Staff & Governors

  • King's Leadership Team

    George Hartley

    Headmaster at King's from September 2017, previously Mr Hartley was Principal of Elizabeth College, Guernsey (2009 to 2017), Headmaster of Sixth Form at Berkhamsted School (2003 to 2009), Hertfordshire and beforehand taught at Highgate School, London and Eton College. George was educated at Cranbrook School, Kent, and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read Geography. He subsequently completed an MSc in Environmental Science at Imperial College, London. George currently sits on the HMC Membership Committee and has carried out many HMC accreditation visits at schools across the UK. He is married to Merewyn and has two children, Edmund and Ellie, both of whom attend King’s. Having been born in Preston, Lancashire (within a mile of Deepdale Stadium), George is a long-suffering fan of Preston North End FC and dearly hopes that at some point during his lifetime they will reach the Premier League. His other interests include rugby, cricket, mountaineering, poetry, singing and wine. He loves reading whenever he has the time, particularly the short stories of Raymond Carver and anything by Ian Fleming, John Buchan and Alexandre Dumas. George is also a keen cook, having worked in restaurants as a young man, and knocks up a pretty mean paella.

    Jane Byrne

    Was appointed Deputy Head in January 2014, after being Head of Modern Languages at The Manchester Grammar School since September 2006. Alongside leading the department, Jane was a sixth form tutor at MGS and a keen supporter of co-curricular activities. She has previously held positions in the Modern Languages Departments of The Bury Grammar School, and the Department of French Studies at the University of Manchester before joining King's.

    Jane was born in Manchester. She read Modern Languages at The University of Manchester and spent time in Dijon, working at the Université de Bourgogne, before completing her PhD thesis. She gained her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her interests include music (harp, oboe and piano), scuba diving, sailing, walking (particularly in Snowdonia), reading and travel. Jane is also enjoying learning Welsh.

    Hayley Jordan

    Hayley spent 26 years in the military leaving in the rank of Major in 2014. During her military career she served in the Ministry of Defence in London, Northern Ireland, Germany, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military Hayley joined Terra Nova Preparatory School in East Cheshire as their Director of Finance and Operations/Bursar, before joining King’s in January 2019. All of her roles have given her experience in strategic leadership, finance and project management; she is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the City and Guilds in Strategic Leadership and Management.

    In her spare time Hayley enjoys socialising, cycling and walking her slightly crazy labradoodle. She is married to Jason and together they have a son called Zach.

    James Millard

    Has been Deputy Head (Academic) since September 2009 after being promoted from Director of Music, a post he held from the time he joined King's in 2004.

    Previously, he was Director of Music at King's College School, Wimbledon, (2000-2004), Assistant Director of Music at Brentwood School (1991-1996) and a Music Teacher at Abingdon School (1996-2000). James was born in Ipswich and graduated from the University of Durham, College of St Hild & St Bede, where he read Music.

    His Interests include music, theatre, golf, scuba diving and skiing and he has a healthy interest in good food and fine wine. James is married to Laura and they have two children who attend King's.

    Michael Harle

    Has been Deputy Head (Pastoral) since September 2009. Michael joined King's in September 1990 in the Chemistry Department and was a 6th form tutor and football coach for the U12s. The following year he started rugby at the school and has coached the 1st XV ever since. Michael was Examinations Officer from 1992-96 before becoming Head of Middle School in 1995.

    Michael was born in Middlesbrough, although has lost his accent through many years of speech and drama! He graduated from Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he read Chemistry and then completed a year of organic research at UMIST, before studying for his PGCE at Manchester.

    Michael is married to Rachel and has 2 children who have now finished their education at King's and moved on to university. His interests include rock climbing and road cycling.

    Margaret Ainsworth

    Margaret was appointed Head of Willow Lodge in January 2015 after being Deputy Head at The Queen's Lower School Chester. She joined Queen's in 2004 as Head of English having previously taught in local primary schools after changing careers from the Law to teaching. Margaret was in charge of pastoral care, safeguarding, curriculum development and a member of the Leadership Team.

