Belhaven Hill Governors
Purpose and Governance
Belhaven Hill School was founded in 1923 and became incorporated as a charitable company (Belhaven Hill School Trust Limited) in September 1964. Its objective is to achieve the highest possible standards of education in a caring and highly supportive pastoral environment that enables pupils to develop themselves to their optimum potential.
The Headmaster is responsible for the day-to-day management of the School and reports to the Board of Governors, whose role is to ensure the strategic direction of the School and its financial viability, in partnership with the Headmaster and his Senior Management Team, with the appointment of external advisers where appropriate.
The Governors of the School are its trustees for the purposes of charity law and its directors for the purposes of company law.
Governors are identified and appointed by the Board of Governors, which aims to achieve a balance of skills and experience appropriate to the running of the School: in particular educational, financial, commercial, parent representative, property and marketing. The position of Governor is entirely voluntary and is unpaid.
Governors serve for three years after which period they may be elected for a further three-year term, except for the Chair and Convenors of any committee set up by the Board, who remain eligible for immediate re-election on retiring while in office or within three years after.
The Governors meet at least three times a year and consider the strategic planning for the School, oversee the running of the School and receive regular formal reports from the Headmaster and others (as appropriate) to ensure the School is running effectively.
The Finance Committee meets three times a year and considers and monitors all financial aspects of the School, including management accounts, budgets etc. There is also a Property Committee, a Marketing Committee and a newly-established Foundation Committee, each comprising Governors with relevant expertise who report to, and act under, the direction of the full Board of Governors.
Mr Angus Macpherson - Chair of Governors:
Angus was educated at Bryanston and Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is Chief Executive of ES Noble & Company, Chairman of JP Morgan Elect PLC and a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board. A former Belhaven parent, he returned to Scotland from Asia in 2004 and lives in the Scottish Borders with his family.
Mr Anthony Barlow - Technology:
Anthony was educated at Radley College and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Engineering. His commercial background is in Information Technology. He is currently Chief Executive of EBS Europe Limited and serves as a non-executive Director for a number of small companies. Anthony’s three children have all been lucky enough to benefit from a Belhaven education.
The Hon Alexander Dewar - Chair of Finance & Foundation:
Alexander, an old boy and past parent, qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young where he worked both in London and Cape Town. He spent two years in a project finance role at J Sainsbury plc. He then moved to Edinburgh where he worked in Corporate Finance for Brewin Dolphin, ending up as the director responsible for natural resources clients. Alexander now lives in Perthshire where he runs his family estate.
Mr Niall Donaldson - Property:
Niall was educated at Merchiston Castle School and then studied marine biology at Heriot Watt University. He owned and ran a successful property and building company in London before returning to Scotland in 2000 to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to farm. He currently farms in East Lothian. His three children were all at Belhaven.
Mr Angus Forsyth – Property Convenor/Health & Safety:
Angus was educated at Craigflower, Glenalmond and Napier University of Edinburgh. He subsequently spent 25 years in the commercial real estate industry in Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. He was a founding member of Savills’ Singapore office in the 1990s before returning to the UK to take up a partnership at Knight Frank. He currently holds a Non-Executive directorship of a major UK builder, serves on the Board of a property investment company with UK commercial and industrial assets, and owns and operates an Edinburgh based serviced office company.
Mrs Camilla Gray Muir – Child Protection, Nominations and Governance:
Camilla was brought up in London and educated at Wycombe Abbey. She has an MA in Law from Magdalene College, Cambridge. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1992 as a member of the Inner Temple and was a member of QEB Chambers, Queen Elizabeth Building, Middle Temple, specialising in family law until shortly after she moved to Scotland in 2001. She is currently a non-executive director of a family property company, on the Board of Governors of the National Galleries of Scotland and is Deputy Chairman of the Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust in Angus. Camilla is married, with four children, all of them either present or past pupils at Belhaven. The family lives in Edinburgh and Angus.
