Meet Our Governors

The Governing Body 2018

Lucy Walsh Waring - 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 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.

Nick Elliott - Vice Chairman


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.

Ralph Bernard


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 as the Chief Executive Officer in March 2018, having been the acting CEO since 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.

Kate Bruges

I read History at Cambridge University and then joined J. Walter Thompson, the global advertising agency. A director since 1989 I ran major blue chip accounts for  clients such as Unilever, Esso, Kellogg and Nestle. Then, following the arrival of three sons, I moved into HR, Talent Recruitment and Development which has become my passion. I was made a Fellow of the IPA for services to the industry in raising professional standards and I sit on the main IPA governing Council. I have pioneered innovative approaches to introduce more diversity such as blind recruitment, apprenticeships, and women’s leadership and mentoring and have helped create the new UK Advertising and Media Apprenticeship. 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.

Anthony Collins


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.

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.

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.

Joanna Green

I went to 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, where I worked on a dive boat in Oman and taught English. A qualified TEFL teacher, I also worked for various charities, most actively in New York and Jakarta. I currently work in HR for a London based tech start-up.

My father attended Dauntsey’s in the mid 1950’s, and between 2006 to 2018 my three sons were educated here. With very different characters, they were thoroughly involved in many aspects of school life; all completed the DW race and sailed often on Jolie Brise.

I helped on the Parent’s Committee for five years and joined Dauntsey’s Choral Society in 2006, where I thoroughly enjoy singing alongside the school choirs in regular concerts.

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 in 2005. I hope my experience as a parent and knowledge of the school will be helpful to the Board.

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.

Eleanor (Nell) Light


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.

Peregrine 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!

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.

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.

Ian Thomas


I was born and bred in South Wales and gained a degree in Microbiology at Cardiff University before staying on for a couple of years after that in research roles. 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 companies.

We moved to Wiltshire initially in 1987, and between 1999 and 2005 lived in Germany and Switzerland, where my career had then taken me. On our return to the UK our children came to Dauntseys, Katie for the Sixth Form and Will for the full secondary school period.  My wife Nicky and I live in Avebury.

I have recently stepped down from my full-time career and am now following a series of part time roles, including being a Governor at Dauntsey’s, something which I am honoured to be doing.

In my spare time I play golf and have an interest in local and military history. I am an ex-player and Chairman of Marlborough Rugby Club and follow their progress avidly.