    Margaret introduced drama into the curriculum and was very actively involved in drama productions throughout the school. She contributed widely to the co-curricular provision and taught hockey, rounders and journalist club amongst others. Margaret's interests involve sailing, ski-ing, reading and walking the family dogs. She is married with three children.

    Selena O'Donnell

    After more than ten years working as a multi-media journalist for Trinity Mirror PLC, Selena joined North West Academies Trust in 2012 as Marketing Manager and helped to launch one of the first Free Schools in Chester. She continued to work with the Trust as it grew with the successful addition of other schools across the region.

    She furthered her experience in education with a role as Marketing and Development Co-ordinator at The Queen’s School, Chester, before joining King’s as Marketing and Communications Manager in January 2018. She took up her current position in January 2019.

    As part of her role, Selena is passionate about growing a network of working relationships between King’s and primary and secondary state schools in the area through the Chester Schools Together initiative and other Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) projects.

    Selena is married with two young children and her interests include cinema, reading, interior design, creative writing, current affairs and regular trips to visit her (very) large extended family scattered across Sweden, Ireland and the UK.

    Emma Davidson

    Emma Davidson job shares the role of Director of HR with her colleague Andrea Millard. Emma has over 15 years’ experience in HR in a number of sectors, including Business Partner roles in the retail, IT services, and banking sectors and most recently prior to joining King’s within the Higher Education sector at the University of Liverpool.

    Her key areas of expertise are employee relations, change management and leadership development.

    She studied for her English and History BA in the USA, and is married with two sons; her hobbies include training for local running races and attending boot camp.

    Andrea Millard

    Andrea Millard job shares the role of Director of HR with her colleague Emma Davidson. Andrea has a wealth of experience in the HR field: in her last post at Bank of America, she played a key role in the mergers and acquisitions team at legacy MBNA to Bank of America. She has experience in the retail sector, working as HR Manager at Selfridges in Manchester and London, opening the new flagship store in Trafford Centre, in addition to Boots the Chemists.

    She graduated from Chester University with a BSc Hons in Health and Community Studies, and has her Graduate CIPD qualification. She is married with two daughters. In her spare time she likes to run and attend Zumba classes.

  • Patrons

    His Grace The Duke of Westminster

    Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster inherited the title of Duke of Westminster on 9 August 2016, on the death of his father. We are honoured that the Duke has agreed to continue in the role of Patron of The King’s School.

    The Right Reverend Dr Peter Forster

    read Chemistry at Merton College, Oxford, and then studied Theology at Edinburgh University. He was a Curate in Liverpool before being appointed Senior Tutor at St John's College, Durham University.

    Before becoming Bishop of Chester in 1996, he was Vicar of Beverley Minster. He has wide educational interests and was formerly Chair of Governors at a local Academy.

    The Very Reverend Gordon McPhate

    is Dean of Chester. He is also Visiting Professor of Theology at University College, Chester, specialising in Medical Ethics.

    He held academic appointments in Physiology and Pathology at the Universities of Cambridge, London and St Andrews and was also Consultant Clinical Pathologist to Fife Hospitals until 2002. He served as a priest in the diocese of Southwark and in the diocese of St Andrews between 1979 and 2002.

  • Governors

    David Rowlands

    farms Red Poll beef on the family farm in Mickle Trafford with his wife and son.

    He chairs the Oldfield Educational Trust, and is a director of the farming charity, the Addington Fund. He is a Governor at two State schools, and is a former Chester City and Cheshire County Councillor. He was appointed to the Board of Governors at King’s as a nominative governor in June 2017 and chairs the Audit & Compliance Committee.

    Hayley Jordan

    spent 26 years in the military leaving in the rank of Major in 2014. During her military career she served in the Ministry of Defence in London, Northern Ireland, Germany, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military Hayley joined Terra Nova Preparatory School in East Cheshire as their Director of Finance and Operations/Bursar, before joining King’s in January 2019. All of her roles have given her experience in strategic leadership, finance and project management; she is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the City and Guilds in Strategic Leadership and Management.

    In her spare time Hayley enjoys socialising, cycling and walking her slightly crazy labradoodle. She is married to Jason and together they have a son called Zach.

