School Governors | Portsmouth High School

School Governors

'Governors show an excellent awareness of their responsibilities, supporting the school fully in the articulation and implementation of its ambitious vision.' ISI Report 2015

Mrs Anne McMeehan Roberts (Chair)

Anne became Chair of Portsmouth High School’s governing body in 2013, having been a Governor since 2009.

Most of her career has been spent working in the City, latterly running a specialist communications firm, of which she was a founding director. Prior to this her appointments included Director of Communications of the investment funds industry’s trade association and director of Framlington Group and Managing Director of its unit trust subsidiary. She won the Network Award for Business Woman of the Year in Finance in 1992.

Anne loves the arts, in particular opera and theatre, likes walking, skiing and gardening, is learning Russian and to play the piano and much enjoys writing.

She was a pupil at Portsmouth High School, leaving in 1972 to study European Languages, Politics and Economics at Loughborough University.

Ms Sarah Mansell (Vice-Chair)

Sarah runs her own fundraising consultancy working chiefly in the arts and cultural sectors. She is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and she provides fundraising services to support revenue and capital projects.

Most recently Sarah led the successful Chichester Festival theatre capital campaign to raise over £22m, and she is currently advising St Wilfred’s hospice on the capital plans to raise in excess of £14m.

Sarah is also a trustee of Not Shut Up, a charity that works with the unfree; encouraging and supporting creative writing in prisons, detention centres, mental health facilities, refuge centres and other secure settings.

Sarah is married with two children (her daughter Ella was at PHS) and she lives in Nutbourne, near Chichester.


Mrs Krysia Butwilowska

Krysia joined as a member of the school Governing Body in September 2009 having left in the summer as Head of St Luke’s C of E Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School, Portsmouth (now The Charter Academy) after serving there for 10 years.

Krysia is a highly experienced Headteacher with a proven track record of effective leadership and transformational change to facilitate raising standards and aspirations. Her experience is in a variety of educational setting including the independent sector.

She has been a speaker at a number of seminars/conferences both at home and abroad. She has also led educational visits for Headteachers to Poland, Sweden and Russia. Krysia has considerable experience with curriculum development, professional development of staff and leadership and management skills.

A JP in Portsmouth Krysia was an OFSTED inspector between1994 and 2005. She has been a speaker at a number of seminars/conferences both at home and abroad. Whilst at St Luke’s she was twice the Chair of the Portsmouth Secondary Heads’ Group and chair of the Community Improvement Partnership.

Mrs Susie Dryden

Susie became a Governor of Portsmouth High School in 2011 and is also an Old Girl of the school.

Having studied Law at Cardiff University, Susie qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and joined Blake Lapthorn solicitors, where she has been a Partner for many years. Susie heads the Hampshire based commercial litigation team at the firm and is a recognised leader in her field. She also undertakes some regulatory work and acts as an Intervention Agent for the Solictors Regulation Authority.

Susie is married with two children. She enjoys playing tennis and golf but does not have enough time to make the much needed investment in reducing her handicap!

Commander Martin J Evans BSc (Hons) MA MCGI Royal Navy

Commander Evans became a Governor of the School in 2014.

Martin is a Royal Navy Officer of 29 years experience, and is the Commanding Officer/Head of Establishment of HMS EXCELLENT, the home of the Navy Command Headquarters on Whale Island in Portsmouth.

Martin lives with his wife Libby and son Will in Southsea and has a daughter, Florence, who left PHS in Jul 14 and is now at Bath University. Martin was educated in Northamptonshire and graduated from London University in 1984 with a First class honours degree in Biology.

He has had a varied career as a Warfare officer which has included assignments in Hong Kong, Norfolk VA (USA), Southern Italy (during which he was chairman of the British Forces School in Naples) and Bahrain; he has served at sea and ashore in warfare and command appointments.

Living in a Thomas Ellis Owen house in the heart of Southsea, he is a compulsive DIY enthusiast, keen on fitness and cycling, enjoys fly fishing and enjoys sailing.

Doctor Misha Filip PhD MIEEE FHEA FIET

Misha is Head of School of Engineering at the University of Portsmouth and became a Governor in 2013.

Misha is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Educated as an electronic engineer, Misha obtained his PhD in digital satellite communications and, following a brief spell in industry, embarked on a career in Higher Education (HE). Misha has over 20 years of experience in curriculum development, research and knowledge transfer in the HE sector.

He has had a number of external examining roles in the UK and abroad, has led UK and Europe-wide research projects and is currently serving on the IET’s Academic Accreditation Committee. Through this work Misha is exposed to the academic practices, standards and quality of the whole of the UK HE sector in engineering.

Misha is keen to promote STEM disciplines to all and particularly Engineering to girls. Married to an engineer, Misha understands how much the profession would be richer if more girls followed it. He lives in Emsworth and enjoys tennis, cycling and skiing.

Reverend Canon Peter Leonard

Peter is a Residentiary Canon at Portsmouth Cathedral with responsibility for discipleship, growth and community outreach.

Peter was born and spent his early years in Windsor before growing up in Surrey. He pursued a career in business before going to Trinity College in Bristol to study Theology and train for the ministry.

He was a parish priest in the Guildford Diocese for 10 years before re-training as a Primary School teacher. Peter worked in primary schools in Surrey and Hampshire ending up as Head of a small primary school north of Portsmouth.

Peter has a keen interest in social justice and how the church relates to the wider world, particularly how relationships are established. In his spare time he enjoys running, mountaineering, baking and spending time away in his VW campervan.

Mr Norman Pitman

Norman joined the board of Governors in early 2014. He gained degrees in Economics from the Universities of Wales and Reading and has spent his career in information technology.

He moved recently from Dubai, where his challenge was to develop IBM’s business in Africa and now lives in Singapore with a similar remit in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Dubai, he lived with his family near Petersfield, Hants working across UK, USA and Europe.

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