Governing Body

Governing Body

"I ordaine that both the Schooles respectively be forever ruled and Governed by twelve Governours, … And that these and those who shall succeede them doe from tyme to tyme elect & Constitute the Schoolemasters respectively and remove and expel them as there shalbee cause, See the Ordinancs of the Schooles duely kept and observed, receive the Anuall Rents, pay the Schoolemasters, and doe all other matters and thinges That shall or may concerne the welfare and prosperitie of the said Schooles forever… "
Founder of Chigwell School, Archbishop Samuel Harsnett (Foundation Ordinances 1629)

Harsnett was clearly someone of considerable foresight, and took measures to establish good governance for Chigwell School from the very outset.   While we are living in different times, the Governing Body continues its endeavour to create the environment in which the values embodied in his Ordinances will flourish.  Though speaking of students as cultivating ‘budds of vertue’ seems quaint nowadays, the contemporary world demands education which not only informs the mind, but develops the individual’s character, the capacity to be adaptable and to maintain positive relationships, described by Harsnett as ‘gentlenes and Ingenuity’.
 
While the values have remained consistent, the duties of the Governing Body, the Trustees of the Charity, have developed in ways the founder could not have imagined.  The Governors of Chigwell School are responsible for the effective oversight to ensure that the school achieves its aims. They have ultimate responsibility for educational standards, financial planning and the ongoing investment in staff, accommodation and resources.   The Governing Body is also responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, including the annual review of safeguarding and child protection arrangements.   In order to exercise this role effectively, the Governing Body invests considerable time and expertise to acquire an informed perspective into the working of the school, providing the management team with support, challenge and the stimulus for growth and development.


Susie Aliker is Chair of the Governing Body.  Work is also undertaken in several committees, whose chairs are as follows:

Urgency and Nominations: Susie Aliker
Finance and Property : Nick Garnish
Education and Staffing: Dr Graham Dixon
Audit: Sir Richard Dales
Trust: Dr Graham Dixon
Remuneration: Martin Higgins
  


CHAIR:
Mrs Susie Aliker BA, MBA, ACMA
 
Susie is a corporate finance professional with senior level experience, mainly in the financial services sector.  Currently, CFO and Company Secretary of BACB plc which is a UK regulated bank which specialises in facilitating trade flows between Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, Susie was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and held several roles including global chief operating officer and head of new business responsible for new products and new markets.  Susie left Credit Suisse in 2012 to co-found a business focusing on the delivery of innovative financial services products in the healthcare area.
 
Susie has a BA in Economics and an MBA, and is a qualified accountant. All four of her children have attended Chigwell School.  Susie has also held other non-executive positions in the education area, including as an NED of Young Enterprise (London); she currently sits on the Board of SOAS, University of London.​


VICE-CHAIR:
Mr David Morriss BSc, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP

David Morriss graduated in Electrical Engineering from Manchester University in 1964.  After a short period with London Transport he joined IBM UK, where he held several senior management appointments and directorships in the UK and internationally.  After retiring as a director of IBM UK Holdings Ltd. in 1997, he has subsequently pursued a career as a director, trustee and consultant in the corporate, public and not- for-profit sectors.   He was Chairman of Waterfields Ltd., Kingston Call Centres Ltd and is Chairman of Concurrent Technology Ltd.   He is Vice-Chair of Governors at Chigwell School and a trustee of AbilityNet.
 
He has been Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and President of the British Computer Society.  He has held several public appointments, including General Commissioner for Income Tax.

Mr Robin Howard MA
 
Robin Howard is a Barrister, specialising in commercial, employment, personal injury and property law.

Mr John Cullis MBE, BA, MSc (Econ)             
 
John worked in both independent and state Primary Schools for over forty years.   For thirty years he was a Headteacher in East London, opening two new schools.  Secondment to the Waltham Forest as Manager of Curriculum Support Services gave him broad experience.  As Interim Headteacher in Saffron Walden, he worked to improve two failing schools.  As a Professional Tutor and a Schools' Training Adviser, he has trained graduates for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).
 
