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Governance


The Board includes a number of parents and OAs, and those representing a variety of professions that give a balance of expertise in the governing body. The Headmaster also attends Board meetings. 

The Governing Body meets termly. In addition, three sub-committees meet termly: Commercial, Safeguarding and Education.  They are chaired by appropriately qualified Governors and comprise a mix of Governors and staff.  All Governors are members of at least one sub-committee.  

Our Governors;

Carey Leonard, Chairman [Contact c/o Abberley Hall, Worcestershire, WR6 6DD]

Carey is an international banker working for Standard Chartered Bank for 34 years in a variety of countries including Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Botswana. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director in the City of London. Carey was appointed to the Council of Malvern College in 2014, becoming Treasurer in 2015. He is also a member of the College Management Board. One of his daughters attended the College and its Prep School. Carey became a Governor of Abberley Hall in 2019 and was appointed Chairman of Governors in July 2020. He has been a Governor of The Downs Malvern since 2010 becoming Chairman in July 2020. Carey is also a Magistrate on the Worcestershire Bench. 

Penny Bijl

Penny joined Malvern College in 2004 and has been the Designated Safeguarding Lead since January 2012 while also, at various times, holding positions at the College as SENCO, Learning Enhancement teacher, teacher of English and Head of Lower School. She is currently Head of Learning Enhancement as well as DSL. Pastorally, she has always enjoyed tutoring, and is currently a sixth form academic tutor and a House tutor in one of the boys’ boarding Houses (House 9). Penny has tutored in several of the College’s boarding Houses over the years and was Deputy Housemistress in House 8. Penny is now the safeguarding Governor for Abberley Hall.

Penny lives in Malvern with her husband David and their three children, who all attended Malvern College and have gone on to study English Literature, Economics and Law. 

Roger Brierly

Roger joined Malvern College in 1994 from The Manchester Grammar School and became Housemaster of No7, Director of PE & Sport and Head of Football. He was Coach to Southern England’s Under 19 ISFA and Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Schools Athletic Association. An ISI team inspector, he was Headmaster of Heathfield School for 10 years, where he formed a school partnership to create the Heathfield International School, Bangkok. He was also a governor of Gosfield School for five years and, on his school retirement, became ISA National Ambassador for Sport. He was appointed to the Malvern College Council in 2020 and is a governor of Abberley Hall.

Gaynor Cook

Gaynor is a parent with a son currently attending Abberley Hall.

The majority of her professional career was spent in the recruitment sector where she led the Operations and Sales functions of a number of the large corporate recruitment agencies within a variety of sectors across the UK.

Having spent 20 years in the corporate sector, in 2010 Gaynor set up her own company supporting recruitment businesses to hire the very best Directors and Managers for their own organisations.

Gaynor now freelances as a consultant supporting local Worcestershire companies with business development and marketing activities as well as managing a property rental & renovation business with her husband. Gaynor was appointed as an Abberley Hall Governor in 2020.

Sally Dowling

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sally has worked as a Commercial CFO /Finance Director mainly in Food/FMCG Sector in UK and abroad in Asia living in Hong Kong & Singapore and more recently in Europe based in the Netherlands. Sally is Chair of the Abberley Commercial Committee.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Sally was educated at The Alice Ottley School Worcester and St. Andrews University, Scotland and is a former parent of two OA children.

Nicola Foulston 

Nicola “Nicky” Foulston took over the commercial management of the pioneering law firm, Rosenblatt in September 2016.In May 2018, the Firm was listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange as Rosenblatt Group plc, having raised more than £40 million.Following the acquisition of boutique M&A firm, Convex Capital in September 2019, the Group was renamed RBG Holdings plc. As well as Group CEO of RBG Holdings, Nicky continues to manage Rosenblatt as Chairman/CEO, as well as the Group’s litigation finance business, LionFish Litigation Finance (UK) Limited and chairs Convex Capital.

Nicky has had a long, successful business career. From 1990, she was CEO of the Brands Hatch Leisure Group (“Brands Hatch”). Initially valued at £6 million, she led transformational changes to the Company’s operations and financial management over the next six years. In 1996, Brands Hatch was floated on the London Stock Exchange and sold three years later to Interpublic for $195 million. At the time Brands Hatch was the largest organiser and promoter of motorsport in Europe.She was subsequently named Veuve Clicquot “Businesswoman of the Year” in 1996 and she remains the award’s youngest ever recipient at the age of 29.

After Brands Hatch, Nicky ran a family office with private equity investments in the USA and Europe, before joining Rosenblatt. From 2014 to 2018, she was a Board Member of the UK Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board. She was appointed as an Abberley Hall Governor in October 2020.

Syd Hill

Syd joined Malvern College as a teacher of Geography and Master in Charge of Football in 1980 and, from 1986-1995, was Housemaster of No.1. From 1995-2008 he was Headmaster of Elstree Preparatory School. On his retirement, Syd Hill became Secretary of the Malvernian Society, and was appointed to Council in 2007. He was a member of the Management Board from 2007-2018. Formerly a Governor of Dean Close and The Godolphin School Salisbury, he is now a Governor of Elstree Preparatory School, The Downs Malvern and Abberley Hall. 

Sid Inglis

Sid Inglis is an Abberley Old Boy (1979-1984), who then moved on to Radley College and Newcastle University, where he read Religious Studies. He spent two years teaching English in Chile before moving to Ludgrove to teach Classics in 1995. He was appointed Assistant Headmaster in 2004 and then Joint Headmaster in 2008. In 2013 he became Headmaster of Elstree School in West Berkshire and has recently overseen the move to full co-education. Married to Olivia, with three children, Mr Inglis is a very keen sportsman and likes to go fishing near his family home in Wales. He is Chair of the Abberley Education Committee.

Keith Metcalfe

Keith is the Headmaster of Malvern College. Previous to this, he was the Deputy Headmaster at Harrow School, where he had also served as a Housemaster and Head of Geography. He is an ISI Inspector and has served as a governor at Caldicott prep school in Berkshire and at a new state academy in west London. Originally from Herefordshire, Keith was educated at Monmouth School and Downing College Cambridge.

Victoria Orchard

A Chartered Surveyor for 26 years, Victoria worked for Chesterton International, then became Director of a large commercial property development company in the North West.She is currently Director of a property company in the Midlands and also sits on the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for West Mercia and Staffordshire.

Educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Victoria joined the board in 2016 and is a former parent of two OA children.