Council Members

MR NICK BAIRD


CHAIR OF COUNCIL

Nick is a former Ambassador, business leader and charity chair. He has extensive government experience, where his roles included CEO of UK Trade and Investment and British Ambassador to Turkey. He was a member of the boards of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

In the business sphere, he has been Group Corporate Affairs Director for Centrica plc and a Non-Executive Director of Nord Anglia Education Inc.

He is Chair of the charity, Carers UK, and a member of the Development Committee of the Prince’s Teaching Institute (part of the Prince’s Trust). He has also been a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a member of the Advisory Council of Sheffield University School of Management.

Educated at Dulwich College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Nick has an MA in English Literature.

Nick was elected to Council in 2020. As well as being Chair, he is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee, the Land and Buildings Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Education Committee.
 

MRS MERRYL WEBSTER

VICE CHAIR AND IT 'LINK' COUNCIL MEMBER

Merryl is a business woman with 30 years’ experience in growing and running a software business exporting to around 96 countries worldwide.  She holds directorships in a number of companies. Additionally, Merryl is a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the Hallé Concerts Society.

Merryl read Agricultural Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University, and is a former pupil of College. She was elected to Council in 2019. In addition to being Vice Chair of Council and Council IT Link, Merryl is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Land and Buildings Committee, and the Education Committee.

 

Mr Jonathan Briant

Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is an investor and non-executive director and has held a number of senior business positions in the UK and abroad.

Jonathan holds a degree from City University. He was elected to Council in 2018 and is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee. Jonathan is a former parent.

 

Mrs Sue Cattermole

CHAIR OF AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE

Sue is a Chartered Accountant and having worked in the profession for a number of years, has subsequently gained nearly 20 years’ experience of working in charitable and educational organisations. A former pupil, she has served as Vice Chairman of Guild since 2016.

Sue read Classics at University College London. Elected to Council in 2021, she is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Sue is also a former parent.

 

Ms Tanvi Davda

Tanvi is the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Saranac Partners, a boutique private office focused on serving the needs of ultra high net worth individuals and families.

Tanvi has over 25 years’ experience in financial services having spent 17 years in capital markets before moving 10 years ago to the Wealth & Asset Management business, roles that have led her to live and work across Asia, Europe and the US. She is a keen supporter of increasing and developing diverse talent within the financial services industry.

Tanvi is a former pupil and has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of London and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School. She is married with two daughters. She was elected to Council in 2021 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Mr Steve Davies

CHAIR OF FINANCE AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND CHAIR OF THE INVESTMENT SUB-COMMITTEE

Steve has worked in a variety of technology, operations, finance, treasury and risk management roles across the banking sector over the last 30 years. A Chartered Accountant, Steve is a trustee and board member of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills. Most recently he was Head of Technology and Operations in EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) leaving in 2016 after 15 years with the firm. Prior to that, Steve worked for GNI Limited, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Steve has a passion for diversity and inclusion having chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Council at BAML and in particular promoting a diverse workforce across technology. Steve has also extensive non-executive board experience with Euroclear and EuroCCP.

Educated at Cheltenham College and Southampton University, Steve grew up in Gloucestershire.

Steve was elected to Council in 2020, and is Chair of the Finance and Executive Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee.

 

Mr Roger Denny

Roger is a non-executive director of MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong), as well as serving as Chairman of its Board Risk Committee and a member of its Audit Committee. Until April 2016, he was a Partner and Head of M&A Asia Pacific of Clifford Chance, practising with the firm in London and Hong Kong (in the latter case for 26 years). He was recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers and an eminent practitioner in Hong Kong. Until 2017 he was a member of several committees of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, including the Takeovers and Mergers Panel.

Roger holds an LLB from Birmingham University. He was elected to Council in 2018. He is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee, Land and Buildings Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee. Roger is a current parent.

Mrs Shonali Devereaux

GUILD NOMINATED COUNCIL MEMBER

Shonali has spent over 25 years working back-of-house on some of the world’s largest events, including the Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games and the Political Party Conferences. She has also worked in charity fundraising, having been Head of Events for the British Heart Foundation, led the event industry charity (Meeting Needs) and was on the Board of Pride in Brighton and Hove.

She now lectures in business, events and tourism at the University of Hertfordshire and enjoys being front-of house as an emcee and founder of the Diverse Speaker Bureau. Shonali is a former pupil, who has an award-winning Masters in Tourism and Social Anthropology and has done a TEDx talk about improvisation and serendipity. She joined Council in March 2022 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

Mrs Jemima Edney

NOMINATED SAFEGUARDING COUNCIL MEMBER

Jemima has worked in education for 20 years. She is currently Deputy Head Pastoral at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury.

Jemima is a former pupil of College, read Music at the University of Durham, Law at City University and gained both her PGCE and Masters in Education Leadership and Management from the University of Roehampton.

Jemima was elected to Council in 2022, is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Education Committee, and is the Safeguarding Lead for Council.

  

Mr David Fotheringham

CHAIR OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

David was consecutively Head of Classics and Deputy Head (Academic) at Highgate School in London from 1992 to 2017. He then served on the founding leadership team of the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, a new sixth-form academy co-sponsored by Highgate. David began his career as teacher of Classics in College and he was also the University Adviser.

David has an MA in Greek and Latin from the University of St Andrews. Elected to Council in 2021, he is Chair of the Education Committee.
 

Mrs Mary Henderson

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mary is the Teaching Staff Nominated Member on Council, and the link Council Member for newly qualified teachers. She retired in 2012 after 13 years as Headmistress of Westonbirt School, where she had previously been Head of Modern Languages. Prior to her move to Westonbirt, Mary taught at Warminster School and was a teacher and housemistress at College.

Mary holds an MA in Modern Languages from the University of St Andrews and a PGCE from Durham University. She was elected to Council in 2013, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Education Committee.

Dr Fiona Pathiraja

Fiona is a Venture Capitalist and former physician. She is Managing Partner at Crista Galli Ventures, a pan-European healthtech fund based in London and Copenhagen.

Fiona has cross-sector experience of investing, frontline medicine, public health and health policy. Previously a physician (consultant radiologist) in the NHS in London, Fiona has also developed health policy in the UK government.

Outside her fund, Fiona is one of Europe’s most active angel investors, investing to reduce the financial gender gap. She is particularly keen to back female founders building startups in health, financial literacy and female empowerment.

Fiona holds a medical degree from UCL, an MPH from LSHTM and an MBA from London Business School. She is one of a handful of clinicians worldwide to be dual qualified in Public Health (MFPH) and Clinical Radiology (FRCR).

Fiona is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee and the Land and Buildings Committee.


Mrs Emma Pearson

COUNCIL WELLBEING ‘LINK’ MEMBER

Emma has 25 years’ experience in business, developing, operating and leading service organisations across diverse sectors including health and education. She has held multiple executive and non-executive leadership positions and is currently CEO of Achieve Together, a leading provider of support services for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Emma holds a BA in History of Art, an MA in Museum Studies and an MBA from Warwick Business School. Emma is also a former parent and pupil.
Elected to Council in 2022, Emma is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Emma is the Council Wellbeing ‘Link’ and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

  

Ms Sara Putt

CHAIR OF NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

For over 25 years Sara has owned and run an agency for technicians and production personnel working in film and television. Prior to that she worked in BBC radio and as a production manager in television. Sara read history at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and has subsequently gained a Graduate Diploma from the University of Law. Sara sits on the BAFTA TV Committee, the BAFTA Board, and chairs the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee. Additionally, she is Deputy Chair of Women in Film and TV.

Sara is a former pupil. Elected to Council in 2016, she is Chair of the Nominations Committee.

 

Mr Kevin Senior

Kevin is a former partner in an international accountancy firm. He is currently a trustee of various charities and holds directorships in several companies. 

Kevin gained a LLB from the University of Exeter and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He was elected to Council in 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Mrs Su-Mei Thompson

Su-Mei is CEO of Media Trust, a not-for-profit organisation in the UK.

Su-Mei was appointed as a Commissioner to the Board of the Equality & Human Rights Commission in November 2020. She also serves on the Orwell Foundation board, the ENO’s advisory board and WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London)’s campaign committee. She started her career as a corporate lawyer at Linklaters and went on to hold senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, The Financial Times and Christie’s, before becoming CEO of The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong.

Su-Mei has a distinguished record of advocating for greater diversity and equality and empowering young people to reach their potential. A former Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong, she founded the Hong Kong chapter of the 30% Club, was a founding board member of Save The Children Hong Kong and an Associate Producer of the award-winning documentary “She Objects”.

One of Cranfield’s 50 BAME Women to Watch 2019, Su-Mei was Public Affairs Asia’s 2016 Communicator of the Year and is a past recipient of the AmCham Women of Influence Non-Profit Leader Award. Su-Mei holds MAs in Law from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford and an MBA (Dean's List) from IMD in Lausanne.

A former pupil, Head of House and College Prefect, Su-Mei was elected to Council in 2013 and is a member of the Nominations Committee. She is also a current parent.

  

Mrs Antoinette Wilson

SUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER

Antoinette has worked in education for 40 years. In 2018 she retired from College after 24 years as a member of the Drama Department and as Housemistress of Bayshill and later St Clare. Antoinette continues her interest in drama as chair of a local amateur dramatic company, the Rococo Players.

Antoinette is a former parent. She was elected to Council in 2019, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Antoinette is also the Support Staff Nominated Member on Council and oversees the College Single Central Record. 

 

Mr Ian Wilson

CHAIR OF THE LAND AND BUILDINGS COMMITTEE

Ian is Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development for Amcor Limited, a global leader in consumer packaging with operations in 42 countries and 46,000 people.

Ian was originally a solicitor and attorney with international law firm, Baker & McKenzie based in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Sydney, and, subsequently, an Investment Banker with the position of Deputy Chairman and Managing Director for UBS, Australia and New Zealand responsible for M&A and Private Equity direct investments. Ian is also former Chairman of Incopro, a digital online brand protection business and TMF Group, a global outsourcing business. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director of Control Risks Group, a leading global geo-political security intelligence consultancy. 

Ian holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Sydney, Master of Laws from the University of Chicago and attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD Business School in Paris. Ian is an Australian Citizen based in Cheltenham and also a former parent. Elected to Council in 2021, Ian is a member of the Finance Executive Committee and is Chair of the Land and Buildings Committee.


Clerk to Council

Mrs Katrina Evans