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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 Fran Halpin - Chair of Trustees and Governors

Fran grew up in South Devon with the majority of her education being at Paignton Marist Convent but studying A Levels at Torquay Grammar school for girls. She trained as a teacher of Physics and Chemistry at Homerton College Cambridge and has had experience in state and independent schools. Her local schools include Riddlesdown High School in Purley and The Royal Russell School in Croydon. Fran and her husband have three children and her youngest daughter attended Lingfield. Whilst her children were growing up she took a short break from teaching and worked as a science advisor on the Eye Witness Guides for Dorling Kindersly and also with Wayland and Kingfisher publishers.

Fran joined the Senior School in 1999 as a Physics teacher before becoming Head of Sixth Form in 2004 and Deputy Head, Pastoral in 2008. Fran stayed at Lingfield in this role until 2014 when she retired.   

Appointed to the Board in 2018

The Chair of Governors may be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at the School address.

Lingfield College

St. Pier's Lane, Lingfield

Surrey, RH7 6PN

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 many 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.  She is now a partner in a Kent based civil and commercial mediation firm, and also works as a volunteer facilitating community mediations for West Kent Mediation. Clare is married with three (adult) children and lives in Sevenoaks. She continues to be involved in legal matters at local level, and enjoys walking, music and reading.

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 Meteorology, Christian Apologetics and several sports.

Appointed to the Board 2011

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 has two daughters, one has now left Year 13 and the other is still at Lingfield.  Andrea chaired the LNDA (now the LPA – Lingfield Parents’ Association) 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 following which he joined stockbroking firm James Capel. After eleven years in emerging markets stockbroking with Bear Stearns and JP Morgan he joined 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. 

Appointed to the Board in 2016

Mrs Amira Cooper – Trustee and Governor  - Safeguarding Governor

Amira grew up in the Middle East and came to school in England when she was 10.  Educated at Ardingly College and then Manchester University, she graduated with a BA Hons in Languages in 1995. After graduating, she moved to Dubai where she worked for Hilton Hotels as a Business Development Manager and then Emirates Airlines as Head of Marketing for Emirates’ Ecotourism Projects.  She met her husband in Dubai and they moved back to the UK in 2002 and had their first child later that year. Amira has done voluntary work for Médecins Sans Frontières and Riding for the Disabled as well as translation work and tutoring since starting a family.  She has 3 children who have all attended Lingfield College.  Her youngest is currently at the Senior School. She speaks Farsi, Arabic and French and her interests include travel, reading, dog walking and tennis.

Appointed to the Board in 2018

The Safeguarding Governor may be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at the School address.

Lingfield College

St. Pier's Lane, Lingfield

Surrey, RH7 6PN

Mr Keith Gutteridge - Trustee and Governor

Keith was educated at Southwell Minster Grammar School near Nottingham and graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Chemical Engineering. Having spent over 20 years with Mobil Oil Company (subsequently ExxonMobil) in a variety of roles, he decided to make a major career change, obtaining a PGCE at the University of Chichester and joining our Junior School, as it was then, in 2003. He worked as a class teacher in Years 5 and 6 until retiring in 2015, although he continues to assist the PE Department with sports coaching on a part-time basis.  Keith has two grown-up children and two stepdaughters who both attended the Senior School. Other interests include volunteering for the National Trust as a Kitchen Gardener at Standen House and playing the guitar.

Appointed to the board in 2018

Mrs Nic Calvey - Governor

Mrs Calvey was educated at Howard of Effingham, Surrey and then Westminster College Oxford, where she gained a B.Ed. (Hons) in French.  She began her career in the state sector before moving to the independent sector where she has run boarding houses as well as led the English and French departments.  Teaching and learning is something Nic is very passionate about and her experience encompasses both KS2 and KS3.  She currently teaches at Great Walstead School and is married with two boys.

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Mrs Caroline Horobin - Governor

Educated at Lady Eleanor Holles School, Middlesex and Pembroke College, Oxford, Caroline spent seven years as an investment banker before attending the College of Law, Guildford, qualifying as a solicitor in 1994.  She worked as a company and commercial lawyer, specialising in financial services until 2016 (with various family-driven career breaks).  In her breaks from the law she has offered private tuition of French GCSE and A level and was a franchisee of La Jolie Ronde for several years. She recently participated in a pilot programme with Ark at the William Parker School in Hastings, tutoring GCSE English.  Caroline is married with one daughter at university and lives in Tunbridge Wells.  She enjoys pottery, Nordic walking and sings with Penshurst Choral Society.  She is a fanatical gardener and allotmenteer.

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Mr Martin McCann - Governor

Martin is Global Head of Business at Norton Rose Fulbright, a leading City law firm. A specialist in financing and restructuring, he spent several years in Guangzhou in China before returning to the UK and leading his firm’s Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities team. He loves sports and music: He coaches rugby at Sevenoaks rugby club.  If not at work or at one of his kids’ sports or music events, he can be found at Ronnie Scott’s with Isabelle his wife. He has 3 boys at the school, one in the Prep, two in the Senior School.

Appointed to the Board in 2020

Ms Lisa Pereira - Governor

Lisa was brought up in Brussels and moved to the UK in 1987 to attend Sussex University, where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in African and Asian Studies, with French. 

This led her to pursue her passion for international development, with a long career both overseas and in the UK, working on development programmes and emergency humanitarian projects. Her experience spans the charity sector (including roles with Oxfam and Médecins Sans Frontières), the United Nations, and latterly the UK’s Department for International Development.

In 2017 Lisa took a pause to raise her two children, who have both attended Lingfield Prep. She has since trained as a Samaritan, taught conversational French at a local grammar school, and volunteered for a charity providing teaching support and life skills to young asylum seekers.  Lisa is passionate about travel, enjoys gardening, and plays golf and tennis.  

Appointed to the Board in 2021

Mr Steve Bell - Governor

Steve is a Founding Partner and Global CEO of Iris, based in London. Steve oversees Iris’ 17 offices and the 1,000 employees within the Network. In the 25 years that Steve has worked in the marketing and communications industry he has worked with some of the most innovative, ambitious and creatively driven businesses in the automotive, sports, FMCG, beer, retail, spirits and telco sectors.

Steve has been involved in both organic agency start-ups as well as multinational agency acquisitions and is passionate about solving client problems through commercial and creative innovation. Steve is instrumental in setting and maintaining the Iris culture whilst keeping the business truly progressing from a global perspective. Steve’s youngest son is currently in the Sixth Form, his older boys having also attended Lingfield College right through to Year 13.

Appointed to the Board in 2021