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Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Church authorities (the local Parochial Church Council (PCC), the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), the Deanery and sometimes the Bishop).  Their role as Governors is to have an especial care for the school’s Christian character and vision. 


Pippa Graeme


Pippa Graeme


I have worked for IBM in Human Resources throughout my career – both in generalist HR roles, and also specialising in leadership identification and development.  I hope this experience helps me to add value in my role as a Foundation Governor.  I have lived in Weybridge for over 20 years, and have two grown up children. 


Appointed by: The Church authorities

First Appointed: March 2016
Term of Office: 4 years
Committee: Personnel & Equality
Position of Responsibility: Year 4 Governor
Register of Interest: None


Howard Freeman



I’m the Managing Director of a local regulatory and compliance business employing five people, and have worked for businesses such as Canon, IBM and Alcatel-Lucent.  I have over 30 years’ experience in Cyber Security and Compliance.  Based in Addlestone, I’m married with one daughter who is a pupil here at St James. I’m also a parish Councillor for the Parish Church of St James, Weybridge and I’m a member of the congregation.


Appointed by: The Church authorities

First Appointed: March 2021
Term of Office: 4 years
Position of Responsibility: Year 6 Governor
Register of Interest: None


Previous Foundation Governors 2014-2021:

Gretchen Spalt – resigned 31st March 2021

Ali Gordon – resigned 28th July 2017

Lesley Behrendt – resigned 27th April 2015
Di Balding – resigned 21st June 2015
Alison Lornie – resigned 21st July 2015

Brian Prothero - resigned October 2021