School Governors


Stuart Hay, MB, ChB, FRCS, FRCS(Orth) - Custos, Member of Finance & General Purpose Committee, Member of Concessions and Remuneration Committees,.  Appointed to Council in January 2010.  Mr Hay and his wife, Fiona who is a GP have three children all of whom attended Prestfelde.  During this time Fiona was Chair of the Friends of Prestfelde for several years.  Mr Hay is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Specialist in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He trained at Edinburgh University, Sheffield University and the Melbourne Shoulder and Elbow Centre in Victoria, Australia.  He currently works at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry and at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Mr Hay’s personal interests include football, swimming and cycling.

Richard Jenkins BA MBA C.Dir. - Member of Finance & General Purposes Committe.  Richard attended Prestfelde back in the 1970’s.  He and his wife, Lindsay, have three children, Olivia, William and George; William and George currently attend the school.

Following five years at Shrewsbury School, Richard gained a degree in English literature at Bristol University.  After University he worked for Bass, Mattel and Hallmark in sales, marketing and General Management roles.  During that time he also gained an MBA from Reading University.

Richard spent two years heading up the sales and marketing teams within a division of Rentokil- Initial during a significant phase of the company’s turnaround. He was then approached to become Managing Director of a company called Ecolution based near London, which was an equity backed venture in the Renewables/Construction sector. This company has become the largest in their sector and Richard is still active on the Board. During this time, Richard became a Fellow and Chartered Director within the Institute of Directors.

Two years ago, Richard and his family moved from Wiltshire up to Shrewsbury to join Rubery Owen as Group CEO.

William B. Lamplugh LLB (Hons) (Bill)Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Member of Finance & General Purpose Committee . Mr Lamplugh was appointed to Council in 2005.  His youngest son, Jonathan, attended Prestfelde (1992-2001) and Mr Lamplugh served as Chairman of FOPS at the School. He is a practising solicitor specialising in employment law and civil litigation.  After leaving Wellington College, he spent a year teaching in the Falkland Islands under the undergraduate Voluntary Service Overseas scheme. He read Law at Sheffield University graduating in 1970 and then completed his training contract with Knights solicitors in Newcastle under Lyme before choosing to work at Hayes Solicitors in Shrewsbury.  He became a partner in the firm in 1976. Following the amalgamation of Hayes with Clarkes in 1987, he was based at the new firm's Shrewsbury office, where he was Head of the Firm's Litigation Department and was Managing Partner from 1993 until 2009, when he joined Hatchers LLP as a Consultant solicitor.  In 2012, he moved to Blackbourn & Bond solicitors, then left in March 2013 to work as a freelance locum Employment Law Solicitor.  Mr Lamplugh is married to Sue who works at Severn Hospice as a physiotherapist.  His interests include Rotary (Shrewsbury Darwin Club), walking, cycling, scuba diving and octopush.

Timothy M. Parsons, BDS (Tim) - Member of Finance & General Purpose, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising, and Nominations Committees.  Mr Parsons was appointed to Council in January 2010. His involvement with Prestfelde goes back to 2006 when his daughter started at the school to be followed by his son who is in Year 5. Mr Parsons received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Liverpool College University (1973-78) and was awarded the Alumni prize in his final year for best original research paper.  From 1979-80 he was House Officer and SHO in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  In 1980 he entered General Dental practice as Associate, subsequently Partner, now Owner and Clinical Director of St John's Hill Dental Practice. The Practice has been awarded the British Dental Association Good practice Award since 2005 and Denplan Excel Accreditation since 2010. The Practice was finalist in National Private Practice of the Year awards in 2005 and was second in the country for "Most Attractive Practice”. Mr Parsons has been voted-in every 4 years for the last 16 as Chairman of Shropshire Local Dental Committee and has served on a variety of healthcare Committees over the years negotiating with PCTs etc. He is a founder board member of the Shropshire Education Conference Centre and helped to raise £2.7M to build this post-grad medical education centre and registered Charity. He is now Chairman of the board of directors of the centre which is very successful in terms of both occupancy and profitability, enabling re-investment in the facility to ensure sustainability, e.g. latest video- conferencing facilities now being installed.  Married to Fiona with two children.  Mr Parsons’ other interests include skiing, interest in vintage cars and rallies, his family and their dogs.

