Governors

All Governors are volunteers and serve a 4 year term, after which they are eligible to stand for re-election. With the exception of our Headteacher, the Chaplain and Deputy Ranger; who remain Governors whilst they hold these posts. Fortunately, quite a few Governors remain on the Governing Body for a number of years with most having prior connections to the school, so their experience is invaluable in helping run our school.  We are privileged that the Chaplain provides us with his unique and very special pastoral care and guidance.

  • Ms Vivien Benn

    Chair of Governors

    Foundation Governor
    Full Voting Rights
    Re-appointed in May 2017

    Vivien lives with her husband in Windsor Great Park and has successfully owned the Post Office and General Store business for the last 20 years. Prior to this she was a Marketing Manager for an International Logistics company. Her three children attended the Royal School for a decade. Within this time Vivien was an active member of the PTA and her husband was Treasurer and Chairman for many years.

    In 2013 Vivien successfully completed the NCSL Chairs Development Programme. The programme spanned an academic year split in to modules and face to face interactive days. She is dedicated to developing her knowledge for the strategic development of the school and participates regularly in Local Authority and Diocese training. She is passionate about her role as Safeguarding governor and keen to fulfill all the requirements of this demanding role.

  • Ms Camilla Seear

    Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed Foundation Governor September 2017
    Previously RBWM Governor
    End date September 2021

    Former pupil with three siblings who all attended the school, was brought up in Englefield Green and has always lived locally. She became a governor in 2007 has been vice chair since 2010. She has also been a member of the Royal School Old Scholars Association Committee since 2000.

    Camilla studied Business Studies at university before commencing a career in finance most recently as a Digital Project Manager having worked in Bristol, Reading, Southampton and London. Camilla is married and has one son.

  • Mr Paul Sedgwick

    Ex-Officio Foundation Governor whilst in post

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed September 2015

    Paul was appointed Deputy Ranger of the Windsor estate in August 2014, and manages a team of around 200 covering activities such as property management, tourism, horticulture, marketing, grounds maintenance and forestry. Paul reports to the Ranger of the Great Park, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and also to Ken Jones, Director of Rural and Coastal portfolio for the Crown Estate.
    As Deputy Ranger, Paul sits on a number of committees including being a governor of the Royal School, a committee member of the Royal Chapel Committee, The York Club, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Park Equestrian Club and the Royal Forest Agricultural Association.
    He is a qualified chartered surveyor and was previously a partner with Strutt and Parker. He has managed the Duke of Wellington’s Stratfield Saye estate and Lord Iliffe’s estate at Yattendon. During Paul’s tenure, Yattendon won the highly prestigious RASE’s Bledisloe gold medal for a range of successful diversification projects and a commitment to improving the rural environment. Paul is married with three children and they live in the Great Park.

  • Canon Martin Poll

    Ex-Officio Foundation Governor while in post

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed October 2012
    Martin was born in Enfield in 1961 and educated at Edmonton County School before further studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he read English and Theology. He then prepared for the priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. Served a curacy at John Keble Church, Mill Hill before joining the Royal Navy in 1990 where he served as a Chaplain at training establishments on shore, deploying with the Naval Air Squadrons and Royal Marines in the former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland and serving in the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and Invincible. Promoted to Archdeacon for the Royal Navy in 2010 and then moved to Windsor in 2012 as Canon Chaplain to St George’s Chapel Windsor and serving as the Chaplain of All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park. He was appointed Domestic Chaplain to the Queen in June 2013. Martin is a trustee of the Association of Royal Naval Officers and serves as a member of the selection panel for prospective clergy for the Church of England. Married to Diana in 1984 and has two children, both of whom are sadly too old to attend the Royal School! Diana is also very active at the school being the Clerk to the governors.

  • Mr Peter Reddy

    Associate Member

    Appointed November 2016

    For the last 30 years he has been a committed member of the Great Park community:
    • First parent governor at the Royal School
    • Four of his children attended the Royal School
    • Former Royal School PTA member for many years
    • Regular attendee and fundraiser at the Royal chapel with his eldest son singing in the choir for many years

    He and his wife are very active volunteers within our cluster school district, such as the Old Windsor Guiding community, May Fayre and Carnival.

    Finally his recent work at St George’s School within the ICT department will truly aid the school. He was fully embedded into all aspects of school life; assisting on external school trips and even was a designated driver of the school bus!!

  • Mr Ian Canning

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed November 2016

    Ian Canning was co-opted on to the Governing Body as an Associate Governor in September 2015. Ian is now an independent HR consultant having spent over 30 years as an HR professional in the Financial Services sector, principally with the Bank of England and, most recently, as an HR Director for Zurich Financial Services. He is currently also a Governor at the Cavendish School, Camden and previously was a Governor at King's Court First School, Old Windsor. Ian is a member of the Education Committee.

    Ian lives with his wife (and the cat!) in Old Windsor. They have two 'grown up' sons who live and work in London. In his spare time, Ian sings in the Royal Chapel choir, plays golf (badly!), is a Harlequins rugby and Reading football supporter and loves to travel, especially to Cape Town.

  • Ms Jess Gadsby-Gower

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Reappointed November 2017

    Mother of a Royal School pupil & Great Park resident since 2007

    Manager of Small Children's Charity, Fundraiser for IFS School of Finance & Self-employed for 10 years with a Financial and strategic planning background (including capital expenditure budgets and building staff capacity) Excellent negotiation skills with public bodies

    First-hand experience on the importance of a strong and knowledgeable voluntary management committee is to a small organisation.

