The Trust


The Countess of Verulam CVO

Vice Presidents

Howard Goodall CBE MA (Oxon), ARCO

Eve Pettinger MBE

​Robert Voss CBE 

Board of Governors

Angela Odell (Chair) Angela graduated in French and History at the University of Birmingham. She has recently retired from a career in the healthcare industry where she has managed private clinics and latterly been involved in clinical governance, compliance and inspection of hospitals. She has a long association with Tring Park School being the parent of a former pupil and has been a Governor since 2007. She took on the role of Chair of Governors in July 2019.

Mary Bonar  Mary studied law at UCL and qualified as a solicitor in 1971, becoming a partner in 1973.  Having initially practiced in a broad field of law she set up the commercial department. She moved to a City Law Firm in 1989 and into asset and project finance, and banking. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a commissioner of the Independent Transport Commission. She is now a director in the rail consultancy “First Class Partnerships”.  Besides being a Governor at Tring Park she has been a Trustee of the Benevolent Trust of her Livery Company, a Trustee of the Independent Transport Commission, and of Arts 4 Dementia.  She serves on the Appeal Committee.

Robert Breakwell  Robert has been involved with the charity sector for over 30 years.  In 1995, Robert joined the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (now Rennie Grove Hospice Care) as Appeals and Communications Director and, in 2008 he became Chief Executive.  In 2013, Robert became Chief Executive at the Chilterns MS Centre.  He retired in 2019 to pursue his interest in the charity sector in a voluntary capacity.  Throughout a successful career, Robert has gained extensive experience in charity leadership, governance, fundraising, marketing and communications. In 1989, Robert founded The Pepper Foundation, a successful local charity which funds hospice at home care for children.  As a keen amateur musician and arranger, he has been musical director of the annual Pepper Show since its outset and is passionate about developing and nurturing talented, young vocalists and instrumentalists.  Robert has lived and worked in the Chilterns area for most of his life.

Alice Cave is a solicitor at Farrer & Co, where she advises a wide range of clients (including many independent schools) on employment matters.  She also has specialist expertise in advising schools and higher education institutions on issues which arise in connection with pupils, students and parents.  Alice regularly speaks at schools conferences and delivers training to staff and governors on a variety of topics, including safeguarding and equality issues.  She joined the Governing body in December 2012 and she is the Governor with responsibility for overseeing safeguarding at the school.

John Clark  John studied Modern Languages at Exeter College, Oxford, following which he trained as a teacher.  He taught at St Paul's School in London and Whitgift School, Croydon, where he was Head of Department.  In 1996 he was appointed Deputy Head at Birkenhead School, and became Head in 2003, remaining in post until 2014.  Under his leadership Birkenhead became one of the premier HMC schools in the North-West.  John has a strong interest in the performing arts.  He now runs his own charity, "So the Child may learn", which works with remote hill schools in Nepal.  He is also a Governor at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn. He joined the governing body of Tring Park in 2016 and serves on the Education Committee.

Michael Geddes Mike graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1965 and started his career at Cranfield Institute of Technology. He moved to become Director of Administration at Ashridge Management College combining his administrative role with teaching project leadership. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Assessment Services Agency, and a Civil Service Commissioner in the Cabinet Office in 1989 responsible for the modernisation of the Civil Service recruitment procedures. He stepped down as a Commissioner in 1997 and finished his career as a management consultant, retiring in 2004. Mike is the author of two books and various articles on leadership, project management, and aspects of public administration He has been a Governor since 2006 and was Chairman till 2019.   

Michael Harper  Michael graduated in Mechanical Engineering and Management Studies from London University. His early career was with Vickers plc, but he joined Kidde Graviner in 1984 and eventually became responsible for the Kidde division of Williams Holdings, which supplied a range of fire safety equipment. Michael was Chief Executive of Kidde plc from 2000 until retirement in 2005, and has since Chaired BBA Aviation (2007 – 2014), Ricardo (2003 - 2014), The Vitec Group (2004 – 2012) and served on the Boards of Catlin (2005 – 2010) and QinetiQ (2011 – present).  He has served on the Board of the Aerospace Technology Institute since 2013. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, and of the City of London.  He became a Liveryman of the Company in 2004 and Master in 2012/13.  He chairs the School Appeals Committee.

Mark Hewitt  For the last 20 years, Mark has led and transformed businesses, as CEO, which have emerging digital technology at the core. Initially in the entertainment and media sector with the Virgin Group, Mark’s recent experience has been at the forefront and development of online customer fulfilment and returns for some of the UK’s leading digital retailers. He has served as a Governor since March 2005 and Chairs the Finance & General Purposes sub-committee. He is also Chairman of Chrysalis London, a contemporary dance company; Church Warden at St George’s Hanover Square in London; and a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Inn holders, where he serves on the Patronage Committee.  He is Vice Chairman at Tring Park.

