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Robin Black - Chairman

Robin, an OM, was appointed as Chairman in December 2015 having been the College Treasurer. A chartered accountant, qualifying with KPMG, he has over 35 years of private equity and banking experience. More recently, he has been the CFO of Corbin & King, the London based restaurant group and the CFO of The Ink Factory, the film and TV production company behind the award-winning Night Manager drama series where he is nowaNED and Chair of the audit committee. A founder director of Heartstone Inns, a regional pub operator, and a NED of Future Biogas, one of the UK’s leading anaerobic digestion operators; he has been a NED and Chair of a number of quoted and unquoted companies in the fund management, media and leisure sectors.

Sue Duff - Vice Chairman

Sue was brought up at the College as her father,Alan, was Housemaster of School House, Second Master and Master in charge of cricket. 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 before spending ten years in Commerce and then making the transition to teaching in the independent sector. Sue has taught in prep, GSA and HMC environments and been on their management teams. Sue joined the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2011 and is now a Lead Inspector. Since 2015 Sue has worked with a wide variety of schools supporting them predominantly with their pastoral care, boarding and compliance aspects and training. She was appointed to Council in 2015 and is a member of the 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 and a magistrate in Worcester. He is the father of an OM and pupil of Hillstone/MCPS who was also part of the start-up team at MCQ. He was appointed to Council in 2014, has been a Governor of The Downs Malvern since 2010 where he chairs the Commercial Committee and is a member of the Welfare Committee. He is a member of the Management Board, Audit Committee and a director of MCEL and MCIL. He is Chairman-elect of The Downs Malvern and Abberley Hall with effect from July 2020.

Charles Barwell OBE

Charles is an OM and the grandson of an OM. Following 23 years in wealth management with Albert E Sharp, Gerrard and Barclays, in 2017 he founded a public affairs consultancy, Facultas Associates. A former trustee of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, he sings in the CBSO Chorus. He was a trustee of the English-Speaking Union for ten years and is a Fellow of the British-American Project. Charles was an elected member of the Board of the Conservative Party from 2007-2011, chairman of the CCHQ Finance & Audit Committee from 2009-2015, and he is a trustee of the Conservative Agents Superannuation Fund. Charles was chairman of the Governors of Bilton Grange prep from 2016-2020, leading the school’s merger with Rugby School of which he is member of the Governing Body. He is a trustee of AGBIS. Charles was appointed an OBE for voluntary political service. He was appointed to Council in 2020.

Fiona Bridge

Fiona's association with Malvern has been as a parent of three boys in School House, all third generation OMs. 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, also an OM, in running a dairy farm in Shropshire. She was appointed to Council in 2016 and has responsibility for safeguarding.

Roger Brierly

Roger joined the College in 1994 from The Manchester Grammar School and became Housemaster of No7, Director of PE & Sports and Head of Football. He was Coach to Southern England’s Under 19 ISFA and Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Schools Athletic Association. An ISI team inspector, he was Headmaster of Heathfield School for 10 years, a governor of Gosfield School, formed the partnership to create the Heathfield International School, Bangkok and was ISA National Ambassador for Sport. He was appointed to Council in 2020 and is a governor of Abberley Hall.

Peter Brough

A successful businessman and a former parent, Peter was appointed to Council in 1995 and was Chairman of the 2001 Fundraising Appeal Committee. He is currently also a governor of his old school, Tettenhall College and 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.

William Burke III

William "Chip" Burke, an OM, was formerly 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. He was appointed to Council in 2008and takes responsibility for furthering US OM links with the College.

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 OMs, Ken was appointed to Council in 1986 and was Vice Chairman from 1994-2006. He holds the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.

Michèle Edwards-Clark MVO

An Old Girl of Ellerslie School, and the first such Old Girl to be a member of 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 was appointed to Council in 1992 and is a member of the Management Board.

Nicholas Engert

An OM, Nicholas is a member of the Old Malvernian Lodge, He 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 was appointed to Council in 2013and takes responsible for health and safety. He is also a trustee of the Malvernian Society.

Christine Fairchild

Christine Fairchild is the Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Oxford. 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. She was appointed to Council in 2011and is a trustee of the Malvernian Society.

Jim Foxall

An OM, 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. Appointed to Council in 2016, he is a member of the Management Board, Audit Committee and is Chairman of the Malvernian Society.

Felix Francis

Felix is a bestselling author and the father of two OMs. 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 Council in 2005.

