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Governing Body

Kevin Wilson

Chair of Governors

Dr Wilson has a strong pedigree for this position. He has had a career in financial services, having held senior positions at Citigroup, its legacy companies and S.G. Warburg & Co, leading teams providing equity research in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare to institutional investors globally. He has also worked in investment banking and private equity. He now runs his own consultancy business together with his wife from their Devon home having moved here from London in 2011. He has held a number of Board positions at companies related to his work.

Dr Wilson has always had a keen interest in engaging in the education voluntary sector and has over 9 years’ cumulative experience in various governorships. He has been a Governor and Vice-Chair of The Highfield School, Letchworth, and most recently has been a Governor and Chair at Tavistock College, where he led the Board through the College’s recent turnaround process. His independent sector experience comes as a parent: his daughter was a pupil at St. Christopher School in Letchworth.

Michael Atkinson

Dr Michael Atkinson was educated at Stonyhurst College and read Classics at St. Johns College, Oxford, gaining his BA, MA and DPhil.

During his career he was an Assistant Master and House Master at Eton College where he was Master-in-charge of the King’s Scholarship Examination, rackets and squash. He was also the Chairman of Eton Action, the School’s charitable organisation. He also spent time as House Master at Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu.

Michael was a Governor at Summer Fields Prep, Oxford until 2007 and is currently Chairman of both the Maristow Gardens Residents Association and the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir.

In 2009, Dr Michael Atkinson was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Knight of St. Gregory the Great.

Howard Ball

Born and educated in Mutare, Zimbabwe Howard was awarded the Anglo American Open Scholarship to read medicine at the University of Cape Town. He represented the university at marathon running, squash and volley ball.

Howard moved to the UK in 1987 before gaining a place on the General Practice vocational training scheme in Cornwall. His medical experience included a part time hospital post in Child Psychiatry. He is now a full time GP in Cornwall involved in both undergraduate teaching through Peninsular Medical School and GP registrar training. Howard's child has recently completed their schooling at Mount Kelly.

Howard was appointed as a governor in 1998 by virtue of being ‘Founder’s Kin’, (a descendant of Admiral Kelly’s grandfather).

Reverend Prebendary Roger Carlton

Nominated Board member

Roger is the nominated representative of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral.

Wendy Davis

Early Years and Learning Support Lead Governor

Wendy is a former primary school teacher with experience in both state and independent sectors. She works in a voluntary capacity at Mount Kelly Prep.

Wendy has served on parent/teacher committees at several schools including Kelly College when her children, Catherine, Isobel and William, were pupils. She is presently a Features Editor on The Talking Newspaper for the Blind.

Sarah FitzGerald

Sarah is a solicitor with Stephens Scown LLP. She is a graduate of both Cardiff and Exeter Universities, having obtained her undergraduate degree in Law and International Relations, BScEcon (economics) Hons from Cardiff and in 1995, gaining her post graduate diploma in law from Exeter.

Her first role was as a graduate insurance broker in the Lloyds market, moving latterly to the underwriting for Beazleys, a Lloyd’s underwriter.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1997 on moving to the West Country with her husband Michael. Sarah has 4 children all of whom boarded at Mount Kelly over a continuous period of 13 years.

Sarah is a Trustee of the Cornwall Regimental Museum and sits on the friends committee of the Cornwall Community Foundation.
When spare time permits, she enjoys running, tennis, skiing, sailing and playing bridge.

Alistair Grove FCA

Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

Alistair Grove attended Shrewsbury School and went on to study Economics at Cambridge. He had two gap years (pre and post University) working and travelling in North America and Africa before joining Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers – 'PwC') in Bristol in 1979.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 and spent 26 years with PwC (15 as a partner) working in their Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham and London offices primarily dealing with the restructuring, trading and sale of businesses going through change. Also, he managed a Midlands and South West regional division of PwC (7 offices, 175 employees) from 1999 until 2005 when he retired.

He has been a governor since 2013. He was a Kelly parent (Prep and Senior School) for 10 years and his interests include most sports (particularly cricket, rugby and golf), travel and financial and current affairs. Two black Labradors means a lot of walking on Dartmoor and in recent years he has walked the full length of Offa’s Dyke and Hadrian’s Wall with his eldest son. He is an ECB cricket coach and has managed Yelverton Colts sides for the last 8 years.

Keith Hollinshead

Chair of the Estates Management Group

Keith qualified as a Solicitor in 1970, and worked mainly in private practice but also led the legal deptartment of a plc.

He has been a Past Trustee and interim CEO of The Lord’s Taverners, and is currently Chairman of Trustees of The Talking Newspaper for the Blind (West Devon). He is a keen sportsman, having played for Aston Villa as an amateur, played county rugby at youth level, and ran for Birchfield Harriers.

James Kitson

James is a local boy, having being born in, and lived all his life in, S E Cornwall - apart from a short spell in the city qualifying as a chartered accountant! He is now senior partner of Metherell Gard, Chartered Accountants and currently a trustee of Broadreach House (drug and alcohol treatment services).

He served as an independent County Councilor for Cornwall 1977-1985, where he sat on numerous local school governing bodies. He was a member of the Board of the S W Regional Health Authority between 1978-1984; a former Cornwall’s County Treasurer of St John; and a former High Sheriff of Cornwall.

