Our dedicated and committed team of School Governors bring a wide range of skills and experience to their role, spanning business, politics, law, medicine and of course, academia and education.

Together with the Headmaster and Senior Leadership Team, they guide the direction of the School.

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Chairman of the Board of Governors

Niall 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.

At the end of this academic year in July 2019, Niall FitzGerald will be succeeded by James Tanner as Chairman of the Board of Governors. James (Jim) is the father of seven Old Cumnorian children; three sons and four daughters. A former Governor of St Christopher’s School in Bahrain, Jim brings considerable business expertise and financial acumen occupying Director or Chairman positions on numerous company and not-for-profit boards. He lives with his family in Hammerwood, East Grinstead.

Nigel Welby

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors

Nigel is a 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.

At the end of this acadaemic year in July 2019, Nigel Welby will be succeded by Harriet Bastide as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors. An Old Cumnorian herself, Harriet is a mother of three; two Old Cumnorians and one child still at Cumnor. Harriet works part-time running Ann Widdecombe’s office and lives in Newick.

  • Jamie Bannon, Chairman of Development Committee
  • Rob Boardman, Chairman of the Finance Committee
  • Olivia Hatrick, Chairman of the Safeguarding Committee
  • Peter Roberts, Chairman of the Education Committee
  • Shauna Bevan
  • Nicky Collins
  • Stewart James
  • Dominic Keenan
  • Christine O’Connell
  • Nick Parkhouse

All Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors.

Cumnor House Sussex

Cumnor House Sussex, London Road, Danehill, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7HT

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