College Management

Senior Management Team Profiles


Antony Clark - Headmaster

Antony Clark was educated at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, South Africa and at Rhodes University, where he gained a BA and HDE, he then went to Downing College, Cambridge, on a Douglas Smith Scholarship and in 1981 gained an MA. At Cambridge he was, on occasion, a member of the University’s Cricket XI. Antony taught at Westerford High School, Cape Town, from 1984 to 1990, then worked in investment management before being appointed as Headmaster of St Joseph’s Marist College, Cape Town, in 1992 and subsequently of his own old school, St Andrew’s College, in 1994. In 2002 Antony moved as Head to Gresham’s School in Norfolk and joined Malvern College in September 2008.

Dr Robin Lister - Senior Deputy Head

After attending Hymers’ College Robin Lister studied for a BA in Theology and a post-graduate teaching qualification at Hull University. He was then awarded scholarships to attend Harvard University where he read for a Master’s degree in philosophy and psychology after which he became the Gifford Fellow at St Andrews University where he took his Ph.D and undertook some part-time lecturing. In between degrees he worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Cambridge Massachusetts where he remained as a consultant for some years. He arrived at Malvern College in 1989 as the Head of Religious Studies and then was appointed Housemaster in 1998, Deputy Head in 2007 and Senior Deputy Head in 2012.

Sarah Angus - Deputy Head: Pastoral

After working for four years in the City of London in domestic and corporate banking during the late 1980s, Sarah went to Cambridge University to read Economics at Lucy Cavendish College. After graduation, she took her PGCE in Glasgow. Having been Head of Economics at Eltham College from 1994-1998, as well as being involved in school expeditions to Iceland, Norway and Nepal, Sarah then moved as Housemistress to Trinity School in Teignmouth, Devon, where she also became Head of Sixth Form. She arrived at Malvern College ten years later as Housemistress of the newly-built Ellerslie House and was appointed Deputy Head (Pastoral) in 2011.

Joe Gauci – Deputy Head: Academic

On leaving Monmouth School in 1979, Joe Gauci went up to Lincoln College, Oxford to read Modern History, graduating in 1983. After completing his PGCE at University College, Cardiff, Joe taught History at Ipswich School for five years before moving to Malvern College in 1989. From 1998-2005 he was Head of the Lower School and since 2005 has assumed the role of Director of Studies. Joe is the author of five IB Diploma books on 20th Century History.

Paul Godsland – Deputy Head: Logistics

A graduate from the University of Oxford, Paul Godsland joined Malvern College in 1982 to teach French and German. Head of French between 1989 and 2011, Head of Modern Languages since 2000, he has accompanied around 3000 Malvern pupils to France over twenty years. He was appointed as Senior Master in 2003, responsible for co-ordinating activities outside the academic curriculum.

Guy Ralphs - Bursar & Clerk to the Council

Educated at Repton and Kingston Business School, Guy worked for Shell UK and Shell International in the UK and overseas between 1976 and 1998. After 22 years with Shell, Guy was appointed Bursar and Company Secretary to Merchant Taylors' School Northwood in 1998 and joined Malvern as Bursar and Clerk to the Council in January 2012.

Alastair (Sam) Cook - Headmaster, The Downs Malvern

Educated at Ashville College, Harrogate and Milton High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A graduate of Westminster College Oxford (where he coached the Oxford University rugby team), Sam’s first teaching appointment was at The Dragon School, Oxford were he taught Geography as well as being a Housemaster and Director of Activities and Expeditions. After 17 years at The Dragon School, Sam left to take up the appointment of Deputy Head of Perrott Hill School, Somerset and then in 2002 took up the Headship of Boundary Oak School in Hampshire. In 2005, Sam became the Headmaster of Pembroke House in Gilgil, Kenya where he stayed until 2008 when he returned to the UK following his appointment as Headmaster of The Downs Malvern.


