The Governors play the same role as the directors of a public company, but all are non-executive.
Various powers are reserved to the governing body, including the appointment of the Head, the approval of the development and operating plans and budget, and the determination of school fees.
The Governors share their experiences and wealth of knowledge in order to support both schools, their educational and physical development and future planning.
Please click on each name below to view the Governor Profiles.
The Governing Body may be contacted through the Chairman: c/o The Director of Operations, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QG
Dermot joined the Governing Body at Westonbirt in June 2007, initially as a member of the Finance Committee, becoming Chair of Finance in 2008. In March 2010 he was elected Chair of Governors succeeding Richard Marriott.
His connection with Westonbirt was through his daughter Kitsy, who was at the School from 1997-2003. He has three other children; all boys educated at Radley College, and has been married to Pam for 34 years.
Dermot started his career as a solicitor in Lincoln’s Inn, becoming a Partner in what is now Trowers and Hamlins. Having spent four years on secondment as Legal Advisor to the Government of Bahrain, he left the law to attend the Harvard Business School MBA programme, graduating in 1982, then joining the US management consultancy, Arthur D. Little in Cambridge MA, and moving to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1983. In 1986, he was appointed as President of Arthur D. Little Far East, based in Singapore, and subsequently joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as the Managing Partner of the Asia Strategy Practice in 1993.
Since returning to the UK in 2004, he has been working as Chair of PMC Treasury, a small but global financial boutique. Until 2013, he was also a Director and then Chair of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, responsible for mental and social health in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. In 2012 he also became a non-executive director of Witan Pacific PLC.
Jenefer joined the Governing body at Westonbirt in 1999 and her main contribution has been as Estates Governor and latterly as Vice Chairman. She was a pupil at the school from 1968 -1975 and in her Upper Sixth year was Head of Choir and Tennis Captain.
She achieved an honours degree in Urban Estate Management and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1980. Jenefer was an Executive Director at CBRE (formerly Hillier Parker) and then spent 10 years at the Grosvenor Estate. She retired from full time employment in 2013, and now holds non-executive board positions at The Crown Estate and Assura Group Ltd. She has contributed to a number of other groups principally in the retail real estate sector.
She spends a lot of time in Gloucestershire, sings in the local choir and chairs the village Fete Committee.
Martin joined the Governing body at Westonbirt in 2002 and is currently Chairman of the Risk Committee. He was Chairman of the Marketing Committee from 2005 to 2010.
Martin spent forty years in East Asia; in Hong Kong, Japan, and Thailand and keeps in close touch with the region which he visits frequently, to meet agents and other connections.
He worked for the Jardine Matheson Group and was the last British member of the Hong Kong Legislature before the 1997 handover. He was also Chairman of the Tourism Board for many years, and Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1970s.
It was Martin’s idea to start the International Day at the school. Martin lives very near the school, close to Sherston village.
Duncan joined the Governing body at Westonbirt in June 2013 as the representative of the Marketing Committee. Duncan is an advisor and management consultant, with strategic and operational sales capability. He has expertise in starting up, turning around, and developing business growth, working with Sales & Marketing teams. Duncan’s sector experience has included publishing, professional services, medical, manufacturing, export, IT and technology services, education, and both regional and local government.
He is a father of 3, his eldest son is at boarding school in Cheltenham, both daughters are at Westonbirt school, the youngest having attended the prep school too. He is also a Governor of Beaudesert Park School (2011-current).
Karen joined the Governing body at Westonbirt as the representative of Westonbirt Association in March 2013.
She entered Westonbirt School as a Music Scholar in 1964, leaving in 1971 as Head Girl. She remained in touch with the School through the Westonbirt Association since. As an Old Girl, she has always valued the role of the Association in helping members stay in touch with each other and providing support to the Schools.
