Do you have a broad cultural perspective with experience in business, rural work, the education sector, the local community or charity work?  If so, we like like to hear from you!  We are always looking for governors who can help transform lives through learning.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, or would like to contact any of our Governors, please contact the Clerk, Vanessa Gifford, for further details on 01305 215170, or email:

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

Robert Lasseter

Vice Chair, Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee and Health & Safety Lead Governor

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 was 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.

Luke Rake


Luke is the Principal of Kingston Maurward College.


Tom Amery

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.

Richard Barker

Commenced 1 December 2018.

A retail professional with extensive senior management experience in sales, marketing and change management.

Richard has been a director of Waterstone’s Booksellers, Managing Director of Blackwell Retail Ltd and General Manager of the Post Office Network.

Other posts held include Chairman of Book Tokens Ltd, and Chair of Governors at Stanchester Academy.

Richard is now owner and Managing Director of Dorset Retail Ltd, with shops in Bridport, Beaminster and Sherborne, and a growing wholesale business covering Dorset and Somerset.

Richard is a season ticket holder at Exeter Chiefs, and fanatical about English cricket.

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

Hannah Crocker

Support Staff Governor

I joined the College from school in 2002 enrolling on the Business Administration course.  Upon qualifying, I secured a role immediately at the College working as a Data Administrator within the MIS team.  I held this position for 4 ½ years and whilst working in this key department, I began to build my knowledge and experience, developing links with both the Course Managers and our student body.

After a short break at DCC, I returned to KMC in August 2008 to my current role as Senior Examinations Officer.  I am based in a busy central office shared with other key functions, all of which are important to the aims of the College.  The team often collaborate to assist and support each other and as such, I have gained a broad understanding of several College processes.

I am also employed by the College in an events capacity, and have enjoyed working a wide variety of public events over the years, including ‘Christmas in the Gardens’, ‘Lambing’ weekend and Show Day set up. This has allowed me to positively interact with staff and visitors to the Estate and its attractions.

During my current role, I have achieved a NVQ 3 in Customer Service and I am currently studying towards an NVQ 5 in Leadership and Management.  I am passionate about lifelong learning, enhancing the student’s experience and feel that I am a good ambassador for the College in this respect.

Andrew Davies

Veterinary Surgeon

Managing Director of Synergy Farm Health

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

Graham Ledden

Commenced 09/07/2019

A retired Chartered Accountant who spent the last ten years of his career in education, nine of which were as Vice Principal Business and Finance and Deputy CEO at Hartpury College.

Graham qualified in the City with what is now Ernst and Young and then spent a major part of his career in the Nat West Group. After 6 years as a Finance Director in the care sector, Graham moved into education in 2008.

Graham and his wife moved to Shaftesbury in 2018.  He enjoys rugby, walking, fly fishing and the countryside in general. He is also Treasurer of England Colleges RFU.

Dr Annetta Minard

Principal of the Dorset Studio School.

Ben Murphy

Ben is a Chartered Surveyor and Estate Director for the Duchy of Cornwall, based in Poundbury, Dorchester for 3 days per week.  Ben brings a wealth of experience in development and estate management, including several years as Development Manager of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Countryside Properties before this, and part time consultancy roles which ranged from eco-homes developments to facilitating the BIG Lottery’s Community Spaces programme.

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

Vicky Prior

Safeguarding Lead Governor

Vicky is a serving Headteacher who currently chairs the soft federation of schools in Weymouth and Portland known as the Chesil Partnership.

She lives locally with her husband and daughter.

Andrew Robinson

A rural Chartered Surveyor, having worked in Dorset on behalf of the farming community for over 35 years.  Currently Senior Partner of Symonds with overall responsibility for the firm.

Dr Andy Stillman

Commenced 1 December 2018.

I taught physics and maths for several years before taking a p/t masters in Science Education and Psychology at Chelsea and moving into education research. At the NFER, I led projects in pupil testing and profiling, transfer between sectors, parental choice of school and finally, the management of LEA advisory services. The testing and profiling work led to a PhD from Reading.

I joined Dorset in 1988 as its Science Adviser – a very enjoyable role which slowly grew into science and environmental education (advice and inspection), and Ofsted (primary and secondary), and the management of Dorset’s Outdoor Education Service, and Service CPD. Eventually, I concentrated on building Dorset’s in-school teacher training department which ran successfully until austerity closed it.

With retirement came renovating houses, growing trees, green-woodworking and bee-keeping. I am a Parish Councillor, a Director of Dorchester Area Community Land Trust and the Chair the DWBKA.

Elaine Taylor

Chair of Q&S 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.

Bethany Thompson

FE Student Governor

Linda Wyatt

I have worked in education for the past 40 years, many of which were leading on vocational education: C & G 365, CPVE, Diploma of Vocational Education, GNVQ, and Applied A levels. To support these programmes I obtained NVQ Assessor and Verifier qualifications. I used vocational education as the focus for my B.Ed degree which I obtained in 1992 whilst working full time.

For the past 12 years I have worked for Dorset County Council on 14-19 with a focus on work related learning and vocational education. I led the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Work Experience database and associated promotion and work books until funding ceased in 2010. I also developed Diplomas across Dorset working with schools and colleges and consortia, which included Environment and Land Based on which KMC led. My role as Senior Advisor included the production of a number of strategic documents on the post 16 offer and improvements required as well as the skill development for young people in Dorset and have been an active participant in the Dorset Young People Forum a sub group of the Dorset LEP/Employment and Skills Board.

I retired from my post of Senior Advisor Post 16 at the end of May 2017 to enjoy my interest in gardening, reading, cooking and baking, cycling, and genealogy.