Hillian Committee

The organisation is run by a committee which meets four times a year and manages the Centenary Trust, its purpose is to provide bursaries for pupils so they may benefit from a Kingham Hill education.


Hillian Committee Members

Mrs Nanci Austin (Chair)

Nanci Austin is Development Officer at Kingham Hill School and was appointed in August 2017. An American who has lived in the UK for 20 years, prior to joining the School she worked in the computer industry in a number of international sales and business development roles. She has extensive knowledge of the charity sector and helps run her son’s charity which raises funds for Guatemala. Away from work she is a stained glass artist and a keen enthusiast of motorsport. She is married to Richard (an Englishman) and they have a son Henry who currently attends Kingham Hill as a day boy in Year 9.

Mr John Hughes (President)

Bradford House, 1936 - 1942

John was born in November 1927. His father died as a result of WW1 injuries. He was one of eight siblings, three of whom attended KHS. John was six when he joined the School and remained here until he was 16, when he then went to Westminster Catering College. He was still a ward of KHS until he went into the Army Catering Corps for National Service in 1947.

John took over the task of Secretary for the Kingham Hill Old Boys Association from Harry Brisco in 1950. He relinquished this post due various relocations in the hotel and catering industry but has been a member of the Hillians Association throughout the years.

John is one of a family that have, over the decades, contributed much towards the social activity of the association. His elder brother, Bob (the late past President) together with his wife Sylvia arranged many dances and gatherings in London as well as the old boy reunions on the Hill. The Association became a family affair in the true spirit of the Founder. John still assists with 200 Club raffles.

Mr Brian Dean (Vice President)

Sheffield House, 1948 - 1952

Brian Dean is a Chartered Engineer with a first class honours degree from Imperial College London and a postgraduate diploma in Nuclear Engineering. Following a student apprenticeship at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, he spent 11 years in the design and commissioning of the early nuclear power stations. He then moved to IBM for 21 years where he had sales and marketing responsibility for computing systems for various industries including world-wide business with Royal Dutch Shell. Finally, he was a business director of a software company, a Member of the Institute of Directors, and then self-employed for seven years as a business and management consultant.

Brian is married to Anne with whom he has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren. In retirement his interests are reading, cricket and the ongoing support of Kingham Hill School.

Mr Edward White (Vice President)

Plymouth, Bradford and Durham, 1942-1950

Eddie White was Head of School; Captain of Rugby and Cricket; and involved in every club at school. He completed his National Service as an RAF Flying Officer and Navigator (Canada). Eddie is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; a Fellow and founding committee member of The Association of Corporate Treasurers. In 1959, after seven years in the profession he joined English Electric as Head Office Accountant Designate. From 1964-1981 he held further appointments at Richard Johnson and Nephew and The Calico Printers' Association, followed by the merger of the latter with Tootal when, initially he became Group Treasurer with non-executive subsidiary company directorships and later, Divisional Director for Tootal Textiles. In 1981 he joined Christian Salvesen as Group Finance Director, and then later moved into consultancy. During those years Eddie travelled to the US, Australia, Philippines and France.

His wife Joy died in 1998. He has a son and daughter, in finance and law respectively, and four grandchildren. Eddie enjoys reading, bridge, music, and all forms of sport, the latter now largely by proxy!

Mr Nim Anderson

Norwich House, 2012-2013

Nim Anderson is a Cloud Solutions Engineer at Black Mountain Systems. After leaving KHS in 2013 with one A level, he secured an apprenticeship with the software firm Black Mountain. During the last 4 years at Black Mountain, Nim has played a part in many different roles and departments from support through to hosting. Nim is currently working as a Cloud Solutions Engineer, building tools to continue the growth of Black Mountain's cloud solution. Nim likes to keep busy, and is currently running a small app development company as well as consulting on website design. Away from work Nim takes part in an annual musical by a local amateur dramatics society, enjoys walking and is involved with his local church. Nim recently got engaged to Abigail, and they will be married at the end of June 2018.

Air Vice-Marshall Malcolm Brecht CB CBE

Clyde, 1975 - 1983

Malcolm Brecht was educated at Kingham Hill School and at the University of Hull. After graduating with a BA in Operational Research, he went to the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell before completing flying training in Yorkshire. He has flown four operational aircraft types during a varied career, which has included flying the Royal Family and government ministers, air-to-air refuelling, and operational air transport. He has commanded three airfields, RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, Basra in Iraq and Kandahar in Afghanistan and has also worked in defence policy and the Cabinet Office. His most recent role was Chief of Staff for Capability, based at RAF High Wycombe. Away from work, Malcolm enjoys sport – both participating and watching, and the countryside. He is a Freeman in the Guild of Coachmakers and Coach-harness Maker, a lay member of the General Synod, and attends a local church in Long Hanborough. Malcolm is married to Babs, and they have two grown-up sons.

Mr Simon Briggs (Memorabilia and 200 Hundred Club)

Plymouth and Bradford, 1945 - 1955

Simon arrived on the Hill the day before his sixth birthday, an event that he states was the most important in his life. For the next ten years he was educated, rounded, nurtured, fed, boarded, clothed and comforted at times of trouble and stress. Simon became a life member of the Kingham Hill Old Boys Association (circa 1960), with the permission of his bank manager who allowed him an overdraft to do so.

