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 the Senior Independent Director and Interim Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority, a non-executive director of The Press and Assessment Board of Cambridge University, a member of the University’s Audit Committee and Chair of its Appeal Tribunal, and a member of the Development Committee of Kettles Yard.
Caroline Stenner is a Partner and Head of the Private Client team in the Cambridge offices of a top 100 UK law firm. She is a trustee of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, has been Under Sheriff of Cambridgeshire since 2004 and is a former Chair of Governors of a primary school.
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.
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 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 chair of the Evelyn Trust, the Cambridge-based medical research charity.
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.
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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.
QC MA LLM (OP)
Christopher Hancock is a Queen’s Counsel and Deputy High Court Judge. He is joint Head of Chambers and 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, a director of The Learning Partnership Trust, and Deputy District Commissioner in Hatfield Forest Scout District.
Simon Lebus is the former Chief Executive of the Cambridge Assessment Group, having previously been an investment banker and held senior positions in the food industry. He has 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 a Governor of a boarding school.
BSc MBBS MRCP MBA
Dr Richard C St H Mason is CEO of several biopharmaceutical start-ups in Cambridge. He was previously head of a global health care product company’s London Innovation Centre, after having sold a Cambridge University spin-out to them. He has been the executive leadership team member responsible for corporate strategy, business development and M&A at two public life sciences companies. He trained as a physician. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Judge Business School and an officer in the British Army Reserve.
Prof Louise Merrett is a Professor in Law and Vice-Master of Trinity College and a University Reader in International Commercial Law. She is a barrister and a Bencher of her Inn of Court. Her research focuses primarily on private international law in a commercial context.
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 global leader in maritime learning and technology solutions. He is a Master Mariner who has worked across Asia and Europe transforming services businesses in the maritime, energy, logistics and business support services sectors. As well as having held chairmanships, directorships and advisory roles, he has been a visiting lecturer on management and maritime programmes. His work takes Manish across the globe and he leads diverse multi-cultural teams spread from Tokyo in the east to Seattle in the west.
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
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)
Brian Smith is the former Executive Director, Environment Services at Cambridgeshire County Council where he was responsible for strategic planning, transport, economic development, environment and waste disposal and as such shaped many of the changes in and around Cambridge and in the County generally. He qualified as an accountant before moving into local government policy and delivery work. He has undertaken management and transport consultancy work, much of it on the national stage.
Hai Hua (Helen) Zhang
Hai Hua (Helen) Zhang is a strategic advisor and author on China and Chinese business culture. She has published five books, including the best-selling “Think Like Chinese”. She has worked with business, academic and political leaders around the world by offering cross-cultural executive coaching, business development and strategic advice on China related issues. She also teaches meditation and other self-development & well-being courses in both English and Chinese.
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’.
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