John studied Westminster College, Oxford, also achieving BA and MSc degrees from the University of London, together with diplomas in Physical Education and Social Studies.
 
John was awarded an MBE in October 1994 for Services to Education.  His direct connection to Chigwell School is through his son, who was educated here.

Sir Richard Dales K.C.V.O., C.M.G., M.A

Sir Richard is a former member of HM Diplomatic Service and was High Commissioner in Zimbabwe, Director (Africa and the Commonwealth) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ambassador to Norway.  He was also seconded as FCO Chairman of Civil Service Selection Boards choosing Fast Stream appointees.
 
He was educated at Chigwell (1950-61) and St Catharine's College Cambridge, where he took an MA in Modern Languages.  In retirement, he has been a member of the Governing Council of the University of East Anglia, Chairman of International Alert (an international NGO  working on peacebuilding and conflict resolution), and trustee of several trusts and charities local to his home in Suffolk.  Richard was brought up at the School; his father taught languages, was Housemaster of Hainault and was also Second Master.

Mr Richard Youdale MA
 
Richard Youdale spent his entire career in education, having graduated from Cambridge in Modern, Mediaeval and Classical Languages and gained his teaching qualification at Bristol University.   His first posts were at The Perse School, Cambridge and Bradfield College.  He headed the classics department at Christ's Hospital for six years, and then became deputy head of King's Rochester.  From there he moved back to East Anglia to take up the headship of King's Ely, retiring in 2004.  During his headship, Richard inspected some twenty HMC schools and was chair of AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students).
 
While in Ely, Richard and his wife Jane established Alpha Plus, an organisation which now provides guardianship for international pupils in fifty or more schools.  His particular interest at Chigwell is the boarding community.

The Reverend Geoffrey Smith AKC

Geoffrey Smith is Rector, St John’s Church, Loughton and serves as a Justice of the Peace.  He trained for the priesthood at St Augustine’s College, Canterbury.

Dr Tony Pruss BSc, PhD, MBBS, LRCP, MRCS, AFOM
 
Dr Anthony Pruss is a retired physician whose career was spent as a General Practitioner in Ilford; for 35 years he was Forensic Medical Examiner for the Metropolitan Police in north east London.  In the latter role, he gained expertise concerning offences against children; this informs his role as Governor responsible for pupil safeguarding.
 
His son Timothy was tragically killed in a train accident aged 18, and he subsequently trained as a Bereavement Counsellor, volunteering at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  He is also governor at a Comprehensive Academy School in Lymington, Hampshire.
 
His interests are sailing, classical music and Opera, military history and golf.  He is an active Rotarian and supports a school in Southern India named after his late son Timothy.  Along with his two sons and brother, he is an Old Chigwellian.

Mr Nick Garnish  BSc, MBA, CMgr, FCMI, Chartered MCSI
 
Nick Garnish has held a number of senior City appointments. Currently he is the Head of Treasury, Europe, Asia & Australia at CIBC, based in London. Previously he was the Global COO for Collateral and Liquidity Management at LCH Clearnet and was Managing Director, Treasurer and Global Head of Foreign Exchange at Jefferies International.
 
Nick studied Applied Economics and holds an MBA with Distinction.  He is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, as well as a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.
 
He was a Governor at Churchfields Junior School in Redbridge for ten years. Nick is an Old Chigwellian, and Past President of the Old Chigwellians' Association, as well as a trustee of Old Chigwellian Lodge Benevolent Fund. Both of his daughters have studied at Chigwell.

​​Mr Martin Higgins

As a Director of Higgins Group PLC, Martin particularly interested in residential property development, having worked for the company for over thirty years.  As a Governor of West Hatch High School for sixteen years, Martin served as Chair of the Admissions Committee.
 
Martin was a member of the capital fundraising committee for the new Drama Hall at Chigwell School.  Granted the Freedom of the City of London in 1986, Martin is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers.
 
