Who's Who

Governor Profiles

Mr Nigel Challis, CEng BEng MIStructE is a member of the Buildings, Grounds and Sports committee. He is a director with Andrew Waring Associates, Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers. His interests include windmills, walking in the New Forest and circuit racing historic 1930’s cars and motorcycles.

Mr Mark Chaloner, MA (Cantab), Barrister-at-Law is a family law barrister. He is also an elected member of Southampton City Council representing the Shirley Ward in Southampton and is a Finance Cabinet Member.

Mrs Mary Chant is Chair of the Education and Welfare Committee and a member of the Stroud and Finance Committees. Mary is a Solicitor and Commercial Director with Benefex Limited, a company which develops and provides technology to employers bringing together employee benefits software, reward and recognition technology, and workplace communications. Mary was a solicitor in private practice for over thirty years, and has been a partner in two law firms. Mary's legal work has predominately involved advising on and preparing contracts and terms of business, as well as identifying clients’ regulatory risks and providing commercial and procedural solutions to achieve compliance, particularly in the fields of data protection, consumer protection, unfair contract terms, sales promotions and competition. She has also advised many clients on the buying and selling of businesses and companies. Mary was previously a Governor of Bournemouth University for ten years. Her interests include singing and sport. She is married and has one daughter, who attends King Edward’s.

Mr Tony Connell, BSc is a member of the Finance Committee. He attended the University of Warwick studying Computing and Business and is also an Old Edwardian having attended the school between 1988 and 1993. A Chief Product Officer at M:QUBE a new digital mortgage platform, Tony has extensive experience in delivering consumer and business-focused products and services, especially those leveraging technology, data, analytics and digital approaches. Prior to his current role he held senior leadership roles at Visa and Experian in addition to advisory roles with organisations like Royal Mail and also a range of start up businesses.

Reverend Jon Finch is the leader at Saint Mary’s Church, Southampton and is an ex-officio governor of the School. Jon has been involved with Church leadership for 10 years and was previously a professional musician. He is married to Hannah.

Mr Brian E Gay, BA, OE.  was himself educated at King Edward’s and then went on to King’s College London. He retired in 1998 after a career in the electronics industry with his last post being that of Managing Director for a medium sized plc. He became a School Governor in 1996 and was Chair from September 2001 until November 2017. Brian is married with two sons, the elder of whom attended KES and has two grandchildren who currently attend Stroud. Brian’s interests include motor boating, gardening and tennis. 

Mr Julian J Gray is Chair of the Finance Committee and is Senior Partner at PWC, Southampton. He has worked with a wide range of businesses and his experience spans listed, private equity and owner managed businesses. He has a wealth of experience in the retail & leisure, defence and technology sectors. Julian was a pupil at both Stroud and King Edwards and graduated in economics at Exeter University. He is married with three children, two of whom attend Stroud School.

Ms Amanda Holden is a member of the Buildings, Grounds and Sports committee. She works for a global management consultancy firm as part of their management leadership team, running their internal operations, business administration and facilities management functions. Amanda has two sons who are actively involved in many sports, following in their mother’s footsteps as she played competitive tennis as a junior. Her eldest son has been selected for U13’s Hampshire County squad so she spends quite a lot of time visiting cricket grounds across the country! A keen amateur photographer, interior designer and loves to connect people.

Mr Alun Jones is a member of the Education and Welfare committee. A former Principal of Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and St Gabriel’s, Newbury, Alun retired in 2020 after 20 years of Headship. As a leader, musician and educationalist, Alun has enjoyed undertaking National and International facing roles which included a term as Chair of Inspections (GSA) and Trustee to the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI); Alun was elected President of the Girls Schools’ Association (GSA) in 2015-16. Alun has served as a Governor and Trustee on a number of Independent and Maintained School Boards and Chaired the Heads Appointment Panel for a West Berkshire School. Alun is delighted to serve as a Governor to King Edward VI School, Southampton, from September 2020. During a portfolio career as a musician, Alun began his career in education as Director of Vocal Studies at The Cathedral School, Llandaff, Cardiff, and the United World College of the Atlantic. Following positions as a Music Master & Choirmaster, Director of Studies and Deputy Headmaster, Alun was appointed Principal at St Gabriel’s, Newbury, Berkshire, in 2001 where he remained for 15 years before being asked to lead Chetham’s, the world renowned, and UKs foremost, specialist school of music attracting talented young musicians from all over the world.  Alun now looks forward to a period of consultancy for schools. He has been appointed Director of Foundation and International Education Development for a major girls’ boarding school in the UK, a role he will enjoy whilst supporting school leaders as a consultant and inspector.

