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.




Anne is a highly experienced Early Years childcare professional and was the Manager of the Ide Hill Pre-School for some 14 years.

She joined Ide Hill C E Primary School as a Governor in October 2009 with the key focus on Early Years and Transitions. She was appointed Chair of Governors in 2012. 

Three of her children attended Caterham School and during that time she was the Chair of the Parents’ Association for three years.

Anne is a longstanding member of the Caterham School Foundation.



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. 




Monisha has senior level management and board experience in the creative industries, broadcast and digital media and higher education. She is Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, a leading drama conservatoire and one of the UK’s largest in terms of student numbers and professional training courses.

In 2018, she was appointed to the Board of the new regulator and competition authority for the higher education sector in England, the Office for Students. She also serves as a member of the Content Board of Ofcom, the broadcast, telecomms and postal industry regulator. The Content Board has delegated, advisory responsibility for a wide range of content issues, including the regulation of television, radio and video-on-demand quality and standards.

She is currently a lay member on the independent panel for Queen’s Counsel appointments. The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts of England and Wales.

In the Arts, she is a serving Trustee of the Art Fund, an independent fundraising charity for art, and also of the Donmar Warehouse, the internationally acclaimed theatre in Covent Garden.

In December 2015, Monisha was invited by the Prime Minister to join the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Sponsored by the cabinet office, the Committee advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in England.

In her previous roles, appointed by the Prime Minister, Monisha served as Trustee of Tate from 2007 – 2015. She has also served as Trustee on the Board of the National Gallery and the Foundling Museum. Her last executive role was at BBC Worldwide, where she worked for 10 years across TV, radio, publishing and digital media, before stepping down in 2010.

Monisha has a post-graduate degree from SOAS, and an executive MBA from the London Business School. She was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in February 2009.




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.




Ewan is an Old Caterhamian and is currently Head of Content & Campaigns at England Rugby. He leads all digital content creation across England Rugby’s digital and social media channels. His role also includes driving the core marketing campaigns encouraging people to get involved in the sport of rugby.

Previously, Ewan worked at Unilever establishing the in-house content creation team to tell the story of the company’s Sustainable Living Plan.

He is a trained journalist and worked as a print journalist at William Reed Business Media until switching to the digital world in 2006.



Mary was educated at Caterham School (1985-1987) and served as Vice-President of the Old Caterhamians Association for three years until March 2018. Mary joined the Caterham School Board in 2018.

After leaving Caterham, Mary studied Business Studies at Bournemouth University and has since pursued a career in public relations. Mary is Director, Communications at the British Business Bank, the UK’s government-owned, business development bank. Mary brings extensive reputation management and communications capabilities to the Board of Trustees. She is also a diversity advocate within her industry and is recent, past President of Women in PR, an advocacy and networking group for senior women working in the communications industry. In 2018, Mary was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in recognition of her 25+ years’ contribution to the profession.

Mary is married and lives in Surrey with her husband and three sons, one of whom is a pupil at Caterham.



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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