College Management and Staff

Senior Management Team Profiles


Keith Metcalfe - Headmaster

Keith was educated at Monmouth School and Downing College, Cambridge, where he read Geography, and comes to Malvern College from Harrow School where he served as Deputy Head Master.

As Deputy Head at Harrow he oversaw the day-to-day running of the school, drawing on the various roles he has held during his career including Housemaster, departmental head, school inspector with the ISI and coach of various sports, as well as from his experience of running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. Keith is happiest working as part of a team and his aim is to lead Malvern College forward in a spirit of community and collaboration.

A passionate advocate of the opportunities afforded by schools with a strong boarding ethos, Keith sees Malvern College as a school that affords the time and space in which to nurture the whole person, and where pastoral care is at the centre of all that it does. It is within this environment that young people will achieve their best, both in and out of the classroom.

Keith is an active person at heart, with a love for sport. He has moved to Malvern with his wife, Clare, and their three children aged 6, 9 and 10 who are enjoying their move from the ‘South East’ and are already feeling part of the Malvern community.

Sarah Angus - Senior Deputy Head

After working for four years in the City of London in domestic and corporate banking during the late 1980s, Sarah went to Cambridge University to read Economics at Lucy Cavendish College. After graduation, she took her PGCE in Glasgow. Having been Head of Economics at Eltham College from 1994-1998, as well as being involved in school expeditions to Iceland, Norway and Nepal, Sarah then moved as Housemistress to Trinity School in Teignmouth, Devon, where she also became Head of Sixth Form. She arrived at Malvern College ten years later as Housemistress of the newly-built Ellerslie House and was appointed Deputy Head (Pastoral) in 2011. In 2017 Sarah was appointed Senior Deputy Head.

Joe Gauci – Deputy Head: Academic

On leaving Monmouth School in 1979, Joe Gauci went up to Lincoln College, Oxford to read Modern History, graduating in 1983. After completing his PGCE at University College, Cardiff, Joe taught History at Ipswich School for five years before moving to Malvern College in 1989. From 1998-2005 he was Head of the Lower School and since 2005 has assumed the role of Director of Studies. Joe is the author of five IB Diploma books on 20th Century History.

Lewis Faulkner - Deputy Head: Pastoral 

Lewis Faulkner studied Biological Sciences at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford before completing his PGCE at New College, Oxford. His first teaching post was at Sale Grammar School where he helped to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He then taught at St Edward’s Oxford for nearly fourteen years where he was Head of Biology and then Housemaster of a boys’ boarding house for seven years and, latterly, Senior Housemaster. As Master i/c Climbing at St Edward’s he co-led two expeditions to the Swiss Alps and he has cycled across France and Spain. He is a keen runner and at St Edward’s he was Master i/c Cross Country and Athletics. Between running marathons and renovating the family home in the Spanish Pyrenees, he has completed an MA in Education at Oxford Brookes University.

Guy Ralphs - Bursar & Clerk to the Council

Educated at Repton and Kingston Business School, Guy worked for Shell UK and Shell International in the UK and overseas between 1976 and 1998. After 22 years with Shell, Guy was appointed Bursar and Company Secretary to Merchant Taylors' School Northwood in 1998 and joined Malvern as Bursar and Clerk to the Council in January 2012.

Alastair (Sam) Cook - Headmaster, The Downs Malvern

Educated at Ashville College, Harrogate and Milton High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A graduate of Westminster College Oxford (where he coached the Oxford University rugby team), Sam’s first teaching appointment was at The Dragon School, Oxford where he taught Geography as well as being a Housemaster and Director of Activities and Expeditions. After 17 years at The Dragon School, Sam left to take up the appointment of Deputy Head of Perrott Hill School, Somerset and then in 2002 took up the Headship of Boundary Oak School in Hampshire. In 2005, Sam became the Headmaster of Pembroke House in Gilgil, Kenya where he stayed until 2008 when he returned to the UK following his appointment as Headmaster of The Downs Malvern.

