Governing Council

Governing Council

Wycombe Abbey is a limited company, trading under the name of the The Girls' Education Company Limited, and a Charity. The Directors of the Company constitute the Governing Council of Wycombe Abbey and are the Trustees of the Charity. The Council is accountable to the wider School community and must provide good governance of the School and functions, strategic direction and must give effect to the School's vision by providing and conserving infrastructure and necessary capital resources. The School Council and the Headmistress work in partnership to achieve the purpose and mission of the School.


The Rt Hon The Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC JP PC

Vice Presidents Chairman

Mr A K Stewart-Roberts MA

Mr A M D Willis LLB FCIArb

Mrs C M Archer MA


Mr P P Sherrington LLB LLM FClarb

Mr Patrick Sherrington has law degrees from the University of Exeter (LLB) and the University of Illinois (LLM). He taught at two US universities before entering practice and has lived and worked in both New York (two years) and Hong Kong (eight years). He is admitted in England, Hong Kong and Australia.

Mr Sherrington headed the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP for 11 years before taking up his present position as Managing Partner of the firm's practice in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He sits as an arbitrator and also sits regularly as a mediator. He is named as a leading individual in the field of commercial litigation in Chambers and in the Legal 500 directories where he is also noted for his mediation skills. He sits on the Board of CEDR which focus on ADR services and development.

Mr Sherrington became Chairman of Council at Wycombe Abbey in Autumn 2009. Both his wife and daughter are former Heads of School at Wycombe.

Council Members

Lady Sassoon MA

Lady Sassoon is a Senior of Wycombe Abbey.After attending OxfordUniversity (St Hugh's College, BA in Mathematics) she spent 15 years in the rag trade, mainly with Liberty's, working in the fabric development and commission printing business.

Lady Sassoon has undertaken much voluntary work over many years including involvement with a Housing Association, the Samaritans, private estate management trusteeship, and the Cancer Research Institute at UCL. She has chaired her local Residents' Association and Independent Custody Visitors panel and continues to sit on Schools' Admission and Exclusion tribunals in the state sector.She is also a Governor of the Chelsea Academy, a mixed secondary Church of England Academy sponsored by the London Diocesan Board of Schools and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Lady Sassoon's two sisters, two daughters and a nieceare all Wycombe Abbey Seniors and her family involvement with Wycombegoes back to the original governing Council of 1896.

Mrs Sue Singer BA

Mrs Singer was educated at St Mary's School, Calne and has a degree in Mathematics from the Open University.

She taught at St Paul's Girls' School becoming in due course Head of Mathematics and Head of the Middle School before becoming Head of Guildford High School.

She was President of the Girls' Schools Association, chaired the GSA/HMC Education & Academic Policy Committee and the Joint Association Curriculum Group, and was President of the Mathematical Association and a member of the Steering Group for the Post-14 Inquiry into Mathematics.

She worked until recently as an educational consultant and is now retired.

The Hon Mrs Justice Carr DBE

Mrs Justice Carr was appointed a High Court Judge (Queens' Bench Division) in June 2013, who sits regularly in the Commercial and Technology and Construction Courts. She is a member of the Judicial College and has sat as a member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. She is a presiding judge of the Midland Circuit with effect from January 2016. Before going on the Bench, she was a practising barrister at Four New Square Chambers, Lincoln's Inn. Her principal areas of practice lay in the field of general commercial and professional liability law. She was also a trained mediator and experienced arbitrator. She was chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, chair of the Bar Standard Board's Complaints Committee and also Complaints Commissioner to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She is a Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple.

Mrs Justice Carr is a Senior and past parent of Wycombe Abbey, and studied Modern Languages (Part I) and Law (Part II) at Trinity College, Cambridge. She is fluent in French and German.

Mr D P Lillycrop MA LLB FCMI

Called to the Bar in 1978, after taking a Law degree at Exeter University, David Lillycrop spent 30 years in global manufacturing businesses, culminating in eight years as a director of Smiths Group PLC, the FTSE100 engineer. He now divides his time between travel, charitable activities and working for a part-time MA degree at King's College, London.

Mr Lillycrop is a past parent, whose daughter Catherine left Wycombe Abbey (to read History at Oxford) in 2012.

He is a former chairman of governors at Abingdon School and of The Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust. Currently a trustee of Calibre, he was a founder trustee of the Oxford-based Artificial Heart Foundation.

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson is Bishop of Buckingham

Alan was born in Edinburgh, grew up in East London and Kent, and studied at St John's College Cambridge then Balliol College, Oxford, where, under the supervision of Peter Hinchliff, he completed a doctorate in modern historical theology.He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.He is married to Lucy, a violin teacher, and they have five children.

