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Chris Jones OSE, Chair
After graduating from Cambridge University, Chris spent 20 years in the advertising industry during which time he became the worldwide Chair and Chief Executive Officer of J Walter Thompson Co. He was the youngest person and first non-American to hold this position in the company’s 140-year history. In 2001, after serious illness, Chris retired from the advertising business. He left New York City in 2002 and returned to live in England. He now has a wide range of business and not-for-profit interests. Chris became a Governor in 1995 and previously held the role of Chair of the General Purposes Committee before he took on the role of Chair of Governors in 2017.
Sarah was educated at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and has a MA and MSc from Oxford University where she also trained as a social worker. She was Head of the Disabled Children’s Services at Oxfordshire County Council, and on the Executive of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, setting up and chairing the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Disabled Children’s Group. Sarah was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in Safeguarding and has studied and lectured internationally on safeguarding issues. She was one of the national leads for the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme which led to significant investment in services for children with additional needs and their families. In Oxfordshire she has worked closely with families and voluntary sector partners to develop a range of positive activities and services to enhance the vulnerable children’s lives and life chances. Sarah retired in December 2019 but continues to do some consultancy work for Children’s Social Care. She joined us as a Governor in 2020. Sarah has three children, one of her daughters is a teacher and her husband and son are academics. She has worked closely with Oxfordshire schools on a range of initiatives.
Caroline works as a Human Resources business partner for Oxfordshire County Council. She is also a lay member sitting on employment tribunals. She has close associations with Teddies as her husband taught at the school for over 20 years and their three children are all OSE. Educated at St Albans Girls’ Grammar School and Bath University, Caroline is a keen hockey player and represents England Masters. She became a Governor in 2014.
Joe has been a Head of Department at Eton College for 3 years, and has been teaching languages for the last 9 years. He completed his PGCE at the University of Sheffield after reading Russian & Linguistics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has a particular interest in educational research and in the mental health of school pupils. He has two toddler sons and loves to spend time with the family. Outside of family and work life, his main interests are reading, music production, health and fitness. Joe became a Governor in 2020 and serves on the Education Committee.
Georgina Dennis OSE
Among one of the first cohorts of girls in the Sixth Form at St Edward’s, Georgie went on to study at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. She began her working life at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, the V&A, Accademia Italiana and European Academy for the Arts in curatorial and educational roles before retraining as a conservator of easel paintings. She currently works as a freelance conservator and consultant on collections management. Georgie became a Governor in 2014.
Professor Louise Fawcett-Posada
Louise was educated at Lady Eleanor Holles and Millfield Schools, and then at the Universities of London and Oxford. She is currently a Fellow and Lecturer in Politics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where she has also served as Tutor for Admissions and Senior Tutor; her research interests are in the field of International Relations. Three of Louise’s four children were educated at St Edward’s. Louise became a Governor in 2010 and serves on the Education Committee.
David was Company Secretary of BP from 2003 to 2018 following a career as an in-house lawyer with a number of companies. A solicitor, he is on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Business Ethics. He lives in Oxford and all three of his children attended St Edward’s. David was educated at Merchant Taylors, Northwood, and Bristol University. He became a Governor in 2010 and is Chairman of the Investment and Compliance, and Safeguarding Committees.
Kenneth’s career as an international banking lawyer was spent as a partner in leading UK and US law firms in the City of London. Latterly, at Shearman & Sterling, he was a member of the management committee of the global firm and head of the London office. Following legal practice, he worked for some years with the UK Government establishing the UK Green Investment Bank and the companies providing support to renewable electricity generation. He now serves as a non- executive director on a listed renewables fund, provides consultancy support to a start-up business and is heavily involved with charities in the criminal justice and education sectors. He gained an LLB from Glasgow University, BD (first class honours) from Aberdeen University, MA from Manchester University and was a doctoral student at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford and became a Governor in 2007. Kenneth’s two daughters and son were all educated at St Edward’s.
Dr Clare Robertson
Clare is a consultant paediatrician at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where she specialises in neuro-disability, allergy and child safeguarding. She graduated with first class honours from the University of Bristol and gained distinctions in paediatrics and surgery before undertaking higher professional training in the UK and overseas. From 2009-2020 she was the Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding in Oxfordshire, and during this time, was a member of Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board. Clare has a particular interest in a holistic approach to physical and mental health in children and teenagers; she has facilitated closer working between the paediatric and mental health services, including establishing the first child and adolescent psychiatric liaison post at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford. Clare has been an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford where she taught medical students and trained junior paediatricians. She also provides safeguarding training to GPs, paediatricians, other health professionals and social services. Clare is married and has four children, one of whom was educated at St Edward’s. Her interests outside work include singing, playing tennis, badminton and gardening. She became a Governor in 2018, is our Safeguarding Governor and sits on the Compliance and Safeguarding Committee.
Michael Roulston MBE
Educated at Madeley College and Ulster University, Michael was Headmaster of Dulwich Prep London for ten years, from 2009 to 2019, a time of substantial expansion and outstanding achievement for the school. He previously served as Headmaster of Cranleigh Prep School in Surrey for eight years, overseeing a significant increase in scholarships and pupil numbers. Michael’s first Headship was at The Model School, Londonderry, which he established as an informally religiously ‘integrated’ school and as a result, was awarded the prestigious BP Gulbenkian Citizenship Award for Northern Ireland. From The Model School, Michael moved to The British School in Tokyo, where he was Principal, and was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his work in Japan. He became a Governor in 2010.
Mike Stanfield OSE
After a career in manufacturing, Mike sold his business interests in 1990 and retired. He founded and is Chairman of The Hebridean Trust, a charity formed in 1982 to support and stimulate the economies of island communities, to maintain buildings of outstanding architectural worth and to preserve the natural environment. The Trust’s centre, on the Isle of Tiree, gives holidays to disadvantaged children from inner cities. He is Executive Chairman of The Seamark Trust, a charity promoting research into all aspects of the marine environment worldwide. Mike has been a Governor at St Edward’s since 1987, chairing the General Purposes Committee before becoming Chairman of the Board in 2007, retiring from the latter role in 2017, and is currently the Chair of the North Wall Trust.
Wilf Stephenson has been a Fellow and Treasurer of Oriel College, Oxford since 2005. Wilf was educated at Worksop College and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he was an Exhibitioner and rowed in the First Eight. He spent the majority of his career before joining Oriel as a corporate treasurer in the oil industry and property companies. He was Group Treasurer of Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster’s international property business, from 1999-03. Wilf is a member of the Advisory Board of the Charities Property Fund and serves on a number of college and university committees. His son and two daughters are OSE. On the Governing Body, Wilf is Chairman of the General Purposes Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.
Philip has an MA and PhD in History from Cambridge University. After teaching economic history at Durham University he went into finance, and has principally been involved in investment management. Since 1997, Philip has been an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group, where he is a partner. He became a Governor in 2021 and serves on the Education, Investment and General Purposes Committees. His daughter is currently a pupil at St. Edward’s.