We have a strong, supportive Governing Body of ten members. Each member of the Governing Body is invited to become a Governor for their particular skills and for their passion and support for the school.
The full Governing Body meets once a term usually towards the end of term. The Finance Committee also meets once a term and the Education Sub-Committee, which is chaired by the Headmaster, meets twice a year preceding the main GB Meeting. There are some smaller Governors’ steering committees which also meet regularly throughout the school year.
Tom Leicester was appointed a Governor of Beeston Hall School in 2007. He took over as Chairman in June 2016 and is an Old Beestonian. He gained a degree in History of Art at Manchester University and then served for six years in the British Army (Scots Guards).
He has lived in Norfolk most of his life and now runs the Holkham Estate on the North Norfolk coast. He has overseen its diversification away from a dependence on agriculture, towards leisure, tourism, wildlife management and property diversification.
Tom is a Trustee on the Board of a number of charities besides Beeston.
He has four children, all of whom have been/are pupils at Beeston. When visiting Beeston for the first time as prospective parents, his wife, Polly, turned to him after an hour of touring the school and said, “There is no need to visit any more schools, I know my children will be happy here”. That is the crux of it; if you have happy children they learn well.
After graduating from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, I began my career as a teacher at Sutton Valence School. In 1983 I took up the position of Second Master at Barnard Castle School and in 1988 left to become the Headmaster of Hampton School. In 1997 I was appointed Master of Dulwich College. Having co-chaired the HMC and GSA Education and Academic Policy Committee for three years, I was elected Chairman of HMC in 2003.
I served on the Edexcel Council and the Governing Bodies of Imperial College and Roedean and, on my retirement from Dulwich in 2009, took up the position of Chief Executive of the Alpha Plus Group, an education company that owns a number of schools and colleges in the UK. I am currently Deputy Chairman of the Group. As an Old Beestonian, I am pleased to give back something to the school which provided the foundation for all that followed.
DAVID BROWN MA (Cantab), ACA
Chairman of the Finance Committee
After graduating from Jesus College, Cambridge with a degree in History, David joined Arthur Andersen and trained as a chartered accountant, qualifying in 1993. In 2002, he joined Deloitte as a partner and currently leads Deloitte’s real estate tax business in the UK. He sits on a number of strategic advisory and tax technical committees for the Investment Property Forum and other real estate bodies.
He has three daughters, all of whom are Old Beestonians.
I became a Governor at Beeston in 2015, four years after my daughter left following a successful career there. I live nearby in Norfolk and I am keen to help preserve and enhance the excellent reputation of the school and the academic and pastoral care that it offers its pupils. I ran Christie’s Contemporary Art in London earlier in my career before setting up an Art business in Tokyo for a number of years. For the last 10 years I have been a Trustee of the Norfolk Churches Trust in charge of their fundraising/PR arm, and have recently been appointed as an Ambassador (Development Committee) of the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, where my work will be in education and exhibitions. I am a fluent Spanish speaker and am passionate about how languages are taught in schools. I am aiming to help promote this small but exceptional school to the widest community and audience possible.
I have spent the whole of my professional life in schools, both as a teacher and working alongside my Head Master husband. Having left Eton last summer I now live in Norfolk full time and am able to devote more time to Beeston Hall, especially in my designated role as Governor with responsibility for boarding. I have been a Governor in a number of schools in both the state and independent sectors.
Jim is a solicitor and a director at a local law firm. He lives in North Norfolk. Although he was educated in Devon, London and Paris his family has a long association with Beeston. Jim and his wife, Mary, have four children; two of whom are currently at Beeston. As well as being a member of Cromer Church, Jim is a keen sportsman and an active hockey and tennis player.
I was brought up in the village of Bale, near Blakeney, and attended Holt Primary school and then Gresham’s. After a degree in Biochemistry at the university of Liverpool, I have worked as a chemistry teacher at Worksop College, Bedford school and, for the last 26 years, at Radley College. I went to Radley as Head of Department, spent 12 years as a Boarding Housemaster and for the last 10 years I have been on the Senior Management Team, first running the Co-Curricular programme and then fronting up ‘External Affairs’, which covers aspects of the admissions process and communications, amongst other things. My wife, Vanessa, has been Registrar at Radley since 2011, having previously worked as Development Officer at St Helen’s, Abingdon. We have two daughters, both of whom work in London. We are moving back to our house in Docking in 2021 and much look forward to spending more time at Beeston, as well as continuing to enjoy the wonderful Norfolk beaches, golf at Hunstanton and playing for West Norfolk cricket club; for as long as I am selected!
I joined the Board of Governors in 2015, shortly after retiring from a 33 year career in Medicine and am keen to bring that experience to my role as Governor with responsibility for Child Protection. I attended Sheffield University Medical School and then trained and worked in General Practice. In 1989 I married and moved to North Norfolk, working in various practices before joining Cromer. This was initially part time while our sons were young and then as a partner in 1996. For seven years I was also Medical Officer at Beeston. As a parent of two sons who were very happy at Beeston and benefitted greatly from the academic and sporting opportunities there, I am glad to be able to contribute to the ongoing development of this unique school which provides an excellent all-round education for children in their important formative years.
Geoff Webster has been a Beeston Governor since 2012. Geoff has been working in Higher Education for the past 7 years and is currently Managing Director, Cambridge Education Group Digital Division. CEG Digital partners with prestigious UK universities to deliver online or blended postgraduate courses to a global market on a part-time, flexible basis. Courses are delivered using cutting-edge, tablet friendly technology and sector leading pedagogy. He started his career at Allen & Overy, one of the UK leading international law firms, before spending 12 years in the telecommunications industry in Europe and the USA, serving as AT&T International’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2006-2008. He has always been passionate about education and thoroughly enjoys the contrast between his day job dealing with top UK universities and postgraduate students and the involvement as a parent and Governor at Beeston. He is also an Old Beestonian.