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General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE
Peter Wall served most of his career in the Royal Engineers retiring as Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Army, in 2014. His career has taken him all over the globe, including operational tours in Rhodesia, the Balkans and Iraq. He is Director of Amicus, a strategic leadership consultancy, and he is involved in a number of military charities. He is also Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Peter follows sport avidly, sails and skis a bit, and plays the occasional game of cricket.
Mr Mark Hawkesworth
Treasurer and Chair of FDC & JF&E, Audit
One of Gordon’s last direct connections with the Sudan, where Mark lived as a young child when his father was Governor of Kordofan and his stepfather was Governor of Darfur. Studied electrical and electronic engineering followed by a postgraduate business degree leading to an early career in international engineering and later moving on to the venture capital business. Mark is a director of the UK's largest venture capital trust.
Mr Peter Wynter Bee TD
Vice Chairman; Chair of Fundraising & Nominations, FDC; JF&E; Governor
Fourth generation of his family to live in West End. Trained as a solicitor and worked in private practice in London before moving to various commercial companies focused on mining and metals recycling as Company Secretary and General Counsel. Currently a consultant to ZincOx Resources plc and Non-Exec Chairman of Moxico Resources plc, a Zambian copper company. Spent 20 years in the TA, the Honourable Artillery Company and 19 years in the HAC’s Pikemen and Musketeers.
The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt BPhil MEd DLitt FCGI DL
Lord Lingfield is the Chairman of The Chartered Institution for Further Education which he was requested by the Secretary of State to create after the ‘Lingfield Report’ of 2012. In the ‘80s he was for 6 years Director General of St John Ambulance. In 1989 he was appointed to lead the government’s drive for school autonomy and was in charge, until 1997, of grant-maintained schools. He founded and chairs the English Schools’ Orchestra and the charity the League of Mercy. As Sir Robert Balchin, Lord Lingfield was knighted for services to education in 1993. His appointment as Knight Principal was approved by The Queen in 2006; in 2012, he became Knight President. A Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and a former Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University, he was created a Life Peer in 2010.
Mr Michael More-Molyneux; Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey
Recently retired Managing Partner of Loseley Park Farms. Vice President Shooting Star Chase; Surrey SSAFA Forces Help, Loseley & Guildford Charitable Trust. Board member HHA; Chairman of Guildford Cathedral Appeal and Lay Canon. High Sheriff for Surrey 2000. Appointed Lord Lieutenant for Surrey August 2015.
Mr Paul Talbot
Chairman of Investment Panel; Nominations; JF&E; FDC
A pupil at Gordon's School (1958-1964), he spent 45 years in Fund Management in the City with 20 of these years in senior management positions. Finished his working career running his own consultancy business. Now lives in East Kent and currently sings as a member of the Thanet Male Voice Choir.
Mr Richard Whittington FCA
Chairman of Governors; Awards Panel; Nominations; JF&E; FDc; audit
Retired in 2009 from KPMG where he was partner-in-charge of the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Group and simultaneously Global Head of Building and Construction. Now a non-executive director of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and trustee and honorary treasurer of the Community Foundation for Surrey and a trustee of Surrey Care Trust. He has lived in Surrey for over 30 years, was High Sheriff of Surrey 2016-17 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey in 2018.
Mr William Eason
Investment Panel; Nominations; FDC; JF&E; audit; awards
Head of the Charities & Trust Fund Department and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Cheviot Asset Management from 2006 to retirement in 2013. Was Chief Investment Officer at Laing & Cruickshank. Currently a Director of The European Investment Trust, Henderson International Income Trust and Regional REIT Limited. Trustee of Marshall’s Charity and the John Hampden Fund and sits on the investment committees for Trinity Hall, Cambridge and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. A Business Fellow of Gray’s Inn and a Wykeham Fellow of New College.
Mr Jay Tamsitt
Governor; Fundraising Committee
Chairman of the Gordonians. Former pupil of Gordon’s School 1966-69. On leaving school joined accounts department of Swan & Edgar, moved to Sun Life of Canada, transferring to their Management Services Department as an O&M Analyst. Joined Abbey National in a similar role. Helped to set up Abbey National’s Independent Financial Services Ltd. Joined National Counties Building Society as MD of their IFA. 2003 moved to Dentons Pensions Management to set up and manage their IFA. Now in semi-retirement working with Homecroft Wealth (Oxted). Lives in Bletchingley.
Mr Tom Gordon
Representative of the Gordon family. Currently works with De La Rue International as Bid Manager EMEA and previously with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Oracle Corporation UK Ltd, EMC Europe Ltd UK and De Lage Landen Leasing. After completing PCGE taught in Czech Republic and Germany. Lives in Crowthorne and is a keen tennis player.
