Governance of the Stamford Endowed Schools
The Governing Body is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the Stamford Endowed Schools. In conjunction with the Principal and the Heads, it sets and reviews the policies, plans and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils of the Schools. See below for a full list of the governing body.
The Chair of Governors can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Nicholas Rudd-Jones – Chair of the Governing Body
Nicholas joined the Governing Body in 2014 and was appointed Chair in June 2019.
He is the owner of Local Living Ltd, a local magazine business, which he founded in 2001. Previous to that he was Managing Director of Express Newspapers; and before he moved into the media, he had a background in strategy management consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He has a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
His passion is walking, and he has written two books on the subject: Pathways, which explores the origins of paths; and Urban Rambles, a series of green routes through the UK’s major cities. He has two sons who went to the Stamford Endowed Schools.
Mrs Carrie Armitage
Carrie was appointed as a Governor in 2016. She is the IT Governor and serves on the Education Committee. Carrie is a highly experienced Senior Project and Programme Director with a track record of success in the NHS and Public Sector at a national level. She is currently working as an independent consultant specialising in strategic information management and technology planning. She has a BA (Hons) from Newcastle University and an MSc from Southampton University. Carrie lives in Stamford and is an Old Stamfordian.
Mr Steve Brown
Steve Brown is a member of the Finance Committee. Steve is currently a Non-Executive Director of a number of public and private sector organisations, including a construction plc and the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust. He was previously a founding director of Centre Parcs, Managing Director of Champneys Health and Fitness Group, and a director within the Thomas Cook Group. He was a Governor of the University of Derby and remains a member of the University Court.
Steve is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was appointed as a Governor of the Stamford Endowed Schools in 2006. He and his wife live in Stamford, and their daughter and two sons were all pupils of the Stamford Endowed Schools. His interests include the National Trust where he is Chairman of the Midlands Region.
Mr William Burgess
William is Chairman and owner of Burgess Farms, one of the UK’s largest producers and packers of vegetables and potatoes with operations across the UK. William was appointed on to the Governing Body in 2015 and is now the Vice-Chairman of Governors and Chairman of the Governance and Nominations Committee and senior school staff liaison.
William is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Thomas May & Co in 1995. Living near Peterborough, he is married to Jacalyn and has two sons. His interests include participating in various sports and he is a Leicester rugby supporter.
Mrs Nicola Carter
Nicola was appointed on to the Governing Body in October 2018. Nicola is an experienced HR specialist with expertise in Employment Law, Recruitment and Selection and HR Development. She spent many years working for Thomas Cook in various HR roles before moving to TJX Europe (TK Maxx) as Head of HR. Nicola is a Stamford old girl, lives in London and has family close to Stamford. She is the Governor responsible for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Mr Bill Chadwick
Bill was invited to join the Governing Body in 2019, after a 31-year career at Stamford School. As well as serving on the Estates & Operations Committee and Finance Committee, Bill is also the Health & Safety Governor.
After six years of teaching in Lancashire, Bill joined Stamford School in 1988 as a maths teacher and went on to become Deputy Head in 2007 and Acting Head for a short period. Bill brings a wealth of educational experience to the Board and the Finance Committee in particular, including timetabling, staff development, and the use of IT in the classroom. He is also a qualified ISI Inspector, a DoE Assessor and has been heavily involved in pupil recruitment both locally and internationally.
Bill is a graduate of St John’s College, Oxford, where he read maths. Like all good maths teachers, he has a passion for bridge and Bill is currently captain of Stamford.
Mrs Val Clark
Val Clark was appointed as a Governor in September 2005. She previously taught at Stamford Junior School where she was on the senior leadership team and was responsible for child protection and pastoral care. Prior to joining SES, she was Deputy Head of a prep school in Harare, Zimbabwe. She has a degree in History of Art and a European Studies Diploma as well as a Cert. Ed. She is currently an Assistant Reporting Inspector for ISI.
Val is a member of the SES Governance & Nominations Committee and Education Committee. She is also the Governor with responsibility for Child Protection, Early Years Nursery Governor, SJS Staff Liaison Governor and SHS Liaison Governor. Her interests are visiting Art exhibitions, going to France, reading, cooking and walking.
Mr Peter Fraser
Peter joined the Governing Body in 2019 and serves on the Education Committee. He retired as Principal of St Andrew’s College in Dublin – his third headship – in 2016; and was previously the Head of Stamford School at the time the 6th Form joined with Stamford High School. During his teaching career, Peter also taught at Marlborough College and was Deputy Head of an international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an alumnus of Pembroke College, Oxford, and throughout his career has been keenly involved in supporting pupils applying to Oxbridge.
Peter is a keen sportsman and for a time sat on the HMC Sports Committee. He has coached rugby and hockey, and also played football, cricket, tennis, golf as well as cycling, shooting and diving.
