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General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE DL
Sir Peter Wall served most of his career in the Royal Engineers retiring as Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Army, in 2014. His career has taken him all over the globe, including operational tours in Rhodesia, the Balkans, and Iraq. He is Director of Amicus, a strategic leadership consultancy, and President of Combat Stress, the military mental health charity. Sir Peter follows sport avidly, sails and skis a bit, and plays the occasional game of cricket.
Mr Richard Whittington FCA DL
VICE CHAIRMAN, Awards Panel, Nominations, JF&E, FDc
Retired in 2009 from KPMG where he was partner-in-charge of the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Group and simultaneously Global Head of Building and Construction. Now a non-executive director of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a Vice President of the Community Foundation for Surrey and a trustee of Surrey Care Trust. He has lived in Surrey for over 30 years, was High Sheriff of Surrey 2016-17 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey in 2017.
Mrs Jane Valner
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, Awards Panel, Investment PaneL
Jane took a degree in Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and trained as a company lawyer in the city, working in the private company department on qualification. Subsequently she stayed at home to raise three sons and support her late husband’s career as a city litigation lawyer. She has lived in West End for more than 25 years and plays an active part in church life.
Mr Charles whiffin
CHAIRMAN of JF&E, FDC, Audit
Charles read Economics at the University of Southampton before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. There followed a career spent mostly in industry as a finance director, including a period as Head of Finance of British Telecom's Property Division. He was Bursar of The Hawthorns School for eight years before retiring in 2016. Married with three adult children, he has lived in Bisley for over 30 years and is very active in the local church community. He formerly sang with the Gordon Singers.
The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt BPhil MEd DLitt FCGI DL
Lord Lingfield is the Chairman of The Chartered Institution for Further Education which he was requested by the Secretary of State to create after the ‘Lingfield Report’ of 2012. In the ‘80s he was, for 6 years, Director General of St John Ambulance. In 1989 he was appointed to lead the government’s drive for school autonomy and was in charge, until 1997, of grant-maintained schools. He founded and chairs the English Schools’ Orchestra and the charity the League of Mercy. As Sir Robert Balchin, Lord Lingfield was knighted for services to education in 1993. His appointment as Knight Principal was approved by The Queen in 2006; in 2012, he became Knight President. A Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and a former Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University, he was created a Life Peer in 2010.
Mr William Eason
chairman of Investment Panel, Nominations, FDC, JF&E, audit, awards
Head of the Charities & Trust Fund Department and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Cheviot Asset Management from 2006 to retirement in 2013. Was Chief Investment Officer at Laing & Cruickshank. Currently a Director of Institutional Protection Limited, Henderson International Income Trust and Regional REIT Limited. Trustee of Marshall’s Charity and the John Hampden Fund and sits on the investment committees for Trinity Hall, Cambridge, New College Oxford and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. A Business Fellow of Gray’s Inn and a Wykeham Fellow of New College.
Mr Tom Gordon
Representative of the Gordon family. Currently works with Nomad Digital Ltd as a Global Bid Manager previously with De La Rue International, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Oracle Corporation UK Ltd, EMC Europe Ltd UK and De Lage Landen Leasing. After completing PCGE taught in Czech Republic and Germany. Lives in Crowthorne and is a keen tennis player.
ms alison maclennan
Scholarship to Christ's Hospital, read Law at Reading University and called to the Bar in 1996. Admitted as a solicitor of the senior courts in 2010. Has always specialised in charity law. Having been in private practice has recently established her own specialist firm, Third Sector Law, based in Guildford.
Dr John Higgs
Chair of the Fundraising Committee, investment panel
After serving in the Regular Army, John completed 24 years' service in 2002 with the TA and reached the rank of Major in the RLC. Appointed Trust Administrator then Executive Director of The Across Trust 1988-1998. Served as Secretary & Administrator of The Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College 1998-2008. Now Secretary to The Joseph Rank Trust, a grant-making trust that funds ‘hard to reach and hard to fund’ Christian social work projects across the UK. A member of the Charity Finance Group and a member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland. PhD in Non-profit Marketing.
Mrs Lynn Bannister
Parent of two former Gordon’s pupils and Chairman of the Gordon’s School Parents’ Association 2011-2014. Has worked for British Airways within different business areas of BA’s IT department, currently Information Security Operation Centre Manager. A 2012 Games Maker as chaperone in the Aquatics Anti-Doping team. Active ambassador for BA within schools, particularly encouraging girls into IT as a career. Lynn is now working for Lloyds Banking Group as a Cyber Security Manager with responsibility for Open Banking & PSD2 (Second Payment Services Directive) for Lloyds, Bank of Scotland & Halifax.
