Felsted Governors

You can contact a Governor via the Clerk to Governors:
Mr Andrew Clayton,
 +44 (0) 1371 822621, bursar@felsted.org

J H Davies OBE MA (Cantab) Modern Languages

John has been Chairman of Governors since 2007.  He has extensive experience of both private and public sectors, having been HR Director for Barclays UK, following a career in the retail bank.  He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In the public sector, he chaired the Civil Service Appeal Board between 1999 and 2011 and has been a member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and the Prison Service Pay Review Body. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Curriers. His three sons were all educated at Felsted. He sits on the House and Finance and Academic Committees and is Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
 


Julia Abel Smith, MA (Cantab), DL

Julia read History of Art and has had a career in the world of conservation and heritage. She worked for many years for The Landmark Trust, and has produced inventories of paintings in Essex and at the University of Cambridge for Art UK. In 2013 she was High Sheriff of Essex. Her three children attended Felsted Preparatory School.

 


Rob Brown

Rob is an Old Felstedian. He is currently Global Chief Executive Officer of Axa Corporate Solutions. His entire working life has been spent in the Insurance industry and before joining AXA in 2016 Rob worked for Aon since 2001 in various leadership roles the last being CEO of Aon Risk Solutions EMEA. Prior to that Rob worked in underwriting for 17 years. Whilst predominantly based in London and Paris, during his career he has spent time working in Switzerland and in Hong Kong. Rob is also a Director of Centurion Safety Products the Uk's leading above the neck safety product manufacturer. He has sat on the President’s Committee of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) for 5 years until 2015, and is a liveryman and freeman of the City of London.

 

 

G P Boult, BA (Hons), PGCE


Geoffrey had a long career in HMC schools, including Canford, Geelong Grammar School, Cranleigh (Head of Geography) and St Edward's Oxford (Housemaster). He was Head of Giggleswick for 13 years, and was Chairman of the Boarding Schools Association and HMC (North East), while there. He has been a governor of three schools in the north. He is currently working part time as an education consultant for Secure Training Centres. He will join the Academic committee.
His interests are sports, walking, family, Southwold and Christian outreach.

 

 

                   


Ann Carrington LLB, LLM, JP

Ann is a Solicitor who began her career with a large city law firm in London, then worked as a Senior Litigation Solicitor within the Lloyds Banking Group before returning to private practice as a Partner, specialising in banking litigation, in the London office of a global law firm. Ann is currently a Magistrate on the North Essex Bench. She also sits as a tribunal member of The Nursing & Midwifery Council's Fitness To Practise and Registration Appeals committees. Ann has three children at the school and her eldest daughter was Head Girl in 2013/2014. Ann sits on the Governance Committee and Academic Committee.

 


Mrs J Crouch BA (Hons) (Keele), Teaching certificate (Keele). MA (University of London), NPQH

Jane is Head of Headington Preparatory School. She has been Head of a junior section of an all-girls 3 to 18 school and Deputy Head and Head of a co-ed prep school. Jane has taught pupils from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3 inclusive, has been subject leader for several subjects and has taken responsibility for charities, residential trips and leading school initiatives. Jane is an experienced school inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and she is a trustee of the IAPS charitable Trust and organises training for IAPS District 9. She is Chairman of the Governance Committee, a member of the Academic Committee and represents the Governors in matters of Child Protection and Safeguarding.

 


Mrs B Davy

Having been to Arts Educational Schools in London and Tring, Bobbi went on to qualify in business administration. She runs a communications consultancy and is experienced in marketing and public relations. Her particular areas of focus at Felsted are marketing and boarding. Her two sons are both Felstedians and boarded from the Prep school, and her younger son was Head Boy. Her wider interests include music, drama and sport. She is a member of the House and Finance Committee.   

 


B.C.W. Grindlay MA (Cantab); MusB (Cantab); FRCO (CHM)         
     
Bruce is currently Headmaster of Sutton Valence School in Kent, an HMC day and boarding school of 800 pupils. Prior to this he was Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham for nine years following a similar tenure at Bedford School as Director of Chapel Music and a boarding Housemaster. Bruce read Music at Cambridge University where he was Organ Scholar at Emmanuel College and taught Fugue and counterpoint whilst studying for his post-graduate degree. He is a member of HMC’s Professional Development Sub-Committee and his interests include golf, reading and cooking. He is a member of the Academic Committee.

 


P J Hutley FRICS, FAAV

Philip is a second generation Old Felstedian, and parent of a recent Felstedian. His business interests include farming and estate management and he is a Partner in Strutt and Parker. He takes a key interest in green developments and sustainability issues. He is a member of the House and Finance Committee and the Nominations Committee.

 

 

P G Lee DL

Peter’s professional experience is in land and estate management and he was Senior Partner of Strutt and Parker until his retirement. He was High Sheriff of Essex in 1990, Chairman of the Prince’s Trust for Essex and a member of the Essex probation board. He is the founding Chairman of Friends of Felsted (1979 to 1985) and was instrumental in fund-raising for sports facilities and to create the Hunt Theatre in the former gymnasium. His three children, four grandchildren and two nephews attended the School. His hobbies include music and the driving and restoration of vintage cars. He is a member of the House and Finance Committee.

 


Dr J Nicholson DM, MA (Cantab), MB BChir (Cantab), FRCPCH

James has been a Consultant Paediatrician at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge since 2000, having graduated from Cambridge University and held subsequent positions in various hospitals in the UK and Australia. He has held leadership roles in Children’s Services in Cambridge, in the Cancer Network in the East of England, in the national professional body for children’s cancer and in international research collaborations with European and North American colleagues. He is a keen musician and a Felsted parent with four children all having attended the School. He takes a specific interest in Health and Safety at the School and sits on the Governance Committee.

 


O H J Stocken CBE

Oliver is Chairman of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Stanhope plc and CARE International UK. He is also a trustee of Chichester Theatre. He was the finance director at Barclays plc from 1993 to 1999. He is an Old Felstedian and his father was at Elwyns from 1916-1919.

 


Rev. Nic Stuchfield, MA (Oxon)​ 

Nic joined the Governing Body in 2013. Nic had a 30 year career in the City including various Barclays entities and most recently the London Stock Exchange, retiring in 2008. His main career specialisms were risk management and corporate strategy. He now spends much of his time on voluntary activity, chairing a national charity called Make Jesus Known.  He was, until 2013, founder Chairman of Braintree Youth Project Charity. Nic was Ordained in the Church of England in 2017 and serves as Curate in the Benefice of Saxmundham, close to his Suffolk home.  Nic's three children were all educated at Felsted.

 


W D Sunnucks, MA, ACA, MBA

William is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and continued his career with Shell. After two years at the London Business School he spent the next twenty years as finance director of four large companies in the property, banking and transport sectors. He has a daughter at the School. He is a member of the House and Finance, Nominations and Academic Committees.


J B St John Tibbitts MA, Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn); FCT

James and his three brothers are Old Felstedians and he was Head of School. After a career in industry running legal, treasury and secretarial departments for Granada and ITV, his knowledge of governance issues and his business experience add value to the School’s financial planning and to reviewing the School’s policies and procedures. He is Chairman of the House and Finance Committee and a member of the Governance Committee.