The King's School Gloucester appoints its first female Chair of Governors

For the first time in the school's history, The King's School Gloucester has appointed a female Chair of Governors, with former headteacher and safeguarding expert, Debbie Innes-Turnill, taking up the role this January 2024.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Nationally-respected safeguarding expert, Debbie Innes-Turnill, has been appointed as The King's School Gloucester's first female Chair of Governors.

Gloucester's prestigious independent school, The King's School Gloucester, has appointed a female Chair of Governors for the first time in its history.

As one of the country's oldest charities, The King's School has been educating children in Gloucestershire since 1541 — and it has appointed a new board of governors to help guide the school's strategy in the coming years, as well as provide support to headmaster, David Morton, and the wider school community. 

Former headteacher and nationally-respected safeguarding expert, Debbie Innes-Turnill, takes up the Chair of Governors role this January 2024, as Phillip Dancey steps down after 10 years. 

David said: 'It is an absolute pleasure to see Debbie step into the pivotal role of Chair of Governors at King’s. Her wide-ranging educational experience, deep interest in the personal development of children and her passion for the school are always evident.'

She is joined on the board of governors by a formidable team of local businesspeople, including Nationwide Building Society cyber security and compliance expert, Melanie Green; global lead for law enforcement and human rights programmes at Vodaphone, Kate Bedwell; executive coach and development consultant, Claire Thompson; local businessman Russell Warner; associate professor at Birmingham University, Dr Phillip Smith; and Gloucester Cathedral's new canon precentor, Reverend Craig Huxley-Jones. 

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