Leadership Team Profiles 


David Ibbotson – Chaplain

The Revd David Ibbotson joins Malvern this term as our College Chaplain. He was educated at Manchester University where he read Chemistry followed by a PGCE, and has taught at Monmouth School and Watford Grammar School before joining Lord Wandsworth College where he became Director of Studies for 15 years. After studying Theology at Sarum College in Salisbury he was ordained in 2012 and left teaching to undertake a curacy at Tewkesbury Abbey. He has since been School Chaplain at the Monmouth Schools and Eastbourne College before joining Malvern College in January 2019. He is a serving ISI inspector and continues to teach Chemistry.​

John Cox – Head of Professional Teaching & Learning Mentor / PE / Psychology ISI Inspection Co-Ordinator 

John was educated at Keynsham Grammar School (later Wellsway School) and graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Sports Science and PGCE in 1981. John joined Malvern in 2001 as Director of PE & Sport, a post he had held until becoming Director of Boys’ Sport and Professional Teaching and Learning Mentor in 2008 and more recently the role as outlined above.

John’s subject specialism is Physical Education and Sports Science teaching the 11-18 age range including GCSE, A Level & IB, and John also teaches A Level Psychology. His first teaching post was at Prince Henry’s High School (1981-2001) a maintained school where he progressed from PE teacher to Head of PE. John is also a school-based and visiting tutor for the University of Buckingham PGCE + QTS course and Induction Tutor for NQTs with IStip as well as an ISI Team Inspector.

John’s extra-curricular interest and expertise is in sport – but specifically Golf.

David Reid – Head of Sixth Form

David Reid was educated at Pangbourne College and at Exeter University where he gained his BSc in Mathematics. After a Short Service Commission in the Kings Royal Hussars from 1991 to 1996, David studied his PGCE at St Anne’s College, Oxford. David taught at Wellington College from 1997 to 2003, including a year on exchange at Melbourne Grammar School, Millfield School from 2003 to 2008, UWC Atlantic College from 2008 to 2012 and joined Malvern College in September 2012.

Penny Bijl – Head of Learning Enhancement / Designated Safeguarding Lead

Penny trained originally as a teacher of English (1986) with undergraduate degrees from Reading and Cambridge. She then gained an M.Phil in Psychology of Education, also from Cambridge, in 1987 and took her MA in 1990. After completing management training with the NHS, she worked as a Contracts and Planning Manager at Kidderminster NHS Trust for 3 years. She then returned to teaching, initially in the state sector, and joined Malvern College in 2004 in the Learning Enhancement department, subsequently also teaching English to IB, GCSE and in the FY for several years and TOK for two years. She is now Head of Learning Enhancement and is also the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Anne Sharp – Housemistress of No.4

Anne was educated at St. George’s School, Harpenden in Hertfordshire before going on to study English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge. She did a Drama and English PGCE at Nottingham University before starting her first teaching job at a private day school for girls, King’s High in Warwick. The main bulk of her teaching career has been at Malvern College with the focus on the pastoral side. She is the Housemistress of No.4 and is currently in her second year of being the Senior Housem. Her four children have attended or are attending Malvern College and she promotes not just the family values in the boarding houses that makes Malvern such a happy place for the pupils but also values and promotes the arts, music and drama aspects of the school.

Giles Hopkirk – Director of Teaching and Learning

Giles went to school at Gresham’s School in Norfolk and then studied Geography at Sheffield University where he also took a PGCE. Giles started his teaching career in the state sector and taught for 5 years at Aston Comprehensive in Rotherham before moving on to be Head of Geography at Danum School in Doncaster. During his time at Danum he became the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator and was certified as an Advanced Skills Teacher. In 2004 he and his family moved to Peru where Giles took up the post of Head of Geography and Director of Enquiry Based Learning at Markham College, Lima. He was later appointed as the Director of Studies at St.George’s College North in Buenos Aires where he worked for four years. On his return to the UK, Giles was appointed as a Geography teacher at Malvern where he has more recently become the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Stephen Holroyd – Head of Economics, Politics and Business and i/c tracking and monitoring data | International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator (IBDPC)

Stephen was educated at Leeds University, where he gained a BA in Economics and Economic History, he then went to Warwick University where he gained his PGCE. Stephen joined Malvern College in September 1990 and has fulfilled a wide variety of roles since then including becoming head of department in 2001. Alongside his role as head of department he is an IB workshop leader, an experienced ISI inspector and he manages the College’s systems for monitoring pupil progress through a variety of sources of data including baseline testing and effort and quality grades. He publishes IB Economics revision guides and has been a senior examiner for the IB.