Miss Penelope Kirk B.Ed, Cert.Ed is a member of the Education and Welfare Committee. She is also the Compliance and Sustainability Governor on the Board. She recently retired as Headmistress of Prince’s Mead School and has been involved in education for the past thirty-eight years, twenty-five of these as a Head. She is a former Vice Chairman of IAPS and former IAPS Representative on the Board of Directors at ISI. Penelope is a Team Inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) with whom she has worked since 2000, latterly as an Overseas Team Inspector. She is at present the Education Advisor to The Banda School, Nairobi. She is a former Governor of Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury and Sunninghill Prep School, Dorchester. She now works as an Independent Education Consultant and Mentor, both in the UK and overseas. She is an avid traveller and photographer and enjoys combining her love of travel with her passion for education. She lives in Winchester and can often be found indulging her passion for fly fishing on the banks of the River Itchen and River Test.

Mr Adam Knibb, BSc (Hons), BArch, ARB, RIBA is a member of the Buildings, Grounds and Sports committee. Adam undertook his education at the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff) before completing his RIBA Part 3 qualification at Oxford Brookes University. Adam worked at a number of high profile and multi-disciplined companies before setting up his own practice in 2011 (Adam Knibb Architects). The practice specialises in one-off modern contemporary private residential houses, developer scheme and small commercial projects working across the South of England and in France / Switzerland. During this time the studio has received numerous Awards for their design and projects with Adam selected on the shortlist for Young Architect of the Year. Along with being a Director, he is also the current Vice-chair of the Hampshire RIBA branch. Besides this Adam is a keen sportsman. Passions are in rugby having played at University level, along with an extensive sailing CV notably being included the youth GB squad for Laser dinghies and a key member of the senior GB yacht Team, winning the Commodores Cup in 2008. He is married and has two daughters currently at Stroud School.

Mrs Sara J Mancey is a member of the Stroud Committee. Sara is co-owner and director of Paultons Family Theme Park and a former parent of both Stroud and King Edward’s. She brings entrepreneurial experience and is particularly involved with the HR and administration function of the Company. Sara is married to Richard and they have three children.

Cllr Keith Mans is a former RAF pilot who spent 10 years working for the John Lewis Partnership after leaving the RAF and before he was elected MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987. Whilst in Parliament, Keith was PPS to the Secretary of State for Health as well as being a member of both the Defence and the Environment Select Committees. After leaving Parliament in 1997, Keith was CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society until his retirement in 2009. Keith is County Councillor for Brockenhurst Division and Leader of Hampshire County Council.

Dr Jane E Mitchell, MA (Cantab) MBBS, DRCOG, DCH. is a member of the Education and Welfare Committee. She has worked as a GP in Alresford, Mid-Hampshire since 1990. Originally from London, Jane is a graduate of Cambridge University (Girton) and Guy’s Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s College London). Jane’s interests in General Practice include practical procedures, dermatology and survival/resilience strategies. Jane is married to John, who is a solicitor, and they have three children all of whom attended KES. Away from work Jane enjoys family holidays, tennis, gardening, DIY, The Archers and reading, especially science journals and books.

Mr Alan J Morgan, MA (Oxon), FCA, ATII. is Chair of Governors  and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. He spent most of his career as a Partner with Chartered Accountants Deloitte, becoming the Senior Partner of their Southampton office before retiring in May 2008. Alan is married with two sons who have both attended the School. His passions include music and rugby.

