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Governors

Please select a Governer to see their responsibilities and a short biography.

All Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at the main school address.  Please clearly mark all correspondence 'Governors' Business'.
 
Ian G Bromilow (Chair)

Ian G Bromilow, MSc, PhD | Chair of Governors, Chair of Governance Committee, Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee, Lead Governor for Safeguarding & Single Central Register, Lead Governor for Risk & Issue Management

Following university in London and Bristol, Ian joined Royal Dutch Shell in Amsterdam where he met his wife Wilhelmina.  Ian worked for 28 years with Royal Dutch Shell in a variety of functions in the Netherlands, UK, the Middle East and East Africa, the last 10 years as Country Chairman/Managing Director.  Since retiring Ian has focused on charitable work as chair of two local charities and a trustee of Mission Aviation Fellowship.  More recently, he has supported the Milton Abbey Heritage Trust in the development of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  Ian is actively involved in the local Benefice and supports the Diocese of Salisbury in the areas of finance and mission.  He enjoys outdoor activities in particular cycling, jogging and skiing, and leads a local walking group.  Ian moved to nearby Hilton back in 2009.  He and Wilhelmina have two daughters and a son.
 
Patrick W McGrath (Vice-Chair)

Patrick W McGrath, MA MW (Old Miltonian) | Vice Chair of Governors, MASS Director & Chair

Patrick was educated at Milton Abbey (Hambro 1973 - 1978) and Oriel College Oxford.  He began his career in the wine industry working in Victoria Wine shops and progressed upwards.  In 1993 he set up Hatch Mansfield, a wine importer.  In the same year he became a Master of Wine, finally passing his practical exam on the 5th attempt - declaring that Milton Abbey taught him to never give up!  A Governor of Milton Abbey School since 2003, Patrick's eldest son, Rory, has recently left Milton Abbey having spent his final year as Head of School.
 
Neil S Boulton

Neil S Boulton, MA (Oxon) PGCE | Chair of Education Committee, Lead Governor for Boarding

Born 1950. Neil went from Ampleforth College to The Queen’s College, Oxford, as a Hastings Scholar, to read Modern History.  He started teaching at Bryanston School in 1973 and retired after 40 years there.  During that period, at various stages though sometimes concurrently, he served as Head of History, Housemaster, Director of Studies, acting Head of Modern Languages, and acting Head of Economics (twice) but taught mainly Politics.  He served as an ISI inspector for 20+ years.

Now in retirement, Neil continues to be involved with education developments by also serving on the governing body of Sarum Academy, and by maintaining the role of Deputy Chair of the Appeals Committee for the OCR awarding body.

A keen speleologist in the past (now long retired), Neil sails a Laser dinghy occasionally in Poole, cycles and walks medium distances reasonably regularly, and pays appropriate attention to the development of his grandchildren (five to date, predominately girls).
 
Mike J M Dyer

Mike J M Dyer

Mike was educated at Dumfries Academy, then at Welbeck College.  He enjoyed a successful first career of 37 years as an Army Officer, during which his experience majored on leadership, administration, personnel matters, welfare, education and training as well as project work and change management.  He attended the Army Staff College and has commanded a Regiment and Military Garrisons in Germany and the UK.   He also commanded the Royal School of Signals at Blandford, responsible for the technical education of soldiers and officers.  His final tours of duty were as the career manager for the Royal Signals and the Intelligence Corps and command of the Army Welfare Service, where he was responsible for certain critical welfare support for soldiers and their families worldwide.  Mike left the Army in 2010, to take up his second career, as Bursar of a busy independent school, supporting the boarding and day education needs of 3-18 year olds, an appointment he thoroughly enjoyed.  He is a member of his local Parochial Church Council. 
 
Mike is married to Annie; they have two adult children who attended independent boarding schools, he is therefore very familiar with independent education issues, both as a parent and as an employee.  He retired in 2017 and they live locally along with a very friendly and energetic cocker spaniel.  His main interests are home, family, friends and making maximum use of their small boat wherever it takes them in the English Channel.
 
Col. Oliver J H Chamberlain

Col. Oliver J H Chamberlain, QVRM TD DL (Old Miltonian) | Lead Governor for Health & Safety, Finance & General Purposes Committee Member

Oliver was born at Tonerspuddle, Dorset, in 1950 and educated at Milton Abbey School and the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.  He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1976 and was made a Fellow in 1988.  After an initial spell in general practise Oliver spent 20 years employed as a Resident Land Agent responsible for property in Dorset and Yorkshire and then in 1996 established a small rural consultancy practice in Wimborne, specialising in rural property management in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Oliver joined the Territorial Army in 1972 and following various regimental appointments commanded the Royal Wessex Yeomanry from 1990 to 1994.  Subsequent appointments included SO1 LO with 1(UK)Division, SO1 ARD Implementation Team, Colonel Yeomanry and Deputy Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Appointed ADC to HM The Queen 1998-2000, and awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) 2004.  Oliver is a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset, Liveryman and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, a Liveryman of the City of London, Hon Treasurer to the Dorset Branch of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, a Council member of the Bath and West of England Society, a Steward at the Bath and West Show and has a number of charitable interests.  Other interests include country sports, walking and skiing.  Oliver is married to Georgina and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.
 
