To contact the Chair of Governors, please write to Mr Philip Humphries-Cuff, c/o The School Office at the school.
Philip studied Chemistry at Bath University and then undertook 3 years research in the mining industry, before joining an international scientific equipment company. In the early 1990’s he was a founder and Director of a leading digital marketing agency specialising in IT, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors and merged it with a US advertising agency.
Philip and his family moved from London to the Pewsey Vale and his two children attended St Francis and Marlborough College. In 2001 he started a marketing consultancy based in Winchester and in recent years has taken on executive and advisory roles in a variety of technology and medical companies. Philip is a Trustee of UK brain cancer charity Brainstrust, has travelled widely throughout Africa, is a keen fly fisherman and vegetable grower.
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young before he joined Burmah Castrol, working in the corporate head office and, as Finance Director, in one of its chemicals businesses, Minova. Following the MBO of Minova, Mark and his fellow directors, grew the business over a period of five years before it was sold in 2008, with Mark taking early retirement. Mark is married with three children who have all attended St Francis, two of whom are current pupils, and joined the Board of Governors as Treasurer in October 2011. Apart from spending lots of time with the family, Mark is also a Cub Scout Leader, assists on school trips from time to time, and is a keen sports fan.
Nicola Botterill is Headmistress of Bruton School for Girls, having previously been Deputy Head at St Mary’s Calne where she first encountered some of the fabulous ex-St Francis pupils. She joined the Governing Board in 2012. After completing her PGCE in Glasgow, she first started teaching in South London and in 1997 she joined Putney High School as Head of Geography, leaving in 2007 as Director of Studies. As a Geographer she is an avid traveller, and she enjoys visiting the theatre, going to lectures and art galleries, and skiing.
Christopher studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and then qualified as a solicitor. He spent the next ten years working in the City of London and in New York before moving to Wiltshire where he was a partner in Wansbroughs in Devizes for more than twenty five years before his retirement in 2015. He practised largely in commercial law with a particular interest in advising schools and charities.
Christopher is now a Governor of Lambrook School (where he was educated), Chairman of The Pony Club and a Trustee of the Wiltshire Community Foundation. In his retirement he enjoys getting to know Wiltshire better and taking the opportunity to travel. He is married to Clare who is the District Commissioner of the Avon Vale branch of the Pony Club and they have three children and four grandchildren. Three of the grandchildren live in Wiltshire and are past or present members of the St Francis community
Richard qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in London and undertook GP training in North Yorkshire, working in hospital posts in Northallerton and Darlington and general practices in Masham and Stokesley. He moved to Wiltshire to take up the offer of a partnership in Marlborough Medical Practice in late 1999. The Practice has long provided the Medical Officer for Marlborough College, and Richard took over that role in 2003. Apart from providing primary care to the pupils, he is closely involved in the provision of their pastoral care as well as health education. He is married to Liz and has two children (Alice and Matthew) who have both gone through St Francis and on to Marlborough College.
After a BSc. Single Honours Degree in Geography from The University of BIrmingham, Ben continued to study at the University, completing a PGCE in Geography with English in 1995. Ben then taught at Clifton College, Bristol and then King’s College Auckland and Christ’s College Canterbury before returning to the UK and taking up a post at Marlborough College. Ben has been a Housemaster in C1 House for ten years. He is married to Katie and they have three children, Olivia, Florence and William at St Francis.
Joe is Deputy Head Learning at Monkton Combe School where he oversees all academic and co-curricular aspects of school life and is passionate about educating the whole child. Before this he ran the IB programme at Bryanston School, and also worked at Uppingham School and Wellington College. He graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge before going on to study for his PGCE in Physics.
Joe is married to Sarah who is both a practising artist and teaches art part time at Monkton, and they have 3 children in years 4 and 6 who love living onsite at Monkton. Joe is a keen musician and has most recently been a member of Bath Camarata. He also enjoys cooking, DIY, and collecting eggs from the family chickens.
Jane retired in 2017, having been Headmistress of 3 independent schools in London and a former advisor to an Academy Trust. She currently holds 2 other Governor roles in London with special responsibility and interest in Safeguarding, Marketing and the Early Years Foundation Stage. Jane has over 37 years’ experience in education, both state and independent with class teaching experience of all ages from 4 through to 13. She has Early Years Foundation Stage knowledge both as a teacher and as a Head, and she is also an ISI inspector. Jane is married with 2 children and 2 grand daughters, one of whom attends Little Saints Nursery. She and her husband Stuart have lived in Beechingstoke for over 10 years.
Richard joined the Board in December 2019 and is a Member of the Finance Committee. He is Chairman of a UK-based FinTech company and a director of diverse investment and other companies mainly in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates. He was Regional CEO for the Middle East and Africa for National Bank of Abu Dhabi for a number of years, prior to which he was at HSBC for more than thirty years. There he held a variety of board positions for various affiliates and subsidiaries. He is a Masters graduate of Oxford University in PPE and holds a Finance MBA from City University. He was made an OBE by HRM the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List in 2019 for services to business and to the community in the UAE. Married since 1991, Richard and his wife Jenny have four children. Joseph Oliver attended St Francis for several years and has many happy memories. He is now at Marlborough College. Richard’s main interests outside family and work are history, sport and economics.
The quality of governance is excellent.