School Governors

The Dragon School Trust Limited

(Governing Body as at November 2016):

Professor R W Ainsworth, MA DPhil FRAeS (Chairman)

Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford since October 2002,
having been a Fellow in Engineering of the College since 1985.

Roger was an undergraduate apprentice with Rolls-Royce Aeroengines in Derby, before attending Jesus College Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate, obtaining a D.Phil in 1976. He has been a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University since 2003, and chairs the Boards of the Voltaire Foundation, the Oxford Preservation Trust, and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.


 Past Parent

Dr C Bradley, MBBS MRCP MRCPsych

A Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr Bradley has worked at all levels of security, including high security and community forensic psychiatry.

Caroline qualified as a doctor in 1985, having trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Since 2004 Caroline has specialized in the assessment and treatment of Personality Disorder. She has been welcomed back to the Governing Board after a 10-year gap whilst in the North of England.


Past Parent

M Breen, MSc

In January 1999 Mary became Headmistress of St Mary’s Ascot.

Having gained degrees in both Physics and the Philosophy of Science from Exeter and Manchester Universities, Mary started her teaching career at Wellington College before moving to Eton College from 1991-1998, where she became Head of Physics. Mary has been part of various committees for example, the Catholic Independent Schools Conference, the Girls School Association Inspections and the National Committee of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference.

G P Candy Esq., BSc FRICS

Past Chairman of Carter Jonas, a firm of property consultants, chartered surveyors and estate agents with offices in England and Wales. Carter Jonas advise a broad range of individuals, companies and institutions covering every aspect of the property business.

Graham became Chairman of Carter Jonas in 1991, a position he held for 13 years before ‘retiring to the backbenches.’ In retirement he will continue to work as a Trustee for two or three farming families, and will become more involved in his role as Trustee for the Mikwano Children's Education Charity in Uganda, an organisation set up by his daughter, Rachel.


Past Parent

S C Chambers Esq., MA M.Litt

Stephan Chambers is Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, which he helped to found, Director of International Strategy at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College

Stephan Chambers is the inaugural director of the Marshall Institute for philanthropy and social entrepreneurship at LSE. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, sits on the advisory boards of Princeton University Press, the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, and the University of the People.

A Cowley

Currently an Investment Manager in a family holding company, which invests in all assets classes globally for the longer term. 

The Company Ariane works for is focused on maintaining a low-risk balanced portfolio invested in both fixed income and equity markets, with some portion allocated to higher risk alternative investments. Her responsibilities include deciding weighting in various asset classes and markets, assessing currency exposures, identifying interesting investment opportunities and third party investment management.


Current Parent

L Holmes (Boarding & EYFS)

A Non-Executive Director of several businesses who set up Oxford Educational Partnership Ltd with a partner.

After university, Cindy went into advertising on a graduate trainee scheme. As well as working with clients, she became involved in the corporate side of the business and, as Managing Director of an international advertising group, spent a good deal of time travelling. Cindy is married to Adrian and they have four children, all of whom are Old Dragons. Cindy is also a Governor at Rugby School and became Chair of the Governors there in summer 2014. Three years ago Cindy and a partner started Oxford Educational Partnership (OEP) Ltd, an educational consultancy which is essentially a one-stop shop for parents. 


Past Parent

C I M Jones Esq., MA

Based in the UK in the past decade, Chris has developed an extensive range of business and not-for-profit interests around the world.

Chris Jones is an Old Dragon, along with his son, father, his five uncles, his cousins, his grandfather and many great uncles and great aunts. He went on to St Edward's where he is also a Governor and Chair of the GPC. He then went to Cambridge, where he is a Visitor at the University Library. He is also on the Boards of the Ashmolean Museum, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, The Lasker Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts. Since retiring rather earlier than planned for health reasons in 2001, he has become a Director/Investor in a variety of businesses in the UK, Europe and the USA.


Old Dragon, Past Parent

K Jones, MA

Kevin was Head of English and Deputy Head at the Yehudi Menuhin School, an international school for gifted young musicians, before becoming Head of St John's College School, Cambridge, from 1990-2016.

Kevin was the founding Chair of the Children’s University Trust, which now provides out of school learning to more than 100,000 children, is a ‘leading thinker’ for the National Education Trust and is on the national steering group of the Cultural Learning Alliance, which campaigns for the Arts in education.


