Welcome > Governors


Please select a Governer to see their responsibilities and a short biography.

All Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at the main school address.  Please clearly mark all correspondence 'Governors' Business'.
Ian G Bromilow (Chair)

Ian G Bromilow, MSc, PhD | Chair of Governors, Chair of Governance Committee, Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee, Lead Governor for Safeguarding & Single Central Register, Lead Governor for Risk & Issue Management

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.
Neil S Boulton

Neil S Boulton, MA (Oxon) PGCE | Chair of Education Committee, Lead Governor for Boarding

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).
Colonel Oliver J H Chamberlain

Colonel Oliver J H Chamberlain, QVRM TD DL (Old Miltonian) | Vice-Chair of Governors, Lead Governor for Health & Safety, Finance & General Purposes Committee Member

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, 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.
Matthew Noyce

Matthew Noyce, MCSI (Old Miltonian) | Member of Finance & General Purposes Committee

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.  He has attended 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 UBS, advising UHNW private clients on investments, and financial planning.  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.
Colonel Neil K H Tomlin OBE

Colonel Neil K G Tomlin, OBE (Old Miltonian) | Member of the Governance Committee

Neil was in Damer House from 1989 to 1994, and is a former Head Boy of the School. Since September 2021, he has been Headmaster of Hall Grove School in Bagshot.

He started his career in the Army attending the Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst between September 1997 and August 1998, and was then Commissioned into 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, with whom he served on operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has twice been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen: he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service following his command in Afghanistan in 2011, and he was awarded the OBE in 2019 following his Regimental Command.  

Neil has experience of working in the Ministry of Defence Main Building in Whitehall, where he has been a member of a Strategic Level Overseas Operations team and in the Strategy Department responsible for Defence’s contribution to Security Reviews. He has also worked in the Finance Department of the Army, responsible for the management of the Army’s annual budget of £11 billion. 

He is married to Eugenie and they have two teenage children. They all love the outdoors, sports, and their friends and family.

Richard Nickinson

Dr Richard Nickinson, MBBS, MRCGP (Old Miltonian)

After leaving Tregonwell House in 2002, Richard attended the University of East Anglia, before training and working in variety of medical posts in Norfolk and Suffolk. He is currently a fill-time GP partner at Yetminster Health Centre in Dorset.

He is married to Alexandra, who is also a GP, and they live in Sherborne. They have one young son, William. In his spare time, Richard enjoys spending time with friends and family,  and attending equestrian events including racing, polo and eventing.

Natalie Perry

Natalie Perry, MSc, PGCE Member of Education Committee

Natalie grew up in Surrey, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bath, before working as a teaching assistant in a comprehensive school near Godalming. This sparked her passion for teaching, and she subsequently went on to complete a PGCE and an MSc in Teaching and Learning at the University of Oxford.

She began her Science teaching career in 2008 in a large comprehensive school in South Gloucestershire, before moving to teach in a small comprehensive school in rural Somerset. After six years in the state sector, a move to the independent sector beckoned.

Natalie spent five years at Milton Abbey School in Dorset, initially as Head of Science, before taking on the role of Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning). She joined Wells Cathedral School as Deputy Head (Academic) in September 2019.

Justin Frampton

Justin Frampton (Old Miltonian)

Justin grew up on his family's farm in Hammoon in North Dorset. He went to Port Regis School, then Milton Abbey, where he was in Athelstan House, following in the footsteps of his father and elder brother.

He then completed a one-year vocational programme working on a farm near Bishop’s Caundle: tractor-driving, looking after young stock, and helping to make Dorset Blue Vinney cheese. After this, he received a National Certificate and National Diploma in Agriculture from Kingston Maurward. He worked on farms throughout North Dorset, before travelling and working for his uncle on a farm in Australia for nine months. On return to the UK, he worked at Sherborne Castle Estate as a shepherd and tractor driver for three years, whilst qualifying as a shooting instructor and becoming a member of the Guild of Shooting Instructors. 

Justin spent his winters shooting and helping to run various shoots locally. During that time, he met a local business owner who offered him a job as manager of Conyer’s Gunshop in Blandford. In July 2004, he bought the shop himself, and has run it ever since, extending it in 2017. Justin is the Life President of Blandford Forum Rugby Club, and lives in Winterborne Houghton.

Vicky Prior

Vicky Prior, PGCE

Vicky lives locally with her family, having returned to Dorset after graduating from King Alfred's College, Winchester. She has worked within education for 25 years, as a teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher, Headteacher and Executive Chair of a local federation.  She is currently a serving Headteacher of a Church of England school.

Revd. Canon Charles W Mitchell-Innes

The Reverend Canon Charles W Mitchell-Innes, MAThe Visitor, Member of Governance Committee, Member of Education Committee, Staff Liaison

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.