    Graham Ramsbottom

    has three children at King's, and is Chief Executive of the Wheatsheaf Group, a division of the Grosvenor Estate. He served in the Royal Navy before studying Land Management, spent seven years with Strutt and Parker, becoming a partner in 1999, and was a Director of the property division of the Co-operative Group.

    He joined the Grosvenor Estate in 2009, becoming CEO of their Wheatsheaf Group in 2011.

    He is the current Chair of the Governance and Audit Committee.

    Ian O'Doherty

    is Chief Executive designate of Park Group, one of the UK’s leading multi-retailer voucher and prepaid gift card businesses. Ian previously held the position of Chief Executive of MBNA Limited, a subsidiary of Bank of America. A civil engineer by training with degrees from University College Dublin and the University of Missouri, he also holds an MBA from Boston College.

    He has been a King's parent, and a Governor since 2013 and is the current Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

    Richard Arnold

    is the Group Managing Director of Manchester United FC. He was educated at King’s and the University of Bristol, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Richard was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 1993 to 1999, and worked subsequently with Global Crossing Europe Ltd, and as Director of InterVoice Ltd. In 2007, he joined Manchester United as Group Commercial Director. He has two sons at King’s and lives in Cheshire.

    Steve Docking

    is the Headteacher of The Delamere CE Primary Academy. He is founder and a Director at St Martin's Academy, Chester and he is also CEO of The North West Academies Trust who sponsor the Oakview Academy in Winsford.

    He is an experienced Headteacher, whose leadership and management has been developed across five schools and during time spent learning in South Africa, the USA and Holland. Significant achievements include moving a school from satisfactory to outstanding in under three years, and supporting St Martin's Academy to achieve outstanding in their first ever Ofsted inspection.

    Janet Carr

    qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and as well as acting for a general portfolio of clients, Janet specialises in acting for charities. She is a member of the Tax Faculty, the Charity & Voluntary Sector Group of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a Member of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners and the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers. She also sits on the Diocese of Chester Finance and Central Services Committee as a professional adviser.

    Janet is married with one teenage daughter. When she is not in the office Janet enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking part in church activities and going to the gym. She is also a keen theatre goer.

    Ruth Ashford

    Professor Ruth Ashford holds a PhD in Consumer Behaviour from University of Lancaster. She has recently become the Consultant Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management at the University of Chester. She was previously Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was also the Chief Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Senior Examiner for University of Cambridge International and Board member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Ruth's father attended the King's School in the 1940s and still has very fond memories.

    Nick Wood

    is a former pupil of King’s, a graduate of Liverpool University where he read Urban Estate Management, and a qualified Chartered Surveyor. He is currently a Senior Surveyor with the Connells Group specialising in residential valuation surveying in the Chester area.

    He is a trustee of Chester Municipal Charities, which supports local charity and education initiatives, including the School’s bursary and scholarship system, and is responsible for the Charity’s diverse city centre property portfolio. He was appointed to the Board of Governors at King’s in 2016 and has been actively involved in the School’s development strategy.

    Carol Edwards

    trained to be a Probation Officer at Liverpool University and subsequently worked for Cheshire Probation Service in the criminal courts, and for CAFCASS in the family courts. After taking early retirement in 2009, she studied for a BA in English Literature at Chester University; this was followed by an MA and a lecturing post at Chester University.

    She is a member of an independent ethics committee at Unilever and is a trustee of the Robert Oldfield Trust. When her children were at school, she was a parent governor at their infant, junior and secondary schools. She was appointed to the Board of Governors at King’s as a nominative governor in June 2017.

    Sandra Verity

    began her varied career on Sainsbury’s Graduate training scheme after gaining her degree at Reading University. Since then she has worked primarily in business and marketing consultancy, both for and with multinational and SMEs. More recently she has run her own management consultancy business working with companies in the North West. She has combined her work life with supporting her three children through school and University. Two attended The King’s School.

    She is a Governor at Chester University, a Trustee of The Chester Clergy Family Trust and a Parish Councillor.

