The Governing Body is responsible for the overall strategy and policies of the College, not the day-to-day management which is the responsibility of the Headmaster. The Governors appoint the Headmaster and the Bursar, control the school’s finances, make decisions on building projects and monitor all aspects of the College’s academic and curricular performance.
Eltham College – Articles of Association
Policy on the Recruitment of Governors
Peter Doyle (Chair of Governors) (Trust Governor since 2017; Estate and Commercial Committee). Until 2018 Peter’s role was as CFO, and subsequently Head of the Family Office at The Grosvenor Estate. Prior to that, Peter had worked for KPMG, including 16 years as a partner in the London office, and latterly as Head of Financial Services. He has also worked in government, as a Finance Director and as a non-executive Board member. He is now non-executive Chair of a financial services business and sits on the Advisory Board of an entrepreneurial property group.
In the not-for-profit world, he has served on several Boards, including Peabody, Medair (an emergency relief charity), and also the Advisory Board of the Judge Institute at Cambridge. Presently, Peter is Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Council at Wycliffe Hall Oxford. He is also a Trustee of the Grosvenor Pension Funds. Following seven years at Eltham, Peter read economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge and has also studied at INSEAD. He is married to Margaret and is a father to a son and daughter, and has 5 grandchildren.
Paul Ashcroft (Trust Governor since 2020; Academic Committee)
Paul studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bath before founding the Ludic Group in 2004. He is passionate about improving the way people live, work and learn across time and distance. He works internationally to design and implement digital transformation programmes for many of the world’s largest organisations. Paul is author of the books The Curious Advantage (2020) and ALIVE: Digital Humans and Their Organizations (2018). As an entrepreneur and investor Paul has a successful track record in establishing and growing consulting, learning, creative and technology-based businesses. He currently has one son at Eltham College.
Frances Brown (Trust Governor since 2020; Academic Committee)
Frances grew up in Bromsgrove in the Midlands, where she attended South Bromsgrove High School before graduating from Leeds Business School with a degree in Public Relations. She has worked in press offices and media relations departments spanning organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, PKF Accountants, Bradford Council and Westminster Abbey. She currently volunteers for the global charity Right To Play, an organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. She sits on the organising committee for events that raise money to fund programmes in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. While living in Boston, Massachusetts, she developed a love for running and the occasional ice hockey game, she now lives in Blackheath with her husband, two sons who attend Eltham College.
Mark Curry (Trust Governor since 2020; Estate and Commercial Committee)
Mark studied for his undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge and went on to the College of Law (London) before qualifying as a solicitor at a large London Law firm. He then sought a change in career and joined Grosvenor Estates in March 2005 where he re-trained as a Chartered Surveyor. In his 13 year career at Grosvenor, Mark worked on a variety of development projects including the 42 Acre mixed regeneration of Liverpool City Centre (Liverpool ONE), the Peninsula Hotel on Hyde Park corner which is currently under construction and a 1,300 home residential scheme in Bermondsey. Since October 2017, Mark has been the Planning and Development Director at Elysian Residences, an operator, developer and investor in homes for older people. Mark is married with two children and lives in South East London. Outside of work Mark is an enthusiastic sports fan in particular rugby and cricket, and an occasional golfer.
(Trust Governor since 2012; Finance Committee).
Educated at Colne Valley High Comprehensive School in Huddersfield, followed by university at St Catherine's College, Oxford and Guildford Law School. Graham did articles and five years qualified employment with a London law firm, Slaughter and May, before joining Hanson Plc, a large FTSE 100 conglomerate in 1982. He became Company Secretary and Head of Legal before joining the Board of the company in 1993. He has been a member of various Hanson governance and risk committees and retired at the end of 2009, following the take-over of Hanson by HeidelbergCement AG in 2007. He remains chairman of the Hanson head office pension scheme. Graham participated in numerous sports over the years; soccer blue; member of Beckenham Tennis and Squash Club for almost 40 years and of The Addington Golf Club for almost 20 years. Both his daughter and son attended Eltham College.
(Nominated Governor for the United Reformed Church since 2017; Chairman of Academic Committee).
Martin was educated locally and has attended Christ Church URC Petts Wood for over 60 years where he continues as an Elder, youth leader and choir master. He went into teaching following a Business Studies degree sponsored by Vauxhall Motors and a completed PGCE at London University. He was a Housemaster and Teacher of Economics and Business Studies at Alleyn’s School for 23 years before becoming Academic and Pastoral Principal of The Royal Ballet School (2002 to 2010). He was a Governor at Alleyn’s for 11 years until 2014 and remains a senior examiner with International Baccalaureate. Martin is married to Amanda with three children, two of whom are involved in education, one as a primary school teacher and the other a University lecturer.