Barbara Swart – Head of Lower School

Barbara was educated in South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town. She taught at Hottentots Holland High School, Somerset West, from 1989 to 1990, Wynberg Girls’ High School, Cape Town, from 1991 to 1999, where she was Housemistress of Waterloo House and Diocesan College (Bishops), an Independent Boys’ School, Cape Town, from 2000 to 2008. At Bishops she became the first female “Housemaster” in the history of the school. Barbara and her family moved to the UK in 2009 and she taught at Ewell Castle in Surrey before joining Malvern College in September 2010. In her time at Malvern College she has been Deputy Housemistress of House 6, Housemistress of Ellerslie House, Head of the Foundation Year and has assisted with numerous girls’ sports. Barbara presently teaches Mathematics, runs girls’ tennis and is the Head of the Lower School.

Heads of Department & Heads of Year

Deputy Head: Academic

Mr J A Gauci

Lincoln, Oxford & U.C.W, Cardiff

Deputy Head: Pastoral

Mr L A Faulkner


Director of Teaching & Learning

Mr G A Hopkirk


Design, Technology & Art

Mr D A Stokes

Royal College of Art

Art Mrs C Pritchard  University of Wales & Bath Spa University

Director of Sport

Mrs C Hooper-West

Worcester & Buckingham

Classics, Careers

Mr R G Thurlow

Peterhouse, Cambridge


Mr K R C Packham

Loughborough, O.U. & G.S.A

Economics, Politics & Business Studies

Mr S C Holroyd

Leeds & Warwick


Mr M G Lloyd (OM)

Hatfield Polytechnic & U.C.L.E.S


Dr B M Wells



Mrs C R D Clemit

Clermont-Ferrand & Westminster, Oxford


Mr R Needham

Manchester &IE London


Mr W Mathews

Nottingham & Bath

Theory of Knowledge

Dr S J Holroyd

Warwick & Worcester

Head of Lower School

Mrs B A Swart

Cape Town

Head of Sixth Form

Mr D J Reid

Exeter & St Anne’s, Oxford


Mr J C Herod (OM)

Pembroke, Cambridge

IB Co-ordinator

Mr S C Holroyd

Leeds & Warwick

Master i/c Cricket

Mr M Hardinges


Master i/c Football

Mr M Cleal

U.C.W, Cardiff

Master i/c Rugby

Mr N Tisdale



Mr C J Thomas


Modern Foreign Languages

Mr W Mathews

Nottingham & Bath


Mr J Brown

Royal Holloway & Bedford New College

e-Safety Co-ordinator

Mrs V Young

Nottingham Trent

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Mr D O'Keeffe

UCL & Hughes Hall, Cambridge

Physical Education

Mr N A Brett

Roehampton & Buckingham


Mrs M E Stephen

Birmingham, Bath


Dr N V Watson

Bristol & Loughborough


Mr M P Hnatek

Christ’s Cambridge & Birmingham


Mr A J Merrick

Birmingham & St Andrews


Dr S Vaughan

Christ Church, Oxford


Mrs J Akehurst

Kings College London, Oxford

Learning Support & Head of Safeguarding and Pupil Wellbeing

Mrs I P M Bijl

Wolfson, Cambridge


Mr R N Whitehead

Queen’s, Oxford, St Antony’s, Oxford & Buckingham

Pre-Sixth Co-ordinator

Mrs N J Cage

U.C.W., Cardiff

Life Skills Co-ordinator Mrs V Young Nottingham Trent

College Council


Robin Black - Chairman

Robin, an OM, was appointed as Chairman of the College Council in December 2015 having been the College Treasurer. A chartered accountant, qualifying with KPMG, he has over 30 years of private equity and banking experience. More recently, he has been the CFO of Corbin & King, the leading London based restaurant and hotel group including the iconic Wolseley Restaurant in Mayfair; and the CFO of The Ink Factory, the film and TV production company behind the award-winning Night Manager drama series written by John le Carre. He is Chairman of Raremark, a digital health business specializing in rare diseases; a founder director of Heartstone Inns, a regional pub operator; a NED of Future Biogas, one of the UK’s leading anaerobic digestion operators; and has been a NED of a number of quoted and unquoted companies in the fund management, media and leisure sector including Botts & Company, Malmaison Hotels, Cineworld Cinemas, Osprey Publishing and Primesight Outdoor Advertising.