Heads of Department & Heads of Year


Deputy Head: Academic Mr J A Gauci
Deputy Head: Pastoral Mrs S Angus
Academic Development Director Mr G A Hopkirk 
Art  Mr S Callister 
Director of Girls' Sport Miss C West
Classics, Careers Mr R G Thurlow 
Design & Technology  Mr D A Stokes 
Drama  Mr K R C Packham 
Economics, Politics & Business Studies  Mr S C Holroyd 
EAL  Mr M G Lloyd (OM) 
English  Dr B M Wells 
French  Mrs C R D Clemit 
Geography  Mr R Needham
German Mr W Mathews
Theory of Knowledge Dr S J Holroyd
Head of Lower School Mrs B A Swart
Head of Sixth Form Mr A J Grundy
History Mr J C Herod (OM)
IB Co-ordinator Mr P J Gray
Master i/c Cricket Mr M Hardinges
Master i/c Football Mr M Cleal
Master i/c Rugby Mr N Tisdale
Mathematics Mr C J Thomas
Modern Foreign Languages, Deputy Head: Logistics Mr P Godsland
Music Mr J Brown
Life Skills Co-ordinator Mrs S Godsland
e-Safety Co-ordinator Mrs S Godsland
Philosophy & Religious Studies Mr D O'Keeffe
Physical Education Miss E F E Preece
Science Dr N V Watson
Physics Mr M P Hnatek
Biology Mr A J Merrick
Chemistry Dr S Vaughan
Spanish Miss R Pike
Learning Support & Head of Safeguarding and Pupil Wellbeing Mrs I P M Bijl
SENCO Mr R N Whitehead
Pre-Sixth Co-ordinator Mrs N J Cage


College Council


Robin Black - Chairman

Robin, an OM, was appointed as Chairman of the College Council in December 2015 having been the College Treasurer. A chartered accountant, he trained with KPMG and has over 30 years of private equity and banking experience. More recently, he has been the CFO of Corbin & King, the leading London based restaurant and hotel group including the iconic Wolseley Restaurant in Mayfair, and is currently the CFO of The Ink Factory, the film and TV production company behind the award winning Night Manager drama series written by John le Carre. He is a founder director of Heartstone Inns, a regional pub business, and has been a non-executive director of a number of quoted and unquoted companies in the media and leisure sector including Malmaison Hotels, Cineworld Cinemas, Osprey Publishing and Primesight Outdoor Advertising.

Graham Jones - Vice Chairman

Graham Jones was Headmaster of Repton School until his retirement in 2003 and has been on the College Council since 2005. He is also a governor at Birkenhead School, has acted in an advisory capacity to other governing bodies, and is a member of the College’s Education Working Group and Management Board.

Carey Leonard - Treasurer

An international commercial banker with over 40 years’ experience, Carey worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 34 years in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and London. He is currently an independent non-executive director of the UK subsidiary of Diamond Bank PLC, a large Nigerian bank. A Governor of The Downs Malvern since 2010 where he Chairs the Commercial Committee and is a member of the Welfare Committee, he was appointed to the College’s Audit Committee in 2013. He is the father of an OM (2007-2012 and Hillstone/MCPS 2002-2007) who was also part of the start-up team at MCQ. A Magistrate, Carey is an enthusiastic, if somewhat erratic, golfer, whose other interests include most sports (now spectator only), the theatre and travel.

Fiona Bridge

Fiona's association with Malvern has been as a parent of three boys in School House, all third generation Malvernians. After several years working in marketing within the hotel industry she returned to the prep school world where she has a wealth of experience both in the general running of a school and in communication between parents, staff and pupils. Alongside this she is involved with her husband, another OM, in running a dairy farm in Shropshire.

Peter Brough

A successful businessman and a former parent, Peter has been a member of Council since 1995 and was Chairman of the 2001 Fundraising Appeal Committee. He has an honours degree from Lancaster University in Politics and Modern History. For many years he was a Governor and Vice Chairman of The Ryleys School in Cheshire. From 2003 to 2009 he was Chairman of The Petrol Retailers Association. He is currently also a governor of his old school, Tettenhall College.

