Clare Countess of Euston The Lord Lieutenant of SuffolkPatron
After appointment as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk in December 2014 she graciously accepted an offer to become Patron of Framlingham College, continuing a long tradition of Lord-Lieutenants that have been involved with the College.
After growing up in the Scottish Borders she achieved an MA in Modern History from London University, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia. Having worked all her life within the voluntary sector, she was Vice-Chairman of Mental Health Foundation, and Chairman of the Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties. She was a Trustee of the Henry Smith Charity for twenty-five years and is a past Chairman of St. Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds, as well as a past Vice-Chairman of the Suffolk Community Foundation.
From 2004-2005, she was High Sheriff of Suffolk. From 2005 to 2010 she was independent chair of the Suffolk Strategic Partnership.
Marrying James, Earl of Euston in 1972 they have five children and nine grand- children. She lives at Euston in Suffolk, where she is a partner in the farm business, and takes a particular interest in breeding Red Poll Cattle and Suffolk
Conservation of the Suffolk countryside for the benefit of future generations, is at the heart of everything on the Euston Estate.
Charles PackshawChair of Governors (2020-); Vice Chair of Governors (2017-2020); Governor (2014-)
Educated at Westminster School and Bristol University, Charles Packshaw is originally a civil engineer with a Masters Degree in Business from the London Business School.
Prior to taking up his current position as Head of UK advisory at HSBC Bank he was the Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Division of Lazards. Living near Woodbridge he joined the board of Governors in 2014.
Peter MoorhouseVice Chair of Governors (2020-); Governor (2017-)
Peter is a recent past College parent and lives locally to Framlingham.
After reading law, Peter entered the City, joining the London Stock Exchange in 1987. Since 1990, he has worked in investment banking for Smith New Court and Merrill Lynch and is now a Senior Advisor to US investment bank, Morgan Stanley, which he joined in 2004. Peter has senior responsibility for Morgan Stanley’s client relationships with a number of UK companies, with particular focus on the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
Peter is Deputy Chair of the National Youth Orchestra and also Chairs the Development Board and Finance Committee. Peter was a trustee of the AstraZeneca Primary Science Teaching Trust from 2009 to 2017 and continues in an investment advisory capacity for the Trust’s endowment fund. A keen singer, Peter is Deputy Chair of the Phoenix Singers.
The Rt Hon Lord Smith of FinsburyEx Officio (2015-) Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Born in 1951, Chris Smith was educated in Edinburgh and then Pembroke College, Cambridge, achieving a double first in English (and later a PhD on Wordsworth and Coleridge) and was also a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard.
Chris began his political career as a Labour Councillor for Islington Borough, becoming MP for Islington South and Finsbury in 1983. In 1992 he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, and two years later moved to Heritage, then Social Security and Health. When Labour came to power in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chairman of the Millennium Commission. He returned to the back benches in 2001, played a leading role in opposing the Iraq war, standing down from the Commons in 2005. Immediately afterwards he was made a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005. He currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer.
In 2003 he became Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, helping to develop the potential of future leaders in the cultural sector; he stepped down in July 2008 to become Chairman of the Environment Agency. He chaired the Environment Agency from 2008 to 2014; since 2007 he has also been Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority. He was Chairman of the Task Force on Shale Gas in 2014-15, drawing up four evidence-based reports for public information. In 2004 he chaired the judges for the Man Booker Prize, and in 2014 became Chairman of The Art Fund. He was Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre until 2014. In 2011-12 he led the Review of Film Policy for the Government. He is also a Non-Executive Director of PPL, a Non-Executive Director of Spencer Ogden, and Chairman of the Wordsworth Trust. Since October 2015 he has been Master of Pembroke College in Cambridge.
The Rt Rev. Graeme KnowlesRepresentative of the Bishop of Ipswich & St Edmundsbury. Ex Officio Governor 2015-
Graeme Knowles was born in Woburn, Bedfordshire, and grew up in the town of Dunstable, where he went to the local grammar school.
In his early teenage years he experienced a vocation to the priesthood, which led him to read theology at Kings College, London. He married his wife, Susan, in 1973, before his final year of training at St Augustine’s College, Canterbury.