Sue Duff - Vice Chairman

Sue was brought up in Malvern College as her father was Housemaster of School House and Second Master. She was educated at Ellerslie School before it merged with the College, initially studying Business at University and later an MA in Educational Management. She was a School Bursar before spending ten years in Commerce and then making the transition to teaching in the independent sector. Sue has taught in prep, GSA and HMC environments and been on their management teams. Sue joined the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2011 and is now a Lead Inspector. Since 2015 Sue has worked with a wide variety of schools supporting them predominantly with their pastoral care, boarding and compliance aspects and training.

Carey Leonard - Treasurer

An international commercial banker with over 40 years’ experience, Carey worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 34 years in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and London. He is currently an independent non-executive director of the UK subsidiary of Diamond Bank PLC, a large Nigerian bank. A Governor of The Downs Malvern since 2010 where he Chairs the Commercial Committee and is a member of the Welfare Committee, he was appointed to the College’s Audit Committee in 2013. He is the father of an OM (2007-2012 and Hillstone/MCPS 2002-2007) who was also part of the start-up team at MCQ. A Magistrate, Carey is an enthusiastic, if somewhat erratic, golfer, whose other interests include most sports (now spectator only), the theatre and travel.

Fiona Bridge

Fiona's association with Malvern has been as a parent of three boys in School House, all third generation Malvernians. After several years working in marketing within the hotel industry she returned to the prep school world where she has a wealth of experience both in the general running of a school and in communication between parents, staff and pupils. Alongside this she is involved with her husband, another OM, in running a dairy farm in Shropshire.

Peter Brough

A successful businessman and a former parent, Peter has been a member of Council since 1995 and was Chairman of the 2001 Fundraising Appeal Committee. He has an honours degree from Lancaster University in Politics and Modern History. For many years he was a Governor and Vice Chairman of The Ryleys School in Cheshire. From 2003 to 2009 he was Chairman of The Petrol Retailers Association. He is currently also a governor of his old school, Tettenhall College.

William Burke III

William "Chip" Burke, an Old Malvernian, graduated with a BA from Kenyon and an MBA from Dartmouth. A US citizen and former Chief Operating Officer of La Branche & Co in New York, Chip also serves on the finance committees of the Church of St Ignatius Loyola and the Buttonwood Foundation on Wall Street. Chip is a member of the Council’s Fundraising Campaign Board with responsibility for furthering US OM links with the College.

Professor Ken Davey OBE

Ken Davey spent several years in East Africa as a member of the Overseas Civil Service. Later he became Professor and Head of the School of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham. Since 1990, he has specialised in public administration and finance reform in Eastern Europe. The father of two Old Malvernians, Ken has been a member of the College Council since 1986 and was Vice Chairman of Council from 1994 -2006. He holds the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.

Michèle Edwards-Clark MVO

An Old Girl of Ellerslie School, and the first such Old Girl to be a member of Malvern College Council, Michèle began her working life with Oxford University Appointments Committee before moving to work in the City for many years. Currently she works in The Queen’s Private Secretary’s Office at Buckingham Palace. Michèle has been a member of the College Council since 1992 and a member of the Management Board since 2011.

Nicholas Engert

OM (No.9, 1971-1975) and a Trustee of the Malvernian Society.

Nicholas is a Partner at Nicholas Engert & Associates, which is a design and project management company that specialises in lighting and electronic automation systems for residential and businesses. He frequently attends events at the College and is a member of the Old Malvernian Lodge.

Christine Fairchild

Christine Fairchild is the Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Oxford. Working alongside colleagues from across the collegiate University, Christine and her team enhance relationships with University alumni by offering a wide range of programmes and resources designed to both highlight the many features of the University and to be of value to alumni at various stages of their lives. Before arriving at Oxford, she amassed more than 30 years of experience in alumni relations at the Harvard University. Most recently, she worked at Harvard Business School where she oversaw the School’s alumni outreach and fundraising activities. Educated at Connecticut College in the US, Christine graduated with a BA in Asian Studies.

Jim Foxall

O.M. (No.5, 1964 – 1968) and Chairman of Trustees of the Malvernian Society.

Jim left Malvern for Durham University, then became a teacher (TEFL) in Tripoli, Libya and Tokyo, Japan, before embarking upon an MBA and a 33 year career in UK and international business management, being MD of three companies in the manufacturing, logistics and industrial services fields. Now retired, he enjoys business consulting and mentoring, both privately and as a mentor with The Prince's Trust, along with sailing, golf and real tennis.

