia Group plc and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Governing body at the School. Both his children attended Chafyn Grove between 2001 and 2011. Away from work, Michael is often found watching or playing cricket, and has a weakness for holidays to esoteric destinations.
Finance Committee member. Marketing Link Governor.
For the past 20 years Mr Jones has been responsible for the corporate affairs activities of several international companies and is currently Communications Advisor at DSTL, Porton Down. Recently appointed as a governor, he has a particular interest in marketing and governance matters. He and his wife Chrissie have had all three children at Chafyn Grove.
Education & Pastoral Committee. EYFS and HR Link Governor.
Sandra has over 30 years’ experience in HR and is currently a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (Chartered MCIPD). Her current role is HR Director for a Salisbury based Care Company (Abicare Services), where she is responsible for the design and implementation of HR strategy for the business. Originally from Scotland, Sandra moved to Salisbury 27 years ago with her husband and three children. Sandra was an active member at her children’s schools and was a founder member of Salisbury Pre-school Weekends.
Chair of Education & Pastoral Committee.
Christian has nearly 20 years experience in education, in both state and independent school settings, and both secondary and primary settings. He has been Headmaster at Dumpton School, Wimborne since 2019, and before then he was Deputy Head (Academic) at York House School in Hertfordshire and previously Head of English at Bedford Prep School. Christian is a passionate educationist, with a particular interest in educational research, professional development and character education. He currently lives at Dumpton School in Wimborne with his young family, and is very much enjoying life down in Dorset.
Education & Pastoral Committee member.
A former journalist, Sarah is now Constituency Manager for Salisbury. She is a recent ex-Chafyn parent. When she is not at work, Sarah enjoys music, watching sport (particularly cricket), and running her side hustle, trading in vintage fashion, books, and ephemera
Finance Committee member.
Christina McNeil has over 20 years of experience working in global mobility at PwC. She is presently working for Vialto Partners and is a member of the Finance Committee for the Governing body at the school. Outside of work, Christina is often watching her sons play sport – a passion they nurtured whilst at Chafyn Grove or hiking in the Outer Hebrides.
Finance Committee member. H&S/Estates Link Governor.
Andrew Donald is a Chartered Surveyor and is a partner with Woolley & Wallis. He has had experience working across the firm and is currently senior partner a Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer.
Andrew has a wide experience of inspecting, advising on and valuing land and property in the Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset areas for over 30 years.
He was brought up in Bramshaw in the heart of the New Forest, much of Andrew’s boyhood was spent riding ponies, working on a local dairy farm, countryside pursuits and sailing in the Solent.
Andrew has a number of close associations with the area. He was chair of governors of a local church school for over ten years, rear commodore of Spinnaker Sailing Club and is chief sheep steward at Romsey Show with which he has been involved for over 35 years. Andrew is a keen lover of all outdoor sports, he sails, keeps fit running and cycling including completing a 960 mile trip riding an 1882 penny farthing from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of Cancer Research Uk.
Education Committee member. Safeguarding Lead Governor and Boarding Link Governor
Anne-Marie has more than 20 years’ experience running her own care company and has recently embarked on setting up a tech start-up for the sector. She and her husband, David have four children all of whom attended Chafyn between 1995 and 2013. Out of work Anne-Marie enjoys all forms of sport and tries to keep active with squash and running the Wiltshire countryside.
Education Committee member.
Ben is a Boarding Housemaster at Canford School, having joined their teaching staff as a Design and Technology Teacher in January 2018. Following an Architecture degree at Nottingham University, Ben spent 12 years in the British Army, retiring as a Major from the Rifles. Unsurprisingly, he runs the Army Detachment of Canford’s CCF, enjoys a variety of adventurous pursuits and is an avid sportsmen, coaching rugby, hockey and cricket. He is married to Laura, a GP in the Poole area and they have two children. He attended Chafyn Grove in the early 90s and is grateful for the excellent start it provided, hence his interest in returning as a Governor.
To contact the Chair of Governors, please write to:
Mrs Helen Lello
c/o Clerk to the Governors
Chafyn Grove School