Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Governance

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is part of a Multi-Academy Trust, the Marlow Education Trust.  This trust was established with the intention of developing a group of schools in Marlow and the surrounding area who are able to work together to deliver the best outcomes for students, regardless of their ability, background or needs. 

Responsibility for Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School specifically lies with a local board of governors.  These enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, drawn from the staff, parent and wider community, support the school in its aims by working with leadership to provide challenge, expertise and perspective.  The local governing body meets termly, as do its core sub-committees.

CHARLOTTE REDCLIFFE - Chair of Governors

Charlotte is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor by qualification. After working within PwC’s international tax and M&A teams, in 2001 she joined Centrica plc where she is Head of Tax for the group.

Outside work, Charlotte is a keen horse-rider and Pony Club mum.

She has three children, all of whom were students at SWBGS. Charlotte is committed to supporting Borlase to be the best it possibly can, and to giving all students the skills and confidence they need for the future lives they choose.

KAREN KENNEDY - Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Personal Development and Wellbeing Committee

Prior to forming her consulting firm, The Core Resource, Karen was European People Resourcing Director with SmithKline Beecham (SB) Pharmaceuticals. Formerly, her career began as a Registered Nurse, specialising in the operating theatre and intensive care before joining the pharmaceutical industry with Glaxo and enjoying various roles within the industry, including sales, sales management, training, management development and human resources. Karen’s consulting experiences at European and UK senior management level include Executive coaching, senior team facilitation, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions and HR and organisational re-engineering.

She has subsequently gained various management and Human Resource qualifications & accreditations, including MCIPD, MBTI, ECI, HBDI & Resilience to Change, is an NLP Master Practitioner and as Governor of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, is an assigned Governor to the SMT and History and Politics department.

PHIL SHARP

Phil has been a school governor at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar since April 2014.

He has lived in Marlow for the past 10 years, moving here following a period of time in Australia on a work assignment and originally hails from the North east of England. His wife, Lisa, works at Burford School, one of the Borlase feeder schools.

In his career, he has worked in a variety of functions and sectors, and held a number of Country and European HR Director roles at Johnson & Johnson, the large US Healthcare and Consumer goods company. Having worked for there for 15 years, he is currently working in a global role, leading the design of the future HR organisation. In addition, he is currently studying towards an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School.

Outside of work, he is a big music fan, and loves going to concerts and buying records whenever he can. He loves cycling – especially road biking around the Chiltern Hills.

KEVIN GALE

Kevin studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College before working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London for seven years, during which time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and specialised in business valuations. He then worked in industry for several years, firstly in finance, but latterly in strategy and general management, working in many countries.

Subsequently, he raised banking and venture capital funding to buy an engineering business (a Management Buy-In) and, in addition, has started and sold several other businesses. His current focus is on the design and development of engineering products.

Kevin has three children, the youngest of whom is currently at Borlase, the older two having recently left for university.

ALIX BROWN

After studying Maths at University, Alix trained with KPMG as a chartered accountant and held a number of senior accounting and finance posts in industry before setting up a property services business in 2007 with her husband. She is the company’s CFO and also volunteers in the school’s Development Office.

She has 3 children, one of whom is at Borlase.

Appointed as a Parent Governor in 2015, Alix is very keen to contribute to the work of the Board of Governors in setting the strategic direction of the Academy and finding ways to improve transparency and accountability.

Alix’s other interests include ballet, reading and her 2 year old springer spaniel.

TOM PRESHO

Tom is a Duty Train Staff Manager with Transport for London where he has worked for the last 15 years. He currently manages the operational running of the central line and specialises in HR, incident management, emergency planning, health & safety and environmental issues. He has previously studied in Leadership and Management.

Tom has lived in Marlow since 2000 and both his children are pupils at Borlase. He is also an athletics coach with Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC. He has coached county, regional and national level athletes.

Tom has been a governor since 2006, initially at a local primary school and since 2013 at Borlase. After a brief spell in the personnel committee he has taken up the health & safety brief, working closely with the business manager and maintenance team to maintain the safe and healthy environment of the school. Tom is a keen supporter of improving school facilities. He also has governor responsibility for art & design and collaborates with the Eco schools working group.

TOM RUSSELL

Tom completed Architecture at Edinburgh University. His first work was with the UN on self-build housing in Tanzania in 1978. Now he still works mainly in the Middle East and Africa.

He joined a Hawaiian architecture firm in 1994 and designed hotels in 25 countries worldwide, becoming the MD and a board member. His personal designs include award-winning buildings such as Legoland Windsor, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, and the Royal Opera House in Muscat.

Through his own design company, he has continued designing hotels worldwide, along with residential and school projects in the UK. Tom plays trombone in the Marlow Orchestra, enjoys sailing, kayaking, and skiing. 

HUGH BETHELL

Hugh is a consultant cardiologist in London specialising in pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators. He graduated from Cambridge University and during cardiology training at Papworth Hospital undertook a PhD in Biochemistry.

He has always had a keen interest in teaching and is an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London teaching medical students.

Hugh became a governor in 2013 and is affiliated to the Modern Foreign Languages department.

He is a member of the academic committee and has a particular interest in assisting in the preparation of students for medical school application.

HUGH MIALL

Hugh is Old Borlasian who left the school in 2004. He read law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge whilst holding a choral scholarship, and now practises as a commercial chancery barrister from XXIV Old Buildings, a leading set of chambers in Lincoln's Inn. Hugh and his young family recently moved back to the local area, and he was delighted to be able to join the board in October 2018 and support the development of Borlase and its pupils as a governor. 

Hugh enjoys spending most of his free time running around with (or after) his young son. He is a keen musician, and whilst he is primarily an avid listener and concert-goer, he also continues to perform as a singer from time to time.

SETH MIALL

Seth is Director of Music and Head of Danes at Borlase. He was appointed as Staff Governor in January 2018. He is a member of the academic committee and has a strong interest in the strategic direction and policies of the school.