Board of Governors


The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors, Steve Douty by email to or the via the main Reigate Grammar School telephone number 01737 222231

Mr James Dean


Educated at Oundle School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. James Dean has lived in Reigate for the last 30 years. All three of his children were educated at Reigate Grammar School.

James trained as a Chartered Accountant and then joined partnerships of Price Waterhouse followed by Ernst & Young, specialising in the Financial Services Sector. He then started a new career as a Non-Executive Director.

Current directorships include Liverpool Victoria (trading as LV=) and a building society. Mr Dean is an active member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales serving on the Financial Reporting and Financial Services Committees.

Mr Marc Benton

Chairman of Governors for Chinthurst School

Educated at Reigate Grammar School (1982 – 1990) and the University of Birmingham studying Commerce and French followed by a Masters of European Business at L’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Clermont Ferrand in France.

In 1995, Marc entered oil and gas investment banking and joined Kleinwort Benson as a Graduate Trainee based in London and then Moscow.  In 1998, Marc joined Salomon Brothers/Citigroup in a similar role in London before relocating to Hong Kong in 2004. Marc returned to the UK to live in Reigate in 2014 and his current role is Managing Director, Head of EMEA Oil & Gas Investment Banking at a large European Investment Bank.

Marc is married with two children, both of whom are currently at RGS.  His interests include travel and golf.

Marc joined the Board of Governors of Reigate Grammar School in 2015 and is also a member of the Finance and Foundation Committee. In 2017, when RGS partnered with Chinthurst School, Marc, an old boy from Chinthurst, also took over the role as Chair of the Chinthurst Board of Governors in addition to his responsibilities on the RGS board.

Mr Colin Cobain

Chairman of Finance and Foundation Committee

Mr Cobain’s career has concentrated on leading business change through the application of technology for major UK and global companies, including Tesco, Kingfisher and SABMiller. In addition, Mr Cobain has held the position of Non-Exec Director for HMRC and Non-Exec Chairman for Safe Patient Systems. He is also a Partner at Oliver Wyman, a leading management consultancy.

Colin’s interests include sports, the theatre and travel. Mr Cobain’s daughters both attended RGS.
Colin joined the Board of Reigate Grammar School in 2014.

Mr Dave Cole

Dave was educated at Reigate Grammar School after which he read Law at the University of Exeter. It seemed unlikely that becoming a primary school teacher was ‘on the cards’ but after a chance visit to a local primary school, Dave embarked on a teaching career and he has never looked back.

Dave is passionate about the education of the whole child and the importance that a ‘values education’ plays in shaping well rounded independent learners, who are ready and able to meet the demands of the 21st century head-on and with confidence. Dave’s passion and particular area of interest is the power of ‘grit’ or a ‘growth mindset’ and how this can impact on learning.

Since 2003, his involvement in, and commitment to education, has seen him hold a variety of leadership roles: School Improvement Adviser for Surrey, Training Facilitator for the Future Leaders’ Trust, Support Tutor for the Surrey South Farnham, School-Centred Initial Teaching Training Program, Chairperson and Strategic Lead for local school confederation along with three primary school headships. Dave now enjoys his current role as an independent Education and Leadership Consultant.

Dave is married with three boys.

Dave joined the Board of Governors of Reigate Grammar School in 2016.

Mr Brian Day

Chairman of Estates and Premises Committee and Health and Safety Governor

Educated at the University of Strathclyde, School of Architecture, Mr Day won a Glasgow Institute of Architect’s Student Prize in 1973.

Brian was responsible for many key projects over the years including: Executive Project Manager for the Goldman Sachs European HQ (“Peterborough Court”) on the site of the old Daily Telegraph; Director for the West India Quay development – a joint venture project with Marriott and Manhattan Loft Corporation in Canary Wharf; Director of the award-winning Radisson hotel in Glasgow, and adviser to the LSE on student accommodation and teaching projects. More recently, Brian was Director of the redevelopment of the Grade 1 listed St Pancras Chambers into a Renaissance hotel and private apartments. He has been a key figure in the development of some of the most exciting architectural projects the UK has seen in the last thirty years.

He is married with one son who attended RSM. His interests include photography and painting.

Brian Day joined the Board of Governors of Reigate Grammar School in 2015 and is also a member of the Estates and Premises Committee.

Mr Chris Dixon

A former Chinthurst Governor, Chris joined the RGS Board of Governors in March 2017.

Chris was educated at Malvern College, Worcestershire. Chris then went on to study a combined honours degree in Economics and Geography at Exeter University and then went to Exeter Law School where he achieved a Law Diploma and LPC.

