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Board of Governors

The support and visions of the Board of Governors has been crucial at all stages of The Grange School’s development and in its conspicuous success.

Drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds -and all committed volunteers- the Governors share the vision of the Leadership Team for the future of the school and work with tirelessness and passion to enable it to come to fruition. Many either have, or have had, children at the school and thus understand well our purpose, ethos and values, ensuring that the path for the future is founded firmly on an approach to the business and development of the school that has proved so successful thus far.

As well as being a charity and company limited by guarantee the school is also a trust, of which all parents are members. An Annual General Meeting takes place in the spring, to which all members of the trust are invited, and at which the Board of Governors is confirmed in office and is available to answer questions.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at the school address.

Karen Williams - Chair of the Board of Governors and Education Committee

Karen became a member of the Board of Governors in 2012 and sits on the Education Committee. She is Managing Director of London-based consultancy SpectrumInsight and specialises in marketing and communications strategy and social media. Karen has a daughter and a son at the Senior School. Her personal interests include languages, literature, tennis and amateur theatre.

Ann Arthur

Ann became a governor in 1996. From 1985 to 1996 she was PA to Scott Marshall, Head of The Grange School and first Headmaster of The Senior School.

She had overall responsibility for marketing and was a member of the Association of Development Directors of Independent Schools.

Her daughter was educated at The Grange School. Mrs Arthur is currently a business mentor for The Prince's Trust."

Simon Batey - Chairman of the Finance Committee

Simon joined the Board of Governors in March 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant and has served as Group Finance Director at three major UK companies, AMEC, United Utilities and Thames Water, and was formerly a partner of Armitage & Norton (now part of KPMG).

He currently has Non Executive Director positions with a number of companies including Arriva plc and Telecity Group plc, and in 2010 he was appointed as a Commissioner of Postcomm, the independent regulator of the postal services industry.

Clare Briegal

Clare Briegal joined the Board in November 2013. She is Chief Executive Officer of the International Netball Federation (the International Governing Body for the sport of Netball). Clare's background is in sales, marketing and general management. Clare was Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS FT.

Clare has an MBA from Manchester Business School, an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College, USA. She has lived in Warrington since 1995 with her husband and three children, all of which have been educated at the Grange School. Clare is an active oarswoman and rowing umpire.

Neil Brougham

Neil joined the Board of Governors in 2013. He is a Senior Partner at Mercer in Manchester, a firm of actuaries and HR consultants, and acts as the appointed actuary to several large pension funds. He also leads Mercer's Manchester and Leeds offices.

He lives in Stockton Heath with his wife Rachel and family. Two of their children are currently at the Grange Senior School, with the third joining in September 2014. His interests include singing, wine and indoor rowing.

Susan Dawson

Susan is Professor and Head of the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool. She joined the Board in March 2013 and serves on the Governor Education Committee.

David Akka

David joined the board of governors in 2015 and serves on the Education Committee. He has over 20 years’ experience in running his own business in the textile and clothing industry. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate Diploma in Law.

David lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children, each of whom attends the Grange School. He is a keen musician, enjoys participating in many amateur sports, is bilingual in French and loves any opportunity to visit France with his family.

Larry Fairclough

Larry Fairclough joined the Board of Governors in 2014. He recently retired as Headmaster of Stockport Grammar Junior School. He still inspects for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in High Peak.

Sarah Hudson - Chairman of the Compliance Committee

Sarah joined the Board of Governors in June 2010 with a particular interest in Compliance. She is a Partner at Law Firm Hill Dickinson specialising in Insurance. Since 1990 she has been defending a wide variety of professionals in the Construction and Civil Engineering Industries. Sarah is a member of FOIL Special Interest Group for Professional Indemnity.

Sarah lives in Tattenhall and has 4 children.

Karen Jones - Chairman of the Nominations Committee

Karen is the Finance Director of Warren Partners, an executive search and selection consultancy based in Cheshire. Karen is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Price Waterhouse. Prior to moving into finance roles in industry she spent six years with Ernst & Young in the corporate finance and advisory services department and was also actively involved with graduate recruitment.

She has a daughter and son at the Grange Senior School and a son at The Grange Junior School. Karen is also a Non Executive Director of a not for profit company, Great Northern Events Limited, which promotes contemporary craft innovations.

An active sportswoman enjoying skiing, and tennis. She has recently climbed Mont Blanc, cycled 450kms with colleagues around Cuba raising over £20,000 for charity, competed in a triathlon and plans to run a half marathon later this year.

Chris Oglesby - Chairman of the Property Committee

Chris joined the Board of Governors in 2011. He is the Chief Executive of Bruntwood, a commercial property company that develops, owns and manages office buildings in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, Chris sits on the Property Committee.

He enjoys the increasingly "mid-life crisis sports" running long distances, triathlons and off-piste ski-ing. He lives on an organic farm with his wife, Jane, and their 3 children, who are also at the Grange School.

Nigel Parkinson

Joined the Board of Governors in January 2007. A Computer Science graduate from UMIST over 30 years ago, Nigel is now a specialist in exploiting IT and managing projects within Financial Services, and works exclusively within blue chip companies leading £20m+ projects.

Nigel is married to Anita, originally a teacher, and who now coordinates special educational needs services in a local borough. Their three children have all progressed through the state education system and University into professional employment and independence.

Nigel has a broad range of interests outside of work, and when not chairing a local pre-school association or supporting the Grange, he is likely to be found in the garden or walking the dog.

Jurgen Stamer

Jurgen became a member of the Board of Governors in 2002. He is an Orthopaedic Consultant at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral with two children at The Grange School.

Catherine Stanton

Catherine joined the Board of Governors in November 2013 and is a member of the Compliance Committee.

She is a lecturer in law at the University of Manchester. Prior to this she worked as a solicitor in private practice.

Catherine is married to Chris and they have two children at The Grange School.