Wayne Hawkins (Nominated Governor for the Council for World Missions since 2018; Junior School Committee).
Wayne is currently minister at Guildford United Reformed Church, prior to this he was Deputy General Secretary with the Council for World Mission (CWM). CWM is one of the founding organisations of Eltham College and he is nominated by the Council as their representative on the governing body.
After theological college in Birmingham and London, Wayne served local congregations in Scunthorpe and Southam, Warwickshire. He lives in Guildford with his wife and two children.
(Governor since 2014; Finance Committee, Chairman of Co-education Committee).
Lee is a qualified actuary and partner at the professional services firm KPMG, where he advises a range of leading companies on finance, investment and risk management. He has two sons currently at the school who make full use of the opportunities available, especially in sports and music. They also play rugby and cricket at OE Sports Club, where Lee coaches U12 rugby. He is married to Amanda, a teacher. His grandfather was a Headmaster, his uncle is a retired Headmaster and his mother is a retired Bursar and is now a school Chair of Governors.
(Trust Governor since 2017; Chairman of Finance Committee; Estate and Commercial Committee).
Andrew was educated at St Lawrence College Ramsgate and St Catharine’s College Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was a Partner at KPMG till 2014. Presently he is Chair of Nottingham Building Society, Aetna Insurance Company Limited and Northgate Warwick Limited. He is a non-executive director and chair of audit committee for the Wesleyan Assurance Society and Bank ABC International. Pro bono appointments include Chair of Great St Helens Trust and St Peters Canary Wharf Trust. He is Married to Fiona (formerly captain of hockey at Durham University) with three adult sons.
(Trust Governor since 2017; Chairman of Junior School Committee, Co-education Committee).
Brian read History at Durham University, then studied for the Law Society Finals at Guildford College of Law before working for a large law firm in the City of London for seven years. Now Brian oversees administration for a large church in London and is a trustee of various charities including the London Diocesan Fund. He is married to Claire, a former RS, Ethics and Philosophy teacher at Haberdasher Aske's School for Girls. They have four children, one of whom is at Eltham.
Ali Paterson (Trust Governor since 2019; Junior School Committee, Co-education Committee)
Ali read Theology and Education at Durham University, then began her primary school teaching career at St George’s Hanover Square School in Mayfair. Following that Ali worked at Cameron House School in Chelsea and left there to take up the role of Head of the Lower School at Thomas’s Battersea. She is married to Michael who works in the City and they live, with their three children, in South West London. Ali continues to work, now part time, at Thomas’s in Battersea.
(Trust Governor since 2017; Academic Committee, Co-education Committee)
Antony is Principal of St Lawrence College, an independent HMC 3-18 boarding and day school in Ramsgate, Kent. Prior to this he was Deputy Head (Academic) at Clifton College, Bristol, and before entering the teaching profession worked as a Chartered Accountant in a number of finance roles. He graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford with a degree in PPE. Whilst at Oxford he represented the university at hockey. He is married with four children.
Peter Swaffield (Nominated Governor for the Baptist Missionary Society - 'BMS World Mission' in September 2018).
Peter is an OE, as was his late brother, who left the school in 1972 to read English at Oxford. Following teacher training at Exeter University he became an English teacher in a London comprehensive before joining the English Department at Eltham. He returned to Oxford in 1978 to read Theology and to train for Baptist ministry. Peter has served as pastor and leader at Baptist churches in South Devon, West Wickham and Hertfordshire; he was appointed as Director of Training for the 'Oasis Trust' teaching theology on a course for inner city youth workers based in Southwark. Chaplaincy within the world of sport led to his appointment as a chaplain to the 1988 Olympic Games in South Korea, in addition to chaplaincy at two Commonwealth Games and the World Student Games. He was Assistant Chaplain, teaching English and RS, at Berkhamsted School from 2001 - 2010 when he became Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Eltham, retiring as Senior Chaplain in 2017. For the last three years he has been a governor of The Ebbsfleet Academy, a co-educational secondary school with academy status.
He has three adult children. Peter preaches frequently in both URC and Baptist churches in Kent and South East London. He enjoys golf and plays cricket for one of Kent's Over 60's cricket teams.
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Chair of Governors
Grove Park Road
Telephone 020 8857 7360
Email c/o Eltham College Bursar