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Meet the governors

Our governors are interested in so much more than simply academic excellence.

Mr Graeme Minto MBE serves as Chair of St Mary’s School, Cambridge governing body. The Chair of governors can be contacted via Dr C Hodgskiss, St Mary's School, Cambridge, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LY.

Our governing body comprises 14 representatives from education, industry and faith organisations:

Mr G Minto CBE (Chair)

Graeme Minto studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the 1960s, and went on to spend 12 years working in research and development laboratories at Marconi and Cambridge Consultants. He started Domino Printing Sciences in 1978, as a spin-out from Cambridge Consultants to exploit some of the Ink Jet Technology he had developed there. Since 1988 he has been a non-executive director or chairman of a number of local company boards. He was a magistrate for over 20 years and has been involved in various local public sector bodies and charities, including Hobson’s Conduit. He was churchwarden and also treasurer at Trumpington Parish Church. Graeme has been a school parent governor, and was a founding governor of what is now Anglia Ruskin University. He is also a member of the Cambridge Rotary Club which organises the local STEM Technology Tournament for schools.

School link: Development

Ms J Clements OBE

Judy Clements’ previous positions include Head of Diversity and Equality for Her Majesty’s Prison Service and Director of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. She was also Chair of The Diana Princess of Wales NHS Children’s Hospital Trust and a formal member of the BBC’s Regional Advisory Council. One of her greatest achievements was co-ordinating the UK’s largest Crime Prevention Project under the Government’s Safer Cities Programme. Judy currently sits as the Deputy Chair of Barnardo’s UK Children’s Charity and a member of Victim Support’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, alongside her position as governor of St Mary’s School, Cambridge and another independent school. She was awarded the OBE for outstanding work to the West Midlands Community in 2000.

School link: Sixth Form, Psychology, Economics and Business Studies

Mr A Grant

Andrew Grant’s teaching career was spent in HMC Schools, including Merchant Taylors', Whitgift, RGS Guildford and St Albans, from which he recently retired after 21 years as Headmaster. Beyond school, Andrew was Chairman of HMC in 2009-2010, a Director of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) from 2009-2011 and served on various curriculum-related groups including the assessment sub-group of the Tomlinson 14-19 Review and the HMC/GSA Universities sub-committee. His experience as a governor spans HMC, GSA and IAPS schools and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA).

School link: Teaching & Learning

Mr M Ledzion

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. His principal contributions to the board of governors are an entrepreneurial business mind and a focus on the physical health of students through sports.

School link: Geography, PE and Technology (Cookery and Textiles)

Mr A Milne

Alistair Milne was brought up in Scotland and attended Napier University in Edinburgh studying Commerce. His career started and remained in HR, where he had people responsibility in a number of organisations in a variety of sectors including engineering, technology, manufacturing and science. He has also worked with the NSPCC and the professional body for chartered surveyors RICS. Responsibilities within these organisations have included: reward, equality and diversity, health and safety, internal communications and volunteering as well as the more traditional HR roles such as employee engagement and employee relations. Most of his roles have a global element with experience of operating in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

School link: HR, Careers and Work Experience

Mrs T Selvey

Teresa Selvey is currently the Headmistress at St Louis Catholic Academy in Newmarket and brings over 15 years of educational experience to the Governing Body of St Mary’s School, Cambridge. After completing her degree in Mathematics and Educational Studies, Teresa taught briefly before moving into project management. Her portfolio has included work in engineering, ICT, education and the commercial sector. In 2002 Teresa returned to work in the education sector.

School link: Junior School and EYFS

Dr N Ward

Nessa Ward was brought up in Ireland and educated by the F.C.J order of nuns at a Catholic boarding school. She attended University College Galway graduating with an MB BCh BAO Bachelor of Medicine after which she moved to the UK for her postgraduate medical training. Nessa pursued various medical interests, including Anaesthesiology, Palliative Medicine and General Practice. She is a Partner at a Cambridge City Practice looking after a population of 11,000 patients. Nessa is an Eucharistic Minister at the church she attends with her family, where they are actively involved in fundraising activities.

School link: Boarding, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Mr R Burch

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.

School link: Development

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.

School link: Science

Mr C Jones

Colin Jones is the Managing Partner of law firm Hewitsons specialising in construction law. His legal practice involves working with a wide range of educational institutions, including schools in the independent and maintained sector as well as colleges and universities; which enabled him to have a wide range of experience of education in its various forms. He enjoys his role as governor, which he accepted in 2013, as it allows him to be involved with a different side of the education sector.

School link: Admissions

Ms A McAllister

Ann McAllister has spent the majority of her career as a barrister in London, specialising in property law, before taking up a full time appointment as Deputy Adjudicator to Her Majesty’s Land Registry hearing cases relating to property disputes. Currently she sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and is a member of the Roll Committee of Newnham College, a position that she has held for a number of years. Both of her daughters attended St Mary’s School, Cambridge and through her work as a governor she is keen to strengthen the ties between the school, the university and the city.

School link: History and Politics

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.

School link: Visual and Performing Arts

Mrs S Squire

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.

School link: Marketing, English, Modern and Ancient Languages

Mr S Westley

After attending Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Stuart Westley read Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, representing the University at rugby and cricket and achieving a degree. After a brief spell as a professional cricketer, he taught mathematics at Framlingham College from 1973 to 1984 where he was also a Housemaster and Director of Studies. He has subsequently held leadership roles at Bristol Cathedral School, King William’s College, Isle of Man and Haileybury. He succeeded Shane Rutter-Jerome as General Secretary of AGBIS in September 2009. He has been a governor of nine schools and is currently Chairman of Governors of a preparatory school in Hertfordshire.

School link: Risk & Compliance, Mathematics