Board of Advisors

Dolphin School Board of Advisors

Dolphin's advisory body meets half-termly and is responsible for overseeing the well being of the school as a whole by scrutinizing strategic and financial decisions and appointing the Head.

Dolphin's Advisors come from a variety of backgrounds, including business and education, and all are deeply committed to the school's continuing success.

All are regular visitors to the school and meet with staff and students to stay in touch with developments.

Matt Allwright

Matt attended Dolphin from 1977 to 1982. Afterwards he attended Reading Blue Coat School, then graduated from Manchester University with a degree in English Language and Literature. Between 1991 and 1994 Matt lived in Japan, teaching English in Saitama Prefecture, North of Tokyo. He then returned to the UK to complete a postgraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Since 1997 Matt has worked as a producer and presenter on BBC television. He is best known for consumer journalism, working on BBC1's Watchdog programme for over 15 years. He also writes regularly and is a patron for the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Society charity (SANDS).

Linda Charlesworth

Linda was an Account Manager for an international publishing house for 2 years following her degree from Reading University, where she read English and Education. She then gained accounts experience as an assistant accountant, working locally for two years and then joining a Hampshire firm for five years. She moved within the Hampshire group of companies to act as joint manager for a Group of Practising Accountants, broadening her experience and working directly for the Founder and Managing Director of the group for five years.

In 1999 Linda was appointed as Executive Co-ordinator at Dolphin School until 2012.

From September 2012 Linda became one of the Dolphin School Advisors. She has an in-depth knowledge of the school, being a parent of Dolphin pupils from 1974 until 1987, a Dolphin employee, and now is delighted to be the proud grandparent of three Dolphin pupils.

Tim Charlesworth

Tim studied at Dolphin from the age of 2 in 1975 until 1986. He went on to study at St Paul's, Barnes, then at the University of Bristol (Economics and History) and finally at Cranfield School of Management (MBA). He is a former chairman of Wokingham Local Education Authority and has served as a school governor in the state system. Tim is a chartered management accountant and has worked as the finance director of a number of companies in the water industry. Tim is married to Julia. Their two daughters (b 2005, 2009) and their son (b 2009) all study at Dolphin. Tim enjoys a variety of sports and is a passionate squash player. He stood for Parliament in the 2001 General Election.

Andre Compton

Andre attended Dolphin from 1978 to 1982, afterwards completing O and A levels at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School  and a BA Hons languages degree at Nottingham Trent University. As a sales graduate with Xerox, followed by a City-based sales and communications career, he established his own design and communications agency in 2005. Working with a constantly challenging range of corporate, government and NPO clients, he works between offices in London and Madrid on local, regional and global campaigns.

A retired rugby player (owing to injuries) and now a keen competitive open water swimmer, a love of all sport and outdoor activities was fostered at Dolphin, as was an independent spirit and a passion for the school's approach to learning and education. His two children are currently Dolphin pupils and are proudly thriving.

Andre is a Trustee for Building for the Future, a disabled childrens' charity based in Wokingham. One of his proudest achievements has been to fundraise for the charity (with three fellow Old Delphinians) completing the river Dart 10k swim in 2014.

Rachel Edwards

A graduate of the London Hospital Medical College, now the Royal London, in 1970 Rachel spent a year in Australia as a second year intern before returning to the UK to train in anaesthesia and intensive care.  Rachel was fortunate to be appointed as a Consultant anaesthetist to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 1979 where she continued to work for over 30 years.  During this time the NHS was "reorganised" several times but with the introduction of budget holding by clinicians in the late 80's Rachel became the clinical director of anaesthesia and ITU, and after several years in various roles was persuaded to be the Executive Medical Director of the trust. The following six years coincided with the rebuilding of the RBH, the closure of Battle hospital but most significantly Rachel led the massive change in medical practice from elective to emergency care.  Rachel is now fully retired both as a clinician and medical manager, and plays golf instead.

More important perhaps Rachel is also the mother of two old Delphinians, one still wears her faded T-shirt, and both have very happy memories of their Dolphin years and especially of their field trips.  Rachel's husband has equally fond memories of driving the school minibus to Northumberland and of writing and producing a school play.

As grandmother of a potential new Delphinian, maintaining the original ethos of the school while recognising modern changes in education are as important now as ever.

Claire Smith

Over a 20-year period Claire held a number of teaching and marketing roles both within Dolphin and at other schools. Some years ago she retrained as a photographer and now runs her own business.

Between 1991 and 2005 Claire's two daughters studied at Dolphin. During this period Claire held the post of FunRaisers' Chairman (Dolphin's equivalent of a parent-teacher association) for some years before becoming a member of staff.

Having been involved in every aspect of Dolphin life, Claire hopes that her commitment to, and belief in, the school will help to ensure that future generations benefit from the exceptional education on offer, in the same way that her own daughters did.

John Prosser

John has taught in the state and independent sectors for many years; 25 of them as Head in Wales or Deputy in London, where boys sat C.E. for highly respected seniors schools. John has previous experience as a governor at two London schools. John has a BA and a B.Ed (Hons) from Wales and was in one of the first batches of trained Ofsted Inspectors. When John's wife took up a post as a doctor in Oxford they moved from Harrow and John came to Dolphin as a part-time teacher until retirement. John found the atmosphere of the school to be warm, friendly, welcoming and exhilarating under Dr Ophelia Follett. In John's spare time he enjoys travel, hill walking, opera and skiing.