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Hazlegrove and King's, Bruton, sharing a common Foundation, are governed by a single board of Governors as listed below.

If you would like to contact the Senior Warden, please write to:
c/o Mr L S Tuson MBE
The Clerk to the Governors
King's School
BA10 0ED

Clerk to the Governors

Find out more about the role of the Governors

Lt General (Ret’d) A M D Palmer CB CBE (Senior Warden)

Retired from Army as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. Developed a second career with advisory and board positions in Charity sector including a trustee of the Prince’s Trust and is currently Chairman of Warrior. He lives in Dorset.

Mr R I Case CBE DL FREng FRAeS MSc (Chairman of Finance)

Former CEO and Chairman of Westland Helicopters. Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset. Ex Parent.

Mrs T G Jones OBE JP (Junior Warden)

Cambridge graduate trained to teach then joined the Civil Service in the MOD. Worked in the Commons and at No 10 before setting up Parliamentary branch in MOD. Took early retirement from management of Defence Advisors and Attaches. A Governor of an Independent Girls’ School and currently a magistrate in Taunton. 

Mr R F Badham-Thornhill BA PGCE

A career in teaching began at King's Bruton and led to the headships of Lambrook School followed by Summer Fields School. He now spends part of his retirement as Head of Development at Knightsbridge School. 

Mr C R S Birrell MA FCA MCT

An Oxford geography graduate. He is a Chartered Accountant who has spent much of his working life in financial services and insurance. Married and lives nearby in Cucklington.

Mr A Clutterbuck ACIOB

A qualified Building Surveyor who has amassed experience in restoration, repair and insurance assessment at many levels. Currently involved in high level consultancy with insurance firms and loss adjustors. Lives near Salisbury.

Professor W P H Duffus BVSc MA PhD MRCVS

Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Bristol University Veterinary School.

Mrs M A Edwards MA PGCE ARCM

Background in both preparatory and secondary independent education. Former secondary school teacher. Now working to rejuvenate the family farm. 

Mr M Fisher

Served in the British Army for 5 years and then spent over twenty five years in corporate finance in the City. Most of this period was spent advising technology companies on mergers and acquisitions and fund raising. Presently a partner in a London based advisory boutique.

Mr E G Hobhouse BSc Eng MBA

Engineer and international business executive. Brought up in Somerset and has returned to his home village after 10 years in Hong Kong. He is a Visitor of Sexey’s Hospital, Bruton.


Mr Jones has been involved in education throughout his working life with senior posts as Second Master at King’s Bruton, Headmaster at RGS Worcester and Principal of Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar in Malaysia. Now retired he remains heavily involved in education and local charitable work.  

Mr J Mant BA(Hons)

A partner based at the Bristol offices of a nationwide law firm. He advises a range of clients within the leisure sector, specialising in property related work. His home is not far from either school. 

The Reverend Canon B McConnell Dip Th

Ordained in 1971 in Cape Town Cathedral, he has been appointed to parishes in London, Cape Town and Cheshire before retiring from the post of Canon Warden of Carlisle Cathedral. 

Mr G W Pretor-Pinney BSc (Hons), Chartered MCSI

As a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment he has spent 29 years in the City as a banker and investment advisor. Ex-parent of both Hazlegrove and King's, living nearby in Somerton.

Miss H Sampson BA MA Oxon MBA

VP International for Laura Mercier & Revive, following tenure as European Managing Director for NARS Cosmetics, Global CEO of the Sanctuary Spa Group and Senior Management roles with L'Oreal. MA Oxford University, MBA Henley. Old Brutonian.

Mr J Shone BSc (Hons) PGCE (Secondary)

Once a Housemaster at King’s before moving to Monkton Combe School. Selected to become Headmaster of Monkton Combe Prep before illness forced him to withdraw. Currently developing his business as a motivational speaker and consultant. He lives in Bath. 

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