Meet Our Governors

The Governing Body 2018

Richard Handover - Chairman


Career in retailing, distribution and logistics, culminating in Chief Executive of the WH Smith Group, and subsequently Chairman. Other interests include non-executive directorships of Royal Mail Group PLC, Chairman of the Alexon Group PLC. I was also a Non Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society and Chairman of the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

My interests also include golf, art, music and the Greek Islands, and my 3 children have all benefited from the Dauntsey's experience.

Lucy Walsh-Waring - Vice Chairman


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 chair the Governence, Compliance and Safeguarding Committee and also sit on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. I am 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.

Ralph Bernard CBE


I joined as a Governor of Dauntsey's School in 2005; I am also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Dauntsey's is a wonderful school and I have a keen personal interest in its development as all four of my children have attended the school over the years.

I have had a long career in broadcasting including 20 years as Chief Executive and then Chairman of Classic FM. Among other interests, including playing football, I chair a theatre company and I am also Chairman of the Central School of Ballet in London. In addition, I Chair the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, a cross-industry body including the BBC, ITV and Reuters, which accredits University training courses.

Sam Broadhead


I was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1997 having been sponsored through university on an Army scholarship. On leaving the military after five years of service, I switched to a city career and early roles were with both Nomura International and Lehman Brothers. I then moved to a structured credit asset management firm as the Chief Operating Officer, leaving after seven years as Managing Director.

Since 2014, I have been working for a privately owned London based investment firm and was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in July 2017. 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. With a daughter who is actively involved in many aspects of the school’s life, I aim to bring additional insight from the pupils’ perspective to the board.

Nick Elliott


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.

Nick Fisk


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.

Sandra Gamble


Born in Ottawa, Canada, I moved with my parents as a teenager to Paris. After receiving a Diploma in French Civilisation from The Sorbonne and graduating from McGill University with a BA Hons Degree in French, I studied law at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. I was called to the Bar in 1975. A long legal career in asset finance in the City culminated as Head of Legal Services, Kleinwort Benson Programme Management, Following a short break of four years in New York during my husband's posting there, I continued to work until retirement as a part time member of Wilsons LLP's corporate and commercial team in Salisbury.

I am currently a West Lavington Parish Councillor and Chairman of the West Lavington Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group as well as a trustee of the Mothers' Union Salisbury Diocese and several parish charities. I joined Dauntsey’s governing body in 2013, as the parish council's nominated governor, and sit on the Estates, Infrastructure, Assets and Audit and Risk Committees. My son and daughter are both alumni of Dauntsey's. My husband is Wiltshire Councillor for The Lavingtons and Erlestoke and Portfolio Holder for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.

David Goodhew


David was born in West London, and attended a local comprehensive school before going to Oxford to read Classics. He taught Classics at Bancroft’s School and Eton College, before becoming Head of Classics at Bristol Grammar School. He gained his experience of senior management at Arnold School (Director of Studies) and Durham School (Senior Deputy Head). In 2012 he became the Head of Latymer Upper School. He is married, and hobbies include cycling and classical musical; he is a keen amateur violinist.

The Venerable Alan Jeans


Alan was educated at Bournemouth School, and qualified as a Building Surveyor, before training for ordained ministry. He served his title in Poole, and then was incumbent at Bishops Cannings, All Cannings and Etchilhampton near Devizes, until moving back to Salisbury as the Diocesan Parish Development Advisor. He was appointed Archdeacon of Sarum in 2003. Alan is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and a member of the Cathedral Chapter at Salisbury Cathedral. Additional ministries have included Assistant Chaplain to Dauntsey’s School from 1996 – 2006, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, and as a Reservist Army Chaplain. Alan is married to Anita, has two grown up daughters who were both educated at Dauntsey’s School, loves long distance walking, cooking and his MG sports car, and 1962 Land Rover.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns


Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns was commissioned at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1959. Following nine years’ service as an operational fast-jet pilot, he became a qualified flying instructor. In his last year as a flying instructor he taught The Prince of Wales to wings standard. A varied range of operational flying, staff and command appointments followed and, during the 1990’s, Sir Richard held a succession of senior National and NATO appointments. During the first Gulf War, he was the Director of Operations in the National Joint Headquarters and at the end of the conflict he led the British Recce Team to Turkey and North Iraq. Later, in a senior NATO role, he was responsible for bringing to full operational capability the new Regional Command of Allied Forces, North West Europe. This included acting as supporting commander for joint operations in the Balkans while developing partnership for peace exercises with former Warsaw Pact countries.

