Board of Governors


Our 2020/21 Board of Governors  


The principal responsibility of the board is to ensure that the School is run in accordance with its charitable objectives and that all the functions of the School are authorised by the powers provided by its Articles of Association, company and charity law and in relation to risk management and legal compliance. The strategy and development of the School is set by the Governors who approve the plans and budgets presented by the Headmistress and Bursar. The Full Board meets once a term and is supported by the Audit, Carrdus, Design, Development, Education and Welfare, Finance and Resources, and Nominations Committees. Each Committee meets at least once a term and submits reports and recommendations to the Board, with the exception of the Audit Committee, which convenes at least once a year, and the Development and Design Committees, which convene as required. Tudor Hall School Enterprises Ltd papers are submitted to the Tudor Hall board for consideration. External professional advice is sought as and when necessary. The Trustees are all volunteers and their support is essential in ensuring that Tudor Hall School continues to thrive.

The Board seeks to ensure that its members provide the breadth and depth of experience to carry out its duties effectively and efficiently. It is important that the trustees have empathy with the objects, aims and ethos of the School; to achieve this the board is made up of independent members, Old Tudorians, and current and former parents so as to maintain balance and perspective.

The day-to-day running of the School is delegated to the Headmistress and the Bursar who both attend the Board and relevant Committees, together with the Head of Carrdus School as appropriate. Other members of senior management attend relevant meetings as required.

Committee Membership

Debbie Chism is the Chair of Governors and oversees Safeguarding, she is a practising solicitor. Debbie has over 20 years' experience exclusively in the field of family law and is currently a partner at Stewarts. She is a graduate of Oxford University, having attended an "old-fashioned" girls' state grammar school. Debbie is a current Tudor Hall parent.

Duncan Bailey, Chairman of the Carrdus Committee, is Headmaster of Cothill House - an Independent boarding school for boys aged 8-13. Before that he was Directeur at the Château de Sauveterre for 8 years. He began his teaching career at Eton College (where he had been a student) after language degrees at the University of Manchester, and then later, Vienna University. He is tri-lingual and a very keen sportsman and is a current parent at Tudor Hall.

Simon Beale continues his career in the insurance market by way of consultancy. He was formerly the CEO of MS Amlin Plc, a leading insurer and reinsurer and a part of the global top ten insurance group MS&AD (Mitsui Sumitomo insurance).  He still consults for Mitsui Sumitomo. Simon joined the Lloyd’s insurance market from the University of St Andrews in 1984 and specialised in marine shipping.  He joined Amlin in 1994 and helped to build it to the business it is today operating in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, Bermuda and the United States. He served eight years on the Council of Lloyd's and three as Deputy Chairman. Simon is married to Caroline, lives in the Cotswolds and they have four children with two girls both of whom attended Tudor Hall. 

Sally Bowie, Old Tudorian, is currently Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire and Trustee of the Music Foundation for Leicester Cathedral and a Governor of De Montfort University.  Sally is involved in a number of charities and appeals including Women and Philanthropy, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Panel which nominates Young People awards and she is Vice President of the Rural Community Council of Leicestershire and Rutland.  Sally is a former parent of Tudor Hall.

Alice Carson, is currently Business Assistant to the CEO of PIMFA, a trade association overseeing the wealth management industry in the UK. Prior to this, Alice worked in the Investment Management industry for 8 years managing funds for Charities, Private Clients and Institutions. She is an Old Tudorian, along with her four sisters.

Alison Darling, Chairman of the Education Committee has 18 years' experience of school governance at four schools in both the independent and maintained sectors. Alison is Chair of Governors at her local primary school in Herefordshire and an advocate of single sex education for girls having been Co-Chair of Governors of the Kingsley School in Leamington Spa for over 10 years. She has seen schools and their communities through significant and often challenging periods of change. She has been responsible for initiating and leading governance self-reviews and ensuring the findings lead to better practice. Alison is a former Tudor Hall parent and believes she has both an understanding of parents' expectations when choosing a school for their daughter as well as knowledge and experience of the challenges facing our smaller independent schools.

Simon Davis - Simon Davis is a former journalist and broadcaster turned entrepreneur. He spent a decade as a writer for The Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and The Evening Standard; also writing, and presenting, various programmes on travel, culture and food for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2009 he moved into events founding the London Restaurant Festival which still takes place annually. This led to the foundation of Gastronomous Ltd, now a leading marketing and events agency owning and operating multiple long-term projects in food and travel in the UK and across Europe for clients including American Express, Hyatt and The Crown Estate. Simon has a daughter in the Upper IV, part of the Head Girl Team, and his wife and mother-in-law are both Old Tudorians. A younger daughter will be joining the school in 2022. 

