The College is privileged to be supported by a highly experienced, knowledgeable and diverse board of governors. Between them, the governors cover numerous areas of relevant expertise, which the College is able to call upon when required. The board meet regularly and offer valuable advice to our Headmaster and senior leadership team. This helps to shape future strategies and inform key decisions to ensure the College continues to maintain the highest possible standards.
The Governors’ profiles below outline their managerial expertise and experience. They all have a hands-on approach to their roles, and as a result are friendly and familiar faces seen regularly at the College.
The Rt Hon Tim Eggar (Chairman)
Tim was educated at Winchester College, the University of Cambridge and the College
of Law. He is currently Chairman of Cape plc, MyCelx Technologies Corporation and the Haulfryn Group. Tim has been a Governor
of Shiplake College since 2007 and was appointed Chairman in September 2009. He
has considerable international business experience, predominantly in the oil and gas
Tim had a distinguished political career as the Member of Parliament for Enfield North
for 18 years and a UK Government Minister between 1985 and 1996, which included a
period as Minister of State at the then Department of Education and Science between
1989 and 1992. Tim has two children and lives near Henley-on-Thames with his wife. His
father, John, was Headmaster of Shiplake College from 1963 to 1979.
Mark MacKenzie-Charrington (Vice-Chairman)
Mark was educated at Shiplake and was heavily involved in the early days of rowing at the College. He spent most of his career in property and estate agency including 34 years at W.A.Ellis, where from 1984 onwards he was an equity partner working almost exclusively on large scale residential developments in central London. Clients included the major landed estates, quoted house builders and many other organisations in the UK and overseas.
Mark retired from W.A.Ellis at Christmas 2009 and now runs a consultancy practice from his home in the Cotswolds, still concentrating on prime central London. In May 2015 Mark was elected to the Cotswold District Council and sits on the Planning Committee.
In 1987 Mark and his wife Diana were founding governors of Finton House School in south west London which has grown to some 350 pupils aged from 4-11. A founding principal was to include children with special needs who are fully integrated into all aspects of the school. They have two married children and their interests include travel, food, fine wine and country pursuits.
Andrew is a financial services professional with a strong track record in leading
successful teams in the areas of business change, strategy and transformation. Having
been educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School and at University College Oxford,
where he gained a first class degree in Chemistry, Andrew went on to join Barclays Bank.
At stayed with Barclays for 15 years in a number of general management positions.
As an experienced corporate banker, Andrew then spent three and a half years as
a management consultant within the financial services sector. During this time he
worked on a number of project and interim management roles for several banks and
insurance companies, including LloydsTSB, RBS, Barclays Wealth, Dresdner, Bank Tokyo
Mitsubishi, Resolution and Zurich Financial Services, focusing on business performance,
operations optimisation and operational risk managmenet across different market
Formerly living in Wimbledon, Andrew moved to Radley in August 2008 following his
appointment as Bursar at Radley College, where he is part of the senior management
team. A keen sportsman, Andrew enjoys cricket, jogging and real tennis. He is married
to Jillian and has one son, Philip.
Robert studied Physics at Strathclyde University and since graduating in 1982 he has
spent the last 30 years working in the high tech computing industry. As a graduate,
Robert started off investigating high energy physics before moving onto Government
communications and he has subsequently led international sales, marketing and
technical teams for global technology organisations such as Sun Microsystems, Informix,
Avaya and Blackberry. In recent years, Robert has successfully built and sold a number
of specialised, technology start-ups and has been heavily involved in the digital
transformation of the Higher Education sector in Europe and the Middle East.
Robert is currently working on another technology investment project in the telecoms
industry and is also on the advisory board of multiple North American technology firms.
Married with 3 children, two having recently left Shiplake College for university, he is a
keen golfer, cyclist and rugby enthusiast. Together with a number of prominent London
businessmen, Robert helps to raise funds for the development of Scottish rugby at
junior, club and international level.
One of three Old Vikings currently serving on our board of governors,
Charles was educated at Shiplake College and Chichester College of Music prior
to commencing a successful career in finance. Charles has worked at Goldman
Sachs for over 25 years, where he has gained a broad range of financial product
expertise and a wide knowledge of financial and market risks both as a
practitioner and through his work on the Goldman Sachs Global Risk Committee.
