The Oratory Schools Association


The Right Honourable Lord Judge


J J Eyston Esq, MA FRICS KSG

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols PhL MA MEd STL


The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School share a governing body, who volunteer their time and professional skills to ensure that the Schools operate efficiently. They are responsible for the strategy and future development of the Schools.


Dr C B T Hill Williams, DL MA FRGS FRSA

Christina Hill Williams was High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire during 2009-2010, having served as Deputy Lieutenant since 2005.  In her varied career, Christina has run two oraganisations as National Director and General Secretary and has served on YWCA Board of Governors.  She has had various appointments within the Magistracy and the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and has been a General Commissioner of Income Tax.  She sits as a Mental Health Act Manager at various hospitals, on the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and has been involved with a number of local charities.  Christina was first appointed a Governor in 2010 and was elected Chairman in 2016.  She is also a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and is Child Protection Governor at both Schools.


*+ C J Sehmer Esq, FCA

A Chartered Accountant by profession and now retired, Jamie Sehmer is the Governor with responsibility for finance. He was appointed a Governor in 1986 and elected Vice Chairman in 2002. He is also Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on the Property sub-committee. Jamie is an Old Boy of the Oratory School and has three sons. He is a trustee and treasurer of a number of charities.


+ Martin Berkeley JP, BA (Hons), IMC, Chartered MCSI

Martin Berkeley is an Old Oratorian who grew up in Woodcote. After University and training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Martin completed a Short Service Commission in a reconnaissance regiment. He went on to hold a number of senior commercial appointments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, before joining the banking industry specialising in investment and private banking. Martin is Director of a finance consultancy practice and is a serving Magistrate.

+ B F H Bettesworth Esq, FRICS ACIArb

Barney Bettesworth, a Chartered Surveyor and Licensed Property Agent, is a Director of a commercial firm of Chartered Surveyors. He was appointed a Governor in 2006. Barney sat as a Magistrate for 15 years. He, his two sons and his two brothers are all Old Oratorians.

* Right Reverend R Byrne, BD AKC Cong Orat

Bishop Robert Byrne entered the Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. In 1990 the then Fr Robert and another priest from the Birmingham Oratory moved to St Aloysius Oxford to found what was in 1993 to become the Oxford Oratory. He was Provost from 1993 until 2011 hen he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Dialogue and Unity at the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Fr Robert has been a prison chaplain since 1988 and in 2000 he became President of the Permanent Deputation of the International Oratorian Confederation. In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Fr Robert an Auxilairy Bishop of Birmingham and he was rodanied Bishop on 13th May. A Governor since 1996, Bishop Robert is also a member of the Finance & General Purpose committee as well as the Academic Sub-Committee.

Mrs M A Cochrane

Mary Cochrane is a Company Director of a family business which manufactures maths and science materials. She was appointed a Governor in 2002. Mary is married with three children. She is on the special needs staff of her local primary school.

Mrs M E Edwards

Margaret Edwards is a former parent, having educated three children at both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. Family connections with the School include her brother, an Old Boy of both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. Since 1994, Margaret has been a Consultant specialising in Islamic-Indian art with one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. She is an experienced Governor, being a long-serving Governor at her daughter’s all girl independent school, sitting on many committees and representing the School on the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).

*+Professor P W Evans, MA PhD

Peter Evans is Emeritus Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies. He was decorated in 2005 by the Spanish State with the Order of Isabel the Catholic. He was appointed a Governor in 2002, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and also chairs the Academic Sub-Committee. He attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.

+F J Fitzherbert-Brockholes Esq, MA

Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes is an old Oratorian and was appointed a Governor in 1998. He is a partner in an international law firm, where he is the co-head of the firm's European capital markets group and head of the London office practice group. He has been a Governor since 1999.

*+ C J French Esq FRAgS

Chris French is a retired farmer, turned businessman, who has been actively involved in the agricultural industry throughout his life. He was appointed a Governor in 1993, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and chairs the Property Sub-Committee. He has been Governor of an Independent School and a College of Agriculture.  Chris is an Old Boy of both the Oratory Preparatory School and the Oratory School and his father was also a Governor of The Oratory Schools Association.

*+ M H R Hasslacher Esq

Michael Hasslacher attended both the Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.  He has a son who is also an Old Oratorian.  A retired businessman who ran his own company, he has been Master of the Vintners' Company and a member of Court.  He was first appointed a Governor is 1986 and served as Chairman from 2006-2016. He sits on the Finance & General Purpose Committee, the Property and Academic sub-committees.