    Jon Walsh

    is a father of two girls at King’s, currently in Willow Lodge. He studied at Durham University and then went on to work in industry. His experience over the last 25 years or more has been mainly in food and drink, on brands such as Nescafe, KitKat, John West and Pringles. Most recently he has worked at Meadow Foods, here in Chester. He also worked at during its initial launch phase. Before embarking on his main career, Jon spent a gap year teaching at a rural school in Zimbabwe.

  • Senior School Pastoral Team
    Deputy Head Pastoral
    Mr Michael Harle
    Senior Tutor
    Mr Roy Wheeler BA
    Head of Removes
    Mrs Sharon Gareh
    Head of Bradbury House
    R I Hornby BA
    Head of Dutton House
    L A Parkes BA MSc
    Head of Fox House
    Mrs K J Jones BA
    Head of Gladstone House
    Mrs R Webb BA
    Head of Grosvenor House
    J A D Blackham BA
    Head of Lester-Smith House
    Mrs C L Sumner BA
    Head of Walsh House
    Mrs A E Richards BA MA
    Head of Werburgh House
    M S Lee MA
    Head of Sixth Form
    Mr Josh Carter MA
    Assistant Head of Sixth Form
    Mrs A L Hollingworth BA
  • Senior School Academic Team
    Deputy Head Academic
    Mr J Millard
    Director of Studies
    Mr A Dewbery MA
    Faculty Head of Language and Humanities
    (English, Classics, Modern Foreign Languages & History)

    S Neal BA
    Faculty Head of Science
    (Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Computer Science)

    Dr H C Faulkner BSc PhD
    Faculty Head of Creative Arts & PE
    (Art & Design, Drama, DT, Music & PE)

    S Downey BA
    Faculty Head of Social Sciences &

    (Maths, Economics & Business, Geography, Philosophy & Theology)

    Ms J E Rutberg MA
    Art and Design

    * S Downey BA
    Ms L Black BA
    Mrs A L Hollingworth BA

    * R H Jones BSc PhD
    Dr H C Faulkner BSc PhD
    R D J Elmore BSc CBiol MSB CBS
    J A Dunn MSc
    L A Parkes BSc MSc

    * A Cook BSc PhD
    Dr C A Gleave BSc PhD
    M J Harle BSc
    J R Macnab BSc PhD
    Mrs K L Russon BSc

    * P R Wilcock MA
    Mrs S H Gareh MA
    M J P Punnett MA
    Design Technology

    * R J Curtis BSc
    Ms L Black BA
    Miss S Champion BA

    * Mrs C Howdon BA
    Mrs J Williams BA
    Economics & Business

    * S D Walton BA MSc
    Miss E M Rowley BSocSc
    Mrs C Rule BA
    M Harris BA

    * R J Aldridge BA MBA
    Mrs A Leake BA (Deputy Head) (Maternity Leave)
    M A Boyd BA
    Mrs A E Richards BA MA
    R G Wheeler BA
    Dr K Mair MA PHD

    * M J Prestshaw BSc Med MRes
    Mrs R H Aldridge BA (Head of Enrichment)
    J A D Blackham BA
    Mrs A McNabb BA
    History and Politics

    * P G Neal BA
    Dr R J M Hensman BA MA PhD
    J P Carter MA
    Mrs G K Chadwick BA
    S Neal BA
    Computer Science

    Mrs E E Simpson BA MBA
    A J P Dewbery MA

    * Mrs C E Lanceley BSc
    Mrs H E Sugarman MMath (Deputy Head of Maths)
    A J P Dewbery MA
    S D Bibby BSc
    C J Canty BSc
    Mrs S J J Christie MA MEng
    Mrs S E Cooper BSc
    Mrs A Ignata BSc
    Mrs C Plass BSc
    Mrs C N Ranson BSc
    Miss D A Roberts BSc
    Physical Education

    *R Lunn BEd (Director of Sport)
    Mrs K J Jones BA (Assistant Director of Sport)
    R I D Hornby BA
    B Horne BSc (Director of Football)
    Ms J Huck BA
    C Morris BEd
    Mrs C L Sumner BA
    Modern Languages

