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Advisory Board

The Berkhamsted Schools Group Advisory Board meets twice a year and advises on matters the Governors deem necessary from time to time.

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The Berkhamsted Schools Group Advisory Board meets twice a year and advises on matters the Governors deem necessary from time to time.

These matters are likely to include:

  • advising on the overall strategy and direction of the School;
  • helping develop the School’s positioning within local and national networks that are of relevance to the success of the School;
  • acting as a sounding board for new ideas and developments in the School;
  • providing advice and guidance to the Chairman of Governors and/or the Principal on ad hoc projects and issues as they arise.

The current membership of the Advisory Board is as follows – please click on members’ names to see short biographies:

Rev. Canon Timothy Pilkington Rector of St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted
Natasha Charlton Old Berkhamstedian
Gavin Rees Vice President, The Old Berkhamstedians
Alison Moore-Gwyn Former Governor and Old Berkhamstedian
Ian Reay Local councillor
Jon Williams Former Governor of Heatherton House School
Peter Williamson Former Chairman of Governors and Old Berkhamstedian
Sue Wolstenholme Former Governor and Old Berkhamstedian
Eloise Groves Berkhamsted School Head Girl
Jed Thirkettle Berkhamsted School Head Boy

Rev. Canon Timothy Pilkington

Father Tim is the Rector of the Berkhamsted Team Ministry based primarily at St Peter’s Church. In previous incarnations he was a businessman and before that a secondary school teacher. Ordained for over 30 years Father Tim has served in a diverse assortment of parishes from the coasts of Cornwall to the deepest midlands in Solihull. Married to Alys, they have three adult sons and three grandchildren.

Natasha Charlton

Natasha has a long association with Berkhamsted School, where she was a pupil, as was her husband, her father and three of her cousins. From 2008-2011, she served as President of The Old Berkhamstedians and currently sits on the OB Council. Currently, she is working in primary education at a large school in Buckinghamshire.

Alison Moore-Gywn

Alison, a retired solicitor was until the end of 2012, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, the only independent organisation that safeguards and supports playing fields, playgrounds and open space throughout the United Kingdom. Alison was educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls (New Stede 1967) and Girton College, Cambridge. She was appointed as a Governor in 1979 and was Vice-Chairman from 1997 until 2013.

Ian Reay

Ian has been a local councillor since 1991 and is now an elected member at all three levels: Berkhamsted Town Council, Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Councillor. As a local councillor his main interests are in the environment, education and planning. He worked at the Ministry of Defence, the Civil Aviation Authority and subsequently Royal Mail in London. He took early retirement in 2005.

Jon Williams

Jon is a partner at PwC, the professional services firm, in their sustainability and climate change team. Prior to joining PwC, Jon worked for HSBC for 21 years, with roles in Asia and Europe. He has three children, two daughters (who are in the Berkhamsted Schools Group) and a son. Jon was previously a Governor at Heatherton House School prior to its merger with Berkhamsted, and has remained a parent representative.

Peter Williamson

Peter is a retired solicitor who was President of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2003/04 and the first Chairman of the Solicitors Regulation Authority from 2005 until 2009. He is a former holder of part-time judicial posts, sitting as a Recorder for eight years. Peter was educated at Berkhamsted School (Bees 1966). He was appointed as a School Governor in 1991 and was Chairman of Governors from 1995 until 2012.