Governing Council

Council Members

Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Nominations Committee
Anna’s career centred on the legal profession and management consultancy. She spent nearly 30 years practising as a solicitor in the City, specialising in environmental issues and commercial law, and then as the partner...
Vice Chairman of Governing Council and 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...
Chairman of the Safeguarding and Pastoral Care Committee, and Governing Council Member responsible for Safeguarding
Wendy's background is in education and training. She was educated abroad and graduated in English Literature from University College London. Wendy taught in the UK for over 30 years and was Head of Tonbridge Grammar School from...
Council member responsible for Boarding
(A Senior and former Benenden parent) After Benenden, Fiona was educated at Cambridge and St Thomas’s. She has been a GP in Cambridge for more than 20 years and has successfully combined clinical practice with active roles as an...
Chairman of Risk Committee
Rupert’s career has combined leadership roles in each of the private, public and voluntary sectors. Starting as an investment analyst and moving into corporate finance at Morgan Grenfell, PWC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and,...
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...
Margaret is the former Global President of Victoria's Secret, a US headquartered lingerie business. During her tenure at the company the value of Victoria’s Secret parent grew to over $26 billion. Prior to joining Victoria’s...
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 began his career as a commercial lawyer with Freshfields in the City of London. In 1987 he moved into investment banking and with 30 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 at Churchill College, Cambridge University graduating in 1989. He has since worked in Banking for Citigroup in London and also New York and is currently Chairman of EMEA Leveraged Finance. He serves on the...
Director and Curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, and Senior Tutor and Professorial Fellow at Newnham College. Previous Head of Department of History and Philosophy of Science,...