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Port Regis is governed by a Board of Governors, entitled the Council of Management, whose prime responsibility is to ensure that the School provides the best education for its children. It also has a duty to protect its property and maintain its effectiveness as a charity.

The Council of Management comprises a group of people who voluntarily contribute on a collective basis a varied and differing range of experiences applicable to the functions of the school. The Council seeks to achieve a balanced membership by drawing its Governors from academic, business and pastoral care backgrounds as well as differing age and gender profiles.

The full Council meets once a term although much of its work is carried out through committees which meet on a regular basis and report to the Council. The AGM precedes the Lent meeting. The Council sees its main objective as delineating a clear strategy and direction for the school and ensuring that the Governors and Headmaster share a common leadership agenda.  Furthermore, it expects to supply the Headmaster with support to implement the agreed strategy. The Council is responsible for the discharge of its responsibilities to the pupils, parents and staff.

The Council receive reports from the Headmaster, Bursar and Chairmen of the committees covering a range of activities which include, but are not limited to, such matters as staff appointments and departures, academic, finance, property, pastoral and medical care, sport, scholarships and awards,  class sizes, community links and public benefit.

Communication in the first instance should always be through the Headmaster although an avenue of contact to the Governors is always open through the Chairman, Mr Oliver Hawkins, and letters can be addressed to him via the School Office. 

The Committees of the Council of Management

The Education Committee

The Education Committee oversees educational policy at Port Regis with particular emphasis on academic standards, policies and planning, and educational resources. It offers advice and expertise to the Headmaster and the Director of Studies. It reports formally to the full governing body.

The Education Committee meets once a year for a full day, usually in September. Members of the committee receive detailed reports before the meeting from every academic department. They listen to two or three presentations from selected departments, meet Heads of Department at lunch and discuss with the Headmaster and the Director of Studies relevant academic issues.

The Committee comprises of:

  • Hugh Cocke (Chairman of Education Committee from November 2016)
  • Kate Cayley
  • Craig Considine
  • Bettina Oppenheim
  • Chairman of Governors ex officio
  • Headmaster ex officio
  • Deputy Head 

The Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP)

In addition to occasional ad hoc meetings, the F&GP meets once a term and considers in detail papers prepared by the Headmaster and Bursar respectively projecting, over various time scales, pupil numbers, income and expenditure, and cash flow, and subsequently reviews the school’s actual performance against those projections. The F&GP also considers recommendations and proposals for salaries, debt recovery, and capital expenditure projects, as well as oversees property issues and certain regulatory matters, such as Health and Safety, Charity law and Company law, where these impinge upon the school. The F&GP meets the auditor and reviews the draft annual accounts, and is able to spend more time and to go into greater detail on financial matters, than is available to the full Board of Governors. The minutes of the F&GP meetings are put before the Governors and represent recommendations to that body.

The Committee comprises of:

  • Gavin White (Chairman)
  • Mark Aichroth
  • Stephen Edlmann
  • Chris Holloway
  • Claire Macdonald
  • Oliver Hawkins
  • Headmaster, the Bursar, the Clerk to the Governors and professional advisers in attendance.

The Governance and Nominations Committee

The main responsibility of the Committee is to ensure that the Council performs with maximum effectiveness to achieve the objectives of the School.

It deals with matters such as:

  • the composition of the Council,
  • succession planning for Council members and Chairman of Governors,
  • the support and development of Governors
  • the planning and implementation of a procedure for the recruitment of Headmaster and Bursar as and when required
  • annual review of the Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • annual review of the terms and reference of the Council and other Committees
  • fulfilling the Council’s statutory obligations with regard to school policies in the areas of: health and safety, child protection, Community links and public benefit and SORP 2005 - risk management control
  • ensuring an effective working relationship exists between the Council and the Leadership Team

The Committee comprises of:

  • Mark Aichroth (Chairman)
  • Anthony Cumine
  • Willie Gething
  • Oliver Hawkins
  • Claire Macdonald
  • Gavin White
  • Judy Williamson
  • Headmaster, the Bursar, the Clerk to the Governors and professional advisers in attendance.

The Pastoral Care Committee 

The Pastoral Care Committee is responsible for overseeing pastoral care policy at Port Regis with particular emphasis on the care and well-being of the pupils, the school’s ethos and values, and the opportunities for moral, spiritual, social and cultural development.  It offers advice and expertise to the Headmaster and key pastoral staff.  It reports formally to the Council of Management.