Mrs Caryn Musker, Chartered MCIPD  is Chair of the Stroud committee, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has run her own independent executive recruitment consultancy, Ashton Gray Executive Recruitment Limited, since 2004. She previously held senior HR roles with Grant Thornton in Southampton and London. She has been a Trustee of children’s charity The Brainwave Centre since 2013 and was previously Chairman of the Solent Committee for youth charity Fairbridge, and a volunteer Gamesmaker at the London 2012 Olympics. She is married with a son, who attended KES, and a daughter.

Mrs Harriet Nicholson, MA (Oxon), MSc is a member of the Marketing Committee. An Old Edwardian herself, Harriet left King Edwards in 2005 to study History at Oxford University followed by Management at Southampton University. A senior communications planner, Harriet has crafted and delivered marketing strategies and activations for multiple blue organisations within UK, EMEA and emerging markets. She is currently a strategic lead at a global integrated marketing agency, working with brands such as Activision, B&Q and Barcardi. Harriet is married with one pre-school aged child.

Mr Will Oscroft BSc is a member of the Stroud committee. He is a graduate of the European Business School and his career has focused on international brand management, marketing and sports sponsorship. Will worked for WPP agencies for several years, he was a Board Member at Lexis PR and more recently he advised the leadership of Dubai. He is a keen amateur sportsman and plays tennis for Kingsgate LTC and cricket for the Bradfield Waifs Cricket Club. Will is married with four children, two of whom attended Stroud.

Mr Ian Rudland is Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of the Buildings, Grounds and Sports Committee and the Health and Safety Governor. He joined Vail Williams, chartered surveyors, in 1979 working throughout the business and was elected as CEO in 1999. Ian led the business through significant growth before retiring from the role in 2015. Ian’s professional interests and studies include the impact of emotional intelligence within modern business. Within this field he is a published author and visiting lecturer at Reading University. He is also the founder of a learning and development programme for senior real estate executives and business managers. The programme aims to develop and encourage breakthrough ideas, strategic thinking and entrepreneurial behaviour within the corporate real estate function. Outside work Ian is a keen rugby supporter and sailor. He is leading a syndicate working with renowned British yachtsman Steve White in an attempt to break the World ‘Westabout’ sailing Record for the solo circumnavigation of the world.

Mrs Wendy P Swinn BDS. LDS. RCS. is a member of the Stroud Committee. Having qualified initially as a Dental Therapist, Wendy worked in the Community Dental Service where she became Co-ordinator for Dental Health Education. She then trained and graduated from the University of Wales as a Dental Surgeon in 1987. Since then Wendy has worked in hospital services, NHS Practice, industry and is currently working as a partner in Private Practice. Wendy enjoys swimming, walking, cycling and music. She is married with two adult children, both of whom have attended Stroud and King Edwards.

Dr Alan L Thomas, MA, PhD (Cantab), CBiol, MRSB is a member of the Education & Welfare Committee. He was born in Newport in South Wales and attended St Julian’s High School. He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge where he later also did a PhD. He completed several years of post-doctoral research in Fetal and Neonatal physiology before he moved to the University of Southampton in 1977 to work as a Biochemist. At Southampton he has continued his research and also taught on both the Sciences and Medical courses. At various times he has been Assistant Dean of Sciences, Assistant Dean of Medicine and has been responsible for admissions for science and medicine. Alan enjoys travelling and reading.

Mrs Jess Wadsworth is a member of the Stroud Committee. Having graduated from Bristol University with a degree in French and Philosophy, Jess joined the Metropolitan Police Service, and enjoyed a twenty year career there. She served in varied disciplines and locations as a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) countering high level corruption, running a homicide investigation team, leading the Met's Intelligence Bureau and working within the Commissioner's Private Office. She transferred to Hampshire Constabulary as their Director of Intelligence in 2013 and became Head of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit for the last four years of her career. She now has her own consulting company. Jess is married with three children, all past or present pupils of KES and Stroud.