Our Governors

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Nicholas MBE MA

Chair of the Board of Governors
Mark Nicholas was born in Norfolk and attended Taverham Hall School and Langley School. He went on to read History at the University of East Anglia and completed a master’s degree at King’s College London. He is also a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Mark’s professional life has included an eighteen-year career in the British Army. He has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also completed senior staff appointments at the Ministry of Defence and Army Headquarters specialising in strategy development and operational management. Retiring from the Army in 2015, after commanding Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps, Mark is now the Show and Programmes Director for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

He is also the Director of the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival, the largest event of its kind in East Anglia. Mark is a trustee of the Norwich War Memorials Trust and is the Royal Anglian Regiment County Colonel for Norfolk. He is married to Penny and they have two boys.

Mrs Sharon Turner

Sharon was Chair of Governors of Taverham Hall Educational Trust from 2009 until 2017. Sharon joined Central Trust in 1998. Between 1998 and 2004 she jointly ran the Group with its founder Andrew Turner. Since 2004 Sharon has been a Non-Executive Director of Norfolk Capital (the holding company) with a focus on Finance. She has also served as a Non-Executive Director of Norwich City Football Club.

Prior to Central Trust her personal work experience has been in the Banking sector where she was Finance Director of a Canadian Bank and subsequently in Investment Banking where she was Investment Director. Sharon is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Sharon sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Mr Graham Watson

Graham is the Director of the Seckford Foundation and Bursar of Woodbridge School. He has been leading the Seckford Foundation since 2003, which as well as the Almshouses, includes Woodbridge School and the Springboard programme. Graham also leads the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust which was established by the Foundation in 2012. Before joining the Seckford Foundation, Graham was Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA, a non-departmental public body set up by the Lottery Act 1998. NESTA funds programmes for creativity, invention and innovation and education. Prior to working for NESTA, he was Director of Finance and Support Services for The Prince’s Trust and Royal Jubilee Trusts. Graham is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has extensive knowledge of charity law, tax regulation and governance issues. Graham is a board member of a number of other charities including Community Action Suffolk.

Graham has chaired the Finance & General Purposes Committee and is the Chair of the Education Committee.

Dr Hannah Nearney, MBChB, MSc, MRCPsych, PGDip(CAT)

Originally from Norfolk, Hannah studied Medicine at the University of Leicester and began her postgraduate training in in the Midlands before returning to work in East Anglia in 2005. She works as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and is a partner in a local private practice (Anchor Psychiatry Group).

Hannah sits on the Education and People Committees, is the governor with responsibility for safeguarding and takes a particular interest in wellbeing and pastoral care.

Mr Mat Newnham

Mat Newnham is a Partner, specialising in employment law, at Birketts LLP. Mat has been a Governor for a number of years and is also a parent of two children currently in the Prep School.

Mat sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee and also chairs the People Committee.

Mr Tony Harmer

Tony Harmer trained in London in marketing and was managing director of the Williams & Harmer Partnership in Norfolk from 1977 until 1997. He is now a non-executive chairman of oneagency.co in Norwich.

Tony sits on the Marketing & Outreach Committee and is our Artsmark Governor.

Mr Brett Burton

Brett Burton is a Director and Shareholder of Black Swan Care Group which owns and operates Care Homes in East Anglia. Brett has been involved in the Care Sector since 1992 and prior this had been involved in the Financial Services Sector since leaving school in 1984. Brett moved to England from Australia in 1987 and currently has business interests in both countries.

Both Brett sons attended Langley Prep School when it was known as Taverham Hall Prep School and his youngest son attended Langley Senior School before moving to Hale School in Perth, Western Australia in 2017.

Brett enjoys reading books on successful businesses and people, enjoys mentoring and is a recent convert to yoga which he enjoys with his wife.

Mr Stephen Brown BSc(Hons) MRICS

Stephen is Managing Partner of REAL Consulting, a local business based in Norwich delivering Project Management and Cost Management services. He was a parent at Langley Senior School from 2007 until 2017 where both his children attended.

He is a keen cyclist, open water swimmer and active member of CAMRA.

He has been a governor since 2008 and now chairs the Estates and Health and Safety Committee with responsibility for the management of both estates.

Mr John Miller

John is a business and management consultant in the financial services sector, having spent the previous 30 plus years with several major insurance companies throughout the UK. His experience spans marketing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, strategy development and senior leadership.

Away from business and a hectic family life, John is a keen runner and gadget fan!

John has been a school governor since 2013, starting at Langley Schools in 2015. John chairs the Marketing and Outreach Committee.

Mr Zak Virgin

A new Governor. Further information to follow.

 
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