The Committee comprises of:

  • Judy Williamson (Chairman)
  • Claire Macdonald
  • Kate Cayley
  • Oliver Hawkins
  • Headmaster in attendance.
O T W Hawkins Esq MChem, Chairman of Governors

Oliver read Chemistry at Magdalen College, Oxford. He went on to complete NASA/SETI co-sponsored research posting at the NASA AMES research facility in California and published research on diode laser physics. He then worked as a consultant at Bain & Company in London and San Francisco, leaving Bain to help found Partners Capital, an investment advisory firm. After Partners Capital, Oliver worked at Rubicon Asset Management helping them launch their commodities business. Following Rubicon, he established Hawker Capital, a commodities investment firm with offices in London and Beijing. Here he was a Founding Partner and CIO of commodity investment. After selling part of the business to Morgan Stanley, Oliver now splits his time between advising the Wellcome Trust and being Chairman of Governors at Port Regis.

Oliver is married to Clare and they have three children at Port Regis.

M Aichroth Esq

Mark is currently a senior director at Nuada Medical. He is leading the company on a transformational strategy, where they develop surgery and diagnostic offerings in urology and gynaecology. 

Mark has held senior top level positions in three successful healthcare start-ups, along with experience in global leading healthcare companies. An experienced business development and operations healthcare executive with a unique background. Until recently, he was a managing partner and a founding director with Circle; an innovative and fast-growth company, operating in the private and NHS hospital sectors. Mark had an initial career background as part of a senior team leading operations and international development for two of the largest companies in healthcare; HCA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Initially, Mark served for 10 years as a Scottish Division infantry officer in a variety of operational roles. 

He is a trustee and former council member of the Independent Doctors Federation, and was for five years a non-executive director of Yeovil Foundation Trust Hospital.

Mark is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Lady Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley has worked at Marlborough College for over 25 years, during which time she has been a year group head for the Year 9 (Shell) - giving her an insight into the management of the transition from prep school. Other roles include leading a boarding house of 70 girls, aged 13-18, for 11 years. She is currently the Deputy Head (Pastoral) - a post she has held for the last ten years. 
 
Kate read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and continues to teach both History and “Form” - combined ethics and humanities. She came into teaching after a period of voluntary work in the North East of England, for a Christian organisation, and a stint in educational administration. 
She has two teenage sons, both of whom have been educated at prep schools and Marlborough College. 
Particular interests include music in schools, (both sons are percussionists!), theatre and cinema, and detective fiction. 
H D Cocke Esq

A member of I.A.P.S., Hugh Cocke spent his teaching career in Prep Schools including The Old Malthouse, Dorset and Cheam, Berkshire. After twenty one years of Headship at Old Buckenham Hall, Suffolk and Brambletye, West Sussex, he and his wife, Lucy, retired to the Isle of Purbeck in 2012. He is currently involved in consultancy work in PRC, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Hugh's interests include cricket, golf, hill walking and music. He was appointed a Governor in 2016 and is a member of the Education Committee.

C A Considine Esq MEd

Mr Craig Considine is currently Headmaster of Millfield School, Somerset. He is Chair of the Education Committee.

Mr Considine was previously Headmaster of Wanganui Collegiate School, New Zealand (2004-2008) a co-educational boarding and day school. Prior to this he held various posts in Australian Independent Schools including Geelong Grammar School (2001-2003) where he was Director Co-Curriculum, Scotch Oakburn College (1999-2000) and The Geelong College (1984-1999).  

Mr Considine was educated at Parade College, Victoria and has degrees from Charles Sturt University (MEd) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (B. Applied Science) and a teaching qualification from Melbourne University. He represented his country (Australia) in athletics at the Edmonton Commonwealth Games and played Australian Rules Football professionally. He is married to Penny and has five children.

A O Cumine Esq BSc, MBA

Anthony Cumine was educated at Dollar Academy, read Architectural Studies at Edinburgh University and has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

He was a project manager for the building of the new town of Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong. He has owned an indoor go-kart centre and a pub and now works for himself in property. Anthony lives in Wiltshire and is a former PR parent.

His daughter and son were at Port Regis in 1994-2000 and 1996-2002 respectively. He was appointed a Governor of Port Regis in 2005 and is a member of the Governance, Risk and Nominations  Committee.

S R Edlmann Esq MA

Stephen Edlmann is currently a partner with Ashurst LLP, a leading City of London law firm, having previously spent his working life at Linklaters LLP (in London and New York) where he was a partner for 24 years. He gained a law degree from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

He has previously been a Governor of a special needs school in Lambeth (London), Finton House Prep School (an independent prep school in South West London) and Sherborne School for Boys and is currently a Trustee of the Wells Cathedral Trust.

He is married with 4 sons, three of whom attended Port Regis (between 1988 and 2004) and the other having been educated in a series of special needs schools.

He was appointed a Governor at Port Regis in November 2012 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

W J Gething Esq

William co-founded Lennox Investment Management in 2007 to create an investment vehicle for High Net Worth Families to invest in the Prime Central London Residential market. Following the successful deployment of their first Fund, Lennox held the first closing of Fund II in February 2013.

