Founders and Governors

About

FBS’s Governors provide advice, challenge and support to the headmaster and are responsible for holding the school to account. Some Governors have been involved with FBS since its founding days; others have joined more recently bringing a new dynamic to the school’s governance.

The Governors are accountable to the Department for Education under the terms laid out in the school’s funding agreement, and to FBS’s Founders for the school’s ethos.

Governors

Mark Coward

Mark joined FBS’s governing body in 2015, contributing strategic thinking and logistical expertise at a critical point as the school plans its expansion. He chairs the resources committee.

He runs a successful business designing and installing electrical installations and other specialist electrical services for commercial clients both in the UK and internationally.

Mark has lived in Fulham for 25 years, is married and has a daughter at Lady Margaret School, a son at St Phillips in Chessington and his youngest son joined FBS in September 2015.

Deborah De Long

Deborah graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in textile design. She has 20 years of experience in design, buying and product development, having worked for companies in both London and New York.

On returning to London she settled with her family in Fulham, where she now runs her own design business. Realising the huge need for more secondary school choice for boys in Fulham, she is wholly committed to FBS providing local boys with an exceptional educational experience.

Deborah is one of the school’s Founders and her eldest son, one of its first pupils. She was elected a parent governor in 2014 and is a member of the governing body’s personnel committee.

Alun Ebenezer

Alun is the school’s Headmaster. He sits on the main governing body and attends all governing body committees.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Grieve

Caroline is a barrister with a national practice specialising in property law and is also a qualified arbitrator and mediator. She therefore has professional knowledge of a wide range of businesses having dealt with their property disputes for 35 years. Her law studies at Clare College, Cambridge followed an education as an 11+ scholar at Surbiton High School (Church Schools Company) and local CofE primaries. She was the first of her family to study at university and the first at her school to go to Cambridge.

She has been the PCC Secretary of St Etheldreda’s with St Clement in Fulham Palace Road for many years where she runs a Sunday School and is the current Secretary of the Hammersmith and Fulham Deanery Synod. She has a particular interest in the education of boys with SEN having extensive family experience of the problems and potential solutions and also in the promotion of quality vocational education at all levels.

Caroline has lived in Barons Court for 22 years. She is married and has two teenage sons both of whom have now left school. Caroline chairs the personnel committee.

Jessica Hopkins

Jessica comes from a family of teachers. She graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Geography and a PGCE in Secondary education.

After teaching for a few years in a central London school, Jessica married Mark and now has a daughter and four sons. Her children remain her greatest educators and she is passionate about seeing children of all abilities flourish and develop their full potential.

Jessica remains convinced that developing relational skills and emotional intelligence are as important as academic success.

Jessica was elected a parent governor in 2014 and is a member of the governing body’s pupil committee.

Sam Brown

Sam is Chaplain and RE subject leader at FBS and was elected as staff governor in 2016.

He graduated with a BA and then an MSt in Theology from Oxford University before completing a PGCE at King’s College London.  He spent a year teaching RS and Philosophy at North London Collegiate School and was then appointed Head of RE at a boarding school near Stanstead.  Before joining the FBS staff team, Sam spent over four years in full-time ministry and leadership roles in a church in Hertfordshire, where he was involved with preaching, music and working with students, teenagers and younger children.

Sam is a member of the governing body’s personnel committee.

Simon Lough

Simon Lough graduated from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He spent seven years living and working for a UK merchant bank in Japan, where he acquired a love of Japan and the Japanese language, before returning to the UK in 1993. He has lived in Fulham ever since.

Simon worked for and became Chief Executive of Heartwood, an independent wealth manager, before leading the successful sale of the business in 2013 to a major bank. He has always had a strong interest in education, as the son of school teachers, and has a particular interest in promoting a level playing field in education, training and employment opportunities. He was previously Deputy Chair of the national charity Fairbridge (now part of The Princes Trust) and is now Chair of the charity Envision.

Simon is married with three daughters. He joined the governing body in 2015 and is a member of the resources committee.

Arabella Northey

Arabella holds a Masters in Divinity from University of Edinburgh and has spent the last nine years working in a variety of state and community schools of different sizes and creeds. She is now Head of Religious Studies at an all-boys private school in Central London. Before taking the plunge into teaching she worked in Investor Relations for Land Securities.

Arabella is one of the school’s Founders, mapping out a school and curriculum to equip and challenge boys of all abilities and to prepare them for the rigours of examinations, and to be excellent role models.

She chairs the pupil committee.

Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth took an honours degree in History at Kings College London, then joined Unilever as a Management Trainee. On marrying she went abroad for 17 years, training to teach and teaching English as a foreign language in a variety of different colleges for the British Council.

On returning to England Elizabeth was appointed Deputy Head at Feltham Community School, Hounslow and subsequently moved to The St Marylebone CE School as Headteacher. The school focuses on outstanding teaching, which is seen as the foundation of the school’s success. The school was named by the Mayor of London as first in its group of 56 similar schools and a member of the Mayor’s Gold Club.

St Marylebone is now one of the Outstanding Academies, one of the original 100 Teaching Schools and has opened a Free Special School meeting the needs of pupils with Speech Language and Communication Needs.

Elizabeth retired as Headteacher in 2014. She was appointed an OBE for services to education in 2003.

Elizabeth became a governor of FBS in 2014. She is a member of the governing body’s pupil committee and is the safeguarding governor.

Meriel Stinson

Meriel’s background is in public affairs and communications. She worked for a wide mix of organisations, including blue chip companies and not-for-profit groups, before setting up her own consultancy 12 years ago. She has since advised clients on communications strategies, reputation and stakeholder relations, and produced several campaigning reports.

Meriel graduated from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and has lived in Fulham ever since. She is married, with three school age sons. Her frustration with the inequalities in local choices for boys at secondary level drove her to join FBS’s fellow founders in 2010, and she has been actively involved since. Her youngest son started at FBS in September 2015.

She chairs the community committee and is vice chairman of governors.

Alexander Wade

Alex has lived in Fulham for almost 20 years. He is married, with three sons, and is one of the school’s original Founders.

Alex has almost 24 years experience in banking and financial services, working for both National Westminster Bank and HSBC, where he spent 17 years. He is one of the most experienced London advisers in the international wealth management market and is particularly interested in the Middle East and understands the unique issues which are relevant there. In 2013, he became Founding Partner in Knightsbridge Wealth Ltd, advising clients from all over the world who choose London as their financial centre of choice.

He has a keen interest in travel, food and wine and enjoys watching most sport.

He believes his education transformed his life and created opportunities that he and his family could never have dreamt of. He always believed such opportunities could be available through publicly-funded education and leapt at the chance to help establish a Free School with an ambitious vision and built on the Christian faith.

Alex is the Chairman of Governors.

Founders

FBS’s Founders established the school and now hold the governors to account for its ethos.  The 10 founding members include the governors Deborah De Long, Arabella Northey, Meriel Stinson and Alex Wade, plus the following:

 

Jonny Ambrose

A BA Hons graduate from Cambridge, Jonny spent the first half of his career in marketing in Unilever and Cadburys followed by the last 15 years working as a freelance business developer and marketing consultant for London based professional service companies in the marketing and advertising arenas.

He was the inspiration behind the idea of a new boys’ school in Fulham.  He served as the first vice chair of Governors, and chaired the Resources Committee, before stepping down in September 2015. He remains a member of the school’s Sports committee.

 

Simon Colebrook

Simon is an architect with over 30 years experience including buildings for schools in the primary, secondary & tertiary education sectors. He was closely involved with assessments of potential sites for the application process and in locating FBS’s temporary and permanent homes.

 

Charles Craven

Charles graduated from London University and has lived in Fulham since 1983. He has run his own Landscape Gardening business in the borough for over 20 years.  Passionate about providing sporting opportunity for all, he oversaw development of the sports curriculum at FBS, and as chair of the school’s sports committee, continues to guide it.

 

Rebecca Mowling

Rebecca has 20 years experience in the media and in public relations including working as a journalist on several national newspapers. She specialises in handling corporate communications and reputation management.  Rebecca remains an active member of the school’s sports committee.

 

Grahame Murray

Grahame is a graduate of the University of Leeds and a Chartered Accountant. His financial and commercial expertise includes development of an on-line educational platform, providing educational services to governments and establishing  a British curriculum school in Abu Dhabi, where he was also on the Governing Board. His financial acumen was pivotal to the secure establishment of the school in its first year. Grahame served as a governor until his work took him back to the Middle East in 2015.

 

Sophia Wade

In 2010, Sophia became the founding force behind the idea of a new boys’ secondary CofE school in Fulham.  She remains an active part of the Friends of FBS. She  graduated from Reading University with a degree in Geography and has 17 years experience in sales. She lives in Fulham with her husband, Alex, and three sons, and runs her own relocation agency business.

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