Felix Francis

Felix is a bestselling author and the father of two Old Malvernians. He graduated from London University in 1974 and taught A Level Physics for seventeen years. He was Head of Science at Bloxham School and Area Secretary for Science for the Independent Schools Joint Council when he left teaching in 1991 to act as business manager for his father, the author Dick Francis. From 1993 – 2005 he was a director and deputy chairman of World Challenge Expeditions Ltd. He is a former governor of Winchester House Prep School and, for the past eight years, has been the author of the “Dick Francis novels”. Felix was appointed to the College Council in 2005.

Jeremy Havard

Jeremy Havard, an OM, has over 30 years’ experience in the City of London. Following 10 years with Lloyd’s Brokers he left Jardine in 1987 and established an insurance practice for an Executive Search consultancy, subsequently starting his own business in that field. He was European Insurance Partner with a publicly quoted US Search firm before returning to his own business in the City. He has extensive experience of organizational development and psychology, team building and leadership and has worked with clients throughout Europe and the Far East recruiting senior executives for insurance businesses. He served for seven years in the Territorial Army and is also a trustee of two other Charities with educational objects. He was elected to the College Council in 2008 and is a member of the Council’s Fundraising Campaign Board. He initiated the recent refurbishment of the Rackets Courts through an appeal among rackets players which raised over £250,000.

Syd Hill

Syd Hill joined the College Council and Management Board in 2007 and, upon his retirement in 2008 as Headmaster of Elstree Preparatory School, was appointed Secretary of the Malvernian Society. Syd joined Malvern College as a teacher of Geography and Master in Charge of Football in 1980 and from 1986-1995, was Housemaster of No.1 Malvern College. Syd has retired from the Governing Body at Dean Close School but is currently a Governor of The Downs, Malvern College Prep School, The Godolphin School, Salisbury and also Elstree Preparatory School. He is the Hon. Treasurer of the Independent Schools Football Association.

Professor Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson is Professor of African Politics at the University of Birmingham and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently Director of the International Development Department at the University, Chair of the Chaplaincy Committee and a University Orator. He has been a senior manager of the university for some years having been Head of the School of Public Policy and also Head of the School of Government and Society within the University. His main academic interests lie in international development and politics and he has visited Malvern College several times to discuss these issues with students. His particular area of expertise is reconstructing states after conflict. As well as being an academic, Professor Jackson is also regularly employed by the UK and other Governments to design, run and evaluate overseas programmes. He has worked in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe, India, China, Nepal, Romania and Georgia amongst other places.

Graham Jones

Graham Jones was Headmaster of Repton School until his retirement in 2003. He joined the College Council in 2005 and was Vice Chairman for seven years until stepping down in 2018. Graham has also been an ISI Inspector, an A level Chief Examiner, Chair of the Independent Schools Examination Board, a governor of Birkenhead School, Worcester Royal Grammar School and various prep schools, as well as acting in an advisory capacity to other governing bodies on the appointment and appraisal of headmasters. He is a member of the College's Education Working Group and Management Board.

Dr Angus Kennedy 

Dr Angus Kennedy is Consultant Neurologist at the West London Neuroscience Centre at Charing Cross Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. He runs a specialist dementia service for the West London region. He qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1985. He received his neurological training in London at the Atkinson Morley’s Hospital and St Mary’s’ Hospital. His MD thesis was entitled the heterogeneity of Familial Alzheimer’s disease and was an MRC funded clinical and imaging study of UK families with different genetic forms of Alzheimer disease. The work was supervised by Professor Martin Rossor and Professor Richard Frackowiak. In 1997 he spent a year as Senior Clinical Fellow at Memory and Movement disorder clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. His specialist neurological interests includes the diagnosis, investigation and management of individuals suffering from degenerative dementia. His research has assessed the use of functional imaging in order to map the effect on brain function of the early phases of Alzheimer’s disease. Between 2001 and 2003 he was seconded to the MRC where he helped design and establish the Prion 1 trial which is now the first national UK study for therapeutic intervention in human Prion disease. He chaired for ten years the CJD Support network a charity for patients and families affected by or at risk of all forms of human prion disease. He has a longstanding interest in theatre production and has worked with the National Health Theatre company at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Ken Madden

Ken is a parent of two Old Malvernians. Following retirement from a teaching career which included the Headship of three IAPS Preparatory Schools he trained for ordained ministry in the Church of England. He is currently serving as an assistant minister at St Michael’s Without, a city centre church in Bath. Ken was appointed to Council in 2007 and also serves as Chairman of Governors of The Downs Malvern Preparatory School.