Dr Catherine Hammant
Catherine was elected as a Governor in 2013, is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Estates & Operations Committee. Catherine served on the governing body of St Gilbert’s Primary School for 19 years. Trained initially as a chartered surveyor she has extensive experience of community-led regeneration focusing primarily on market towns. She currently works as Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Catherine gained a BSc in Geography from Durham University, an MPhil in Land Management from Reading University and has recently been awarded a Doctorate in Urban Design from the University of Westminster.
She is married to Jeremy, has lived in Stamford for over 25 years and her son and daughter attended the Stamford Endowed Schools. Her interests include singing with the Stamford Singers and swimming.
Mr Tom Hindmarch
Tom was elected as a Governor is 2019 and is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Estates and Operations Committee. He holds a degree from Bath University in Economics and Politics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is Director of Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants, one of the largest regional accounting firms. He specialises in advising owner managed businesses on their tax, accounting and succession planning.
He lives in Stamford and is married to Jane, an artist who was also a teacher at the Stamford Endowed Schools. They have three daughters all of whom have been educated at the school.
Tom was a Trustee of the David Ross Educational Trust from 2014 to 2019. Tom’s interests include rugby, gardening and art.
Ms Julia Peach
Julia Peach was appointed to the Governing Body in 2011, sits on the Finance Committee and is the Boarding Governor. She is a former pupil of Stamford High School and has three daughters at the Stamford Endowed Schools. She gained an MA from Edinburgh University (French and Business Studies) and then had a successful career in the City of London as a bank analyst. Julia became a top-five bank analyst in a global investment bank and went on to become a managing director and head of a significant team of analysts at one of the world’s largest rating agencies. She left the City in 2011 to build an asset management business. She also has a Chartered Insurance Institute diploma in Regulated Financial planning enabling her to advise private clients on pensions, investments and protection.
Julia has a passion for horse riding and enjoys cycling and gardening. She speaks fluent French and loves to spend time with her family in France.
Mrs Miranda Rock
Miranda was appointed as a Governor in 2014 representing the Burghley House Preservation Trust where she holds the position of Executive Chair. Miranda is the SJS Liaison Governor and also sits on the Governance and Nominations Committee.
Miranda has a degree in History of Art from UCL and an MA in Arts Administration from Birkbeck College, London. She has lived and worked in New York, Seville and Madrid and is a fluent Spanish speaker. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and has an involvement with many local charities in the Stamford area. Her particular interest is in supporting children and families of children with Down’s Syndrome.
Miranda has four children and a busy household. She oversees all the commercial activities at Burghley which includes the visitor experience, annual events, functions and education programmes, the conservation and presentation of the works of art and historic interiors of Burghley House. Three of her children attended the Junior School and her family has strong connections with Stamford.
Mr Clive Rickart
Clive joined the Governing Body in 2017 and sits on the Education Committee. After graduating from Manchester University, Clive started his career in 1983 at Stamford School teaching History and Politics. He was appointed as a Boarding House Master and from there moved to Oswestry Junior School as Head. In 1996 he became Head of Lincoln Minster Prep School before being appointed Principal in 1999. He is passionate about enabling young people to succeed. He became the CEO of The Society of Heads in September 2015. He is now dedicated to supporting, encouraging and inspiring school leaders.
Mr Stephen Vickers
Appointed in December 2018, Stephen chairs the Estates & Operations Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. He has a wealth of knowledge of property and estate management and is a qualified Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Stephen is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Duke of Devonshire’s group of businesses which includes estates at Chatsworth (including Chatsworth House), Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, Eastbourne in Sussex and Lismore Castle in Ireland.
Stephen is a graduate of Harper Adams University in Shropshire and was a governor of that institution from 2009 until 2020 and Vice-Chair from 2015. He has previously worked for international property agents Knight Frank before spending 17 years in a number of senior roles for the Duke of Buccleuch. In 2013 Stephen took on the role of Managing Director of property company Buckminster before moving to The Devonshire Group early in 2019.
Stephen has three sons, one of whom is currently at Stamford School.
Becoming a Governor of the Stamford Endowed Schools
There are typically around 14 governors of the Stamford Endowed Schools and usually a couple of vacancies occur each year. The Chair of Governors is always keen to hear from those who might be interested in joining the governing body and expressions of interest are welcome.
The main qualifications include:
- That you are interested in and fully committed to the success of our Schools.
- Wisdom and useful experience. We ensure we have a number of key skills on our governing body including in primary, secondary, tertiary and post-graduate education, finance, business, estates, marketing, human resources, IT and law.
- Time. You will need to attend the full Governors’ meetings at the end of each term and the strategy meeting in October. You may join one of our committees and there are other roles that may attract you such as school liaison governor. You will need to keep abreast of the information presented to governors and be well prepared for meetings.
- Familiarity with the Schools. This can be achieved by visiting the Schools, tours, attending co-curricular events.
- Familiarity with the world of education and the pressures and issues affecting schools, particularly independent schools.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, then please send an email to email@example.com explaining your interest and enclose a brief CV.