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Governors of Aldwickbury School - biographies

Stuart Westley –     Chairman of Governors
Member of Finance & General Purposes (F&GP) Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee

After attending Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Stuart read Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, representing the University at rugby and cricket and achieving a degree.  After a brief, unspectacular spell as a professional cricketer, he taught Mathematics at Framlingham College from 1973 to 1984 where he was also a Housemaster and Director of Studies.  He was subsequently Deputy Head, Bristol Cathedral School 1984 - 89, Principal, King William’s College, Isle of Man 1989 - 96 and Master of Haileybury 1996 - 2009. 

He succeeded Shane Rutter-Jerome as General Secretary of The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) in September 2009 and will retire on 31 August 2016.  AGBIS is one of the seven independent schools’ Associations which form the membership of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).  AGBIS’s object is the advancement of education which it pursues by providing advice, support and training for the governors of its 765 member schools.

Stuart’s wife, Mary, is head of the Church of England primary school in Welwyn where they live with their one daughter.

Alex Beaty (Mrs) 

Marketing Committee, Aldwickbury Friends Association Governor

Alex is a partner at Taylor Walton solicitors based in St Albans.  She read Law at Durham University and then worked in a large practice in London before moving to work closer to home.  She has lived locally most of her life and was educated at St Albans High School for Girls and then at Haileybury College. 

Alex’s son was at Aldwickbury between 1999 and 2008 before going on to St Albans School and then Exeter University.  Her daughter is a former St Albans High School pupil and has now graduated from York.  Her brothers are also old Aldwickbury boys from the sixties and her father was Chairman of the Governors at the school for many years.

Chris Boothby - Marketing Committee (Chairman)

Currently Commercial Director of Global Clients at Dentsu Aegis Network, who specialise in the planning and buying of media and marketing for many international Clients.
Chris is married to Caroline and has one daughter who is a Birmingham University graduate (French and Spanish), and two sons who both attended Aldwickbury. One son went on to Haileybury, graduated from Liverpool University and has a MSc in Real Estate from the Henley Business School, whilst the other son went on to St Albans School and is currently at Edinburgh University studying Chemistry.

Chris enjoys a variety of sports and has previously served as a manager of various Wheathampstead Wanderers football teams, but his active sporting focus is now primarily concentrated on the driving down of his handicap (unsuccessfully!).

Jeremy Bromfield 

F&GP Committee, Remuneration Committee

Formerly Deputy Head Master, Bancroft’s School where amongst other things he also taught history and politics.  He is now semi-retired working as the School’s Archivist and is also helping with the newly launched Bancroft’s Foundation, which is raising funds for means tested scholarships.  He also manages the 1st XI cricket and helps with the CCF when required.

He is married with three children who have attended St Albans School (Jeremy is an Old Albanian himself) and St Columba’s.  His wife teaches Maths at Queenswood School.  He was appointed MBE in 2009 for his service to the Combined Cadet Force. From 1992-2001 he was an Hon Canon, Cathedral Warden and Chairman, Finance Committee 1992 – 2001 of St Albans Cathedral.  Jeremy is a Liveryman of the Drapers’ Company, a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the MCC and an ECB qualified cricket umpire.

Judith Bryant (Ms) 

Marketing Committee

Judith has practiced as a barrister in Wilberforce Chambers in London for more than 25 years, specialising in trust law.  She was educated at Beverley High School for Girls in East Yorkshire and read law at Jesus College, Cambridge.  She is married with two sons who attended Aldwickbury between 1999 and 2008, after which they moved to St Albans School and then studied at Warwick University.  Judith has lived in Markyate since 1993.

John Cavanagh - Designated Governor for Child Protection

John is a QC who practices from Chambers in London, specialising in employment and public law.  He read law at New College, Oxford, Clare College, Cambridge, and the University of Illinois, and has taught at Illinois and at New College.   He is Joint Head of his Chambers and is also a Crown Court Recorder.   He lives locally and is married with four children.

His son attended Aldwickbury and then St Albans School, moving on to read English at St Andrews, and two of his daughters attended St Albans High School for Girls.  He is also a governor at Warwick School, of which he is an Old Boy.

Andrew Coley 

F& GP Committee

Currently Managing Partner of Ainsley & Partners, where for Twenty years he has worked closely with a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors specialising in the independent schools and colleges market place as Project Manager/ Quantity Surveyor.  Ainsley & Partners have worked with Aldwickbury School as Quantity Surveyors on major projects such as the Castle Dining Room & Chidell Hall.

Andrew is a member of the MCC and as well as being an Old Denstonian, he is a Governor at Denstone College, where he is Chair of the Premises Committee.  He is married with a family and his daughter attended Haileybury College.

James Hodgson

James was appointed Head Master at Bedford School with effect from 1st September 2014, before which he was Usher (Senior Deputy Head) at Magdalen College School in Oxford.  Educated at Wellington College, James read Classics at Durham University (1988-1991) and, after a couple of years with Ernst and Young in London, completed his Classics PGCE at Cambridge University in 1994 (where he was a cricket blue).  He spent six years teaching in Sydney, before returning to the UK where he was appointed at Tonbridge School as a Boarding Housemaster and Director of Admissions.


Ed Bond

Currently Director of Professional Development on the Senior Leadership Team at Haileybury He has been at Haileybury throughout his teaching career as a classroom teacher, Head of History, then additionally the Assistant Director of Studies, and then a boarding Housemaster. His role now includes both the development of the teaching staff and performance management. He was educated at Pinewood School (a prep school near Swindon) as a boarder from the age of 8, moving to Wellington College at the age of 13. After Wellington he moved onto Durham University to study History, and then completed a PGCE. Ed is married to Kathryn and they have three boys, all of whom are of primary school age. He is a keen sportsman, he played rugby for Durham University and is now enjoying his sport vicariously by coaching rugby and athletics at Haileybury

Dr Roger Axworthy 

F&GP Committee, Remuneration Committee

Currently Deputy Bursar and Clerk to the Court of Governors at the Mill Hill School Foundation, where he began as a Teacher and was appointed a Boarding Housemaster, and in addition, has been Head of the History and Politics Department, Registrar, Foundation Administrator and Company Secretary of Mill Hill School Enterprises, which is the Foundation’s trading arm.  Previously, he was a member of the Armed Forces and later earned his PhD through the University of London and his Certificate in Accountancy with the Open University.  He has recently become a JP.

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