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The principal responsibility of the board is to ensure that the School is run in accordance with its charitable objectives and that all the functions of the School are authorised by the powers provided by its Articles of Association, company and charity law and in relation to risk management and legal compliance. The strategy and development of the School is set by the Governors who approve the plans and budgets presented by the Headmistress and Bursar.

The Full Board meets once a term and is supported by the Finance and General Purposes, Education, Carrdus and Nominations Committees. Each Committee meets at least once a term and submits reports and recommendations to the Board, with the exception of the Audit Committee, which convenes at least once a year, and the Development and Design Committees, which convene as required. Tudor Hall School Enterprises Ltd papers are submitted to the Tudor Hall board for consideration. External professional advice is sought as and when necessary. The Trustees are all volunteers and their support is essential in ensuring that Tudor Hall School continues to thrive.

The Board seeks to ensure that its members provide the breadth and depth of experience to carry out its duties effectively and efficiently. It is important that the trustees have empathy with the objects, aims and ethos of the School; to achieve this the board is made up of independent members, Old Tudorians, current and ex parents so as to maintain balance and perspective.

The day-to- day running of the School is delegated to the Headmistress and the Bursar who both attend the Board and relevant Committees, together with the Head of Carrdus School as appropriate. Other members of senior management attend relevant meetings as required.

Commitee Membership

NameF&GPEducationCarrdusAuditDesignNominationsPastoralTHSE Ltd
D.Bailey C     
S. Beale      
A. Carson        
D.Chism C      
A. Darling       
S. Davis        
K. FidgeonC    
J.Hammond-      Chambers       
M. Kinnear      
B. Lari     
C. Newsome       
J. Scarfe       
M. Sewell        
E. Style        
N. Wilson       
KEY: C = Chairman VC= Vice Chairman

Duncan Bailey

Head of Cothill School. He is a current parent at Tudor Hall.

Simon Beale

Simon Beale is the CEO of MS Amlin Plc, a leading insurer and reinsurer, part of a global top ten insurance group MS&AD (Mitsui Sumitomo insurance). MS Amlin currently employs over 2,000 people and operates in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, Bermuda and the United States. Prior to being appointed CEO in April 2018 Simon was MS Amlin's Chief Underwriting Officer having joined the group in 1994. His background since joining the Lloyd's market in 1984 is as a specialist marine shipping underwriter. In 2018 he was elected to serve a three year term on the Council of Lloyd's and is currently Deputy Chairman. Simon is married to Caroline, lives in the Cotswolds and has four children with the two girls attending Tudor Hall.

Sally Bowie

Old Tudorian. She is currently Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire and Trustee of the Music Foundation for Leicester Cathedral and a Governor of De Montfort University. Sally is involved in a number of charities and appeals including Women and Philanthropy, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Panel which nominates Young People awards and she is Vice President of the Rural Community Council of Leicestershire and Rutland. Sally is an ex-parent of Tudor Hall.

Debbie Chism

Debbie Chism, Safeguarding Governor, is a practising solicitor. She has over 20 years' experience exclusively in the field of family law and is currently a partner at Stewarts. She is a graduate of Oxford University, having attended an "old-fashioned" girls' state grammar school. Debbie is a current Tudor Hall parent.

John Elliot

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Oxford before attending agricultural college and returning to manage the family and estate management business. He is Chairman of United Oilseeds and VRL Sourcing together with being a non-executive director of NFU Mutual and Countrywide Farmers. John is an ex-parent of Tudor Hall.

Kathy Fidgeon

Kathy Fidgeon is a Chartered Accountant. As a partner at Grant Thornton, Chartered Accountants, for 22 years, she specialised in charities and not for profit entities, education, property and agriculture. Kathy left Grant Thornton in 2013 to set up her own practice in which she continues to focus on these specialisms. She is a director of Tudor Hall School Enterprises Ltd.

Jonny Hammond-Chambers

Jonny Hammond-Chambers is Registrar at Oundle School, having been Housemaster and Head of Geography prior to that. He started his teaching career at Ludgrove (prep school) and then went on to Scots College, New Zealand. He has been a governor of a Scottish prep school for ten years and has a MA in Educational Leadership at the University of Nottingham.   

