The local governing body is part of the Trust Board of the Wessex Multi Academy Trust and has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The composition of the local governing body is as follows:-

2 Parent Governors 1 elected

1 vacancy

Jonathan Dunne (31/03/26)
Head of School   Louise Greenham  
Staff Governor 1 vacancy    
7 Co-opted Governors


  Margaret Moss

Sandra Scott

Lesley Goldsack

Phil Sales

Sophie Duke

Jackie Sonner







(NB The dates in brackets are the current terms of office for those governors)


Governor Directory


  Jonathan Dunne – Chair of Governors / Elected Parent Governor

As the Chair of Governors my focus is to work closely with the Head of School to ensure the preservation and promotion of the school’s vision and ethos.  As a husband and father to two boys, one of whom is a student at Damers, my commitment to their well-being and education is unwavering. Just like you, my children are at the centre of my world, and I recognize the pivotal role that their early education plays in their growth as individuals.  From the moment my son first entered the Foundation gates, I have been captivated by the exceptional warmth, expertise, and dedication exhibited by the entire Damers staff. To express my gratitude for their tireless efforts in nurturing and empowering our children to become the best versions of themselves, I couldn’t think of a better way than serving on the Board of Governors.

I can be contacted via the school office –

  Sophie Duke – Co-opted Governor

After a 12 year career as an Urban Designer, I moved back to Dorchester with my family. I am now a full time mum to 3 children, 2 of whom are pupils at Damers. I have always been impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of all those who play a part in making our school so brilliant and having spent 2 years as vice chair of the PTA, I was keen to become more involved in the school. In 2018, I was elected as a parent governor. I feel privileged to be able to support the staff at Damers in providing fantastic opportunities for learning and in striving to ensure that our school continues to develop and thrive.
  Lesley Goldsack – Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Dorset all my life and I’m married to a farmer with whom I have four children in their twenties.   I have been a teacher for over thirty years and now do supply work at Damers First School where everyone in the ‘Damers Family’ has a rich, creative and forward thinking vision.  I am passionate about education and I strongly believe that the child must be at the heart of all educational decisions and this is exemplified at Damers.

margaret_moss    Margaret Moss – Authority Governor

I became a Children’s Services Authority Governor of Damers School in June 2012.  I was a primary school Headteacher in Hertfordshire for 14 years.  I also worked as a School Improvement Partner in Hertfordshire.  In 2011 I retired to Dorset.  I am still a Hertfordshire Improvement Partner and I am working for Dorset County Council as a School Evaluation Partner.

  Phil Sales – Co-opted Governor

I have lived in the local area of Dorchester for over 30 years and now I live with my family in Poundbury, Dorchester.  My son attends Damers and my newly born daughter will also attend in years to come.  I believe Damers is a wonderful school, with a great ethos and the curriculum is exceptionally strong.  I have been a primary school teacher and now headteacher for nearly 20 years.  My teaching career started in Bridport before I moved to Sherborne to be a deputy head.  I am now the headteacher of Buckland Newton Primary School.  I am very proud to be a governor at Damers school and feel excited to support this fantastic school for years to come! 
  Sandra Scott – Co-opted Governor

My name is Sandra Scott and I am a member of staff at Damers First School. I have been a school governor for four years. I am vice chair on the Environment & Premises committee. I decided to serve on this committee as I am interested in making a positive contribution towards a safe and healthy environment for all our children to learn in.

   Jackie Sonner – Co-opted Governor


  Victoria Thompson – Clerk to the Governors

I am currently a Clerk to Governors covering 3 schools within our Trust. I was previously a foster carer and enjoy being involved with children in making their experiences in and out of education the best it can be. I am honoured to be part of the LGB meetings and supporting Governors that have such an important role in supporting the school.


For more information about becoming a School Governor, please click here.  If you would like to contact any of our Governors, you can get in touch with them via the Office.

To view the Governing Body Attendance Register for 2022-23, click here.  To view the Governing Body Attendance Register for 2020-21, click here.

Damers First School is part of the Wessex MAT, for more information please visit the Wessex MAT website.   To view the Wessex MAT Register of Business Interests, please click here.  To read our Supplemental Funding Agreement, click here.  For our Scheme of Delegation, click here.