The Committee

Gareth Lloyd-Jones (M 80-84), President

Gareth Lloyd-Jones left Rugby in 1984 and began his career with Tie Rack as a franchisee, building up 17 central London locations.  At the age of 28, he founded the Madisons a gourmet coffee shop business that grew to over 40 sites across the country and which was floated on the AiM market.

Coupling his experience of the leisure and restaurant industry, he has worked as a non-executive director and corporate finance specialist as well as owning his own pubs and restaurants in London. 

Gareth has two boys, Alexander and Matthew and is married to Emma-Clare and inherited three elder step-children.  He has an interest in lots of sports especially Rugby and is currently working on getting fit again! 

Gareth is member of the Governing Body of Rugby School, on the Board, and a Trustee, of The Arnold Foundation for Rugby School. 

Simon Penniston (C 65-70), Vice-President

Simon was educated at Bramcote School, Scarborough prior to entering Cotton House in 1965.  At Rugby he was active on the sports field, playing for the XV for 3 years, being appointed captain in his final year.  He played for the Hockey XI and was captain of the XXII on the cricket field.  Simon also captained the Yorkshire U19 county rugby team.  He represented the School in the 100 yards in the athletics squad, as well as Warwickshire schools in the 4x 100 yard U19 relay squad.  In his final year Simon was Head of House under John Inglis and was awarded the Thomas Hughes prize.  After a gap year spent in New Zealand, Simon attended the College of Law, Guildford.

Following a spell as an articled clerk training to be a solicitor in Leeds, Simon abruptly decided on a change of career and joined Barclays International in London in 1974.  Subsequently, he spent 26 years at Barclays before moving to work for KBC Bank as Head of European Debt Origination.  In his final 10 years in the City, Simon worked for Lloyds Banking Group as Managing Director in Lloyds' Financial Institutions Loan Markets business.

Simon has had a long association with the Rugby Portobello Trust (formerly The Rugby Clubs), which is now part of the P3 group of charities.

Simon married Sian in 1979 and they have 2 daughters, Charlotte and Alexandra.

Simon is an ECB qualified cricket umpire and he enjoys umpiring regularly in the Surrey Cricket League.  He is also an Honorary Steward at Twickenham, a member of the M.C.C. and President of a local cricket club. Simon is a member of the Oriental Club.

Mark Carr (C 77-82)

Mark was at Bilton Grange prior to going to Rugby.  After being Head of House in Cotton, he went to Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, where he gained a degree in Business Studies.  Following Trent, he went straight to the City, as a Eurobond broker, and has remained in the financial broking industry ever since, undertaking roles in the cash, futures and derivatives markets.

Married to Annabel, he has two children, Jonty, who is also in Cotton, and Hattie, and they live in Wandsworth.  Mark retains a keen interest in sport, although nowadays this is mostly watching from the touchlines, but he does still play tennis and golf. 

He has recently taken up cycling and in 2013 cycled the match ball for the last British Lions Test from Melbourne to Sydney with some friends, and completed John O' Groats to Lands End the previous year.

Charles Carver (SH 74-79)

Charles lives in near Bridgnorth in Shropshire with his wife Katy Carver. 

They have 3 children, Sam (SH 04-09), Toby (SH 07-12) and Poppy (B 12-17). 

Chairman and Group Managing of C+F Group Holding Ltd. which is a group involved in the engineering sector, manufacturing components mainly for the Automotive Industry. 

He was chairman of the Shropshire Deaf Children’s Society for 15 years, retiring from that post some 5 years ago.

Currently he is chairman of the Governors of Claverley C of E School and has been for the past 6 years, being a Governor there for the past 11 years.

He is a keen golfer and a member of the ORGS, SSGC and current Captain of the Birmingham Engineering and Building Centre Golf Society.

David Clews (K 76-80)

David was educated at Coventry Prep School followed by Rugby (K 76-80) before studying Estate Management at De Montfort University.

David Qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1986 and following 7 years with Savills in the City and Docklands, 10 years with Richard Ellis and Donaldsons, formed his own practice in 2002 specialising in the warehouse and distribution markets.

