Mrs Jo Marr - Chair of the Local Governing Body
Jo joined the Governing Body in 2012 after nine years as a parent of two Rowan girls. She became Chair in 2017. Jo was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University where she studied History, and went on to become a partner at PwC in London, specialising in corporation tax advisory services.
Having experienced her daughters’ very happy journey through Rowan she is delighted to have the excuse to spend lots of time in school. Jo particularly enjoys attending Open Days where she can watch the girls acting as proud ambassadors for the school.
Mrs Louise Dowdeswell - Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body
Louise became a governor in 2014. She lives in Claygate and has three children; her daughters both spent happy years at the Brae and the Hill and her son attends Reed’s School. Graduating with a degree in History from Bristol University, Louise then spent many years working at News International and running the advertising teams for The Times and Sunday Times Magazines, and gaining IoM qualifications.
Whilst taking a career break, Louise was deputy and Chair of Friends of Rowan. She now works in Marketing and Communications for a Digital Mapping Company and is delighted to maintain her involvement with Rowan as it continues to flourish.
Mrs Maureen Carruthers - Safeguarding Governor
Mo became a governor at Rowan in 2008 and is currently the longest serving governor. She studied Computer Science at St Andrews University and then worked as a systems analyst before taking her PGCE teacher training diploma. She taught Maths and IT at a girls’ school in London.
Mo’s three daughters all attended Rowan and Mo was delighted to keep up her connections with the school after they had left by joining the Governing Board.
Mrs Melanie Gladwyn - Staff Liaison Governor
Melanie is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with strategic and operational HR experience across a wide range of sectors. She is currently working as a Talent Development Manager and HR Business Partner for The PGA European Tour. She is a volunteer Enterprise Adviser, through the Careers and Enterprise Company, linked with Three Rivers Academy in Walton Upon Thames.
Her daughter attended Rowan and is now studying Civil Engineering, as a result of Ms Gorman's passion for structures in an early science lesson. She was delighted to join the Governing Body in 2017. Melanie read History at Edinburgh University.
Mr Keith Glenny - Health & Safety Governor
Keith was educated at Caius College Cambridge University where he studied French, Spanish and Law. He is the father of three grown-up children and grandfather of eight, including five girls of school age and one at nursery. Keith became a governor in 2016.
He was Managing Partner of a legal firm in Essex for 22 years specialising in agricultural law, and served for eight years as a governor of a comprehensive school. He is a keen liveryman in the City of London and was Master of the Poulters Company in 2008.
Isobel become a governor in 2013. She is an ex-Rowan pupil who lives locally and is an active member of the community. She works as a teacher and has a love of drama and the arts.
Mrs Joanna Hubbard - Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
Joanna is Executive Head at Shrewsbury House School Trust and has extensive experience in both the independent and maintained education sectors across a wide age range. She has taught in the UK and overseas and is also an ISI inspector. Having known Rowan for many years she is delighted to be able to contribute to the continued development of this forward-thinking school.
Rowena Cole is an inspiring educational leader with experience gained from both the state and independent sectors, including as Deputy Head of Guildford High School and Headteacher of Dunottar School. She has an MBA in Educational Leadership. Rowena is currently The Head at St John’s School, Leatherhead, an 11-18 co-educational independent school, and lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.
Su is a great-niece of the founder, Miss Katherine Millar. She joined the governing body in 2010 following in the footsteps of her uncle, father and grandfather. Prior to that she was a founding member of the Rowan Association for alumni, and is an ex-pupil herself.
She works in an operational role running an office of 2,000 staff in a multinational marketing and communications agency in London.
Mr Justin O’Hagan – Member of the Strategy Committee
Justin became a governor in 2018. Until very recently he was a Partner in the Tax Practice at PwC where he advised multinational companies. He studied History at the University of Manchester and is now studying for an MA at Royal Holloway.
He is married with two sons, one at University and the other at KCS Wimbledon.
Mr David Stephens - E-safety Governor
David is a former Rowan parent and joined the Governing body in 2019. He grew up in Claygate and attended Milbourne Lodge Senior School, and progressed to study Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. David trained as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and enjoyed 20+ years in a range of CFO & COO roles including Teach First. David started his own recruitment business in 2015, advising a range of commercial clients and schools.
David particularly enjoys attending concerts and theatrical performances at Rowan which never fail to charm and delight.
Mr Gary Digby – EYFS Governor
Gary joined the governing body in 2020, just as his twin daughters were leaving Rowan to join Guildford High and Tormead. Enjoying a successful career in advertising across multiple advertising agencies, both buying and selling TV airtime, Gary became the Commercial Director for ITV in 2007. Gary went on to set up his own Media Consultancy company and has, most recently, launched 5 trampoline parks in the UK as COO.
Lesley joined the governing board in March 2021 and is the parent of two ex-Rowan girls who are now at university studying Engineering and Physics. Lesley studied Agricultural Economics at Exeter University before a career as Profit Manager at GKN and BA and then as a Management Consultant. Lesley has spent ten years sitting as a magistrate, most recently as a Presiding Justice in the London Family Court and she is a mentor with Surrey Care Trust in early intervention scheme working to support vulnerable children and adults.
Lesley’s daughter’s both have great memories of their time at Rowan where they made lifelong friendships. Both girls still chat fondly about their teachers and, of course, about happy hours spent in The Spinney. Lesley is delighted to be a governor for Rowan and support a school that offers a wonderful education for girls.