    * Miss L McCutcheon MA MEd
    Mrs M R Hartley BA
    Mrs R L Webb BA
    Miss K Donaldson BA
    Mrs M Rowley Williams BA MEd (Maternity Leave)
    M Bircham BA
    D Ortiz (Spanish)
    N Oger (French)

    Ms D Neal BMus (Hons) MA DipLCM (Director of Music & Head of Academic Music)
    Ms V L S Latifa BMus (Voice)
    J E Millard BA
    S A Rushforth (Head of Strings)
    D Ortiz (Head of Brass)

    Peripatetic Staff

    W Armstrong BA PGRNCM (Oboe)
    S J Hall BSc (Bass Guitar)
    Mrs V L Ierston LTCL PGDipLCM (Piano & Flute)
    Music Peripatetic Staff Cont.

    A Parker MA (Saxophone)
    M Reynolds BA (Piano & Keyboard)
    Mrs J Richardson CT ABRSM ATCL (Flute &Piano)
    N Middleton BA (Drums)
    D Ortiz BMus (Trumpet & Cornet)
    Miss S Boryslawska BA (Woodwind)
    T Wyss ARCM LRAM LTCL (Brass)
    G Macey ATCL (Clarinet & Saxophone)
    Mrs S Marrs FTCL (Voice)
    Mrs R Mulholland ARCM LRAM (Cello)

    * S Bosworth MA DPhil FRAS
    N Heritage MSc PhD MInstP CPhys
    Ms H M Davies BSc MSc
    B Horne BSc
    Mrs K Scutter BSc
    Philosophy and Theology

    * J R Rees BA MA
    M S Lee MA
    Ms J E Rutberg MA
    Personal & Social Education

    * M S Lee MA
    Learning Support

    *Mrs S L Glass BA (Director of Learning Support)
    Mrs K Zynicha
    Ms J Huck BA
    Miss K Gilmartin QTLS
    Mrs N Cottle BEd
  • Sixth Form Team
    Head of Sixth Form
    J P Carter MA
    Assistant Head of Sixth Form
    Mrs A L Hollingworth BA
  • Junior School Team
    Head of Junior School

    Mrs M Ainsworth LLB Hons

    Director of Studies

    T W Griffin BA
    Deputy Head of Junior School

    A Griffiths BA
    Junior School Teachers

    Miss J Anderson BA CertEd
    Mrs J Benson BA
    H J Duncalf BEd
    K A Hollingworth BEd
    Mrs N C M Moffatt BA
    Mrs M D O'Leary BA
    D O'Neil BSc
    Miss S Ley BA

    Mrs S Parker BEd
    Mrs D L Grove BA
    Miss K A Savage BA
    J N Spellman BEd
    Mrs N J Stevens BMus
    Mrs N M Tomlinson BA
    Mrs S Tomlinson BA
    Mr J Melville BEd
  • Infant School Team
    Head of Infant School

    Mrs M Ainsworth LLB Hons

    Deputy Head

    Mrs J Callaghan BEd
    Director of Studies

    Miss K Johnson BA

    Miss K Johnson BA
    Mrs A Stevenson BEd
    Mrs K Williams BEd
    Mrs H George BA MA
    Miss J M L Hartley BA
    Teaching Assistants

    Mrs C Shyne
    Mrs E Ferrara
    Miss S Mallon BA
    Mrs S Talbot
    Miss A Nichols LLB
    Miss E Takacs
  • Support Staff
    Headmaster's office
    Headmaster's PA
    PA to Deputy Heads
    Mrs K E Paul
    Mrs L Disley BMus
    Finance Office
    PA to the Bursar
    Financial Controller
    Assistant Financial Controller and Payroll Officer
    Fees Officer
    Finance Assistant
    Mrs H Jordan
    Mrs S Davis
    A Taylor BA MAAT
    Mrs E K Mulholland BSc
    Mrs C Griffiths
    Mrs L Bradbury
    Marketing, Admissions and Communications
    Director of Marketing, Communications & Partnerships
    Admissions Manager
    Admissions Officer
    Marketing and Digital Communications Manager
    Reception Manager
    Receptionist - Senior
    Receptionist - Junior