David is married to Caroline, daughter of IC Waite (K 44-48) and has two children Jessica and Dominic.

David still plays competitive cricket in the South Norhants League (albeit in the lowest division!) and is a regular golfer of 13 handicap. David is an active member of both the ORGS and OR Property Society and a Governor at Wychwood School for Girls in Oxford.

Tim Day (T 83-88)

Tim was educated at Rugby, before reading Classics at the University of Liverpool and training as a teacher at the University of Nottingham.  Tim taught Classics at Norwich School for 13 years where he was Housemaster of a day house, Head of cricket and 1st XV rugby football coach.  Tim met his wife Lucy in Norwich; they have three children, Alice, James and Theo.

Tim moved to Rugby in 2006 as a teacher in Classics before taking up residence in Whitelaw as Assistant Housemaster in 2007.  Outside the classroom, he is an active all-round schoolmaster.  He coaches U16 rugby and U14 cricket as well as helping to lead the army section of the CCF and producing comic sketches or the annual Arts Festival.  Tim moved to Michell as Housemaster in 2009.

A lifelong prop forward, Tim still manages the occasional game of rugby, while his other major interest is record collecting, particularly 60s singles.

Robin Fletcher (K 79-84)

During his time at Rugby, Robin was editor of the Meteor magazine. Following a 30-year career as a journalist, newspaper editor and communications director he joined the Rugbeian Society Committee in 2015 after being elected editor of the Floreat, and recently edited the School’s 450th anniversary book Elizabeth to Elizabeth. Robin has been Chief Executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association since 2014, which represents over 500 boarding schools worldwide, including Rugby. He has an MBA from the University of South Wales, an MPhil from Cardiff University, is an honorary fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Married to Tish, Robin lives in Bath and tries to keep pace with his two daughters, two stepdaughters, two stepsons and two guinea pigs!

Adrian Fox (M 75-79)

Adrian is a Board Director at Fox Rodney Search.  He studied for his degree in Jurisprudence at Oxford University before qualifying as a solicitor with Macfarlanes in 1986.  He worked as an assistant solicitor with the firm or two years, before leaving to join the legal recruitment sector in 1986.

In 1993 Adrian became a Director at one of the UK's most prominent specialist legal recruitment consultancies, where he worked principally in London as well as spending three years in the UK regions.

Together with Stephen Rodney, he established Fox Rodney Search in May 2000.

Louise Harrison (née Woolcock) (B 94-96), Treasurer

Louise was at Rugby in Bradley House from '94-'96 and Head of School in her XX year.  She went on to study Psychology at Bristol University and then to become a Chartered Accountant whilst working in Arthur Andersen. 

Since qualification she has worked at Marks and Spencer and spent a wonderful couple of years living and working in Vancouver.

She now works part time for English Heritage and is currently the Treasurer for the Society .

Louise lives in Surbiton and is married with two small children.

Will Hicks (M 97-02) 

Will Hicks is the Founder and Director of the London-based creative agency, graphicks. Since hitting the creative space, graphicks has delivered innovative, creative and concise design with messages that stand out in an often overcrowded market-place. Specialising in the property sector, graphicks has developed a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the nuances of the property market built on practical experience gained through working with Knight Frank, Aberdeen Asset Management, La Salle IM, Savills and NewRiver Retail, amongst others.

Crucially, graphicks stresses the significance of an emotional narrative in property marketing that resonates with the human beings who build, buy, sell, and ultimately work and breathe in these buildings. Commercial property decisions carry huge emotional weight and that is why their ‘emotional property’ approach is so pertinent to the industry today. 

Will was in Michell and bought the domain name, whilst at school.

