Belmont School Educational Trust Ltd is overseen by a Board of Governors comprising men and women who work hard for the school in a pro bono capacity in order to ensure that the school is managed effectively to provide outstanding education for all its pupils.  Every governor serves on at least one sub-committee, and takes responsibility for a particular aspect of governance, acting as a conduit between the School and the full Board.  The sub-committees cover the following areas of governance:

  • Estates, Health and Safety
  • Education
  • Finance and Audit
  • Legal and Compliance
  • Nominations and Remuneration
  • Safeguarding


Andrew Baker

Andrew is the The Chairman of Governors and brings his considerable experience of financial analysis, strategic oversight, change management, project execution and team management to his role at Belmont.  After a 35 year career in institutional asset management in the City of London he has now retired.  In his last executive role he was Chief Executive of AIMA the London-based global trade body representing the hedge fund industry.  He is active in local charities in the education, health and heritage sectors.

He has a BSc honours degree from Imperial College, London in Mathematics.

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Tania Botting

Tania Botting is the Safeguarding Governor.  She is Headmistress of Greenfield School in Woking and serves the Belmont Board as Chair of the Safeguarding Committee.  Mrs Botting is a team inspector and a compliance inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and has served as Vice Chairman of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.  She brings a wealth of experience to the Board from the world of education.

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Taryn Timperlake 

Taryn is the Early Years Governor and also sits on the School’s Safeguarding Committee.

Taryn is a solicitor specialising in employment law. Over the course of her career she has advised employers across a wide range of businesses from financial services, to diamond mining and pharmaceuticals. Most recently she was Head of Employee Relations for AXA.

Taryn is a parent to two children at the School.

Sarah Mackenzie-Ross

Dr Sarah Mackenzie Ross is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist and an Honorary Associate Professor at University College London. Her career history has included several appointments in the NHS, specialising in acquired brain injury, cognitive rehabilitation, neurological disease and psychiatric illness. She is an internationally recognised expert in brain injury and toxicology and is currently working as an Expert Witness to the Courts. She is also a Consultant Civilian Advisor in Neuropsychology to the Ministry of Defence.

Sarah has published her work in scientific journals and books, given evidence to Government Committees & Inquiries and her work has been featured in many radio and television programmes. Sarah has considerable teaching experience, having taught undergraduate and postgraduate students over the last 25 years; and she regularly gives talks to pupils, teachers and parents in schools on topics such as careers in psychology, applying to university, interview skills training, parenting teens, drugs and alcohol, mental health in teenagers and how to adapt teaching methods to facilitate learning in pupils, including those with learning difficulties.

Tonya Wheals

Having completed an Agronomy degree and a Masters in Environmental Law, Tonya has worked for nearly 25 years in the Agricultural and Environmental industry and is a “vocal” advocate for sustainable farming. The majority of her career has been spent in Regulatory and Compliance, working for large multi-national companies both in the UK and abroad. More recently Tonya has been running a Global Regulatory consultancy and mainly works from home to work around children – she has three sons all of whom have gone through Belmont.

Tonya leads the Policy and Compliance and Nominations and Renumerations committees.

James Turnbull

James is the Chairman of the Estates, Health and Safety Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Expert Witness Institute. He has over 40 years of residential and commercial property experience encompassing Management, Valuation and Landlord and Tenant matters. He is a partner in a local firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents and is responsible for their financial management.   He is a Trustee on the Board of The Dorking Charity.

Richard Britton