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Governing Body

Lingfield created an Educational Trust under lay management at the beginning of 1987, establishing a Board of Governors.

Mrs Susan Rutherford - Chairman of Trustees and Governors

Susan was educated at Presentation Convent Dublin, University College Dublin, and Open University where she was awarded a BA in Humanities. Married in 1975, Susan has three children, with both daughters being educated at Lingfield. In 1983 Susan founded a software company with her husband and until retirement acted as its Financial Director. Her leisure pursuits are reading, bridge, theatre and amateur dramatics.

Appointed to the Board in 2002 

Mr Peter Samuels - Trustee and Governor

Peter was educated at Horley Bi-lateral School (Grammar) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having qualified in 1972. In the ten years to 1988 he was Finance Director and Managing Director of an engineering group. Thereafter he established a corporate finance advisory practice that he continues to head today. Peter has lived in Lingfield for 29 years and is married with two daughters who both attended Lingfield. He is interested in all sports and enjoys reading and music, having played the guitar since his teens.

Appointed to the Board in 1999

Mrs Clare Higgins - Trustee and Governor

Educated at St Wilfred's RC Comprehensive School, Crawley and University College, London, Clare qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked in the City until 2000 before working as a teaching assistant at a school for visually impaired children. Clare is married with three school-aged children and lives in Sevenoaks. She continues to be involved in legal matters at local level, has musical interests and is a coach at Sevenoaks Athletic Club.

Appointed to the Board in 2010  

Reverend Nigel Hinton - Trustee and Governor

Educated at Hornchurch Grammar School, Nigel gained a B.Sc. in Geography at University College London. There followed a PGCE from Birmingham and a M.A. (Ed) from the Institute of Education, London. Nigel has taught exclusively in independent schools, including 25 years at St Paul's in South West London. For the last five years, before retirement in 2012, he was Vice Principal (Academic) in a Christian Mission school for international students in South India. As an Anglican priest he has worked in several dioceses. Nigel is married with two grown-up daughters and is currently Associate Vicar at St John's, Dormansland. His interests include Meterology, Christian Apologetics and several sports.

Appointed to the Board 2013

Mr Richard Wheeler - Trustee and Governor

Educated at Wallington Grammar School, Richard entered the City and traded on the London Foreign Exchange Market becoming a Senior Vice President of an American bank before his retirement in 2001. Pursuing his interests in sport, Richard took a range of coaching qualifications and was then employed by the school as a PE specialist until 2014.  Married to a Chartered Physiotherapist, they have two sons who have both been educated at Lingfield. When not teaching sport, Richard is a very keen golfer and a skiing enthusiast.

Appointed to the Board in 2012

Mrs Katherine Bew - Governor

Following her education at Berkhamsted School for Girls, Katherine gained an HND in Business & Finance at Sheffield City Polytechnic and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing at the University of Westminster. She spent nine years working in diverse marketing roles at an international construction group and was the youngest ever department head at the age of 26. In 2000 she founded a niche consultancy specialising in bid management in the construction sector. Katherine has successfully developed this business to provide services worldwide to its blue chip clients, creating an environment in which her 50+ strong team can truly flourish. She currently has a daughter at Lingfield and her son left the School at the end of Year 13 in 2017.

Appointed to the Board in 2014

Mrs Linda Charlton - Governor

Educated at Tunbridge Grammar School for Girls, Linda then gained a Law Degree from De Montfort University after which she joined Fidelity International, a privately-owned investment company.  She covered a number of responsibilities during her 30 year career including global Chief Risk Officer, Head of Fund Accounting and Investment Services Operations for UK and Continental Europe, as well as Fund Operations in Asia.  In addition to these business responsibilities Linda was also the Chair of the Corporate Fund Raising Committee and a sponsor for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee including being the Champion for Mental Health.  She was also a Trustee for the UK Pension Fund for a number of years.  Linda is married and has three children, all of whom have attended Lingfield College with her youngest currently a pupil and sitting A Levels in the summer.  Linda participates in a number of voluntary activities which include being a helper for a local branch of the Riding for the Disabled, Trustee and Secretary of the Withyham Village Hall, a brand ambassador for the Hospice in the Weald and a cross country judge and dressage steward for British Eventing South East, She is also an independent Pension Trustee for a London based-company.  Linda's interests include walking, gardening, reading and anything to do with horses.

Appointed to the Board in 2017

Mrs Andrea Penton - Governor

Andrea was educated at Our Lady’s Convent Abingdon and Oxford High School before gaining a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology at Southampton University. From there she joined JP Morgan’s finance division, then moved to Lehman Brothers where she became an Executive Director in European Equities. At that time she also had responsibility for graduate recruitment within the Equity department. Andrea left the city to look after her family. She currently has two daughters at Lingfield, and chaired the LNDA for several years. 

Appointed to the board in 2016

Mr Ian Rolfe - Governor

Educated at Ratton Secondary School in Eastbourne, Ian graduated from Brunel University with an Honours degree in Government, Politics and Modern History in 1986 following which he joined stockbroking firm James Capel (subsequently part of HSBC). After eleven years in emerging markets stockbroking with Bear Stearns and JP Morgan he moved to write about UK smaller companies at an investment magazine before joining Dresdner Kleinwort’s UK equity sales team. Following Dresdner’s sale in 2009 he moved to Panmure Gordon before retiring from the City in April 2015.Other than keenly following the stock market his hobbies include anything to do with military aviation, badminton and working in the garden. His son Edward left Lingfield in 2016 to take up a place at Exeter University.

Appointed to the Board in 2016

Mrs Melanie St Clair Alcock - Governor

Educated at City of London Freemen's School in Surrey and University of Southampton where she studied Law, Melanie qualified as a solicitor in the City.  Having been seconded to a Law firm in Sydney, life as a Commercial Property solicitor in London proved rather less appealing and Melanie left to become a recruitment consultant in the Legal sector before starting a family.  Since then, she has undertaken a number of voluntary roles within the local community as well as being involved with the School as a former member of the LNDA and previously co-running the Second Hand Uniform Shop for several years.  Melanie has three children all of whom have attended Lingfield, with one of her girls currently in the Sixth form.

Appointed to the Board in 2016

Mrs Mary Sullivan - Governor

Educated at Notre Dame High School, Worth, Mary has extensive experience in the administrative and fund-raising sides of education, both in the private sector and with West Sussex County Council. She also ran a small charity for the elderly for eight years and is now fully retired but busier than ever. Mary is married and living in Worth. All three of her daughters attended Lingfield between 1989 and 2001. Her interests include travel, badminton and gardening.

Appointed to the Board in 2012

Mr Mike Vernon - Governor

Mike founded BT's Organisation Development consultancy, which supported the implementation of strategic change. In the early 1990s, Mike established his own business transformation and executive coaching company, which he continues to lead. In September 2012 Mike was elected an Honorary Life Member of The Institute of Risk Management.  Mike had two daughters at the School, both of whom left at the end of Year 13 in recent years.

Appointed to the Board in 2012