William Burke III

William "Chip" Burke, an Old Malvernian, graduated with a BA from Kenyon and an MBA from Dartmouth. A US citizen and former Chief Operating Officer of La Branche & Co in New York, Chip also serves on the finance committees of the Church of St Ignatius Loyola and the Buttonwood Foundation on Wall Street. Chip is a member of the Council’s Fundraising Campaign Board with responsibility for furthering US OM links with the College.

Peter Cartwright

Peter Cartwright, an Old Malvernian and former parent, farmed in Sussex before moving to work as a Director of Rankin Bros & Sons, Cork Merchants in London and Lisbon until his retirement in 2004. Peter has been a member of Council since 2003 and is also a member of the Malvernian Society Committee, holding the post of Society Chairman from 2002-2006.

Professor Ken Davey OBE

Ken Davey spent several years in East Africa as a member of the Overseas Civil Service. Later he became Professor and Head of the School of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham. Since 1990, he has specialised in public administration and finance reform in Eastern Europe. The father of two Old Malvernians, Ken has been a member of the College Council since 1986 and was Vice Chairman of Council from 1994 -2006. He holds the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.

Sue Duff

Sue was brought up in the College as her father was Housemaster of School House and Second Master. She was educated at Ellerslie School before it merged with the College, initially studying Business at University and later an MA in Educational Management. She was a School Bursar in Oxford before spending ten years in Commerce as a Buyer and Marketing Manager. Sue made the transition to teaching in the independent sector and has taught in prep, GSA and HMC environments. Until July 2015 she was on the Management Team at Bradfield College and her main specialism is in overall boarding management and Pastoral Care leadership having been a Housemistress and Head of Boarding. Since 2011 Sue has worked for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and in 2014 was made a Senior Co-ordinating Inspector. Since September 2015 she has extended her work for ISI and also works with various organisations such as the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) undertaking consultancy and training where and when it is needed.

Michèle Edwards-Clark MVO

An Old Girl of Ellerslie School, and the first such Old Girl to be a member of Malvern College Council, Michèle began her working life with Oxford University Appointments Committee before moving to work in the City for many years. Currently she works in The Queen’s Private Secretary’s Office at Buckingham Palace. Michèle has been a member of the College Council since 1992 and a member of the Management Board since 2011.

Nicholas Engert

OM (No.9, 1971-1975) and a Trustee of the Malvernian Society.

Nicholas is a Partner at Nicholas Engert & Associates, which is a design and project management company that specialises in lighting and electronic automation systems for residential and businesses. He frequently attends events at the College and is a member of the Old Malvernian Lodge.

Christine Fairchild

Christine Fairchild is the Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Oxford. Working alongside colleagues from across the collegiate University, Christine and her team enhance relationships with University alumni by offering a wide range of programmes and resources designed to both highlight the many features of the University and to be of value to alumni at various stages of their lives. Before arriving at Oxford, she amassed more than 30 years of experience in alumni relations at the Harvard University. Most recently, she worked at Harvard Business School where she oversaw the School’s alumni outreach and fundraising activities. Educated at Connecticut College in the US, Christine graduated with a BA in Asian Studies.

Jim Foxall

O.M. (No.5, 1964 – 1968) and Chairman of Trustees of the Malvernian Society.

Jim left Malvern for Durham University, then became a teacher (TEFL) in Tripoli, Libya and Tokyo, Japan, before embarking upon an MBA and a 33 year career in UK and international business management, being MD of three companies in the manufacturing, logistics and industrial services fields. Now retired, he enjoys business consulting and mentoring, both privately and as a mentor with The Prince's Trust, along with sailing, golf and real tennis.

