MR J.E.K. SMITH, CBE - Chairman

Ed Smith is the former Global Assurance COO and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he had a highly successful 30 year career holding many leading Board and top client roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner.

He has since enjoyed a largely philanthropic and public service portfolio of Board roles in sustainable development, higher education, transport, sport, health and thought leadership as well as a number of commercial interests.
He is Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University of Birmingham, a Non-Executive Director of Assura Group plc,and Chairman of the Advisory Boards of HCA Healthcare UK,Push Doctor and the Institute of Health Management and is a senior divisor to Advent International LLC.

He has recently retired as Chairman of NHS Improvement,Lead Non-Executive Board member of the Department for Transport,Chairman of Crown Commercial Services in the Cabinet Office, a member of the Competition and Markets Authority which reviews proposed acquisitions and markets for adverse competition outcomes and a Member of Council & Treasurer of Chatham House.Past roles have included Chairman of WWF-UK and the Board of WWF International as well as Chairman of The Student Loans Company and British Universities & Colleges Sport. He has also been on the Board of Opportunity Now, the leading gender campaign within Business in the Community as well as a member of the Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport.

He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Bath, University of Roehampton and University of Aberdeen and University of Birmingham for his contributions to HE, HE Sport and Sustainability. He was awarded a CBE for services to Higher Education in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.



David was educated at Caterham School. He joined Philips Electronics as a Student Apprentice in 1964 and worked for them for 47 years retiring in 2011. He studied Electronics and Management at Croydon, Wimbledon and Kingston Universities and was a qualified European Quality Award assessor. During his time at Philips he was Marketing Director then Managing Director of the UK Semiconductor Division and subsequently Corporate Communications Director for Philips in the UK, Nordic countries and South Africa. Although primarily based in the UK he spent extended periods on projects in Europe and California. He has been on the Caterham Board since 1985 where his roles have included Hon. Treasurer, Chairman of the General Purposes Committee and Chairman of the Board   His current responsibilities include oversight of Buildings Development (Master Plan) and Boarding.  He is an Elder in the United Reformed Church and is married with two grown up daughters (who also attended Caterham) and four grandchildren.




Stephen Critchley was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Chemistry. After a spell in industry, he returned to the University and was awarded a D. Phil. in X-ray Crystallography. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Accountant and had a wide-ranging career in the accountancy profession, latterly leading the Public Sector practice of PwC in the East Midlands. He left the profession to become Chief Finance Officer of Transport for London from which he has recently retired. Stephen is a Trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund, sits on the Finance Committee and the Risk and Audit Committee of United Learning and is a member of the Audit Committee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also actively involved in community activities in his local village.




Vice Chairman and Honorary Treasurer

Ian Edwards was educated at Caterham (1965-72) and studied Mathematics at Southampton University. After a 12-year career with Arthur Andersen, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Ian moved into senior management with the retail group headed by Kingfisher plc. Since retiring from his 21-year career in the Kingfisher group, Ian now has a portfolio of roles including Chairman of JDRF, the UK Type 1 diabetes charity, Chairman of Trustees for the Comet Pension Scheme and non-exec Chairman of Paul Mason Consulting Limited.  In addition to being Vice-Chairman of Trustees, he chairs the Finance & General Purposes Committee.



Tracey Eldridge-Hinmers is a Senior Associate in the law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards.  She specialises in education law and is an acknowledged expert in the fields of compliance and child protection.  She chairs the Compliance sub-committee.




Nicola Furley-Smith was educated at The Henrietta Barnett School from 1972-1979 and has a BA in Religious Studies and a PGCE from King’s College, London, a BD from the University of Manchester and an MA in Christian Theology from the University of Leeds.  She is a minister of The United Reformed Church currently serving as Moderator of the Southern Synod serving 160 churches in the South East.  

Given the School’s Reformed Christian ethos she is the United Reformed Church appointed Trustee.  She has one child at Caterham School, another having left after A Levels last year.




Jeremy Joiner left Caterham School in 1973 and, having obtained a Law Degree, qualified as a solicitor in 1978. After spells with a law firm in Gray’s Inn, where he specialised in Real Estate, and as a partner with a law firm in the City, he joined international law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP as a partner in the Real Estate Department in 1987. He took over as Head of Department in 2000 where he remained until his retirement in October 2012. He was acknowledged as a Legal Expert in the field of Commercial Property and Real Estate in the Legal Experts Directory 2012, Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 2013, and Legal 500 2012.

He is a founder member of Caterham Harestone Rotary Club, and a keen sports enthusiast having played all the major team sports and captained the rugby 1st XV at school, and subsequently played rugby, squash and cricket for many years after he left Caterham School. He is currently a member of Gloucester Rugby and of Tandridge Golf Club, and he remains a Trowers & Hamlins Consultant. He joined the Caterham School Board in 1991. 




An Old Caterhamian, Mark Smith joined the Board in 2016.  He is the founder and CEO of ADA, the National College for Digital Skills.  This is the first higher education college to be founded in recent years and is the first of its kind.  He will shortly assume the chair of the Academic Policy Committee.




Suzi Whittle is a senior accountant at Cadogan Estates.  She is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and chairs the Preparatory School sub-committee.




Tony has a first class degree in Physics from Nottingham University.  After graduation, he spent three years in research for Philips in the UK. He taught physics and became a head of science at HMC schools (Royal Grammar School, Guildford and Birkdale School Sheffield) for some 14 years and subsequently took up the role of education bid director with Balfour Beatty Capital and gathered a few commercial skills. He then set up his own consultancy business through which he worked closely with private sector companies like Dell and local authorities to offer services to maintained schools and academies throughout England and Wales. Much of his work was focused on making effective links between pedagogy, the built environment and ICT. More specifically he was involved with change management in schools with an emphasis on the adoption of new technologies. He is currently the Education Officer for the Skinners’ Company and this role requires him to be Clerk to the Governing Bodies of seven schools, to provide strategic support to the headteachers and Chairmen and to manage the risks and opportunities within its education portfolio on behalf of the Court of the Company.  He is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.



Clerk to the Trustees

Parents wishing to send a letter to the Chair of Trustees should write to Mr E Smith c/o The Clerk to the Trustees, Caterham School – marking the envelope ‘Private & Confidential’ if necessary.

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