MR NIGEL WOOD ACA, TEP
Nigel Wood has been the Chair of Governors since 2009 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.
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 defence 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 focussing on West Africa & South-east Asia and Strategic Adviser to Green Park Worldwide, a London management consultancy/senior training company focussing on Nigeria. He is also a Trustee of the Orang-utan Foundation UK; Trustee of Langham Dome, a World War II anti-aircraft training building and tourist attraction, Norfolk and Vice-Chairman 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.
MR STEVE BILLINGHURST BA, 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 MARK GRACE BSC, 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, 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.
MISS SAMANTHA LEAHY LLB, DIP LP
Sammy Leahy has been a Governor since 2009 and is Chairman 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 training a keen horse rider and also enjoys hockey, tennis and walking.
MR PETER CLUCAS BA, BSC
Peter Clucas was appointed as a Governor on the 1st September 2014 and is the current President of the King William's College Society. Peter is a member of the Development Committee and Education Committee. He attended King William's College (School House) and is a qualified practising Isle of Man Advocate with Cains Advocates, where he heads their Litigation Division. Peter also holds a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and is a member of the International Compliance Association. Peter is a Non-Executive Director with the Isle of Man based CMI Group, which provides life assurance, financial and corporate services. Peter represented the Isle of Man for a number of years for hockey and still enjoys running and skiing. He is married to Cathy and has two step-daughters, the elder of whom attended King William's College.
MR ALWYN COLLISTER
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 Chairman 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 Chairman 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.
DR WALTER HENLE LLM (NYU)
Walter Henle grew up in Munich and went to school at the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium. He received his legal training at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. Two years after leaving university, he passed his bar exams and was admitted to the Munich Bar. During his time of clerkships, he also spent four months at the German Colombian Chamber of Commerce in Bogotá, Colombia. His doctorate dissertation was on European Anti-Trust Law and he graduated from New York University Law School with an LL.M. degree in 1986. He started his career in Frankfurt with US law firm Baker McKenzie in 1986 and made partner in 1992. During his time at Baker McKenzie, he spent one year at Baker's San Francisco office. He held several leading positions within the firm and opened Baker's Munich office in 1997. In 2005 Walter joined New York based US law firm Skadden Arps and retired from this firm in 2014. He is currently a partner at TaylorWessing, leading its Private Equity Group. Walter's practice is mainly focused on advising financial or foreign investors in buying companies in Germany. Walter is married to Martina and has five children, three of whom attended King William's College for the IB programme. Walter is a strong believer in international education as the best way to prepare children for an increasingly globalised world. Walter enjoys downhill skiing, mountaineering, road biking and most recently golf. He has climbed Mont Blanc (4805m) and Cotopaxi in Ecuador (5897m).
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.
MR ROGER RAATGEVER 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.
THE RT. REVD ROBERT PATERSON MA*
The Bishop of Sodor & Man
Robert Paterson studied Theology and English at Durham University, where he was Van Mildert Scholar. He was ordained in Manchester and served for 33 years in Wales, as a parish priest and as Principal Officer of the Council for Mission & Ministry. In 2006 he became Chaplain to the Archbishop of York. From 2002 to 2009 Robert chaired the steering group of an international task group Theological Education for the Anglican Communion and he is author and editor of a number of books on preaching, worship and mission. He has been Bishop of Sodor and Man since 2008 and is a member of or chairs several national church bodies. As Lord Bishop he sits in Tynwald Court. Robert is married to Pauline and they have three children and one grandson. He used to row and cycle and enjoys walking, music, fixing clocks and the theatre.
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.
MR SAM ALDER BA, FCA*
Sam Alder has been a Trustee of King William's College since 1985 and was Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1997 to 2010. Sam was born in the Isle of Man, was educated at King William's College and then went to Durham University where he studied Economics and Politics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Whinney Murray (now Ernst & Young). In 1971 he joined E.G. Management as their Finance Director and went on to turn the company into a successful music publishing and artist management company. Through offices in New York and London the company managed rock bands such as King Crimson, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Emerson Lake and Palmer and T.Rex. Sam has been Chairman of the Villiers Group, Non-Executive Director of the Sefton Hotel, Chairman of the Isle of Man Creamery, the Isle of Man Arts Council and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Charity, having worked with them for over 30 years. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts for philanthropy and services to music. Sam recently retired as Chairman of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools. Sam is married to Helen and their two children also went to the Buchan and King William's College.
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.
MR MICHAEL HOY MBE, MA*
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.
Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.Past Parent of two 6th Form Students