Shrewsbury School

Governing Body Members' Details

Tim Haynes, BA, PGCE

Tim Haynes became a Governor in 2010 and was appointed Chairman in June 2017.

Tim was Headmaster of Tonbridge School from 2005 to 2018 and Headmaster of Monmouth School for ten years before that, having previously been Surmaster (Deputy Head) of St Paul's School in London.  He is a governor of several independent and maintained schools, and is an Old Salopian.

Stephen Baker, BSc, FCA, CF

Stephen BakerStephen Baker became a Governor in January 2012. He chairs the Finance & General Purposes Committee, and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Stephen is a graduate of Manchester University and a Chartered Accountant and lives in Cheshire. He was a partner at Grant Thornton from 1987 to 2017 working within M&A and restructuring including roles in London, Manchester and San Francisco. He is currently a consultant to Grant Thornton’s global network as well as holding other board advisory roles. He was a Governor at Terra Nova, a co-educational preparatory school in Cheshire, from 2002 - 2010. His son is an Old Salopian.

Tom Biggins

Tom BigginsTom Biggins was appointed Governor by Shropshire Council in 2011. He is a member of the Audit, Finance & General Purposes, and Investment Committees; and is also employer representative Trustee of the two pension schemes.

Tom was educated at Shrewsbury (School House 1973-77), is a Conservative member of Shropshire Council and serves on the Pensions Committee. Previously he was a member of Shropshire County Council since 1997. He is the managing director of the family firm of cheese factors, S. Biggins Ltd, based in Whitchurch.

Richard Boys-Stones, BSc, FCA

Richard Boys-Stones became a Governor in 2017. Richard chairs the Audit Committee, and is an employer representative Trustee of one of the School’s pension schemes.

Richard was educated at Shrewsbury School from 1968-73 where he captained the cricket XI.  After Bristol University, Richard qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC), becoming a partner in 1989.  At PwC, Richard worked across the private, public and not for profit sectors specialising in restructuring and turning around organisations under stakeholder pressure.  Since leaving PwC in 2015, Richard acts as an independent financial restructuring specialist, with a particular focus on the NHS.  Richard was the Honorary Treasurer of the Salopian Club from 2011 to 2017.

David Chance

David joined the Governing Body in 2018. He chairs the Investment Committee and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

David is an Old Salopian and former Head of School. He was awarded a Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976 and graduated with an MBA in 1981. He worked in the US cable television industry, based in Atlanta and San Francisco, for a number of years before returning to the UK to join Sky TV as Marketing Director in 1987. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director and COO in 1993.

In 1998, he decided to step down from his executive role at Sky "for a better work/life balance" and took on a number of Board directorships and consultancy roles before starting his own Pay TV company, Top Up TV, which he subsequently sold to C5, Sky and BT. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of BskyB Group plc, O2 plc and ITV plc, and is currently Chairman of Modern Times Group AB (Stockholm) and PCCW Media Limited (Hong Kong). He is an active investor in a variety of early-stage Digital Media ventures.

John Clark, MA, PGCE

John ClarkJohn Clark became a Governor in 2012, originally appointed by the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Audit, Education & Safeguarding and International Development Committees.

John read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Peter’s College Oxford, and trained to be a teacher in inner city Liverpool. Following a period as Head of Economics and Politics at Ellesmere College, he was head of department and house master at Eton College, before serving as Headmaster at Mvumi School in Tanzania from 2006 to 2009 when on leave of absence. Most recently he was Senior Tutor at Eton College, with special responsibility for professional development and pupils’ charitable giving, but has now retired. He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, trustee of the Mvumi School Trust and Chairman of the Society of Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses.

Sir Peter Davis

Peter Davis became a Governor in 2018. He is the chair of the Education & Safeguarding Committee.

Sir Peter was educated at Shrewsbury, in Oldham’s from 1955-59. He has been a Trustee of the Foundation twice and was President of the Salopian Club in 2016. He has been CEO of three major companies, Reed Elsevier, Prudential and J Sainsbury, and on boards in USA and Europe together with advisory roles in Asia. He has been Chairman of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Business in the Community and a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and of the V&A. He was knighted for services to education and training and chaired a major report on pensions for the government. He was a Governor of Queenswood and a prep school and was Pro Chancellor and Deputy Chair at Bangor University. He has a grandson in the school.

Diana Flint, DL

Diana became a Governor in 2014, appointed by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire. She is a member of the Finance & General Purposes, Education & Safeguarding and Nominations & Remuneration Committees.

Born in Kenya, Diana moved to Shropshire at the age of four. She joined the Sixth Form at Ellesmere College as the first female pupil and has a degree in Italian from Reading University. Diana served on the Board of Downe House School for nine years. She was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Shropshire in 2009 and High Sheriff of Shropshire 2013-14. Diana lives at the family farm near Ellesmere and has two children, a married son and daughter.

Carla Howarth, LL.B, MA

Carla HaworthCarla Howarth became a Governor in 2014. She chairs the International Development Committee and is a member of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

Carla holds a first degree in Law, a Masters degree in Criminology and is a qualified barrister. She has worked in the criminal court systems as a Senior Lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong. She has authored practitioner texts in criminal law and is currently the Managing Director of a global training and education consultancy. Carla has a son and a daughter who are both Old Salopians.

Dr Saskia Jones-Perrott MBBS, FRCP, BA Hons (Oxon)

Saskia Jones-Perrott became a Governor in September 2019. She is a member of the Audit and Prep School Committees.

Saskia is a Consultant in Respiratory and Acute/General Medicine. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford and The Royal London Medical School she now works for The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS based at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. She has been involved in medical education for many years both undergraduate and postgraduate, involved in teaching, assessment and appraisal and is Student Welfare Tutor for Keele Medical students studying in Shropshire.

