Board of Governors

  • Mr Chris Patterson

    Chair of Governors

    I was born and bred in and around Bristol, I was a pupil at Clifton College before going to Cambridge to read English in 1977. After a brief spell as a management trainee with M&S I joined my father and uncle in the family business selling hardware, cleaning and catering equipment. The first few years were spent learning the various jobs within each department, covering showroom sales, warehousing, sales office and field sales before running the accounts office.

    On my father’s retirement in 1991 I became managing director of Pattersons and have spent the last 25 years building the business, which now also has branches in Devon and the West Midlands. I am a director and past president of the British independent Retailers’ Association and a Managing Committee member and past Chairman of the International Hardware and Housewares Association.

    Outside of work I am President of Young Bristol, a city wide charity running youth clubs, activities and creative programmes for young people. I am also a past president of the Anchor Society, which cares for the elderly in Bristol and am a member of the Society of Merchant Ventures. Hobbies include walking, tennis and gardening.

    I am excited to be working alongside the staff at The Dolphin School and look forward to meeting you all soon. The Dolphin School is on an exciting journey this year and I feel privilege to be part of this fantastic school.

  • Miss Shelley Dixon


    Since becoming Headteacher of The Dolphin School in January, I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff, governors, children and families that make our school so well respected within the community. Working together, we ensure that the values on which the school is founded drive our development forward so that The Dolphin School offers children the strongest foundation for learning.

  • Mr George Griffth


    George Griffith; Parent Governor, George is one of our parent governors. He has 3 children, the youngest of whom, Fern, is at Dolphin School. He is married to Alyce and lives locally in Montpelier. He has been involved in local conservation for a number of years. George works for CBRE (a firm of property consultants) where most of his work relates to asset management at Universities, Colleges and Hospitals. With 3 children, spare time revolves around their activities but also includes gardening, DIY and other activities associated with living in an old house. He is committed to creating a school that will serve its local community, something that has been missing in this part of Bristol

  • Mr Richard Wynn-Jones

    Governor (Safeguarding Lead)

    Mr Richard Wynn-Jones, BA(Oxon); Richard is a Governor at Norton Radstock Further Education College and a part time Law Lecturer at the University of the West of England .Business Advisor, Young Enterprise

    Richard is married with three children.

  • Mr Peter Huckle


    Peter Huckle BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd is a Bristolian who has taught in both the state and independent sectors in Bristol for over 35 years. He is now the Headteacher of a large local Infant and Junior School. He is married with 3 grown up children. In addition to his family and education, he has a great passion for rugby union. He had a long career officiating in the world of professional rugby union, working in the Premiership, in Europe and at International matches and is now coaching the professional Assistant Referees. He is delighted to have the opportunity to play a part in the development of the Dolphin School.

  • Ms Jenny Batchelor


    I am a partner in Grant Thornton, based in Bristol, where I head up the tax team. I joined the office in April 2016 and have enjoyed getting to understand more about Bristol and the community.

    In my role, I build strong relationships with various people (clients, potential clients, team members, other advisers, other partners) and I spend time understanding what is important to people so I can work with them to achieve it.

    My team is 20 strong and I directly people manage 6 of these. I am a believer in getting to know people’s natural preferences so I can adapt my style to match it and my own natural style is a straight talker who challenges people in a non-threatening way and with a hint of humour.

    I adopt a similar approach to my work with external clients – understanding what is important to them so I can deliver advice which fits with these needs. In my role, I provide solutions to clients and I pride myself on being able to get to the right solutions for them.

    Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2006, I trained with Arthur Andersen in London and then transacted across to Deloitte, so have worked with a number of firms and cultures. I have also worked in a number of offices in Grant Thornton (Gatwick, London and Bristol) and I covered Head of Tax role in a multinational client for 9 months so have seen a number of different teams and firms and have a wide basis of experience.

    Grant Thornton’s purpose is to “Help Shape a Vibrant Economy” and this is across all areas – education, business, charities, government. In the local area, we recently launched our enquiry into the West of England, which was focussed around skills in the area to ensure that the local area has the skills needed to deliver on its future potential, and that we can attract and retain the talent we need. I am a key part of this and believe this will be key for the area.

    I was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged my education and I loved school and learning all the way from primary school to University, where I studied Materials Science and Engineering. Because of this, I am a great believer in giving children the best educational start in life and if their hearts are captured early, it can have a profound impact all through their life.

    As a mother of a 4 year-old daughter, I recognise the importance that schools play in helping to shape, not stifle, the development of children and would be truly excited to play a part on the board of governors of Dolphins School.

  • Miss Frances Adams

    Staff Governor

    I have been a primary school teacher for the last eight years teaching various KS1 and KS2 classes. I completed a degree in primary School Education at Roehampton University. I recently moved to Bristol after living and teaching abroad for the past year and have been getting to know this wonderful city. As a member of staff at the Dolphin School I feel it is important to become involved with the wider school community. I am interested in seeing and participating in the many different ways in which the Dolphin School is growing and continuing to develop its identity as it builds up to become a full primary school with EYFS right up to Year 6.

  • Ms Stephanie Williams

    Parent Governor

    I have 2 children, the eldest of whom, Aki, is at The Dolphin School. We live locally but have previously been lucky enough to live and work in Germany and Japan and enjoyed the experience of different cultures. In addition to my family, my main interests are travel and music - all genres and especially live. I am very happy to have the opportunity to support The Dolphin School, at the centre of the local community.