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Governors of The Leys and St Faith's Schools Foundation

The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company number 07748737. Registered Charity number 1144035.

The Acting Chair of the Governing Body, Helena Renfrew Knight, may be contacted by letter c/o The Leys School. Letters requiring her attention should please be marked ‘Private and Confidential’.

Mr A Barrett: St Faith's Committee, Finance and Audit Committee

Studied Engineering and Law at Trinity College Cambridge. After graduation, worked in finance in London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Frankfurt including a secondment to the Bank of England as a Special Adviser on Financial Stability. Father of three Old Leysians. Currently based in Cambridge.

Elected Governor in 2017.


Mr M Brown: The Leys Committee, Compliance Sub-Committee

Studied Biological Sciences (Hons Botany) at the University of Liverpool and completed PGCE at S. Martin’s College, Lancaster. Taught at Brentwood School, Essex (1979-84). Appointed as Head of Biology at The Leys School (1984). Subsequently served (at various times) as Assistant Housemaster of Fen and West Houses, Housemaster of North B House (on its conversion to the co-ed Day House), Officer Commanding CCF, President of Common Room and, latterly, Director of the Wider Curriculum. Coached rugby and athletics – and participated as a D of E Supervisor and Assessor. Retired in 2016. Currently a Governor at Waterbeach Community Primary School, a volunteer within the Learning Section at Wicken Fen NT Reserve and a volunteer instructor at St Ives Open D of E Award Group. Married to Susan (Maths Teacher) with children Rob and Gail (both Old Fidalians/Old Leysians).

Elected Governor 2017.


Mrs A Brunner: Chair of St Faith's Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Foundation Executive, Nominations Committee

Former parent – son and then daughter who was in the first intake of girls at The Leys. Exeter University (Spanish and French). Teacher: initially taught languages in a large comprehensive and then general subjects in prep school. Most recently Head of 4th year and Head of History at St John’s College School, Cambridge. Lives near Cambridge.

Elected Governor 2002. Chair of the St Faith’s Committee.


Mrs W Challen: St Faith's Committee

The Froebel Institute Roehampton University, London (Cert Ed Primary Education). Previously, a KS3 special needs teacher at Kennington Secondary School, London, then moved to Garden House School, Chelsea to be an EYFS and KS1 class teacher. Later roles at Garden House School included Headmistress at Garden House Boys School, then Pre-Prep Headmistress. Now retired. Governor at Holy Trinity Primary School, Chelsea, Governor at Handcross Park, Sussex, Trustee of Roedean Scholarship Fund, Trustee of Roedean Mission Fund, Trustee of The Giving Tree Foundation, Autism, and Educational Consultant for Llewellyn Education.

Elected Governor in 2016.


Mrs J Clarke: The Leys Committee, Compliance Sub-Committee

Old Leysian (1986-1988) (Head Girl). Bed (Hons) degree at Oxford Brookes University (Education and French). Taught at The Banda School, Nairobi, Kenya (1994-1997). Taught at St John’s College School since 1997. Positions at St John’s included Class Teacher, Head of Year 4, Teacher of Games, French and Geography. Attended several choir tours, including ones to Europe and the USA. Since 2012, taught part-time at St John’s as a Librarian, Art Teacher and Wardrobe Mistress for school plays.

Elected Governor in 2017.


Mr C Fairey: Chairman of the Nominations Committee

Managing Director of T. B .Fairey & Sons Ltd, a farming company in South Cambridgeshire. Previously a Chartered Surveyor for ADAS and Carter Jonas. Former parent of The Leys and St. Faith’s. Old Fidelian and Old Leysian (79-84).

Elected Governor in 2019.


Mrs E Hooley: The Leys Committee

Newnham College, Cambridge (Economics and Law). Previously Associate Solicitor at Allen & Overy, London. Since 1998 Solicitor & Company Secretary at Websters, a tax, legal, accounting and financial planning practice based in Cambridge, specialising in private client and tax planning advisory work. Formerly Vice President of Newnham College Roll (Alumnae) Committee and since 2013 Newnham College Associate. Former parent of The Leys.

Elected Governor 2015.


Mr J Gladwin: Chair of The Leys Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Foundation Executive

Jeremy’s educational career has been in the world of HMC Independent Schools, both senior and through schools, starting in Shrewsbury, via Royal Hospital School and finishing in two Headships, spanning 15 years at St Edmund’s School Canterbury and Bishop’s Stortford College. He has a particular interest in boarding education and was a long standing Boarding Inspector with CSCI, Ofsted and ISI. He studied educational leadership at Masters level at the University of Cambridge. He served for many years on the HMC Professional Development Committee and is an accredited appraiser and mentor for HMC Heads. He became a founder member of the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust, which brought together all the diverse secondary schools (6) in the town for the benefit of mutual collaboration and support. Jeremy is also a Governor of Haberdashers’ Boys’ and Girls’ School, Elstree.

Elected Governor in 2021.

Mr C Kirker: St Faith's Committee

Attended St Faith’s (Cambridge) and Kimbolton schools. MA in Modern Languages at Jesus College, Cambridge. Various posts held such as Product Manager for Clarksons Holidays, Sales Manager for Inghams Travel, Sales and Marketing Director for Global Holidays, Commercial Director for Travelscene Holidays, then owner and Chairman of Kirker Holidays until 2002 as well as owner and Director of The Grand Touring Club until 2005. Now retired. Former Chairman of AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators); former Chairman of the Oxford and Cambridge Club, London; current Trustee of the Oxford and Cambridge Club; current Trustee of Jesus College Cambridge Society; current Committee member of the Oxford and Cambridge Club; current Committee member of the Garrick Club.

