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The Most Reverend and Right Hon Dr J SENTAMU, Lord Archbishop of York
Council Members of Bishop Barrow's Foundation
His Excellency Sir Richard GOZNEY, Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man (Chair of Council Members)
Professor R BARR, Chief Executive Officer, Department of Education and Children
Mr S BILLINGHURST, BA (Hons), ACA
The Venerable A BROWN, MA, Archdeacon of Man
Mr P B CLUCAS, BA, BSc (Hons)
Mr A C COLLISTER, CCTC
Mr T W B CULLEN, MBE, MA
The Lord Bishop, Rt. Revd. P EAGLES
Mrs E J HIGGINS, BSc, ACA
Dr M J HOY, MBE, MA, PhD
Mr N H WOOD, ACA, TEP
Governors of King William's College
Mr P B CLUCAS, BA, BSc (Hons) (Chair)
Mr S BILLINGHURST, BA (Hons), ACA
MR Y C D CHAN, BA (Hons), MEd, ACA, DChA
Mr A C COLLISTER, CCTC
Mrs S M DEAN BA (Hons), FCCA
Mrs C EDMUNDSON, BMus MBA PGCE LRAM ARCM
Mr R W FLOWER, BSc (Hons), MEd
Mr M GRACE, BSc (Hons), MRICS
Mr P L HARWOOD, BSc (Hons), FIA
Mrs E J HIGGINS, BSc, ACA
Dr L V HULME, LRCP, MRCS
Miss S J LEAHY, LLB, Dip LP
Mr R RAATGEVER, BCom, BAcc (Hons), CA(SA), ACA
Bursar and Clerk to the Governors
Mr J V OATTS, BA, MSc, Dip Surv.
Dr Marijtje DRIJFHOUT, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, DPalMed, DOcMed
HIS EXCELLENCY SIR RICHARD GOZNEY, KCMG CVO
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man (Chair of Council Members)
After graduating from St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Sir Richard Gozney joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and went on to have a varied career in diplomacy. In 1989, after foreign postings that included Jakarta, Buenos Aires and Madrid, Sir Richard was Private Secretary to three Foreign and Commonwealth Secretaries: Sir Geoffrey Howe, John Major and Douglas Hurd. As a student Sir Richard had been a volunteer teacher at Rusinga Island Community School in Kenya and had developed a love for Africa so he was delighted when in 1993 he was appointed British High Commissioner to Swaziland. After serving three years in Swaziland he was appointed Head of the Foreign Office Department advising on the foreign policy aspects of defense and then Chief of the Intelligence Assessment Staff. Sir Richard returned overseas when he was appointed British Ambassador to Indonesia in 2000 and then British High Commissioner to Nigeria in 2004. In 2007 Sir Richard's last FCO posting was as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda from where he retired in 2012.
During his retirement Sir Richard maintained his links with Africa and Indonesia as a non-executive Director of Bumi/ARM plc, a London company mining coal in Indonesia; Senior Adviser for Asia & Africa to Guardian Global Resources, a maritime security company focusing on West Africa & South-East Asia and Strategic Adviser to Green Park Worldwide, a London management consultancy/senior training company focusing on Nigeria. He is also a Trustee of the Orangutan Foundation UK; Trustee of Langham Dome, a World War II anti-aircraft training building and tourist attraction, Norfolk and Vice-Chair of The Bermuda Society UK. Sir Richard has many outside interests and these include bird watching, walking and sailing - all interests he looks forward to enjoying during his term of office in the Isle of Man.
THE VENERABLE ANDREW BROWN MA
The Archdeacon of Man
Born in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire's high Pennines he was educated at the local CofE School and then Haslingden Grammar School. He read theology at St Peter's College in Oxford and trained for ordination at Ridley Hall Cambridge, undertaking research into the sociology of Islam along the way. He served his curacy in Burnley Parish Church, then as Vicar in three Manchester parishes, before going to be Canon Theologian of Derby Cathedral and a diocesan training officer. He has been Chair of School Governors to a primary school and an associate Lecturer in Theology to a Welsh and then an English University teaching hermeneutics, the science of interpretation of ancient texts, and homiletics, how to preach. He came to the Isle of Man in 2011.