Mary Kinnear

A retired teacher, whose career included teaching at Arnold House before moving to The Dragon School where Mary Kinnear taught for 30 years, becoming at various stages Assistant Head of day pupils, Head of Year 4, Deputy Head pre-prep and Coordinator of Pastoral Care. Since retirement as a teacher, Mary has undertaken part time administrative and marketing duties at Dragon School, and is a PGCE tutor at Buckingham University.

Bob Lari

Bob Lari is a Chartered Accountant with international experience in corporate finance. He has business interests in healthcare and property development and is currently a director of Godswell Park. Bob is a current parent of one at Carrdus School.

Charles Newsome

Charles Newsome is a Divisional Director of Investec Wealth & Investment and has worked in the finance industry for all of his working career. In addition to this he has held school governance positions within the State Education Sector and has sat on the Board of a Not for Profit financial training organisation as Vice Chairman. Charles has a daughter currently attending Tudor Hall School.

Nicky Wilson

Nicky Wilson is the co-founder and director of Jupiter Artland sculpture park near Edinburgh, which opened in 2008. Nicky trained as an artist at Camberwell College of Fine Art in London, and after a MA in sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art, she won the prestigious British School of Rome Sculpture Scholarship. Nicky founded and directed the skincare company Beautiful Bump and has managed accounts at WCRS Advertising Agency and LSDC Ayer Advertising. She currently sits on the board and is Chair of the Hopetoun Foundation and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. Previously Nicky sat on the Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland and was Deputy Chair of Governors at Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar. Nicky has five children with her husband Robert Wilson, also co-founder of Jupiter Artland.

Company Details

Registered name: Tudor Hall School
Registered number: 2995266
Place of registration: England
Registered office: Wykham Park, Banbury,
Oxfordshire, OX16 9UR
Charity number: 1042783


If you wish to contact the Chairman of Governors the postal address is:

c/o Clerk to the Governors
Tudor Hall
Wykham Park
OX16 9UR

Or email

Elizabeth Style

Elizabeth is an Old Tudorian and former pupil of The Carrdus School. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh where she read Ancient History. Elizabeth is a Chartered Tax Advisor working as a consultant in the in US and UK personal tax team of Deloitte LLP in their London office.

Alice Carson

Alice Carson, is currently Business Assistant to the CEO of PIMFA, a trade association overseeing the wealth management industry in the UK. Prior to this, Alice worked in the Investment Management industry for 8 years managing funds for Charities, Private Clients and Institutions. She is an Old Tudorian, along with her four sisters.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis is a former journalist and broadcaster turned entrepreneur. He spent a decade as a writer for The Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and The Evening Standard; also writing, and presenting, various programmes on travel, culture and food for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2009 he moved into events founding the London Restaurant Festival which still takes place annually. This led to the foundation of Gastronomous Ltd, now a leading marketing and events agency owning and operating multiple long-term projects in food and travel in the UK and across Europe for clients including American Express, Hyatt and The Crown Estate. Simon has a daughter in the Upper IV, part of the Head Girl Team, and his wife and mother-in-law are both Old Tudorians. A younger daughter will be joining the school in 2022. 

Jennifer Scarfe

Jennifer Scarfe has worked in education for 16 years holding a variety of roles in both academic and pastoral capacities. The last 11 years have been spent in single sex education with her most recent position being Deputy Head Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Badminton Girls’ School, Bristol. She has a keen interest in adolescent mental health and teaches the Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for Mental Health First Aid England. Her desire to see young people grow up to be happy, well-adjusted young adults has led to her securing a funded place to train as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, studying with the Tavistock and Portman. Outside of work she enjoys mountain biking and hiking with her husband in the region around their holiday home in Andalucía.

Mark Sewell

Mark Sewell is a director of Smith and Williamson Investment Management. He was formerly a member of the Stock Exchange (elected 1984) and is currently a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. He served as an army officer with the Grenadier Guards from 1975 to 1980 before embarking on a City career during which he has accumulated nearly 40 years of investment and broking experience. He has three daughters all of whom attended Tudor Hall. He is a Governor of Lord Leycester’s Hospital, which is a Warwick based charity.

Nick Holliday

Nick Holliday is General Secretary of the Dulwich Preparatory Schools Trust and, for fifteen years until his retirement in December 2019, he was also Bursar of Dulwich Prep London, one of the UK’s largest independent prep schools. He is a graduate of Oxford University and spent ten years as an army officer in The Life Guards before moving into financial services. For twenty years he worked for various asset management companies looking after pension funds, charities and other institutions, latterly at Schroders.

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