Matthew Noyce

Matthew Noyce, MCSI (Old Miltonian) | Member of Development and Projects Committee

Matthew was educated at Milton Abbey (Damer 1987-92, Head of House) and the University of Cardiff.  His career started in the family business, SMT Ltd, as the Marketing and Sales Manager before taking over as Managing Director. He sold the business and started his 16 year career in financial services.  In 2005 Matthew went to live and work in Abu Dhabi (UAE) as a financial adviser to the expat community, before returning to the UK and joining Coutts in 2008.  He has attended a number of courses including the entrepreneurship course at Cranfield University and a business course at Cambridge University (Judges Business School).  He enjoys his role as Director and Wealth Manager at UBS, advising UHNW private clients on investments, and financial planning.  Matthew regards his time at Milton Abbey as ‘priceless’.  He credits the school for giving him the confidence, discipline and drive to succeed in all aspects of life.  Matthew lives near Wimborne, Dorset, with his wife Liz and their three children.
 
Luke J Rake

Luke J Rake, BA (Oxon) FLS | Member of Education Committee

Born in Devon, Luke studied at Oxford (where he met his wife Rosalind) and Exeter before entering teaching as a secondary science specialist with outdoor education as a specialism. Spells in a range of roles in schools and colleges followed, including Head of Biology, Head of SEN and Enrichment, and Head of Sixth Form in the largest school in Buckinghamshire.

Prior to taking up his current role as Principal and CEO at Kingston Maurward College, he spent 10 years at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, the majority of which was as Vice Principal with executive responsibility for all Further Education provision. During this period the college grew dramatically, becoming the leading land-based college in the UK, and also achieving Ofsted Outstanding status in 2009.

Balancing current responsibilities at Kingston Maurward with a board position at Dorset LEP facilitating inward investment for business in Dorset as a whole takes a lot of his time, but outside of work Luke is a keen outdoor enthusiast and is usually to be found with his son or daughter rock climbing, sea kayaking or mountain biking.
Jenifer H Simm

Jenifer H Simm, MA FCA JP | Lead Governor for Finance, Member of Finance Management Team, Member of Finance & General Purposes Committee, Director of MASS

Born in Scotland in 1948, Jenifer was educated at Montrose Academy, Ulverston Grammar School and Lady Margaret Hall Oxford.

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and has worked in professional practice throughout her career, mostly in Dorset, specialising in personal tax and business planning, farming and land ownership, and charities.

She has experience in arts organisations, currently as a Member of the Board of La Foila Music and previously with Salisbury Festival, and the Summer Music Society of Dorset.  Jenifer is a West Dorset magistrate, sitting in Adult and Family courts.  She is married to Geoffrey and has four adult children and several grandchildren.
 
Revd. Canon Charles W Mitchell-Innes

The Reverend Canon Charles W Mitchell-Innes, MAThe Visitor, Member of Governance Committee, Member of Education Committee, Staff Liaison

Born in 1947, Charles was a pupil at Wellington College (1960-1965) before reading Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge (1966-1969), and later Dip Ed & Cert Ed at Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh (1969-1970).

Charles was a Master at Sherborne School from 1970 to 1989 (Head of Classics, 1983-1989, and Assistant Chaplain from 1986-1989).

He was ordained Deacon in 1986, ordained Priest in 1987 and became Chaplain of Milton Abbey School in 1990 before moving to Eton in 1996 to become Conduct of Eton. Charles became a Governor of Milton Abbey School in 2000 and later became The Visitor in 2009. Since 2007, Charles has been Vicar of The Close, Salisbury Cathedral, and was made Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral in May 2013.
 
Julian Litchfield (Clerk)

Julian Litchfield, FCIPD | Clerk to the Governors

Julian was born and raised in Kenya and Dorset. He joined the Royal Navy as a young sailor at HMS GANGES in 1975, and following a service in ships, shore establishments, the MOD and NATO in the UK and across the world, eventually retired as a Captain in 2011.

He was appointed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Milton Abbey in December 2011. He is married to Anne and his interests are his family, garden, and all sports particularly American Football as an ardent supporter of the Miami Dolphins.