The Governors are responsible for the well being of the School, endorsing strategic development and ensuring the School’s financial accountability. There are currently 23 members of the Board of Governors who come from a variety of backgrounds including the professions, finance, business, education and property and bring a broad range of knowledge, skills and expertise to the management of the School.
They give their time freely and are deeply committed to the success of the School. The Board of Governors meets at least four times a year with one meeting a year being held at Fishmongers’ Hall, London. The Finance & General Purposes Committee, Estate Committee and Education Committee meet prior to Board of Governors’ Meetings. The Articles of Association stipulate that the Board of Governors shall be composed of one ex-officio Governor, up to 10 nominated Governors and up to 17 co-opted Governors. The current Governors are:
Chair of Governors
Michael Goff, FCA
Ex Officio Governor
Mr Fred Stroyan, Prime Warden of The Fishmongers’ Company
Representing the Fishmongers’ Company
William Donger (Governor Elect)
Simon Gorton, Governor responsible for Health & Safety and Boarding
Airlie Inglis (Governor Elect)
Paul Marriage, MA (Oxon), Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Hugh Phillimore (Governor Elect)
Representing the Lord Bishop of Norwich
The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere CVO
Representing the Old Greshamian Club
Charlotte Coventry MRCVS
Martin Bailey, BA (Hons), Dip Surv MRICS, Chair of the Property Development Committee
Alexander de Capell Brooke, MRICS, DL, Chair of the Estates Committee
Martin Collier (Governor Elect)
Anna Dugdale, ACA, DL, Chair of Strategy Committee
Sir James Dyson, OM, CBE, FRS, FREng
Nigel Flower, BA PGCE, Chair of Prep and Pre-Prep Committee
Sir William Goodenough Bt.
James Morgan, LLB, Deputy Chair of Governors, Chair of the HR & Staff Conditions Committee
Stephen Oldfield, Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Dr Susan Rubin, FRCPCH, FRCP, Governor with responsibility for Single Centralised Register and Child Protection
To contact the Chairman or any member of the Board of Governors please write to: Mrs V Hipperson, Clerk to the Governors, Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6EA or email [email protected]
Michael Goff was appointed a Governor in 2014. Michael is an OG (Farfield 1968-73), a past Chairman of the OG Club and was the OG Governor from 2008 to 2011. He is married to Julia and their children, Charlotte and William, both went to Gresham’s. He is a chartered accountant running a family business distributing fuel oil throughout East Anglia and the South East and has a large farming interest in Mid Norfolk, where he lives. In the past he has been a governor of Taverham Hall Prep School and Chairman of the Governors of Catton Grove First School in Norwich.
Fred headed out to Canada after his studies where he joined the Hudson Bay Company in the Arctic and then was offered a job with Clearwater in Nova Scotia in their lobster business and worked there for
three years. Upon returning to the UK, Fred took on a role with Leatham’s setting up a new fish arm to
their business. With a taste for both lobsters and entrepreneurialism, Fred set up New England Lobsters, later renamed New England Seafood International (NESI), in 1991. From under the arches in
Wandsworth, Fred and a small team made daily deliveries of live lobsters around the capital and wholesalers around the UK, quickly establishing NESI as the market leader. In 1993, NESI diversified its offer to incorporate fresh tuna and a basket of other premium, exotic, imported species from around the world. These moves underpin NESI’s new relationships with a number of leading UK supermarkets.
Rapid growth in the mid-nineties saw the business relocate to Lydden Road in Wandsworth and then again to Chessington in 2005, before a second base was established in Grimsby in 2016. By the time
NESI was sold to a purpose-led Alaskan native corporation, SeaAlaska, which uses its ocean health driven business investments as a tool to reinvest in its native communities, it had reached £160 million in sales, supplying all but one major UK grocery retailer and a range of leading UK restaurant groups.
Fred remains a shareholder and an adviser to the board; he has helped oversee a smooth transition and the continued growth of NESI now realising almost £250 million in sales and more to come. Outside of his NESI responsibilities, Fred has been an active member of the industry, was chairman of the
Billingsgate Seafood School for many years, involved in the Shellfish Association and the Seafood Grimsby and Humber Alliance.
