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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 Chair in 2017, having become a Governor in 1995 and previously being Chair of the General Purposes Committee.
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.
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.
George Fenton FRCM OSE
George writes music for theatre, film and television. He learnt his music at St Edward’s from Peter Whitehouse. Among his best-known TV scores are Bergerac, The Jewel in the Crown and Planet Earth. He has scored over a hundred films including Gandhi, Dangerous Liaisons and Groundhog Day, as well as Ken Loach’s last sixteen films. He has won many BAFTA, Emmy and Ivor Novello awards and has been nominated for five Oscars; his most recent Ken Loach film, I, Daniel Blake, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016. George played a significant role in the development of The North Wall Arts Centre and the new Music School, and has been a Governor since 1998.
David was appointed Company Secretary of BP in 2003 following a career as an in-house lawyer with a number of companies. A solicitor, he is a Director of BP Pension Trustees Limited. 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 is a banking lawyer whose career has been spent in major UK and US law firms in the City of London. Latterly he was with Shearman & Sterling where he served on the management committee of the global firm and as head of the London office. In 2012, he worked with the Government to establish the UK Green Investment Bank and is currently operating as lead director for Oxford Analytica, a macroeconomic and geopolitical advisory firm. He gained an LLB from Glasgow University, BD from Aberdeen University, MA from Manchester University and was a doctoral candidate 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.
The Very Revd. Professor Martyn Percy BA, MA, M.Ed, PhD
Martyn is the 45th Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. He was educated at the Universities of Bristol, Durham, London and Sheffield. He trained for ordination after a career in publishing, and was ordained in 1990. After a curacy, he became Chaplain and Director of Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and, subsequently, Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute at Sheffield University. In 2004 he was appointed as Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. Martyn is a member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford, and also tutors in the Social Sciences Division and the Said Business School of the University of Oxford. He is Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. Martyn has undertaken a number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). Martyn is married to the Revd. Dr Emma Percy, who is Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. They have two sons, one of whom was educated at St Edward’s. Martyn became a Governor in 2015.
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. Since 2009 she has been the Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding in Oxfordshire. 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 is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford where she teaches medical students and trains 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 was educated at Ulster University and is currently Headmaster of Dulwich Prep London. He was previously at Cranleigh Prep where he was Headmaster 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, and was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his work there. 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. He retired from this position in 2017.
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.