Horris Hill

Boarding and day preparatory school for boys 7 - 13 years

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The Board of Governors

The Governors act as the Trustees of the School in respect of its status as a charity. They provide strategic guidance on the running of the School and are the point of last appeal on issues such as the exclusion of a pupil or employees' grievances. They are also responsible for appointing the Headmaster and Bursar.

The Board of Governors consists of members with a wide range of knowledge and experience. Some are current parents, former parents or past pupils, but some have no previous connection with the School and therefore provide an even broader perspective. They are all volunteers who receive no remuneration and gain no pecuniary advantage from their position, but without them the School could not function either legally or practically.

The Chairman of Governors' postal address is:

c/o Horris Hill School, Newtown, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9DJ

The full Board meets three times a year. The Finance and Estates Committee, the Education Committee and the Policy and Audit Committee also meet in advance of Board meetings.


Ms Marina Lund

Chairman of Governors  
Member of Finance & Estates Committee
Chairman of Horris Hill Foundation

Past Parent, current Eton and Shiplake Parent.

Co-CEO and Head of Institutional Clients at Longview Partners, a global equity investment management company.  Marina has spent nearly 30 years in Institutional asset management, both in London and New York.  

BSc Economics (Hons), University College, London.  Member of the CFA Institute.  

Mr Richard Curling

Vice-Chairman of Governors
Member of Finance & Estates Committee

Current Parent, current Radley Parent. 
Investment Director at Jupiter Fund management PLC and Non-Executuve Director of an Investment Trust. Previously Director of Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd and Deutsche Bank.

BA Economics, Edinburgh University.  Associate of Society of Investment Analysts.

The Board
Mr Dominic Armstrong

Chairman of Finance & Estates Committee

Past Parent, current Radley Parent.

Dominic runs a Geopolitical Hedge Fund.  He began his career in 1988 as a merchant banker with Robert Fleming in London.  He is the founder of Herminius, an intelligence and geopolitical advisory firm, created in 2016 post the buy-out of the Aegis Intelligence business, which he founded in 2002.  In 2017 he founded, The Horatius Fund, a geopolitical hedge fund. 

MA History, Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Mrs Amanda Block

Governor with Responsibility for Safeguarding

Amanda initially trained as a Radiographer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.  Post achieving her degree she worked at Knight Frank & Rutley as a Commercial Valuation Surveyor.  Amanda has worked part time for four years as a learning support teacher in a local secondary school and has been actively involved with numerous charities, including the NSPCC, Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, Will’s Fund at Harefield Hospital and The Royal Brompton Hospital Charity.  

BSc (Hons) in Urban Estate Management, Westminster University.

Mr Simon Dalrymple

Member of Education Committee

Head of Spanish at Radley College and Master I/C Cricket at Radley College.

BA French and Spanish, Christ Church, Oxford.

Mr Ian Fraser

Member of Education Committee

Master-in-College at Winchester College, since 2012: responsible for the selection and welfare of the 70 scholars in College. 

Worked for Winchester College since 1990; Biology teacher; head of department for 12 years.  Master in charge of Expeditions and SCUBA diving.  Recent trips have included a 4-week exploration of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and a Marine Biodiversity trip to Isla de la Juventud off Cuba.

BSc Biological Science (Microbiology) from University of Birmingham.
PGCSE from Cambridge.

Mr Mike Grenier

Chairman of Education Committee.

Director of Professional Development, Eton College.  English Master at Eton College.

Kings Scholar, Eton College.  Mike joined Eton in 1993 as an English Master.  From 2004 – 2017 he was House Master, Wotton House. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.  In 2011 Mike helped co-found the Slow Education movement and has spoken at national and international conferences on this concept and also on topics such as academic motivation and developing a whole-school ethos.

BA English, St Peter’s College, Oxford.  Other qualifications include a National College of School Leadership programme called ‘Leadership Pathways’ and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Edge Hill University, 2016).

Mr Simon Hayes

Chairman of Policy Audit Committee.
Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety. 

Past Parent.  

Retired Insurance broker.  Previously Managing Director, Guy Carpenter Ltd, New York and London. 

Mr Sandy Mitchell

Cheam and St Mary's Ascot Parent.
Architectural Advisor, Entrepreneur, Founder and Director of the RedBook Agency, a service that advises clients on their perfect match of architect, interior or garden-designer.

Previously Editor, The Sunday Telegraph Review and Deputy Editor at Country Life Magazine.

MA (Hons) Oxon, barrister-at-law of Lincoln’s Inn.

Mr Ralph Oliphant-Calum           

Member of Education Committee.

Housemaster of Durnford House, Eton College. Master of Latin, Greek and Ancient History.  Coach of Rugby, Hockey, Cricket.

MA Classics, Brasenose College, Oxford.


Mr Alex Roe

Member of the Finance & Estates Committee.  Governor with Responsibility for Old Boys.

Old Boy, Past Parent.  Eleven members of immediate family have attended Horris Hill. 
Director of Winchester College Society. Commissioned 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards 1979-83: served BAOR, N Ireland and Lebanon.

Joined Warburg Investment Management as private client fund manager and stayed with successor firms Mercury Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment.

BA (Hons) Modern History, Bristol University.

Mr Edward Woods

Old Boy, Current Parent.

Partner, Operations and Investor Services  at Bridgepoint.  Edward is responsible for the Bridgepoint platform, support teams, aspects of Investor Services and attends the Bridgepoint Group Board. Prior to this he was a Director in the Investor Services and Investment teams. Prior to Bridgepoint he worked at Citigroup and Schroders in European M&A.  He has extensive transaction experience.

Trustee of a provider of affordable student accommodation in central London.

MA Modern History, University of Cambridge.

Bursar and Clerk to the Governors
Mr David T Palmer

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