Meet Our Members and Trustees


James Dahl, Master Wellington College

Peter Mallinson

Sir Anthony Salz

David Cowley



David Cowley -  Chair of Trustees
David Cowley joined the Trust at its foundation in 2009 and has since chaired the Local Governing Body of the senior school and on 1st September 2019 he succeeded Julian Thomas as Chair of the Trust. David retired from a career in insurance in 2008, and he is currently Chairman of The Not forgotten Association, a tri-service charity which provides activities and entertainment for injured and disabled veterans and serving personnel. David was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his work for service charities. 

Stephen Crouch
Stephen Crouch is Group Finance & Operations Director & Bursar at Wellington. At Wellington, Stephen’s role encompasses both the College and the group, including international franchises, commercial activities at Wellington and UK independent and state schools. Before joining Wellington, Stephen was CFO and then Chief Executive of Steer Davies Gleave, an employee owned consultancy working in public transport and economics. Steer Davies Gleave had offices in 12 countries and was a Sunday Times Best Company To Work For and Sunday Times Private Companies “Top 10 Ones To Recognise.” Stephen previously worked in Corporate Finance and in Restructuring for PwC and Ernst & Young LLP. Stephen studied at St John’s College Oxford, with a First in German and Philosophy.
Date of Appointment: February 2012

Virginia Rhodes
Ginny is Headteacher at St Crispin’s School in Wokingham which is a happy and thriving large mixed comprehensive secondary school. Her leadership is rated at outstanding and is described by OFSTED as providing “… absolute clarity on the school’s focus for improvement and has created the conditions for all staff to feel included in driving standards forward.” As well as a serving Headteacher, Ginny is also the Executive Headteacher for The Circle Trust which is a MAT currently of five schools (and growing!) and is the Chair of the Wokingham Federation of Secondary Schools. Alongside this work Ginny is a Governor at Wellington College and presents regularly for PIXL partnership (Partners in Excellence).

Major Matthew Eade
Major Matt Eade is the Officer Commanding (OC) of 10 Army Education Centre Group which is responsible for education and training to 20,000 soldiers in the SW of England. Matt commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2007 and has served on a number of overseas deployments. He holds an MSC in Educational Practice and Innovation and an MA in Military and Security Studies.  

Mark Milliken-Smith
Mark graduated in law from Bristol University, and has practised as a barrister specialising in crime, financial crime, professional discipline and sports law since 1986. He took Silk in 2006 and has sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court since 2004. He is a member of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission, and is a trustee of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. He became a Governor of Wellington College in 2018, and has been a Governor of Amesbury School since 2013.

Felicity Kirk
A solicitor and French barrister, Felicity Kirk spent 10 years with Clifford Chance in Tokyo, Paris, and London where she set up the global pro bono practice, joining White & Case in 2000 to develop their European pro bono program within their network of some 30 offices. She was then with Lawyers Without Borders, a global not-for-profit organisation, coordinating pro bono work of lawyers in private practice for two years as their London Director, before joining Ropes & Gray in 2015 with the responsibility of setting up the London and Asia pro bono practices. She has been a Governor of Wellington College since 2015 and Eagle House since 2012 .

Iain Henderson (Chair of LGB)
Iain has taught in both state and independent sectors in the UK. He has been a Biology teacher; a Head of Year; a Boarding Housemaster; Assistant Head, and Deputy Head. He works with all of the schools in the Wellington Family to embed the essential Wellington DNA, ethos or culture, sensitively in each new context. He is also co-director with Shane Mann of the Festival of Education. He also oversees Educational Conferences, the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership, the Independent State School Partnership and the Wheeler Programme. He is a trained coach and has introduced and grown a coaching culture at Wellington. He has now trained over 300 teachers there and at other schools to become coaches. He has been a governor at The Wellington Academy since September 2017. He is also a governor of Wellington College International Bangkok and a trustee at Corvus Multi-Academy Trust.
Date of Appointment as Governor: September 2017
Date of Appointment as Chair of Local Governing Body: October 2019

Pamela Richardson
Pamela is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience working in school finance and support, including primaries, local authority schools, Academy Trusts and in the independent sector. She is currently the Financial Controller at Wellington College. Pamela joined The Wellington Academy Governing Body in 2019 and serve on the Finance, Audit and Resources Committee.



