The school council

Chairman: Professor Natalie Lee LLB

Natalie Lee is Emeritus Professor of Tax Law in the Law School at the University of Southampton, of which she was head from 2007-2012. She is the author of major tax texts, editor of a leading law journal, and has published widely on personal tax law, including major articles on the system of tax credits adopted in the UK in 2003 and on human rights as they affect tax matters. She has been a member of the steering committee of the Tax Law Research Network, and an elected member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors. Natalie is a former parent, whose daughter attended the school 1995- 2002.  She joined council in 2011 and was elected Chairman in 2014.

The chairman of the school council may be contacted either by letter addressed to the school or by email.

The Headmaster of Winchester College (ex officio)

Dr Hands was appointed as the Headmaster of Winchester College from September 2016.  He held the position of Stipendiary Lecturer at Oriel College, Oxford from 1984 to 1986 responsible for English Language and Literature undergraduates. In 1986, he began teaching at King’s School, Canterbury, where he subsequently became a Housemaster, and in 1994 moved to become Second Master at Whitgift School.  From 1997 to 2007 Dr Hands was Headmaster of The Portsmouth Grammar School and from 2007 was the Master of Magdalen College, Oxford. He was until recently Chairman of HMC. He publishes on 19th- and 20th-century literature, especially Thomas Hardy, and is a devotee of music and sport. Dr Hand’s took up his ex officio role as a member of Council in 2016.  

The Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean

Cllr David Mclean is the 818th Mayor of Winchester.  He is married to Diane and is a father and grandfather.  Cllr Mclean’s career has spanned the renewables industry, used car sales and working with major oil companies. He has worked as a fundraiser for the Air Ambulances of Hampshire and Surrey, and the Red and White appeal at Southampton General Hospital.  Cllr Mclean has been semi-retired for a few years, which enables him to enjoy the fruits of his labours and to devote more time to his duties as a Councilor.

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle MA MPhil DLitt


Catherine Ogle is Dean of Winchester. Before taking on this role Catherine was a parish priest in West Yorkshire (among the first women ordained to the priesthood in the C of E) and later became Dean of Birmingham.

Throughout her career she has built up churches and promoted them in mission whilst engaging with diverse communities. Catherine has extensive experience in interfaith working, Chairing the award winning 'Interfaith Kirklees' education project and establishing an innovative programme of Arts activities uniting artists and communities of different faiths in Birmingham.

As the 38th Dean of Winchester Catherine is Head of the Cathedral Foundation and a member of the Bishop of Winchester's senior team, supporting the mission of the diocese. She is an ex-officio member of the Council and joined in 2017.

Prof R Adam DipArch RIBA FRSA

Robert Adam is an architect and urban designer with 45 years in practice and a director of ADAM Architecture, the largest UK firm specialising in traditional design.  He is a participating member of the Art Workers' Guild, the Academy of Urbanism, the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, and is a Design Council Built Environment Expert. He was a Rome Scholar, has been a councillor of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a Member of the RIBA Planning & Urban Design Group, and Honorary Secretary of the RIBA. Robert additionally writes on theory and practice. His books include Classical Architecture: a complete handbook, The Globalisation of Modern Architecture and Classic Columns.  He lectures internationally and is visiting professor of Urban Design at the University of Strathclyde

Mr Tom Bremridge

Tom Bremridge enjoyed a first career in the British Army, retiring as a Brigadier in 1990.  His second career was in the private and charity sectors. He held senior administrative management positions in the oil and gas industry and for 6 years was administration partner at Knight Frank the international property consultants.  His final salaried role for 7 years was chief executive of the Macular Society, a specialist charity supporting visually impaired people with macular degeneration. . He retired in 2009 but continues an interest in eye health as Chairman of the lay advisory group of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  He joined Council in 2011. He is a member of Standing and Nomination & Remuneration committees and is the Council lead for health and safety matters. 

Mrs E J K Clancey BA(Hons)

Emma is an Employee Relations Advisor at a multinational banking firm. She previously practised as an employment lawyer at Herbert Smith for several years. Emma is an old girl of both the junior and senior schools. She read English Literature at Durham University and has postgraduate qualifications from Nottingham Law School. Prior to joining Council in 2016, Emma was a governor at a primary school in north London for nine years. 

Mrs Julia Eager BEd, MSc

Julia Eager was the Headmistress of Leaden Hall School and having taught in girls’ schools throughout the majority of her career, is a strong advocate of the benefits of girls' only education. She attended the North London Collegiate School before training at the Froebel College in London, and then completing her Masters in Educational Leadership.  She has been a member of the GSA and has held the position of Educational Training Officer for IAPS District Five.  Julia was elected onto the Council in 2015 and is a member of the Education Committee. 

