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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.

To contact the Chairman of Governors please write c/o Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4BW.

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 industry.

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 Ashton

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 segments.

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.

Jon Bartlett

Jon Bartlett joined the Governing Body in December 2017. Jon is an Old Viking and left Shiplake in 1987 (Skipwith House) and went on to read PE and history at Brunel University. He is the youngest of seven children. Jon is married to Lisa and they have three children, Olivia (who left Shiplake in 2018), Alexander (a current pupil) and Oscar.

His first teaching post was at Papplewick School in Ascot, followed by a spell in America, first in teaching and then in an online education company, returning to Papplewick as Deputy Head in 2002. He is now Headmaster at St Andrew’s Prep School near Pangbourne, previously Headmaster of Moor Park School in Shropshire.

Peter Blewett

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.

Marsha Carey-Elms

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.

Robert Dempster

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.

Charles Eve

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.

Charles has 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 Gordon

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!

Rose Grimond

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Ian Howell

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 Lester

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!

Susan Ryan

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.

Prof James Welsh

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.

Sarah Blomfield

Sarah is a qualified lawyer and joined Rothschild in 2001, having trained at Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy in London, including a period working in Asia

Sarah’s career spans Legal and Compliance. After 13 years as a lawyer in the Investment Banking division  where she advised on corporate finance, M&A, financial regulation and capital markets, she was appointed Global Head of Central Compliance in 2014 and Head of UK Compliance in 2016, supporting all the Rothschild businesses around the world

In 2014, Sarah was named one of Financial News’ 100 most Influential Women in the UK and as one of “10 Women Changing the Face of the City” by the Guardian

Sarah has an MA in History from the University of Cambridge and a post-graduate Law Degree from Nottingham Trent University

Sarah is a mother to three daughters and is an active mentor and advocate of female professional development. She is a regular speaker and is involved in several initiatives to promote women’s careers. She was Chair (2013-14) of the Network for Knowledge, a pioneering cross-firm City networking group linking professional women in the Legal and Compliance sectors and currently leads the Women’s Network at Rothschild. In 2016 she was recognised for her commitment to mentoring and diversity at Rothschild and won a Community Investment award

Sarah is an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge. She is chair of Governors of Shiplake Primary School and a board member of In their Lifetime (part of Christian Aid). She is also a Patron and Development board member of the English National Ballet.

The aims and values of the school are strongly supported by a board of committed governors who bring expertise in many fields germane to education.
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