Governors and Governance

“Pupils’ excellent achievement and personal development are underpinned by governors’ very strong oversight of the school’s work and support for its aims.” Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2014

Ipswich School is a Registered Charity and therefore a non profit-making organisation. The Governing Body consists of unpaid trustees whose responsibility it is to ensure that the school operates in accordance with its Scheme as laid down by the Charity Commission. Any correspondence to the Chairman of Governors should be sent via the Clerk to the Governing Body at Ipswich School.

“Governors discharge all of their responsibilities exceptionally well, promoting the school’s distinctive ethos with passion and wholehearted commitment.” Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2014

Henry Staunton BA FCA Chairman

Henry Staunton is an Old Ipswichian and is married with two grown up children. Henry took over as Chairman in July 2016. He was President of the Old Ipswichian Club in 2004, joined the Governing Body in December 2007 and sits on the Governors' Committee. He previously chaired the Ipswich School Foundation and the Development Committee. He is on the Advisory Board of Exeter University Business School. He is a chartered accountant and after twelve years as a partner in Price Waterhouse became an Executive Director in Granada and ITV. He is currently Chairman of W H Smith and sits on the Boards of three other companies. In 2013 he retired as Vice Chairman of Legal and General.

Nigel Farthing LLB Vice-Chairman

Nigel Farthing has been a member of the Governing Body since 2008 and a member of the Governors' Committee since 2009. He is Vice-Chairman of the Governing Body and has been Chairman of the Prep Committee since 2013. Nigel is a solicitor and Senior Partner of Birketts LLP, an East Anglian law firm. He is an Old Ipswichian and studied law at Nottingham University. He has experience as a trustee of various public bodies and charitable organisations, including a spell as a non-executive director of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and he is currently a trustee of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Terry Baxter

For the past 10 years, as its CEO, Terry has overseen the development of Inspire Suffolk, a charity that works with young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). In 2013, he was appointed Chairman of Ipswich Central, the Business Improvement District (BID) company for the town centre. The organisation is a major partner of the Ipswich ‘Vision’ and continues to promote, lobby and drive the regeneration of Suffolk’s county town. An experienced media and communications specialist and broadcast journalist, Terry has worked with the BBC in both radio and television, specialising in sport, news and current affairs. In 2007 he was made an honorary Fellow of Suffolk New College and more recently in 2015 received an Honorary Fellowship from University Campus Suffolk (now University of Suffolk).

Chris Brown MA

Chris Brown joined the Governing Body in 2003. He read English at Cambridge, taught at The Leys, Pangbourne College, was Head of English and Director of Studies at Radley College before becoming Headmaster of Norwich School (1984-2002), and Chairman of HMC in 2001. He was a trained inspector for ISI. He is now an educational consultant, appraising Heads, and advising governing bodies on the appointment of Heads. He chairs the Academic Committee at Ipswich School. He is married with two married daughters and three grandchildren.

William Coe BSc

William joined the governing body in March 2017.  He is an Old Ipswichian and has two children, both of whom have been, or are being, educated at Ipswich School. He did a degree in Business Administration  at Bath University and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1996 in their Cambridge Office. Since 1997 he has been involved in the family retail business, taking over as Managing director in 1998.  He also sits on the board of BIRA, the UK's biggest independent retail network.

Geoffrey Cook MSc PhD FSB FRSC

A Life Fellow (2007) and former Vice-Master, St Edmund's College, Cambridge (1983-2007), Geoffrey joined the Governing Body in 2000 and has chaired the Campaign Executive for the Music School since 2010. Educated at the School from 1949-56, Geoffrey then read Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

On graduating, Geoffrey moved to the University of Cambridge, gaining his PhD degree in 1963. Completing a two year period as a Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Geoffrey returned to Cambridge in 1965 as a Member of the External Scientific Staff of the MRC. This appointment was held at the Strangeways Research Laboratory and then at the Departments of Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge.

Ordained deacon in 1978 for the service of the RC Diocese of East Anglia, he has chaired the Diocesan Commission for Dialogue and Unity since 1984; Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council 1990-92 and Chairman of Shared Churches (Ely) Limited since 2003.
Geoffrey was Vice-Chair of the Governors of St Bede's Inter-Church School, Cambridge 2003-2013 and Chairman from 2013. He is a Member of the Governing Council, Cambridge Theological Federation and of the Advisory Board, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

Jane Crame  BSc  ACA  PGCE

Jane Crame joined the Governing Body in 2015 and was a parent at the School until her son left for university in the summer of the same year.  She attended the Colchester County High School for Girls before going up to Leeds University to study Mathematics.  She trained as a Chartered Accountant, spending many years in the advertising industry where she became Finance Director of Ogilvy & Mather Ltd.  She joined the teaching profession in 1997, working at Honeywood, Holmwood House and now, Colchester Royal Grammar School.  Jane was also Bursar of New Hall School for 6 years.  Jane is married with one son and two poodles. She became a member of the Governors’ Committee in May 2017.


