Raymond Burch has over 30 years’ experience as a construction cost consultant with extensive experience of both public and private sector schemes with particular emphasis on education, housing, retail, leisure and commercial projects. With the exception of two years spent overseas Raymond has worked in the Cambridge area throughout his career, and he has been at Marstan BDB since 1995 and an equity partner for the past 11 years.
Professor J Driscoll
Judith Driscoll studied Material Science at Imperial College, London and obtained a PhD in the same subject at the University of Cambridge. She spent a period of time researching at Stanford University before taking up an academic post at Imperial. Following her time at Imperial she took up her current post at University of Cambridge and at Trinity College, where she became the first female Professor in the Department of Materials in 2008, and also the first female Professor of Natural Sciences at Trinity. She is a dedicated promoter of women in Science and firmly believes single-sex education is an excellent route for encouraging women into Science and Mathematics. Judith's daughters attended St Mary's School, Cambridge from Junior School through to Sixth Form.
Ronald Haynes is a University Computer Officer, at the University of Cambridge, who has had experience within academic Information Communication and Technology in both the US and UK. Ronald currently acts as Relationship Manager for the university’s colleges, as well as having a wider responsibility for the University Information Technology Community as Development Manager. Fundamentally his role involves liaison, strategic and practical consultancy, course development and provision, as well as professional and community development. Formerly he had been Head of Theology at St Augustine High School (Texas, US), as well as a computer consultant and journalist with technical writing and editing experience in London and Pittsburgh (US), developing and publishing on the interworking of the main micro systems. He is a Trustee of and presenter for the Eckhart Society, and holds BCS, ACM, Computer Society and IEEE membership.
Born in Switzerland, Michael Ledzion came to school in the UK aged 11 and later moved to Cambridge to study Manufacturing Engineering at Christ’s College. Throughout his career he has enjoyed a variety of roles in different industries, spanning strategy consulting, online retailing to semi-conductors and technology. He founded/co-founded and led five successful companies which enabled him to work around the world. On his return to England he took over Sports for Schools, a social enterprise that inspires kids to be physically active by exposing them to the country’s top Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Michael's daughter attended St Mary's School, Cambridge, and his principal contributions to the board of governors are an entrepreneurial business mind and a focus on the physical health of students through sports.
Sister F Orchard
Sister Frances is a member of the Congregation of Jesus, Mary Ward’s Foundation, and has been associated with the congregation for most of her life. She attended the University of London and holds an honours degree in History, and a PGCE in History and Religion, teaching both subjects at St Mary’s School, Cambridge for a brief period. After serving as Headmistress of St Mary’s Ascot she went on to become General Secretary of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference before being elected onto the CJ General Council as Vicar General. During this time she achieved an MA in Catholic School Leadership and took on five school governorships at various times. Sister Frances is currently the Provincial Superior of the CJ in England.
Victoria Espley is Bursar at Hughes Hall in the University of Cambridge with responsibility for all operational and financial matters within the College (Buildings Maintenance, Accommodation, Catering, Finance, IT and Human Resources). Prior to her career as a Bursar, Victoria was a senior manager for a number of City-based organisations including Swiss Re and GE Capital. Victoria has been a trustee of a number of educational charities including the Church Schools of Cambridge (where she was Treasurer), ACE Nursery School (where she was Chair of Trustees) and St Luke’s Primary School (where she was Chair of Governors). She is a graduate in Economics and in Law and holds an Advanced Diploma in Insurance and a Certificate in School Business Management. Victoria has been a St Mary’s parent since 2012 and was previously Chair of St Mary’s Junior School PTA. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Mary Wards girls and is proud to be supporting the Mary Ward values.
Rachel has been a secondary school teacher for over 10 years in both the state and independent sectors. She is currently Head of Humanities at Bedford Modern School, teaching RE and History, is a sixth form tutor supporting the UCAS process and coordinates all US university applications. Alumna of St Mary’s (1997–2002), she is President of the Pastonian Association and writes a termly article for The Pastonian. Rachel studied Theology & Religion at Durham University, taking a particular interest in the Early Church and in the relationship between the Abrahamic traditions. She went on to complete her PGCE at St Peter’s College, Oxford and later completed a Farmington Fellowship with Homerton College, her research focussing on enquiry- based learning. Outside of the classroom Rachel is involved in games lessons, coaching netball and delivering dance and fitness classes. She is also an active member of her school’s outdoor educational team, leading the annual Bushcraft week. Beyond work Rachel enjoys reading, going to the theatre, photography, travelling during the holidays and playing board games. She loves walking, especially in the Cambridgeshire countryside, and has recently taken up running.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Sarah spent 36 years as a diplomat in six countries and also served as the Ambassador to Estonia. During her various London based assignments she worked with many government departments: Cabinet Office; Department for International Development; Ministry of Defence; Department for Employment; and the Treasury. Following her Foreign Office career Sarah was elected as the President of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, and acted as a Deputy Vice Chancellor, chaired and belonged to numerous boards, committees and working groups.
Sarah also has significant experience in the voluntary sector having been a Magistrate on the Cambridge Bench and a board member of local groups such as Cambridge VSO and the Cambridge Humanitarian Centre. Most recently she has taken on non-executive roles: as a trustee for United Learning and United Church Schools, as a Chapter Member of Ely Cathedral, as Co-Chair of Cambridge for Europe and as a trustee of The Bell Foundation.
Sarah is married and has a son and a daughter.