- Veryan Nield - Chair
- Nick Elliott - Vice Chair
- Sam Broadhead
- Kate Bruges
- Abdul Buhari
- Tony Clifford
- Nicholas Dolman
- Nick Fisk
- Joanna Green
- Gavin Horgan
- Eleanor (Nell) Light
- Philip Lough
- Charles Lucas
- Stephen Oxley
- Ian Parker
- Chris Rose
- Ian Thomas
A varied education that included a degree in Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Marketing and an MBA resulted in a career that has spanned both large and small businesses - in the UK and internationally. I currently work as a consultant focusing on change - both for individuals and organisations.
I joined the Governing Body in 2014, continuing an association with the school which started with our two boys attending, and thriving, here. Other interests include walking (with my husband, dog and, under protest, our boys) and theatre. I became Chair in 2022.
Following graduation from Bristol University in 1971, I have spent my working life as a practising barrister, principally in London, specialising in commercial work. I am the editor of legal works, including Byles on Bills of Exchange and Cheques and Hewetson and Elliott on Banking Litigation.
I have lived at Potterne with my wife, who has been involved with Rowdeford School, since 1989. We have two grown up sons, one of whom is a schoolmaster. My interests include tennis, cycling, skiing, bridge and gardening.
Having been sponsored through university on an Army scholarship, I was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1997 following completion of a year of Army Officer training. I then served with the Scottish Infantry, the Royal Engineers and units in Northern Ireland.
On leaving the military, I switched to a city career and early roles were with both a Japanese and US investment bank. I then moved to a start-up asset management firm, leaving after seven years as Managing Director. Since 2014, I have been working for a privately owned London based investment firm and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2018.
With a daughter who was fortunate enough to attend the school, I was honoured to be asked to join the governing body in 2017 and very much look forward to contributing to Dauntsey’s continuing success and development.
I read History at Cambridge University and then joined J. Walter Thompson, the global advertising agency. A director since 1989, I ran blue chip accounts for clients such as Unilever, Esso, Kellogg and Nestle. Following the arrival of three sons I moved into HR, Talent Recruitment and Development with a special focus on diversity and women’s leadership. I was made a Fellow of the IPA for services to the industry in raising professional standards and developed the industry’s first apprenticeships. I now run my own consultancy specialising in brand communications and leadership coaching. I have had one son at Dauntsey’s, when, new to Wiltshire, I became an active member of the DSPA (which I can thoroughly recommend!) and established the Dauntsey's Mentor Network with the aim of bringing the world of work to life for Dauntsey’s pupils.
I live locally in Semington with my husband Richard and a variety of horses, sheep, cows and royal corgi Ruby.
Abdul is a retired international athlete and Olympian. He won the English and British titles in 2011 in the discus. Following which he went on to represent Great Britain at the World and European Championships. In 2012, he was selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics Games. He is currently ranked 5th in the British all-time list.
Abdul began his career in investment banking covering fixed income and equity, he then moved into prime brokerage and then to become a relationship manager covering institutional clients.
Alongside his career in banking, Abdul has successfully managed to compete nationally and internationally representing Great Britain and retired in 2014 following an injury.
Having retired, Abdul focused his energy on banking and transition into the private bank in 2015.
Abdul was delighted to be asked to join the governing body for Dauntsey’s in 2020 and is looking forward to contributing to its continued success. He is passionate about maintaining its values and aims to bring his insight from a sporting perspective to the board.
After reading Geography at Cambridge, since 1979 I have worked as an accountant and auditor in London, specialising in banks and complex financial instruments and overseeing and participating in training activities. We have a house in Potterne but have lived there full time only from this summer, after I retired as a partner. I have a wife and two grown-up daughters and my hobbies include walking and climbing, researching the history of the family and the house, and owning three alpacas and a small flock of sheep.
My home and place of work is in Wiltshire, my extended family and that of my wife’s family are also based here.
I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, educated at a local comprehensive school, technical college and The Polytechnic of Central London, graduating in 1985.
My children (22 and 24) each spent seven well rounded and happy years at Dauntsey’s. My wife Sally spent her Sixth Form years there too.
I am a new (2020) governor and a member of the Estates Committee.
A keen swimmer of many years, for the past twenty or so particularly an open water swimmer. Kayaking and walking are my other interests which also help me to stay sane in the busy world of work.
I have had a varied career in a wide variety of industry sectors – financial services, energy, water, transport, food manufacturing and property. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent the early part of my career in senior finance director roles in a number of large corporates before moving into interim and project management roles, introducing new ways of working through process improvements and new technology developments. I am now retired but continue to provide advice and support to a number of charitable organisations.
I joined as a Governor of Dauntsey's School in 2013 and I am also a member of the Audit and Risk sub-committee. My interests include golf, tennis, travel and I have two sons, both of whom went to school at Dauntsey’s and I am very proud to continue to my relationship with the school as Governor.
