“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 charity has a sole corporate trustee (Ipswich School Corporate Trustee Limited, registered company number 14201265), with a board of directors who we refer to as the Governors. The Governors comprise unpaid volunteers whose responsibility it is to ensure that the school operates in accordance with charity law and its Scheme as laid down by the Charity Commission. Any correspondence to the Chair of Governors should be sent via the Clerk 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 and joined the Governing Body in December 2007. He previously chaired the Ipswich School Foundation and the Development Committee. He is the Chair of 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 of Granada and ITV. He is currently Chairman of the Post Office and was previously Chairman on W H Smith, Capital & Counties, Ashtead Group and Phoenix Group and Vice Chairman of Legal & 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 retired solicitor. 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.
Dr Enela Alimeta MB BS MJePER MRCGP DFSRH
Dr Enela Alimeta is a parent of a child at Ipswich School. She graduated from the Mother Teresa Medical Faculty, Tirana University, Albania in 1998. She completed her post graduate training in General Practice in Ipswich in 2007. She has worked for different teams and organisations in the NHS, including Ipswich Hospital and the Suffolk Refugee & Homeless Health Team. She has been working as a General Practitioner since 2007, and is a Partner in a local surgery in Ipswich, which was awarded Best Practice Team in 2015 by the Royal College of GPs Eastern Deanery.
Her interests include women’s health, family planning, prevention, safeguarding and wellbeing of patients and NHS staff. Outside of work she enjoys family time, travelling, languages and reading.
Hamil Clarke MBE
Former Mayor of Ipswich (1998 -1999 and 2013-2014), Hamil joined the governing body in January 2021. He was an Ipswich Borough Councillor from 1990 to 2018. Hamil is one of the founding members of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, a Suffolk human rights charity that he currently chairs. He is also chair of the Suffolk Law Centre.
Hamil is passionate about equality of opportunity for all through education, having been Chair and Governor at the Beeches Community Primary School (1997- 2019). He is currently a Board Member of Asset Education multi-academy trust and an ambassador at Suffolk New College. Hamil is a former cricket player, a sport he still keenly follows.
William Coe BSc
William joined the governing body in March 2017 and became a member of the Governors’ Committee in June 2018. He is an Old Ipswichian and has two children, both of whom have been 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.
Geoffrey Cook MSc PhD FRSB FRSC
A Life Fellow (2007) and former Vice-Master, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (1983-2007), Geoffrey joined the Governing Body in 2000 and the Academic Committee in June 2018. He has chaired the Campaign Executive for the Music School since 2010, and was President of the Old Ipswichian Club in 2008. Educated at the School from 1949-56, Geoffrey then read Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.
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, Chairman of Shared Churches (Ely) Limited since 2003 and a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists since 2004.
Geoffrey was Vice-Chair of the Governors of St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridge 2003-2013 and Chairman from 2013. He was a Member of the Governing Council, Cambridge Theological Federation (2007 – 13) and of the Advisory Board, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. He is also a member of the Academic Board, Spurgeon’s College, London (2014 – to date).
Richard Cooper BSc MS
Richard Cooper joined the Governing Body in March 2020 and sits on the Property Strategy Committee. Richard has had a career in the agricultural and property sectors. He is an Old Ipswichian and graduated from London University in horticultural science and did his masters in agricultural economics at Cornell University, New York.
Richard was a school governor for a state school in Devon, successfully leading the drive for expansion of teaching accommodation.Richard is a parish councillor and is actively involved with Suffolk Community Foundation, sitting on one of their grant giving panels and he is a former chair of Suffolk Dog Day a major fundraiser for the Foundation. He is a keen conservationist and sails when time allows.
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.
James Davey BA MBA
James Davey joined the Governing Body in March 2017 as the Old Ipswichian Club representative, and became a member of the Academic Committee in June 2018 and the Audit Committee in 2023. 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.
Rosemary Gravell PhD
Rosemary Gravell has been a governor since January 2011. She has a particular interest in pastoral issues, mental health and safeguarding. She worked in both clinical and managerial roles in the field of acquired brain injury, having undergraduate degrees in Speech & Language Therapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and has written and edited books in the field. She has four sons, all of whom were educated at Ipswich School.
