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Queen Margaret’s School, York Ltd is the legal entity that owns the land, buildings and other assets of the School and by which staff are employed and the girls’ education carried on. That company is limited by guarantee and is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

The Governors are responsible for the management of the company. The Governors are, therefore, responsible and liable for the governance and functioning of the School. The Governors are accountable in varying degrees to a variety of stakeholders including girls, parents and staff, the Charity Commission, and Companies House. The most important functions of the Governors are:

  • To ensure the School complies with legislative and regulatory requirements, and acts within the powers contained in the Memorandum and Articles of Association that govern it.
  • To know and approve the School’s aims, and approve its academic principles and regulatory policies.
  • To ensure it receives regular reports, both spoken and written, on the work of the School: academic, sporting, artistic, social and moral, and be fully apprised of the results achieved.
  • To ensure the School is well managed and led.
  • To appoint and fix the remuneration for certain key staff. To understand the boundary that must exist between governors and their primary strategic role, and that of the Senior Leadership Team, lead by the Head, which has day-to-day responsibility for the operation and management of the School.
  • To have in place appropriate measures and reporting mechanisms to control the School’s financial operations and ensure charitable assets are safeguarded.
  • To elect its members and a Chairman. The Governors will ensure that there is an appropriate range of expertise in their midst and maintain a regular pattern of both continuity and changes amongst their leadership.

The Governors meet as a full board once a term and all members of the Board also serve on one of four Committees; those Committees also meet once a term and report to the full Board. The four committees are the Education Committee, the Pastoral Committee, the Business Committee and the Development Committee. Each Committee has an appointed Chairman and a defined remit (which is kept under review).

Governors may be contacted via the School. Initial contact should be made via the Clerk Mr D T King,

Please click on the name of each Governor to view a short biography.

Caroline Bayliss

Chairman of Governors

Caroline Bayliss was educated at Felixstowe College and Moreton Hall School and read Politics and Economics at York University. After graduating, Caroline joined the Metal Box Company as a trainee and progressed to being the Marketing Manager for New Product Developments. She is married and lives near Harrogate, she has two grown up children, both of whom live and work in London. Her daughter Alice left QM in 1998. Caroline is Chairman of Visit Harrogate and Vice-Chairman of the North of England Horticultural Society. She has been a Harrogate Borough Councillor since 1983 and her various roles have included Cabinet Member for Sport, Tourism and Culture, Chair of Human Resources and Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate in 2005/2006. She is a past Chairman of Harrogate Theatre and has served on the Arts Council. In her spare time Caroline enjoys bridge, gardening and going to the theatre.

Emma Peart

Vice Chairman of the Board

Emma Peart was educated at The Convent of the Assumption in Richmond, North Yorkshire and read Medicine at the University of Nottingham. She subsequently returned to the North East and joined the Northallerton General Practice Training Scheme. After qualifying as a GP she became a partner at a semi-rural practice near Darlington where she worked until 2014. Emma is married with three daughters. Two have already left Queen Margaret’s and her youngest daughter is currently in the Sixth Form.

Nigel Corner

Nigel Corner was educated at Malsis Prep School, Haileybury and the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA where he gained a business degree. His love of rugby and hockey led him to play for Harlequins FC before university. Since then he has worked for the family business (New Equipment Holdings Ltd) which he now runs as Managing Director. The company has interests in the furniture, automotive, giftware and foundry sectors.  Nigel holds a number of directorships with companies outside of the family holding group, is a current parent at QM and joined the QM Board of Governors in November 2014. He sits on the Business Committee.

Annabel Forbes

Educated at St Anne’s School, Windermere and North Foreland Lodge, Basingstoke, Annabel then went to Newcastle University where she obtained a degree in Social Policy followed by a Diploma in Adult Nursing at Napier University, Edinburgh. Annabel trained as a nurse and worked at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin specialising in Orthopaedics, Oncology and Urology.

Annabel now owns and runs Bel’s Butchers, a retail and wholesale award-winning butchery business in Edzell, Angus which she took on in 2007. In 2014 Annabel expanded the business by acquiring a second shop in a neighbouring town. Annabel sits on the Quality Meat Scotland ‘Think Tank’ committee for developing butchers’ businesses.

