Governing Body

The governing body comprises of 10 – 15 experienced professionals who act in a non-executive capacity and who are wholy committed to enabling the success of Kingham Hill School.

They meet termly as a board, and regularly on various committees, with their principal responsibility being to ensure that the school operates and develops in line with its charitable objectives and its distinctively Christian character and ethos. Whilst the brief is comprehensive, they take particular interest in the school's educational programmes, its financial and legal probity, strategic development and the safeguarding of pupils.

In addition to serving on its board and committees, each governor takes an active interest in a particular school department. They also enjoy meeting parents and both former and current pupils, and act as ambassadors for the school at various events throughout the academic year. The role is a challenging, but fulfilling and worthwhile task.

Governors’ Biographies

Kenji Batchelor

Following a degree in Theology at Durham University, training briefly as a teacher in London before deciding on a (less stressful) career in law, Kenji spent some time tutoring in Mozambique. He then worked for two years at Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon studying on the Cornhill Training Course. He is now a qualified charities solicitor, living in Surrey, married to Lizzy and father to a spirited young baby, Laurence. Kenji enjoys eating and sleeping when parental duties allow!

Richard Cunningham

He lives close to the school in an old mill that Kingham Hill once owned and in which it previously kept pigs and chickens! He studied at London University - trained and worked as a teacher, followed by a stint on the staff of St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate. Richard trained for ordination in Oxford and after clergy roles locally and in Oxford he now works as the Director of UCCF: The Christian Unions. He is married to Ruth, with five children - two girls and three boys.

John Lewis

He studied Agriculture at Writtle College near his family home in Chelmsford and followed this with a career in Farm Management, however he changed course to join the Army in 1982. Commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport he served overseas in Germany with a detachment to Australia. He has also worked across the Middle East from a base in Cyprus, commanded a Support Battalion in the Balkans and was Force Support Commander in Iraq in 2005 during the first Iraqi elections. Recently he has become Director of Operations at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency. He is married to Jeannie with four children, and his interests revolve around family and outdoor pursuits as well as involvement in Church and Armed Forces Christian Organisations.

Angela Netherwood

Angela studied medicine at University College London, and after a varied career including A&E, Anaesthetics and General Practice, she now works as a doctor for the RAF. Married to Andy, they have two daughters who have both studied at Kingham Hill. Andy’s job as an RAF pilot has taken them on various postings, including three years in South Carolina where Angela taught Sunday School and Cheerleading! Now settled in West Oxfordshire, Angela is an active member of St John the Baptist, Burford where she enjoys co-leading a bible study group, singing in the choir and is a member of the PCC. Angela relaxes by walking her Cocker Spaniel through the beautiful Cotswold countryside and listening to music.

Rhett Parkinson

The oldest born son of a Rhodesian tobacco farmer, he was educated at Elizabeth College in Guernsey and completed his first degree in Agriculture at Wye College, University of London. He spent 12 of his 20 years in the Royal Engineers based in Germany and deployed to Belize, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He left in 2012 to work with his wife Liesel in full time ministry for the Armed Forces Christian Union, a job that involves significant travel. They have three children who attend(ed) Kingham Hill and they enjoy camping, walking, offshore sailing and travelling.

Caroline Pellereau

Caroline studied Mathematics at Bristol University and taught the subject for nearly thirty years. She worked at Cheltenham Ladies' College for many years and was Head of Mathematics and Head of Lower College (years 7, 8 and 9). She is married to Rod who taught at Dean Close School, and during his time there ran a boys’ boarding house. They have two grown up children, and they are members of St Matthews Church, Cheltenham.

James Shand

After graduating from London University (Wye College), he qualified as an accountant before moving into industry. James worked with business owners and managers as Finance Director for over 20 years, enabling them to achieve successful growth, in private, AIM listed PLC and private equity backed company environments. This included helping many successful deals (including three management buy outs) and facilitating fund raisings of over £30m for his clients. He is married to Amanda with three grown up children, who all went to independent schools, including the eldest Helena Berkeley who teaches at Kingham Hill School. Founding member of Christian Business Leaders, an organisation which promotes how to balance Christian faith with decisions made in business. He is an active member of St David’s Church Moreton, where he was treasurer until recently. James is a keen follower of English rugby and cricket.

John Richardson

Kingham Hill School’s current Chair of Governors. He was born in Lancashire, the youngest of three children in an Anglican clergyman’s family. John was educated at Rossall and Cambridge, took a degree in Engineering and gained a PGCE before entering the teaching profession; first at Dean Close in Cheltenham, and then at Eton teaching mathematics. In 1992 he became Head of Culford School in Bury St Edmunds before moving to take on the Headship of Cheltenham College in 2004. After Cheltenham, he formed an education consultancy in 2010. He is married to Ruth and has three children: Matthew, Peter and Sarah. His interests include reading, sailing and mountaineering. All the family are members of St Matthew’s Church in Cheltenham.

Colin Townsend

Colin was born in Oxford and trained to teach at Liverpool, where he then taught Design and Technology in Oxfordshire for 33 years. Now retired, he is a trustee of a support group for a small Ugandan Christian N.G.O. He is married to Sue, with three children and five grandchildren.

Jeremy Welch

Born in Hertfordshire, he was then educated at Oxford, where he read Zoology followed by a PGCE. He then pursued roles in educational technology development with the Microelectronics in Education Programme and Research Machines. A long subsequent career in technology, media, services and international marketing then followed, including positions with Dell Computer and Avid Technology. He now works for the University of Oxford, specifying new systems projects for education and administration. Married to Sally (Vicar of Charlbury and Area Dean for Chipping Norton), with four children and one grandchild, his interests include caving and mountaineering.

Ruth Reavley

Read Geography at Oxford University, moving there from a purpose-built New Town Comprehensive school. Her working life takes in arts and festival administration, marketing, charity fund-raising, and has settled in governance. Following 13 years working for the Diocese of Oxford, she is now Clerk to the Corporation Governors at Abingdon & Witney Further Education College, providing vocational education across the County. As a member of Burford Parish Church, she runs the Parish Choir for the monthly Choral Mattins services, and selects hymns for weekly more traditional liturgy services. Married to Cedric, a Pharmacist and Anglican priest, she lives "above and behind the shop" in Burford. Two children, both attended Magdalen College School. One is now a secondary school teacher, and the other an undergraduate at Cambridge. Abiding pleasures in life include singing and gardening.

If you wish to contact the Board of Governors, please address correspondence to:

The Chair of Governors

c/o The Clerk to the Governors

Kingham Hill School



Tel: 01608 658999