Felix Francis

Felix is a bestselling author and the father of two Old Malvernians. He graduated from London University in 1974 and taught A Level Physics for seventeen years. He was Head of Science at Bloxham School and Area Secretary for Science for the Independent Schools Joint Council when he left teaching in 1991 to act as business manager for his father, the author Dick Francis. From 1993 – 2005 he was a director and deputy chairman of World Challenge Expeditions Ltd. He is a former governor of Winchester House Prep School and, for the past eight years, has been the author of the “Dick Francis novels”. Felix was appointed to the College Council in 2005.

Jeremy Havard

Jeremy Havard, an OM, has over 30 years experience in the City of London. Following 10 years with Lloyd’s Brokers he left Jardine in 1987 and established an insurance practice for an Executive Search consultancy, subsequently starting his own practice in that field. He was European Insurance Partner with a publicly quoted US Search firm before returning to his own business in the City. He has extensive experience of organizational development and psychology, team building and leadership and has worked with clients throughout Europe and the Far East recruiting senior executives for insurance businesses. He served for seven years in the Territorial Army and is also a trustee of three other Charities with educational objects. He was elected to the Council in 2008 and is a member of the Council’s Fundraising Campaign Board. He initiated the recent refurbishment of the Rackets Courts. He is a Sidesman at the Church of St Michael, Cornhill in the City of London.

Syd Hill

Syd Hill joined the College Council and Management Board in 2007 and, upon his retirement in 2008 as Headmaster of Elstree Preparatory School, was appointed Secretary of the Malvernian Society. Syd joined Malvern College as a teacher of Geography and Master in Charge of Football in 1980 and from 1986-1995, was Housemaster of No.1 Malvern College. Syd has retired from the Governing Body at Dean Close School but is currently a Governor of The Downs, Malvern College Prep School, The Godolphin School, Salisbury and also Elstree Preparatory School. He is the Hon. Treasurer of the Independent Schools Football Association.

Professor Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson is Professor of African Politics at the University of Birmingham and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently Director of the International Development Department at the University, Chair of the Chaplaincy Committee and a University Orator. He has been a senior manager of the university for some years having been Head of the School of Public Policy and also Head of the School of Government and Society within the University. His main academic interests lie in international development and politics and he has visited Malvern College several times to discuss these issues with students. His particular area of expertise is reconstructing states after conflict. As well as being an academic, Professor Jackson is also regularly employed by the UK and other Governments to design, run and evaluate overseas programmes. He has worked in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe, India, China, Nepal, Romania and Georgia amongst other places.

Dr Angus Kennedy

Dr Angus Kennedy is Consultant Neurologist at the West London Neuroscience Centre at Charing Cross Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. He runs a specialist dementia service for the West London region. He qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1985. He received his neurological training in London at the Atkinson Morley’s Hospital and St Mary’s’ Hospital. His MD thesis was entitled the heterogeneity of Familial Alzheimer’s disease and was an MRC funded clinical and imaging study of UK families with different genetic forms of Alzheimer disease. The work was supervised by Professor Martin Rossor and Professor Richard Frackowiak. In 1997 he spent a year as Senior Clinical Fellow at Memory and Movement disorder clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. His specialist neurological interests includes the diagnosis, investigation and management of individuals suffering from degenerative dementia. His research has assessed the use of functional imaging in order to map the effect on brain function of the early phases of Alzheimer’s disease. Between 2001 and 2003 he was seconded to the MRC where he helped design and establish the Prion 1 trial which is now the first national UK study for therapeutic intervention in human Prion disease. He chaired for ten years the CJD Support network a charity for patients and families affected by or at risk of all forms of human prion disease. He has a longstanding interest in theatre production and has worked with the National Health Theatre company at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Ken Madden

Ken is a parent of two Old Malvernians. Following retirement from a teaching career which included the Headship of three IAPS Preparatory Schools he trained for ordained ministry in the Church of England. He is currently serving as curate in the Newent benefice of three parishes. Ken was appointed to Council in 2007 and also serves as Chairman of Governors of The Downs Malvern Preparatory School.