Her working life began as Conference Organiser for The Metals Society in London, sourcing venues and running conferences both in the UK and abroad. She then managed her husband’s Veterinary Surgery for 24 years with a short break to raise her children. More recently she became proprietor of Bonhunt Lodge, Conference and Training Centre, in charge of all aspects of the business, running training courses, small conferences, private parties and weddings for up to 150 guests.
She is delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to Westonbirt, where as a pupil she was very happy. She intends to help maintain the current positive relationship between the School and Old Girls, and, whilst representing the views of Association members, help to develop the link between the two to mutual benefit.
Tom Gaffney joined the Governing Body at Westonbirt in March 2012. He is Chairman of the Finance & Estates Committee and Chairman of Westonbirt Leisure Limited.
Tom is an active investor, entrepreneur, director and advisor with 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He founded Ambrian Partners, a natural resources investment bank, in 2001 and was Chief Executive until 2011.
Prior to founding Ambrian, Tom was a director of JP Morgan’s Metals & Mining Team and from 1995 was a Director and member of the Management Committee of Robert Fleming & Co Limited, a British merchant bank. He previously held senior executive positions at Bank of Montreal and Lehman Brothers.
Tom holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Sussex.
Tom is a Council Member for the Caine Prize for African Writing (the “African Booker Prize”).
He is married to Mary and their daughter, Catherine, studies music at The Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Their son, Ben, works in Johannesburg. Tom lives near Tetbury.
Philippa (Pippa) joined the Governing body at Westonbirt in November 2006 after retiring as Head of Malvern Girls’ College.
A former independent and international school Head, Pippa currently works as a Principal Consultant for CfBT Education Trust and is Head of CfBT’s Services to International Schools. Pippa began her career as a secondary school History teacher prior to becoming Head of two International schools overseas and a UK independent, boarding school.
As a Governor, Pippa provides a source of current educational expertise and advice for Westonbirt and serves as Chair of the Education Committee. In this capacity she is a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee.
Married to David with three grown children, Pippa travels regularly with her work and maintains a strong interest in school improvement and school quality assurance.
Tamsyn joined the Governing body at Westonbirt in September 2016, and sits on the Marketing Committee. As a mother of 2 children, both of whom are in the Prep School, she also has a special interest in representing the Prep School at Governor level. Tamsyn has previously been a Governor at a local state primary school.
Tamsyn holds a Degree in Geography, and a Masters in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy. She qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in the development of mineral and waste treatment and disposal facilities. She went on to work at professional consultancies in the planning field where her clients have ranged from multi national organisations to down to small family run enterprises.
Henrietta Metters joined the Governing Body at Westonbirt in 2004.
Henrietta has been a Martyrs’ Memorial Governor since 2004. Her interest is in education and the spiritual welfare of pupils and her particular responsibilities as a Governor at Westonbirt School have been with Westonbirt Prep School. Henrietta is a qualified teacher in mathematics and has worked within the independent sector for over thirty years, playing an active role in both teaching and governing.
A licensed Lay Minister for a group of churches near Westonbirt, Henrietta is married with two grown-up children.
Alison Morris is passionate about the role a school plays in the emotional and academic development of young minds. Educated at Sutton High School and the University of Kent, she earned a BSc Honours degree in Economics and Maths before becoming a maths teacher. Alison held senior management roles in girls’ schools for 20 years culminating in 8 years of Headship. She has been a governor of 4 schools in Surrey, 2 of which were co-ed prep schools and 2 senior girls’ schools. On retirement, she edited the GSA (Girls Schools Association) My Daughter website – a source of information and guidance for parents. She has been a school inspector and an appraisor of senior managers. Now having moved to the Cotswolds, she was delighted to be appointed a Governor of Westonbirt whose ethos matches closely with hers. She currently chairs the Staffing and Planning committee.
Mark joined the Governing body at Westonbirt in 2013 as representative of the Education Committee.
Fifth in a line of father to son Headmasters going back to 1854, Mark Pyper spent his whole life until 2011 living and working in British boarding schools. He started his teaching in prep schools in Sussex before moving to Sevenoaks School, where he was a Housemaster and Deputy Head. He then was appointed Headmaster of Gordonstoun School, a position he held for twenty one years and on retirement from which he was awarded the OBE for services to education.