PROFESSOR RONALD BARR
Professor Ronald Barr, Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Education and Children, has responsibility for the Island's 38 state schools, the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education, the Arts Council, Sports Council, National Sports Centre, Education Improvement Service and Services for Children and Youth and Community Service. Professor Barr studied at Glasgow University, Aberdeen College of Education and Louisiana State University. He also held a Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and was a junior research Fellow at the US Army War College in Pennsylvania. He holds Fellowships with the Royal Historical Society, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the Arts. He previously taught at Chester and Liverpool Universities and was Head of History and Archaeology at Chester before coming to the Island in 2007.
MR TIM CULLEN MBE, MA
A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Tim Cullen spent 21 years with the World Bank in Washington, including six as Chief Spokesman. After leaving the Bank in 1999, he established a small consultancy advising governments, UN agencies, and international bodies. He is an Associate Fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford University, where he directs and teaches in the Oxford Programme on Negotiation. He also teaches negotiation throughout the world. He founded and is the Executive Director of the Small Countries Financial Management Centre. He was a boarder at KWC for 11 years, spent two years as an English teacher in Florida after graduating from university and was President of the International School of Paris in the 1980s.
THE LORD BISHOP - RT. REVD. PETER EAGLES
Peter Eagles was born and educated in Guildford, followed by university study in modern languages and literature, and then four years of teaching, in the course of which his vocation to priesthood was confirmed. He trained for the ordained ministry at St Stephen's House, Oxford, and served as assistant priest at St Martin's, Ruislip in the Diocese of London from 1989 to 1992. Since 1992 he has ministered as a Chaplain in the British Army, providing pastoral and spiritual care to soldiers and families and the wider community in many locations in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has served on military operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been Archdeacon for the Army since 20 I I, Honorary Chaplain to The Queen since 2013, and an Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral since 20 I 5. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Peter is married to Gail, whom he met in the parish in Ruislip and with whom he has since lived in many different places in twenty-five years, and they have a son who graduated in 20 16 and now works for a publishing firm in Oxford.
His interests include modern and medieval European and Middle-Eastern languages and literature, restoring a small ancient house, music, and alpine footpaths.
DR MICHAEL HOY MBE, MA, PhD
Michael Hoy is a West Countryman from the Cotswolds. He was educated at Marling School, Stroud, and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read English. He taught at Oakham School, Rutland, for four years before moving to the Island in 1970, to become head of English and Drama at King William's College. He subsequently served as Housemaster of Walters and Academic Director of Studies. In 2003 he was appointed MBE for services to Education and the Arts in the Isle of Man. He is now the College's honorary archivist and has published two books on the history of the School and its foundation charities – A Blessing to this Island and Isaac Barrow: his Life and Legacy. He is currently lecturing and researching aspects of Manx social history and has a PhD from the University of Liverpool. His leisure interests include music, the theatre and walking.
MR NIGEL WOOD, ACA, TEP
Nigel Wood was Chair of Governors from 2009 to 2020 and has been on the Board and a Trustee of Bishop Barrow's Charity since 1995. He previously chaired the Development Committee and the Finance Committee of the Board. Nigel is a Manxman, an OKW (Dickson House), a British Chartered Accountant and Trusts and Estates Practitioner. He currently runs his own boutique advisory practice (HARLEYPARTNERS) and was formerly Group Managing Director of IOMA Group, of which he remains a shareholder. Nigel is married to Lorraine, herself a Buchan Old Girl, and they have three children, all of whom attended the School. Nigel was a member of the crew of the Manx Millennium Viking Voyage in 1979 and has rowed and sailed a Viking long-ship from Trondheim, Norway, to the Isle of Man. Retracing the route in 2000 he raised £25,000 for local charities and won the Puffin trophy for RIB expeditions in the UK. Nigel lists sport, the outdoors, sailing, walking, travelling and down hill skiing, amongst his passions.
MR PETER CLUCAS, BA, BSc (Hons) (Chair)
Peter Clucas was appointed as a Governor on 1st September 2014 and was appointed Chair of Governors on 3rd July 2020. He is also the President of the King William's College Society. Since being appointed a Governor, Peter has been a member of the Development Committee and Education Committee and is Chair of the Safeguarding Committee. He attended King William's College (School House) and is a qualified practicing Isle of Man Advocate with Cains Advocates, where he holds the position of Managing Director and heads Cains’ Litigation Division. Peter holds a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and sits on the governing council of the Isle of Man Law Society, for which he has responsibility for overseeing compliance issues. Peter is also a Non-Executive Director with an investment holding subsidiary of a licensed international bank. Peter represented the Isle of Man for a number of years for hockey and still enjoys walking and skiing. He is married to Cathy and has two step-daughters, the elder of whom attended King William's College.