+His Honour K A D Hornby, BA(Hons)

Keith Hornby, an Old Oratorian, read law at Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Bar in 1970. He has been a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit since 1995 and has been a Tutor/Syndicate Leader for the Judicial Studies Board from 1996 to date. He is the author of a number of papers for the Board and a member of the ETAC committee of the JSB between 2006-10.  He is a former law lecturer and was appointed a Governor in 2007.

*+N R Purnell Esq, MA QC

Nicholas Purnell is a leading Barrister and Head of Chambers in the City, where he practises predominantly in Commercial and White Collar Crime. He is also a Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court. He is an Old Oratorian and has four Old Oratorian sons. Appointed a Governor in 1994, he is also a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee.

Reverend J N Saward, MA MLitt

Fr John Saward is Priest in charge of a parish in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Previously he taught Dogmatic Theology at seminaries in England and the USA and at the International Theological Institute in Austria. An author and translator, he was appointed Governor in 2004.

*+M W Stilwell Esq

Matthew Stilwell on leaving the Oratory became an Assistant School Master at a Preparatory School before he joined the Royal Air Force and later transferred to the Army via the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has since been Product Development Manager in a number of companies and was appointed a Governor in 1998.  He chairs the Finance & General Purpose Committee and also sits on the Academic Sub-Committee.

Nicholas Tanner M.Sc

Nicholas Tanner is a former parent.  Now retired, after school he worked initially in an Overseas Bank and then joined Rolls-Royce.  Following this, most of his working life was spent in Local Government and the NHS in the Human Resources function.

Clerk to the Governors

M W Halsall MBA FCMI


Rev K.E Macnab MA



* Members of the Finance and General Purpose Committee

+Old Oratorians

  Former Pupils of the Oratory Preparatory School


Contact Address for Chairman of Governors

Dr C B T Hill Williams DL MA FRGS FRSA

c/o The Clerk to the Governors

The Oratory Schools Association


South Oxfordshire



Staff List


Mr R Stewart



Deputy Head (School Management)

C M W Winterbottom BA PGCE

Mathematics, Biology, Games


Deputy Head (Academic)

Mrs S Cordillet MA CAPES

Modern Languages


Assistant Head (Pastoral)

C P Sexon BA UED BEd MSc: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Drama, Mathematics, History, Boys' Games

Assistant Head (Head of Pre-Prep & Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs G Smith BA GTP: Year 2

Middle Management Team

Head of Girls

Mrs M Williams BEd: Year 3, Head of Personal, Social and Health Education

Head of Boarding

Mrs WC Prior BSc GTP: Maths, Geography

Head of Juniors

Mrs L Finch BEd DipHE: Year 3

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Mrs A Jenkins CertEd DipSpLD CertTESOL