Sir David Lewis MA DL

Formerly Chairman and Senior Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal practice, David specialised in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. 

David was born in the Far East and attended the Dragon, St Edward's and Jesus College Oxford where he is an Hon Fellow. He was a stooge at the Dragon, his father taught at the Dragon, and several relations are ODs.He is listed as a leading corporate finance lawyer in Legal 500, Chambers and international M&A directories. He was Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2007-2008 and, as such, was the UK's ambassador for financial services. He was knighted on 1 January 2009 for services to the legal profession and to the City of London.


Old Dragon, Past Parent

Professor A R McLean, MA DIC PhD FRS

Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.

Angela McLean studied Mathematics at Oxford and received her PhD in Biomathematics from Imperial College. She is now a Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Life Sciences at All Souls College and Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology. She is also a Director of the Institute for Emerging Infections in the Oxford Martin School. In 2009, Angela was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.


Past Parent

N Millard Esq., LL.B (Safeguarding)

Nathan is an Employment Lawyer with experience working with large and complex organizations in both the public and private sector. 

N Portwood, MBA (INSEAD), MA

Nigel is Chief Executive of Oxford University Press, a role he has held since August 2009. 

Nigel lives in Oxford with his wife and three children. He is a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, and a member of the Management Board of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. 


Current Parent

G E O Stanford, MA (Oxon) MBA FRGS

Co-Curricular Deputy Head, Sevenoaks School

Geoffrey started teaching at Millfield School. Prior to moving to Sevenoaks, Geoffrey was a boarding Housemaster and Head of Economics and Business at Pangbourne College. Before embarking on a teaching career, Geoffrey served as a Captain in The Grenadier Guards, was a Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and worked in finance for Citigroup in their Investment Banking Division. 


Old Dragon

Lady Stringer BSc LRCP MRCS MB BS

Qualified as a Doctor (Dr Jennifer Patterson) at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1975 and subsequently as a Dermatologist.

Lady Stringer spent 24 years living and working in New York. In 2002, she retired from Medicine and returned with her family to the UK. Lady Stringer is currently a Governor at Stowe and Oundle as well as the Dragon School. She has previously been a Governor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and has played an active role in fundraising for all four establishments.


Past Parent

W Touche Esq., BA ACA

William works with Deloitte, the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and by the number of professionals.

William works mainly with TMT, education and consumer business companies and specialises in promoting excellence in the boardroom.


Old Dragon, Past Parent

C Underwood FRSA

Caroline runs the Philanthropy Company which works with philanthropists, INGOs and Universities to stimulate philanthropic giving in the UK.

Caroline lives near Oxford and works internationally. At home she is the mother of teenage twins who are at school in Oxford.

W A Webb Esq., MA MBA

Andrew has held leadership positions with a variety of UK retailers including Virgin, Carphone Warehouse, Game Digital and White Stuff.

He brings a number of commercial skills to the board including, marketing, IT, finance and operations. And as a past parent, he also knows how rewarding it is to be a Dragon.


Past Parent

T D Wheare Esq., MA Dip.Ed FRSA

In 1983 Tom was appointed Headmaster of Bryanston, retiring in 2005.

Tom was educated at the Dragon School, Magdalen College School and then King’s College, Cambridge where he sang in the College Choir and Christ Church Oxford, studying Education for a Dip.Ed and acting as a Lay Clerk in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. His first teaching post was at Eton and he then became Housemaster of School House, Shrewsbury. He was Chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in 2000. As well as being a Governor of the Dragon, Tom is a Trustee of the Girls Day School Trust.


Old Dragon

G H Wilson

Most recently Gill was CEO of a private golf club.  Previously she was Deputy CEO of the Women Professional Golfers’ European Tour, where she was responsible for new business, the negotiation of international sponsorship and global broadcasting rights.

Gill began her career in recruitment, running her own group of employment agencies, and founding a secretarial college. Gill has been involved in the Dragon for many years, she has particular interest in Early Years’ education and served as the Lynams' Governor for over ten years. Gill is a founder trustee of the Blackbird Academy Trust and sits on the Finance and Personnel committees. She has special responsibility for the EYFS years, where she is using her knowledge to focus energies on early intervention and family support. She is a mother of 4 children (3 Old Dragons) and grandmother to 11.


Past Parent

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