    Receptionist - Infant
    Receptionist - Sports Centre
    Mrs S O'Donnell
    Mrs E R Sears BA
    Mrs G Whittlestone LLB
    Miss C Grandidge MSc BA
    Mrs A Poppleton
    Mrs T Lyon
    Mrs N Davis BA
    Mrs H Jones
    Mrs T V Harwood BA
    Mrs Helen Jones
    Head of Development
    Alumni and Events Officer
    Alumni Relations Coordinator
    Mrs E E Gwyther BA
    Miss N Isaacs BA
    Mrs G Whittlestone LLB
    HR and Administration
    Directors of Human Resources

    Human Resources Coordinator
    Human Resources Administrator
    Examinations Officer
    Music School Secretary
    Trip Co-ordinator
    Mrs E R Davidson MCIPD
    Mrs A H Millard MCIPD
    Miss K O'Hare Assoc. CIPD
    Mrs H Hughes BA MCIPD
    R Elmore BSc CBiol MIBiol
    Mrs D Bainbridge
    Mrs H Jones
    Estates Management
    Head of Estates
    Facilities Supervisor

    Facilities Operator

    Catering Manager
    Venue Manager
    Facilities Supervisor (Grounds)
    Facilities Operator (Grounds)

    Facilities Supervisor (Housekeeping)
    Minibus Driver
    M W Jones MBIFM
    R Beale
    Mrs S Cupples
    Ms H Butterworth
    C Bullock
    M Ferguson
    Mrs T D Elliott
    N Smith
    J Blaxall
    M Jenkins
    Mrs P Jones
    F Ruggiero
    Head Librarian & Archivist
    Assistant Librarians

    Junior School Librarian
    Mrs R Harding BA MA
    Mrs K Melville BA
    Mrs V Scott BSc PhD
    Mrs J Bestow BA
    School Nurse and Larks & Owls Club
    School Nurse
    School Nurse Assistant
    Larks & Owls Club Manager
    Larks & Owls Club Supervisor
    Senior Playworker
    Assistant Playworkers
    Mrs L Jones
    Mrs V Curwen
    Miss K McKean
    Miss K McKean
    Mrs A Lloyd
    Mrs M Earlam
    Miss J Williams
    Miss M Butterworth
    Miss K Bowler
    Miss E Jenkins
    Technical Support
    Director of ICT
    Data and Business Process Manager
    IT Service Manager
    IT Technician
    IT Apprentice
    Theatre Technicians
    Art & DT and Art Technicians

    Science Technicians

    Reprographic Technician
    J Warne BSc MCSA
    Mrs H Goodall BA
    J S Beasley
    A Heaton
    M Hughes
    S Mannix
    A Butcher BA
    Mrs K H Wheeler BA
    Mrs N Davis BA PGCE
    D J Law
    Mrs V Lee
    Mrs F Grimes
    Mrs P Wood BSc
    S E Yates
    Mrs B Lam
    Mrs S Sears-Black MRes BSc

    Ms N E Todd

    Junior School
    PA to the Head of Willow Lodge and King's Juniors
    Senior Curriculum Teaching Assistant
    Teaching Assistant

    Classroom/Lunchtime Assistants

    Mrs R Harle
    Mrs J Bestow BA
    Mrs A Kinsey BA
    Mrs R Davies BA
    Mrs A Lloyd
    Miss E Jenkins

    Contingent Commander, CCF
    CCF School Staff Instructor
    Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator
    Educational Visits Co-ordinator
    Director of Rowing
    Maj M S Lee MA
    D A Brown
    D A Brown
    R I D Hornby BA
    J A D Blackham BA
    J R Blackwell
    Sports Coaches


    Head Coach
    Rowing Coaches
    Mr C Ashcroft
    Mrs T Cox
    D Ortiz
    J Potts

    M Jump
    Dr H Gillies
    Maj M James
    S Levitt
    D Little
    D Roberts
    Mrs V Edwards
    M Roe
    J Gray