Adrian H. R. Richards, FCA - Chairman of Finance & General Purpose, Concessions and Remuneration Committees. Mr Richards was appointed to Council in 2004 taking a particular interest in the School’s accounting and performance monitoring. His two boys were at Prestfelde in the 1980’s.  He is a retired Chartered Accountant who practised principally as an auditor and corporate adviser to large and medium companies. He was a partner in a national firm of Chartered Accountants and latterly in association with another national firm. As well as his interest in the welfare of Prestfelde, he has been actively involved in charities auditing, accounting and charitable fund raising. Over the last forty years he has been actively involved in the affairs of St Chad’s Shrewsbury, variously, as auditor, examiner, treasurer, PCC member and chairman of its Finance and Fabric Committees. He headed up its recent major fund raising campaign. Married to Tina, who recently retired from sixteen years as a Governor of Prestfelde School. Mr Richard’s other interests include engineering, architectural conservation and agricultural affairs.

The Rt. Revd. Mark Rylands, BA, MA (Bishop of Shrewsbury) - Member of Education, Spiritual & Pastoral Committee. Bishop Mark was appointed to Council in February 2011. He was brought up in Malpas, South Cheshire where his father, Canon Michael Rylands, served as Rector for 29 years and his mother was renowned as an artist. He went to school locally in Malpas and then at Packwood Haugh, Ruyton Xl Towns and Shrewsbury School. He studied English and Anthropology at St Hild and St Bede College, Durham University, and trained for the ordained ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. Bishop Mark has an MA in Mission and Evangelism from Sheffield University. He served his title at St George, Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester from 1987 to 1991, he then became Vicar of Acton and Worleston, Church Minshull and Wettenhall. From 1997 to 2002 he was Team Rector of the Langport Area Team Ministry in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and from 2002- 2009, he was Diocesan Missioner for the Church of England in Devon and a Canon Residentiary of Exeter Cathedral. Since 2009, he has served as Bishop of Shrewsbury. Bishop Mark has been a School Governor several times during his career, most recently at Blundell’s in Devon and currently at Ellesmere College. Bishop Mark is married to Amanda who is also ordained and was until recently a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Adviser for Women’s Ministry. She served as Chaplain at Prestfelde during a vacancy in 2011/12, and is now helping out at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, as a self-supporting Minister. They have a mongrel dog called Pumpkin. Bishop Mark’s interests include cricket, football, fly- fishing, butterflies and theatre.

Matthew Sandford (Matt) - Chairman of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Committee, Member of Nominations Committee. Mr Sandford was appointed to Council in December 2011.  He is a former pupil having attended the school in the 70’s and now has two children with Maria who are both at Prestfelde. Matt has spent the last 26 years in the telecoms industry having built up two businesses which were sold to plc’s and now runs Pure Telecom and a property business in Shrewsbury. As well as running his businesses, Mr Sandford also devotes time to being a business Ambassador for Shropshire Council and a trustee of the Shropshire Horticultural Society.  Mr Sandford is massively passionate about the County and networks with businesses across the UK. His other interests include sailing, skiing, photography and anything that involves family fun.

Jane Stein BCom CA - Member of Finance & General Purpose Committee and Governor responsible for EYFS issues.  Mrs Stein was appointed to Council in March 2011. Her involvement with Prestfelde goes back to 1994 when her family moved to Shropshire and her son started at Prestfelde before going on to his Public School.  She is a retired Chartered Accountant having trained with AYMM (now Ernst & Young) after graduating from  Edinburgh University with a BCom. In 1979, she moved to work in the finance team at her family run company, Lennons Plc, a quoted  supermarket group based  in the north of England.  She stopped full-time work in 1984 to look after her three children.  Latterly, she has performed a finance role for a local Macmillan Charity and is the treasurer of Ampleforth Hospitalite de Lourdes.  Married to Nigel with 3 children.  Mrs Stein’s other interests include gardening, sailing, skiing, opera and ballet.

Mark Turner, MA - Member of Education, Pastoral and Spiritual Committee.  Mr Turner was appointed to Council in September 2011.  He took up the position of Headmaster of Shrewsbury School in September 2010.  Before that he was Headmaster at Abingdon School (2002-2010) and Kelly College (1995-2001).  After university (Oxford, Geography), Mark served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery on a Short Service Commission, completed a PGCE at Cambridge and worked as a Housemaster at Oundle School.  He is married to Elizabeth, has two teenage sons and enjoys walking Martha (Flat-Coated Retriever) and Dorothy (Jack Russell).