Prior to 2007, William was the co-founder and Chairman of Property Vision, a leading advisory business in the London and Country prime residential markets. He oversaw the sale of the business to HSBC Private Bank in 2001 and moved to the Bank to be MD Real Estate Division from 2005-2007. He sat on The Board of HSBC Private Bank (UK) from 2001 to 2012.

William also sits on the Property Committee of Ilchester Estates, which is a significant property investor both in the UK and overseas and is a trustee to a number of private family trusts.

J Hamer Esq FCA

Jeremy Hamer was brought up in Surrey and went to Tonbridge School. His professional background blends an early career in financial services and then the food industry, with a more recent array of mergers, acquisitions, fundraising and turnaround experience, with a prime focus on the AIM market. He currently acts as a non-executive director across a portfolio of publicly quoted companies, as well as being an active Board level executive coach.

Jeremy moved to Dorset in time for the youngest two of his four daughters to be educated at Port Regis. He was appointed governor in 2016.

C J Holloway Esq BSc FRICS MBA Insead

Chris Holloway holds a degree in Land Economics from the College of Estate Management, London University. After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor with Jones Lang and Weatheralls in Brussells and Paris in the late sixties, and after taking an MBA at the Institut Européen d’Administration d’Affaires (Insead) at Fontainebleau in 1972, he set up the leading Parisian commercial property development company Capital & Continental.

He is Vice-President of the RICS in France, sits on the INSEAD Property Committee, and is Past President of the French Government-sponsored Observatoire Régionale de l’Immobilier d’Entreprise (ORIE).

His daughter was at Port Regis from 1990-1996 and he was appointed a Governor in 1995. He advises the School on matters relating to building development and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs Fiona Loveridge

Fiona read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St Anne's College, Oxford. She worked in management consultancy for Bain & Co, as well as for the public relations company Hill and Knowlton. Fiona is also the founder and Principal of Hawkesdown House, a boys preparatory school in Kensington.

Fiona moved to Somerset in 2001 and all her four children were educated at Port Regis.

Mrs C Macdonald

Claire Macdonald was educated at Roedean School. She lives near Shaftesbury and was a Port Regis parent for twelve years. Claire was Chair of the Mothers’ Committee which became Friends of Port Regis, and was on the Development Committee for the Farrington Music School.

Claire ran a children’s nursery business for fifteen years in Wiltshire and Dorset and she is on the Independent Monitoring Board of Guys Marsh Prison.

She became a Governor in 2005.

Ms B Oppenheim MA

Bettina Oppenheim is a teacher at Garden House School in London. She teaches Key Stage 2 and specialises in Religious Education, Numeracy and Literacy, having gained an MA in Religious Studies at Edinburgh University.

She enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, theatre and reading and joined the Governing Body in May 2014.

Brigadier James Stevenson MBE MA

James Stevenson was educated at the Dragon and Sherborne School followed by the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has since spent thirty five years in the British Army. He joined 1st Battalion The Royal Scots, later becoming its commanding officer, and subsequently spent five years as a member of the Council and Board of Trustees of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. James has completed a number of operational tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan and served in other capacities elsewhere around the world. He spent three years as head of the British Army’s School of Infantry delivering basic and mid-career training, and has considerable multinational experience from appointments in NATO.

James's interests include most sports, hill walking and current affairs. He was Chairman of Army Cricket for three years and played rugby for Edinburgh Academicals in the Scottish League and hockey for Dorset Schoolboys. Married to Katie, they have two sons at Port Regis. He was appointed a Governor in 2016.

G White Esq BA

Gavin White was brought up in Wiltshire and attended Sherborne School and Durham University, where he read Modern Languages.In 1991, he started his career at SG Warburg (later UBS) where he worked for 14 years, initially as an analyst in the European oil sector, before moving on to manage the European technology research team and then on to proprietary trading. From 2005-2013, he was a fund manager at Millennium Partners.

Now living in Somerset, he is married to Maymie and has educated all four of his children at Port Regis. He was appointed a Governor of Port Regis in 2014 and is Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs J Williamson

Judy was educated at Moreton Hall, Shropshire and after spending time in Europe went to the Bar School of Law, qualified as a Barrister and worked as an Investment Banker in London until the birth of her second child.

She lives in Semley and her three children were all educated at Port Regis and at Marlborough College. She has been a MFH and DC of the S&W Wilts Pony Club and Chairman of the local Conservatives and is currently a magistrate and about to be Chairman of the S&W Wilts Hunt. She is also involved in other charitable fund-raising. She is particularly interested in sport, music and theatre and is well-travelled.

Judy is the governor responsible for child protection and safeguarding within the school.


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