Major General John Russell Jones OBE
Chairman of the Awards Panel Fundraising Committee
Colonel Commandant of the Royal Engineers for ten years. Senior Army career included being Commanding Officer of 23 Engineer Regiment in Osnabruck, and, as a Brigadier, commanding the Royal School of Military Engineering for three years, followed by becoming Director of International Organisations in the MoD. On promotion to Major General was Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Operational Requirements, followed by the post of Senior Army Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies.On retiring from the Army he became Army Adviser to BAE Systems for 16 years from 2001 to 2017. Past President of RE Rugby Football and Cricket Clubs.
Mr Christopher Lomas
Following graduation from Harper Adams University, an extensive career in Golf Course management including Swinley Forest and The Berkshire, Ascot. Currently Secretary to Worplesdon Golf Club, Surrey. Played Rugby for England U21s, England Universities and Surrey County.
Mr Martin Barnes
Governor; nominations; FDC; JF&E
Elected Parent Governor in December 2008 and appointed a Foundation Governor in 2011; has had two children at Gordon’s. Lives in West End.
Mr Alan McClafferty
Alan has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and operations management, finally retiring as Managing Director of John Dennis Coachbuilders Ltd, Guildford in 2019. Married, with three children, Alan has lived in Camberley since 1999. He was elected a Surrey Heath Borough Councillor in May 2015 and became Leader of the Council in January 2020. He volunteers for a number of local charities.
Mrs Anne Stephens
Anne has a business degree and many decades of experience in market research and global commercial strategy for the biggest brewing companies in the world and is now founding a small venture to investigate consumer behaviour using video. Leaving a large corporate role including extensive travel, she now hopes to spend more time in West End and with her children, three of whom attended Gordon's School.
Major General Angus Fay
Elected trustee in June 2019, General Fay is parent of three Gordonians. He serves at the Ministry of Defence Head Office as the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Logistic Operations); is Colonel of The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and a Trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Mrs Deborah Mckenzie
Elected trustee in January 2020, Deborah joined Public Health England in 2013 and has been Chief People Officer for PHE since June 2017. Previous roles include Director for Civil Service Leadership and Learning and Programme Director for Public Health and Social Care. Deborah studied at the University of Surrey and lives in Guildford.
Mrs Sally Hounsham
Sally was elected trustee in June 2020 and appointed a Foundation Governor in November 2020. Parent of two Gordonians, Sally is a strong advocate for the value of a Gordon’s education beyond the classroom. Sally’s recent work is in logistics and procurement, particularly for corporate travel and expense management. Sally is a member of the Development & Enterprise Committee.
MR PETER JONES
Peter was elected trustee in June 2020 but already knew Gordon’s as parent of two Gordonians. With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry as board member and senior leader, most recently as Managing Director of Matthew Homes & Charles Gallagher Ltd, Peter’s knowledge is particularly relevant to supporting the development and improvement of facilities at Gordon’s School. Peter is a member of the Foundation Development Committee and of the Joint Finance & Estates Committee.
Dr SHENILA RAWAL
Shenila has been a Foundation-appointed Governor since November 2020. Managing Partner at Oxford Partnership for Education Research and Analysis since 2017, Shenila is an applied economist specialising in education, labour markets and issues of gender and poverty in developed as well as developing countries. She completed her PhD at the UCL Institute of Education where she later lectured and had been a Teaching Fellow. Shenila started her working career in investment and is an external expert on the Investment Committee of the British Asian Trust. Shenila is a member of the Curriculum & Pastoral Committee.
MR MARK EADEN
Mark joined Gordon’s School in September 2019 and is Head of the Mathematics Department. Mark was elected Teacher Governor in June 2020.
MRS FLORENCE EVERETT
Appointed in September 2019, Florence is a Foundation-appointed Governor. After serving a military career of 16 years with the Royal Artillery, Florence moved into Business Development and from January 2019 is now Business Development Manager for The Military Mutual. Florence is a member of the Curriculum & Pastoral Committee and of the Safeguarding Committee.
MR SHAHID AZEEM
Elected trustee in January 2021, Shahid is currently Managing Director of Arcom IT and of Folio3. He is Chairman of Woking Asian Business Forum and Chairman of Aldershot FC where is he using the power of sport to help integrate communities. Shahid is Vice President of the Community Foundation of Surrey and is 2020-21 High Sheriff of Surrey.
Ex Officio: Mr Andrew Moss MEd