Charles was elected a partner in 2000 and joined the Asian Management Committee
and board of the Goldman Sachs Japan in the same year. Charles’s current
role is Head of Compliance for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
substantial international experience, having lived and worked for a period in
Asia and speaks conversational Japanese. Charles is actively involved with a
number of charities; he is a Trustee of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre,
Advisory Board to The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the microfinance charity
Five Talents International, a member of the Counsel of Advisors to “Street
Pastors”, CRPA (Christian Responsibility in Public Affairs) and supporter to
SPEAR, a charity that provides education programs for underprivileged young
people living in urban areas. Charles is married to Monica and has three
children. He enjoys spending time with his family, village life, international
travel (including visiting charity projects in Africa) and breeding alpacas.
Jimmy is a director of the Inspirational Development Group (IDG), a leadership and
management performance company. Amongst other activities, IDG has a joint venture
partnership with the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. Jimmy focuses on managing
IDG’s business activities in the Middle East, which currently include development
programmes in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Jordan and Qatar.
Jimmy was educated at Gordonstoun and graduated in Law from Edinburgh University.
Jimmy worked in account management for two international advertising agencies and
was then appointed as the first Youth Director of the Conservative Party. He ran a small
management training and development business (Gordan Coote Associates) for over
twenty years before joining IDG in 2002. Clients included Deloitte, Disney and Honeywell
Achievements, and Jimmy successfully established the fundraising, publicity and political
lobbying arm of a national charity.
Jimmy has been a next-door neighbour of Shiplake College for almost fifteen years and
more recently became a Governor. He is keen to provide his professional experience to
support the Headmaster and his team. Jimmy is also active locally as a member of the
PCC and trustee of the Berkshire Community Foundation. Jimmy and his wife Jane have
nine children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren between them. When time
permits, they are enthusiastic travellers and frustrated golfers!
Jonathan was born in 1971 in Henley-on Thames, and was educated at The Oratory
School and The University of Kent at Canterbury, where he studied History. Having
worked in the family run boating business Hobbs of Henley Ltd since 1993, Jonathan
was appointed managing director in 2012.
Jonathan co-founded The Henley Food Festival and The
Henley Literary Festival in his role as Chairman of The Henley Partnership. He is also Vice Chairman of The Passenger Boat Association, which is a national organisation with
approximately 150 members. Jonathan is a Director of The Henley Music and
Arts Festival and a Trustee of The Rivertime Boat Trust, a charity that provides a boating facility
for disabled and disadvantaged children. Jonathan lives in Stoke Row with his wife Suzy,
and has three daughters. His interests include rugby, rowing, football, cricket, skiing, sailing, food and
Ian studied at Manchester University and has a strong background in sales training
and as a 'performance developer' having led consultancy teams within both Abbey
National and Lloyds Bank, where he successfully developed radical strategies to create
performance improvement, improve sales and facilitate organisational change. Ian has
worked with a host of major brand names including GE, Aon, Halifax Cetelem, Pinnacle
Insurance, First National, Octagon, O2 and Thus. Ian has worked across the UK and
the world to develop high performance in both large and small organisations. Ian is
president of the Ross-on-Wye rowing club and is the West Midlands Junior Rowing
representative for British Rowing.
Richard was born in 1949 and attended Shiplake College, then known as Shiplake
Court, between 1962 and 1967. He qualified as a solicitor and specialises in commercial
property for a law firm in central London where he was a managing partner and is
currently a consultant. Richard also advises various sporting organisations.
Richard represented Great Britain in the 1976 Montreal Olympics at rowing, winning a
silver medal. A Steward of Henley Royal Regatta for nearly 30 years, Richard is currently
on the Committee of Management. Richard is married with two daughters and lives in
Goring-on-Thames. He enjoys playing golf and skiing, living in hope that one day his
talent will match his enthusiasm!
Lady Phillimore lives in London and Oxfordshire with her husband, Lord Phillimore. They
have three children. Lady Phillimore’s interests include opera and the arts.