Fred joined the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers in 2002 and was elected to Court in 2010. During his 21 years with the Company, he has played an active role on the Company’s committees and has
strengthened its ties with the fishing industry.
Fred and his wife, Kitty, share their time between homes in Scotland and London, with their pack of very lively dogs! They have twin daughters and one son, all studying at university.
Fred enjoys farming and is a passionate fly fisherman.
Martin became a Governor in October 2018. He is a Chartered Surveyor, having worked in property for 30 years. Specialising in Planning and Development, Martin’s career has focused upon residential development and investment, having worked for Savills, and national and regional house builders. He now runs his own property business, in Norfolk, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Martin has educated both of his girls at Gresham’s, through both the Prep and Senior School.
has been Headmaster of Spratton Hall, a thriving prep school in Northamptonshire, since 2014. He has taught in prep education throughout his career, with his first post being at Gresham’s Prep in 1995, as an English, Drama and Games teacher. In 2005 he moved to Millfield Prep in Somerset as Head of English, Director of Drama and Games teacher before moving on to Spratton. Simon serves on the IAPS District 10 Committee, is an IAPS Head Sports Rep and is the IAPS rep for all ECB cricket matters. He is married to Danny, herself an OG, and they have three teenage children. Simon was elected to the Board of Governors in December 2022.
graduated with an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. He was previously Headmaster of St John’s School Leatherhead and before that was Second Master at Oundle. He was appointed as Master of Haileybury in September 2017. Martin currently serves as Chair of the HMC Academic Policy Sub-Committee and has played an important role in effecting positive change in the national examinations system and curriculum. He is an author and editor of numerous history text books. Martin was elected to the Board of Governors in December 2022.
Charlotte Coventry was appointed OG Governor in 2020 after being Chairman of the OG Club for the past 3 years. Her husband Andrew is a teacher at the Senior School and two of their three sons attend the Pre-Prep. Charlotte was a pupil at Gresham’s from 1996-2001 (Oakeley) before qualifying as a vet from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Initially she worked in mixed practice in Norfolk, then solely equine practice in Cambridgeshire and Lancashire. In 2012 Charlotte studied a PGCE at the University of East Anglia and went on to teach maths at Litcham School. She now lives on the family farm and is involved in managing the livestock side, along with running around after the littlest Coventry who arrived in the April 2020 lockdown!
Alex de Capell Brooke joined the Board in December 2016. Alex is CEO of the Great Oakley Estate which has been owned by the de Capell Brooke family since 1575. The Estate is circa 5000 acres situated in 3 parcels around the town of Corby, near Uppingham & just South of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. The Estate is mixed, the majority farmed in hand, and a dairy where milk is produced for Stilton Cheese.
In 1987 planning permission was sought by Alex’s father, a former teacher, for the construction of a school on part of the farm, just behind Great Oakley Village. In 1991 The Brooke City Technology College opened its doors to 1300 students, at a time when educational attainment in Corby was very low with only 6 people in the whole borough of Corby going to University.
Since 1991, what is today known as The Brooke Weston Academy, has gone on to become one of the leading state funded schools in The United Kingdom, and is the lead school within The Brooke Weston Trust which now operates 9 other schools, with over 7000 young children to educate and over 1000 members of staff.
The Brooke Weston Trust, set up and created by the de Capell Brooke & Weston families is a non- profit making educational charity.
Anna Dugdale has been a Gresham’s parent since 2011. Anna is Group Chief Executive of the R G Carter Group. Anna is a Trustee of Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care, is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia and is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk.
William is currently CEO of Thomas White Oxford, a company owned by St John’s College, Oxford. The company is in a Joint Venture to build a new science based innovation district in Oxford, Oxford North comprising of 90,000 m² of laboratories and offices, a hotel and 500 homes.
After reading English at Oxford he briefly worked in education before going to work in India, on his return he started his career working in the property sector in London.
Over the last 40 years he has worked in London and Oxford as a property advisor and asset manager to a wide variety of institutions including Wellcome Trust and private individuals. He has experience in all aspects of property development and planning negotiations.