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MR STEVE BILLINGHURST, BA (Hons), ACA
Steve graduated from Exeter University and trained as a chartered accountant, working for KPMG and then Deloitte, which brought him to the Isle of Man five years' ago to take up a partner role. He is currently working as a Director of Advisory Services with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Steve brings the experience that he has gained throughout his professional career to his appointment as Chair of the Finance and General Purpose Committee. He is a Council Member of Bishop Barrow's Foundation but not a Trustee. Steve began junior rugby coaching when he lived in Jersey and he has continued to coach at Douglas Rugby Club. To relax, he provides a taxi service for the children, enjoys long dog walks, skiing and, if the weather allows it, gardening. He is married to Sue and both of his children have attended The Buchan School and King William's College.
MR DANIEL CHAN, BA (Hons), MEd, ACA, DChA
Daniel is an OKW, first arriving on the Isle of Man from Hong Kong at the age of 13. He achieved the IB Diploma at King William’s College, before reading history at the University of York and completing a Master’s degree in Education. Daniel trained as a Chartered Accountant at PwC in London, and he is a Senior Manager with extensive experience in working with charities and purpose-led organisations. He holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting and he is a member of the ICAEW Charity Committee. He is also a Trustee and the Honorary Treasurer of UK Youth, a national youth charity. Daniel enjoys the marine environment, and he is a PADI scuba diving instructor, RYA powerboat instructor and British Canoeing canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard coach.
MR ALWYN COLLISTER, CCTC
Alwyn Collister was born in the Isle of Man and has lived in Castletown all his life. He worked for the Post Office on leaving school and spent three years in the Royal Air Force in National Service. Alwyn was elected to Castletown Commissioners in 1976 and is a serving member to date. He has been elected Chair of the Commissioners six times, the first time in 1979. He was elected to the Board of Education for Castletown in 1992 until 2007 when the elected board was dissolved. He was Chair of Governors of Ballakermeen High School and the Isle of Man College for a number of years and has been a Governor and Trustee of King William's College since 1997. Alwyn joined the Douglas Choral Union in 1962 and was President in 2010. He has now been awarded a life membership. He has been married to Joan for 46 years and they have two children.
MRS S M DEAN BA (Hons), FCCA
Sheila graduated from Leeds University in 1989 and trained as a chartered certified accountant, working for Ernst & Young on the island. In 2006 she led the management buyout of the former Ernst & Young trust business and secured private equity backing to establish the global professional services business, Equiom Group. A first class communicator and a widely respected, award-winning figure in the professional services industry, Sheila is regularly named by leading industry award bodies. Shelia is a charismatic leader with a passion to deliver value for clients and shareholders. Sheila lives in Douglas with her husband Jonny (OKW) and her son Ollie who has attended The Buchan School and is currently attending King William’s College. Sheila has been Patron of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group since 2014 and has played a pivotal role in the fund raising success of the charity. She is also a long standing Trustee of the Henry Bloom Noble Trust which supports the provision of high quality healthcare in the Isle of Man.
MRS CHRISTINE EDMUNDSON, BMus, MBA, PGCE, LRAM, ARCM
Christine Edmundson has over 20 years' experience in Independent School Leadership as a Head, Deputy Head and Head of Boarding - and she is a Governor of a London Preparatory School. Until very recently she was Interim Operations Director for the GSA and a Board Member of the ISC and the ISEB. As a Team Inspector she has been a member of Inspection Teams in the UK and Channel Islands for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. A musician by training, she examines for the ABRSM and is Musical Director of Lyra Davidica, a chamber choir specialising in sacred choral music and Founder and Musical Director for Voces Insulae, a choir which sings choral evensong. Born in the Isle of Man, she now lives in Hertfordshire, but greatly enjoys visiting the Island on a regular basis.
MR RICHARD FLOWER, BSc (Hons), MEd
Richard was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2020. After a successful career in the Royal Navy, he became a Bursar in three very different schools and was an active member of ISBA. He then spent 10 years as the Finance and Operations Director at IAPS, where his duties included advising heads and governors of member schools, representing the sector on a number of Quangos and studies, being a director of the Independent Schools Examinations Board, and establishing, and then running, the IAPS Charitable Trust. Now retired, he is a trustee of several charities and works as a consultant on strategic matters and senior appointments for independent schools.