Annabel is married with two daughters both of whom are current pupils at QM. Her interests include anything to do with the outdoors, particularly hillwalking and fishing. She is also a keen cook and Tennis player. Annabel sits on the External Relations Committee.

Clare Granger

Clare Granger was educated at St Catherine’s School, Surrey and Godalming Sixth Form College. Thereafter she was amongst the first intake of women at Downing College, Cambridge where she read Law. Whilst at Downing, she rowed in the first ever Downing women’s boat. She qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice in York. Following the births of her son and daughter she changed career and is now a professional artist and portrait painter. She has carried out numerous portrait commissions, including the portrait of a former Head of QM, Colin McGarrigle, which is now hanging in the School, and is represented by galleries in London and Oxford. She has served on various charitable committees and for ten years was treasurer of the North Yorkshire branch of the Art Fund. Clare’s daughter left QM in 2010.

John Hoddinott

John Hoddinott was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford and The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He came to North Yorkshire in 1986, qualifying as a Rural Chartered Surveyor shortly thereafter. John was a partner in Peter Greenwood and Co Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents, until 2013 when the business merged with Carter Jonas, where he is now an equity partner. John’s responsibilities also include graduate recruitment and training. John is married with three children, one of whom, Rosie, left Queen Margaret’s in 2016. He sits on the Business Committee. 

Sue King

Sue King is a Partner at Wrigleys Solicitors in Leeds specialising in the provision of employment law advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations. Sue trained with Eversheds Solicitors in Leeds having taken up a legal career when moving up from London in 2000. Prior to entering the legal profession Sue was a Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police based in Central London and also owned and ran an equestrian centre and livery yard near Amersham. She has three grown up children who are scattered across the globe with two sons working in China and Switzerland and her daughter studying Physical Geography at Newcastle University. In her spare time Sue enjoys skiing, cycling, fell walking and dining out. Sue is Chairman of the Pastoral Committee, with special responsibility for Safeguarding.

Anna Morley

Anna Morley (nee Fell) is an Old Margaretian who left the school in 2003. After a gap year travelling she studied Land Economy at Cambridge University and graduated in 2007. Anna began her career working for Strutt and Parker in Cheshire managing large rural estates and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2009. In 2011 Anna moved back to her home county of Yorkshire where she now works for George F White as a Senior Rural Surveyor providing business and property advice to landowners and occupiers. Anna is married to a Yorkshire Wolds farmer and is a keen rider and tennis player in the local Yorkshire leagues. Anna joined the QM Board of Governors in March 2015 and sits on the Pastoral Committee.

Robert Morse

Rob Morse is the Headmaster at Aysgarth School where he and his wife, Lottie, are House Parents to the Form 1 boarders.  In addition to his headmasterly duties Rob also manages to find the time to teach Geography and to coach Games. Prior to his time at Aysgarth, Rob was Headmaster at Perrott Hill in Somerset and Deputy Headmaster and Housemaster at S. Anselm’s in Derbyshire. He plays the trumpet and guitar, and loves the outdoors; especially Rugby, Cricket, Running, Surfing and Swimming.

Catherine Marx

Educated as a full boarder from age 11-18 at the Convent in Richmond, Catherine went on to study at Warwick University to qualify as a teacher of P.E and Maths. In 2004 Catherine joined Gabbitas as Head of the Guardianship Department and was quickly appointed to the Board of Directors after 3 months. She moved on to head up a merged Schools Advisory and Guardianship Department and then, after 5 years, was appointed as Managing Director of the Company. In 2001, fed up of the London commute, Catherine started her own small Consultancy based from her home in Buckinghamshire. Still going strong, they now have a team of consultants who advise families on all aspects of UK education from school to university.

Matt Stripe

Matt Stripe has recently joined QM as Governor.

Chloe Fairley

Chloe Fairley has recently joined QM as Governor.

Mrs Vicky Szulist (School Auditor)
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