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To contact the Chairman of Governors please write to him c/o Saint Felix School, Southwold Suffolk IP18 6SD or telephone the School Office: 01502 722175

  Mrs Hazel Anthony
Hazel retired in Summer 2013 after 23 years at the Royal Hospital School. She was Senior Mistress for 21 years and spent the last 2 years as Director of Professional Development and Training. She is very experienced in pastoral matters and worked in boarding schools for 33 years. Throughout her career she taught German to A level. She has been an inspector for ISI since 1999 and a tutor for the Boarding Schools' Association since 2004. She will advise the Head on Senior School issues.
Elected June 2011
Dr Leslie Dawson OBE 
Dr Dawson is a Chief Executive with a record of delivering radical improvements in customer performance, profitability and reputation management in the water, gas and power utilities sector. He has enjoyed considerable management experience as Chief Executive with Southern Water, Managing Director Service Delivery at United Utilities and at National Grid Transco where he was Head of Operations and Information Systems Delivery. Dr Dawson has significant experience of business turnaround, process transformation, outsourcing and change leadership in complex regulated businesses coupled with non-executive experience in a range of sectors. He also offers the Governors of Saint Felix key skills in implementing innovative change delivering performance management, IT Strategy and delivery and Media and reputation management. Dr Dawson will join the Executive Committee of the Board (Finance & General Purposes Committee).
Elected June 2011

Mrs Sarah Hill

Parent Governor, Sarah Hill, is an Old Felician who studied at Saint Felix School between 1979 and 1989.  She has three children at the school.  Sarah has been a PTA member for some considerable time and worked in the Prep Department between 2005 and 2007.  Sarah and Simon Hill were married in the school Chapel in 2007.

Sarah graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a degree in Art History and English, followed by a Diploma in Works of Art from Sotheby’s Institute and then an MA in Victorian Art and Architecture from the University of London. She has worked at Sotheby’s, Bonhams and the Country House department of Knight Frank before returning to Suffolk with her family.


Mr Graham Hillier
Parent Governor, Graham Hillier has a daughter in the Prep Department and another in the Sixth Form.  He has over forty years’ experience as a banking professional, with strong focus on risk management, economics and finance interfacing with financial institutions, businesses and the personal sector.   He is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Elected in 2017.

Elected 2017
  Mr Nigel Johnson BA, PGCE
IAPS Prep School Headmaster for many years. Led Brandeston Hall from 1985–2000 and was subsequently appointed Headmaster of Terra Nova School in Cheshire. Ex ISI inspector. Retired to Southwold in July 2009. Governor with responsibility for Child Protection / Safeguarding. Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Chairman of the Preparatory & Pre-Preparatory Departments Education Committee.
Elected 2009
Chairman of Governors: Dr John Kelly
Parent Governor. Dr Kelly has twin children in Clough House and his wife is an Old Felician. He was in general practice in Lowestoft for 30 years and now works part time as a locum. Dr Kelly was also a Police surgeon for 25 years with a particular involvement in matters concerning Child Protection in Waveney. He will also be able to bring experience as a School Governor and Chairman of Governors of Sir John Leman High School to the Board of Governors of Saint Felix. Dr Kelly is clear that in his role he seeks to ‘.....represent the parents to the Governors and the Governors to the parents.’
Elected June 2011
 

Reverend Barry Slatter BSc (Hons), BTh (Hons), FRICS

The Reverend Barrie Slatter has had association with Saint Felix School spanning over forty years.  His daughter was a pupil and his wife was on the staff for over thirty years.  Barrie is a Chartered Surveyor as well as having been the Rector of the Alde River Benefice, seven parishes to the south of Saxmundham, until February, 2014. He has experience both as a parish and district councillor and primary school governor.  He was a senior lecturer at Harper Adams Agricultural College and taught for a time at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has recently been working with Saint Felix School, Koinambe in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea to expand the teaching facilities in this remote village and constructing a new church.  He provides Continuing Professional Development for Rural Practice Chartered Surveyors throughout the UK.

Robert Stephens

Parent Governor, Robert Stephens has twin boys in Clough House. He has been a Police Officer for 30 years having served with the Metropolitan Police Service, Royal Hong Kong Police Force and the Suffolk Constabulary. He lives in Beccles.

Mr Richard Turvill
Company Director with a diverse range of business experience. He has been a senior strategy consultant and marketing manager. He has worked in France, Germany and Switzerland. Mr Turvill is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Parent of an Old Felician. Elected May 2010

Mr Rupert Wise MA (Cantab)

Parent Governor, Rupert Wise, is Director and Founder of Wise Capital Ltd, an FCA regulated company specialising in raising capital from the Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds and Investment Institutions of the Arabian Gulf. Prior to that between 1987 and 2000, he was Managing Director of the Fleming Group’s operations (Investment Banking and Asset Management) in the Middle East (Cairo, Beirut and Bahrain) as well as Latin America. Between 1979 and 1986, he was an Army Officer, commissioned into the 14/20th Kings Hussars, rising to command of the desert reconnaissance squadron of the Sultan of Oman’s Armoured Regiment on loan to the Sultan of Oman’s Land Forces.

Rupert graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a degree in Arabic Studies. He represented Wiltshire in Cross-country running and the University of Cambridge in boxing for three consecutive years rising to the position of team captain.

Mr John Whyte
Chairman of the Governing Body from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Business entrepreneur, farmer and property developer. Mr Whyte is a Saint Felix parent with four daughters, and now grandchildren, at the school.
Elected 2002, re-elected 2008 and 2011.
Lin Le Versha
Lin Le Versha has over 40 years experience in education as a teacher, Head of Department, Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Headteacher in schools in London and Surrey, the Vice Principal of a Sixth Form College, an Associate Ofsted Inspector and a Senior Consultant in Surrey Local Authority. Lin continues to work as a School Improvement Partner with 14 secondary schools in Surrey, Sussex and Richmond. Her book “Teaching at Post 16” is recommended on PGCE courses. Having moved to Suffolk in 2011, Lin is the Director of the Southwold Arts Festival and an enthusiastic member of Saint Felix Choral Society.
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