There are currently 15 Governors who oversee the day to day running of The Whitgift Foundation. They are:
Christopher Houlding, Chartered FCSI
Christopher was appointed Chairman of the Court of Governors in March 2015. Christopher was educated at Trinity School before embarking on a career in financial services, initially joining stockbroker W Greenwell & Co. He built his early career as a fixed income specialist and held senior positions at several leading investment banks. He is currently a Managing Director in the Wealth Management division of UBS AG in London. Christopher is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Christopher served as a Trinity School Governor from November 2000 to March 2015.
Cllr Toni Letts OBE
Toni is currently the Chairman of the Whitgift Care Committee and Croydon Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs. Born in Dublin, Toni came to London to train as a nurse and later studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, from which she graduated with a BA Hons in youth and community. She was first elected to the Council, representing Selhurst, in 1986, and has served on the Labour front bench both in the majority group and opposition with a special interest in social services and housing. She was a founder member of the Family Justice Centre and a safe house for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. In 1994, Toni was awarded an OBE for her services to housing and the community. She served as Mayor in 1997/98, chaired the Croydon Health Authority for eight years, the NHS Primary Healthcare Trust for six years, and she also chaired the London NHS Specialist Commissioning Board. For 10 years, Toni worked as Director of Housing for Croydon YMCA, later becoming Chief Executive of South London YMCA for a further 10 years, developing housing in several of the capital’s boroughs.
Ian Harley MA FCA FCIB
Ian was Chairman of the Court of Governors of The Whitgift Foundation from March 2007 until 2015 and Chairman of the Trinity School Committee from 2003 to 2007. He spent 25 years with the Abbey National Group, including over nine years on the Board, this period as a Director being split between the CFO and CEO roles. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Payment Clearing Services (APACS) and a past President of the Institute of Bankers. He has been a Non-executive Director at Rentokil Initial plc, British Energy plc, Remploy Ltd and John Menzies plc. He was a Director of Southwark Diocesan Board of Finance and Chaired its Audit Committee. Ian has an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers. He is currently a Vice President of the National Deaf Children’s Society and an advisor to both Independent Audit and CriticalEye.
Geoff Wright TD DL PPCIOB
Geoff is the Chairman of the Whitgift School Committee. He spent his career at Hammerson plc - a FTSE 100 company - where, until his retirement in 2006, he was the Director responsible for the worldwide development programme. He is now a non-executive director of several public and private companies as well as providing consultancy advice on many major global development projects. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Building and a former Deputy Chairman of the Construction Industry Board. Geoff is Chairman of the Surrey Services Welfare Trust. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey since 1991 and has served in the Territorial Army for 30 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Rosemary Jones MA
Rosemary has been a JP for a number of years. She was a member of staff at Old Palace School from 1978 to 2000, where she was Head of Geography, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head.
Dudley Mead MBE FCCA
Dudley is Chairman of the Foundation’s Finance and Administration Committee. He is currently Shadow Deputy Leader of Croydon Council and Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing.
Dudley was educated at Trinity School and after serving in the Army, he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant starting his own accountancy practice in 1976. He has been a local Councillor for Selsdon since 1980, Deputy Mayor of Croydon in 1986/87 and Mayor of Croydon in 1989/90. He was awarded an MBE in February 2012 for 31 years of civic service in Croydon.
David Hudson MA
Chairman of the Foundation’s Governance and External Relations Committee and a governor of Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace schools. Educated at The King’s School Pontefract and Queen’s College, Oxford with an MA in Modern Languages. Spent most of his career in various Marketing roles, including four years in Japan, before becoming Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs for Nestle UK. He retired in 2006.