  • Ms Natasha Paine

    Parent Governor

    Parent Governor
    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed February 2016
    End date February 2020

    Natasha was born in Bedfordshire where she lived there for all her childhood. After completing college she joined Harrods as a Retail Trainee, working there for 5 years in various roles, her last being Buyer for Perfumery and Cosmetics. She left Harrods to work for Gucci Ltd as London Sales Manager for Yves Saint Laurent Cosmetics and latter National Accounts Manager.

    She left employment to take up motherhood in 2003 and due to her husband’s job they moved to Dubai in 2003, then to Singapore in 2006. They returned to England in June 2011 and her 3 children have attended the Royal School.

    During her time at The Royal School she joined the Governors in 2015, is on the Committee of The Old Scholars Association in 2014 and has been involved in the PTA since 2011

  • Ms Debbie Papadopoulou

    Parent Governor

    Parent Governor
    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed March 2016
    End date March 2020

    Debbie was born in Akrotiri, Cyprus; her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a child lived in various places around the United Kingdom and in Germany. She started school at The Haig School in Gütersloh, Germany. Then completed the rest of her schooling in Stafford in the midlands at St John’s first school, Riverway Middle School and Weston Road High School.

    Debbie trained as a registered nurse at the Shropshire and Staffordshire College of Nursing and Midwifery. After qualifying worked at Staffordshire General Hospital for five years and then ventured to London where she worked at University College London Hospital until the end of 1999. Between 2000 and 2002 she worked in New Jersey in the USA and after returning to the UK was fortunate to continue her nursing career at Charing Cross Hospital and this is where she has been ever since. In this time she has undertaken a BSc (Hons) in cardiac nursing and at the moment is studying for a research masters in Diabetes and Obesity at Imperial College. Her son attends The Royal School and he loves it”

  • Mr Jonathan Paull

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Reappointed November 2017

    Jonathan has been a Governor of the Royal School since 2007 his daughter Eli attended the school. He grew up and lives in Windsor having attended Oakfield and Charters Schools. He is married with four children aged from 23 to 8. He is a Director of his family business which has been based in Windsor for over 150 years. He is also a part time Master at Eton College, teaching in the Divinity Department. He is a board member of the Oxford Foundation and often contributes at interfaith and outreach events. Jonathan is a commissioned reserve army officer and assists in running the Combined Cadet Force at Eton College as well as helping out with the local Army Cadet Force in Windsor. His passion is sailing, and he has completed a trans-Atlantic crossing in a small sailing boat. Jonathan is committed to excellence in education and helping to develop the Royal School into an outstanding school whilst maintaining the unique friendly and happy atmosphere that is to be found among the Royal’s pupils and staff.

  • Mrs Susan Calvert

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed September 2017

    Susan is the current Headteacher at Braywood CE First School, a rural, Victorian school not unlike The Royal School. We have a similar intake of pupils; a common approach to teaching and learning and share values which carve out our Christian distinctiveness. Susan has previously worked as an interim Headteacher for The Royal School and this helps her have an in-depth knowledge of our great strengths and our next challenges.

    After attaining a teaching degree Susan pursued a career as a classroom teacher. She has not only taught children in a variety of year groups, she has also taught children from a range of backgrounds and locations throughout England. Susan is now a Headteacher and uses these skills to support other professionals to teach. She thoroughly enjoys her job!

    Personally Susan is a mother of three children who lives locally in Bray. She enjoys travelling, cookery and any form of creativity. She loves building projects, landscaping and interior design.

  • Mrs Sonia Kumar

    Parent Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed February 2017

    Sonia currently has two sons at the Royal School and lives in Old Windsor.

    She was born and raised in West London and graduated from University with a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Advertising. Her professional career has involved working as a Marketing Executive at the tourist board Visit Britain and Direct Marketing Executive at the InterContinental Hotels Group.

    After her first son was born she decided to leave her Marketing career and started working for HSBC Bank as a Senior Customer Experience Officer on a part-time basis. Since working at the bank she achieved her Certificate in Retail Banking Conduct of Business (CertRBCB). At present she has taken on a new role as a Universal Banker.

    Sonia joined as a Parent Governor in 2017.

  • Dr Rachel Smillie

    RBWM Governor

    Full voting Rights
    Appointed September 2017

  • Miss Alice Baldock

    Staff Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed December 2017

    Alice was born in Australia, but has spent the majority of her life in the UK. She grew up in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and attended Sir William Borlase's Grammar school. After finishing school, Alice wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do, so instead of going straight to University, she got a job in a local pub and the following summer embarked on Camp America. She worked at an all girl's camp in Vermont on Lake Champlain teaching horse riding. This is where she realised she had a passion for teaching and that she wanted to become a teacher. On her return from America, Alice studied for a BA(hons) in Children's Learning and Development at Reading University whilst working as a Teaching Assistant. After graduating, Alice started her Teacher Training through the School's Direct Route and was placed at The Royal School! Since then, she has taught the Year 4 class and is currently in her second year of teaching.

  • Ms Bev Coombridge

    Ex-officio to all committees

  • Rev Edmund Newell

    Foundation Governor

    Resigned July 2017

    Edmund has been Principal of Cumberland Lodge since 2013. A priest in the Church of England, he was previously Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and founding Director of the St Paul’s Institute, following this he was appointeed as Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Before ordination he was a Research Fellow in Economic History at Nuffield College, Oxford. His publications include (with John Reynolds) Ethics in Investment Banking and (with Sabina Alkire) What Can One Person?, a theological response to the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and a contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2. His professional qualifications include BSc (Econ), MA, DPhil, Cert Theol

    He lives in the park with his wife, and two children, one currently a pupil at the Royal school and one who attended the school when they moved from Oxford

  • Mr Adrian Paul

    Associate Member

    Resigned February 2017

    Former PTA member having two children attend the Royal School with his eldest son singing in the Chapel choir for many years.

    He is an Audio Visual Engineer and runs his own company, living with his wife and two children.