Governing Council

Council Members

Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Nominations Committee
Anna is a Benenden Senior and was further educated at Girton College Cambridge (Modern Languages and Law), College of Law and University of Bath (MBA). Her career combined a spell in management consultancy with many years...
Vice Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Investment and Remuneration Committees
Simon holds a BSc in Management Sciences from UMIST and an FCA. He retired from Citigroup as Managing Director and Sector Manager for corporate clients in the retail sector. Member of Finance and Nominations Committees.
Chairman of Education and Safeguarding Committees and Council member responsible for Safeguarding
Educated abroad, Wendy is a graduate in English Literature from London University. Wendy was a teacher for over 30 years, and Head of Tonbridge Grammar School from 1990 - 2005. Now working part-time as education leadership...
Council member responsible for Boarding
A Senior and former Benenden parent. A GP in Cambridge for more than 20 years and has successfully combined clinical practice with active roles as an appraiser, GP trainer, undergraduate teacher and member of the University Health...
Chairman of Risk Committee
Rupert has held leadership roles in the financial, charity, public and educational sectors. After qualifying as a chartered accountant and an initial role as an investment analyst, his chief career was in corporate finance,...
Chair of Estates Committee
Laurette has worked in construction for over 35 years with global experience in major civil, power and process projects. She is presently Managing Director of an international company that provides expert evidence services for...
Chairman of Finance Committee
Works under maiden name, Anne Simpson, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Started with Price Waterhouse in 1981 planning to qualify as a chartered accountant and then move on. Thirty...
John studied Philosophy and Theology at the National University of Ireland, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He studied for his PGCE at University of London, Goldsmiths College and also obtained a Masters Degree in Educational...
Alison works under her maiden name, Alison Clarke. Education, BA (Hons), Reading University; Fellow and former President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Fellow and former Chairman of the Public Relations...
Having read law at Oxford, Chris Nicolle began his career as a commercial lawyer with Freshfields in the City of London. In 1987 he moved into investment banking and with 25 subsequent years of experience at BZW, NatWest Markets,...
Jonathan Pearce has worked as a solicitor for 38 years in the area of corporate law specialising in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He worked at Ashurst, Coudert Brothers and latterly at the niche corporate firm...
Giles’ career has been in industry, consulting and the City. He worked in GKN on the successful turnaround of its steel interests, followed by a number of years in finance in BP. He worked in M&A at Schroders and was a strategy...
Paul Simpkin studied law and has since worked in financial services in London and New York. He is a member of the Finance Committee.
Director and Curator of the Whipple Museum, and Graduate Tutor and Professional Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science at Newnham College, Cambridge. Published author and broadcaster. Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded...