MS LIBBY BASSETT
CHAIR OF COUNCIL
Libby retired as a Partner of KPMG in the UK in 2015. She now works as an independent consultant for three professional services companies including KPMG. Libby is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of global business development roles throughout her career with KPMG.
Libby obtained her MA from the University of Cambridge. She was elected to Council in 2011, and is a former pupil. As well as being Chair of Council, Libby 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 OF COUNCIL
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, Merryl is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Land and Buildings Committee, and the Education Committee.
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 current parent.
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 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 Land and Buildings Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee. Roger is a current parent.
Mr Gerard Evans
Chair of the Education Committee and Nominated Safeguarding Council Member
Gerard left Eton College in the summer of 2017, having worked there for over twenty years. From 2009 to 2017 he was Director of Curriculum, supervising the co-curriculum as well as the academic side of the school. Previously he had been Head of Modern Languages and Universities Officer. He is currently exploring new professional opportunities within education. Prior to his career in teaching, he worked for eight years in the insurance industry.
Gerard holds an MA from the University of Oxford. He was elected to Council in 2012, and is Chair of the Education Committee and Vice Chair of the Nominations Committee. Gerard is also the Nominated Safeguarding Council Member.
Mrs Mary Henderson
Teaching 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.
MR ROBERT LEECHMAN
Robert is a plural non-executive director, and also Executive Chairman of Promise Gluten Free, a private equity backed Irish bread company. He previously held senior positions at The Coca-Cola Company and Mars Confectionery.
Robert graduated with a BA Hons in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford. Robert was elected to Council in 2011, and is Chair of the Land and Buildings Committee. Robert is a former parent.
Mr David Pittaway QC
David is a practising barrister who has held a number of senior positions in the legal profession. He is Head of Hailsham Chambers. David is an Executive Committee Member of the British Malaysian Society. He was the Treasurer (President) of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2017. He is a past Chairman of the Bar Council’s Education and Training Committee and Social Mobility Committee. He is a former member of one of Alan Milburn’s Working Parties on Access to the Professions. He is a former trustee of the National Education Trust.
David has an MA from the University of Cambridge. He was elected to Council in 2012, and is a member of the Nominations 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.
Mrs Katie Robyns
Guild Representative Member of Council
Katie is the Guild Nominated Member on Council, and a former Chair of Guild. She is a qualified Barrister and is a Company Secretary. She has been heavily involved with fundraising and development for schools for many years.
Katie obtained her LLB from the University of Birmingham. She was elected to Council in 2012, and is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee and of the Land and Buildings 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. Kevin is Vice Chair of the Finance and Executive Committee, and a member of the Investment Sub-Committee.
Mrs Louise Terry
Louise Terry is a corporate communications specialist who has spent her career managing the reputations of some of the world’s leading businesses. She started her career in agencies, and was a board director at Hill and Knowlton before moving in-house to become Head of Communications for Coca-Cola and then Group Communications Director of L’Oréal UK, where she ran the L'Oréal Unesco For Women in Science programme.
For ten years, Louise was also Deputy Chair of Save the Children, a leading charity which helps to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. She now works as a consultant to businesses, most recently Unilever, on a variety of communications challenges. She is also Deputy Chair of the Royal Institution.
Louise holds an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge. She is a former pupil of College and her two daughters are also Guild members. She joined Council in 2011 and is a member of the Finance and Executive Committee and the Education Committee.
Mrs Su-Mei Thompson
Su-Mei is CEO of Media Trust, a not-for-profit organisation in the UK. She was previously CEO of The Women’s Foundation and a board member of the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong. Her role as an advocate for women’s advancement has been recognised through numerous awards. Su-Mei 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 in Asia.
Su-Mei holds MAs in Law from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, where she was the first woman to graduate on the Dean’s List.
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.
Dr Valerie Udale
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Council Health and Safety link
Valerie initially followed a career in corporate finance and later trained as a teacher. She currently enjoys a range of professional interests, from financial modelling consultancy and delivering corporate finance training, to teaching mathematics.
Valerie holds a DPhil in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Oxford, a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PGCE from the University of Gloucestershire and a BSc in Mathematics from the Open University.
Valerie was elected to Council in 2012. As well as being Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, she is a member of the Land and Buildings Committee and is the Health and Safety Link Council Member. Valerie is a former parent.
Mrs Dilys Williams
Chair of the Finance and Executive Committee and the Investments Sub-Committee
Dilys is an independent business adviser and consultant, having previously held positions as a partner and director in a national accountancy practice. She is a Chartered Accountant.
A former pupil, Dilys holds a Classics degree from the University of Cambridge. She was elected to Council in 2011 and is Chair of both the Finance and Executive Committee and the Investments Sub-Committee.
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.
Clerk to Council
Mrs Katrina Evans