John Elliot, Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Oxford before attending agricultural college and returning to manage the family and estate business. He holds a number of current non-executive roles and was a NED of NFU Mutual and United Oilseeds. John is a former parent of Tudor Hall.

Kathy Fidgeon, Chairman of the Audit Committee, is a Chartered Accountant. As a partner at Grant Thornton, Chartered Accountants, for 22 years she specialised in charities and not for profit entities, education, property and agriculture. Kathy left Grant Thornton in 2013 to set up her own practice in which she continues to focus on these specialisms. She is a director of Tudor Hall School Enterprises Ltd.

Jonny Hammond-Chambers is Registrar at Oundle School, having been Housemaster and Head of Geography prior to that. He started his teaching career at Ludgrove (prep school) and then went on to Scots College, New Zealand. He has been a governor of a Scottish prep school for ten years and has a MA in Educational Leadership at the University of Nottingham.   

Nick Holliday is General Secretary of the Dulwich Preparatory Schools Trust and, for fifteen years until his retirement in December 2019, he was also Bursar of Dulwich Prep London, one of the UK’s largest independent prep schools. He is a graduate of Oxford University and spent ten years as an army officer in The Life Guards before moving into financial services. For twenty years he worked for various asset management companies looking after pension funds, charities and other institutions, latterly at Schroders.

Mary Kinnear is a retired teacher whose career included teaching at Arnold House before moving to Dragon School where she taught for 30 years, becoming at various stages Assistant Head of day pupils, Head of Year 4, Deputy Head pre-prep and Co-ordinator Pastoral Care. Since retirement from teaching, Mary has undertaken part time administrative and marketing duties at Dragon School and is a PGCE tutor at Buckingham University.

Bob Lari is a Chartered Accountant with international experience in corporate finance. He has business interests in healthcare and property development and is currently a director of Godswell Park. Bob is a current parent of 1 at Carrdus School.  

Charles Newsome is a Divisional Director of Investec Wealth & Investment and has worked in the finance industry for all of his working career. In addition to this he has held school governance positions within the State Education Sector and has sat on the Board of a Not for Profit financial training organisation as Vice Chairman. Charles is a former parent of Tudor Hall School.

Jennifer Scarfe has worked in education for 16 years holding a variety of roles in both academic and pastoral capacities. The last 11 years have been spent in single sex education with her most recent position being Deputy Head Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Badminton Girls’ School, Bristol. She has a keen interest in adolescent mental health and teaches the Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for Mental Health First Aid England. Her desire to see young people grow up to be happy, well-adjusted young adults has led to her securing a funded place to train as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, studying with the Tavistock and Portman. Outside of work she enjoys mountain biking and hiking with her husband in the region around their holiday home in Andalucía.

Mark Sewell is a director of Smith and Williamson Investment Management. He was formerly a member of the Stock Exchange (elected 1984) and is currently a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. He served as an army officer with the Grenadier Guards from 1975 to 1980 before embarking on a City career during which he has accumulated nearly 40 years of investment and broking experience. He has three daughters all of whom attended Tudor Hall. He is a Governor of Lord Leycester’s Hospital, which is a Warwick based charity.

Elizabeth Style, Old Tudorian and former pupil of The Carrdus School. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh where she read Ancient History. Elizabeth is a Chartered Tax Advisor working as a consultant in the in US and UK personal tax team of Deloitte LLP in their London office.

Nicky Wilson is the co-founder and director of Jupiter Artland sculpture park near Edinburgh, which opened in 2008. Nicky trained as an artist at Camberwell College of Fine Art in London, and after a MA in sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art, she won the prestigious British School of Rome Sculpture Scholarship. Nicky founded and directed the skincare company Beautiful Bump and has managed accounts at WCRS Advertising Agency and LSDC Ayer Advertising. She currently sits on the board and is Chair of the Hopetoun Foundation and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. Previously Nicky sat on the Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland and was Deputy Chair of Governors at Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar. Nicky has five children with her husband Robert Wilson, also co-founder of Jupiter Artland.

If you wish to contact the Chairman of Governors the postal address is:

c/o Clerk to the Governors
Tudor Hall School
Wykham Park
OX16 9UR 

Or via email:

Registered name: Tudor Hall School

Registered number: 2995266
Place of registration: England
Registered office: Wykham Park, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9UR
Charity number: 1042783