Governing Body

Please find below a full listing of Repton Prep's current governing board. 

E Mark Shires BA FCA

Mark is the Chairman of the governors and has been a governor since 2013. Educated at Rossall School and, Mark went on to read Economics and Accounting at Manchester University. A Chartered Accountant, he retired from the international business advisors PwC in 2013 where, most recently, he was Senior Partner of its East Midlands practice. Mark's two sons and daughter all attended Repton Prep and Repton.



Andrew Bock BSc MRICS

Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and Director of Derbyshire based Clowes Developments, who are a commercial property development company where he has worked for 25 years. In addition he has built up his own rental portfolio of commercial and residential properties. He lives in the Peak District and is Chairman of Thorpe Parish Council.



Mark Brotherton, EDd (Hons) FCCT, NPQH

Mark was elected as District Representative for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) in 2009, sitting on the National Council.  He was then elected Chairman of IAPS and became a board Director of the Indpendent Schools Council (ISC).  Mark took on his current role as IAPS Director of Education in September 2015.  

Mark is currently a Board Director for the Independent Schools Teacher Induction panel (ISTIp), represents IAPS on the Independent Schools Exam Board (ISEB) Education Committee and was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Professor Alastair M Buchan DSc FMedSci

Professor Alastair Buchan (Hall ‘68), heads the Laboratory of Cerebral Ischaemia whose aim is to identify novel neuroprotective strategies that may be used for the treatment or prevention of an acute stroke at the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.

The University of Oxford has recently appointed Professor Alastair Buchan as Head of Brexit Strategy. As a Neuroscientist, he has been very involved in the education of young scientists and doctors at Oxford and as a Governor of Repton School has stimulated the development of the Repton Science Priory. This is an innovative way of bringing multidisciplinarity to the science education that will allow a step change in the way in which science is taught at Repton. 

Andrew Churchill MA FIET

Andrew Churchill is the Executive Chairman of JJ Churchill Ltd., an aerospace precision-engineering business based in the Midlands.  After reading Chemistry at Oxford, he spent ten years working in China and Australia.  He is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Industrial, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Business Council, an advisory panel member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade and Investment, is a Fellow of the IET and a member of their Manufacturing Policy Panel. 

In addition to Repton, he is a governor at an independent sector day school and an Enterprise Adviser at a State-sector academy.

Dr Katherine J Dell MA DPhil PhD

Katharine was the first Head Girl of the Abbey in 1979 and then went up to Oxford to do a degree in Theology at St Hugh's College. She stayed on at Oxford to do a PhD in Old Testament studies on the book of Job. After a first teaching post at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, she moved to the University of Cambridge where she is now a Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology in the Divinity Faculty and Fellow of St Catharine's College. Katharine became the Cambridge representative on the Governing Body in 2000.


Susannah Fish OBE QPM MBA

Susannah Fish is an OR and was President of the OR Society in 2019.  Her career as a police officer saw her work across uniform and detective roles in Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Metropolitan Police, and nationally.  Her career culminated being appointed Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police until her retirement in 2017. She was awarded the OBE for services to policing in 2008 and the Queens Policing Medal for distinguished service in 2016.She now has a varied portfolio of non-executive roles, and providing consultancy working with a range of clients on transformational change, leadership and equality.


Tim Hannam BA

Tim became a Governor in 2014 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in February 2018. Before his recent appointment, he was a Grade 4 prosecutor on the Fraud and Serious Organised Crime panels. Tim was educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall and thereafter read Jurisprudence at Oriel College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1995 and practises from Citadel Chambers in Birmingham, specialising in crime. He also sits as a Crown Court Recorder on the Northern Circuit.


Chris Hibbs

Chris studied Chemistry at Birmingham University and subsequently trained as a Chartered Accountant.   He is a partner with PwC and advises on a range of business issues both in the UK and internationally, particularly focussing on India, China and South East Asia.  He was previously on the board of Birmingham Repertory Theatre and has a keen interest in the links between education and business.  Chris has three sons all of whom attended Repton Prep and Repton.


Roger A Litchfield ACMA

Roger is an OR and the longest serving Governor. He has chaired the Finance Committees for both Foremarke and Repton since 1996. He is a member of Repton’s Standing Committees and a Trustee of The Repton Foundation. Although a qualified accountant Roger has worked in industry for 40 years, first as a financial consultant then as a Senior Executive of Speedo Europe Ltd, before sharing ownership and running two private sock manufacturing businesses. Roger is currently working in the bedding industry and is a director of a small property company.

Matthew J C Needham LLB

A Solicitor and Partner in a Leicestershire Legal Practice, Matthew became a governor in 2010. Having been educated at Foremarke and Repton he then read Law at Newcastle University.




Kathryn Stone OBE

Kathryn Stone was appointed Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in July 2017, following her previous role of Chief Ombudsman. Kathryn was also a commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Whilst working for the IPCC Kathryn had responsibility for seven police forces in the north of England. She was previously the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland. For 11 years Kathryn was also Chief Executive of Voice UK, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people in the criminal justice system. Kathryn is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to people with learning disabilities.

Martin R H Wimbush BSc, Appointed by the Headmasters and Assistant Staff 

Martin was educated at Glenalmond College and Edinburgh University. He worked initially in the plastics industry prior to taking up a career in teaching, teaching at Berwick Grammar, KEGS Chelmsford and joined Repton in 1978. He taught Chemistry at Repton, was the Examinations Officer for 16 years and was involved in Sailing, CCF, Stage Lighting and the JCR. With his wife, Frances, he was the first Housemaster of The Garden.

Now retired, though still resident in Repton, he maintains a close involvement with the School and strives to maintain links between the School and Village.

Martin is appointed by the Headmasters and Assistant Staff.


R Relton BEd * (Headmaster, Foremarke Hall)
M J Semmence BA MBA * (Headmaster, Repton School)

Life Patrons

R M Kirkland DL, FCIOB

R J R Owen MA, Brig

C E Wilkinson CBE TD DL

Clerk to the Governing Body, Camilla Steiner. To contact the Chairman or any of the Governors please write to them c/o the Clerk to the Governors at the School or email

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