Welcome > Governors


I G Bromilow, MSc, PhD (Ian)
Chair of Governors, Chair of Governance Committee

Following university in London and Bristol, Ian joined Royal Dutch Shell in Amsterdam where he met his wife Wilhelmina.  Ian worked for 28 years with Royal Dutch Shell in a variety of functions in the Netherlands, UK, the Middle East and East Africa, the last 10 years as Country Chairman/Managing Director.  Since retiring Ian has focused on charitable work as chair of two local charities and a trustee of Mission Aviation Fellowship.  More recently, he has supported the Milton Abbey Heritage Trust in the development of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  Ian is actively involved in the local Benefice and supports the Diocese of Salisbury in the areas of finance and mission.  He enjoys outdoor activities in particular cycling, jogging and skiing, and leads a local walking group.  Ian moved to nearby Hilton back in 2009.  He and Wilhelmina have two daughters and a son.

*P W McGrath MA MW (Patrick)
Vice Chair of Governors, MASS Director & Chair, Development Board Director,  Member of Operations Committee

Patrick was educated at Milton Abbey (Hambro 1973 - 1978) and Oriel College Oxford.  He began his career in the wine industry working in Victoria Wine shops and progressed upwards.  In 1993 he set up Hatch Mansfield, a wine importer.  In the same year he became a Master of Wine, finally passing his practical exam on the 5th attempt - declaring that Milton Abbey taught him to never give up!  A Governor of Milton Abbey School since 2003, Patrick's eldest son, Rory, has recently left Milton Abbey having spent his final year as Head of School.

C Bigham MA (Hons) (Charles)
Finance Committee Member

Born in 1967; educated at Eton College and Edinburgh University; an English Literature degree; a stint as a management consultant (moving from consulting in the financial services sector for Andersen Consulting to consulting a small company in the cultural sector, encompassing work for local and regional government and individual arts organisations); all stirred up with travel in over 40 countries has proved to be a handy recipe for starting a food business.  Charlie Bigham's, founded in 1996, makes a range of delicious food sold in Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Ocado and Booths as well as supplying several well-known restaurant chains.  All the company's food is made in its own production kitchens in North West London, made fresh and by hand every day.  The business has grown in 18 years out of 19 and today employs around 300 people.

Charlie moved to Stourton in Wiltshire in 2013 where he lives with his wife Claire and four children (aged 12 to 18), and joined Milton Abbey as a Governor in March 2015.

N S Boulton MA (Oxon) PGCE (Neil)
Chair of Education Committee

Born 1950. Neil went from Ampleforth College to The Queen’s College, Oxford, as a Hastings Scholar, to read Modern History.  He started teaching at Bryanston School in 1973 and retired after 40 years there.  During that period, at various stages though sometimes concurrently, he served as Head of History, Housemaster, Director of Studies, acting Head of Modern Languages, and acting Head of Economics (twice) but taught mainly Politics.  He served as an ISI inspector for 20+ years.

Now in retirement, Neil continues to be involved with education developments by also serving on the governing body of Sarum Academy, and by maintaining the role of Deputy Chair of the Appeals Committee for the OCR awarding body.

A keen speleologist in the past (now long retired), Neil sails a Laser dinghy occasionally in Poole, cycles and walks medium distances reasonably regularly, and pays appropriate attention to the development of his grandchildren (five to date, predominately girls).

Ms K S Butler MA (Hons) (Katharine)
Director of MASS, Development Board Director and Member of Finance Committee

Katharine Butler, born in 1967, was educated at St Mary's Shaftesbury, Wycombe Abbey and at Edinburgh University.  After a year in V&A Enterprises, she went to Czechoslovakia in 1992 and set up an import and distribution business for sports goods, baby products and toys, later developing the outdoor brand Loap and children's clothing brand G'mini.  In 1998 she opened the first multi-storey toy shop in Prague and since then has opened another 24 shops across the Czech Republic, which have become the most famous toy shop brand in the country.  In 2007 she moved back to the UK and settled in Dorset, from where she runs her companies, works on the family collection of 17th Century Chinese porcelain and defends the countryside against industrial wind farm developments.  She also looks after her young son and old dog.

*Col. O J H Chamberlain QVRM TD DL (Oliver)
Chair of Risk & Issue Management Committee, Member of Operations Committee, Lead Governor for Health & Safety

Oliver was born at Tonerspuddle, Dorset, in 1950 and educated at Milton Abbey School and the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.  He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1976 and was made a Fellow in 1988.  After an initial spell in general practise Oliver spent 20 years employed as a Resident Land Agent responsible for property in Dorset and Yorkshire and then in 1996 established a small rural consultancy practice in Wimborne, specialising in rural property management in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Oliver joined the Territorial Army in 1972 and following various regimental appointments commanded the Royal Wessex Yeomanry from 1990 to 1994.  Subsequent appointments included SO1 LO with 1(UK)Division, SO1 ARD Implementation Team, Colonel Yeomanry and Deputy Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Appointed ADC to HM The Queen 1998-2000, and awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) 2004.  Oliver is a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset, Liveryman and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, a Liveryman of the City of London, Chairman of Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Hon Treasurer to the Dorset Branch of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, a Council member of the Bath and West of England Society, a Steward at the Bath and West Show and has a number of charitable interests.  Other interests include country sports, walking and skiing.  Oliver is married to Georgina and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.