Elected Governor in 2016.


Mrs S Loft: The Leys Committee

Professional life based in Marketing, mostly as Account Handler in advertising agencies. Started at Saatchi & Saatchi, moving to Publicis and then FCB. Stephanie spent two years as the Advertising and Promotions Manager at Debenhams Plc. With five children, Stephanie is a past and present Leys parent.



Mr J May: The Leys Committee, Finance and Audit Committee

After gaining Law degrees at Cambridge University in the mid-1970s, John worked until 1999 for the Hambros Group in the UK and Australia where he was a director of Hambros Bank and managing director of Hambro Countrywide, the listed estate agency and financial services group. He was a director of listed investment trust Caledonia Investments for 8 years from 2003 and has spent the last 20 plus years advising, managing or investing in a wide range of businesses where he has chaired or been a non-executive director of over 40 UK and international companies. He was previously a governor of Brentwood School in Essex where he had been educated and is also Chair of Trustees at BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust). John is married with two grown-up children and, having grown up in Essex where he was born, now lives in Cambridge and Norfolk.

Elected Governor in 2021.

Mr I McCaig: St Faith's Committee, Foundation Executive

Appointed Governor in June 2018. Ian is Chairman of Festicket Ltd, Board Member and Chair of the Operating Committee at M-Kopa Ltd, Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Seedrs Ltd, Trustee Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at English Heritage and Board Member at Wesleyan Assurance. He has previously held Non-Executive Directorships at Cupid plc and Big Mouth Media Ltd, is a former Board Member of the British Tourist Authority, former Trustee of Windsor Leadership and former Member of the NSPCC’s National Fundraising Committee. In his executive career, he was most recently CEO of First Utility, the largest independent energy provider in the UK and a pioneer in smart-metering technology and energy analytics. Ian started his career in the IT industry, spending eight years at ICL. He then moved into telecommunications (initially with Telewest) before joining Nokia in 1997. In 2003, Ian joined – Europe’s largest online travel and leisure business.

Ian was appointed to the Board in November 2003 and was appointed Group CEO in spring 2006.

Mr R Mitchell: St Faith's Committee

College of St.Paul’s and St.Mary’s, Cheltenham BEd (Hons). Current Director of Mitchell-Armstrong Ltd (marketing in education). Previously Headmaster at Wellingborough Prep School (2004-2015) and member of staff at St Faith’s (1986-2004). Appointed Teacher Representative for St Faith’s in September 2016.

Elected Governor in 2016.


Mr T Moore: The Leys Committee

Newcastle University, Chemical Engineering. Former Royal Warrant holder. Worked 20 years in Leather Manufacturing and worldwide Import/Export business. Spent 10 years running a specialist, award winning Veteran Car restoration company. Trustee and Director responsible for Investments and Vice Chairman of John Huntingdon’s Charity (2006-2008). Currently, landlord, with involvement in land development. Former parent of The Leys. OF and OL (East 70-74).

Elected in December 2013. Ex-President of the OLS.


Mr S Peak: Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Partner in Chartered Accountants Peters Elworthy & Moore based in Cambridge, specialising in family owned businesses, including farms and medical practices. Attended Hatfield Polytechnic reading Business Studies. Former pupil of East House (78-83). Current parent of The Leys and former parent of St Faith’s. Treasurer of OLS and OL Benevolent Fund. Member of Gog Magog Golf Club.

Elected Governor in 2016.


Rev J Pursehouse

In circuit ministry for the last nineteen years, Rev. Pursehouse has served in the following places – Long Eaton, Peterborough and Otley. He is a senior Methodist figure in East Anglia and exercises oversight over fifteen circuits and seventy ordained Methodist presbyters.

Appointed by the Methodist Council in 2015.


Ms H Renfrew Knight: Acting Chair, Foundation Executive, St Faith’s Committee

University of Oxford (BA Hons History & Italian), INSEAD, Director of Strategy and Integration, Cambridge University Press. Developed career as strategy consultant at Booz. Allen & Hamilton, Andersen Consulting & Spectrum Strategy Consultants. Since 2001, specialised in consulting in education, working on projects in the UK & internationally. Former Ofsted inspector. Former Chair of Governors, Eastfield Infants School, former Vice Chair of Governors, Richard Atkins Primary School, Trustee of Emmaus Cambridge, Leys parent.

Elected Governor in 2017.


Miss L Sales: The Leys Committee, Compliance Sub-Committee

Old Leysian (Moulton 2000-2002, Dale 2002-2007) (Head Girl). Studied Theology at the University of Nottingham. Global Procurement Risk Management Lead, AstraZeneca. Trustee for the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre and Independent Member of the Joint Audit Committee for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Also a member of the Old Leysian Society Committee and Old Leysian Benevolent Fund Committee.

Mr A Silverton: St Faith's Committee

Former pupil (Fen 73 – 78) and former parent (03 – 10) who is a Business and Political Studies honours graduate of Aston University. Divisional Director of Brewin Dolphin and former Head of its London Wealth Management office. Also a Trustee of the Tim Henman Foundation which provides opportunities to vulnerable and/or disadvantaged young people.

Elected Governor in 2021.

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