James Davey BA MBA

James Davey joined the Governing Body in March 2017 as the Old Ipswichian Club representative. He attended Ipswich School from 1966 to 1967. James has a degree in Accountancy and an MBA from the Open University Business School. He has held a number of senior management positions in industry and commerce and currently mentors business owners who want to grow and develop their businesses. James is married with two children, both of whom attended Ipswich School. James’s daughter was in the first cohort of girls to attend the school from Lower Prep through to Sixth Form. James was Chairman of The Old Ipswichian Club from 2009 to 2012.

Elizabeth Garner MEd BA           

Liz Garner joined the Governing Body in 2012. She was Head of the Preparatory School at Forest School, London E17, 2006 - 2012, and prior to that Head of Junior School, Perse Girls, Cambridge. During her teaching career she has worked in the maintained and independent sectors and taught pupils in most age groups. Liz is a member of ISI (the Independent Schools Inspectorate), and through IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools) works with and mentors new heads. Liz is a member of the Prep School Committee.  She is married and has two daughters, both teachers, and two grandchildren. In addition to education, Liz's interests include singing, Cornwall, walking, reading and the theatre.


Dr Orla Goble joined the Governing Body in 2012 and is a member of the Prep Committee. She qualified from St Thomas's hospital medical school, London and is a local general practitioner. She is married with three children, all of whom have attended Ipswich School.


Rosemary Gravell PhD BMedSci BSc MRCSLT MUKCP

Rosemary Gravell is a current parent and has been a Governor since January 2011 and is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding Children. Rosemary is also a member of the Governors' Committee.  She works within the field of Adult Acquired Brain Injury, as a Speech and Language Therapist and as a Counsellor, and is studying for a PhD. Previously she was a Governor at a Church Controlled primary school for 12 years. She has four sons, all of whom have been, or are being, educated at Ipswich School.


Edward Hyams joined the Governing Body in March 2014 and is a member of the Academic Committee. He is an Old Ipswichian and was Head Boy in 1969. Edward has a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College and a postgraduate diploma in accounting and finance. He has pursued a varied career principally in the energy and environmental sectors. His various roles include Managing Director at Eastern Electricity, Founding Partner of a Private Equity Renewable Energy Fund, and Chairman of the UK Energy Saving Trust.



Chris Oxborough BSc FCA

Chris is a Partner at PwC LLP where he leads the Technology Risk team for their FTSE150 practice.  He specialises in advising C-level clients in how to mitigate the risks from implementing and running large scale technology programmes and has worked across a wide range of industry sectors including Technology, Media, Telecoms, Retail & Consumer and Pharma & Life Sciences. Chris is married and has two children, the youngest of which is at Ipswich School.  Outside of work Chris is a keen sportsman and his hobbies include running, cycling and competing in national motorsport as well as photography and music.

Adrian Seagers BA

Adrian Seagers joined the Governing Body in 2005 and is Chairman of the School’s trading company, Ipswich School Enterprises Ltd. Adrian is a partner in Birketts LLP, an East Anglian law firm, and specialises in corporate law, undertaking a wide range of transactions and with particular emphasis on private equity and venture capital. Adrian’s interests are horse-riding and other sports.


The Rt Revd Martin Seeley

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley is the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.  He joined the Governing Body in June 2015 as an ex-officio member.

Mark Taylor BA ACA

Mark Taylor joined the Governing Body in December 2014.  He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Partner with KPMG LLP, where he currently specialises in financial services.  Mark has a wealth of experience in advising organisations of varying sizes and complexity.

Mark is married with three children, all of whom currently attend Ipswich School.  He is a keen gardener with a particular interest in growing citrus.  He also follows Ipswich Town Football Club and enjoys travelling.

Richard Watts MA DM FRCP

Richard Watts joined the Governing Body in 2012 and is a member of the Academic Committee. Richard read medicine at Oxford University, he is Consultant Rheumatologist at Ipswich Hospital, Senior Lecturer at University of East Anglia and Visiting Professor of Rheumatology at University Campus Suffolk. He has published widely in rheumatology and was editor in chief of the journal Rheumatology and edited the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology. His son attended Ipswich School. To relax, Richard enjoys mountain walking in the Alps and tending his vegetable garden.

Toby Wilkinson MA PhD FSA

Toby Wilkinson has been a member of the Governing Body and a member of the Academic Committee since 2015. Educated at the University of Cambridge, Toby is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor at the University of Lincoln with special responsibility for external relations. He was previously Director of International Strategy at the University of Cambridge. He has extensive experience of university-school relations, widening participation, fundraising and alumni relations. Toby is also an acclaimed Egyptologist and historian, and the prize-winning author of ten books. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge and Durham. Toby was a longstanding trustee of Cambridge Handel Opera and is currently a trustee of the Thomas Wall Trust.


Richard Wilson MA ARCM

Following his education at Ipswich School, Richard studied History at Cambridge University before winning a postgraduate scholarship to the Royal College of Music. For 30 years he has had a career as a tenor soloist in classical music (with the professional name Richard Edgar-Wilson), working with many of the best conductors and orchestras in the world, singing on three Oscar-nominated films and working in over thirty countries. The son of an Old Ipswichian, his two children have been educated at the School and he was President of the Old Ipswichian Club in 2013. Richard is also a member of the Governors' Committee.



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