Nita Clarke Viscountess Stansgate OBE MA
Nita is Director of the Involvement and Participation Association and Co-Chair of the National Employee Engagement Task Force. She was Ken Livingstone’s Press Officer for seven years and worked in 10 Downing Street as the adviser on Trade Unions to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Pauline Davies BSc MEd
Pauline is the Chairman of the Foundation’s Education Committee. She was educated at Guildford County Grammar School for Girls and is a graduate of Manchester University, where she also studied for her postgraduate teaching certificate and Masters in science education. Her career in teaching began in 1972 where she spent the first 18 years working in the maintained sector. In 1990 she became Headmistress of Croydon High School, at the time one of three largest Trust Schools. In 1998 Pauline took up the headship of Wycombe Abbey, a girls’ boarding school in Buckinghamshire, where she spent 10 years. She became an active member of the Girls’ School Association, serving as Chairman of the Inspections Committee for three years before becoming President; an association of which she is still an honorary member. Pauline has served on the Schwarz Committee for widening access to higher education and became GSA President. Pauline was also a Governor of St Paul’s Girls’ School and a trustee of the Ethics Academy. She currently volunteers at the Hospice in the Weald.
The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon
Prior to his appointment as the 10th Bishop of Croydon, Rev Jonathan Clark was Rector of St Mary, Stoke Newington in the Diocese of London from 2003 and was Priest in Charge of St John's Brownswood Park from 2004 to 2011. He trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol and was ordained deacon in the Diocese of Carlisle and served his title in Carlisle. Before becoming Rector of St Mary's he was Chaplain of two universities: Bristol and London Metropolitan and Director of Studies, Southern Training Scheme for Christian Ministry.
Michael Proudfoot MA MLitt
Michael is an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Philosophy at Reading University following his retirement in 2005 as Head of the Department of Philosophy and Head of the School Humanities (consisting of the Departments of Classics, History, History of Art and Philosophy) at the University of Reading in England. He was educated at Whitgift (Victoria Scholar), and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Scholar), and worked previously at the University of Glasgow, and at Miami University in the USA, where he was Visiting Professor of Philosophy from 1987 to 1999. He was a Fellow (Governor) of Eton College from 2001 to 2011. Michael has been involved in a wide variety of sports all his life. He was an international competitor in the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon and has been the GB National Team Manager in two different Olympic sports. He was manager of the GB Modern Pentathlon Team from 1973 to 1983, going to two Olympic Games and winning the Olympic Gold Medal in Montreal in 1976. He was then Manager of both the England and GB Water Polo Teams from 1988 to 1991.
Dean Sutton JP FRICS
Dean Sutton spent the majority of his career with Harold Williams and Partners and their successor firm Stiles Harold Williams where prior to retirement he was a Senior Equity Partner. During his career as a Chartered Surveyor he advised a variety of Commercial, Ecclesiastical, Educational and Institutional clients and in latter years advised and acted for a number of Government Departments in respect of their property portfolios. He held appointments in the Scout Association locally, regionally and nationally including being elected to the Committee of the Council for eight years. He served as a Croydon Magistrate for 25 years, being Chairman of the Bench 2005-2006. He was a Director of Eldon Housing Association, which provides flexible sheltered accommodation in Croydon for twelve years and subsequently the Association’s President. He was a Governor of various Primary and Secondary Croydon Education Authority schools prior to being appointed by the Methodist Church as a Foundation Trustee and Governor of Southlands College, Roehampton University for a term of nine years. He is currently Chairman of the Old Palace of John Whitgift School Committee.
David Seymour CB
David was educated at Trinity School and studied history and then law at The Queen's College, Oxford. He worked for a firm of lawyers in Los Angeles for a year before taking a postgraduate LL.B degree at Cambridge University and qualifying as a barrister in 1975. He has spent his career in Whitehall. He was Director General of the Attorney General's Office from 1997-2000 and was Legal Adviser and Director General at the Home Office from 2000 until his retirement in 2012. He was elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2001 and elected to the Management Committee of the Inn in 2011. He received a CB in the New Year's Honours List in 2005. He has been Chairman of Reigate Squash Club and is also currently Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at The Queen's College, Oxford. In 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary of State to be the Independent Reviewer of police operations under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the Trinity School Committee and a member of the Court of The Whitgift Foundation.