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Board of Governors

St Peter's 13-18

Board of Governors

Visitor: The Rt Honorable the Lord Archbishop of York


Bill WoolleyMr W Woolley EDIT

Chair of the Board, Chair of the Process & Co-ordination Committee, member of the Bursary & Hardship Committee.

Chartered Civil Engineer with 30 years in Local Government including the last 16 years with City of York Council as Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of City Strategy. Currently development consultant and director of two local development companies.

Vice Chair

Phillip HillingMr P Hilling EDIT

Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Process & Co-ordination Committee.

Currently non-executive director/Trustee with a number of charitable and public entities in Yorkshire, a magistrate and executive coach. Previously qualified as a chartered accountant with 25 years as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP.


Mrs C Bailey EDIT (2)Carol Bailey

Member of the Property & Facilities Committee and member of the Bursary & Hardship Committee.

Recently retired having been a partner with a national law firm and specialising in commercial real estate for many years. Former parent.


Mark Calvert

Mark 2Chair of the Property & Facilities Committee and member of the Finance Committee

Recently retired having been Chief Executive Officer of a large, private environmental services company. Previously HRH Ambassador to Yorkshire and the Humber. Currently Chair of the York Minster Neighbourhood Forum and a member of the Minster Finance Committee. Former and current parent.


Jenny Copley-Farnell

Mrs J Copley Farnell EDIT

Member of the Finance Committee and Governor responsible for Safeguarding.

Pharmacist with 7 years of regional management experience in the retail sector. Old Peterite 1993-2003.

Dr Nigel Durham

Dr N Durham EDIT

Chair of the Bursary & Hardship Committee, member of the Finance Committee and Property & Facilities Committee. Governor responsible for Health & Safety.

Consultant Cardiologist at York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust for 12 years, with 5 years managerial experience as Clinical Director of Acute and General Internal Medicine.

Trustee of York Sports Club and Chairman of York Cricket Club for over 10 years. Current parent and Old Peterite.

Tracey Flannery

Tracey Flannery

Member of the Education Committee and Property & Facilities Committee.

Business consultant working with companies on strategy and growth. Executive coach and trainer/facilitator. Previously 14 years leading and developing York Science Park supporting entrepreneurial science & tech companies. Trustee, director and treasurer for various York based charities and organisations.

Dean Jonathan Frost

Member of the Education Committee.

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Jonathan is Dean of York. Before moving to York he was Suffragan Bishop of Southampton in the Diocese of Winchester. In this context, he was Chair of a joint Diocesan Board of Education with the Diocese of Portsmouth, (where he was also an Honorary Assistant Bishop), leading on governance and support for 160 Church Schools. He has served on the Chapter of Guildford Cathedral, as a university chaplain and for nine years as a parish priest. While in Guildford he also taught Christian doctrine on the Diocesan Ministry Course.    



Dr Simon HinchliffeDr S Hinchliffe EDIT

Member of the Education Committee.

Headmaster, Bradford Grammar School, formerly Deputy Head. Previously Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of Geography, Wolverhampton Grammar School. Significant experience of academic and pastoral leadership, and outdoor education, in HMC schools. Formerly worked in HE as a junior lecturer and Earth scientist.


Prof Tom McLeish

Member of the Education CommitteeTom Mcleish

University Professor of Physics (currently chair of Natural Philosophy, University of York) with strong HE interdisciplinary research and education record touching biophysics, chemical engineering, history and philosophy of science, and theology. Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University. Chair, Royal Society Education Committee 2015-2020; Academic Council, London Interdisciplinary School 2019- 



Mr A Taylor EDIT

Adrian Taylor

Chair of the Education Committee

Former Head of three schools: St Joseph’s RC Primary (3-11) 1987 – 1993, Barlborough Hall, Co-ed day and boarding (3-13) 1993-1998, Berkhamsted Prep, (3-11) 1998-2013. Educational Consultant specialising in the appraisal of Heads and their SMT. Former ISI Inspector, former IAPS History adviser, former Governor of Mill Hill School.



Mr P Widdicombe EDIT

Paul Widdicombe

Member of the Finance Committee and the Property & Facilities Committee and Governor responsible for risk.

Fellow of the Chartered Securities Industry, working in investment management for over 25 years with Capel-Cure Sharp, heading the Barclays Wealth then Brewin Dolphin York offices; area of expertise include work for individuals, trusts and charities. Acts as a Trustee of several charities and is a York guild member. Old Peterite & former parent.


Clerk to the Board: Ms K Hodges

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via St Peter’s School, Clifton, York, YO30 6AB