I went to St. James’ Girls’ school in London and completed my education with an OU Degree in English Literature in my forties. Married to Nicholas, we initially lived overseas in the Far East, North America, and the Middle East.
My father attended Dauntsey’s in the mid 1950s, and from 2006 to 2018 my three sons were educated here. I helped on the Parents’ Committee for five years and joined Dauntsey’s Choral Society in 2006. I was honoured to be asked to join the governing body in 2018. I am passionate about maintaining the values of kindness, and confidence without arrogance, that I observed as a parent when we first visited the school.
A qualified TEFL teacher, I have also worked for several charities, and currently work in the HR department at Appleford School, a local specialist dyslexia school. My interests include yoga, walking and calligraphy.
Thanks to a generous and life changing bursary, I was educated at Stonyhurst College and read Classics at Oxford University.
I have worked for some time in education at a very wide range of schools in both the state and independent sectors as well as internationally in Sri Lanka and Argentina. For 17 years now I have worked in leadership roles and I am currently Headmaster of Millfield.
I am a Mercers’ nominated governor. I joined the governing body in 2021 and I chair the Education Committee. I am married and have two young children. I am at my happiest in the mountains.
Following my education at Wycombe Abbey and St Paul’s Girls School, I studied Classics at St Andrew’s University. Following a year as a latin teacher and assistant housemistress at St Leonard’s School for Girls and just under a year studying Polish language in Warsaw, I then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before commissioning into the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Medical Support Officer. I served for 17 very happy years which included Operational deployments to Kosovo, Iraq and finally I was the Officer Commanding the military ebola hospital in Sierra Leone. During my military career I qualified as a teacher (adults not children) but my main specialty was military medical planning. In 2016 I left the Army and started a business delivering companionship and care to the elderly – Home Instead Senior Care in Andover & East Wiltshire.
I am a member of the Mercers Company and serve on their Education Committee. I am a Dementia Friends Champion and a volunteer for Healthwatch. My interests include sailing anything from a dinghy to a square rigger and shooting. My husband is an Officer in the Irish Guards and I have a son, Fintan.
I was educated at Sherborne School and Trinity College, Oxford. I then spent 17 years as a languages teacher and subsequently housemaster at Marlborough College, where I also ran the cricket for some years. After this I undertook three prep school Headships, one in West Sussex and two in London, before retiring in 2016.
I am currently a Governor of three other independent and state schools, and in addition work as a freelance educational consultant. I live near Urchfont with my wife Christine (also a former independent school Head) and have three adult children. I joined the Dauntsey's board in 2013 and am a member of the Education and Governance Committees. I also have a particular responsibility as Boarding Governor.
I have lived and worked in Central Wiltshire for most of my working life as a Rural practice Chartered Surveyor and auctioneer. As one of the Old Dauntseian governors I have always taken a keen interest in Dauntsey's. I am a member of the Estates, Infrastructure and Assets committee. I currently live in the Vale of Pewsey about eight miles from the school, with my wife Jo. We have four children all of whom have been educated at Dauntsey's being third generation Dauntseians as my father was also a pupil in the mid 30s. My outside interests revolve around family, sport (mainly watching these days), golf and country pursuits in the winter.
I have spent my career in The City of London, firstly at the Stock Exchange and latterly at Lloyd’s. I have just left ERS, that manages Syndicate 218 at Lloyd’s, after eight years as CEO. I have also worked for global financial services firms internationally; in Beijing, Zurich and Johannesburg in senior executive roles.
I was at Dauntsey’s (77-83) and went on to Imperial College as a scholar. I completed my degree with the OU, and have an MBA with distinction from Ashridge Management College. I am delighted to be back at school and have been a governor since 2016. Although facilities and the estate have expanded and improved with the times, it still feels like my school – a very special place.
I was educated at Charterhouse School and subsequently gained a BSc in Geochemistry at London University and an MA in Strategic Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne. I have enjoyed a 30 year military career and for the last 20 years have served abroad in NATO and EU posts, in both military and latterly civil roles. I am currently consulting in the defence sector and have been appointed by Minister Defence People and Veterans as a representative for the South West.
I am delighted to have joined the governing body as a Mercers’ nominated governor. I am married with two grown-up daughters and my hobbies include ski mountaineering, Nordic skiing, diving, cycling and travelling.
I am originally from South Wales and gained a degree in Microbiology at Cardiff University. I moved into the healthcare industry in 1984 and remained there for my entire career, in a number of commercial leadership roles with two large US based medical device and biopharmaceutical companies.
We moved to Wiltshire initially in 1987, and then between 1999 and 2005 lived in Germany and Switzerland, where my career had taken me. On our return to the UK our children came to Dauntsey's, Katie for the Sixth Form and Will for the full secondary school period. My wife Nicky and I now live in Avebury.
Apart from Dauntsey's, I hold a number of other Board roles including Trustee and Director of the Wiltshire Community Foundation.