About Us


School Governors & Trustees (The Governing Body of Dorset House School)


Chairman of Governors 

  • Mr Willy R J Hockin* OBE FloD FRAes (Chairman), (Can be contacted c/o the School Office)


  • Mr Richard Agutter* JP FCA
  • Mr Johnny R T Barclay DL
  • Miss Helen Davies MA (Oxon) MBA (London)
  • Mrs Hilary R Dugdale+ MA PGCE
  • Mr Ben A.H. Figgis MA (Cantab), M.Ed, PGCE
  • Mr Michael Higham BA (Exeter), Cert Ed, Chair of the Estates and Finance Committee
  • Mrs Amanda Meyrick
  • Mr Dominic Mott MA (Cantab)
  • Mr Nigel Parsons
  • Mr Paul Wilson B Sc, (Durham)


Willy Hockin OBE FIoD FRAes 

Willy was educated at Sherborne School, The Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and the Joint Service Defence College, Greenwich.

He commanded three Destroyers; established the management structure for a Defence Agency and assisted in the creation of the infrastructure for the Defence Logistical Organisation Headquarters.

He is now the Director of Defence at ADS, the trade organisation that advances the AeroSpace, Defence, Security and Space Industries.  He is a Director of the United Kingdom Council for e-Business, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Willy is married to Di and they have three sons, all of whom were educated at Dorset House.

He is interested in outdoor sporting activities and enjoys his family and exploring the possibilities in life. Willy has a bod managerial experience in both the public and private sectors and this helps the management team to run the business aspects of the Trust and School.


Richard Agutter FCA, JP

Richard was educated at Marlborough College, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1964 joined Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and was made a partner in 1976, specialised in Corporate Recovery but in 1986 was asked to set up the Corporate Finance Division and was appointed Chairman of KPMG Corporate Finance in 1990. He retired in 1998.

He is now a a non-executive director of a Public Company, a Governor of Birkbeck College (Chairman of the Finance Committee). He is also a JP. He was an Alderman of the City of London from 1995-2004 and a Sheriff in 2000-1.

Richard is married with grown-up sons and lives in Bury. He believes his financial background can be of assistance as a governor and as a member of the Estates and Finance Committee at Dorset House.


John Barclay DL 

John was educated at Eton, played first-class cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club (1970-1986, Captain 1980-1986), He is a Director of The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, Past President of MCC, President of The English Schools Cricket Association, President of The Cricket Society and Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex.

His life has so far been dedicated to sport and young people. His son was a pupil at Dorset House and he trusts that his enthusiasm will always have a very beneficial effect upon Dorset House.


Hilary Dugdale MA, PGCE 

Hilary was educated at Gresham’s, graduated from Cambridge University (English), PGCE (secondary) in English and Drama at Durham, taught in Sri Lanka, appointed Senior Mistress at Lancing College (1999), co-ordinated the move to full co-education in 2000 and since 2014, has been Senior Deputy Head.  Hilary is also Designated Safeguarding Lead.

She is married (to the Head of RS Lancing College) with three daughters.

Her interests include: music (Flautist and singer), theatre (watching and directing); walking and reading.

Hilary has been involved in the sweep towards full co-education, has an educational background; knowledge of senior schools and their academic expectation and a commitment to small schools that know and nurture their pupils.

Ben Figgis

Ben has been the Headmaster of Ardingly College since 2014, having moved to Sussex from Oakham School where he was the Deputy Head.  Before that he taught at Abingdon School, where he also ran a boarding house.  His early career was in advertising and television news production, after which he converted joyously to teaching.

Ben read History at Cambridge University and has an MA in Educational Leadership.  He is married to Joanna and they have three children, all currently at Ardingly.

Michael Higham 

Michael was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s boys’ school in Elstree and at Exeter University (St Luke’s College). He started his teaching career at Felsted Prep School before spending two years in Australia teaching Science to boys aged 11-18. He returned as deputy head of Felsted Prep and has recently retired after 20 years as Head of Moulsford Prep School.He is an ISI inspector, a mentor for Prep School Heads through the IAPS and an educational consultant.He is married to Joanna with three daughters, all of whom are involved in the teaching profession.
Michael is a keen games player, having played a high level of rugby, cricket and squash. His activities are now confined to the Golf course and looking after his garden in Thakeham.

Amanda Meyrick 

Amanda was educated at Tudor Hall School and Edinburgh University.  She started her Public Relations career at the Royal Albert Hall and then moved into the agency world with Ogilvy PR.  She is now CEO of Clarion Communications, a WPP owned consumer PR consultancy.  She works with well-known brands owned by companies such as Unilever, Diageo and GSK and is experienced at targeting families.

Amanda is married and has two sons who were both at Dorset House and are currently at Marlborough College.

Dominic Mott 

Dominic was educated at Shrewsbury School before going to Sandhurst where he was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets. He subsequently read Modern and Medieval Languages at Queens’ College, Cambridge where he was Boat Club Captain. Before entering the world of education, Dominic worked in a number of fields, including market research, investment banking and politics.

Dominic started his teaching career at Highgate School before being promoted to Head of Spanish at Sevenoaks School, eventually running the Modern Languages Faculty. He is now Head of Senior School at Hurstpierpoint College, a post he has held since 2015. He is a keen sportsman and marathon runner, and enjoys supporting a wide range of co-curricular activities such as the CCF and school ski trips, for which he is a qualified instructor.



Nigel Parsons 

Nigel was educated at Charterhouse and then Harper Adams University.

Having studied agriculture and business studies, Nigel worked within the agricultural sector before forming Landmark Systems Ltd., a Pulborough-based IT Company specialising in the rural sector in 1987. The company has grown from a start-up to a sector leading company operating throughout the UK with 35 employees, working closely with farms, estates and property management companies.

Nigel is also involved in a small family farming enterprise and property management business.
Nigel is married to Amanda and they have two children. He knows Dorset House well as his son is former pupil.


Paul Wilson 

Paul Wilson was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, from where he went on to gain a deree in Chinese Studies from Durham University, which included a year spent studying in China. Upon graduation, Paul spent a year teaching English to Chinese student both in China and the UK.

He then trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers for three years in their Cambridge office. Once chartered, Paul went to work for a smaller accountancy practice for two years.

After this, Paul switched careers to pursue a career in secondary education, qualifying initially as a teacher of Mathematics and working for four years at Seaford College in West Sussex.

For the past two years, Paul has been working at Brighton College teaching Mandarin and as Housemaster of one of the College’s boarding houses. Paul also works as a sports teacher and is an officer in the College’s CCF
Paul is married to Sarah, a GP, and they have two children, Toby and Lois. Paul enjoys hill walking and rock climbing.