Alan has served in the Diocese of Oxford since 1979, at Balliol College 1979-81 and NSM at Eynsham, then Curate of Caversham & Mapledurham (1982-89), and as first incumbent of St John the Baptist Caversham from 1989-92. He also worked as Anglican Substitute Chaplain at HMPrison Reading. Moving to Sandhurst as Rector in 1992, he contributed to continuing ministerial education by developing residential training workshops in supervision skills for training incumbents, as a Diocesan Work Consultant, and leading the planning group for the Diocesan Convention at High Wycombe in 2002. He was Area Dean of Sonning from 1998-2003, and honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford 2002-3. In October 2003 he became Area Bishop of Buckingham. He is Chair of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE), one of the largest in the country serving 284 State Schools in the Thames Valley. He is a founding member of the Oxford Nandyal Education Foundation, a schools development charity that works in Andhra Pradesh, India. He is Chair of Art Beyond Belief, an Interfaith Education Trust and was Chair of Christians Aware, and Interfaith education Trust based in Leicester from 2011-14. He is a member of Council at Wycombe Abbey School and Associate Governor of Cressex Community School a Co-operative Community Trust. He was on the Diocesan Board of Social Responsibility from 2003-9 and chairs its successor body. He served on the Oxford Diocesan Safeguarding Committee from 2003-10.He has also taken an interest in work and economic life, including a visiting professorship at the University of Buckingham in 2010.

He is the Author of More Perfect Union? Understanding Same-Sex Marriage.When namedas a leading straightally of gay rightsin the Independent on Sunday 2014 Rainbow List he was described asone of the most vocal supporters of equal marriage in the Church of England.

Mrs Diana Rose MA

Mrs Rose attended King's College Cambridge to read History Part I, Social and Political Sciences Part II and undertook her PGCE at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Mrs Rose was formerly a Schoolteacher Fellow of Merton College Oxford and spent 13 years teaching in Bucks Grammar Schools, was Head of VI Form at St Helen's Northwood and Deputy Head of Oxford High School. She is a fully accredited ISI Schools Inspector, specialising in boarding schools. She has been a member of the Wolfson Foundation Education Panel since 1992, a Freeman of Guild of Educators and a Governor of Reddiford School.

Mrs Rose is currently Head of The Royal Masonic School for Girls.

Professor Louise Fawcett MA DPhil

Professor Fawcett was educated at Lady Eleanor Holles and Millfield School and then at the Universities of London and Oxford where she completed her DPhil in International Relations at St Antony's College in 1988.

After a short spell working in the BBC's external services, she lived and worked in Colombia for two years before returning to the UK and taking up a MacArthur Scholarship and Junior Research Fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford. In 1995 she was appointed Fellow and University Lecturer in Politics at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, where she is currently Vice-Master, having previously served as Tutor for Admissions and Senior Tutor.

Professor Fawcett teaches Politics and International Relations to undergraduates taking courses in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Modern History and Politics and to graduates taking the MPhil and DPhil in International Relations

Mr Richard Ashby MSc BSc(Eng) ARSM FRICS

Mr Ashby attended Tonbridge School and went on to read Mineral Technology at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, followed by a Master's degree in Land Management at the University of Reading. He then took the RICS direct entry examinations to become a Chartered Surveyor.

MrAshby worked as a surveyor in the corporate sector for Tarmac Roadstone, The Marley Tile Company, British Alcan and Reed Elsevier where he was Director of Estates. He joined Warnford Investments Ltd as Managing Director in mid-1996, a specialist commercial property investment and development company based in the City of London and retired at the end of 2012 after disposing of the entire portfolio.

Mr Richard Winter BA FCA

Mr Winter joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1985 after studying a degree in Philosophy and Economics. He has been a partner since 1997 and is on the firm's Assurance Executive.

Prior to this, he has spent six years in the firm's Corporate Finance Valuation practice, and had a secondment to PwC Switzerland where he was the lead partner on a global pharmaceutical client based in Basel. He has also had audit responsibilities as a partner on three further FTSE 100 clients of PwC and until recently led the firm's capital market, accounting advisory and structuring practice. International experience includes leading projects, in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Japan, India and Hong Kong.

Mr Winter was a Trustee and Treasurer of Save The Children between 2004 and 2015 and was the Chair of Merlin between 2013 and 2016. He is a parent at Wycombe Abbey.

Mr J W Bailey ACA

Mr Bailey was educated at Marlborough College and undertook a Foundation Diploma in Business Studies at the London Business School before being articled to Ernst & Young where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979.

Mr Bailey joined S.G.Warburg & Co. in 1980 in the International Corporate Finance Department where he spent 15 years, six of which were in New York. In 1995, he joined Deutsche Bank where he remains today and has held various positions including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets and Head of the Investment Banking Division in Europe. He is currently Chairman of Global Banking Europe and chairs the Equity Commitment Committee, The Reputational Risk Committee and sits on the Regional Governance Boards in the UK and Russia.

He is a Trustee of the UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust, a Non Executive Director of Lombard Odier Asset Management, a Director of The Roehampton Club Ltd and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers.

Both of Mr Bailey's daughters are former pupils of Wycombe Abbey.

Mr Patrick Lewis MA MBA

Mr Lewis is the Finance Director of the John Lewis Partnership. During 20 years in retail, he has covered a wide variety of roles, from directing the supply chain and shops, to representing the interests of his fellow Partners as shareholders.

In his earlier career he worked for Bain and Company and Procter and Gamble, following a Law degree at Oxford and an MBA at INSEAD. He also has five years' experience as a pension trustee.

Mr Lewis is a Mutual Ambassador for the Cabinet Office and Chair of the first local authority Mutual spun out of the public sector – 3BM.

Mr Lewis has four daughters; two are Seniors and two at Wycombe.

Correspondence for Council Members, including the Chairman, should be directed to:

Mrs Anne Bolton
Wycombe Abbey
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP11 1PE

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