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Governors of Aldwickbury School - biographies

Jeremy Bromfield Chair

Nomination and Governance Committee, F&GP Committee, Remuneration Committee

Formerly Deputy Head Master, Bancroft’s School where amongst other things he also taught history and politics.  He is now semi-retired working as the School’s Archivist and is also helping with the newly launched Bancroft’s Foundation, which is raising funds for means tested scholarships.  He also manages the 1st XI cricket and helps with the CCF when required.

He is married with three children who have attended St Albans School (Jeremy is an Old Albanian himself) and St Columba’s.  His wife teaches Maths at Queenswood School.  He was appointed MBE in 2009 for his service to the Combined Cadet Force. From 1992-2001 he was an Hon Canon, Cathedral Warden and Chairman, Finance Committee 1992 – 2001 of St Albans Cathedral.  Jeremy is a Liveryman of the Drapers’ Company, a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the MCC and an ECB qualified cricket umpire.

Judith Bryant (Ms) 

Vice Chair, Marketing Committee, Education Committee

Judith has practiced as a barrister in Wilberforce Chambers in London for more than 25 years, specialising in trust law.  She was educated at Beverley High School for Girls in East Yorkshire and read law at Jesus College, Cambridge.  She is married with two sons who attended Aldwickbury between 1999 and 2008, after which they moved to St Albans School and then studied at Warwick University.  Judith has lived in Markyate since 1993.

Phil Barr

Safeguarding Governor, Education Committee

Phil has over 33 years experience in education. He served as Vice Principal of a teaching school and was awarded Specialist Leader in Education, leading in Initial Teacher Training.   Latterly, he became an Ofsted Inspector, conducting inspections in secondary schools around eastern England

Currently, Phil is supporting new teachers in the profession as well as working as an Educational Consultant. 

Educated in Elstree and North London, Phil has a B.Ed (Hons) in Primary & Secondary English and Certificate of Further Professional Studies from Cambridge University. 

He is married to Cathy, has a son about to leave Aldwickbury and two daughters. 

He is a keen martial artist, achieving 3rd dan black belt in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art and qualified coach and competition judge. He now practices Tai Chi and enjoys the sport of fencing- winning the Hertfordshire Team Foil championships with PDFA in 2017. 

In his spare time, Phil is following his passion and is studying for a master’s degree in creative writing.

Alex Beaty (Mrs) 

Nominations and Governance Committee, Marketing Committee, Aldwickbury Friends Association Governor

Alex is a partner at Taylor Walton solicitors based in St Albans.  She read Law at Durham University and then worked in a large practice in London before moving to work closer to home.  She has lived locally most of her life and was educated at St Albans High School for Girls and then at Haileybury College. 

Alex’s son was at Aldwickbury between 1999 and 2008 before going on to St Albans School and then Exeter University.  Her daughter is a former St Albans High School pupil and has now graduated from York.  Her brothers are also old Aldwickbury boys from the sixties and her father was Chairman of the Governors at the school for many years.

Chris Boothby - Marketing Committee (Chair)

Currently Commercial Director of Global Clients at Dentsu Aegis Network, who specialise in the planning and buying of media and marketing for many international Clients.
Chris is married to Caroline and has one daughter who is a Birmingham University graduate (French and Spanish), and two sons who both attended Aldwickbury. One son went on to Haileybury, graduated from Liverpool University and has a MSc in Real Estate from the Henley Business School, whilst the other son went on to St Albans School and is currently at Edinburgh University studying Chemistry.

Chris enjoys a variety of sports and has previously served as a manager of various Wheathampstead Wanderers football teams, but his active sporting focus is now primarily concentrated on the driving down of his handicap (unsuccessfully!).

Andrew Coley 

F& GP Committee

Currently Managing Partner of Ainsley & Partners, where for Twenty years he has worked closely with a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors specialising in the independent schools and colleges market place as Project Manager/ Quantity Surveyor.  Ainsley & Partners have worked with Aldwickbury School as Quantity Surveyors on major projects such as the Castle Dining Room & Chidell Hall.

Andrew is a member of the MCC and as well as being an Old Denstonian, he is a Governor at Denstone College, where he is Chair of the Premises Committee.  He is married with a family and his daughter attended Haileybury College.

James Hodgson

James was appointed Head Master at Bedford School with effect from 1st September 2014, before which he was Usher (Senior Deputy Head) at Magdalen College School in Oxford.  Educated at Wellington College, James read Classics at Durham University (1988-1991) and, after a couple of years with Ernst and Young in London, completed his Classics PGCE at Cambridge University in 1994 (where he was a cricket blue).  He spent six years teaching in Sydney, before returning to the UK where he was appointed at Tonbridge School as a Boarding Housemaster and Director of Admissions.


Ed Bond

Education Committee

Currently Director of Professional Development on the Senior Leadership Team at Haileybury He has been at Haileybury throughout his teaching career as a classroom teacher, Head of History, then additionally the Assistant Director of Studies, and then a boarding Housemaster. His role now includes both the development of the teaching staff and performance management. He was educated at Pinewood School (a prep school near Swindon) as a boarder from the age of 8, moving to Wellington College at the age of 13. After Wellington he moved onto Durham University to study History, and then completed a PGCE. Ed is married to Kathryn and they have three boys, all of whom are of primary school age. He is a keen sportsman, he played rugby for Durham University and is now enjoying his sport vicariously by coaching rugby and athletics at Haileybury

Dr Roger Axworthy 

F&GP Committee, Remuneration Committee

Currently Executive Officer and Company Secretary at King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire, a co-educational independent school for children aged 1 to 18. He was employed previously at Mill Hill School Foundation in North London where he was Deputy Bursar and Clerk to the Court of Governors. He has been a Lecturer in History and Education and a Teacher. During his career at Mill Hill School Foundation he was a Boarding Housemaster, Head of Department, Registrar and Company Secretary of Mill Hill School Enterprises, which was the Mill Hill School Foundation’s trading arm.   He was a Local Councillor for Barnet in London and also the City and District of St Albans. He has a PhD from the University of London and a Certificate in Accountancy from the Open University.  He is a JP.

Chris Dinwoodie

F and GP Committee, Education Committee

Chris is an experienced business executive with over 30 years of corporate experience, most recently as a Global Chief Commercial Officer where he was responsible for business strategy, sales, and marketing in a £2.6bn business. He now has a portfolio of interests, ranging from a FinTech investment, to running an executive coaching/mentoring business – where he focusses on helping senior leaders grow and improve their businesses. 

In his youth- he attended Bradford Grammar School and then Manchester University where he studied Law. He and Sarah have two sons who attended Aldwickbury : his eldest son went on to Haileybury and then Millfield and is now studying International Business at Leeds Becket, and the younger son went to St Albans School and is now studying History at Cardiff University.

Chris is a keen golfer and enjoys watching his sons playing cricket for Redbourn Cricket Club- when they are home. 

 Rachel Cook BA (Hons)


Nomination and Governance Committee

Currently Director of Operations at the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools.  Rachel previously worked in programme and project management across Trusts and professional bodies.  She grew up in Welwyn, where she now lives with her husband and two-year-old son.

Catherine Dugmore BA(Hons), ACA

F and GP Committee

Catherine is a qualified Chartered Accountant. From 1988 to 2002 Catherine worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers latterly as an audit partner based in Johannesburg. Catherine has pursued a non-executive portfolio since 2004.

Catherine is currently a trustee of WWF-UK, and was appointed by the Secretary of State as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural England Board.  She has worked in the NHS since 2012 and currently holds a non-executive role at Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust. She was formerly vice chair and trustee of Action for Children and Chair of Victim Support.

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