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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 the Corporate and Charity sectors and a former trustee of the Prince’s Trust. Lives nearby in Dorset.

Mrs Teresa Jones BEd, OBE, JP. Junior Warden & Chairman of Governance

Cambridge B.Ed. graduate and career as a civil servant. Worked at No 10 and in the House of Commons. Before taking early retirement from the MOD, had responsibility for international defence relations and management of Defence Advisors and Attachés. Currently a magistrate in Taunton.

Mr Richard Case CBE, DL, FREng, FRAeS, MSc. Chairman of Finance & Member of Governance Committee

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

Mr Robin Badham-Thornhill BA PGCE. Chairman of Education & Boarding Governor

A career in teaching began at King’s School Bruton. This then led to the Headship of Lambrook School, followed by Summer Fields School. He now spends part of his retirement as Head of Development at Knightsbridge School.

Mr Christopher Birrell MA, FCA, MCT. Chairman of Estates & member of Finance Committee

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 Adam Clutterbuck ACIOB. Estates Committee

Qualified Building Surveyor who amassed experience in restoration, repair and insurance assessment at many levels including high value property and historic buildings. Currently involved in consultancy with insurance firms and loss adjustors. Lives near Salisbury.

Mr Mark Fisher. Finance Committee

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. Living near Sherborne.

Mr Edward Hobhouse BSc Eng, MBA. Chairman of Risk Management

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 Walter Jones, MA, MBA, PGCE. Education Committee

Mr Jones has been involved in education throughout his working life with senior posts as Second Master here 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 Julian Mant BA (Hons). Governance & Estates Committee

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

The Rev’d Canon Brian McConnell Dip Th. Education Committee, Risk Committee & Hazlegrove Liaison (Safeguarding Governor from July 2015)

Ordained in 1971 in Cape Town Cathedral, he has been appointed to parishes in Cape Town and Cheshire before retiring from the post of Canon Warden of Carlisle Cathedral. He now lives in Milborne Port, Somerset.

Mr Giles Pretor-Pinney BSc(Hons) Econ, 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.

Ms Helena Sampson BA, MA, MBA

VP International for Laura Mercier & Revive, following tenure as Europe 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 Peter Wells, BEd (Hons)

Career spent in prep and senior schools. IAPS head for 23 years including Headmaster of Junior King’s School Canterbury until 2017. Formerly Headmaster of Liverpool College Prep and teacher at St Hughes School, Woodhall Spa. ISI inspector, good boarding and governor experience. Fund raising and development interests.

Miss Jean Walker BEd (Hons)

Serving ISI inspector with over 39 years of teaching experience: Head of Girls PE and PSHE at Clayesmore Preparatory School, followed by Housemistress of Farrell House at Wentworth College in Bournemouth before being appointed as Head of Middle School at St Mary’s Shaftesbury. During twenty-eight years at St Mary’s she was promoted from Head of Middle School, to Senior Mistress, to Assistant Deputy Head to her last position as Deputy Head (Pastoral & Academic), before retiring in August 2017.  

Mr Justin Broderick Hopkins BA (Hons)

Spent seven years working in the City as part of McGuinness Finch / Osborne Clarke before moving to East Coker and becoming a partner at Dyne Drewett / Mogers Drewett Sherborne at which, from 2014, he has headed up the Commercial Property team.


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