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Chris was happily volunteered for the Chair role in 2012, by his son’s housemaster at Rugby School. He chairs the Board and the Remuneration Committee and serves Health & Safety and F&GP Committees. With a desire to meld the most endearing traditions with best practice and forward thinking, Chris is focused on leadership, governance and supporting the Lockers Park management team.
Married to Valerie with a son and daughter who took the private education route including boarding, he has a life-long interest in education, training and development.
Chris owns a manufacturing engineering business where his passion for design and innovation, solving problems and management have driven him completely mad – at times. Prior to this, during his corporate years in construction, manufacturing, the motor industry, capital goods and service businesses, his career took him beyond the UK into Japan, Middle East, Europe and the US with board positions for 40 years in sales, marketing, operations, finance and general management.
A first degree in Civil Engineering included lateral thinking as a core subject, his second degree, an MBA, included core subjects of entrepreneurship, strategy and analysis. He is a change merchant and makes no secret of continuously improving whatever he takes on.
He is a UK British Standards Industry expert and chairs one of its committees, is a member of several additional committees and in addition, with an active involvement in ESG.
Doug is a Lockers Park Old Boy who attended the school in the early 1960s, during which time his favourite memories include developing a lifelong enthusiasm for art, learning to play squash which continued for a further 50 years and friendly birthday parties in the dining hall! He went on to Repton School and then graduated with degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia.
In his early career, he occupied positions in marketing and sales with Bass Brewers, before transferring to educational development in the 1990s. He established the Milestones Campaign at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and then was appointed Director of the Harrow Development Trust in 1998. The vast sums he has raised for Harrow School have transformed the facilities and opportunities available to the pupils, not least in building funds for pupils whose backgrounds mean they face significant barriers to progress.
Doug served as a Lockers Park Governor from the early 2000s to 2019 contributing widely on a number of committees. He also supervised fundraising for Lockers Park, which led to the construction of the technology wing, improvements for boarders and facilities for all boys generally. He now serves in an advisory capacity as a Patron of the School.
Oliver joined the Lockers Park governing body in 2016. He chairs the Pastoral & Safeguarding Committee and also sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Oliver is the nominated safeguarding Governor.
His two sons both flourished as pupils at Lockers Park; they were provided a firm foundation for their senior school, Eton College. These days, his boys can no longer be convinced to accept “slate” (the small slate chips that are currency in the Lockers Park Shrubs at break time) instead of an allowance.
Oliver read Law and Politics at Nottingham University. Shortly after qualification in England, he moved to New Zealand where he worked for three years and also qualified as a lawyer. Oliver is a Partner with international law firm Fieldfisher LLP, specialising in finance transactions.
Sam has been a Governor at Lockers Park for two years and sits on the Education Committee. He is the Deputy Head (Academic) of Bedford School, a leading boarding and day school to which generations of boys from Lockers Park have progressed. Sam has expertise in curriculum, educational compliance, and teaching and learning.
After reading Natural Sciences (Biological) at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, Sam taught for ten years at Westminster School, London before beginning his school senior leadership career at Mill Hill School, London.
He is married to an opera singer and in his spare time enjoys all performing and visual arts.
Deborah has been a Governor of Lockers Park for ten years and chairs the Marketing Committee. She has three (rather lively) sons all of whom attended Lockers Park school, thrived and have wonderful memories.
Deborah is a member of the TJX Europe Executive Committee for Fortune 100 global retail group, TJX, which operates TK Maxx and Homesense across Europe. As SVP, Group Director for Marketing & Corporate Responsibility, Deborah has deep expertise in strategy, advertising, media and digital alongside sustainability, reputation management and business development.
After a degree at London University in French & Italian, Deborah began her career in journalism and communications agencies prior to moving to TJX where she has been for over 25 years.
Deborah sits on the Board of Directors for the London Philharmonic Orchestra and also sits on an Advisory Leadership Group for the Prince’s Trust, the long-established charity that undertakes to help disadvantaged young people across the UK.
She is a keen choral singer and very much enjoys the invitation to sing alongside the Lockers Park Chapel Choir at concerts several times a year.
Kirsty gained a First Class degree in Sport at the University of Birmingham, where, as Captain, she lead the 1st Lacrosse Team to the final of the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championship. Kirsty trained as a Games and PE teacher, gaining a PGCE and a Masters of Education.
She began her teaching career at Wycombe Abbey School, where she was recognised as Coach of the Year in 2015, following her team’s winning success at the U19 1st Team National Lacrosse Championships. Her love of the sport saw her play Lacrosse for England U21 and Senior England, and coach at junior county, regional and England level.
In 2016 Kirsty was appointed at St Albans High School as the Director of Sport and in 2020 was promoted to Assistant Head.
Kirsty regularly volunteers for the homelessness charity Shelter, and is a keen traveller.
Suzy has been a Governor of Lockers Park since 2007. She chairs the Health and Safety Committee and sits on the Pastoral Committee. Her son attended Lockers Park school, went on to Harrow School, studied Economics at Birmingham University and is now working hard as an analyst in the City. Suzy states that her son – and the whole family – have wonderful memories of their time at Lockers and her passion for the school remains as strong as ever.
Suzy is a medical doctor with 20 years of clinical experience in General Practice, Psychiatry and Palliative Care. Following this she went into Risk Management in the medicolegal field, working for 10 years with the Medical Protection Society. Suzy has expertise in wellbeing and resilience, organisational cultures, health and safety, safeguarding and risk management.
Justin was educated at the King’s School Canterbury and the University of Oxford where he read Modern History at Keble College. He also has an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Henley College, the University of Reading.
Justin enjoyed a successful career in the commercial sector with the Swire Group based in Hong Kong, and latterly with British Land. With Swires he held several positions as Managing Director of technology businesses in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley in the US. At British Land, he led innovation activities, developed new services and income streams, and led its sustainability strategy and implementation.
Now retired, Justin coaches Chinese graduates seeking a career with global businesses outside China. He is learning Russian, sings with choral groups in Oxford, where he now lives, and is also a keen sportsman, with cricket, squash, golf and tennis being his preferred sports.
Andrew has been a Governor of Lockers Park since 2009 and chairs the Finance & General Purposes Committee. All four of his sons went to Lockers Park, sharing many academic, choir and sporting successes on the way to great senior schools, universities, and now careers.
Andrew studied Classics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He qualified with Arthur Andersen & Co and held various senior Finance positions with two FTSE-100 groups before joining Ernst & Young where he was a senior Corporate Finance and Consulting partner for over 20 years.
In addition to his role at Lockers Park, Andrew is the Chair of Board of Trustees of Victim Support, the leading national charity that provides emotional and practical support to victims of crime and traumatic events, and is a Non-Executive director and Chair of the Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee of a central government department. He is also an associate with Ashridge Hult Executive Education.
Christopher has been a Governor of Lockers Park since 2011 and chairs the Education Committee. He is a House Master at Harrow School, where he has taught for 20 years (including nine as Head of Economics) and has enjoyed having a number of Lockers Park boys passing through his care.
Having studied at Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, he taught at St Albans School for three years before moving on to Harrow. His current role as House Master involves recruiting and selecting pupils for 13+ entry, supporting boys in all aspects of their lives at a busy boarding school, and preparing them for entry to the world’s leading universities.
In additional to his academic and pastoral responsibilities, Christopher is a keen musician and an enthusiastic traveller. Recent years have seen him participating in choir tours to Russia, China, Singapore, South Africa, Kenya, Italy, Norway, Canada and the USA.
The Chair of Governors can be contacted via Dawn Gardner, Clerk to the Governors; please email email@example.com.