Governors

The Governing Body plays an important strategic role in the life of the schools and is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the schools. It sets and reviews policies, strategies and procedures to ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils and has responsibility for the financial control of the schools.

The Governors give their time voluntarily, receiving no payment and for continuity are generally expected to serve at least 4 years on the governing body. They offer a blend of skills and experience to help guide and direct the schools. The criteria for the appointment of governors are laid down by the Trust Deed of the William Jones Foundation and the Governing Body includes:  the Master of the Haberdashers’ Company, an Oxford, Cambridge and Cardiff University don; a representative from Monmouthshire County Council; a number of local people ~ some of whom may also be Old Monmothians, current or past parents.

Potential governors are generally recommended to the Chair by the Haberdashers’ Company and by existing Board members. The Board normally includes governors with experience in education, business, law, accountancy, public health or the medical profession and property. When selecting replacement governors, the aim is to retain this balance of professional expertise.

The Governors operate across the family of Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools but divide responsibility for key areas into smaller committees covering the individual schools, finance and estates, ICT, marketing and pensions. The senior schools committee Chairs also sit on the Finance and Estates Committee and plays a valuable supporting role for the Head.

The Main Board Chair is a senior Haberdasher appointed by the Trustees who holds overall responsibility for the governance of the schools.

The Governors can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors: creasey.fiona@habsmonmouth.org

A list of the governing body is set out below with a code to highlight which committees each governor sits on.

Mr Audley Twiston-Davies – Chair of Governors

Married with four grown up children. Lives in Herefordshire. Educated at Radley College where he rowed and played rugby. Past Master of the Haberdashers’ Company. Has been a career investment manager. Founder and Chief Executive of Foreign & Colonial Emerging Markets Ltd. Chairman of BlackRock Frontier Investment Trust PLC and TR European Growth Trust PLC. Interests include country pursuits and anything to do with horses.

Past Master of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Member of the Senior Schools’ Committee
  • Member of the Monmouth Prep School Committee
  • Member of the Academic Committee
  • Member of the Pastoral Committee
  • Member of the Finance & Estates Committee
  • Member of the Governance, Nominations & Compliance Committee
  • Chair of the Remuneration sub-committee

Mr Phil Alderman

Educated at Pontypridd Boys Grammar School and Bristol University. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Gwent Hospital since 1994. Honorary Clinical Teacher Cardiff University. Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC. Interests: rugby, golf, skiing and occasional amateur dramatics.

Committees

  • Member of the Pastoral Committee/Safeguarding Governor for MB

Mrs Liz Ashford

Educated at Cowbridge School, Bristol University (LLB) and College of Law Guildford. Practiced as a solicitor in London, Guildford and Gloucester for private and commercial clients and also worked with Citizens Advice. Now practices as a Civil and Commercial Mediator at Monmouthshire Mediation Practice. Married with two children who both attended Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. Lives near Monmouth. Interests include enjoying the countryside and coast with the family dogs and horse, reading, theatre and entertaining. Member of the Law Society, Civil Mediation Council and the Association of Wales and Border Counties Mediators.

Committees

  • Chair of the Monmouth Prep School Committee
  • Member of the Pastoral Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Governance, Nominations & Compliance Committee

Mrs Jo Booth

Educated at Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School, Cwmbran, University College London (Geography BA) and the University of Wales (MA Fine Art Printmaking). Now lives in London after several years in Monmouth; married with a son and a daughter who both attended Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. Jo has previously worked in HR for Safeway and Rio Tinto in London, now works part time for field&flower and as an artist. Since 2018 Jo has been a volunteer for Shout 85258 a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.  Principal interest is painting and fine art printmaking but also enjoys music of many genres, theatre, galleries and entertaining. Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society.

Committees

  • Chair of Pastoral Committee/Safeguarding Governor for MPS

Professor Richard Carwardine

Educated Monmouth School, Corpus Christi College and The Queen’s College, Oxford, and the University of California at Berkeley.  Now retired after a career as an American historian at the University of Sheffield and the University of Oxford.  Rhodes Professor Emeritus of American History, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  Past president, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Fellow of the British Academy, Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, Distinguished Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford, Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (2019).  Interests include theatre, rambling, rugby and cricket.

Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Member of the Academic Committee
  • Monmouth School Charitable Trustee

Mrs Sharon Clayton

Educated at United World College, Singapore; Newtown School Waterford; Trinity College Dublin BA (Hons); University of Worcester (FdSc). Sharon has worked in shipping; as a foreign rights manager for a publishing company; as a teaching assistant specialising in literacy and numeracy support; and as a district councillor in South Herefordshire District Council. For the past few years she has worked as a counsellor for young people and currently works for Teens in Crisis along with doing some adult counselling in Hereford.  Sharon is married with four sons, all of whom attended Monmouth School for Boys.  Her interests include: reading, theatre, walking and sailing.

Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Member of the Pastoral Committee/Safeguarding Governor for MG

Mr Tim Haden-Scott

Educated at Eltham College and Reading University where he gained a degree in Land Management. Tim is currently chair of the Haberdashers’ Property Committee and sits on the Court of Assistants. After a 35-year career in the London property market, most recently at Delancey Real Estate Asset Management, he retired to concentrate on his charitable interests and also provides property expertise as an NED on a couple of Boards most notably the Metrocentre Shopping Centre, Gateshead.  Tim is married with three daughters and lives in Surrey.

Assistant of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Member of the Finance & Estates Committee

Dr Sue Honeywill

Married with three grown up children. Lives in Cheltenham. Educated at Pate’s Grammar School and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, London. Former surgeon and general practitioner, now retired from medical practice. Chair of Trustees of an independent day school in Gloucestershire. Freelance pianist, visiting music teacher and Samaritan volunteer. Interests include playing chamber music with friends and learning languages.

Committees

  • Member of the Pastoral Committee

Mr Noel Manns

Educated at Monmouth School for Boys, Pembroke College, Cambridge and The London Business School. A Chartered Surveyor and former Founding Principal at Europa Capital Partners LLP, a pan European fund management group. A Trustee of several charities including the Henry Smith Charity. Married with two daughters. Interests include history, politics, cricket, rugby and the charitable sector.

Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Member of the Finance & Estates Committee
  • Chair of the Governance, Nominations & Compliance Committee

Mr Roger Miners

Married with three daughters. Lives in Oxfordshire. Roger is Chief Executive Officer and Global CMO of BNP Paribas Asset Management UK, one of the world’s leading investment organisations. Previously he was CMO of Allianz Global Investors and prior to this he was CEO of the UK and Global Head of Sales and Marketing at RCM a global asset management company. Interests include skiing, running, travel and wine.

Assistant of the Haberdashers’ Company

Mr Anu Mohindru QC

Educated at Monmouth School for Boys (Head of School 1992-3), University of Wales (Law, LLM) and UWE (BVC) Now lives in London practicing as a Barrister in all areas of regulatory, financial and general crime; Currently Advising the UN (Office of Drugs and Crime) and Counsel of the Kosovo Specialist Chamber (The Hague); married with two daughters. A qualified Arbitrator and Mediator; fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. A keen cricketer, having played representatively (Glamorgan and Wales) and now playing for BEWCC and the MCC. Now coaching 1st XI cricket at Felsted.

Mrs Hilary Moriarty

Educated at Denbigh Grammar School, Trinity College, Dublin (BA Hons in English Language and Literature), the University of Wales (Postgraduate Certificate in Further Education), Leicester University (MA in Modern English and American Literature) and Leeds Metropolitan University (Diploma in Education Leadership and Management). Lectured in English in Colleges of FE, and taught in comprehensive, grammar and independent schools. Deputy Head and subsequently Head of independent girls’ boarding schools. National Director of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and the State Boarding Schools’ Association (SBSA) 2006 – 2014. Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate for twenty years. Currently a consultant advising schools on preparation for inspection and training governors. Contributor to national education press since 1985. Lives in Monmouth, married with two sons and two daughters, both of whom attended Monmouth School for Girls. Interests: journalism, theatre, travel. Governor at a state primary school.

Committees

  • Member of Academic Committee
  • Member of the Pastoral Committee/Boarding Governor

Lord Moynihan

Lord Moynihan was a Music Scholar at Monmouth School for Boys from 1968-73 and Head Boy. He went up to University College, Oxford where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics subsequently winning a J.A.Fiddian Research Scholarship into Industrial Relations at Brasenose College, Oxford. He won the Home Countries International held at Monmouth in 1968, coxing the Senior Men’s IV. At Oxford he was President of the Oxford Union. He won Blues in Boxing and Rowing and steered the British Lightweight VIII to Gold at the World Championships in 1978 and the British VIII to Silver at the 1980 Olympic Games. In politics, he was Minister for Sport and then Minister for Energy in Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s Governments. In 2005 he was elected Chairman of the British Olympic Association and was a member of the Olympic Board which oversaw the delivery of the London Olympic Games in 2012. He is currently Chair and Partner at Buckthorn Partners LLP and remains active in the House of Lords whilst internationally advising on sport policy formulation. He lives in London and Ayrshire (family) and his interests include music, reading and golf.

