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Board of Governors

St Peter's 13-18

Board of Governors

Visitor: The Rt Honorable the Lord Archbishop of York


Mr W WoolleyMr W Woolley EDIT

Bill is Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Process and Co-ordination Committee and a member of the Bursary and Hardship Committee.

A Chartered Civil Engineer with 30 years’ experience in local government, Bill has for the last 16 years acted as Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of City Strategy with City of York Council. He is currently a development consultant and director of two local development companies.

Vice Chair

Mr P B HillingMr P Hilling EDIT

Phillip is Chairman of the Finance Committee and member of the Process and Co-ordination Committee.

Currently a non-executive director/trustee with a number of charitable and public organisations in Yorkshire, in addition to being a magistrate and executive coach. He previously qualified as a chartered accountant and has 25 years’ experience as a partner with Ernst and Young LLP.

Vice Chair

MMiss S L Palmer EDITiss S L Palmer

Susan is Chairman of the Bursary and Hardship Committee, as well as a member of the Education Committee and the Finance Committee.

A former marketing and communications director of national and international financial services organisations, Susan is also a trustee of several arts and heritage charities. In 2004 Susan was appointed OBE in recognition of services to national heritage.


Members of the Board

Mrs C Bailey EDIT (2)Mrs C Bailey

Carol is Chairman of the Property and Facilities Committee and member of the Bursary and Hardship Committee.

Recently retired, Carol was a partner with a national law firm specialising in commercial real estate for many years. She is also a parent to an Old Peterite.

Mr Mark Calvert

Member of the Finance Committee

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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.

Mrs J Copley-Farnell

Mrs J Copley Farnell EDIT

Jenny is member of the Finance Committee and Education Committee, a practicing pharmacist with five years of regional management experience in the retail sector and an Old Peterite (1993-2003).

Dr N Durham

Dr N Durham EDIT

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.

Mrs 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 and tech companies. Trustee, director and treasurer for various York based charities and organisations.

Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost

Member of the Education Committee.

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Dean of York. Chair, the Chapter of York; member, York Diocese Leadership Team.

Previously Bishop of Southampton (2010-2019); member, the Church of England’s General Synod; Chair, Joint Diocesan Board of Education for the Dioceses of Winchester and 
Portsmouth. Member, Court of the University of York; Governor, University of York St John. Trustee, United Society for Partners in the Gospel (USPG).    


Dr S 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.


Professor M MatraversProf M Matravers EDIT

Member of the Education Committee and Finance Committee.

Director Morrell Centre for Toleration & Professor of Law, University of York. Former Head of the Department of Politics and former Director, School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy both at the University of York.


Dr A Lees

Dr A Lees EDIT

Chair of the Education Committee and member of the Bursary & Hardship Committee.

Education consultant. Former Director of Education for the Diocese of York (2001-2014). Former Governor of York St John University (2008-2017), Chair of the People Committee and member of the Foundation, Governance and Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Former Governor of the Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Hull and Director of the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (2004-2016). Former Lay Canon and member of the Chapter of York (2006-2012). Background in higher education. Currently specializing professionally in school organisation (academies and free schools) and academy and school governance.


Mr A Taylor EDIT

Mr A Taylor

Member of the Education Committee and Governor Responsible for Safeguarding.

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

Mr P Widdicombe

Member of the Finance Committee and the Property & Facilities Committee.

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.

Rhiannon Wilkinson

Member of the Education Committee

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Former Head of Harrogate Ladies' College and Wycombe Abbey; former Deputy Head both in the UK (Cheadle Hulme School and Haileybury) and internationally (Jerudong International School, Brunei) and teacher of History through the secondary years. She has wide experience of pastoral work, safeguarding, Boarding, communications and university education. She was notably successful in driving forward development projects, involving relationship-building and fund-raising and for the establishment of Wycombe Abbey International in Changzhou, PRC and in Hong Kong and was the Founding Head of Whittle School & Studios in Shenzhen, China 2018 to 2020.


Clerk to the Board: Ms K Hodges

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