Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided Register of Governor Interests forms and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

We have a very active and dedicated group of competent Governors at the school. They play a wide-ranging role in the life of the school. We operate as a Local Governing Body, thus ensuring that all teachers support the principles embodied in a Church of England School and ensure that the school is performing to a high standard. You can find out a bit more about our Governors below.

Mrs Diana Sale (Dee) – Chair of Governors

  • Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors, Safegyarding Governor and Health and Safety Governor
  • LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • 18 January 2016 – 30 January 2024

Dee qualified as a State Registered Nurse and latterly as a Nurse Tutor. Her most senior post in the NHS was as Chief Nurse for West Dorset Health Authority. On leaving the NHS she worked as a Healthcare Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

She has also worked for the King’s Fund and the Audit Commission and later set up her own business, 1066 Consultancy. Served as a non-executive on North Dorset PCT. She retired in 2013. She was a founder member of Joseph Weld Hospice and as Chairman over saw the merger of three hospice/cancer care charities to form Weldmar HospiceCare Trust, and is currently a Vice President and serves on their Audit Committee.

Dee was chairman of Life Education Wessex, a children’s charity, for ten years and is currently the Vice President. She is also a member of the Board of the Friends of Blandford Community Hospital. She is a published author of several books on Home Nursing, Professional Development, Quality Assurance and Clinical Governance (Publisher MacMillan).

Dee has been a governor since 2013 and chair since the summer term in 2015.

 Mrs Louise Smith – Vice Chair of Governors/ Foundation Governor

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • 18 January 2016 – 17 January 2024

Louise has long associations with Okeford Fitzpaine school which began when her Godchildren were pupils.

Prior to family life, Louise worked in strategic education marketing, and now combines a variety of part-time roles including giving marketing support and advice to local companies, curtain making and upholstery, and raising her son.

Louise lives in North Dorset with her family and chickens.

Mrs Abi Rudd –  Parent Governor

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • 1 May 2019 – 1 May 2023

Abi is a parent at the school and a Lay Worship Leader in the Okeford Benefice so being a Foundation Governor and maintaining the link between the school and church is very important to her.

Abi is a student member of BAFRA and is in her first year as an apprentice furniture restorer, which combines her practical skills and passion for history.

Abi lives in rural Dorset and enjoys many things inc walking, learning about her faith and maintaining her totally bonkers family.

Mrs A Dowling: Head Teacher

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by School
  • September 2020 – September 2024

Mr Steve Hart – Trust Appointed Governor

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • October 2020 – October 2024

Mr Sean Foden- Trust Appointed Governor

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • October 2020 – October 2024

Ms Diane Brasnett- Trust Appointed Governor

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • October 2020 – October 2024

Diane is a CIPD qualified HR specialist with over 18 years global HR experience. She is currently working as a HR Business Partner for a Finnish Offshore and Marine organisation.

Diane’s main responsibilities include bringing her people expertise and developing solutions to help the business area to deliver its strategy, challenging Directors and VPs to get to the root of people and business issues, providing guidance on people practices such as restructures and succession planning, coaching and providing feedback to Directors and VPs to help improve business efficiency

Diane feels as a governor she can use her skillset to help support and develop the school, helping to give a little back to the wonderful area she calls home.

Outside of work Diane’s interests are running, horses, hiking and spending time with her partner and toddler.

Ms Kieragh Nottley- Parent Governor

  • ​LGB full voting rights
  • Appointed by FGB
  • October 2020 – October 2024
Mrs Sonia Knight
  • Clerk to Governors
  • ​No voting rights

I moved to Okeford Fitzpaine, from Frome, in June 2018 and started working at the school as a School Secretary. When the role of Clerk to Governors came up I was keen to see how I could further help the school to succeed.


Attendance records for members of LGB July 2019 onwards

Business Register Forms

Governor Business Interests 2018-19 OF

Governor’s Corner

The following documents can be found on the SAST website:

  • Annual Report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Names of Trustees and Members
  • Funding Agreement

Contact Us

For more information or to get in touch:

01258 860530
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