Jonathan W Scott
Jonathan W Scott (Chair) served as Senior Partner and Executive Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading international law firm and was one of the country’s leading competition lawyers. He has been a non-executive director of the Gambling Commission and a Trustee of the Family Holiday Association, is a non-executive director of The Press and Assessment Board of Cambridge University, a member of the University’s Audit Committee, Chair of the University’s Appeal Tribunal and Chair of the University’s Disciplinary Committee.
Angela Au is a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying with a big four accounting firm, she worked at a Cambridge high tech company for nearly 10 years. During this time, Angela supported growth of the company from under 100 employees and helped prepare the company’s dual flotation on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq in the US. She now works as a consultant helping to scale up high tech companies, alongside applying her professional skills to support charities that align with her interests. Angela is part-time Finance Director at Cambridge Spark, an education technology company that specialises in data science and AI.
Dr Helen Bettinson has a background in television production as a documentary-maker for the BBC and History Channel, and in educational fundraising. She currently works in the Disability Resource Centre of Cambridge University, supporting individual students.
Special interest in HR and Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
Sally Boyle originally worked as a lawyer before becoming International Head of Human Capital Management at a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. She has been a governor of a girls’ boarding school and a trustee of the Brilliant Club. She is a non-executive director on the Board of the Royal Air Force.
Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee
Katy Davies is a Chartered Accountant, and the Managing Director of a UK-based world-leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures and components, having previously been Head of Finance of the aerospace division of a major group of businesses.
Chair of the Nominations & Governance Committee
Will Dawkins (Chair of the Nominations & Governance Committee) is a member of the UK board and CEO practice at a leading international executive search company. He was previously Foreign Editor and subsequently Publishing Editor and Assistant Editor of the Financial Times. He is the former chair and current trustee of the Evelyn Trust, the Cambridge based medical research charity.
David Ferguson is an Engineering Director at Google. He was previously a VP at Pearson and prior to that he held a number of leadership roles in technology companies based in and around Cambridge. Originally a software engineer, David’s technical experience is focused on computer networking and internet technology.
Nick Finlayson-Brown is Head of Office for a national law firm’s Cambridge office. He specialises in commercial and real estate where he has over 25 years of experience acting as relationship partner for a number of the firm’s key clients in the private, charities and public sectors based locally, in London and across the UK in connection with the development of and investment in property assets. Nick also heads the firm’s China Team with the aim of facilitating the entry of UK businesses into the Chinese market and Chinese investors investing in the UK businesses. Nick is a champion for diversity and inclusion within the firm, something that he is keen to see embraced in the wider community. Further afield, Nick is a Director of Cambridge BID Ltd and a trustee of Saffron Hall Trust.
OBE DL MEd GRSM
Special interest in Early Years Foundation Stage
Sue Freestone is the former Principal and Chief Executive of King’s School, Ely and Head of Sibford School. She has served as governor to a number of schools, both state and independent, in the UK and overseas. She is a member of the Bishop’s Council and the Finance Committee of the Diocese of Ely and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. She is Director of Education for the Kalisher Trust and a former ISI Team Inspector.
KC MA LLM (OP)
Christopher Hancock is a King’s Counsel and Deputy High Court Judge. He was joint head of his chambers for six years, standing down at the end of his term in 2019. He is a Bencher of his Inn of Court, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a qualified mediator. He has been Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association. He is a governor of a primary school and a director of The Learning Partnership Trust. He is an assistant Cub Scout leader in the Hatfield Forest Scout District, having been a Cub Scout leader for 20 years and a Deputy District Commissioner for five years.
PhD, FSA, FRAS
Jason Hawkes is a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, and the Director of Studies in Archaeology at Gonville and Caius College. His research is on early religion and society in South and South-east Asia. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Royal Asiatic Society. He has been a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, a Curator at the British Museum and the Manager of the Finds Laboratory at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. He has undertaken research projects and consultancy work in the academic and public sectors and taught at universities in the United Kingdom, Denmark and India. As a college tutor, Jason is also committed to the pastoral care and well-being of students. Jason is also a long-standing volunteer for the Samaritans.
Simon Lebus CBE
Simon Lebus CBE currently acts as a Non-Executive Director or Senior Adviser to a number of education technology companies, mainly specialising in online learning. He was previously from 2002-18 Chief Executive of the Cambridge Assessment Group (now Cambridge University Press and Assessment) and also served as Interim Chief Regulator at Ofqual in 2021, the second year of Covid restrictions.
During his time at Cambridge Assessment, he served on the University Financial Strategy Advisory Group and the University Estates Strategy Committee and was an external member of the Board of the Education Faculty and Chair of the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. He is a Bye-Fellow of Emmanuel College and was appointed CBE in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours list for services to educational assessment.
MA MPhil PhD LittD
Prof Alex Oliver is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. His research is mainly in metaphysics and logic. He has been Director of Graduate Studies in Cambridge’s Faculty of Philosophy, and the Chair of its Board. He has served as a member (and sometime Secretary) of the national committee of the Analysis Trust. He has served on the Knowledge Transfer Panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has undertaken research projects and consultancy work in the public and private sectors on topics such as loyalty, educational strategy, corporate values and responsibility.
Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee
Graeme Proudfoot is a non-executive director of two Stock Exchange-listed investment companies, one of which he chairs. Prior to retiring, he was Managing Director EMEA of a global investment group and CEO of the group’s insurance company, having also served with the group as General Counsel, Group Company Secretary and Managing Director of its Specialist Funds Division. He has served on a US ‘40 Act fund board and chaired funds domiciled in Ireland and Luxembourg as well as the UK.
Chair of the Education Committee
Stephen Roberts is the former Headmaster of Felsted School and Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools. He was an ISI inspector, is a governor of another school and is on the Education Committee of a livery company which supports both independent and maintained schools. He is a consultant for a leading educational consultancy and works to support schools with their development projects.
MBA Master Mariner
Manish Singh is CEO of a maritime venture capital and advisory firm. His international experience spans three decades during which time he has lived in and worked across several continents. Manish has diverse experience in leadership roles, including as CEO in private equity backed global business services companies in the maritime, energy, logistics and business support services sectors. His areas of specialism are mergers, acquisitions, strategy and taking technology or services products to global markets. In addition to chairmanships and non-executive directorships Manish also mentors entrepreneurs as an angel investor.
Sian Steele is a consultant to family and private business owners and their Boards. She was formerly senior partner for a big four accounting firm in Cambridge, Family Business Leader for the firm in the UK and an advisory board member for the firm’s Asia Pacific centre for Family Business Excellence.
MB BCh FRCP FRCPH
Special interest in Safeguarding
Denise Williams is a paediatric oncologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital having recently retired from full time clinical practice. She held a number of managerial posts within the hospital and within the region including the post of Clinical Director of the Women and Children’s Clinical Strategic Network. Since retiring, she has continued her teaching commitments with undergraduates within the clinical school and in paediatric post graduate education. She works with the charity World Child Cancer and has been helping to establish sustainable services for paediatric oncology in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar.
Directors of The Perse School Cambridge International (Non-Governor)
The Chair of the Governing Body, Jonathan Scott, may be contacted by letter c/o The Perse School, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8QF. Letters requiring his attention should please be marked ‘Private and Confidential’. You can also contact the Clerk to Governors Maggie Hastings via email@example.com
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