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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 Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Karen became a member of the Board of Governors in 2012 and has been Chair since 2015. She also sits on the Education and Finance Committees, having previously chaired the Education Committee. Karen is owner of Crescendo Consulting, which specialises in strategic marketing. Her son and daughter, both former pupils of The Grange, are now at university. 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.

Jeremy Simpson

Jeremy joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and serves on the Property and Compliance Committees. He is a Chartered Surveyor and is a Director of Walker Simpson, a specialist property firm. He was previously a partner in Tushingham Moore. Jeremy was a graduate in Urban Land Economics from Sheffield Polytechnic and has an MBA from the Manchester Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

He lives in Crowton with his wife Claire and their son who is in the upper sixth form at the Grange Senior School. His two elder children attended the Grange Senior School and both went on to study at Edinburgh University. He enjoys most sports and regularly plays golf and tennis and enjoys outdoor activities including fell walking, cycling and skiing.

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 chairs the Property Committee.

Chris is Chair of Manchester Science Partnerships and Manchester's Business Leadership Council and serves on the board of The Manchester International Festival, Corridor Manchester, The Manchester Youth Trust and Onside Youth Zones. He enjoys the “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. His two sons currently attend 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.

Cathy McCrohan

Cathy McCrohan joined the Board of Governors in November 2016 and serves on the Education Committee.

Cathy studied at the Universities of Cambridge (MA Natural Sciences) and Sussex (PhD Neurobiology). She is currently Professor of Comparative Neurobiology in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. Her research focusses on sensory neurobiology, specifically the sense of smell - olfaction. She teaches neuroscience and zoology to science undergraduates and contributes to the pre-clinical medicine course.

Cathy was Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Manchester from 2007 to 2011. This was followed by a two-year appointment as Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students, with responsibility for all undergraduate and masters programmes in Life Sciences, including recruitment, admissions, teaching delivery, and examinations.

Cathy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.