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.

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Governor Profiles

Mr Nicholas Rudd-Jones – Chair of the Governing Body:

Nicholas joined the Governing Body in 2014 and was appointed Chair of the Governing Body in June 2019.

Nicholas founded the Local Living Magazine in 2011, runs the business and is also the Editor of Stamford Living. He found the Walking World website which has now becomes the UK’s leading walking website.  Previously he worked as the Managing Director of Johnston Press, Managing Director of Express Newspapers and Managing director of Wiltshire Newspapers.  He has an MA in English Literature from Trinity College Cambridge.  Nicholas has two sons and his interests include countryside/environment.

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 was appointed in 2014 and 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 Vice Chairman and owner of Produce World, 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 the Chairman of the Governance and Nominations Committee and the SJS Liaison Governor.

William attended Oakham School and has a Diploma in Finance and Accounting from De Montfort University Leicester.  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.

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 alumni 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, is a member of the Estates & Operations Committee  and is a Special Educational Needs Governor.  Catherine has served on the governing body of St. Gilbert’s Primary School for 19 years and has been Chairman for the past 7 years.  She currently works as an independent consultant working with market towns with a particular interest in public realm projects.  Catherine gained a BSc in Geography from Durham University and an MPhil in Land Management from Reading University.

She is married to Jeremy, has lived in Stamford for 19 years and her son and daughter attended the Stamford Endowed Schools.  Her interests include singing with the Stamford Singers, swimming and Pilates.

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 and is  SJS  Liaison Governor, she also sits on the Governance and Nominations Committee.  She is the Burghley House Director.  Miranda has a degree in History and an MA in Arts Administration from London University.  As well as four children and a husband to care for, Miranda is kept busy within Burghley House in the conservation, research and presentation of the works of art and historic interiors.  She oversees all the commercial activities at Burghley which include the day to day running of the visitor experience and education programme, a calendar of annual events and functions within the House and the Park, the retail and catering, marketing and PR.

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 General Secretary 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 is a member of the  Estates & Operations Committee and 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 graduated from Harper Adams University in Shropshire and has been a governor of that institution since 2009 and Vice-Chair since 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 which is at Stamford School, and his hobbies and interests include Family, Property Renovation, Country Sports & Rugby.


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