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.

Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the governing body

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at governors@ses.lincs.sch.uk

Governor Profiles

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 an 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.


Sally Appleton

Sally was appointed a Governor in 2021 and is a Chartered Accountant.  She is an Audit Partner at Saffery Champness, where she is head of the charities and not-for-profit team in the Harrogate office. Sally has a particular specialism in education and works with some of the leading independent schools and academies in the North of England. Her assignments include assisting clients in areas such as governance, business re-structuring, systems and controls, budgeting and forecasting as well as financial reporting and compliance requirements. Sally is a member of the Finance Committee.


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 a 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.


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.


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.


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.


Tom Hindmarch

Tom was elected as a Governor in 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.


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.


Elaine Radley

Elaine is a National Leader of Education and has 15  years of experience working within and leading School Improvement in three different Local Authorities. She has held 5 headships from small village schools to large urban primary schools and is currently the CEO for Keystone Academy Trust. She was a registered OfSTED inspector, School Improvement Partner, Accredited Performance management adviser and Threshold assessor.  Elaine has two children with her husband Stuart. Her son is currently in year 13 at Stamford School. Elaine and her daughter Georgia are both passionate about horses and enjoy eventing. Elaine is the Nominated Safeguarding Governor.


Professor John Rink

John was appointed as a Governor in April 2021. He is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, which has had close links with SES for many generations. John’s research interests include 19th-century music (especially Chopin, Liszt and Brahms), music analysis, performance studies, and digital musicology. He has directed many large-scale initiatives, including a research centre on Musical Performance as Creative Practice. He performs regularly as a pianist, with a particular interest in the historic pianos that Chopin favoured. John was a member of the jury of the 17th International Chopin Competition in a Warsaw, and will again serve on the jury of the 18th Competition in 2021. He divides his time between Stamford, Cambridge and London, and he especially enjoys long walks in the countryside around Stamford.


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.


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.


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.


Jeremy Wyld

Jeremy is currently the Headmaster of St Hugh’s Prep School in Woodhall Spa.  Originally from Warwickshire and educated at Repton School and the University of Leicester where he also completed his PGCE, Jeremy started his teaching career teaching Modern Languages and Sport in Tonbridge. From there he moved to an HMC school in Kent where he was Officer Commanding of the CCF’s Army Section and Housemaster of a 13-18 boys’ boarding house.

Moving to a Prep School in Tunbridge Wells, Jeremy was Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead for 6 years before being appointed as the Head of St Hugh’s Prep School in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. With a Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Care and Pupil Development from the University of Aberdeen, he is currently working towards a Masters degree at the University of Buckingham.

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