School Governors

Tim Syder, Chair of Governors, is the father of four former Farleigh boarders, is a Catholic and lives in Hampshire. He is a Chartered Accountant and a founder of Electra Partners, a specialist investor in medium sized unquoted companies. He has been a non-executive board member of a range of companies over the past 25 years. Previously Chairman of the Finance Committee, he was appointed Chairman in April 2013. 

Keith Abel, Vice Chair, is a Catholic and the parent of two former Farleigh boarders. He joined the Board in 2013 and sits on the Marketing and Finance Committees. Keith founded Abel & Cole, a nationwide organic home delivery business in 1988 after unexpectedly failing his bar exams. The business was sold to a private equity firm in 2007 and again to the William Jackson Food Group in 2012. He remains Chairman of Abel & Cole.


Anna Dixon-Green, Vice Chair and the parent of two former Farleigh pupils, has a background in Primary Education. She is Chair of the Academic and Pastoral Committees and also sits on the Audit Committee. She is also current Chair of Governors at Amport Primary School and runs her own Picture Framing business.

Bettina Betton joined the Board of Governors in 2010 and has been a Farleigh parent since 2002. She worked for Barclays Bank PLC for 18 years, largely in strategy and planning positions, the last of which was as Chief Operating Officer for the Multinational Corporate Group. She serves on the Finance, Marketing and Charities & Outreach Committees.

Charlotte Cunningham MBE, the parent of three former Farleigh boarders, is a Catholic and lives in London where she runs Turtle Key Arts, a performance arts charity. She produces the work of young theatre and dance companies and specialises in outreach work with groups including children with Autistic spectrum disorders, people with Alzheimers and dementia, children with dyslexia and adults with a range of disabilities. She is responsible for the Public Benefit agenda, which includes overseeing the school's Charities & Outreach Committee.

Gavin Hamilton, the parent of three former Farleigh boarders, lives close to the school and joined the Board of Governors in 2011. He is a barrister with chambers in London and the West Country, with a civil practice specialising in property and professional liability.


Simon Henderson, married to Teresa, has eight children, four of whom are at Farleigh currently. He is a Catholic and lives in Hampshire. Simon is a Chartered Accountant by training and is a Partner at TPG Capital, one of the world's leading private equity firms, where he is responsible for UK investments. He has made investments in and served as a non-executive director of a wide variety of companies over the last 18 years. He became a Governor of the school in 2013 and serves on the Finance Committee.


Charles Ingram Evans, a chartered surveyor with over 20 years' experience specialising in private sector development and due diligence, is a Partner at Knight Frank and Head of the Project and Building Consultancy Department. Charles is a Catholic and lives in Hampshire with his wife and three young children. Joining the Board of Governors in October 2014, he serves on the Finance Committee.  

Fr Oswald McBride OSB studied Medicine and worked as a junior Doctor in Edinburgh before joining the community at Ampleforth Abbey in 1991. Aside from periods of study in Oxford and in Rome, he taught Biology and Health Education at Ampleforth College from 1993-2011, and was Housemaster of St Dunstan's House from 2005-2011 after periods as a chaplain to St Aidan's, the first Girls' House, and a year as a Sixth form Housemaster of St Bede's. He is currently a trustee of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust and of St Benet's Trust, and works as Vocations Co-ordinator for the community at Ampleforth. He is also Prior of the monastic community at St Benet's Hall in Oxford, where he acts as Chaplain to the students. He joined Farleigh's Governing Body in 2016.

Sarah Raffray has been Headteacher of an all-through Catholic girls day school in London, St Augustine's Priory, since August 2012. She was previously Deputy Head of St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, having joined as Head of Sixth Form in 2001. Sarah has always worked in Catholic schools and is committed to excellence in education. She lives in London with her husband and two sons. 


Emma Todd, the parent of three former pupils, has been a Governor since February 2016 and sits on the Academic and Pastoral Committees. She is a literary agent and former director of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Jane Vyvyan is a parent of four former Farleigh pupils. She has a legal background and is currently the commercial and finance director of a media business consultancy in London. She is a Trustee of ADRC, an autism diagnostic and research centre, based in Southampton. Joining the Board of Governors in August 2014, Jane chairs the Nominations Committee.