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
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
Mr C M Winterbottom BsC PGCE
Acting Deputy Head (School Management)
A M S Willson BA PGCE
History, Head of Educational ICT, Games
Deputy Head (Academic)
Mrs S Cordillet MA CAPES
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
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
Registrar: Mrs D Smith BSc
HR Manager: Mrs J Stoner Assoc CIPD
Head of Computer Services: M Sixsmith BSc MPhil
Association Catering Manager: Mrs L Kisiel
Headmaster's PA: Mrs K Saunders
Marketing & PR Officer: Mrs B Hanson BA
Health and Safety Adviser: Mrs D Knox BSc Tech IOSH
School Doctor: Dr E Capo-Bianco MBChB BSc DCH MRCGP
School Nurse: Sr R McKenzie RGN
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: H Cooper; Miss C Kalz; Miss A Whitehead; A Whittle
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
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 Reineke DipTCL
Harp: Miss C Sultana de Maria BMus(Hons) MPerf RCM
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