Lucinda Holmes (née Little) (D 78-80)

Lucinda was joined the LXX at Rugby and was one of the first cohort into Dean House. During her Gap year she studied at the Ecole du Louvre before going to Durham (81-84) where she studied History. From university she went into the world of advertising joining Lowe Howard-Spink as a Graduate Trainee in 1984. Business Development Director, Bartle Bogle Hegarty; Co-Founder Hobbs and Holmes Ltd; Managing Director, Lowe International and General Manager, The Lowe Group Plc. Since 2013 Co Founder of Oxford Educational Partnership Ltd.

Lucinda is currently Chair of the Board of Governers.  

Lucinda also holds several non-executive directorships and is a Trustee for two charities. She is married to Adrian and has four children, three of whom are Rugbeians and one is still at Rugby. She loves theatre, opera, film, travel, socialising with family and friends and is a Manchester United fan.

Jeremy Maddocks (Sh 79-84)

Jeremy followed his father, Bertram Maddocks (Sh 45-50) as Head of House where he was in the Cross Country VIII captained by Gareth Lloyd-Jones and edited the school magazine, The Bladder as well as school drama critic and Deputy Editor of The Meteor under the editorship of Robin Fletcher.

After Rugby, he took a gap year to study French at the Sorbonne before reading Theology (BD) at Kings College London followed by a short service Commission in the Royal Marines and then several years in politics as a political agent for Lord Baker when Home Secretary followed by communications manager and Director of Youth at Conservative Central Office and work for the International Republican Institute and Thatcher Foundation in Russia and Eastern Europe.  After developing innovative new IT systems for voter targeting, he joined an IT consultancy as a strategic consultant to such companies as Data Sciences, ICL, IBM and Inmarsat followed by several management roles in UK IT businesses before spending the last 15 years building new TV businesses in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Jeremy lives with his wife, Nicola and 3 children in Fulham, London of whom his daughter, Lottie left Stanley in 2016 and his son Hamish is in Sheriff House.  He continues to enjoy running and is a frequent participant in the Crick as well as skiing and snowboarding whenever he gets a chance.  He also enjoys travel and photography and inflicts regular hardship on his wife and children by taking them to huts and hostels in jungles and deserts around the world at regular intervals.”

Toby Marsh (SH 88-93)

Toby left school and pursued a career in Law.  Initially as a Criminal Barrister within the Inner Temple, then he spent six years at JP Morgan International Bank in London as an In-House Lawyer before moving into Business and people Management.  He spent some time working on initiatives in Asia/ Europe for JPM. 

Now at HSBC Private Bank, he is involved in Business Management and running a new start up operation focussing on Multi-Family Offices. 

He lives in West London with his wife Kendra (Cr & B 91-93) and their two young children. 

Toby enjoys the arts and outdoor sports and has worked on a number of his own business ventures.

Nnamdi Obigwe (W 01-06)

After leaving Rugby Nnamdi went on to Newcastle University to study in the Computer Science department where he gained a BSc in Information Management and Management. Following this, he moved on to work as a Business Intelligence Analyst at Atos. Now as a Business Analyst, Nnamdi is working with a number of government department to deliver IT solutions and services across the UK.

Nnamdi is also a keen rugby player and enjoys the occasional round of golf.

Richard Offord (SF 02-07)

After leaving Rugby Richard went on to study history at Durham University.

Having spent some time at the Racquet Club of Chicago, Richard went to law school and is now a qualified lawyer at Travers Smith LLP in London where he specialises in Commercial, IP and Technology law.

Richard is a keen sportsman and is the current captain of the Old Rugbeian soccer team who play in the Arthurian League.

Jane Phelps

Jane joined the staff at Rugby from Benenden in 1992 to work on the co-ed programme.  After a two-year term as Housemistress of School House, she opened Stanley as a sixth-form girls' House, which she ran until 2007.  OLut of House, she was Head of HE & Careers, worked on the extended project programme and, among many other things, ran polo. 

She 'retired' in July 2010 and is now Director of External Relations at the New College of the Humanities in London.



COVID-19 Update

In view of the fast-moving situation regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Executive Leadership closed Rugby School and Bilton Grange sites from 18.00 on 17 March.

Plans are in place to teach students remotely until the leadership team is in a position to confidently re-open the School sites.