Susan was educated at Windermere St Anne's and Bath University where she read
Sociology. She has worked as a journalist on behalf of several national newspapers
including the Daily Mail and Observer and was managing editor of the Daily Telegraph
from 1999 until 2006. More recent roles for Susan include working as a media consultant
to the new national newspaper in Abu Dhabi and for the Daily Mail's graduate training
scheme. Susan is a trustee of Merlin, Beacon and the Journalists Charity. Notably, she
also founded the Henley Literary Festival with a team of local professionals, and remains
the festival’s director. She continues to work as a travel writer.
Sir David Tanner CBE
Sir David has been the GB Rowing's Performance Director since 1996 and is responsible
for leading Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic Rowing Programmes. He has been a member of the British Team at no less than
eight Olympic Games and his vision and drive have been behind the creation of a British squad that is consistently capable of winning medals across all the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. He assisted GB’s unrivalled successes in the Olympics and World
Championships firstly as a coach before taking on the more senior role ahead of the
Atlanta 1996 Games. In 2002, Sir David introduced a new ‘Start’ initiative to find
promising future rowers. This programme was responsible for recruiting half of the 10
Olympic champion rowers at London 2012.
Before joining British Rowing, Sir David had a successful career in education and was the
headmaster of Longford School, a large community comprehensive in West London for
nine years until he moved full time into sport.
Sir David was appointed an OBE for services to rowing in the Queen's Birthday honours
in 2003 and a CBE for services to sport in the New Year Honours in 2009. He received
a knighthood in the 2012 New Year Honours List. In September 2013, David received
an honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. David is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts. He is an Historian and enjoys theatre, music and good food and wine in
his spare time.
Marsha retired in 2012 following an illustrious career in education. Having attended
Tottenham County Grammar School, Marsha attained a degree in Sociology before
completing her PGCE at Brunel University and an MA at Reading University .
Immediately entering the teaching profession, Marsha spent 19 years at
Featherstone High School in Ealing, progressing into the roles of Head of
Faculty and then Acting Deputy Headteacher. After a permanent Deputy Headship
at Magna Carta School, Marsha became Head of Kendrick School in 1993. Under her
guidance the school achieved admirable success, often topping the national
state school league tables. Marsha has shared her expertise leading other
schools that were in more challenging circumstances and she became one of the
country's first National Leaders of Education and Executive Head teachers. She
has been a key note speaker at numerous education conferences. In June 2012,
Marsha was awarded an OBE for services to education.
Currently the Co-Director of Programmes at BPP University, the largest provider of candidates for the Bar, James himself is a qualified and practicing barrister. Educated at Shiplake College, James studied Politics at Durham University, graduating in 1992. Qualifying as a barrister in 1994 he practiced full time until 2000. From here, whilst remaining active in practice part time, James went on to lecture at BPP University. He is at the forefront of developing the advocacy training modules, writing a number of modules that have been accredited by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, and used to train thousands of lawyers since. James was also involved in a ground-breaking project by invitation of the CPS Director of London, where he was involved in assessing and grading advocates in the Crown Court.
Alongside this, James is a published author, having written Advocacy in the Magistrates Court. He delivered training for the advocates who practice in the British dependency of St Helena, and performed a mock trial for pupils at the William Mitchell University USA. James was also on the faculty at the prestigious Keble College Oxford Advocacy training, organised by the South East Circuit.
Peter Blewett joined the Governing Body in July 2017. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. After initially working in the insurance business, Peter trained to become a Physical Education Teacher and taught successfully for thirty-eight years mainly in central London assuming senior management roles in a number of different schools over a twenty year period and leading on Child Protection in three different schools. He was a Vice Principal at the Langley Academy and as Acting Principal successfully led the Academy through its first Ofsted Inspection in 2012. Whilst at the Academy he led on the establishment of the rowing specialism.
He was elected to the British Judo Board of Directors in November 2012 and is the current Vice Chairman. He is a 7th Dan, Senior Examiner, Senior Club Coach and is Chairman of the Budokwai in Chelsea. Peter won the British National Championships in 1979 and competed for Great Britain in the World Student Games in Rio de Janeiro in 1978 where he returned as Head of the Judo delegation at the Paralympics in 2016.
Peter is married and lives in Fulham with his wife Christine and two grown up daughters Lucy and Annabel.