Lord Moynihan will be Board Chair from December 2021

Councillor Richard Roden

Educated at Abersychan Grammar-Technical School, Universities of Cardiff and London (Biological Sciences). Business life involved working in developing start-ups through to global giants of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, often overseas. Mayor of Monmouth May 2019 to September 2020. County Councillor. Interests include rugby, environmental issues, and attends St Mary’s Priory Church, Monmouth.

Mrs Ruth Rose

Educated at King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny, Exeter University and University of Aix-en-Provence (LLB Euro) and College of Law, Guildford. Formerly lawyer with City law firm Freshfields, working in their Corporate Finance Department. Lives near Monmouth. Married with four children, all of whom have been educated at the Haberdashers’ Schools in Monmouth. Interests include riding my horse, eventing (in an observers role!), walking, wildlife, theatre and galleries.

Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Vice Chair for Monmouth School for Girls
  • Co-Chair of the Senior Schools’ Committee
  • Member of the Governance, Nominations & Compliance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Mrs Lesley Russen

Educated at Harrogate Grammar School and University of Wales, Bangor (BSc Hons Agricultural Economics).  With a background in international agricultural marketing, now works as a specialist consultant to agribusiness. Lives near Monmouth.  Married with two children, both of whom attended the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. Management Committee member and Past Chairman of the Monmouthshire Show.  Other interests include tennis, photography and gardening.

Mr Nick Waters

Educated at Monmouth School for Boys and Reading University. A Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Taxation having trained at Deloitte.  UK and international business experience in manufacturing and hi-tech sectors including  BOC Group, Quantum Peripherals, Norsk Hydro, GKN plc and Johnson Matthey plc. Spent substantial periods living and working in Switzerland and USA. Now returned to live on family farm near Monmouth. Married with 3 sons. Keen interest in sport playing tennis, cycling and mountain hiking. Avid rugby supporter, Wales of course!

Committees

  • Member of the Audit sub-committee

Dr Ruth Weeks

Educated in Birmingham. BSc in Biochemistry, PhD in Muscle Biochemistry. Taught in Comprehensive, Grammar and Independent schools. Senior posts include Deputy Headmistress Pastoral of Monmouth School for Girls, Head of Redland High School, Head of Edgbaston High School, retired August 2019. Past Chair of the Education Committee for the Girls School Association, Reporting inspector for Compliance and Educational Quality Inspections for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Living in the Wye Valley, married with two daughters, who were educated at Monmouth School for Girls, three grandchildren attend Monmouth Prep School.

Mr Iain de Weymarn

Studied economics at Cambridge and Warwick Universities.  Iain has worked at Barclays since 2018 and is currently Head of their London Strategy Team.  Prior to this he was Treasurer of BUK (the UK high street bank) and as Global Head of Balance Sheet Management for the Group, which involves amongst other things managing the Group’s funding and liquidity.  Prior to his role at Barclays, he spent 17 years at the Bank of England, where amongst other things he was Chief of Staff to Governor Carney, Head of Stress Testing, Head of Sterling Markets, Speechwriter to Governor King and worked on the Bank’s Quarterly macroeconomic forecasts.

Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company

Committees

  • Chair of the Finance & Estates Committee
  • Chair of the Audit sub-committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Mrs Rachel Williams

Educated at King Alfred’s School Burnham-on-Sea, Cardiff University (BSc Applied Psychology) and UCLAN (MA Human Resource Management).  Senior Lecturer, Programme Director – MSc HRM and Admissions Tutor – BSc Business Management at Cardiff University.  Previously Head of HR for the Cardiff office of the law firm Eversheds. Lives near Usk. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Married with two grown up daughters. Interests include running, reading, gardening and walking.

Committees

  • Chair of the Academic Committee

Mrs Fiona Creasey – Clerk to Governors

B.Com (Hons) from Birmingham University and Chartered Management Accountant. Worked for ICI and Zeneca in Paints and Agrochemicals businesses in a variety of financial and management roles over 15 years. Relocated to Monmouthshire in 2003 with husband and two daughters.  Appointed as Clerk to the Governors in 2006. Interests include skiing, travelling, Parkrun, walking and cooking.