His charitable interests include supporting Jubilee Lodge, Chigwell, which provides respite care, together with fundraising for Community Services Volunteers (CSV).   Martin’s interests include antiques, cooking, travelling and watching sport.  Two of his children attended Chigwell School.

Mr Andrew Howat

Andrew Howat is MD and Head of Collateral and Liquidity Management at LCH Clearnet Group.   Previously, he held senior treasury and interest rate trading roles at HSBC, Credit Lyonnais, Daiwa Securities and Refco.

Dr Graham Dixon MA, BMus, PhD, MBA, BMus, ARAM, FRCO, FTCL, FRSA, FRAS
 
Currently Managing Editor of BBC Radio 3, Graham studied musicology and performance at the Royal Academy of Music and Durham University, completing a PhD in early Italian music and publishing widely in academic journals.  Following a research position at Liverpool University, he worked as producer and subsequently programme editor at BBC radio.   He has chaired the Music Committee of the European Broadcasting Union, and advised many European broadcasters on strategy.
 
In 2001 Graham gained an MBA with distinction, researching digital media.   Recently, Graham completed an MA in Buddhist Studies, concentrating on the earliest transmission of the teachings in ancient India. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Graham is trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Society. His son, Nicholas, left Chigwell to read history at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

​​Mrs Emma Brett ACA
 
Emma Brett qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, while working for the accountancy practice H W Fisher.   She subsequently moved to Smith & Williamson, working there for fifteen years progressing to director level in the Assurance and Business Services department.   Her specialist areas include external and internal audit, due diligence, reporting accountant for listings, business plan validation as well as investigative and special assignments.  Her clients included a wide range of charitable entities including independent schools.   She also played an active role in the training of students, and served as Chair of the training committee.
 
Emma has always lived locally to Chigwell School. She attended school at West Hatch High School in Chigwell before going to study accountancy at London Metropolitan University.  She is also a member of an audit committee of a local Housing Association.

Mrs Jenny Gwinn BSc, CertEd
 
A specialist in teaching maths and physical education, Jenny Gwinn has recently retired as Head of Chigwell Junior School.  Previously, she taught at Wycombe Abbey before moving to Wellingborough school as Deputy Head.
 
Jenny gained her teaching qualification at Bedford College of Physical Education, and her degree in maths and education at the Open University.  Jenny has been strongly involved in community work, notably for Northants County Council Adoption Panel; as coordinator for Parent to Parent Information on Adoption Services, and her Parochial Church Council.
 
Currently, she acts as Head’s Mentor for IAPS and serves on appeals and exclusion panels for Havering.  Jenny is also treasurer for The Havering-atte-Bower Conservation Society and undertakes voluntary work for St Francis Hospice.  She has addressed the Child and Adolescent Learning Disability Psychiatric Network’s Conference on Adoption and Fostering: Challenges and Opportunities.

Mrs Isobel Peck BA (Hons)

Isobel is a marketing professional with over 20 years experience in the media sector, specifically publishing, exhibitions, conferences & training.  Having worked for Informa plc since 1991 in various marketing roles, Isobel is currently responsible for creating and implementing key strategic initiatives focused around increasing customer engagement and developing compelling value propositions to drive revenue and growth.  Her key specialisms include strategic business development, database and direct marketing, systems creation and implementation, training, customer profiling and segmentation, digital marketing, brand development, communication and analysis.
 
Isobel was educated at King’s College London and has a BA (Hons) in French & German.  Both her children are current pupils at Chigwell School 

Mr Greville Norman BSc (Econ), CPFA, ACIS
 

 
In 2007 he visited the ashram associated with the school in South India and later that year became a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Bede Griffiths Charitable Trust through which the School and others support the ashram's social projects.   He was appointed as Clerk to the Governors and Company Secretary of the School in 2009, and is a non-Governor member of the Audit and Trust Committees.