After ordination in Canterbury Cathedral, his ministry took him first to St Peter-in-Thanet, on the Kent coast, then to Leeds Parish Church, as Senior Curate and Precentor. This was followed by a seventeen year spell in the Portsmouth area, where he was first a Minor Canon at the cathedral, then Vicar of a large council estate parish and lastly Archdeacon of Portsmouth.
Graeme was then appointed Dean of Carlisle. In 2003 he was consecrated Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man. In 2007 he returned to the United Kingdom to become Dean of St Paul’s. He resigned this post in 2011 following the events surrounding the Occupy Camp based at St Paul’s. From 2012 to 2015 he was Registrar of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy, a substantial charity supporting clergy and their families in times of need.
Throughout his ordained life Graeme has been closely involved in education, serving as a governor and chairman of governors in a variety of schools, both maintained and independent. He was a long-serving member and latterly chairman of the Council for the Care of Churches, a national body. He is now chairman of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, the body that has general oversight of the church buildings in the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
His other interests include the novels of E F Benson and Victorian and Edwardian ballad songs.
Graeme and Susan live in Bury St Edmunds.
Sue AshurstGovernor (2017-)
Following a career in advertising Sue founded her branding agency, Holy Cow, in 2006.
The company has grown its reputation and client portfolio and now reaches both regionally and nationally, advising business owners and boards on brand strategy, positioning and communication. Local clients have included Adnams, Muntons PLC, Seckford Free Schools and Easton and Otley College together with projects further afield for The Royal Horticultural Society and The National Trust.
Sue is an Enterprise mentor for The Eastern Enterprise Hub, a ‘not for profit’ organisation set up by the public and private sector community to support new entrepreneurs. One such project involved working at HM Prison in Highpoint motivating and inspiring prisoners due for release to consider beginning their own business as a deterrent to re-offending.
Sue is married with three children and lives locally.
Bev ClarkGovernor (2019-)
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AVM Simon DoughertyGovernor (2008-)
Simon Dougherty was educated at Brandeston Hall and Framlingham College.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 1969 as a Medical Cadet whilst studying medicine at The London Hospital Medical College and entered productive service in 1974. A full and varied career saw him attain the post of Director-General Medical Services in the rank of Air Vice-Marshal prior to his retirement in 2009. Simon is also a Governor of the Royal Star and Garter Homes and a Trustee of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, a Freeman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators and a Freeman of the City of London.
Simon is married with three adult children, all of whom attended Brandeston Hall and Framlingham College. He was President of the Society of Old Framlinghamians from 2011 to 2013.
Helen EllerbyGovernor (2020-)
A career in nursing and healthcare in schools and in the community has brought a sense of focus, determination and resilience in Helen’s professional life.
Helen qualified in 1982 at Middlesex Hospital London and pursued 10 years in general nursing followed by experience in four specialist areas. In addition to a busy career, she has brought up three children, and is now a proud grandmother of three. Helen’s interests outside work include tennis, cooking, bell ringing and walking her dog.
John EllerbyGovernor (2015-)
John Ellerby was born in Ipswich and educated at Brandeston Hall, Framlingham College and Edinburgh University gaining an MA Honours in German.
He spent all of his career from 1980 at HSBC in Jersey, Southampton and London where he was latterly Finance Director of HSBC’s UK Asset Management business. He has been a Trustee of the Society of Old Framlinghamians for 3 years and has recently taken over as Chairman.
John is married with one son, two daughters and two dogs. His interests include golf, cricket and walking. He lives in Winchester though still has family connections in Suffolk with a mother and sister in Framlingham and a brother near Orford.
Ian FulcherGovernor (2015-)
Born in Bury St Edmunds and educated at Brandeston Hall, Framlingham College and Oriel College Oxford, Ian became a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Cambridge.
He subsequently worked in corporate finance with Cambridge Capital before setting up Cambridge Computer Systems specialising in software development. Ian lives near Newmarket with his wife Sally and his two daughters have become the fourth generation of the family to pass through the College. His interests include golf and sailing.
