Governors

Meet the governors on the Stroud Committee; for parents wishing to contact either Alan Morgan or Ben Richards, please do so in writing via the School Office.

Chairs

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 at Deloitte, becoming the Senior Partner of their Southampton office before retiring in May 2008. Alan is married with two sons who have both attended KES. His passions include music and rugby.

Mr Ben W Richards is Chair of the Stroud Committee. Ben was the founder of Whitegrove Ltd and then a main board director of OfficeTeam Ltd with a turnover of £160m. Other business interests are The Contract Chair Company specialising in restaurant and hotel seating, The Digital Quarter, and Zelda Investments, a property development company. He voluntarily coaches sport at Stroud as well as being a past parent. He is also governor and former pupil of Canford School.

Stroud Committee

Mr Brian E Gay (BA, OE) was educated at King Edward’s before attending King’s College London. He retired from his Managing Director post in 1998 after a career in the electronics industry. He became a governor in 1996 and was Chair from September 2001 until November 2017. The eldest of Brian’s two sons went to KES and his two grandchildren attend Stroud. Brian’s interests include motor boating, gardening and tennis.

Mrs Sara J Mancey is co-owner and director of Paultons Family Theme Park, bringing entrepreneurial experience to the team, particularly within HR and administration. Sara is married with three children, and a former parent of both Stroud and KES.

Mrs Wendy P Swinn (BDS, LDS, RCS) qualified initially as a Dental Therapist, Wendy worked in the Community Dental Service where she became Co-ordinator for Dental Health Education, before graduating from the University of Wales as a Dental Surgeon in 1987. Since then Wendy has worked in hospital services, and is currently a Partner in Private Practice. Wendy enjoys swimming, walking, cycling and music. Her two adult children both attended Stroud and KES.

Rev’d Jane E C Thompson (BA (Hons), DipHE) attends the Committee as an independent director of Stroud School Limited, owned by the King Edward VI charity. She studied at Lancaster University before teaching modern languages, including a year at Stroud. Recently she was ordained, and is serving in the Braishfield Benefice. She has extensive youthwork experience and been a governor at different schools for over twenty years. Her three sons all attended KES, each starting at different entry points. Jane’s interests include music and the performing arts.

Mrs Jess Wadsworth served in the Metropolitan Police Service for twenty years after graduating from Bristol University. Her most notable roles were as Senior Investigating Officer countering high level corruption within the Force, running a homicide investigation team, and leading the Intelligence Bureau. She also worked within the Commissioner’s Private Office and headed the August 2011 London Riots Strategic Review. She transferred to Hampshire Constabulary as their Director of Intelligence in 2013. Her three children school at KES and Stroud.

Sub-Committees

Mrs Mary Chant is Chair of the Education and Welfare Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Mary is a Solicitor and Partner with Thrings LLP. She advises on and prepares contracts, as well as identifying clients’ regulatory risks and provides solutions to achieve compliance. This work includes data protection, consumer protection, unfair contract terms, sales promotions, and competition. Mary was previously a Governor of Bournemouth University for ten years. Her interests include singing, sport, and sailing. Her daughter attends the School.

Dr Yvonne Binge (MB, ChB DRCOG) is a member of the Education and Welfare Committee. Yvonne is a Birmingham Graduate. She trained as a GP but later diversified into other fields; Psychiatry, Occupational Health, and Accident and Emergency. Yvonne worked abroad in many countries including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Uganda. She has been a medical member of The Independent Tribunal Service since 1992. Yvonne recently retired from clinical practice. She has three children and her interests include languages, travel, water sports and badminton.

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