Jeremy Havard

An OM, he specialised in insurance with Lloyd’s Brokers and Jardine before establishing an insurance practice for an Executive Search consultancy, and subsequently starting his own business in that field. He has extensive experience of organizational development and psychology, team building and leadership and has worked with clients throughout Europe and the Far East. He served for seven years in the Territorial Army and is also a trustee of two other Charities with educational objects. He was appointed to Council in 2008 and is a trustee of the Malvernian Society, initiating the refurbishment of the Rackets Courts through an appeal among rackets players which raised over £250,000.

Syd Hill

Syd joined the College as a teacher of Geography and Master in Charge of Football in 1980 and, from 1986-1995, was Housemaster of No.1. From 1996-2008 he was Headmaster of Elstree Preparatory School. On his retirement, Syd Hill became Secretary of the Malvernian Society, and was appointed to Council in 2007 and was a member of the Management Board from 2007-2018.Formerly a Governor of Dean Close, he is currently a governor of The Godolphin School Salisbury, Elstree Preparatory School, The Downs Malvern and Abberley Hall, and is a member of the College’s Educational Working Group. He is the Hon. Treasurer of the Independent Schools Football Association

Professor Paul Jackson

Paul 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, with particular expertise in 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. He was appointed to Council in 2010.

Graham Jones

Graham was Headmaster of Repton School until his retirement in 2003. He joined the College Council in 2005 and was Vice Chairman for seven years until stepping down in 2018. Graham has also been an ISI Inspector, an A level Chief Examiner, Chair of the Independent Schools Examination Board, a governor of Birkenhead School, Worcester Royal Grammar School and various prep schools, as well as acting in an advisory capacity to other governing bodies on the appointment and appraisal of headmasters. He is a member of the College's Education Working Group and Management Board.

Dr Angus Kennedy

An OM, Angus is Consultant Neurologist at the West London Neuroscience Centre at Charing Cross Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and runs a specialist dementia service for the West London region. He qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and received his neurological training in London at the Atkinson Morley’s Hospital and St Mary’s’ Hospital. 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. Subsequently seconded to the MRC, he helped design and establish the Prion 1 trial which is now the first national UK study for therapeutic intervention in human Prion disease and chaired for ten years the CJD Support network a charity for patients and families affected by human prion disease. He has a longstanding interest in theatre production and has worked with the National Health Theatre company at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was appointed to Council in 2014 and takes responsibility for medical and health issues.

Paul Nicholls

An OM andsonof an OM, Paul graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 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. He was appointed to Council in 2015.

Louise Penrice

Louise has spent 30 years as an educator, living and working in Europe, the USA and Asia. A former Head of a bilingual school in Switzerland, she now has her own company offering leadership development and coaching. Originally trained as a teacher at Cambridge University, she has an MBA and has worked as a consultant developing leaders in larger organisations. Louise is married to an OM, is the parent of three OMs. She was appointed to Council in 2017.

Sue Raby-Smith

A mother of two OMs and a cousin to three, Sue has enjoyed a longstanding affiliation with the College. 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. She was appointed to Council in 2015 and has responsibility for safeguarding.

Dr Dominic Sandbrook

An OM, Dominic is one ofBritain’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 onBritain from the 1950s to the 1980s, and has written and presented numerous documentaries for the BBC. 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. He was appointed to Council in 2016.

Dr Christoph Stoecker

An OM and a parent of two OMs, Christoph is a German national and studied law in Cologne, Lausanne, Hamburg and Sydney, gaining a Doctorate and Law degree from the University of Hamburg and a Master of Laws from Sydney University. After being admitted to the Bar, 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 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 2006.

Timothy Straker QC

An OM, Timothy is the nephew, brother and father of OMs. After 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. He was appointed to Council in 2011 and is a member of the Management Board.

Andrew Trotman

Andrew was Headmaster of St Peter’s School, York and Warden of St Edward’s School, Oxford. On his retirement from teaching, he became a director of the 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. Andrew joined the Council in 2016 and is a member of the College’s Educational Working Group.

Ben Walker

An OM, Ben read history at Trinity College, Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor in 2002. Having worked with law firms and in the City of London and Milan, he currently practises corporate and commercial law, specialising in the oil and gas sector in Africa. He was appointed to Council in 2017 and is a trustee of the Malvernian Society.

Tom Whittaker

A qualified accountant, Tom has 30 years of experience in financial services holding board positions at FTSE 100 companies, including 10 years at the Prudential Group as Head of Audit for Prudential UK & Europe, Head of Audit for M&G Investments and Chief Risk Officer for Prudential UK & Europe. He was previously Head of Audit of Willis Group, Head of Compliance & Risk of Charles Schwab and Group Compliance Officer of HBOS Clerical Medical. He was appointed to Council in 2020 and has succeeded Doug Robertson as Chairman of the Audit Committee.

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. 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. She was appointed to Council in 2015.