The Governors at St Hugh's play an important part in the running of the school. Members of the Board of Governors can most easily be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Mr Alistair Hamilton, Bursar and Company Secretary of St Hugh's.
Below can be found a list of our current Board of Governors:
Mr Paul Daffern, Chairman of Governors
Paul Daffern is a qualified accountant and has performed senior Finance Director roles for both European and US companies over the last 30 years. He was worked in both the public sector, as Finance Director for the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and the private sector with Autoglass Ltd, Exel plc, PD Ports plc and Infinis Ltd. Paul became a Governor at St Hugh's in 2005 and was appointed as Chairman of Governors in 2016. He is married to Hilary and has two children, both of whom went to St Hugh's.
Mr Peter Boggis
Peter Boggis has been a governor since 2002. Up until 2007 he farmed a thousand acres in the Witney area and has now moved to Wiltshire, where he still continues to farm on a much smaller scale and pursue his other interests in property. Peter has been associated with St Hugh's since 1955 when he was a pupil under Tom Young. His four children all came to St Hugh's, during which time he was an active member of FOSH. Whilst Chairman of FOSH, he helped in the fundraising for the sports pavilion and managed its construction.
Mr Peter Chambers
Peter Chambers was educated at Wycliffe College and after school he joined the Civil Service with whom he qualified as a chartered surveyor. His subsequent professional work took him to St James's, London where he was an investment surveyor for Clerical Medical and General before joining the family practice as commercial and development partner. In more recent years he has worked for corporate estate agents and as Land Director at a development company. He is now Land and New Homes Director at an independent surveying and agency practice based in Cirencester. He was elected a Fellow of the RICS in 1989. Peter joined the Board in 2009. He is married, has two teenage daughters and lives in the Cotswolds.
Mrs Anna Coull
Anna Coull is Senior Partner at White Horse Medical Practice in Faringdon. She was educated at Queen Anne's School, Caversham and studied Medicine at Birmingham. She represented the University at lacrosse and also played in the University orchestra. She then specialised in General Medical Practice before moving to this area in 1990 . She is married to Hamish, a dentist in Witney. Both of her daughters had a happy and successful time at St Hugh's before moving on to Cheltenham College. They are now both studying Medicine at Bristol University, continuing the family tradition.
Mr Chris Davies
Chris Davies has been the Headmaster of two IAPS prep schools. He ran Abingdon Prep School between 1999 and 2010 and then moved to Edgeborough School, Surrey. He retired to Oxfordshire in September 2017 and is now the Chairman of IAPS. He is an Independent Schools' Inspector and has been on the governing body of independent schools since 2002. He is married to Jane and has two children. He is a playing member of MCC and the Chairman of the Eton Fives Association.
Mrs Judy Forrest
Judy Forrest was Headmistress of Chandlings School, Oxfordshire for nine years, and before this was Headmistress of Upton House School, Windsor. Prior to that she was Head of Lower School at The Manor Prep School, Abingdon, Oxon, for twelve years. She is a member of IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools), served on the District Committee and ran the IAPS New Heads' Induction Course. Retired in July 2008, Judy joined the Board at St Hugh's in November of that year and she is now governor of several schools, advises on Pre- Prep education, is an IAPS mentor to new Heads and is an Area Rep for JET (Joint Educational Trust). Her son was a pupil at St Hugh's.
Mrs Virginia Gill, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Virginia Gill was born in Oxford and was among the first girls to be educated at St Hugh’s and had a very happy time here from 1979-1984 before moving to St Helen & St Katherine in Abingdon and then to Durham University where she read Modern Languages and Business Studies. After Durham she trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. After 8 years as an auditor in the Consumer Products sector, she moved to lastminute.com as Commercial Risk Manager. After a few years she decided to retrain as a Modern Languages teacher, doing her PGCE in Sheffield after which she taught at King’s School, Chester; Uppingham School, Rutland and Emanuel School, London. She is currently on maternity leave from teaching at the Junior School of Channing School in Highgate, London. She is married to Alastair and they have a little girl, Henrietta and a baby son, Joshua.
Mr James Guillum Scott
James Guillum Scott's first association with St Hugh's was as a pupil from 1963 to 1969 when the school consisted of just 60 full boarders. After St Hugh's he was educated at Cranleigh School. He spent his early career working for De Beers as a diamond valuer/buyer, working in Africa and Europe. From the mid 1980's he began a career in property and subsequently became Managing Director of a residential agency firm during the 1990's. He is currently involved in several areas of business, including residential agency and project and facilities management. He joined the Board in 1986 and was Chairman of Governors from 2006 to 2016. He is married with three children, is very involved in his local community, and is currently serving as a churchwarden.
Mr Ted Sandbach
Ted Sandbach is the owner and Managing Director of The Oxford Wine Company which he set up in the early 90s having previously taught at Magdalen College School in Oxford. He studied at Loughborough University and has a passion for sport, having played Minor county cricket and county rugby. Ted has a long association with the Oxford Downs Cricket Club, recently retiring as Chairman, and is heavily involved in the local community. Ted joined the Board of Governors in 2007. His three children were educated at St Hugh's before going on to Cheltenham College.
Mr Graham Varney, Chairman of Buildings and Estates Committee
Graham Varney was born in Oxford and attended the City of Oxford High School for Boys before becoming an articled pupil with John Laing Construction. He subsequently qualified as a Member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors and of the RICS. He is treasurer to Besselsleigh PCC, and is heavily involved with the National Young Enterprise Scheme as a Business Advisor at a number of Oxfordshire schools, particularly at Oxford High School for Girls. Graham was previously a part owner and Director of Benfield & Loxley, an old established Oxford builder. He is married to Alison, a secondary school teacher, and has two grown up children: Oliver who was educated at St Hugh’s, and Martha.
Mr Alex Wildman
Alex lives close to the school in Buckland and is married to Tiggy, they have two teenage children. Their children both enjoyed their years at St Hugh’s before going on to Cheltenham College and Winchester College. Alex was educated at Marlborough and Oxford Polytechnic before qualifying as a chartered surveyor. He was a director of Rugby Estates Plc, a public property company, before setting up Brookshire, a property investment business in 2009. A keen sportsman, he is active in the local area and is currently also Chairman of Buckland Parish Council.