Meet Our Governors
- Lucy Walsh Waring - Chairman
- Nick Elliott - Vice Chairman
- Sam Broadhead
- Kate Bruges
- Tony Clifford
- Anthony Collins
- Nicholas Dolman
- Nick Fisk
- Joanna Green
- Eleanor (Nell) Light
- Philip Lough
- Charles Lucas
- Veryan Nield
- Ian Parker
- Rachel Quarrell
- Ian Thomas
- Abdul Buhari
Educated at Queenswood and St Paul's Girls' School, following which I read Geography at Manchester University. I subsequently qualified as a solicitor and spent several years practising in London, specialising in company and commercial law.
I am a Mercers’ nominated governor. I joined Dauntsey’s governing body in 2006.I became chairman in 2018, having previously served as vice-chairman. In the past I have chaired the Governance, Compliance and Safeguarding Committee and been the named governor for safeguarding and child protection. I live in Burbage in Wiltshire and am married with one daughter. My interests include tennis, rowing and theatre.
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.
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.
Following my education at Tonbridge School in Kent, I started my first business at the age of 18. Apart from 5 years working as an employee in the Timber Trade both in the UK and Scandinavia, I have been self-employed all of my working life. Initially, building up a 40-person manufacturing/joinery business over 17 years, then latterly managing a mixed portfolio of property, farms and other business investments.
I am a passionate sailor with several thousand miles of experience. I am also passionate about hard work and the fun to be had from finding one’s own niche in life. I believe life is all about developing everyone’s full potential.
I am a member of The Mercers’ Company and serve on their Education Committee. My wife and I now live by the edge of the water in Devon with our boat at the end of the garden. I am currently busy resurrecting an old boatyard to provide apprenticeships and jobs.
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 joined as a Governor of Dauntsey's School in 2013. I am also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and I chair 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, the Middle East.
My father attended Dauntsey’s in the mid 1950’s, 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.
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 seven year old 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 8 miles from the school, with my wife Jo. We have 4 children all of whom have been educated at Dauntsey's being third generation Dauntseians as my father was also a pupil in the mid 30’s. My outside interests revolve around family, sport (mainly watching these days), golf and country pursuits in the winter.
A degree in Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Marketing and an MBA has resulted in a career that has spanned both large and small organisations - in the UK and internationally. I currently work as a consultant focusing on change - both for individuals and organisations. I have been a parent with a child at Dauntsey's since 2005 (one is currently here and the other is at University) and a Governor of Great Bedwyn Primary school from 2003 - 2013. I joined the Dauntsey's Governing Body in 2014. Other interests include walking (with my husband, dog and, under protest, my boys) and theatre.
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 8 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.
Part-scientist and part-journalist, I spend half my time as a lecturer in organic chemistry at the University of Oxford, and the other half as a freelance sports writer. I was educated at Bryanston School and then St John's College Oxford, gaining my doctorate in 1994 and spending ten years in medicinal chemistry research before shifting the balance more towards teaching. I am the rowing correspondent for the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, an official timekeeper for the University Boat Race, and run various events, websites and online publications involving sport. I also organise the Oxford Cafe Scientifique, and most of my interests revolve around science, sport, the literary and dramatic arts, and education.
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.
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.