Governors

A dedicated and committed team of School Governors bring a wide range of skills and experiences to their role. These experiences include business, politics, law and medicine and of course education at both prep school and secondary school levels.

Together with the Headmaster and his staff, they guide the overall and future direction of the school.

All Governors can be contacted via the Bursar, Cumnor House School, Danehill, Sussex, RH17 7HT

  • Niall FitzGerald

    Chairman
      Niall FitzGerald KBE (Chairman) is father of one Old Cumnorian daughter.  He has been Chairman and CEO of Unilever, Chairman of Reuters and Chairman of Trustees at the British Museum and is now Chairman of several organisations including The Leverhulme Trust and The Smurfit Business School.  He lives in Lindfield.

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    • Nigel Welby

      Deputy Chairman
        Nigel Welby (Chairman of Development Committee) is father of three Old Cumnorian daughters.  He is involved with a number of businesses concerned principally with property investment, development and finance.  He is Executive Chairman of Retirement Villages Limited and lives in South Chailey.

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      • Jamie Bannon

          Jamie Bannon is father of two Old Cumnorian daughters.  He is an entrepreneur and his current focus is property and property development. He is an Ambassador for the Princes Trust and lives in Blackboys.

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        • Harriet Bastide

            Harriet Bastide, an Old Cumnorian herself, is mother of three, one Old Cumnorian son and daughter, with a son still at the school.  She works part time running Ann Widdecombe’s office.  She lives in Horsted Keynes.

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          • Shauna Bevan

              Shauna Bevan is mother of two current pupils, a son and a daughter, and she is a member of the Cockburn family with strong links to the School.  She is a Collectives Investment Manager at Charles Stanley. She lives in Lindfield.

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            • Rob Boardman

                Rob Boardman is a father of three who are all current pupils. He is the CFO of Holdingham Group, which provides independent, strategic advice to the world’s leading multinationals and financial institutions. Rob qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and has a wide range of professional services and…

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              • Richard Burnett

                  Richard Burnett is a Housemaster at Tonbridge School and father of three children.  He is a co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project.

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                • Olivia Hatrick

                    Olivia Hatrick is mother of three Old Cumnorians, two daughters and a son.  She is a GP Partner at Henfield Medical Centre.  She lives in Barcombe.

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                  • Sarah Jelly

                      Sarah Jelly (Chairman of Child Protection Committee) is mother of two Old Cumnorians, a son and a daughter.  She is a solicitor specialising in family law with a firm in Tunbridge Wells.  She lives in Lewes.

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                    • Mark Johnson

                        Mark Johnson was Headmaster of Cheam for eighteen years (retired in 2016) having taught at Summer Fields, Oxford for the previous seventeen. He has previously governed three other Prep Schools. He is currently the Managing Director of MJ Associates, is a Senior Adviser for RSAcademics, a non-executive Director of SchoolNotices…

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                      • Wol Kolade

                          Wol Kolade (Chairman of Risk Committee) is father of five, three Old Cumnorians, two daughters and a son, and two at the school, one daughter and one son.  He is a Managing Partner of Living Bridge Equity Partners and lives in Bolney.

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                        • Nick Parkhouse

                            Nick Parkhouse is father of four Old Cumnorians, two sons and two daughters.  He is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the McIndoe Surgical Centre at East Grinstead.  He lives in Chelwood Gate.

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                          • Peter Roberts

                              Peter Roberts (Chairman of Education Committee) is the Headmaster of King’s Canterbury and a father of three daughters.

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                            • Joanna Vanhegan

                                Joanna Vanhegan is mother of two Old Cumnorian daughters.  She is a QC and member of Wilberforce Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, specialising in commercial and professional negligence litigation.  She is on the Board of Directors of Bar Mutual, the provider of professional indemnity insurance to the self-employed bar.  She lives in…

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