Senior Leadership Team

Andrew Holman

Headmaster

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Katharine Owen

Head of Prep

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Nigel Johnson

Bursar

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Christine Gamble

Senior School Deputy Head (Academic)

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Qin Wiseman

Senior School Deputy Head (Pastoral)

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Richard Spiby

Senior School Deputy Head (Operations)

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Sam Medd

Director of Teaching & Learning

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Claire Petrie

Prep School Deputy Head

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Rebecca Girling

Head of Lower Prep

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Governors

Dr J Cox MA (Cantab) MB BChir FFCI

Chairman of Board of Governors, Chairman of Strategic Planning Committee, Member of the Education Committee, General Purposes Committee & Finance Committee

Mrs D Line BA CA CA(SA)

Deputy Chair of Board of Governors, Chair of Finance Committee & Member of the Education Committee

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Mrs D Line BA CA CA(SA)

Deputy Chair of Board of Governors, Chair of Finance Committee & Member of the Education Committee

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Scotland with one of the biggest global accountancy firms, and later seconded to the Cape in South Africa, reporting on British and US subsidiaries over a wide variety of sectors. I returned to the UK and joined the European division of a US Nasdaq listed children’s wear brand.

I was invited to join the School’s Education Committee as a Council Member in 2006 and was appointed a School Governor in 2008, currently sitting on the Finance Committee and Education Committee. My son attended Wellingborough School from 1994-2008.

Mrs C Bruce MA

Member of the Education Committee

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Mrs C Bruce MA

Member of the Education Committee

I attended Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow before gaining an MA in English Language and Literature at St Andrews University. Following graduation, I began working in business before changing career and completing a PGCE at Loughborough University in 1997. In 2004, I was promoted to Director of Studies at Derby Grammar School and then to Head in 2009. In 2013, I was appointed Head of the Infant and Junior School at Nottingham High School. I am a serving Compliance and Education Quality Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and a member of IAPS, serving on their Board of Directors from 2016-2019.

Mr I M Cantelo Esq

Chairman of the General Purposes Committee

Dr C Duncan MBBS DRCOG MRCGP

Child Protection/ Safeguarding Governor & Member of the General Purposes Committee

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Dr C Duncan MBBS DRCOG MRCGP

Child Protection/ Safeguarding Governor & Member of the General Purposes Committee

After studying medicine at University College London, I then worked as a GP for all of my professional life up to retirement in 2020. I am married with four children, all of whom attended Wellingborough School. I love horse riding and tennis and play for the team at Northampton Lawn Tennis Club. It was in General Practice that I became exposed to the ever escalating problems of Safeguarding and observed how early intervention can greatly improve the outcome. I hope this experience will be invaluable in my role as Designated Safeguarding Governor.

Mr S Marriott Esq

Health and Safety Governor

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Mr S Marriott Esq

Health and Safety Governor

I attended Wellingborough Junior and Senior School and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I still see a lot of the friends I made at School as I played sports for many years with them through the Old Wellingburian Club. My children both went to Wellingborough School and then on to University to complete their education. I have kept close ties with the School over the years and I was delighted to be asked to join the Governing body. I am pleased to be able to give something back to the School that has taught me so much.

Mr J Smith BSc Hons MRICS

Member of the General Purposes Committee

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Mr J Smith BSc Hons MRICS

Member of the General Purposes Committee

I am a Chartered Surveyor and an equity partner in a commercial property consultancy firm in Northampton. I specialises in Industrial and Business Space agency and investment on behalf of major institutions, property companies, HNW’s and occupiers. Born and bred in Northampton I am an OW (98-05 PS) and joined the Council of Governors in early 2020.

Mr R Thakrar Esq BSc Hons MBCS

Staff Liaison Governor

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Mr R Thakrar Esq BSc Hons MBCS

Staff Liaison Governor

I am a digital entrepreneur who co-founded and runs a successful digital agency in London, with key clients in Central Government, Education, Health, Retail and Banking. I am married to Saryu with whom I co-founded a Boutique online wine store. We have 2 children, one who started at Wellingborough School aged 3 through to 18 and is now studying Composition at the Royal College of Music in London, and the other has just completed Year 8 at Wellingborough School. I am originally from Coventry where I attended Leicester University to study Information Technology.

Miss R Turner BA (Hons)

Member of the General Purposes Committee

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Miss R Turner BA (Hons)

Member of the General Purposes Committee

I left Wellingborough School in 2014 to study Business Management (with a year in industry) at Nottingham Trent University. I graduated with First Class honours, and completed several roles within Volkswagen Group and Volkswagen Financial Services, most recently in digital transformation. Alongside my role at Volkswagen Financial Services, I am also studying for a part-time Masters in Management and Leadership at Cranfield School of Management.

Mr P Tyldesley Esq BA MRICS

Member of the Finance Committee & Ecology Governor

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Mr P Tyldesley Esq BA MRICS

Member of the Finance Committee & Ecology Governor

I attended Wellingbrough School as an Entrance Scholar and was in Weymouth House (when it was a boys house). I went on to study at the Universities of Nottingham and Aberdeen. I am a Chartered Surveyor by profession, and have extensive experience of the management and governance of independent schools from a varied career as Estates Bursar at Oundle School and Bursar at Bedford High School. I am currently Chief Executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology, dividing my time between Mid Wales and Northamptonshire. I remain a keen sportsman, continuing to represent the OWs at Shooting and, in the past, having also represented them at Rugby and Cricket.

Mr D Waller Esq MA

Chairman of the Education Committee

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Mr D Waller Esq MA

Chairman of the Education Committee

I attended Wellingborough School from 1977 to 1981. I am a Senior Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Northampton, where I have taught since 1992. As a specialist in the study of U.S. elections, I am an active member of the UK American Politics Group. Locally, I am also the chairman of the Northampton Branch of The Historical Association and former chairman of the Northamptonshire Archaeological Society.

Mr C Westley Esq

Chairman of the Foundation Committee

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Mr C Westley Esq

Chairman of the Foundation Committee

Born in 1945 in Northampton I started at Wellingborough School as a boarder in 1959. Whilst at the school I was involved in various activities including shooting, swimming and the Chapel Choir. I was also a School Prefect and House Captain of Fryer’s House. Upon leaving the school in 1964, I became an apprentice with the Ford Motor Company whilst attending a Technical College. I then joined the Family Engineering Company until my retirement as Chairman in 2004. I became a Governor in 2003 and since then have been involved in several sub Committees over these years. My family involvement has spanned over 60 years with my two sons attending the School in the 80’s and 90’s.

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