Mrs Wendy Griffiths (Headmistress, Tudor Hall School) – Education/Foundation:
Wendy has been Headmistress of Tudor Hall since 2004. Educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Carmarthen, and University of Wales (zoology and PGCE), she was previously Director of Studies at St Catherine's, Bramley, Head of Sixth Form at Tormead and taught at Wispers School.
Mr Jonny Hammond Chambers (Housemaster, Oundle) – Education:
Jonny was brought up in the Borders and was educated at Belhaven in the 1980s, Glenalmond College, and the universities of Edinburgh (PGCE) and Nottingham (MA). He started his teaching career at Ludgrove (prep school), and then went on to Scots College, New Zealand. He has been at Oundle School for just over ten years, three as the Head of Geography, and the last five as a housemaster. He is married with three children, and greatly enjoys sport (playing and coaching), the outdoors and travel.
Mr Gordon Woods - Marketing:
Gordon has an MA in Geography from Oxford followed by a PGCE. He taught at Shrewsbury School between 1979 and 2003 and became the Second Master (principal deputy.) He was the Warden of Glenalmond College from 2003 until his retirement in 2015. Gordon has been a Governor of four different schools (Prep and Senior) in Scotland and England. He served as a Governing Board member of SCIS from 2005 to 2014, representing SCIS on the Boarding Schools´ Association National Executive, and Chairman of the Scottish Division of HMC in 2014. He is married and has two children in their 20s; his interests include travel, golf and sailing.
The Earl of Moray - Marketing:
John was educated at Cargilfield and Loretto and is a graduate of London University. After a period spent working between London and Scotland, he permanently moved home to Moray in 2002 where his principal occupation is Director and Chairman of Moray Estates Development Company. John is married and has two sons currently at Belhaven.
Mrs Natasha Ramsay - Marketing:
Natasha was educated at Butterstone, Gordonstoun and The London College of Fashion, after which she spent a decade as a milliner, designing and making hats for Philip Somerville and then running her own business. She is now involved in the general entertaining side of her husband's Art Fair business and also organises events for the Borders Reivers Polo Club, in addition to co-running the Borders branch of Sense Scotland’s fundraising committee and chairing the local Hunt’s main fundraiser. Natasha has a longstanding connection with Belhaven: her husband, brothers, brother-in-law and father in-law all being Belhaven alumni and of her four daughters, two are current and two are former Belhaven pupils.
Mr Neil Reynolds - Marketing Convenor/Foundation:
Neil was educated at a Prep school in Cheshire and then Clifton College in Bristol. He has a Law degree from Southampton University and an MBA from Edinburgh University. He started his career in Merchant Banking in the City in 1987, moving into corporate finance - which took him in the end to a posting in South Africa around the Millennium years. He is married with three children (two currently at Belhaven) and now runs the International division of a London-headquartered Marketing & Communications agency with a focus on Russia, Africa and the Middle East.
Mrs Nicky Wilson - Marketing:
Nicky has a BA in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Art and an MA from Chelsea Art College. A recipient of The Prix de Rome, she practised sculpture for a number of years before going on to study Advertising, Marketing and PR and becoming part of the business team at the LSDC Ayer and latterly WCRS advertising agencies in London. Nicky and her husband and their four children (two currently Belhaven pupils) then moved to Scotland and built the sculpture park, Jupiter Artland, where they now live. Nicky also serves as a trustee to the National Galleries of Scotland and The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Belhaven Hill School Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association (Charity number: SC007118; company number: SC041034). As a charity, the School is subject to review by the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR), to ensure that it meets the relevant charity tests and continues to deliver public benefit. This is a rolling process, and the School was last (successfully) reviewed in 2013.
While the Headmaster is the most appropriate initial contact for most issues or queries, the Chair of the Board can always be approached through the school office. This can be done by post:
The Chair of Governors,
Belhaven Hill School,
East Lothian EH42 1NN,