The determined number of Corporation Members is 20. If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the Clerk for further details on 01305 215170.


James Tirrell


Retired in 2011 from post as Principal Inspector 14-19 in Dorset Children’s Services after working in education for 40 years.

Qualified with a Cert.Ed in 1971 and began career teaching agriculture and environmental science after completing a B.Ed at Bristol University. In 1986 moved into HE to work at Homerton College, Cambridge supporting the development of quality vocational education across East Anglia and completing a research M.Ed focused on agricultural education.

Moved to Dorset in 1988 to work on teacher inservice training, which included the development on Masters programmes in association with local HE providers. Progressed to the posts of Senior Secondary and then Principal Inspector, which alongside development and support in Dorset, involved working with OfSTED and HMI on school, college and area wide post 16 inspections. From 2007 to 2010 was seconded to work for the Department of Children, Schools and Families to advise on issues of access to 14-19 learning in rural areas.

Interests: motor cycles, gardening, walking, folk music and birdwatching


Elaine Taylor

Vice Chair and Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

Retired Director for Corporate Resources, one of four directors of Dorset County Council and Deputy Chief Executive. Was responsible for the Councils support services ie financial, legal, ICT, human resources & exchequer, democratic support, communications, customer services, procurement and business efficiency. Personal responsibility for probity and legality as the Councils Monitoring Officer.

Worked as a solicitor in private practice before embarking on a career in local government.

Elaine lives in Dorchester and is a member of the Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club.


Luke Rake


Luke is the Principal of Kingston Maurward College.


Tom Amery2

Tom Amery

Appointed from 1st January 2016

Local entrepreneur

Early adopter of the NVQ process in 1992 on the Wirral and attended both Reaseheath and Writtle Colleges to study Horticulture between 1991 and 1998.  Moved to Dorchester in 1999 after joining The Watercress Company and currently Managing Director.  International production and supply to local business and retailers throughout the UK, Europe and USA with Watercress, Baby Leaf salads and Wasabi.  Opened the Brace of Butchers in Poundbury in 2014 for extracurricular fun.  Lives in Dorchester with wife Elle and sons George and Jack.

Margaret Capon

Margaret Capon

Academic Staff Member


Michael Clarke

Chair of Audit & Assurance Committee

Retired HR Director/Company Secretary for Eldridge, Pope & Co

Voluntary Work and other Interests:

Treasurer Stinsford PCC

Councillor Stinsford Parish Council

Dorchester Tennis & Squash Club

Andrew Davies2

Andrew Davies

Veterinary Surgeon

Managing Director of Synergy Farm Health

Andrew Foot

Andrew Foot

Fifth generation farming at Bookham Farm a 650 acre beef and arable farm in central Dorset.

Converted traditional farm buildings into holiday cottages

Passion with rugby and a keen supporter of Puddletown Rugby Club, having been Secretary and Chairman

Buckland Newton Parish Councillor

Rebecca King

Rebecca King

Deputy Finance Director, Dorchester Hospital.

Appointed 6 October 2015

Further details to follow.

Robert Lasseter2

Robert Lasseter

Farms at Corton Farm, (160 hectares.)  This is an arable unit.  All the grain is now used to feed our own pigs.  We have recently built additional grain storage to do this.  We have a 4 year rotation of Winter Wheat, Spring Barley, Winter Barley and use Oil Seed Rape as a break.

We now have 200 productive sows, with home reared maiden gilts on site, indoors at Corton, with all progeny, which are reared to 110kgs and sold on a contract through Thames Valley Cambac to Freedom Food standards.  We mill our own grain.

I have been a non executive director at Wessex Grain since 2009. and Genesis Farmers since 2006.

I am Dorset’s NFU County chairman for 2011 to 2012, and Regional board Chairman for the NFUSW.  I am elected to NFU’s Governance board.  I hold a nominated position on the NFU’s national combinable crops board.

Dorset LEP, rural board.  Dorset AONB partnership board.


Chris Lee

Chair of Quality & Standards Committee

Retired Police Officer. Most recent role was Deputy Chief Constable Dorset Police.

Benjamin Murphy2

Ben Murphy

Ben is a Chartered Surveyor and Deputy Estate Director for the Duchy of Cornwall, based in Poundbury, Dorchester for 3 days per week.  Ben recently joined the Corporation and brings a broad experience of estate management and development, including several years as Development Manager of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Ben lives with his wife in Falmouth when he is not lodging in the Old Manor House on the Kingston Maurward Estate

Appointed 6 October 2015


Jenifer Noordijk

Jeni Noordijk

Support Staff Governor


David Stonier

A retired IT Specialist/Industrial Chemist, with a particular interest in financial Systems.

Member of the Corporation since 2005.

Prior to retiring worked in private sector management roles. Currently plays as active role as a museum volunteer. Has lived happily with his wife in Dorset since 1963.

Giles Sturdy2

Giles Sturdy

Farmer and Landowner in the Purbecks.

Experience in HE as Board member and Pro-Chancellor at Bournemouth University.

Appointed 6 October 2015.

Further details to follow


Sue Thurley

Lead Governor on Safeguarding

Became a Governor through an interest in education, in land based activities and the beautiful environment at Kingston Maurward College.

Came from a background of careers in town planning and teaching with a degree in Geography from the University of Bristol and a post graduate diploma in Town Planning from Leeds School of Town Planning.

Recently retired from the post of Planning Policy and Implementation Manager in Poole and now working for the National Trust.

Grew up in Yorkshire, but has lived in Dorset for 40 years with 15 years on farms.

Interests: family and friends; travel; rambling; allotment; sport; Dorchester Film Society and visiting art galleries.

Liz Tite2

Elizabeth Tite

Dairy Farmer


Roger Willoughby

Currently Company Secretary and Manager at Prestige Property Group, previously being a National Sales Manager and Director.

Previous Chairman of Signpost Housing

Interests: Kayak Instructor