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Professor Stephen Mayson LLB, LLM, PhD, Barrister, FRSA - Chairman of the School Governors

Stephen Mayson is a Trustee of The Harpur Trust (having previously served as the Bedford School Committee nominated Trustee), a co-opted Governor, and has also served on the Bedford Preparatory School Committee. He has been a member of both the Finance & General Purposes, and Marketing & External Affairs sub committees. Stephen has a son and a daughter, and his son attended both Bedford Preparatory School and Bedford School before going to university in the United States and subsequently settling there.

Stephen has a background as a tax lawyer, strategy consultant, and academic. He now spends most of his time serving as a non-executive director of various law and law-related organisations. He also currently holds professorships in the Faculty of Laws at University College London, at the University of Law, and at the law school of the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. He is the author of a number of student and practitioner books on tax law, company law, and law firm strategy.

Stephen has a long-standing commitment to voluntary and pro bono contributions, both professionally and personally: he has served on strategy and advisory groups for the Ministry of Justice, the Legal Services Board, the Legal Ombudsman, the Bar Standards Board, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority; he has also been a parish councillor, including a period as chairman, as well as chair of governors of a large state secondary school.

Sir Clive Loader KCB OBE

A Royal Air Force Harrier pilot by background, Sir Clive saw operational service in the Falkland Islands, Bosnia and Iraq. He commanded No 3 (Fighter) Squadron and Royal Air Force Station Laarbruch (in Germany). He served in the Permanent Joint Headquarters (as an air commodore, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations), in the MOD (as and air vice-marshal, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Operations), and as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command in the rank of Air Chief Marshal. He was appointed as Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the New Year’s Honours list 2006 and promoted to 4-star rank on 26 Feb 2007. He became the first Commander-in-Chief of the newly formed Air Command on 1 April 2007, from which appointment he retired from the Service in July 2009. In November 2012, he was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Married to Alison (née Leith) since 1976 they have 3 sons, Matt (1980), Tom (1982) and Edward (1988) (all 3 were educated at Bedford School). In his spare time (such as there is in his role as PCC), Sir Clive Loader enjoys playing golf and (now that playing days are over) watching rugby and cricket. He is also a keen military historian and bee keeper.

Mr Phil Wallace MA, FCA, FBRP

Phil is one of the two governors nominated by his former college, New College, Oxford, where he is a trustee of the college's development fund. Phil retired from accountants KPMG in 2006 after working there for 36 years. He specialised in turnaround and insolvency, leading the firm's cross border restructuring business. He was a member of the Board, Chairman of its Audit Committee and a Vice Chairman of the UK firm. Since retiring, Phil has been Chairman of the Steering Board of The Insolvency Service, the agency responsible for all the government's interests in insolvency, and is a non-executive Board member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. He has three sons, all of whom went to Bedford School. His interests include golf, bridge, bird watching and travel.

Mr David Dixon BA (Hons) MBA FCA AIB - Deputy Chairman of the School Governors

David is a Harpur Trust Trustee and a Chairman of the Finance and Resources Committee. He is a retired Chartered Accountant and previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, where he was a partner in the Assurance practice for eighteen years. He has three daughters who attended Bedford High School and two sons who attended Bedford School.

Mr Richard Miller MA (Cantab), Dip Ed (Soton), Dip HA (Lomdon), RAFVR(T) – Staff Elected Governor

After education at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Southampton Universities Richard joined the teaching profession and remained a practising teacher, in various roles and at different schools, until 2004. Richard joined Bedford School as Head of History in 1982, becoming Director of Studies and Second Deputy in 1988. During those teaching years he was an active GCE and GCSE Examiner, an Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and worked intermittently for Government agencies (SCAA, QCA and others); and he extended his experiences as Assessor for the Civic Trust in their national ‘Buildings Award Scheme’, by taking a Birkbeck College Diploma in History of Art, and by developing his painting, drawing and archaeological interests. His foreign adventures focused upon the Middle East, primarily in pursuit of the geography and politics of Palestine and its neighbours. In London he was Vice Chairman of the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery; and in Bedford he founded The Friends of Cecil Higgins’ Art Gallery, where he is now on the Gallery Board. Richard is a Governor of a State Maintained Lower School and, with his wife Peta, is active in village affairs. He continues to travel and to paint and draw for pleasure and commission – indeed he is Art Tutor on board a cruise liner; and he tries to keep abreast of national educational developments.

