S Westley - Chair of Governors
After attending Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Stuart Westley read Law at Corpus Christi College, University of 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 the role of Deputy Head at Bristol Cathedral School, Principal at King William's College, Isle of Man, and Master of Haileybury. He succeeded Shane Rutter-Jerome as General Secretary of The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) in September 2009, before retiring in 2016. He has been a governor of nine schools and is currently Chairman of Governors of a preparatory school in Hertfordshire.
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).
Acting Chair of Governors
Colin Jones is the Managing Partner of law firm Hewitsons. 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 other higher education bodies. This enables him to have a wide range of experience of education in its various forms. He became a governor in 2013, and this allows him to be involved with a different side of the education sector.
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.
J Clements OBE
Judy Clements OBE is the Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA). The OIA is the independent student complaints ombudsman for higher education in England and Wales. Judy has over 25 years' experience in the public sector, having served as The Adjudicator for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Valuation Office Agency and The Insolvency Service; as a Director at the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and as Head of Diversity and Equality at HM Prison Service. Judy is a member of the Senior Women in Public Policy network. She is also an independent adviser to Victim Support’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a governor at two independent schools.
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.
Jeremy Pyne’s career in advertising has dealt with a variety of household brands from consumer goods to those in the automotive industry. Currently, Jeremy is responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with all of his firm’s existing global clients and with a large client service team. He has responsibility for career development as well as the overall management of talent within the agency. The father of two daughters, who have both attended St Mary’s School, Cambridge, Jeremy resides with his family in Cambridge and enjoys playing tennis and swimming.
After graduating from Loughborough University, Jo was initially employed as a Risk Analyst in industry, before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics. Her passion for the wellbeing of young people then drew her to the role of Principal Researcher, working for the National Health Service on a major project, researching drug and alcohol abuse in young people.
Jo then became Statistical Advisor to the Royal College of Optometrists and, whilst working at the University of Cambridge, became involved in the development of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for the students. She was accredited with 'Fellowship' status by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for teaching and learning in 2007 and subsequently returned to full time teaching in secondary education.
Jo became Head of Mathematics at King Edward VII and Queen Mary school, prior to being employed at New Hall school, a day and boarding school as first Vice Principal (Academic) and subsequently Deputy Principal. In September 2015 she was honoured to be appointed as Head of Thornton College, a day and boarding school. In her first year as Head, Jo helped introduce a Sixth Form, and the College now caters for students from 2.5 to 18 years. Through her various roles, Jo has considerable experience of ‘growing a School’ and is devoted to offering a holistic education, which will equip young people for the challenges of an ever-changing world.
In 2016 Jo qualified as an ISI inspector. Her understanding of compliance and regulation ensures that no stone is left unturned in her quest to provide for the global needs of every single child.
Jo is married to Darryl. They have one daughter, Sinéad, and two dogs; a Bernease Mountain dog and a Bischon Frise, both of which complement their love of the outdoors and all it has to offer.
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.
Marina Pattinson holds an MEng in Aerospace Engineering and professional qualifications in sales and marketing. She gained her a postgraduate qualification in Engineering Management at Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Marina is currently a Systems Engineering Manager at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge. She has many years experience of budgetary responsibility, performance management and governance, ensuring her team's adherence to procedures and safety regulations. Marina is passionate about encouraging women into STEM and is frequently called upon to participate in various Women in Innovation and Engineering events, latest being a key speaker at Women in Engineering Forum at the Engineering Department, Cambridge University. Marina has 3 grown-up step sons and a daughter who attends St Mary’s Junior school.
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. Before retirement, she was 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. Nessa's daughter attended St Mary's School, Cambridge from Junior School through to Sixth Form.