He returned to national duty in 1997 to become Chief of the Air Staff, responsible for the operational efficiency and morale of the Royal Air Force. In this final Service appointment, he was fully involved in the decision-making process of the Strategic Defence Review, the commitment of RAF aircraft to operations over and within Kosovo and continuing air operations over North and South Iraq.

On retirement in April 2000, he was appointed by The Queen as Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle – a position held until January 2008 when he retired for a second time to Wiltshire. Also in 2000, Sir Richard’s appointment as the first Honorary Air Commodore of the RAF Regiment was approved by Her Majesty.

Appointed Governor in 2008 Sir Richard serves on the Future Planning Group.

Michael Liversidge


I have been a Governor of Dauntsey's since 1995 and and I currently serve on the Education Committee and on the Estates, Infrastructure and Assets Committee. I worked in higher education from 1970, teaching art history at the University of Bristol where I was Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1996-2001) and Head of Department for twenty-one years, and was appointed Emeritus Dean of Arts in 2008. Since 2010 I have been attached to the University of Buckingham as an academic adviser to its new Art History and Heritage Management Department. I have a particular interest in how learning and teaching in schools, universities and colleges are responding to the rapidly changing educational environment and intersect with the developing knowledge economy of the future. Outside my university work I have been a Trustee of the Theatre Royal in Bristol, and I was a member of the Campaign Board for the Children's Hospice South West project to build the Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice near Bristol. As well as Dauntsey’s, I am currently a Governor of the British Institute of Florence.

Philip Lough


I was educated at Sherborne School and Trinity College,Oxford, and retired in 2013 after 17 years as a prep school Headmaster, firstly at Windlesham House School in West Sussex and subsequently The Hall, Hampstead. I was previously a Housemaster and languages teacher at Marlborough College, and also ran the cricket there for some years. I have been a Governor of other independent and state schools at senior and junior levels, and now work as a freelance educational consultant. I am a trustee and education committee chairman of a small educational charity involved with the sponsoring of junior academies, and live near Urchfont with my wife Christine (also a former independent school Head). We have three adult children. I am a Mercer-sponsored Governor and joined the Dauntsey's board in late 2013.

Charles Lucas


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.

Angus Macpherson


I was appointed to the Governing body in 1999, as one of two Old Dauntseian representatives. I am currently Chairman of the Estates, Infrastructure and Assets Committee, and also serve on the Finance and General Purposes, Audit & Risk, and Education committees.

“By trade” I am a Chartered Accountant, and since November 2012 have served as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon. I was a trustee of the Wiltshire Community Foundation for many years and am a trustee of a homeless charity in Swindon. In the city I am a member of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and a past master of the Guild of Mercers Scholars. I am married to Sara Jane and have two adult children. My hobbies include singing, gardening and watercolours.

Veryan Nield


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.

Ian Parker


I have spent my career in The City of London, firstly at the Stock Exchange and latterly at Lloyd’s. I am currently Chief Executive of ERS that manages Syndicate 218 at Lloyd’s. 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. Married with three children, one of whom is working in Sydney, Australia, one of whom is studying in Niagara USA, and the youngest still at home in Guildford doing A levels. In any spare time I am playing golf.

Rachel Quarrell


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.

Brigadier Peregrine Peter Rawlins


I have been a Governor since 2007 and serve on the Estates, Infrastructure and Assets Committee and the Finance and General Purposes Committee. After 32 years in the Army I was Clerk to the Grocers’ Company in the City for eight years. I am now retired and living in Little Cheverell, just half a mile from the School. My interests revolve around wildlife conservation in general and bird watching in particular, golf (of a sort), fly fishing and gardening, which sadly take up less of my time than all the other activities that seem as a matter of course to fall to retired folk living in small villages!

Bill Scarborough


I am a Mercer appointed Governor, having been Master of the Mercers’ Company 2009/10. Currently, I am Chairman of the Mercers’ Company property board.

My career has been entirely in Commercial Real Estate, formerly Director High Street Retail, CB Hillier Parker, prior to now managing a Private Investment/Development Company. Educated at Dauntsey’s and married with two daughters and a son. My interests include golf and sailing.