Governors

Governors

Mr Alan Goodwin

Mr Goodwin is Chair of Governors. He is a solicitor specialising in commercial property law and partner in a local law firm. He joined the governing body of St Francis’ College in 2005 and his two daughters were educated at the College.

Mrs Amanda Aldridge

Mrs Amanda Aldridge is Chartered Accountant and was a partner in KPMG for 20 years, specialising in audit, risk and governance.  She is now a non-executive director with a portfolio of roles including being audit committee chair at Headlam Group plc and Impact Healthcare REIT plc. Amanda joined the Governing Board of St Francis’ College in 2019 and sits on the Finance Committee.  Her two daughters attended the senior school between 2010 and 2019.

Mrs Priscilla Barlow

Priscilla Barlow has recently retired as County Officer for Churches Together in Cambridgeshire, a post she held for sixteen years. As well as posts in the faiths sector she has worked in the charity sector, in education and in publishing.

She is continuing her interest and involvement with ecumenical and inter-faith work after retirement on behalf of the Diocese of East Anglia; she is a committee member of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group, and a Trustee of The Kanyike Project.

She has been a Governor of St Francis’ College since November 2000, is currently a member of the Academic Committee and has a particular interest in the Boarding House.

Mr Martin Dingemans

I am the Senior partner on a mixed family farm and father of two girls currently at St Francis’ College. Our farm grows a mixture of food and energy crops alongside cattle and various industrial and domestic lettings.

I have previously been chair of the Parents Association whilst my daughters were in the Prep and always enjoyed being part of their life at the College.

Currently, I am chair of the Estates Committee and my areas of special interest are modern foreign languages and Latin.

Outside of college life, my interests include fly fishing and hockey. I am a qualified hockey umpire and one of the Hockey Makers for the 2018 Women’s World Cup.

I am passionate about your daughter’s education and it is a privilege to play a part in shaping our College to adapt and deliver the best we can for her.

Ms Eileen Ismay

Eileen Ismay is a practising solicitor specialising in Wills, Trusts and Probate.   She joined the Governing Body in 1998 and her two daughters were educated at the College.

She is a member of the Finance and Estates Committees, and also sits on the Health and Safety Committee as the Governors’ representative.

She is a great advocate of girls’ education, believing that in today’s world the benefits of a girls’ school education are more crucial than ever for your daughters.

Dr Suzanne Richardson

Qualifications: MBBS , MRCS.LRCP.  

I am a retired general medical practitioner, having worked in Practice in Letchworth for nearly 40 years. I was appointed a Magistrate in April 2000 and continue to sit on the Northeast Hertfordshire Bench.

My special interests at St. Francis’ College include Mathematics, PE and Psychology. I am a member of the Estates Committee, and the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.

My daughter is a past pupil of the school, where she started aged 4 in 1977. I was very involved with the PA while my daughter was at St. Francis’. I was appointed as a Governor in July 2016, having been a Governor for a number of years in the past.

My hobbies include photography, tennis and skiing. My husband and I have been married since 1971, have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Mr George Ritchie

Mr Ritchie is a solicitor.  He has been employed by British Telecommunications plc for over 20 years, working at its Head Office in London. He is currently Director of the Commitments Assurance Office, overseeing the separation of Openreach from BT. Mr Ritchie lives in Letchworth within sight of the school.  He joined the Governing Board of St. Francis’ College in 2012 and sits on the Finance Committee.  His two daughters both attended the school from age 4 to 18 – and he himself is an “old boy” of the school have been in the Kindergarten and Prep department from age 4 to 8 during the 1960s!  

Miss Sarah Styles

Qualifications: BA(Hons)QTS Theology; MA – Philosophy of Education

Sarah Jane Styles is the Headmistress of St Hilda’s Preparatory School for Girls, an independent school for boys and girls aged 2yrs to 4yrs and girls from 4yrs to 11yrs.

She initially started her career in the Royal Navy and now continues her interest in all things maritime as a Commissioned Officer in the Maritime Reserves.  She left the royal Navy to peruse a career in teaching.  Her early teaching career was spent in a variety of maintained primary schools in London and Essex, followed by six years at Wheathampstead House for girls, the Preparatory School for St Albans High School for Girls, where she eventually left as Director of Studies to take her first headship as Head of the Junior School at Francis Holland School for Girls in Sloane Square.  She sits on the Academic Committee and is passionate about girl’s education.