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Keith Abel, Chair of Governors, 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.
"THE QUALITY OF GOVERNANCE IS EXCELLENT. HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PRUDENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ARE DEMONSTRATED IN THE FACILITIES PROVIDED AND IN THE HIGH CALIBRE STAFF." ISI 2013
Jane Vyvyan, Vice Chair, 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.
Simon Henderson, Chairman of the Finance Committee, is married to Teresa and has eight children. The five elder children have been through Farleigh and the younger three are still current pupils at the school. He is a Catholic and lives in Hampshire. Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the mid 1990s with Price Waterhouse and has enjoyed a career in Private Equity, making investments in, joining the boards of, and seeking to grow and then sell, a variety of private companies. Simon retired from his role as a partner of TPG, the San Francisco based private equity firm, in 2014 and has subsequently established Provenance Investment Partners which backs entrepreneurs building growth companies in the UK. He became a Governor of the school in 2013.
Kirsty Anderson, who began her teaching career after graduating from Exeter University, taught first at The Hall Junior School, London, and then at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, as part of an exchange programme. After a brief spell at St Paul’s Junior School (Colet Court) she returned to The Hall as Head of the Junior School in 2001. Before retiring in 2017, The Hall created an endowment Bursary Award in her name. She is now a consultant for the Birla Schools in Kolkata and is advising on a yet to be launched educational start up business. Kirsty is very experienced in all aspects of safeguarding and child protection in schools.
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. As such she has considerable experience working with vulnerable people and with safeguarding. 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.
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. As a current Head, she is fully conversant with all aspects of safeguarding and child protection compliance. Sarah is Chair of the Academic and Pastoral Committees.
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. Emma is the safeguarding lead within the Governing Body.
If a parent wishes to contact any member of the Governing body, please write to:
Mr Keith Abel
c/o Mr Paul Lane
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