MR I.R.M. EDWARDS
Chair of Trustees 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 Chairman of Trustees, he chairs the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
MS. S. SHAH
Monisha is Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. She is also a Non-executive Board member for the Office for Students and Ofcom’s Content Board, and a member of the Queen’s Counsel Appointments Panel. She presently serves as Trustee of the ArtFund and the Donmar Warehouse, having previously served as a Trustee of Tate and the National Gallery. In December 2015, Monisha was invited by the Prime Minister to join the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Her last executive role was at BBC Worldwide, where she worked for 10 years before stepping down in 2010. Monisha has a post-graduate degree from SOAS, and an executive MBA from the London Business School.
MR. O. BYRNE
Oliver is an Old Caterhamian and a practising solicitor. After leaving Caterham he studied Politics (B.A. Hons) at the University of Warwick and undertook his legal studies at Nottingham Law School. After qualifying in 2007, he worked for a number of years for various City law firms before moving to in-house legal roles. He is currently General Counsel of Trident Energy, an exploration and production company with a focus on emerging markets.
He is a member of the Compliance Committee and the Welfare, Child Protection and Safeguarding Committee.
DR. S.R. CRITCHLEY
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.
MS. A. FLETCHER
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.
MR M. MEAR
Mark was educated at Caterham School (1976-1985), has been a member of the School Foundation since 2017 and became Vice-President of the Old Caterhamians’ Association in early 2018.
After leaving Caterham, Mark studied Combined Honours, Business and French, at Aston University (including the award of a Licence d’Anglais at The University of Orléans), and then went straight on to complete an MBA at Aston Business School.
Mark is a people specialist and his career, over some 25 plus years, has been principally focused on the development of talent within some of the UK’s leading insurance broking and retail leisure businesses, as both Operations and Sales Director – most notably as a senior Executive Director and shareholder at the Saga Group for some eleven years.
In recent months, Mark has become an independent consultant in the world of financial services and contact centre operations.
Mark is a local resident and has had two children at Caterham since Nursery, both now in the Senior School.
MR M.H.P. SMITH
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.
MS. M. WHENMAN
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.
MR A.P. WILSON
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.
The Reverend Bridget J Banks
Bridget Banks was educated at Lavant House school and then went on to do A levels before completing nursing at Southampton University School of Nursing. She did Midwifery at Oxford and then did various research projects for the Department of Health and Oxford University.
While training for the Ministry in the United Reformed Church she worked as a Community Development consultant. She was ordained in July 2006 and has recently been inducted as Moderator of Southern Synod. She now has care for over 140 churches and 48 ministers.
Bridget is the United Reformed Church appointed Trustee.
MRS A. HIGGS
Clerk to the Trustees
Parents wishing to send a letter to the Chair of Trustees should write to Mr I Edwards c/o The Clerk to the Trustees, Caterham School – marking the envelope ‘Private & Confidential’ if necessary.