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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, qualifying with KPMG, he 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 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 Chairman of Raremark, a digital health business specializing in rare diseases; a founder director of Heartstone Inns, a regional pub operator; a NED of Future Biogas, one of the UK’s leading anaerobic digestion operators; and has been a NED of a number of quoted and unquoted companies in the fund management, media and leisure sector including Botts & Company, Malmaison Hotels, Cineworld Cinemas, Osprey Publishing and Primesight Outdoor Advertising.

Sue Duff - Vice Chairman

Sue was brought up in Malvern 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 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.

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.

Charles Barwell OBE

Charles is an OM of No.9 (1981-86) and the grandson of an OM (No.1, 1893-95). Following 23 years in wealth management with Albert E Sharp, Gerrard and Barclays, Charles made a career change in 2017 founding 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. He is a member of the Governing Body of Rugby School. He is a trustee of AGBIS. Charles was appointed an O.B.E. in 2011 for voluntary political service.

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.

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.

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, 1971-75) 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

OM (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

OM (No.8, 1965-68) 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 business 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 two other Charities with educational objects. He was elected to the College Council in 2008 and is a member of the Council’s Fundraising Campaign Board. He initiated the recent refurbishment of the Rackets Courts through an appeal among rackets players which raised over £250,000.

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.

Graham Jones

Graham Jones 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

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 an assistant minister at St Michael’s Without, a city centre church in Bath. Ken was appointed to Council in 2007 and also serves as Chairman of Governors of The Downs Malvern Preparatory School.

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.

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 children educated at the College and lives in Switzerland.

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

OM (No.1 1988-93) 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

OM (No.9, 1973-75) 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

OM (No.3, 1968-72) 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.

Ben Walker

Ben Walker OM (No.6, 1988-93) and Trustee of the Malvernian Society.

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.

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.