Talbot Heath


Please find below a list of our governors' biographies:

To contact: Mrs Christine Norman, Chair of Governors

Email: cnorman@talbotheath.org

Telephone: 01202 761881

Address: Rothesay Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9NJ 

Tim Battcock

TIM BATTCOCK has been a consultant physician at Poole hospital since 1991. He is married to a local GP and they have three girls all whom have been educated at Talbot Heath. Tim was born in Hertfordshire and qualified from Liverpool university medical school in 1981. He has worked in Merseyside, followed by 3 years in Leicester, before moving to the south coast. He has always had a large interest in medical education and was responsible for the education of all junior doctors at Poole hospital, until January 2012. He also has regional roles for medical education and is fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London involved with national examinations and education of physicians.  His outside interests are entertainment, entertaining and competition.


Cherry Edwards

CHERRY EDWARDS has, during her career as an educator and trainer, extensive experience of managing education and training. She started as a teacher and youth leader in Oxford before transferring to the careers service. During 7 years as a careers’ counsellor (specialising in post ‘A’ level occupations, working mainly with Grammar Schools and 6th forms) she was based in the NE and NW of England. After a career break she joined a company which managed worked based learning (WBL) and placements for young people and adults. In the early 1990’s she developed new Apprenticeship models with employers and colleges, the basis of much of today’s training in the workplace, and became the Company Manager of a WBL provider in the NW. In 1996 she joined Bournemouth and Poole College, becoming Head of Work Based Learning. Her last project, managing a government review of post 16 education in Bournemouth Dorset and Poole, brought her into close contact with all sectors of education and training in the region. Latterly she has worked as an education and training consultant, with local schools, colleges and employers.

Diana Leadbetter

DIANA LEADBETTER is the Finance Director of a local family business. A former Talbot Heath Junior School pupil, she completed her degree in Business Studies before going on to train as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG qualifying in 1989.  Diana subsequently joined her family business where she gained experience in all aspects of the business.  She is now Finance Director where her principal day to day role revolves around the financial and administrative management of the company including HR and Company Secretarial work. Diana was involved with the Talbot Heath Parent Staff Society as a Year Group Representative in both the Junior and Senior Schools. Her daughter started Talbot Heath in Kindergarten in 1999 and continued at the school completing her A-Levels in 2014.



Andrew Main

ANDREW MAIN is a ‘hybrid’ with 17 years in industry and the last 25 as a lecturer and academic manager at Bournemouth University.  He grew up in London, gained a PhD in engineering computation, was employed for eight years and freelance in the Bournemouth area for nine, working with manufacturing and process industries process quality and productivity.  He joined the Dorset Institute of Higher Education in 1989, which in quick succession became Bournemouth Polytechnic and Bournemouth University – where he is Associate Dean (Students), Faculty of Science and Technology. He teaches computing.  Academic management focuses on the student experience.  His own company has undertaken IT projects in his free time.  His five children all went to school in Bournemouth.  He was previously a governor of St Mark’s School in Talbot Village and Bournemouth School for Girls.


Christine Norman - Chair

CHRISTINE NORMAN was Public Relations and Conference Manager for a large housing charity for 9 years before joining her husband in his law practice as Legal Executive.  Her daughter was educated at Talbot Heath between 1988 and 1998 during which time she became involved in the Parent Staff Society retiring as Deputy Chairman.  She became a Governor in November 1996 and has been Vice Chairman since 2010.

James Paget

James Paget

I am currently managing director at Paget Reid York Chartered Certified Accountants. A fellow of the ACCA, I hold Statutory Auditor status and I am also a licensed probate practitioner with the ICAEW. I advise in the taxation of small and medium sized family businesses and financial reporting and assurance assignments with charities and non-profit organisations. Since 2012 I have been involved as a founder and finance director with Dorset Business Angels which run business angel investor pitching events (like Dragons Den) which focuses on deal flow for start-ups in and around the local area particularly with regard to digital businesses. I spent 5 years up to 2010 acting as a trustee director with a local church and advised on a major building project where I have been actively involved. My interests are in art and design, new music, reading up on economic commentary, playing drums, running, cooking and travel when time permits.

Christopher Rutledge

CHRISTOPHER RUTLEDGE. Read Sociology at London University; Theology at Sarum Theological College and Cambridge University, a MSc in the Psychology of Religion at Glyndwr University and a MPhil and a PhD at the University of Wales. Ordained in the Anglican Church in 1970 and for the past 28 years was Vicar of St Mark’s, Talbot Village. For ten years he served on the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, and is a Canon Emeritus of Salisbury Cathedral. From 2004 until 2009 he was Chaplain of Talbot Heath School. His daughter was educated at Talbot Heath.


Claire Saunders

Claire Saunders

I was educated at Bournemouth School for Girls and subsequently trained as a primary school teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge, graduating in 1992. I worked in Bournemouth in the primary sector for 11 years, first at Epiphany School and then at Stourfield Junior School. In 2004 I took a slight change in direction, moving to Moorlands College to oversee the Foundation Year programme, finding that I very much enjoyed working in higher education. After 6 years, I moved to Bournemouth and Poole College as a Teacher Training Lecturer. I am now a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at Southampton Solent University. I am also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University, where I teach Child Psychology and Childhood Studies, and where I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education. My eldest daughter left Talbot Heath in 2017 after seven very happy years and my youngest daughter is in the Sixth Form at the Bishop of Winchester Academy, where she has been a pupil since year 7. My husband, Andy, works as the Children and Families Adviser for the Diocese of Winchester, and has been actively involved in life at Talbot Heath, especially through running Messy Church in the Junior School.

Rachel Small

RACHEL SMALL started her career in the City but re-trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1993. Rachel moved with her family to Bournemouth in 1998 and was a partner of Lester Aldridge solicitors from 2000-2007.  Rachel is now Group Company Secretary and General Counsel for LV= (Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Ltd ) leading a team of 15 lawyers and assistants for the LV=Group. Rachel has been involved with the TH Parent Staff Society since her two daughters, who have now left, started Junior School in 1998 and was Treasurer of the PSS from 2007-2010. Rachel was appointed as Governor in 2010.


Clodie Sutcliffe - Vice Chair

CLODIE SUTCLIFFE was educated at Talbot Heath from 1980 to 1987, following in the footsteps of her mother. She was Deputy Head Girl in her final year. She graduated from Warwick University, with a degree in Physical Education and Mathematics and then went on to teach at Wentworth College, where she was Head of Physical Education. In 1999 she had a change of career, joining Dorset Police being promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and to Inspector in 2008. Her current role is as a Critical Incident Inspector, covering Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. She lives locally with her husband and three energetic spaniels and competes in triathlons!


David Townend

DAVID TOWNEND is an experienced entrepreneur. He was born in London and brought up in Bath. Since moving to Bournemouth in 1983, he has supported a number of businesses and driven them to achieve significant growth. His background is in IT and he has extensive experience in the property, energy and Internet sectors and he currently has a number of local business interests. His youngest daughter was educated at Talbot Heath from 2003 to 2009.