James Dyson is the Chairman and Founder of Dyson. Working with Dyson’s 4,550 engineers and scientists he develops products which solve problems ignored by others through the application of science and technology. Dyson is currently investing £2.5 billion in new technologies and £200m into a new Technology Campus in Hullavington, Wiltshire. Dyson employs 12,500 people and has its own operations in 82 countries. Dyson products now span autonomous household vacuums, connected air purifiers, fans and humidifiers, lighting, hand dryers, and hairdryers.
Sir James was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015, and in the 2016 New Year Honours was appointed to the Order of Merit. James was awarded a CBE in 1996 and a Knight Bachelor in 2007. James holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bath, Imperial College London, University of Brunel and the Royal College of Art. He is a trustee of the James Dyson Foundation, a charity he set up in 2002 to encourage design and engineering education and run the international student design competition: the James Dyson Award. The charity has donated £60 million since its conception. In 2017 he opened the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, offering school leavers a full time job at Dyson whilst they study towards a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
Nigel Flower joined the Board of Governors in 2019 and is Chair of the Prep and Pre-Prep Committee. A pupil at Gresham’s from 1968-73, he returned to teach English and coach cricket and hockey in 1991, after a period of furniture making after university. In 2006 he was appointed Deputy Head, and apart from nearly a year as Acting Head, remained in post until his retirement in 2016. Nigel can often be found on his boat at Morston, or at Sheringham Golf Club.
Sir William Goodenough Bt. Married to Delia Mary. Three children, Sophie & Celia, (OGs) and Sam.
1986 Founding Partner of Design Bridge Limited, a Brand Design Consultancy based in London, then establishing offices in Amsterdam, Singapore, Shanghai and New York. 500 staff working with large number of multi-national clients such as: Unilever, Diageo, MasterCard, Mondelez, Colgate and local clients like Fortnum & Masons. Retired from Design Bridge December 2019. Currently a Governor of Goodenough College, Trustee of The Norfolk Rivers Trust and Chairman of Green Park Content Limited.
Simon Gorton is a past parent and was appointed a nominated Governor in 2012. He is retired from the Police Force after serving several of the north Norfolk towns from Stalham to Holt over the past 31 years. He currently owns and runs Sloley Estate near Norwich.
Richard Grisenthwaite is a Chartered Engineer, and has worked in Cambridge for past 25 years leading the computer architecture for Arm, the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor intellectual property, with some 200 billion Arm processors having been build worldwide in the last 30 years. Richard hopes to use his experience of technology to help Greshams as a governor.
Richard was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Cambridge University, and is married to old Greshamian Dr. Marijcke Veltman-Grisenthwaite, (GH & Oak 1977-1982). He is keen rifle shot, having represented Great Britain internationally and Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, and has seen many highly skilled shooters produced by Gresham’s over the past 30 years.
Debra Hayward is an Oscar nominated producer of film and television. She launched her own production company, Monumental Pictures, in 2014. Debra’s producing credits for film include Les Miserables, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and for television include BBC 1’s hit series Ghosts, Harlots, Netflix’s Anne With An E, and the upcoming Murder in Provence. She has an Honorary Degree from UEA.
Airlie Inglis (nee Carver) is an OG, Oakeley 1980 – 1985. She went to Manchester University (UMIST) and has a BSc Hons degree in Textile Design and Design Management. She worked in Interior Design and the arts prior to marrying Charles Inglis. They farm near Holt and have three children. Airlie is a member of the Livery at the Fishmongers Company, serving on the Livery Select Committee. She also runs the Sir Colin Anderson Memorial Trust which provides funds for the acquisition of works of art for Gresham’s School.
Paul is an OG (Kenwyn & Tallis 1982-1990) and became a Governor in 2012. Having read Modern History at University College, Oxford he began his career in the insurance market before entering the investment industry in 1997. Having run leading specialist UK equity funds at Cazenove Capital and Schroders, he founded Tellworth Investments in 2017. He is married with three children, lives in Suffolk, and is a keen runner.