MR MARK GRACE, BSc (Hons), MRICS
Mark is an OKW and Chairs the Estates Committee looking after the extensive property holdings over the College and Buchan sites, as well as coordinating new developments and upgrade schemes. Mark is a Chartered Surveyor with some 30 years' experience and runs local estate agents and surveyors, Black Grace Cowley, as well as sitting on the Boards of a number of property funds and PLC's and the local radio station – Manx Radio. Mark is on the executive management team at The Manx Blind Welfare Society and is a founder trustee of the Oskars Dreams children's charity. In his spare time Mark is a former Island junior squash champion and keen golfer. He lives in St John's with his wife Rachel, who runs an art gallery in Douglas, and two sons Jack and Nathan, who both attended KWC.
MR PAUL HARWOOD, BSc (Hons), FIA
Paul is a graduate of City University and is an actuary and chartered director, who has held a number of positions in international financial services for Isle of Man companies. He is a Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Paul lives in Ballasalla with his wife Paula and their three children, all of whom attended the Buchan and King William's College.
MRS ELAINE HIGGINS, BSc, ACA
Elaine has been a Governor and Trustee of the School for 20 years and chaired the Education Committee until very recently. She also chairs the Investment Committee. Elaine is a graduate of UMIST in Management Sciences and a Chartered Accountant and has worked in the fiduciary services industry for over 30 years. She is currently the Group Risk Director and Company Secretary for First Names Group. She is a Certificand of the Institute of Risk Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce, and is involved in a family business, which commissioned and runs a hydro power installation at Roach Bridge Mill near Preston. Most importantly, she is a former pupil (full Scholar), as are her children and many other members of her family, and wishes to give something back in return for the excellent education she received free of charge all those years ago.
DR LYNNE HULME, LRCP, MRCS
Lynne is a retired GP of 40 years with extensive experience of general practice, GP commissioning and primary care trust management and liaising with local hospital trusts. She is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Licentiate Royal College of Physicians. Lynne has experience in both the private and public sector and in executive and non executive director roles. She is a Non Executive Director on health authority, primary care trust and hospital boards and is currently Chair of Governors at Moreton Hall School, Oswestry, and a director of a Manx charity. Lynne is married with two children and her hobbies, following her retirement, are travel, she worked as medic on the Transiberian and Llasa - Bejing railway, golf and tennis.
MISS SAMANTHA LEAHY, LLB, Dip LP
Sammy Leahy has been a Governor since 2009 and is Chair of the Development Committee. She attended The Buchan School and then King William's College for the Sixth Form. Sammy is a qualified lawyer and also qualified as an Australian (NSW) Solicitor and Barrister in 1999, when she worked in Australia for five years for law firms Minter Ellison and Clayton Utz. Sammy runs her own consultancy, Essjayelle Limited, specialising in general counsel services to clients needing the services of an 'in-house' lawyer, but without the additional headcount. She is a Non-executive Director of MannVend in the Island. She also runs her own equestrian business, Equissential, which includes, amongst other services, bespoke saddlery and leatherwork. Sammy is a keen horse rider and also enjoys hockey, tennis and walking.
MR ROGER RAATGEVER, BCom, BAcc (Hons), ACA, CA(SA)
Roger was schooled at Glenwood and Michaelhouse in South Africa and graduated from the University of Natal with majors in Marketing and Economics. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he occupied senior positions in franchising and merchant banking. Roger then joined Microgaming and established their headquarters in the Isle of Man, where he has lived with his wife Bronwen since 2001. As the longest-serving CEO in the online gaming industry, Roger presides over a global talent pool of more than 2,500 people. He also leads a team of over 180 in the Island. An accomplished water-polo, squash and rugby player in his youth, and now a keen cyclist and triathlete, Roger represented the Isle of Man in its triathlon team at the 2013 Island Games in Bermuda. His children Lauren, Christopher and James attend King William's College.
I loved King William’s College from the start. I made up my mind within an hour of our time there that I wanted my son to attend. You have to come to College to understand what makes it stand out from the rest. It is a place of genuinely caring and friendly people. Another aspect of College we love is its vast international community. Our son has made some great friends and as a result has come to appreciate and respect other cultures and traditions. Our son loves College. He loves the independence to make choices, the easy access he has to his tutors, the opportunity to make his own mistakes and learn from them, but most of all, he loves the fact that expert assistance is always a breath away.U5 Overseas Parent