Barry’s association with the School began nearly 20 years ago when his two sons, Will and Tom, boarded at Sheriff House. Since then, he joined The Arnold Foundation board followed by the Governing Body, succeeding Cindy Holmes as chair in July 2020. Professionally, Barry was a corporate partner in the City law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and subsequently chairman of the European M&A group of Jefferies, the investment bank. Since his retirement, Barry has been able to pursue his love of sport. He is the Deputy Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket board having previously been Chairman of Glamorgan County Cricket Club. He is also a member of the MCC and Highgate and Loch Lomond Golf Clubs and a committed supporter of Welsh rugby and Arsenal FC.
Jake is both a former Rugby School student and parent. Until recently he was Head of Private Markets Content for UBS Global Wealth Management. Prior to that he co-founded and co-led the Private Funds Group within UBS Investment Bank, spending 16 years in New York. He began his career as a solicitor with Freshfields in London and has a degree in Law from the University of Bristol. He now consults within private equity.
Patrick was educated at Eton College, Harvard University and Harvard Business School. He was Senior Partner & co-founder at Doughty Hanson & Co., Managing Director and Investment Committee member at Towerbrook Capital Partners and Managing Partner. He is currently co-founder at Bregal Freshstream, holds several non-executive company directorships and is the founder and a Trustee of the Horizon Foundation and a Trustee of the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation.
Gemma is a former Rugby School student. She has spent her career in investment management, specifically for charities and not-for-profit organisations, as well as focussing on responsible investment. She has held a number of different trustee and independent investment advisor roles within the third sector.
Duncan is both a former Rugby School student and parent. He has had a 34-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers including 22 years as a Partner specialising in private equity and financial services mergers and acquisitions. He is a member of PwC’s Global, UK and Middle Eastern Supervisory Boards.
Robin is CEO of BSA Group, comprising the BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association), SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association) and BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students). Robin was a journalist, editor and communications director before joining BSA in 2014 of which Rugby School, Bilton Grange and Rugby School Thailand are members.
Robin represents the boarding sector to government and through the Independent Schools Council. A former Rugby School student, he is President of the Rugbeian Society and a Director of The Arnold Foundation. He is also a corporate board member of Make UK, the national manufacturers’ organisation, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Charlotte was headteacher of Rugby High School until her retirement in 2019 and is a past chair of the Grammar School Headteachers’ Association. She now uses her experience of more than 40 years in education serving on the governing bodies of three schools. At Rugby she chairs the Academic Committee and is the Safeguarding Governor.
Janet is a former Rugby School parent to three children and is married to a former student. She has a Modern Languages degree from Durham University and is a Marketing Manager by profession, with particular expertise in the B2B automotive sector.
John was Head of History, Housemaster of Town and Assistant Head at Rugby School. He left in 2007 to take up a headship and after his second headship, John retired in 2016 and joined the Governing Body as the staff elected member the following year.
A former pupil and current parent, Tim is currently the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He has 37 years’ experience in the British Army and has commanded extensively on operations in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Charles is a former Bilton Grange pupil, and was Chairman of the Governing Body there. His career spanned banking and wealth management, and he is a former member of the Board of the Conservative Party and is a trustee of the Party’s Pension Scheme. Charles headed up the successful first mayoral campaign for West Midlands’ Mayor and former John Lewis MD, Andy Street. He was also deputy chairman of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and is a board member of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools.
Claire is a former Rugby School parent and a senior partner at international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and managing partner of its London office. After joining Freshfields in 1992, she became a partner in 2001 and spent five years as co-head of the firm’s financial institutions industry group. Claire is a Trustee of The Royal Foundation for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and chair of The Arnold Foundation at Rugby School.
The Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce has been involved with teaching, learning and chaplaincy for his entire career as an ordained minister, including trustee governance responsibilities in schools, universities and education charities. Currently he serves as a member of the Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust, and leads on continuing professional development for Church of England Birmingham. As a published theologian and poet, Mark is particularly interested in pastoral care and links between spirituality, well-being and the creative arts. He is a Chaplain to the Queen.
A former Rugby School pupil, Nick is currently an EY ambassador and business start-ups mentor. Prior to taking on these roles, he served as a financial services tax partner at first KPMG and then EY for nearly 20 years. Earlier in his career he spent nine years at Merrill Lynch after qualifying as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC).
Audrey’s career in education as teacher, middle leader, senior leader and head of school in both mainstream and special educational needs spans more than 30 years. She gained her National Professional Qualification in Headship in 2007 and works with schools and organisations to develop and implement positive, systemic changes with regards to racial diversity and inclusive practices. She is also Chair of Governors at Beyond Autism’s group of specialist autism schools.