Bill is currently CEO of Explore Learning Ltd., a business he founded in 2001. Explore Learning provides maths and English tuition to children aged 5 – 16 from approximately 100 centres across the UK and online, with over 25,000 children enrolled as members.
Bill is also the Chairman and owner of Highfield and Brookham Schools, a prep school and pre-prep respectively. Highfield was founded by Bill’s grandfather in 1907, while Bill founded Brookham in 1992. Together, the schools serve 450 children of whom 120 are boarders. Bill was born and brought up at Highfield when his father was Headmaster.
Bill was educated at Winchester College and St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read maths. After university, he joined the American consulting firm, Bain and Company, in London. In 1991, Bill joined Warrior International, a corporate finance boutique focused on the natural resources sector worldwide, moving to Chicago in 1995 to establish the firm’s North American office. Returning to England in 1998 following Warrior’s acquisition by Standard Bank he left soon after in order to focus on education.
Bill’s interests include golf, skiing and various country pursuits. He used to be a keen oarsman, rowing in Goldie in 1988 and several times at Henley.
Bill is on the court of the Fishmongers’ Company.
James Morgan is an OG (Crossways and Woodlands 1980-89) and joined the Board of Governors in 2013. A solicitor specialising in advising HNW individuals, particularly landowners and previously a managing partner of West and north Norfolk law firm Hayes+Storr, James is founder of a specialist private client firm Morgan Trusts and Tax Planning Ltd. James has held various political and charitable posts in Norfolk in recent years and is a trustee of Gresham’s linked charity The London Children’s Camp.
An OG (Crossways and OSH 1973-1980) and English Speaking Union Scholar from Gresham’s to a US private school in 1980/81 before Nottingham University. A recent parent, Stephen was an advisory partner at PwC and is now a self employed consultant and NED. Stephen joined the Board of Governors in 2012 and sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee and is Chair of the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee.
Promoting his first show at Eton with Humphrey Lyttelton aged 16, Hugh Phillimore joined the music business as a talent scout in 1979. Forty Two years later he produced the 17th & final edition of The Cornbury Festival in the Cotswolds with James Blunt, Bryan Adams & Jools Holland. His Sound Advice business continues to supply music for private & corporate events as it has done since 1981. Sound Advice also produces one-off events – Launch of final Pink Floyd Album ‘The Endless River’ – Elton John event for PWC. His Little Rose Management Co handled singer Imelda May (2007/14). He’s currently also the Volunteer Director of The Stroud Subscription Rooms a 500 capacity award winning venue in Gloucestershire.
Jonathan has been a clergyman in the Diocese of Norwich since 1983 and from 2003 to 2022 Rector of the Sandringham Group of Churches and Domestic Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen at Sandringham.
Since 1988 he has been continuously a governor in various different church primary schools, as well as 10 years as a governor of King Edward the Seventh High School in Kings Lynn.
After Westminster School Jonathan trained as a land agent and worked on Exmoor for 4 years before going to Theological college at Oxford. He maintains an interest in all things agricultural not only through living at the centre of a large agricultural estate but also as a member of the Norwich Dicesan Glebe Committee.
Susan joined the Governing Body in 2016. For 20 years, she was a Consultant Paediatrician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. She was also the lead for the Eastern Neonatal Network. Her work covered all aspects of acute Paediatrics, including Child Protection. Her main areas of interest were neonatology and cardiology. She graduated from the Westminster Medical School, University of London. Once qualified, she moved to East Anglia to specialise in Paediatrics, working in Norwich and Cambridge and she also spent a year at Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital – before joining the Paediatric department in King’s Lynn. Her husband, David Barton, was a local GP in Swaffham. Their 3 daughters, Ruth, Josie and Maddie all attended Gresham’s.
Nick Youngs is a past OG Farfield (77-79) who was born in Norfolk. His school days were more focused on sport that academia. He currently runs a successfully family farm in Aylsham, Norfolk and enjoys spending time with his family and watching his son’s play Rugby.
Before taking on the farm, Nick represented Leicester Tigers (81-87) and within that time represented his home nation at Twickenham. After his playing days, he began coaching rugby at grass roots level. For 15 years he focused on development and talent spotting with a feed into Leicester Tigers.