There was only a ten year gap in Simon's involvement with the Hill during his years in Royal Artillery and Hotel Training, which he followed for the greater part of his working life. Whilst running a small hotel group in North Yorkshire he was sought out to support the City and Guilds of London and was their North of England assessor for all food and beverage operations in some 15 catering colleges and universities.

Simon sold the company and moved south. He is currently retired and very active. He is a director of six companies, involved in a trust fund and the secretary of his residence association. He is married with three adult children, two boys, one girl and a number of grandchildren.

Mrs Claire Corbett (Nee Burke Smith)

Severn House, 1993 - 1998


Mr Mark Foley

Plymouth and Clyde, 1963 - 1969

Mark was born in Singapore, the second of four children to an English father (Colonial Service - General Manager of the Malayan Railways) and Dutch mother. At Kingham Hill School he was Head boy and then went on to study Architecture at the University of Newcastle from 1969 - 71 and post-grad from 1973 - 75 with a year-long practical work experience in Japan during1971-72. In 1975 he set up his own practice working in association with the London practice Rock Townsend, to undertake a commission for a new theatre and dance school, a project that resulted from his final student thesis design. In 1982, he formed Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, an award winning practice undertaking a wide range of projects from theatres and cultural buildings, to cinema and media, historic buildings, residential and master planning and urban design. Mark is married to Lisa Foster, an environmental and community lawyer and then have one son, Emile, living in Cambridge.

Mr Mike Kent (Trustee and Treasurer)

Plymouth and Bradford, 1951 - 1959

Mike joined Plymouth House in 1951 as an illiterate but happy nine and a half year old boy. He progressed to Bradford House and left in 1959 with seven GCE O levels. He participated in all sport gaining full colours in rugby and cricket. While still loving most sports, his current focus is golf.

Mike spent forty years in electronics with the same company reaching the grade of Senior Principal Design Engineer and Project Manager on post design of electronic warfare systems in the Royal Navy. His further education was with with Croydon, Paddington, Chelsea and Cranfield Technical Colleges also the Ashridge Management College.

Mike's hobbies and interests range from sport, D.I.Y (he renovated his family's 300 year old cottage doing all the the work himself), re-building car engines, building motorcycle specials, metal detectors and radios, and gardening.

Mike's wife, a registered nurse, is now also retired. They have two university educated children, their daughter, a qualified solicitor, is CEO of a highly regarded advocacy charity helping people with learning difficulties and their families. Their son is a research/design engineering scientist with a large international engineering company and is married to a vet. They have one granddaughter.

Mike was originally elected as sports secretary for the Kingham Hill Association. He has been a Trustee and Treasurer of the Hillian Association since 2009.

Mr David Nock

Norwich, 1971 – 1977

David was born in York and was Head Boy at Kingham in 1977. His brother also was at KHS from 1972 - 1978. David spent six years in the Hong Kong Police and the Metropolitan Police. He served occasionally as body guard for the Queen Mother. David went on to serve ten years in finance, four of which were with Chase Manhattan Bank. For the last 21 years he has been involved in the office interiors business and has sold two businesses. He currently has a son attending KHS and also in Norwich. David's interests include rugby, history (thanks to Mr Gilmore and Mr Mann), architecture, travel, cars and the sea.

Ms Alex Sandru

Severn House, 2011 – 2013

Alex Sandru was a pupil at KHS in 2011 – 2013 and she absolutely loved her time so much that she came back to work at the school after 3 years of studying Maths at Durham University. Alex moved to Kingham from Romania when her father decided she needed a change of scenery. She is currently the Pastoral Assistant of Greenwich House and also teaches Maths and coaches sports. When she is not looking after energetic 11 year olds, she enjoys painting, reading, walking and meeting up with friends. Alex is involved with her local church and volunteers on Friday afternoons with a club for those who have retired and live in the area. She has exciting plans from September as she moves on from KHS and starts a new role or Lymington Rushmore Holidays.


Mr Jan Sindhar

Jan attended Kingham Hill from 2008 to 2012 and belonged to Sheffield House.

Mr Leo Smith

Leo attended Kingham Hill from 1943 to 1951 and belonged to Clyde House.

Mr David Ware (Legal Advisor)

Mr Ken Wingfield MBE (Secretary and Treasurer)

Plymouth and Norwich, 1958-1962

Ken was born in Selly Oak, Birmingham in 1946. He had a poor home background until he was taken into care in a children’s home in Leicester in 1957.

In 1958 Ken was taken to KHS for an assessment exam under the LEA scheme run by Leicestershire Council. He cites the years that he spent at Kingham as the ones that changed his life. After four years at the School he started an apprenticeship in Agricultural Engineering gaining his City in Guilds in 1968.

Ken's children Rachel and Matthew were born in 1969 and 1971 and it was during the period of the three day week that he joined HM Prison Service in 1975. He passed the senior management exams and interview in 1980 and served for 25 years as a Senior Officer.

In 2004 Ken received an MBE at Buckingham Palace for his work running a charity committee and dealing with difficult offenders aged over 28.

Ken's hobbies are rugby (he learned to love the sport at KHS and played for 25 years after he left the Hill), painting, gardening, and more recently he has been on stage in local operatic musical productions. Ken has served on the Kingham Hillians committee for over ten years.