Director of Sport

L N Chaffey BA (Ed): Year 3, Master-in-Charge of Football and Cross Country

Heads of Department

Mme S Cordillet MA CAPES: Head of Modern Languages, Housemistress Elston

Mrs H Cox BMus PGCE: Director of Music

Mrs E Goodwin BSc PGCE: Head of Science, Girls' Games

Mrs H Hwang BSc BEd; Head of Mathematics, Girls' Games

T I Jones BSc IPGCE: Head of PE, Housemaster Caversham, Boys' Games

Mrs J Packham NNEB RSH: Head of Girls' Games

C N B Pohl BA MA (Ed): Head of History, Mater-in-Charge of Cricket

Mrs E Reed BMus PGCE: Head of RE, Charities Coordinator

P T Smith BA PGCE: Head of Classics, Housemaster Branksome, i/c Chess

J E R Williams BSc PGCE: Head of Geography, Boys' Games

Mrs H Willson BA PGCE: Head of Art and Design Technology

J R T Winch PhD MA PGCE: Head of English, School Magazine, Boys' Games

Early Years Teaching Staff
Pre-Prep Teaching Staff

Mrs E Johnston BA NVQ3: Nursery

Mrs S Chaffey BA (Ed): Year 1

Miss R Hartley BA EYPS NVQ4: Kindergarten

Mrs A Winterbottom BEd: Year 1

Mrs J Haywood BA PGCE: Reception

Mrs Z Briffett BEd: Year 1

Mrs P Williamson BA (Ed): Reception

Mrs C Maher BA PGCE: Year 2


Mrs A Stanton BEd MBA: Year 2


Year 3-8 Teaching Staff

Mrs L Anderson BEd LTCL: Music

E H Binham BA MA GTP: Year 4, Master-in-Charge of Rugby

Mrs S Cater BA Cert TEFL: English as an Additional Language, Girls' Games

L N Chaffey BA (Ed): Year 3, Master-in-Charge of Football and Cross Country

Miss K Davis BA PGCE: Year 4, Girls Games, Housemistress Rosehill

S J Denis BA M.Litt PGCE: English, i/c Public Speaking and Debating

Mrs R Fec MA PGCE: Latin

Mrs A Peters CertEd FIOS: Science, Head of Swimming, Girls' Games

Mlle S Pereira Leites LEA IPGCE: French, Spanish

Mrs K Phillips BA PGCE: Year 4, Librarian

Mrs A Quinn BSc PGCE: Science

M Sergt BSc MSc MA DIC PGCE CBiol MSB: Science, Boys' Games

Mrs C Walker BEng MSc PGCE: Mathematics, Girls Games

Support Staff

Registrar: Mrs C Atkinson BA

HR Manager:

Head of Computer Services: M Sixsmith BSc MPhil

Association Catering Manager: Mrs L Kisiel

Assistant Catering Manager: Miss P Cunningham

Association Domestic Manager: Mrs D McLaughlin

Estates Manager: R Squizzoni

Headmaster's PA: Mrs K Saunders

Marketing & PR Officer: Mrs B Hanson BA

Health and Safety Adviser: R Squizzoni

School Office: Mrs D Darling; Mrs C Shortis BA; Mrs J Whittle

School Doctor: Dr E Capo-Bianco MBChB BSc DCH MRCGP

School Nurse: Mrs R McKenzie RGN; Mrs V Anderson RGN; Mrs C Crowe

Senior Matron: Mrs J Campbell CertEd

Assistant Matrons: Mrs K Hulbert; Mrs J Heap BEd

Learning Support Teacher: Mrs M Meikle DipSpEd

Teaching Assistants: Mrs S Anderson BEd DipEd; Mrs M Antonian BA; Mrs K Atkin; Miss V Atkin NVQ3; Mrs S Curtis BA (Maternity Leave); Mrs M Dunaj NVQ3; Mrs E Johnstone BA NVQ3; K Lavine NVQ2; Mrs R McAlpine NNEB (Covering maternity leave) Mrs D McDonald Bsc; Mrs C Nicholls: Activities Coordinator Mrs J O'Leary; Mrs L Tilbury NVQ3; Miss R Trythall NVQ3; Miss R Wheat Bsc Msc

Graduate Teaching Assistant: E Strang BA

Prep School Assistants:Miss C Cameron; T Cameron; Miss P Crook; A McPherson

Laboratory Technician: Mrs J Sutton

Art Technician: Mrs J Barefield

Head Groundsman: A Burnham

Maintenance Manager: P Wilcox

Caretaker: D McLaughlin

Swimming Teacher and Pool Manager: Mrs B Hickman FIOS

School Shop Manager: Mrs J Turner

School Minibus Drivers: G Jones

Visiting Staff

Cookery: Mrs A Macrae Cert Ed

Dance: Mrs K Walford

Golf: M Howell; J Prince

Judo: A Hooker; W Cheng; D Edmonds; R Edmonds; T Haynes; Miss L Dixon; Ms K Thorne


Brass: J Anderson LTCL; R Anderson BMus

Drums: J Donnelly

'Cello: Mrs C Lancaster BMus MMus

Clarinet and Saxophone: Mrs L Anderson BEd LTCL

Oboe, Bassoon and Piano: Mrs S Ellison BA LRAM

Flute and Piano: Mrs A Wilkins BA

Guitar: J Newman

Oboe and Bassoon: Mrs S Ellison BA LRAM

Percussion: C King NAPT

Piano: Mrs D Kemp; Mrs K Marsden ALCM; Mrs K Tavener BA ARCM PGCE

Singing: Mrs J Maltese BMusHons

Violin: Mrs L Padfield LRAM


To contact the Acting Headmaster, Mr Chris Winterbottom, please email:

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