Andrew Lilley LLB (Hons)

Andrew Lilley joined the Council in 2016.  An employment lawyer for 30 years, he began his legal career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP before moving to Travers Smith LLP where he headed the Employment Law department.  He was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in 2010.  In 2016, he became Commercial Director of Rare Recruitment which mentors and places talent from diverse and socially disadvantaged backgrounds across law firms, accountancy firms, investment banks, management consultancies and public companies in the UK and Australia.  He has worked as a Samaritan volunteer since 1999 and is a Deputy Director of its Putney Branch.  He has also lectured at BPP University in business law and strategy.

Dr Heather Mycock

Dr Heather Mycock joined Council in 2017 having retired from a career in clinical medicine spanning more than 30 years. Working as an NHS GP Principal in three consecutive Hampshire partnerships she has also spent time as a GP locum in Victoria and Queensland both in Australian private practice and the ATSI health service (indigenous health). For most of her career Dr Mycock was a trainer in specialist GP training and education. Since retirement from medicine she has undertaken a TEFL qualification, is learning beginners Spanish and has continued to travel for pleasure. She is a regular volunteer at Nightshelter. Daughters Jane and Amy were day girls between 1989-2004.

Mrs Sarah Parrish, MA (Cantab) FIET FBCS CITP

Sarah Parrish (Greasley) is Chief Technology Officer at Direct Line Group, focussing on technology strategy, architecture and business transformation. 
She was previously a Distinguished Engineer at IBM working with clients across the Financial Services industry. 
She is an old girl of the school, and her daughter is also a former pupil. Sarah studied Mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge. She has been a member of Council since December 2014 and is a member of Standing Committee. 

Mrs Anna-Louise Peters, BSc (Hons), FCA

Anna-Louise Peters (Morris) was elected as a member of the Council in May 2015 and is an old girl of the Senior School.  She went on to study Chemistry at the University of Durham and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  She is Finance Director at Crondall Energy Consultants, having previously spent nearly 12 years with Deloitte doing audit and M&A advisory work in the energy sector, with a particular focus on the upstream oil and gas sector.  Anna-Louise was elected as Honorary Treasurer in 2016 and is an ex –officio member of Standing Committee, the Bursary, Fundraising & Public Benefit Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration Committees.

Mrs Frances Robinson LLB (Hons)

Frances Robinson joined school council in 2014.  She was a partner in a London law firm specialising in corporate and commercial law before she moved into industry in 1998.  She is currently group company secretary of a FTSE 250 listed group with a wide range of responsibilities including legal, compliance, security, health & safety, risk management and internal audit.  Frances is a former pupil and has a long-standing connection with St Swithun's, with members of her family having attended the school in every but one decade since the 1950s. Frances is a member of the Education Committee.

Ms Margaret Rudland BSc, PGCE

Margaret read mathematics and physics at Bedford College, London University.  She went on to volunteer, throughVSO, teaching in Kwara State, Nigeria.  She has taught mathematics  at several schools, was head of mathematics and second mistress at St Paul’s Girls’ School, deputy head  at Norwich High School and headmistress of The Godolphin and Latymer School.  She has been governor of several schools in the UK as well as The British School of Paris and The English College in Prague.  She has also served on the boards of UCL,  the ESU and the Nightingale fund Council. She joined Council in 2010 and is the chair of the Education Committee

Mr Jonathan Russell Bsc (Hons), Msc

Jonathan Russell joined the school council in 2014.  He lives locally and both his daughters have attended St Swithun’s. Formerly Managing Partner at 3i he was involved in Private Equity across Europe investing in companies in many industries and countries. Today he is Chairman of Spire LLP.  He is also a former chairman of EVCA. Jonathan is Chairman of Standing Committee.

Dr Claire Thorne BA Hons, MSc, PhD. 

Claire Thorne (Fatchen) was elected to join the Council in October 2015 and is an old girl of both the Junior and Senior School. She read Human Sciences at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and has a PhD in epidemiology. Claire is a Reader in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London’s Institute of Child Health. Her research focuses on maternal and child health, with a particular emphasis on HIV and viral hepatitis. She leads research projects in the UK, Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe.  Claire is a member of the Education Committee.

Mr Richard Tyson BSc  (Hons)

Richard Tyson was elected to Council in 2017.  He is CEO of TT Electronics plc, an innovative global electronics company. He is an accomplished leader and has over 20 years’ experience in the communications, aerospace and defence industries.  Outside of work, Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has been admitted to the Livery of the Salters Company.  Richard is married to Louise. They have three children, two of whom are pupils at St Swithun’s. Richard’s leisure interests include cricket, football, skiing, sailing and travel.  He is a former schoolboy gymnast and national medal winner.