Chris’s specialism is in commercial property. Chris climbed up the ranks at Ashurst, initially a trainee, then an Associate and onto Senior Associate. He then joined Rawlinson Butler where he currently works as a Senior Associate.

Chris is married with two children, one currently at Chinthurst and the other at Epsom College who was formerly at Chinthurst.

Mrs Mary Edmunds

HR Governor

Mr Mark Elsey

Vice Chair and Chairman of Governance & Risk Management Committee

Educated at Reigate Grammar School and King’s College London, Mr Elsey attended Chancery Lane Law School before joining Cameron Markby as a trainee solicitor. Mr Elsey is now a Partner at Ashurst where he heads up the Energy, Transport and Infrastructure sector.

Mr Elsey’s son and daughter both attended Reigate Grammar School. Mr Elsey’s family connections with the school are extensive: Mr Elsey met his wife, Mrs Jacqueline Elsey, while at RGS; his father and father in law both attended the school.

Mr Elsey is a member of Old Reigatian RFC and of Reigate Heath Golf Club. Charity work includes his role as Board member, Great Ormond Street Hospital Raising the Roof Charity and Chairman of the RGS London Professional Group, in support of the RGS Foundation raising funds towards ‘needs blind’ entry to RGS.

Mark joined the Board of Governors of Reigate Grammar School in 2012.

Mr Luke Herbert

Chairman of Education and Welfare Committee and Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor

Educated at Cheltenham Grammar School before completing a BSc at Imperial College, a MB BS at University of London and, latterly, a FRCOphth at Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London. Mr Herbert is a Consultant Retinal Surgeon and has held the roles of Lead Clinician Opthalmology and Audit Lead Ophthalmology for Surrey and Sussex Health NHS Trust with papers published in the British Medical Journal and specialised medical journals including Retna.

Interests include playing the flute, guitar, trumpet and saxophone. Mr Herbert is married with three daughters. One of whom previously attended RGS, and two of whom are current RGS students.

Mrs Maxine Hulme

Former Chair of Governors at Chinthurst School, Maxine joined the RGS board after the partnership between the RGS and Chinthurst was announced in March 2017. Maxine remains a Chinthurst Governor responsible for Health & Safety and School Development.

In her professional life, Maxine worked as Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police Service serving as both Transformation Director and Central Operations lead. As recognition for her services to policing, Maxine was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in 2014 for outstanding services to policing. Maxine has recently retired from policing and has set up her own company MMJH Ltd. which sees her promoting exceptional leadership through public speaking, transformation and consultancy roles.

Maxine is married with a son who previously attended Chinthurst School and is now a student at RGS.

Miss Lisa Page

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Educated at Kingston University, Lisa was awarded a Commendation in her MA, Management Studies. Initially starting off in education as a primary school support teacher at All Saints Benhilton and St Dunstan’s Primary Schools, Lisa subsequently moved her career into management roles within the Health Sector.

Lisa worked for Great Ormond Street Hospital as an inpatient service manager and pathway manager, before moving onto local charity, The Children’s Trust, in Tadworth where she was responsible for business development and strategic direction of UK and International Private Services. In January 2016, Lisa also assumed the responsibility of Service Manager for the Royal Marsden Hospital. As part of the senior leadership team she is responsible for the operational management of all services within the Private Care division across London and Surrey.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys an active lifestyle and likes to travel. Lisa joined the RGS board of governors in March 2017 and is also responsible for Safeguarding (child protection), the Pre-Prep and the EYFS on the Chinthurst Board of Governors.

Professor Sarah Sayce

Professor Sarah Sayce is a Chartered Surveyor by profession, having undertaken a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management at the University of Reading and subsequently qualified whilst working for Stanley Hicks and Son, a City of London firm of consultant surveyors. She then worked within the corporate sector before taking a short career break to start a family and moving into academia at Kingston University.

She undertook a PhD in property investment and for nearly 20 years she has held the position of Head of School of Surveying & Planning at Kingston. Professor Sayce has authored four books and has written numerous published papers and research reports, many relating to property and sustainability, in addition to sitting on various advisory boards within the profession and the editorial boards of four refereed Journals within the field of Built Environment. A long standing resident of Reigate, Professor Sayce is involved with local community groups including the Buckland Bell ringers and Dunottar Choral Society

Mr Nicholas Weber

S P Douty FCMA

Bursar & Clerk to the Governors


When my children get up in the morning, they want to go to school. I never had that at their last school.


Throughout the school, all pupils are confident, articulate and emotionally mature for their age.

ISI Inspection Report Dec 2015

Children’s learning and skills acquisitions are enhanced by the adults’ interacting, warm, positive and caring ways.