Governors

The Rev'd Dr James Woodward - Chairman

James Woodward became Principal of Sarum College on 1st October 2015. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of the College, the development of the College team and ensuring collaboration, innovation, sustainability and excellence in all streams of Sarum’s community of learning.

He comes to this role after seven years as Canon Steward of St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle where he was involved in clergy development work at St Georges House alongside responsibilities for fabric and fundraising. As a Practical Theologian James has focussed particularly on areas of health and healing, old age, the practice of theological reflection, and end of life care.

In thirty years of ministerial experience James has worked in a range of contexts, including health care chaplaincy and rural ministry, where he has consistently delivered sustainable growth and development in thinking and practice. As a theological educator James has taught in the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, Cardiff, and in writing and delivering distance learning materials for part-time students through The Open University.

The Chairman can be contacted by writing to Salisbury Cathedral School, 1 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EQ.

The Reverend Canon Edward Probert - Safeguarding

Edward Probert has degrees in history (Cambridge) and theology (Oxford). After a year working in a nightclub and another with the homeless, he was ordained in 1985 and served in parishes in Surrey and south London for 19 years before coming to Salisbury in 2004. As Canon Chancellor at the cathedral he is responsible for all aspects of the welcome offered by the cathedral – its outreach, education, volunteers, marketing, and development – and for its historic collections in the library and archive. He has a particular interest in Islam and interfaith relations generally. He has been a governor at a large primary school (9 years), Bishop Wordsworth’s School (12 years), and was chair of governors at Sarum Academy for 6 years. He is a cultivator (2 allotments) and beekeeper, plays squash, loves literature, wine, and is learning to sing.

Martin Cooke

Martin Cooke retired as Headmaster of Clayesmore School in July 2016. He joined Clayesmore in 1994 as Headmaster of their Prep School and moved to the Senior School in 2000. His time at the school witnessed a substantial growth in its success and popularity with pupil numbers growing by over 65% and many substantial and exciting new developments. Martin is a former member of both the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) and of the International Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).

A former chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, Martin became Organ Scholar at Bishop Otter College, Chichester, in 1975, from where he took his University of Sussex degree in Music and Education. He is a long-serving Governor at Durlston Court School and was for ten years on the board at Exeter Cathedral School. In addition to his governor responsibilities, he serves as Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon. He is married to Eleanor who played a full part in the life of Clayesmore during their 22 years in office, and they have two grown up children.
 

James Fletcher

James is a chartered accountant by profession and is the senior partner of Fletcher & Partners in Salisbury where charities are among his areas of specialisation. A former pupil of the school, he subsequently obtained his MA and DPhil in mathematics at Trinity College, Oxford, and was placed in the order of merit in both parts of the Chartered Accountants' examinations, qualifying in 1993.
James joined the Board of Governors in 2007. His three children have all attended the school, two as choristers. In addition to choral music his interests include Twistor Theory and the Theory of Relativity.

Dr Yury Beylin

Yury Beylin is a UK based consultant and private investor in renewable energies, energy saving, and conservation. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Yukos Oil Company. Previous roles at Yukos Oil Company include President of Oil Exploration and Production, Vice President – Director of Engineering, and as the Director of Oil Field Services. Dr Beylin has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the State Scientific Research and Design Institute for Rare Metal Industry (GIREDMET), Moscow and earned a degree with Honours in Electronics Engineering from the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology.
 

Jacqueline Monro-Higgs - Parent Governor

Jacqueline set up her own business ten years ago which offers contract, copyright and commercial advice to companies and individuals, mostly in the film and television industry. She originally trained as a solicitor and worked in-house for Channel 5, Channel 4 and Lumiere Films. She lives in West Grimstead with her husband and two daughters who are pupils at the School. She sings, plays the piano, skis, keeps bees and is trying to train the dog. She became a school governor in 2015.

Tim Olliff-Lee

Tim attended Tonbridge School followed by the University of Reading where he studied Land Management.  He qualified and practised as a Chartered Surveyor with Strutt & Parker LLP before undertaking a law conversion, and now works for Wilsons Solicitors in Salisbury. Tim lives with his wife Laura in the Ebble valley and his daughter was a pupil at the school. Tim is also a member of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral School committee and therefore helps run the various fundraising and social events that the committee organise.

Stephen Darke

Stephen was educated at St.Mary’s College, Southampton and then at Loughborough University where he gained as BSC in Banking & Finance.
In the Finance sector he started his career with the Midland Bank before moving to the Woolwich Building Society with roles in Head Office and
the branch network. He is now Company Secretary for the James Hay Partnership based in Salisbury.

Stephen lives with his wife, Carrie, and their three children in Frogham on the edge of the New Forest. Their two daughters both attended SCS and
enjoyed life as choristers. Previously a Governor of the local Primary School, Stephen is a keen gardener and music still plays a very large part in
their family life.

Nick Wood-Roe

Nick Wood-Roe lives in Salisbury and is a Chartered Accountant specialising in the taxation of insurance companies in the UK and throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, the University of Durham (BA in Modern History) and Ridley Hall/Fitzwilliam College Cambridge where he completed a Bachelor of Theology degree.

Immediately after Durham he worked at KPMG, where he qualified as an accountant, and then Prudential, the UK insurer. He currently works for AIG at their EMEA headquarters next to St Paul’s in London. After qualifying as an accountant he has also spent time working in Christian ministry throughout North America and Asia, based in New York and Hong Kong respectively. He is married to Sarah who is a priest in the Salisbury diocese and has two young children. 

Christine Cooper

Christine Cooper has a professional background in marketing and communication. She worked for many years in the paper industry, following which she set up a marketing agency.

She is married to Gregory; they have two daughters who both attended Leaden Hall. After living in Alderbury for 20 years, Christine and her family now live in Coombe Bissett.

Liisa Wallace

After working in a blue chip company successively as a warehousing analyst, economics analyst, financial controller and senior buyer, Liisa founded and operated several businesses involved in scuba diving, leisure and retail. Having spent eleven years in southwestern Virginia raising water buffalo, she returned to the UK, lives in Salisbury and continues to manage her scuba retail business. Her key skills are costing projects, communications and organisation.

Liisa is also the treasurer for SCS Friends. Liisa’s twin boys started at the School in 2017. She enjoys walking, cycling, stone carving, scuba diving and learning to play the piano.
 

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