S W Gates (Steve)
Member of Finance Committee

During his early career Steve spent 20 years in the Retail and FMCG industries, managing retail stores, Learning and Development functions and Human Resources.  His focus was always in commercial functions with P&L accountability, and much of this time was spent leading teams, business operations and finance, with direct accountability for team, function or business performance.  By the time he had reached his mid 30s he had gained significant experience in all aspects of business management.  In 1997 Steve formed his own business, a niche consultancy specialising in negotiation called The Gap Partnership.  Today he is CEO of the largest negotiation consultancy in the world, resonsible for a team of 170 employees who deliver negotiation training and consultancy services to over 500 corporate clients in 60 countries.

Steve is married to Kirsten and they have three sons.  The youngest, Cameron, left Milton Abbey in 2015 after spending two years in the Sixth Form, and Cameron was head of Tregonwell House during his time here.

*M Noyce MCSI (Matthew)

Matthew was educated at Milton Abbey (Damer 1987-92, Head of House) and the University of Cardiff.  His career started in the family business, SMT Ltd, as the Marketing and Sales Manager before taking over as Managing Director. He sold the business and started his 16 year career in financial services.  In 2005 Matthew went to live and work in Abu Dhabi (UAE) as a financial adviser to the expat community, before returning to the UK and joining Coutts in 2008.  Coutts sponsored him to attend a number of courses including the entrepreneurship course at Cranfield University and a business course at Cambridge University (Judges Business School).  He enjoys his role as Director and Wealth Manager at Coutts Bank, advising private individuals.  Matthew regards his time at Milton Abbey as ‘priceless’.  He credits the school for giving him the confidence, discipline and drive to succeed in all aspects of life.  Matthew lives near Wimborne, Dorset, with his wife Liz and their three children.

L J Rake BA (Oxon) FLS (Luke)
Member of Education Committee

Born in Devon, Luke studied at Oxford (where he met his wife Rosalind) and Exeter before entering teaching as a secondary science specialist with outdoor education as a specialism.  Spells in a range of roles in schools and colleges followed, including Head of Biology, Head of SEN and Enrichment, and Head of Sixth Form in the largest school in Buckinghamshire.  Prior to taking up his current role as Principal and CEO at Kingston Maurward College, he spent 10 years at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, the majority of which was as Vice Principal with executive responsibility for all Further Education provision.  During this period the college grew dramatically, becoming the leading land-based college in the UK, and also achieving Ofsted Outstanding status in 2009.  Balancing current responsibilities at Kingston Maurward with a board position of Dorset LEP facilitating inward investment for business in Dorset as a whole takes a lot of his time, but outside of work Luke is a keen outdoor enthusiast and is usually to be found with his son or daughter rock climbing, sea kayaking or mountain biking.

M Sherwin BSc (Martin)
Member of Operations Committee

Martin was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and Nottingham University.  He spent 24 years in the oil industry and has extensive senior level experience in commercial and general management appointments both in the UK and overseas.  Martin spent 14 years as an independent school Bursar at Hurstpierpoint College (1994 - 1997) and then Wellington College (1997 - 2007).  A Governor of Milton Abbey School since 2008, Martin is also a Trustee of the School Fees Charitable Trust.  He was previously Governor of an Academy school in Wiltshire and chairman of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra.  He is married to Ruth and lives in Dorset.  His three grown up sons were educated at Charterhouse, Hurstpierpoint College and Tonbridge.

Mrs J H Simm MA FCA JP (Jenifer)
Chair of Finance Committee, Director of MASS

Born in Scotland in 1948, Jenifer was educated at Montrose Academy, Ulverston Grammar School and Lady Margaret Hall Oxford.  She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and has worked in professional practice throughout her career, mostly in Dorset, specialising in personal tax and business planning, farming and land ownership, and charities.  She has experience in arts organisations, currently as a Member of the Board of La Foila Music and previously with Salisbury Festival, and the Summer Music Society of Dorset.  Jenifer is a West Dorset magistrate, sitting in Adult and Family courts.  She is married to Geoffrey and has four adult children and several grandchildren.

S J Young MC JP DL (John)
Chair of Operations Committee, Member of Governance Committee 

Born in 1950, John was educated at Bradfield followed by a short service commission in the Royal Green Jackets.  John is married to Henrietta (Nee Heyman) and moved to Dorset in 1973 to join Humbert Flint Rawlence & Squarey chartered surveyors in Blandford.  John now heads the Country Department of Chesterton Humberts in London.  John has been a Governor of Milton Abbey School since 2000, lives near Blandford and has grown up children educated at nearby Bryanston School.

The Reverend Canon Charles W Mitchell-Innes MA
The Visitor, Member of Governance Committee, Member of Education Committee

Born in 1947, Charles was a pupil at Wellington College (1960 - 1965) before reading Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge (1966 - 1969), and later Dip Ed & Cert Ed at Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh (1969 - 1970).  Charles was a Master at Sherborne School from 1970 to 1989 (Head of Classics, 1983 - 1989, and Assistant Chaplain from 1986 - 1989).  He was ordained Deacon in 1986, ordained Priest in 1987 and became Chaplain of Milton Abbey School in 1990 before moving to Eton in 1996 to become Conduct of Eton.  Charles became a Governor of Milton Abbey School in 2000 and later became The Visitor in 2009.  Since 2007 Charles has been Vicar of The Close, Salisbury Cathedral, and was made Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral in May 2013.

Julian Litchfield FCIPD
Clerk to the Governors

Julian was born and raised in Kenya and Dorset.  He joined the Royal Navy as a young sailor at HMS GANGES in 1975, and following a service in ships, shore establishments, the MOD and NATO in the UK and across the world, eventually retired as a Captain in 2011.  He was appointed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Milton Abbey in December 2011.  He is married to Anne and his interests are his family, garden, and all sports particularly American Football as an ardent supporter of the Miami Dolphins.

All Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Mr Julian Litchfield, at the main school address.  Please clearly mark all correspondence 'Governors' Business'.

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