Chairman, Ms Lynne Ayres, LLB
A former pupil of the School with longstanding connections in Peterborough, Lynne is the Chairman of the Governing Body. She is a practising solicitor having graduated from the law school at Bristol University. Lynne was the Senior Partner and Managing Director at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors LLP for many years in Peterborough, Oundle and Huntingdon and is now a Consultant. She lives in Wansford and worships at Peterborough Cathedral and is a popular and well-respected member of the local community. Lynne is also an Executive Board Member and Corporate Fellow of Woodard Schools.
Mrs Alana Arculus, MA Hons
Alana is a graduate of St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She was an Andersen Scholar and began her career as a management consultant with Deloitte. Since 2008, she has worked in the Insurance Industry at local company BGL Group. Alana is Chair of the Early Years Subcommittee of Governors. She is a Woodard Fellow.
Mrs Pamela Dalgliesh
Pamela grew up in West Sussex and moved to Wiltshire when she married. When the family moved to Peterborough in 1997, her son Ben was educated at King’s School, Ely and her three daughters at Peterborough High. Pamela became a committee member of the PTG and was its Chair for five years. Outside of School, Pamela remains involved with fundraising for several groups, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Save The Children and The Alzheimers Society.
Mrs Lydia Frisby
Lydia was educated at a Woodard School, St. Mary and St. Anne’s School, in Abbot’s Bromley. She had two daughters at Peterborough High School, one of whom, Jane, was Head Girl, and was on the Parent-Teacher Guild Committee. She lives in Fleet Hargate and her husband is a Chartered Surveyor and Auctioneer in nearby Holbeach. She networks for the School in Lincolnshire and the Fens and has introduced several parents from that area. She represents the Governors on the Child Protection/Welfare Committee.
Mrs Katie Hart, BA Hons
Katie Hart was educated in Huntingdon and Peterborough and went on to gain an Honours degree in Philosophy at Durham. Before starting her own business, Rhetonic, in 2008, Katie was Director of Cambridgeshire Enterprise Services and Marketing and Customer Relations Manager at Business Link for Cambridgeshire. In her spare time, Katie is a volunteer listener for The Samaritans and raises money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. She walked across the Jordanian desert to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and is a Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust. Katie addressed the audience and presented the prizes at Speech Day in 2008.
Mr Phil Hayes
Phil is a financial services professional, with over 25 years' specialist experience in insurance. He has in-depth commercial and operational understanding of Insurance Company and Intermediary business practices in both call centre and high street operations. His clients have included Honda Motor Europe, Experian and Fiat/Alfa Romeo. He is married to Joanne, and they have two daughters who attend the School.
Prof Christopher Howe ScD, MA, FLS
Chris Howe is a Professor of Biochemistry at Cambridge University. He is also a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he directs studies for preclinical medical students. He is a Woodard Fellow who joined our Council through the Woodard Corporation. He has spoken here at evenings about Oxbridge Entrance and Higher Education.
Bishop Robert Ladds SSC LRSC BEd Hons
After working in scientific research and development, Bishop Robert trained as a teacher and has taught chemistry and zoology. Following ordination, he served in various parishes, as Chaplain to a Bishop and as a school Chaplain. He became Archdeacon of Lancaster and was for ten years Bishop of Whitby. During this time he was Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education. He has served on the governing bodies of a number of schools. Bishop Robert is presently an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London and also serves in a parish in east London. He and his wife Roberta have three sons and four grandchildren. Bishop Robert's interests include growing Bonsai, architecture, opera, art, education and his family.
Ms Helen Louise Milligan-Smith LLB Hons
Helen was educated in Manchester and Leicester and graduated in Law. Having lived all round the country working for companies including Whitbread and Greggs, Helen now works in Covent Garden as the Corporate Director of Brakes Foodservice. She settled in Peterborough in 2011 and her daughter attends the Preparatory School.
Helen was Young Business Person of the Year 2011, was a finalist on the BBC's The Apprentice and was a Business Connector for Prince Charles.
Mrs Elizabeth Payne
A former pupil of Peterborough High School for eight years, Elizabeth then became Chairman of The Westwoodians’ Committee until joining the School Council in 2007. Elizabeth sits on the Marketing Subcommittee. Elizabeth is General Manager of a four star Country House Hotel in Leicestershire and lives in south Lincolnshire.
Mr Dickon Sandbach, BA, FCA, DChA
Dickon is a Westwoodian, having attended the pre-prep school a ‘few’ years ago. He lives in Stamford and is the senior partner of Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants in Peterborough. In his professional life, he has experience of both the charitable and education sectors. Dickon serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Mr Paul Simmons
Paul is a business consultant and executive coach, who worked for many years for Barclays Bank in the Peterborough and East Anglia region. He was head of their commercial and corporate business teams. Since retiring from them he has been a Trustee of Vivacity, Peterborough's Culture and Leisure Trust. His interests include golf and football. He is married to Mary, with three grown up children and three grandchildren.
Deputy Chairman, Mr Peter Southern FRICS
Peter is a Chartered Surveyor and was a main board director of the largest industrial property owner in the UK. He is now a consultant working for Government, major PLCs, landowners and local authorities. Away from the workplace, Peter has been a Governor of Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Visitors of HMP Acklington, and a Director of South Northumberland Cricket Club.
Dr Jackie Thompson, LMSSA, MBBS, DRCOG
Dr Jackie Thompson is a retired General Practitioner, who graduated from Kings College Hospital in London. She worked mainly in the Peterborough area, most recently at Orton Medical Practice, and had a close association with the School in the past, as her daughter attended. In addition to serving on the School Council, Jackie is a member of the Health and Safety Committee and the Safeguarding Committee.