Local Governing Body

Matt Oakman
Matt Oakman joined Wellington College as a teacher of History in September 1998 having begun his teaching career at Bryanston School in Dorset. Having run Hockey for a number of years, Matt went on to become the first ever Director of Sport at the College. After five years in post, Matt then went on to become Head of 6th Form for a further five years before taking on his current role as Deputy Head (Academic) in 2013. Matt has been a Governor at the Academy for four years and has always enjoyed developing the strong links that exist between the College and the Academy.

Simon Culley
Simon Culley is still serving in the military, and has completed 25 years with the Royal Engineers, his primary role is in logistics and construction. He has deployed around the world in a variety of roles. He has spent a total of 14 years in Tidworth between postings and has seen most of changes that have happened within local area and Wellington Academy. This is the first time he has been on the local governing body.

Rupert Gregory
Mr Gregory has been a classroom teacher, in Newbury, since September 1990. During this time he has held a number of responsibilities & for the past eighteen years has been second in Faculty being responsible for the teaching of Mathematics in the sixth form. In addition to academic studies he has been in the CCF since 1991. He is a Tidworth Town Councillor and represents the local community on the LGB. He has a liking for cars, in particular MGs, and likes to spend time in the garage. He lives in Tidworth, with his wife, and has done so since 1997.

Helen Brice
Helen Brice joined Eagle House in 2007 as a maths teacher having taught as a Year 5 class teacher in a local primary school for 6 years. During her first 2 years at the Eagle House, Helen was also the Assistant House Parent, before taking over the role of Head of Boarding in 2009. Helen ran the boarding house for 50 full and weekly boarders for 3 years and also became Head of Maths during that time. In 2013, Helen moved away from the Boarding House to take on the role of Head of Teaching & Learning for Key Stages 1&2. In 2015 Helen joined the Senior Leadership Team at Eagle House as Deputy Academic and is currently responsible for all aspects of the academic side of school life. Helen has been involved with WPA since its earliest days having written a large proportion of the original bid for the school. She has been a governor at the school since 2017.

Lynsey Fripp
Lynsey joined Eagle House School, part of the Wellington family of schools in 2001. Here she is currently the Head of Nursery, Deputy Safeguarding lead as well as managing the school’s out of school care provision. Lynsey’s whole career has been within early years education and she has worked in both the state and public sectors. Lynsey has joined the Academy on its journey from when it first opened to the present day, and has served as one of our Governors since 2014; bringing a wealth of experience in the early years setting and her knowledge of current Safeguarding best practice.

Mark Freeta
Mark has been on the local governing body since 2015 and brings industry experience having had a long career in telecommunications both at a technical level and also global business management. Mark has lived in the area for the last 18 years and is a keen supporter of the local area having taken on a number of voluntary roles with the aim to make a positive difference and give something back.

Claire Addis - (Cluster Primary Headteacher)
I am delighted to be the Primary Cluster Headteacher for Wellington Eagles Academy and Wellington Primary Academy. I have enjoyed 21 years working in primary education, initially as a class teacher and later in Leadership roles, across a variety of primary, junior and all-through schools. Most recently, I opened a new primary academy in Bournemouth and was Headteacher there for 5 years, gaining Outstanding status in our second year. While understanding and having experience of the challenges that lie ahead, I am really looking forward to creating not only the new school, but working with parents and the local community to ensure that both our schools reflect the needs of all stakeholders and are at the centre of the community. I see this as a unique opportunity to develop an ethos where the child is truly at the centre of all decisions we make and where we can shape the future of a new community. With a strong teaching and support staff and a group of dedicated governors, I look forward to making the vision a reality.