She is married, living just over the Welsh border and has two children who are former and current third generation Packwoodians.

Professor Alan J McCarthy, BSc, PhD

Alan McCarthy became a Governor in 2013, originally appointed by the President and Council of The Royal Society. He is a member of the Education & Safeguarding and Nominations & Remunerations Committees.

Alan is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology at the University of Liverpool, which he joined as a lecturer in 1985. He was also Head of undergraduate admissions for the School of Life Sciences and chairman of the postgraduate selection committee for the Institute of Integrative Biology. He held a number of external examining, editorial board and research peer review panel appointments in the UK and Europe. He is a member of council, trustee and Honorary Secretary of CARA, the Council for the Assistance of at Risk Academics.

Marcus Moir, BA (Hons Architecture), MBA

Marcus Moir became a Governor in 2017. He chairs the Prep School Committee and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Marcus is a graduate of Manchester University and Manchester Business School.  After a 20 year career working in corporate finance in London, he returned to live in Shropshire where he has a portfolio of non-executive, investment and advisory roles. He was a Governor of Prestfelde, a co-educational preparatory school in Shropshire, from 2013-2016.

He is an Old Salopian and his daughter is currently a member of the School.

Councillor Cecilia Motley, BA (Hons)

Cecilia Motley was appointed Governor by the Corporation of Shrewsbury in 2015. She is a member of the Education & Safeguarding and Finance & General Purposes Committees.

Cecilia has been a Conservative local government Councillor for eleven years.  She is a past Leader of South Shropshire District Council and has held a number of portfolio roles for Shropshire Unitary Council, including Children & Young People's Services.  Currently she is Shropshire Council's spokesman for Rural Affairs and chairs the Rural Services Network, a national organisation dedicated to improving rural services. She is a Member of the Arts Council Midlands Area Board and a Member of the Council of Governors of the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  She is married with four children and lives in South Shropshire.

James Pitt, BSc (Hons), MBA

James Pitt became a Governor in 2019. He chairs the School’s charitable foundation and is a member of both the Investment and Finance & General Purposes Committees.

James was educated at Shrewsbury (Severn Hill) from 1979-84. He is a Partner of Lexington Partners, the world’s largest independent manager of private equity secondary and co-investment funds, where he is responsible for the firm’s international direct investments. James has worked in the private equity sector since 2000, prior to which he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and New York, and a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little. He started his career as a Warfare and Ship’s Diving Officer in the Royal Navy.

James holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BSc. (Hons.) in Systems Management (Operations Research) from City, University of London. He is a Vice Patron and Trustee of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, a Member of the INSEAD UK Council and Chairman of the Shrewsbury School Foundation.

Mrs Fiona Schofield BA (Hons), PGCE

Fiona Schofield will join the Governing Body in January 2020.

Fiona is a graduate of the University of East Anglia and has a degree in Art History. She also has a Primary PGCE and was a class teacher in Inner London schools, additionally providing individual support for children with special educational needs. When her husband’s training took them to Reading she worked for DEC, a large American computer company, designing and writing legal courses for software buyers.

Since arriving in Shropshire in 2000, she has provided administrative support for her surgeon husband, worked as a substitute teacher and been a member of the Red Cross Entertainment Committee running the annual gift fair. She has four children; her three sons are all Old Salopians.

David Stacey, DL

David Stacey will join the Governing Body in January 2020.

Educated at Eton and The Royal Agricultural College, David qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1982. During his subsequent 15-year career as an independent film and TV producer, he won, amongst many other awards, a Prix Italia and an International Emmy.
He was co-founder of an organic dairy company that was sold to Rachel’s Organic in 2000, where he took on the role of Sales Director until 2010.

David was elected a Governor of Packwood Haugh in 2007 and in 2012 became Chair of the Finance Committee. In 2018 he became Chair of Governors and led the merger negotiations with Shrewsbury School.

David was High Sheriff of Shropshire in 2015/16, was a listening volunteer with the Samaritans and is a Patron of Age UK Shropshire. Telford and Wrekin. He is also a Governor of Long Mountain School, his local state primary school. He has a son who is an Old Salopian.

Gráinne Walters, BBLS

Gráinne Walters became a Governor in 2018 and is a member of the International Development Committee.

A Business and Legal Studies graduate from University College Dublin, Gráinne moved to England in 2003 where she trained as a solicitor. Gráinne practised in the City before relocating to Shropshire in 2014 where she is a Partner and Head of Corporate in Shropshire’s largest law firm, Lanyon Bowdler LLP. In her current role, Gráinne specialises in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial work advising businesses locally, nationally and internationally. Gráinne’s husband is an old Salopian.

Gordon Woods, MA (Oxon), PGCE

Gordon Woods became a Governor in 2018, appointed by the Assistant Teachers of The Schools. He is a member of the Education & Safeguarding Committee.

Gordon has recently retired after twelve years as Warden (head) of Glenalmond College in Perthshire. A graduate of Oxford, he rowed for two winning University Lightweight crews before teaching (and coaching) at Shrewsbury between 1979 and 2003,  during which time he was variously Head of Geography, Master i/c Rowing and 1st VIII coach, Housemaster of Oldham’s then The School House, before becoming Second Master.

Gordon has had experience as an A level examiner and more recently has served on the National Executive of the Boarding Schools Association and was for nine years a board member of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools. Gordon has governed a number of schools in England and Scotland and is also Company Secretary to the Shrewsbury Drapers with involvement in the running of their Almshouses in the town.

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