Amanda Le Page

Amanda Le Page is a Chartered Architect with specialist qualifications in architectural conservation and regeneration work. Her work includes large scale brownfield regeneration and consultancy. A director of Le Page Architects, she has worked with the public and private sector and for social enterprise organisations. She has been closely involved with a number of successful regeneration projects, including the role of lead heritage architect for the team that delivered the repair and conservation of the historic Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

Amanda has lived and worked in the South West since 1987. Her son attended Kelly College until the sixth form. She was appointed a Governor in 2015.

Kerstin Lewis

Chair of the Safeguarding Committee

Bishop Of Exeter’s Nomination

Kerstin is an experienced teacher and ex Headmistress and is an experienced ISI inspector. She taught at St Paul’s RC Girls’ Grammar School, Edgbaston, Wimbledon High School for Girls GDST, Putney High School GDST, Charters Ancaster School GDST and Abbot's Hill School

Kerstin was also a governor for about 5 years at Charlotte House (formerly Rickmansworth PNEU) – Chair of Education and Personnel at Belswains Primary School, Hemel Hempstead – governor responsible for Head’s appraisal and Chair of Appeals committee. She has been a Council member of ASCL for 8 years and continues to serve as a minuting secretary at Council Meetings.

Andrew Main

Andrew Main stepped down from being Managing Partner of the Fund Management Business, Stratton Street Capital, in 2014 having successfully developed the business from it’s inception in 2000 to managing and advising over £1 billion in Funds for Institutions. Most of Andrew’s experience has been spent in the City dealing with The Far East, including being based in Japan for 5 years. He is a Lifetime member of the Japan Society and member of the Hong Kong Association in the UK.

He now sits on a number of Fund Boards associated with the region and Advises Fund Managers in the region and in the UK. He serves in various capacities the Alternative Investment Management Association being the Chair of their Next Generation Managers group, a founding member of their Sound Practices Group and Market Regulation Standing Committee. Through them he has helped publish their Sound Practices Guide for Fund Board Directors and detailed due diligence questionnaires for Directors.

With his family he moved to the Tavistock area in 2015. He is a qualified Swimming Judge and has recently taken the para swimming course. He actively supports and develops the Officials team associated with Mount Kelly Swimming of which his daughter is a member. He has recently become a Trustee and Chairman designate of the recently formed Tavistock Heritage Trust.

William May Somerville

William was educated at Mount House School, King’s College Taunton, and Exeter University. He then joined Dartmouth Naval College and spent 10 years in the Royal Navy specialising as a Navigation Officer. On leaving in the early nineties he set up his own business in West Devon specialising in the restoration and renovation of old and listed properties.

He is Chairman of the River Tamar and Tributaries Fisheries Association, and a Council Member of the South West Rivers Association.

Hilary Monk

Hilary Monk studied Pharmacy at Manchester University and works as a community Pharmacist. She has been a local Magistrate for 20 years and has also been a member of Fitness to Practise committees for the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Hilary has two children - Christopher was at Mount House School and then Kelly College where he was joined by Jennifer for many happy years. Hilary was an active supporter of the school through the Friends of Kelly and her children's interests.

Niel O'Neill

Niel is a Mount House old boy. His father and son also went to Mount House. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University and Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University. He spent thirty-five years working with Schlumberger and Shell, mainly in the Middle and Far East. His most recent jobs were Development Manager in Syria and Head of Hydrocarbon Recovery Themes in Shell Central Offices, The Hague. He now lives locally but continues to carry out overseas consultancy work in the oil industry.

David Parlby

David studied Economics and Statistics at the University of Bristol. He then taught English in Spain before working at Lloyds Bank, Standard Telephones and Cables and BP International. In 1982 he moved to KPMG Consulting where he was a partner at their London office for 8 years until 2002.

During his time at KPMG he worked with the most senior levels of management at organisations such as National Power, British Rail, Debenhams, Pfizer, Boots, Unilever, Billiton and Vodafone in the UK, Europe and USA, helping them in areas such as business strategy, IT, finance, marketing, and HR.

He moved to Devon from Surrey in 2003 where he became engaged in a variety of roles including consultancy in business strategy and head of the consortium which bought the Ring of Bells Inn in North Bovey, Moretonhampstead where he worked as, amongst other things, the chef. Until recently David was Chief Executive of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

He is married to Geri, a lecturer in history of art, and is the proud father of Rebecca and Michael, both of whom spent very happy years at Kelly College. His personal interests include golf, cycling, classical guitar, Cordon Bleu cookery and reading.

Julian Trahair

Julian Trahair went to Marlborough College, before studying British Archaeology at Cardiff University. He qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and worked for commercial law firms in the City of London and Plymouth.

His two sons attended Mount House and he has been a governor since 2011.

Julian Whiteley

Julian began his career as an engineer in the Royal Navy, subsequently obtaining a teaching qualification and moving into the independent education sector.

He has more than 20 years’ school leadership experience in the UK, South America and South East Asia. He was Head of Taunton School and, more recently, the CEO and Head of College at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, an international school with over 5,500 pupils.

Julian now works as an education consultant and has been involved in the inspection and accreditation of schools, as well as the recruitment and coaching of senior leaders. He is also a partner in Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, Asia’s leading swimming and triathlon training centre.

He is married with three daughters and lives in South Devon. He can invariably be found on the water, in the water or under the water such is his enjoyment of sailing, kayaking, swimming and scuba-diving.

Guy Ayling as the Head Master and Principal of the Foundation attends full Governing Body and Sub-committee meetings.