Cheam School Educational Trust is a charitable company, so each Governor serves as a both a director and charity trustee. The range of expertise required across the Board is wide and includes educational; legal and regulatory; business and finance; and organisational innovation. Cheam is very fortunate to be able to attract highly suitable and qualified individuals to serve as its Governors. Appointments and tenure are diligently managed to ensure a regularly evolving mix of appropriate skills, experience and perspectives across the Governor body.
Mark HarfordChairman of Governors; Finance Committee
Sir Mark Harford was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2023. He lives close to the School and his three children were all Cheam pupils between 2011 and 2017, as were both his grandfather and great-grandfather many years earlier. Mark was appointed to the Board in 2019 and prior to his becoming its Chairman he chaired the Finance Committee for four years.
In 2019 Mark retired from a 35-year career in business and finance the majority of which was in private equity, initially at Bridgepoint and then at Vitruvian Partners where he was one of the five Founding Partners. His commitments now include a range of private investment, board and charity activities including Cheam and the sport-for-good charity Chance to Shine, where he also serves as a trustee.
Nick AdamsTeaching and Learning Committee
Nick joined the board in 2016. He has degrees from Imperial College and Cambridge University and teaches Mathematics at Eton College. He is a House Master at Eton and has particular interests in partnerships and outreach, along with boarding, academic technology, pedagogy and research.
Peter AllenChairman of the Finance Committee
Peter Allen lives locally to Cheam and is a chartered accountant with three grown up children. He has held a series of executive and non-executive roles in industry and in particular in the life-science sector. He was also a governor of St Mary’s Calne for a period of ten years.
Heyrick Bond GunningWellbeing Committee
Heyrick Bond Gunning is the CEO of S-RM, a global intelligence and cyber consultancy. Before S-RM, he was a Managing Director at Kroll – prior to which he consulted for DHL in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, following the end of the Iraq War. From 2000 to 2003, Heyrick was the Head of Client Engagement for Mergermarket (Acuris). He started his career with 5 years in the British Army. Heyrick is a Cheam old boy, has a BA in Geography and Archaeology from the University of Manchester, is an INSEAD alumni and the author of his one and only book, Baghdad Business School.
Claire Hamilton-RussellGovernor for EDI and Chair of the Wellbeing Committee
Claire Hamilton-Russell is a solicitor and partner at CH-R Family Solicitors, a specialist family law firm that she established in 2013. Claire started her career as a lawyer at City firm Travers Smith Braithwaite before moving to Farrer & Co where she became a Partner in the family team in 1998.
Claire has a daughter and a son both of whom attended Cheam. Claire joined the Governing Board in 2023.
Rob HarrisChair of Teaching and Learning Committee; Finance Committee
Rob Harris is a former Cheam parent whose three children were pupils between 2006 and 2019. He was appointed as a governor and member of the Finance Committee in early 2023, after a 30-year executive career in the asset management industry where he held various board, investment and business roles. Previously CEO and Co-Founder of Majedie Asset Management, among other interests Rob now serves as a non-executive director of Evenlode Investment Management.
Stuart MinersMarketing, Development and Admissions Committee and Finance Committee
Stuart Miners is a parent of four Cheam pupils, former and present. He joined the board in 2019 and is a member of the Finance and Nominations Committees and supports Cheam’s strategic projects in Asia. Stuart started his career with Ernst & Young before moving into private equity investing with Bank of America and 3i Group plc. He is currently owner and executive Chairman of a global chemical logistics and trading company and a non-executive director of Foster + Partners, the world-renowned architectural studio.
Louise Moelwyn-HughesGovernor for Safeguarding; Wellbeing Committee
Louise Moelwyn-Hughes is the Master of Marlborough College and Cheam’s Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding. She read Classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Her first teaching post was at Marlborough College where she taught Classics and Arabic. She went on to become the Senior Deputy Head of The Perse School, Cambridge and then Head of St Edmund’s School, Canterbury before returning to Marlborough as Master in 2018.
Tara ReeveChair of Marketing, Development and Admissions Committee; Teaching and Learning Committee
Tara Reeve is Director of Admissions at Downe House School and is also a Housemistress. She brings knowledge of the Prep School sector through her previous role as Prep School Liaison and is also a keen linguist, having taught Russian for many years. Previous to joining Downe 13 years ago, Tara worked as a Senior Producer for BBC News working for the Today Programme, Radio 5 Live and the Russia bureau. Tara has had a long relationship with Cheam since 2006 when her eldest daughter started at Cheam. She now has three daughters at Downe House.