Governors have an important role to play in the life of any school and Loughborough Amherst School benefits from the expertise and advice of a range of talented individuals drawn from diverse backgrounds. All of them support the School as volunteers and give freely of their time and knowledge. Each Governor has at least one area of responsibility and all are active members of our School family. Anyone wishing to contact a member of the Governing Body should telephone 01509 283701, or email via: Kathleen.Payter@lesbursary.co.uk or in writing to: The Bursary, Loughborough Schools Foundation, 3 Burton Walks, Loughborough, Leicestershire. LE11 2DU.
Chairman of the Governors
Mr G P Fothergill, BA (email via: Kathleen.Payter@lesbursary.co.uk ) or 01509 283701
MR PETER FOTHERGILL, BA – CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
Peter Fothergill was educated at Chethams School of Music, Manchester and graduated from the University of Durham with Joint Honors in Economics and Economic History. He has over 45 years’ experience in the Healthcare Industry, starting as a Medical Representative followed by Marketing appointments for Health and Beauty products (Brand Manager to International Marketing Manager), International Corporate Development (acquisitions, strategy development and licensing) and thence General Management in North America, Australasia and the UK, leading to Chairmanship of Fisons plc’s multinational research-based Pharmaceutical Division and also its Consumer Health Division operating in all major markets involving 7,000 employees worldwide.
He was a main Board Director during the period when Fisons plc was a F.T. Top 50 company and led a series of strategic development initiatives, including acquisitions in North America, Europe and Asia, whilst achieving significant organic growth with the result that the Pharmaceutical/Consumer Health Divisions achieved 20% p.a. profit growths over a seven year period and provided the majority of the Groups profits.
He subsequently formed his own strategic management company which has been involved in a number of MBO/MBI arrangements, consultancies and the creation of new businesses in the Healthcare Sector. He has been Chairman or Director of 20 companies both listed and private involving the full range of corporate management activities including significant fundraising, IPO’s acquisitions and disposals.
He has been a Fellow of both the chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of Arts and is a Fellow of the IoD, a Freeman of The City of London, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and President of Charnwood Conservative Association. He has previously served as a Director of the British Pharma Group, as a Board member of ABPI, a member of the last NEDO Committee on the future of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, a committee member of “Home Start” Charity Appeals, a founder Director of Leicestershire TEC, a Council Member of Loughborough University, a member of the Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee for Leicestershire, a member of the East Midlands Regional Assembly, Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the East Midlands and I.o.D. Council member.
Married to Elizabeth they have two sons and a daughter who were all educated at the Endowed Schools and two of their grandchildren are at Fairfield. Sailing, fell walking, music and serious reading occupy the time outside of LES.
The Loughborough Amherst School Committee
PROFESSOR ALAN DODSON, BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc – CHAIR OF AMHERST BOARD
Alan was educated at Buckhurst Hill Grammar School, Essex, following which he read Civil Engineering at The University of Nottingham. He continued his studies there gaining a PhD in Engineering Surveying, and after a Research Fellowship joined the academic staff as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering. A long academic career saw him promoted to Head of the School of Civil Engineering, Dean of Engineering and finally Pro-Vice- Chancellor with responsibility for Estates, Infrastructure, Environment and Information Services.
During his academic career, as well as teaching a range of undergraduate and postgraduate civil engineering related topics, Alan’s research interest was in the field of Engineering Surveying and Geodesy, with a particular interest in the engineering and environmental applications of satellite positioning systems.
Professionally Alan, until his retirement, was a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Royal Institution of Navigation and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. He was a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), was for many years the UK Delegate to the IAG and served for 4 years on its Executive. He also served on the Council of The Royal Astronomical Society and for a while as its Vice President (Geophysics). He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) by the University of Nottingham for his lifetime research work in Engineering Geodesy.
Whilst at School and University Alan was a keen cricket and badminton player, and Bridge player. He still holds the University’s staff cricket team bowling record of 9-26 against the University of Sheffield staff team!
Alan is married to Heather, who also worked for many years at The University of Nottingham in Information Services, and they have a son, Edward, who attended Loughborough Grammar School and is currently studying for a DPhil at Oxford University.
PROFESSOR JOHN FEATHER, MA, PhD, FRSA
John Feather has been a Governor of LES for 15 years. He was educated at Heath Grammar School, Halifax, and The Queen’s College Oxford where he read English. After working in a publishing business and in librarianship, he came to Loughborough University in 1977, becoming a Professor in 1987. He was subsequently Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the Graduate School and Pro-Vice Chancellor. He is now an Emeritus Professor.
John became deeply involved in international work for the University (especially in student recruitment from south-east Asia and China), for the British Council (in Pakistan, southern (now South) Sudan, Thailand, Malaysia and China), and for UNESCO. He has been involved with many organisations including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, English Heritage, DCMS, the Arts Council, the British Council and the British Library.
John has lived in Quorn for more than 30 years. He is a dedicated and vocal (some have said too vocal!) supporter of Leicester Tigers. His cultural interests include contemporary fiction, music, theatre and opera, interests which he shares with Sarah, his wife. He is a cook whose food is alleged to be edible, a lover of good red wine and, perhaps not surprisingly in those circumstances, a Francophile.
MR TONY JONES, BA FCA
Tony is an experienced business advisor and has held senior Board positions in a number of UK businesses. Tony is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the University of Nottingham.
Tony commenced his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the East Midlands in 1980 after which he became Finance Director within the Sears plc retail conglomerate. He then served as Group Finance and Operations Director of Camelot Group plc. Subsequently Tony has worked in a number of private equity owned businesses including Wyevale Garden Centres and also set up his own independent business consulting firm. Tony has acted as Chairman and non-executive director of a number of retail businesses, adviser to a global investment firm and consultant to the European Lotteries Association.
Currently Tony is consultant to a leading merger broker and non-executive adviser to a retail technology business. He chair’s the Finance Audit and Risk Committee at the Endowed Schools.
An East Midlands man, Tony still lives locally with his wife and is parent of two former LGS boys. He is a former Chairman of Loughborough Round Table, a passionate Leicester Tigers fan, an active cyclist and a keen but infrequent golfer.
SISTER CELINE LEYDON
After 3 years as a pupil at the Our Lady’s Convent School I joined the Sisters of Providence Order. I trained as a Montessori Teacher at Belsize Park in London. In 1969 I joined the staff at Our Lady’s Convent School. I spent 37 years at the School and 20 of those as Head of the Primary Department. Now retired, I am at present engaged as Administrator at Rosmini House. As well as teaching I spent 17 years in charge of the Boarding Department at Our Lady’s Convent School.
I continue to have the real interests of the School as a whole at heart and wish to work for its overall good. Interests include playing the piano and sewing.
For the last 18 years Anna has worked at the House of Lords where she is currently Head of the centre which offers expert advice to Members and others on House procedure (the formal and informal rules of its everyday activities).
Anna is an old girl of Our Lady’s Convent School and after leaving there in 1996 she went to study at Durham University (University College).
Anna loves sport; she plays netball and also spends a large amount of time alongside her husband watching their three children play sport. She is also an active parishioner at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Loughborough which is where Anna’s family have worshipped for five generations.