Anna Hennell James BEd, NPQH
Anna studied Education and History at Homerton College, Cambridge, and then began her teaching career in inner London. She has recently retired after 37 years in teaching having served as Headteacher of two large primary schools and been a founding member and CEO of Orwell Multi Academy Trust, which has 7 schools serving communities in and around Ipswich. Anna is passionate about the difference access to a good education can make for all children, no matter what their needs or starting points. She is a Trustee of a local Alternative Provision Trust, and until recently was Chair of the Teach First National Schools Forum. Anna also worked as a National Leader of Education supporting leaders with their school improvement strategy both locally and nationally. She has a particular interest in leadership development and continues to provide informal support and mentoring for school leaders.
Edward Hyams BSc(ENG) ACGI C.Eng CDIPAF MIET
Edward Hyams joined the Governing Body in March 2014. He is a member of the Governors’ Committee and has particular responsibility for Safeguarding. 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 career in investment, energy and in environmental innovation and now focuses on supporting innovative businesses and entrepreneurs. His earlier roles include Managing Director at Eastern Electricity, Founding Partner of a Private Equity Renewable Energy Fund, and Chairman of the UK Energy Saving Trust. He is a member of the Development Board of the Lymphoma Action charity.
Simon Morris MA NPQH
Simon Morris joined the Governing Body in 2022, and from November 2023, has been Chair of the Academic Committee. An Old Ipswichian, he studied Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge before embarking on a teaching career firstly at Warwick School and then The Leys School, Cambridge. From 2001-2008 he was Deputy Head at St John’s School, Leatherhead and from 2008-2020 Head of Kingswood School, Bath. He is currently a governor of schools in both the independent and maintained sectors, a trustee of the Derbyshire Diocesan Board of Education and a Senior Leader Appraiser for the Methodist Independent Schools Trust.
Chris Oxborough BSc FCA
Chris joined the Governing Body in December 2016, and the Prep Committee in June 2018. He 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, and the Prep Committee in September 2020. Prior to moving to Suffolk in 2015, Bishop Martin served as Principal of Westcott House, a theological college in Cambridge, and before that was the vicar of the Isle of Dogs for ten years. He served ten years in the United States in New York City and St Louis.
He read geography and theology at Jesus College Cambridge, and after a year in theological outside Oxford, studied at Union Seminary in New York. His son attends Ipswich School. Bishop Martin also serves as a Director of the University of Suffolk.
Ling Stephens BA ACA
Ling joined the Governing Body in December 2022. She was a former student of Ipswich School between 1982-84. During this period, she was a boarder at the school and one of the group of students with parents in Hong Kong. After school, she went on to study Economics at the University of Cambridge and then also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. A previous President of the Old Ipswichian Club, she worked with its committee to help connect the alumni with the school and in shaping the careers of its students.
Ling is Chief Audit Executive at Rabobank, and has had a career spanning 35 years in audit, finance and investment management. She has established knowledge in managing risks and building sound controls in rapidly-changing environments.
Ling lives in Utrecht in the Netherlands with her husband and dog, has two grown-up children and is a keen traveller. Her interests including skiing, walking and enjoying the food in the Alps in France where she also has a home.
Mark Taylor BA ACA
Mark Taylor joined the Governing Body in December 2014 and is a member of the Governors’ Committee. 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.
Emily Williams MA
Emily joined the Governing Body in June 2022 and is a member of the Foundation and Development Committee. Emily was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada where she completed her BA and MA in Psychology and Spanish Translation. Emily moved to Cambridge in 2014 and is now Fellow and Director of Development & Alumni Relations at Jesus College, Cambridge where she is focused on raising funds and encouraging alumni engagement across the broad spectrum of College activity. Emily firmly believes that financial means should never be a barrier to a good education. Outside of work Emily’s interests include yoga, countryside and seaside walks, mental health and wellbeing, and dogs, particularly hers.
Richard Wilson MA ARCM DUniv
Following his education at Ipswich School, Richard studied History at Cambridge University before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. For over 35 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 world’s best conductors and orchestras, singing on numerous Oscar-winning films and performing in over thirty countries. Now also a noted singing teacher, he works at King’s College Cambridge, Norwich Cathedral and with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. He writes for various musical publications and is a former Treasurer of the British Voice Association. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Suffolk.
The son of an Old Ipswichian, his two children were educated at the School, and in 2013 he was President of the Old Ipswichian Club. Richard is Chairman of the Ipswich School Foundation and Development Committee and is also a member of the Governors’ Committee.
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