Governors

Dawne Sweetland (Chair)

Dawne worked in the City for 20 years, as Head of Foreign Exchange Sales and Marketing for an American Bank. She has 2 daughters who have both attended Spring Grove School.

Dawne’s interests are Travel,Theatre and Reading.

Rorke Henderson (Vice Chair)

Rorke is Governor responsible for finance. He is the husband of Sarah and father of Lucy who attended SG 2007 – 2012. Rorke attended St Edmund’s Canterbury and Hadlow College. Farmed in Kent until 1990. He now works in IT distribution based in Lenham, Kent. He has been a magistrate for the past 6 years and recently joined the family panel.

Rorke lives in Petham and away from work, magistrate, and school governor responsibilities spends time with his family and watching his beloved Arsenal!

Hugo Fenwick

Hugo is the Group Trading Director of Fenwick Limited, a family owned department store group operating eleven department stores in the UK. Prior to joining Fenwick Limited in 1992, Hugo qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst & Young in London. Together with his role at Spring Grove, he also serves on the Board of Sandwell Academy in the West Midlands and is Vice-Chairman of the local Further Education College, Canterbury College. He was the High Sheriff of Kent in 2014.

Hugo has four children who have all been at Spring Grove.

Nick Sandford

Nick Sandford is a chartered surveyor , responsible for the management of historic Godinton House it’s estate and associated Charitable Trusts. Married to Jackie their twin daughters spent 8 years at Spring Grove leaving in 2009. His experience in dealing with property matters is put to good use looking after the school buildings.

Nick is currently chairman of the Kent CLA,(Country Land and Business Association).

Tanya Lee

Tanya Lee joined the SMT of the King’s School, Canterbury as the Pastoral Deputy Head in September 2011. Her career has been very much along the pastoral route as she was a Housemistress at both St Mary’s, Wantage and Wycombe Abbey School and then Head of Boarding at Headington School in Oxford. In addition to her current role she is an inspector with the ISI and a tutor for the BSA on the Roehampton Housemasters training courses.

Tanya has returned to her Kent roots having grown up in Broadstairs and Walmer and is delighted to be back in the area. She joined the governing body of Spring Grove in the Spring of 2012 and is keen to gain a greater understanding of local prep schools.

Bruce Grindlay

Bruce is currently Headmaster of Sutton Valence School in Kent, an HMC day and boarding school of 800 pupils. Prior to this he was Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham for nine years following a similar tenure at Bedford School as Director of Chapel Music and a boarding Housemaster. Bruce read Music at Cambridge University where he was Organ Scholar at Emmanuel College and taught Fugue and counterpoint whilst studying for his post-graduate degree.

He is a member of HMC’s Professional Development Sub-Committee and his interests include golf, reading and cooking.

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Dominic Urand

A freelance IT Consultant, Dominic is Chair of Governors at a local primary school and is a former parent at Spring Grove.

He is chair of the Academic Committee and sits on the Finance Committee.

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Susie Fox

Susie trained as a Nurse at St Thomas’s Hospital, London where she qualified as a Sister Tutor, specialising in Accident & Emergency Nursing.

Since 1999 she has acted as PA/Event organiser to the High Sheriff’s of Kent. For many years she was co director of a medical education company providing sixth form students with taster courses for medical school.

As Governor her responsibilities will be marketing and to help raise awareness of the School by networking and getting involved with School events.

She is married to Allan Fox, a GP in Wye, and has three grown up sons, all of whom attended Spring Grove.

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Winifred Forrest

Winifred has over 40 years teaching experience in Independent and State schools, in the UK, Germany, Finland and South Korea. She taught for her final twelve years at Spring Grove School and retired in 2010 as Deputy Head Teacher and Head of the Early Years Department.

Winifred is governor with responsibility for the Early Years and is also a member of the Academic Committee. She has a special interest in teaching literacy, which she continues to pursue as a volunteer teacher in local adult literacy classes.

She is married to Paul; has a married daughter and son and two young grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, gardening and visiting historical places of interest.

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Andrew Martin

Prior to starting his career in agriculture Andrew spent 3 years working in the French Alps for a hotel management company. He has managed a number of farms in southern England before returning to the family farm in 1996. He has also set up a business to look after and farm land on behalf of private landowning clients and is director of a company that gives farm advice throughout the whole of southern England.

Andrew has 2 children aged 10 and 14, the youngest is currently at Spring Grove and the other is a former pupil. When not working or with the family he enjoys cycling, skiing, restoring and refurbishing classic cars.