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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the name of each Governor to view a short biography.
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.
Deputy Chairman of Governors, Chairman of the Development Committee
Alex Scott is Executive Chairman of Sand Aire, a Multi-Family Office he founded in 1996. He has served as a non-executive director on the boards of both public and private companies. He was educated at a comprehensive school (the Lakes School, Windermere), Oxford University (Exeter College, MA, Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and business school (IMD Lausanne, MBA). He is a trustee of the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust and a director of the not-for-profit Institute for Family Business (UK). Alex joined the QM board of Governors in July 2010 and currently has one daughter at Queen Margaret’s.
Emma Carnegie-Brown was educated at Aysgarth School and Queen Margaret’s, after which she read Law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Emma qualified as a Solicitor in London and then spent many years living in Asia with her husband and four daughters. Emma’s hobbies include hill walking, bridge and classical music. Having returned from overseas to live in Scotland, Emma joined the QM Board of Governors in May 2011 and served as Chairman of Governors from July 2011 to 2016
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.
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 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.
Chairman of the Business Committee
Brigadier David Maddan was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards and served with the Regiment in London, Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize, Canada, USA and Norway. He has served in most infantry roles including armoured, mechanised and light roles. He passed the SAS selection course in 1989. He served three tours in the SF Group, commanding at troop and squadron level and deploying on numerous operational and training tasks. He commanded his Battalion on operations in Northern Ireland. He attended Staff College in 1992 and the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2003. Staff appointments have included Battalion Adjutant (Capt.), Military Assistant to the 3* Inspector General of Doctrine and Training (Maj.), Assistant Director Operations and Intelligence Director Special Forces (Lt. Col.), Assistant Director Concepts at the Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre (Col.) and Director Operations Defence Intelligence (Brig.). He commanded 15 (North East) Brigade based in York from 2008 and then in 2011 was Deputy Commander Army in Afghanistan responsible for creating the Afghan Army. His final tour in the Army was as Commandant of the School of Infantry. He has a daughter at QM. He is the Chairman of the Business Committee.
Ross studied Marine Engineering and then Production Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology, working with Shell Oil and Ford Motor Company, before embarking on a career in the IT industry in the 1980s. He worked for Compaq Computer before taking over a group of software companies based in the UK and Canada. In 2008 he finally sold and today holds a number of non-executive directorships and provides executive coaching. Ross was appointed to the Board of Governors in March 2015 and sits on the Development Committee.
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.
Michael Oakley spent 35 years as a Solicitor in private practice, and is now a Consultant with Crombie Wilkinson in Malton and York. Since 1979 he has been HM Coroner for North Yorkshire East and is also an Immigration Judge and a Judge in the Appeals Tribunal. Michael is a former member (for 15 years) of the General Synod of the Church of England as well as past President of the Yorkshire Law Society and a Past Master of the Merchant Taylors Company of York. Michael has been Clerk to the Governors and Company Secretary at Queen Margaret’s School since 1986. His wife and daughter are both former pupils at QM.
Professor David Parker recently retired from Newcastle University. His most recent role there was as Head of School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences from its creation in 2002 till 2011 with full academic leadership, HR and financial responsibilities. He has had a range of educational and research roles in academia for virtually all his career except for a period in the North Sea oil and gas boom years! His discipline is geomatics – the maths and physics of global positioning and earth observation that underpin Satnavs and Google Earth. His secondary education was at a direct grant school in Liverpool, followed by a BSc in Civil Engineering and PhD in Geodesy both at Nottingham. He is a Fellow of three professional bodies, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. David has two daughters; one studying for a PhD in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the other a junior doctor. He is Chairman of the Education Committee.
Emily Pearson graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 2006 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She also spent a year at King’s College London, attaining a BSc in Biomedical Science. Whilst at university Emily was captain of the college rowing club and coxed the 1st VIII boat in both university and national competitions. Following graduation Emily completed an internship at the Royal Veterinary College Equine Hospital before moving back to Yorkshire to work at Stirk & Associates Equine Practice in Ripon. Emily was recently given a permanent appointment as a Veterinary Surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College. Outside of work Emily is a keen rider and competes on her own horse in British Eventing. Emily joined the QM Board of Governors in February 2010 and her sister attended Queen Margaret’s. She sits on the Business Committee.
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.
Chairman of the Pastoral Committee, Governor with special responsibility for Safeguarding
Kate Preston was educated at The Queen’s School, Chester and subsequently took her degree in French at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1989. She started her career in Public Relations in London, working with clients including The Mars Group and Coca-Cola GB, while at The Grayling Company and Clarion Communications. This was followed by a move to Hong Kong, in 1994, where she implemented the corporate communications strategy for US insurance giant Aetna across the Asia Pacific region. On her return from Hong Kong in 1997, she worked for Reckitt Benckiser in London, developing the European internal and external communications strategy for the consumer healthcare and hygiene multinational. Kate then moved to San Francisco in 2002, living there for five years with her husband and young family, before returning to the UK to live in North Yorkshire, where she now runs their farm, having herself been from a farming family in Cheshire. She currently has one daughter at QM, their two other children being at preparatory school. Kate took up her role as a Governor from September 2012.
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