Board of Governors


Our 2019/20 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 is the CEO of MS Amlin Plc, a leading insurer and reinsurer, part of a global top ten insurance group MS&AD (Mitsui Sumitomo insurance). MS Amlin currently employs over 2,000 people and operates in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, Bermuda and the United States. Prior to being appointed CEO in April 2018 Simon was MS Amlin's Chief Underwriting Officer having joined the group in 1994. His background since joining the Lloyd's market in 1984 is as a specialist marine shipping underwriter. In 2018 he was elected to serve a three year term on the Council of Lloyd's and is currently Deputy Chairman. Simon is married to Caroline, lives in the Cotswolds and has four children with the two girls attending 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 current 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.

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.

John Gloag is the Chairman of Governors. He is the Land Agent and Estates Bursar at Merton College, Oxford, responsible for the College’s property Endowment, overseeing new building work and maintaining the fabric of buildings. He qualified at the Royal Agricultural College before working in land and rural property management for Knapman and Bament, and then Strutt and Parker. John is a member of the University Committee that advises on the property element of the University’s Endowment and also holds a number of other trusteeships.

Victoria Harley, Chairman of the Design Committee, manages part of Brampton Bryan Estate and concentrates on the preservation and reuse of traditional and historic buildings together with landscape conservation. Previously a director at Sotheby’s and latterly a freelance consultant and lecturer, she served for seven years on the National Trust Regional Advisory Board. Victoria is a Commissioner of Historic England where she sits on Historic Estate Conservation, Designation Review, and Audit and Risk Assurance Committees. She is also a Governor of a C of E primary school and a former Tudor Hall parent.

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

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 3 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 has a daughter currently attending Tudor Hall School.

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