He is a Governor of four schools and acts as an educational adviser to several associations, charities and corporations at both school and university levels. He was keen to extend his independent school experience to an all-girls school.
He is particularly interested in the philosophy of the German educationalist Kurt Hahn, a passionate follower of cricket and a devotee of the performing arts, with experience of directing open air Shakespearean productions.
Simon joined the Governing Body at Westonbirt in March 2013, initially as deputy of the Risk Committee. Later in the year he was also appointed as a Director of Westonbirt Leisure Ltd. Simon is one of three “Parent Governors” with daughter Molly at the senior school and Daisy at Westonbirt Prep. He has been married to Anna for 25 years.
Simon was an insurance broker at Lloyd’s of London for his entire 36 year career, starting at Bland Payne in 1977. He held several senior positions with both Marsh and Aon, specialising in the placement of property insurance for Fortune 500 Companies. He travelled extensively throughout Europe, The Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, and following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, moved with his family to Bermuda (which was then emerging as a major insurance and reinsurance centre) where he spent the next 10 years. Following his return to the UK in 2012, he retired from The City at the end of last year and now lives close by with his family in Wotton under Edge.
Educated at Westonbirt and New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge, where she read Natural Sciences and Physical Anthropology, Susan was first a biology (and other sciences) teacher, and then a Headmistress. On retirement in 2008 she joined the Governing body at Westonbirt, and is Chair of the Staffing and Planning Committee. She is one of the Martyrs’ Memorial Trust governors, and is also liaison governor for boarding, pastoral care and safeguarding.
Susan taught in three maintained schools before moving into the independent sector, teaching at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London for 11 years. This was followed by 17 years as Head of Notting Hill and Ealing High School, a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust.
She has written internet-published school material to use in understanding climate change and how to mitigate it, and has contributed several articles to the GSA website ‘MyDaughter’ on advice to parents, some of which also appear in the book form ‘Your Daughter’. She is President and an active trustee and finance committee member of SGBI, a long-established charity which gives financial assistance to women who need it who have worked in independent education (including academies and free schools).
Susan has five children including four girls. She taught three of them at St Paul’s; the other two children went to single sex boarding schools after attending a boarding co-ed prep school together. She lives with her husband Robert a few miles from Westonbirt and has nine young grandchildren in Bath, London and rural France.
Charles Wyld became a Governor of the School in March 2012. He is a practising solicitor living in Gloucestershire. Charles has since become a Trustee of Westonbirt Foundation and the Holfords of Westonbirt Trust. His particular responsibility is to guide the Governors and Trustees in the ever more important realms of compliance and governance.
Charles is a partner in Burges Salmon LLP, a large legal firm in Bristol and London. His clients include charities, and trusts or individuals with substantial property interests.
He has served on committees within the CLA and the Historic Houses Association, all of which experience has application to the operation of a school such as Westonbirt, with its magnificent building and grounds.
He has a particular interest in music, as a singer and pianist, sings with the Exultate Singers in Bristol and is Chair of the Board of St George’s Bristol which hosts some 200 musical events every year.
Jacqui has an MSc in counselling from Bristol University and is a qualified clinical supervisor. In the last 15 years she has worked therapeutically with adolescents in schools, in both the independent and maintained sector. She has been a tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at Bristol University and whilst there collaborated with fellow tutors on a publication demonstrating embedded counselling and communication skills. Currently she co-ordinates a young people’s counselling service, provides training and supervision for therapists working with adolescents alongside running a private practice.
She is committed to adolescent well being and their psychological health and through this has come to Westonbirt Schools. She has been married for 37 years, the early part of which was spent as the wife of an Army Officer, travelling the world and supporting military families. She has three children, lives near Malmesbury, and indulges her love for the theatre as often as possible.
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