Cllr David Sawyer

David Sawyer became a Trustee of the Harpur Trust in 2013 as a representative of Bedford Borough Council. David has been a borough councillor since 2003, representing De Parys ward (which covers Bedford School) where he lives with his family. Professionally David is a chartered accountant, and has worked in both public and private sectors, specialising in transport and government, in the UK and overseas. David has a long standing interest in education, as a parent and school governor, and he has served four local schools, and between 2009 and 2013 served as Portfolio Holder for Education on the Council, in a challenging period in which there were significant changes in government policy. David has also worked with a number of local charities, including Oxfam, Citizens Advice and Bedfordshire Housing Link.

Mr Michael Womack MA Cantab, LLM London

After qualifying as a solicitor in1972, Michael worked in the City, before joining Taylors in Newmarket where he became a partner and remained for the rest of his professional life. Taylors became part of Taylor Vinters by merger; the firm he initially joined had 5 partners, the one he retired from had over 20 with corresponding increase in staffing. It was a challenging time of almost continuous change. A large part of his practice consisted in advising charities, colleges, Cambridge University and other educational institutions. Michael has been the chair of a public sector sixth form college and a governor of a prep school .He remains a member of the investment committee of one of the Cambridge colleges He runs a modest grant awarding charity and is a trustee of a learned society ,a medical charity, a specialist museum and a charity that helps the blind and partially sighted. His hobbies are classical music (particularly opera) walking, travel and ornithology.

Dr Anne Egan MA, BM, BCh, MRCP, FRCR

Dr Egan is the School Committee Elected trustee. She studied at Newnham College Cambridge and Worcester College Oxford, qualifying in medicine in 1983, and trained in Radiology at Addenbrookes Hospital. Anne came to Bedford in 1992 when her husband was appointed Consultant Cardiologist, and joined him at Bedford Hospital in 1995 when she took up the post of Consultant Radiologist. Her daughter attended Dame Alice Harpur School. Her older son attended Bedford School, and her younger son is still a pupil at the school. She is Chair of the Pastoral and Recreational Committee.

Mr Hugh Maltby BA (Hons)

Hugh is the Chairman of the Bedford School Association (BSA) Committee.. He has previously served on the Pastoral and Recreational Committee He is a former old boy of the School and currently has two sons in the Upper School with a further son at Pilgrims School. He comes from a family with strong connections to the School going back a number of generations. His father served as the parent elected Governor on the School Committee following the fire in 1979. Hugh has worked for the past 26 years in the Lloyd’s insurance market holding various operational directorships, which has provided him with a broad spectrum of business management experience. His interests outside work include rowing, triathlon, swimming and rugby. 

Mr Chris Johnson

Chris is Group Chief Executive of the Paragon Electronics group of companies which he co-founded in 1991. He is an Old Bedfordian and previously Chairman of the Bedford School Foundation. Chris is currently Chair of the Marketing and External Affairs Committee having served as an Associate Governor on this committee and the Pastoral and Recreation Committee. He has four sons all of whom have attended Bedford School; one is still at the School.

Mr Ali Malek QC MA, BCL (Oxon)

Ali Malek is a barrister specialising in all aspects of commercial Law including banking and financial services law. Ali is an Old Bedfordian and obtained his MA and BCL at Keble College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. Ali is the Head of Chambers at 3 Verulam Buildings. He is a Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and a Recorder of the Crown Court. He is authorised to sit as a Deputy Judge in the High Court. He is a former Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association. He is a co-author of Jack: Documentary Credits (4th Edition). His brother went to Bedford School as well as two of his nephews.

Mrs Amanda Rea ACMA MBA - Parent Elected Governor

Amanda is a qualified accountant and following qualification has worked as a consultant to the legal profession. She has two sons at Bedford Prep School and a daughter at Bedford Girls' School. Amanda serves on the Pastoral and Recreational Committee.

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