Sally Varley, RAuxAF - Member of Marketing, Communication & Fundraising Committee, Human Resources and Health & Safety Governor - joined the Prestfelde Council in 2007, following a period as a parent from 2001 to 2005. Mrs Varley has recently left the Royal Air Force after 24 years specialising in aviation and training. Her new role with Carillion Training Services is as Regional Operations Manager based in Shrewsbury, with responsibility for apprenticeship training in the construction industry.  Her previous work with the awareness and management of aircraft flight safety provided some of the experience for her role to assist in the Health and Safety processes for Prestfelde.  One particular highlight of her RAF career was her three-year term as the Team Manager for the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, a role which encompassed significant management of and the planning for aerobatic displays on a national and international stage. More recently, she has extended her Public Relations experience through her work in the Ministry of Defence, London as a member of the RAF's Public Relations and Media Team. Despite her career taking her far and wide from Shrewsbury, Mrs Varley remains a passionate ambassador for the warmth of community in both Shrewsbury and Prestfelde. Her other interests include being member of the RAF Reserve forces, playing golf and running half-marathons.

Gordon Woods M.A. (Oxon) P.G.C.E. (Oxon) -  Member of Education, Pastoral and Spiritual Committee.   Appointed to Council in 2016.  Mr Woods is a former Prestfelde parent and has considerable experience in running and governing schools at Prep and Senior Level. Mr Woods was educated in Durham and at the University of Oxford where he read Geography, a subject for which he has had a lifelong passion. At Oxford Gordon he also rowed for the winning University Lightweight crews in his first two years. He then worked for over 20 years at Shrewsbury School where he was a teacher of Geography, then Head of Department, a chief examiner and a rowing coach. He then served as a Housemaster at Shrewsbury for 10 years before becoming Second Master (Deputy Head). In 2003 he became Warden (Headmaster) of Glenalmond College (a co-educational HMC boarding school in Perthshire) from which Mr Woods retired in 2015 after twelve years at the helm. During his time as Warden, he served on the Board of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools and was their representative on the national executive of the Boarding Schools' Association. He was chairman of the Scottish division of HMC in 2014. With considerable experience in the management of independent schools Mr Woods had also governed three independent schools in England and two in Scotland before his return to Shropshire after retirement. Mr Woods remains active in the charity sector and is enjoying using his experience for the benefit of others. He is also currently engaged in redeveloping a garden and has many interests, most revolving around boats, trains and travel generally. He plays golf modestly.

The Revd Canon Brendan Clover MA FRSA LTCL (Provost) (ex officio)  is Senior Provost of Woodard Schools.  A former Cambridge College Dean Brendan has had a keen interest and commitment to inclusive Christian education.  He has been ordained for almost thirty years.  A former cathedral chorister, he read music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar.  As well as singing (Brendan was a founder member of the National Youth Choir which his father created), he is an accomplished trumpeter and was awarded a LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London) whilst still a schoolboy, becoming a member of the British Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16.  In Cambridge days he was a performer in CUMS (Cambridge University Music Society) and CUCO (Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra).  From Cambridge he moved to Oxford to train for the priesthood.   Brendan returned to the Cathedral world as Canon Precentor of Bristol Cathedral in 1999, where his duties include being responsible for the music and liturgy of the Cathedral.  As Chairman of Bristol Cathedral Concerts, Brendan programmed musical events in the Cathedral.  He inaugurated Bristol Cathedral Festival, an annual celebration of music and liturgy which still attracts performers of the highest calibre, and Bristol Voices, an outreach singing project in the city’s deprived schools in collaboration with the University of the West of England.

Before Bristol, for five years Brendan had served as parish priest of St Pancras, Euston Road, and Holy Cross, Cromer Street, in London’s Kings Cross/Euston area, parishes at the heart of the Kings Cross Single Regeneration Bid. He describes a parish of ‘homeless people and sex workers.’  As Senior Provost Brendan has a position of leadership in the Woodard Corporation and among its schools.  His was the influence behind the 200th Anniversary celebrations of the birth of the Founder, and the building of the Woodard Langalanga School in Gilgil, Kenya.  He has high ambitions for the Corporation.

Brendan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  His interests include cooking and wine, architecture, and keeping fit, and he confesses to ‘having been promiscuous with cars’.