Rachel Joseph    Rachel is a former pupil of Tring Park and upon leaving in 1986, has enjoyed a career in television broadcasting, spanning ITV, Pinewood and the BBC.  She spent the first part of her career working in graphics on major sporting events across the globe, including Ryder Cups, Football and Rugby World Cups as well as live entertainment & music shows.  In 1997 Rachel joined ITV and worked on major shows with Ant & Dec, Cilla Black as well as Question Time, Countdown and Stars In Their Eyes.  Since joining the BBC in 2007 she has worked on Dragon’s Den, Children in Need and also produced the Strictly Live Final in Blackpool in 3D.  During her time in production she obtained a Master’s Degree in Production Management.  Rachel is now a Programme Director working on large-scale projects in the BBC's Commissioning, Scheduling and Rights areas.  Rachel became a Governor in the summer of 2019 and she serves on the Marketing Committee. 

Jan Kitteridge  Trained at the Rambert School of Ballet, Jan danced professionally, before taking the Professional Dancers’ Teacher course at the Royal Academy of Dancing.  In a distinguished teaching career Jan taught classical ballet at the Rambert School of Ballet, AES Tring Park and Elmhurst Ballet School, where she was Deputy Head of Dance for eight years.  From 1990-2000 she was Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of Adonais Ballet Company, one of the country’s most successful middle scale touring companies.  Jan has also worked with many professional theatre and opera companies as choreographer/movement coach.  She became a Governor at Tring Park in 2013, and serves on the Education and Development and Marketing Committees.

Eric Pillinger  Eric graduated in Economics from Exeter University. He qualified in accountancy and became a director of TACK International Ltd.  He has dealt with all HR matters and has a good understanding of employment legislation.  His many years as company director have given him a full appreciation of board operation and corporate governance and he is experienced in charity governance and finance from 10 years as a trustee of two local charities.  He understands corporate finance, venture capital and company law and has experience of selling and marketing. He has managed company finances for 10 years and has strong financial awareness.  Eric has been a Governor since 2012 and serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Appeals Committee.

June Taylor  June is a retired Headmistress of Sherborne Girls School 1985-1999, and originally a teacher of Maths.  She is an experienced educationalist and her resume includes: Treasurer of GSA for 6 years, Chair of Independent Schools Inspectorate 2004-2012, and Deputy Chairman AGBIS 2005-2013. (she represented AGBIS on the BSA Executive 2004-2013).  Besides being a Governor at Tring Park she was also a Governor at St Mary’s Shaftesbury until March 2016, Chairman of Bursary Trustees at Godolphin and Latymer School and Trustee of the Royal National Children’s Foundation.  She served as a Governor in the maintained sector for nine years ending in 1999. She became a Governor at Tring Park in 2011 and chairs the Education Committee, and also serves on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Mark Taylor     Mark has worked in the city, with his career as a Bursar starting in 1993 at Cranbrook School, appointed to Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook in 1996, Bedales Schools in 2003 and the King’s School, Canterbury in 2010.  Mark joined the Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA) Committee in 2007 and was elected ISBA Chairman from 2013 – 2016.  In October 2008 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of the Arts (FRSA).  Mark has sat on both the ISI and BSA Board as a Director and is currently an ISI Compliance Inspector.  He was a Director on the ISC board and is currently Chair of the East Kent Schools’ Together (EKST) Partnership Finance Committee, as well as being on the advisory board for the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE).   Mark was recently elected as the new Chair of The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS). 

Daniel Zammit   Daniel spent 20 years in various directorships in local authorities and became a Chief Executive in 2004.  He led numerous regeneration projects, delivering new commercial premises and many new homes.  One of his projects was recognised as the ‘Best planning conceptual project contributing to London’s future’.  In 2005 he coordinated the regeneration of the South East of England’s primary business park following the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Terminal. Daniel has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Warwick Business School.  He is an alumnus of Harvard University’s JF Kennedy School of Government and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He became a Governor in 2013 and serves on the Appeal Committee. ​


Sir Matthew Bourne OBE

Michael Buckingham

John Cameron

Gerald Corbett

Adam Cooper

David English

Suzy Harvey DL 

Elizabeth, Countess Howe

Dorothy Ind

Alastair Murray

Juliet Murray

Amanda Nicholson

Barbara Powell

Derek Townsend

Janie Wentworth-Stanley

Venetia Wrigley

Patrons for Tring Park Associates and Holiday Courses

Adam Garcia

​Anthony Van Laast MBE

Stephen Mear


Tring Park School was established in 1945 as the second school to be founded by the Arts Educational Schools Trust. The AES Tring Park School Trust was established in 1994 to acquire the freehold property at Tring Park and to operate the Tring Park School independently.

The Trust administers the School through its Trustees who constitute the Board of Governors. The Trust is a registered charity (No. 1040330) and is a company limited by guarantee. There are no shareholders and all assets are held for the benefit of the School.



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