Ms Alison MacLennan
Scholarship to Christ’s Hospital, read Law at Reading University, called to the Bar in 1996. Admitted as a solicitor of the senior courts 2010. Has always specialised in charity law. Having been in private practice has recently established her own specialist firm, Third Sector Law, based in Guildford.
Dr John Higgs
Fundraising Committee; investment panel
After serving in the Regular Army, John completed 24 years service in 2002 with the TA and reached the rank of Major in the RLC. Appointed Trust Administrator then Executive Director of The Across Trust 1988-1998. Served as Secretary & Administrator of The Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College 1998-2008. Now Secretary to The Joseph Rank Trust, a grant-making trust that funds ‘hard to reach and hard to fund’ Christian social work projects across the UK. A member of the Charity Finance Group and a member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland. PhD in Non-profit Marketing.
Mrs Lynn Bannister
Parent of two former Gordon’s pupils and Chairman of the Gordon’s School Parents’ Association 2011-2014. Has worked for British Airways within different business areas of BA’s IT department, currently Information Security Operation Centre Manager. A 2012 Games Maker as chaperone in the Aquatics Anti-Doping team. Active ambassador for BA within schools, particularly encouraging girls into IT as a career.
Major General John Russell Jones OBE
Chairman of the Awards Panel; Fundraising Committee
Colonel Commandant of the Royal Engineers for ten years. Senior Army career included being Commanding Officer of 23 Engineer Regiment in Osnabruck, and, as a Brigadier, commanding the Royal School of Military Engineering for three years, followed by becoming Director of International Organisations in the MoD. On promotion to Major General was Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Operational Requirements, followed by the post of Senior Army Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies.On retiring from the Army he became Army Adviser to BAE Systems for 16 years from 2001 to 2017. Past President of RE Rugby Football and Cricket Clubs.
Mr Christopher Lomas
Following graduation from Harper Adams University, an extensive career in Golf Course management including Swinley Forest and The Berkshire, Ascot. Currently Secretary to Worplesdon Golf Club, Surrey. Played Rugby for England U21’s, England Universities and Surrey County.
Mr David Munro
Served in the Corps of Royal Engineers for 16 years, reaching the rank of Major. On retirement took a job in computer software marketing and then became an independent consultant specialising in helping businesses win orders from the Ministry of Defence.
Moved to the Farnham area where he still lives. Surrey County Councillor 1997 - 2016 and Chairman of the Council 2013-15. Governor of the Abbey Special School in Farnham and Treasurer of a national classical music trust offering grants to outstanding young singers.
Elected Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016 for a four-year tour.
Mrs Jane Valner
Awards Panel, Investment Panel
Jane took a degree in Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and trained as a company lawyer in the city, working in the private company department on qualification. Subsequently she stayed at home to raise three sons and support her late husband’s career as a city litigation lawyer. She has lived in West End for more than 25 years and plays an active part in church life.
Mr Martin Barnes
Governor; nominations; FDC; JF&E
Elected Parent Governor in December 2008 and appointed a Foundation Governor in 2011; has had two children at Gordon’s. Lives in West End.
Mr Alan McClafferty
Since 2001, Alan has been Managing Director of John Dennis Coachbuilders, Guildford. Married, with three children, Alan lives in Camberley and was elected a Surrey Heath Borough Councillor in May 2015. He is the volunteer Chair of the North Street Development Advisory Committee working with Guildford Borough Council and also Chair of the Slyfield Business Association. Alan enjoys most sports, particularly basketball, golf and skiing. He is a qualified basketball coach and referee and for five years captained the Scotland basketball team.
Mrs Pamela Lea
Having trained in architecture at the University of Nottingham, Pamela is Architect Consultant with NVB Architects, Frome, with whom she worked for over 35 years as a partner and then director. Pamela has been responsible for the delivery of a wide range of many significant projects especially in the education sector, across the full range spectrum of student ages and building types. Pamela set up Rook Lane Arts Trust in 2002 where she continues to be involved in the events programme and education and heritage projects funded by the HLF.
Ms Gabriella De Turris
Governor; FDC, JF&E
A former solicitor, Gabriella worked at Freshfields in London before moving into Industry as in-house counsel. At the University of Geneva, she changed focus with a masters degree in International Human Rights law and acted as a consultant for UN agencies specialising in governance, regulatory, employment and commercial issues. After returning to the UK, Gabriella completed a masters degree in Victorian Literature at Royal Holloway College and has worked on a voluntary basis whilst bringing up her family. She is a former governor of the British School of Paris.
Mr Charles whiffin
Charles read Economics at the University of Southampton before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. There followed a career spent mostly in industry as a finance director, including a period as Head of Finance of British Telecom's Property Division. He was Bursar of The Hawthorns School for eight years before retiring in 2016. Married with three adult children, he has lived in Bisley for over 30 years and is very active in the local church community. He formerly sang with the Gordon Singers.
Ex Officio: Mr Andrew Moss MEd