Paul Nicholls

Married with three children, Paul lives in London. He was educated at Malvern College from 1971–1976 and then proceeded to Pembroke College, Cambridge to read Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology. Paul has worked in the City since 1979 at various banks but principally at SG Warburg (later UBS Warburg). He has been the Chief Executive of Hoare Govett (owned variously by ABN Amro, RBS and now Jefferies) since 2006 and is currently their full time executive Chairman.

Louise Penrice 

Louise has spent 30 years as an educator, living and working in Europe, the USA and Asia. A former Head of a bilingual school in Switzerland, she now has her own company offering leadership development and coaching. Originally trained as a teacher at Cambridge University, she has an MBA and has worked as a consultant developing leaders in larger organisations. Louise is married to an OM, is the parent of three children educated at the College and lives in Switzerland.

Sue Raby-Smith

A mother of two OMs and a cousin to three, Sue has enjoyed a longstanding affiliation with the College prior to joining the Council in December 2015. After graduating from Surrey University, Sue spent 10 years in marketing and project management in blue chip companies, both in the UK and overseas. After starting a family and moving back to the UK, Sue left industry to set up her own business in the equestrian sector which she still runs today. Sue is passionate about sport, music, the environment and life-long learning.

Doug Robertson

A graduate of Leeds University and a Chartered Accountant, Doug has spent most of his career in financial management in both private equity and public companies. He is currently Group Finance Director of SIG plc and chairs our Audit Committee.

Dr Dominic Sandbrook

Educated at Malvern from 1988 to 1993, Dominic Sandbrook is one of Britain’s best-known historians. After studying at Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge, he became a lecturer in history at Sheffield before pursuing a career as a freelance writer. He is the author of a series of bestselling books on Britain from the 1950s to the 1980s, and has written and presented numerous documentaries for BBC Television. He has been a Senior Fellow at Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute and is now Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is also a regular columnist for the Daily Mail and BBC History Magazine, writes book reviews for the Sunday Times and is a supporter of the perennially unlucky Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Dr Christoph Stoecker

Christoph Stoecker is a German national, an Old Malvernian and a parent of two Old Malvernians. Having studied law in Cologne, Lausanne, Hamburg and Sydney, Christoph gained a Doctorate and Law degree from the University of Hamburg and a Master of Laws from Sydney University. After being admitted to the Bar in 1988 he worked for several international law firms in Germany, UK and Australia and currently is Of-Counsel with the international law firm DLA Piper. Christoph is specialised in corporate law and M&A. In 2000 he also became Partner of M&A advisers, MCF Corporate Finance with offices in Hamburg, London and Helsinki, whilst continuing to practice corporate law. Christoph joined the Council in 2005 as its first overseas member.

Timothy Straker QC

Timothy Straker, an Old Malvernian, is the nephew, brother and father of Old Malvernians. After taking a first class degree from Cambridge he read for the Bar and has practised since 1978. He has been a Queen’s Counsel for twenty years. He is a bencher of Gray’s Inn, a deputy High Court Judge, acting Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Falklands, a Recorder of the Crown Court and an Election Commissioner. He is head of chambers at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, where he practices. Although he achieved no distinction in the game at school he regularly plays rackets and follows Malvern rackets closely.

Andrew Trotman

Andrew joined the Council in 2016. He is director of a leadership development and recruitment company, Aspirance and also has a private development coaching practice. In addition, he is the educational adviser for the Sons and Friends of Clergy and a member of the advisory council for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He was Head Master of St Peter’s School, York and Warden of St Edward’s School, Oxford.

Ben Walker 

Ben Walker (O.M. 6 / 6H 1988 - 1993 and Trustee of the Malvernian Society).

Ben read history at Trinity College, Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor in 2002. Having worked with law firms and in the City of London and Milan, he currently practises corporate and commercial law, specialising in the oil and gas sector in Africa.

Dr Helen Wright FRSA

Helen is a former Head of St Mary’s Calne, a former GSA President and a former Vice-Chair of ISC. She has had a particular passion for global education for several years, and following her most recent independent school Headship in Australia she has put her energies into extending her work in transnational and international education. She is a non-executive director and trustee of a number of educational organisations and ventures in the UK and abroad; she is also regularly asked to speak at international conferences and to write for educational publications, and she currently chairs the World Leading Schools’ Association Research Group into Exchanges and Training.