Married with three children, Paul lives in London. He was educated at Malvern College from 1971–1976 and then proceeded to Pembroke College, Cambridge to read Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology. Paul has worked in the City since 1979 at various banks but principally at SG Warburg (later UBS Warburg). He has been the Chief Executive of Hoare Govett (owned variously by ABN Amro, RBS and now Jefferies) since 2006 and is currently their full time executive Chairman.

Paul Nicholls

Married with three children, Paul lives in London. He was educated at Malvern College from 1971–1976 and then proceeded to Pembroke College, Cambridge to read Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology. Paul has worked in the City since 1979 at various banks but principally at SG Warburg (later UBS Warburg). He has been the Chief Executive of Hoare Govett (owned variously by ABN Amro, RBS and now Jefferies) since 2006 and is currently their full time executive Chairman.

Sue Raby-Smith

A mother of two OMs and a cousin to three, Sue has enjoyed a longstanding affiliation with the College prior to joining the Council in December 2015. After graduating from Surrey University, Sue spent 10 years in marketing and project management in blue chip companies, both in the UK and overseas. After starting a family and moving back to the UK, Sue left industry to set up her own business in the equestrian sector which she still runs today. Sue is passionate about sport, music, the environment and life-long learning.

Doug Robertson

A graduate of Leeds University and a Chartered Accountant, Doug has spent most of his career in financial management in both private equity and public companies. He is currently Group Finance Director of SIG plc and chairs our Audit Committee.

Dr Dominic Sandbrook

Educated at Malvern from 1988 to 1993, Dominic Sandbrook is one of Britain’s best-known historians. After studying at Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge, he became a lecturer in history at Sheffield before pursuing a career as a freelance writer. He is the author of a series of bestselling books on Britain from the 1950s to the 1980s, and has written and presented numerous documentaries for BBC Television. He has been a Senior Fellow at Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute and is now Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is also a regular columnist for the Daily Mail and BBC History Magazine, writes book reviews for the Sunday Times and is a supporter of the perennially unlucky Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Dr Christoph Stoecker

Christoph Stoecker is a German national, an Old Malvernian and a parent of two Old Malvernians. Having studied law in Cologne, Lausanne, Hamburg and Sydney, Christoph gained a Doctorate and Law degree from the University of Hamburg and a Master of Laws from Sydney University. After being admitted to the Bar in 1988 he worked for several international law firms in Germany, UK and Australia and currently is Of-Counsel with the international law firm DLA Piper. Christoph is specialised in corporate law and M&A. In 2000 he also became Partner of M&A advisers, MCF Corporate Finance with offices in Hamburg, London and Helsinki, whilst continuing to practice corporate law. Christoph joined the Council in 2005 as its first overseas member.

Timothy Straker QC

Timothy Straker, an Old Malvernian, is the nephew, brother and father of Old Malvernians. After taking a first class degree from Cambridge he read for the Bar and has practised since 1978. He has been a Queen’s Counsel for twenty years. He is a bencher of Gray’s Inn, a deputy High Court Judge, acting Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Falklands, a Recorder of the Crown Court and an Election Commissioner. He is head of chambers at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, where he practices. Although he achieved no distinction in the game at school he regularly plays rackets and follows Malvern rackets closely.

Andrew Trotman

Andrew joined the Council in 2016. He is director of a leadership development and recruitment company, Aspirance and also has a private development coaching practice. In addition, he is the educational adviser for the Sons and Friends of Clergy and a member of the advisory council for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He was Head Master of St Peter’s School, York and Warden of St Edward’s School, Oxford.

Dr Helen Wright FRSA

Helen is a former Head of St Mary’s Calne, a former GSA President and a former Vice-Chair of ISC. She has had a particular passion for global education for several years, and following her most recent independent school Headship in Australia she has put her energies into extending her work in transnational and international education. She is a non-executive director and trustee of a number of educational organisations and ventures in the UK and abroad; she is also regularly asked to speak at international conferences and to write for educational publications, and she currently chairs the World Leading Schools’ Association Research Group into Exchanges and Training.