Nigel HelliwellGovernor (2021-)
Nigel has been the Head of St Faith’s School, Cambridge since 2011. Prior to that he served as Head of Colfe’s Preparatory School, London, and Head of Brentwood Preparatory School.
Nigel has also worked as a qualified Independent Schools Inspector since 2003 and has been a member of several national committees for the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).
Peter Howard-DobsonGovernor (2009-)
Peter Howard-Dobson was educated at Framlingham College and spent the majority of his working life in the telecommunications industry, managing and directing national telecoms businesses in monopoly, duopoly and highly competitive environments.
More recently, he was co-founder and chief executive of an entrepreneurial business serving the intersecting needs of mobile telephone operators and public utilities. He stood down from this operational role in 2007, but remained a shareholder and non-executive director until 2015.
He was a trustee of the Society of Old Framlinghamians from 2005-2011, standing-down from this role on his appointment as Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Board of Governors. He took up a new trusteeship in 2017 which continues. He became a Governor and a member of F&GPC in 2009, and took over as chairman of the F&GPC in 2010, handing over to James Powell in 2013.
Peter is married and has three sons, all of whom are Old Framlinghamians. His interests include golf, music, fine art and travel.
Peter LawrenceGovernor (2014-)
Peter Lawrence was educated at Brandeston Hall and Framlingham College before completing a degree in Drama at the University of Exeter.
Having started his career in financial services, Peter made the transition into the recruitment sector with the UK’s largest search firm, Odgers Berndtson, in 2009. Peter is a Consultant in the firm and focuses on the appointment of Chairs, Heads and Principals of leading independent and international schools in the UK and abroad.
Peter is married to Charlotte and they live in London. His interests include cricket, football and theatre.
Nigel LingwoodGovernor (2020-)
Nigel was educated at Ipswich School and Hull University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, London.
Nigel worked for Unigate PLC until 2001 when he joined Diploma PLC as Group Finance Director until his retirement at 30 September 2020. Nigel is married to Janice and has one son and two daughters.
He lives in London but retains strong connections in Suffolk and his interests include walking, wine and the Arsenal.
David MallettGovernor (2019-)
David was educated at Brandeston Hall, Framlingham College and University College, Durham.
He trained and qualified as a solicitor with the London office of US law firm, Paul Hastings LLP. In 2016 David moved to a global private equity investment firm with interests in real estate, structured finance and venture capital, where he serves as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer.
David lives in London with his wife Lucy and their two children William and Bertie.
Lucy Rowan-RobinsonGovernor (2014-)
A special needs expert, formerly SENCO at Orwell Park School, Lucy joined the Governing board in 2014.
Simon RudlandGovernor (2017-)
Simon grew up in Suffolk before going onto medical school and then the Royal Navy where he trained in underwater medicine and anaesthetics, working in northern Iraq during the first Gulf War.
After completing his GP training Simon and his wife Julia with their two small boys spent a very happy period time in Western Australia before returning to Suffolk where their daughter was born. After nearly 25 years as a Suffolk GP Simon is now a visiting doctor on Hoy in the Orkneys.
Simon is passionate about education and innovation. He is an honorary senior lecturer at Norwich Medical School and Digital Health Lead for the undergraduate curriculum. Simon feels privilege to be supporting the College as a governor.
Mark SlaterGovernor (2014-)
Born in Peru to parents in the diplomatic service, Mark Slater was educated at Wellington College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
He began his teaching career at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, before returning to his old school, Wellington, where he served for 14 years as a Modern Languages teacher and a Housemaster. He was then appointed to the Headship of St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, and moved to The Leys, Cambridge, where he was Headmaster for nearly ten years. He retired in December 2013, and joined the Governing Body of Framlingham College shortly afterwards.
He is married with two grown-up daughters. His interests include walking, golf, languages and travel.
Claire TorrensGovernor (2018-)
Claire Torrens (née Bush) was educated at Framlingham College and St John’s College, Cambridge.
She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Slaughter and May before moving to Dickson Minto, where she practises as a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on private equity and M&A transactions.
Claire lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Alex, and dog, Otto.