Belhaven Hill Governors
The Governors of the School are its trustees for the purposes of charity law and its directors for the purposes of company law.
Governors are identified and appointed by the Board of Governors, which aims to achieve a balance of skills and experience appropriate to the running of the School: in particular educational, financial, commercial, parent representative, property and marketing. The position of Governor is entirely voluntary and is unpaid.
Governors serve for three years after which period they may be elected for a further three-year term, except for the Chair and Convenors of any committee set up by the Board, who remain eligible for immediate re-election on retiring while in office or within three years after.
The Governors meet at least three times a year and consider the strategic planning for the School, oversee the running of the School and receive regular formal reports from the Headmaster and others (as appropriate) to ensure the School is running effectively.
There are three permanent Committees of the Board; the Finance Committee, the Charity & Governance Committee and the Education & Welfare Committee. Each of the three permanent Committees reports to every Board meeting and meets at least three times a year. In addition, the Charity & Governance Committee has delegated powers to form a Nominations Committee (to oversee appointments of senior staff) and a Bursarial Awards Committee (to oversee the making of annual Bursarial Awards on behalf of the School.) There is also a Marketing Committee and a Health & Safety Committee, each comprising Governors with relevant expertise who report to, and act under, the direction of the full Board of Governors.
Mrs Camilla Gray Muir - Co-Chair of Governors & Chair of the Charity & Governance Committee:
Camilla was brought up in London and educated at Wycombe Abbey. She has an MA in Law from Magdalene College, Cambridge. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1992 as a member of the Inner Temple and was a member of QEB Chambers, Queen Elizabeth Building, Middle Temple, specialising in family law until shortly after she moved to Scotland in 2001. She is currently a non-executive director of a family property company and sits on the Board of Governors of the National Galleries of Scotland. Camilla is married, with four children, all of them past pupils at Belhaven. The family lives in Edinburgh and Angus.
The Hon Alexander Dewar - Co-Chair of Governors:
Alexander, an old boy and present parent, qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young where he worked both in London and Cape Town. He spent two years in a project finance role at J Sainsbury plc. He then moved to Edinburgh where he worked in Corporate Finance for Brewin Dolphin, ending up as the director responsible for natural resources clients. Alexander now lives in Perthshire where he runs his family estate.
Mr Anthony Barlow - Chair of the Finance Committee:
Anthony was educated at Radley College and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Engineering. His commercial background is in Information Technology. He is currently Chief Executive of EBS Europe Limited and serves as a non-executive Director for a number of small companies. Anthony’s three children have all been lucky enough to benefit from a Belhaven education.
Mr Jonny Hammond Chambers (Housemaster, Oundle) – Chair of the Education & Welfare Committee:
Jonny was brought up in the Borders and was educated at Belhaven in the 1980s, Glenalmond College, and the universities of Edinburgh (PGCE) and Nottingham (MA). He started his teaching career at Ludgrove (prep school), and then went on to Scots College, New Zealand. He has been at Oundle School for just over ten years, three as the Head of Geography, and the last five as a housemaster. He is married with three children, and greatly enjoys sport (playing and coaching), the outdoors and travel.
Mr Niall Donaldson - Property Convenor:
Niall was educated at Merchiston Castle School and then studied marine biology at Heriot Watt University. He owned and ran a successful property and building company in London before returning to Scotland in 2000 to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to farm. He currently farms in East Lothian. His three children were all at Belhaven.
Mrs Sarah Sinclair (Deputy Head of Pastoral care, Glenalmond) - Education and Welfare:
Sarah was brought up in the Middle East and educated at St George's School, Ascot before attending the University of Edinburgh (BSC Mathematics) and Moray House (PGCE Secondary). After three years teaching in a large all girls school in Tonbridge, Kent, Sarah started teaching at Glenalmond College. Having also been Housemistress for 7 years, she became Deputy Head Pastoral in 2016. Sarah is married with a daughter who is at Glenalmond and a son in his final year at Craigclowan.
The Earl of Moray - Marketing:
John was educated at Cargilfield and Loretto and is a graduate of London University. After a period spent working between London and Scotland, he permanently moved home to Moray in 2002 where his principal occupation is Director and Chairman of Moray Estates Development Company. John is married and has two sons currently at Belhaven.
Mrs Natasha Ramsay - Chair of the PTFA:
Natasha was educated at Butterstone, Gordonstoun and The London College of Fashion, after which she spent a decade as a milliner, designing and making hats for Philip Somerville and then running her own business. She is now involved in the general entertaining side of her husband's Art Fair business and also organises events for the Borders Reivers Polo Club, in addition to co-running the Borders branch of Sense Scotland’s fundraising committee and chairing the local Hunt’s main fundraiser. Natasha has a longstanding connection with Belhaven: her husband, brothers, brother-in-law and father in-law all being Belhaven alumni and of her four daughters, two are current and two are former Belhaven pupils.
Mr Neil Reynolds - Marketing Convenor:
Neil was educated at a Prep school in Cheshire and then Clifton College in Bristol. He has a Law degree from Southampton University and an MBA from Edinburgh University. He started his career in Merchant Banking in the City in 1987, moving into corporate finance - which took him in the end to a posting in South Africa around the Millennium years. He is married with three children (two currently at Belhaven) and now runs the International division of a London-headquartered Marketing & Communications agency with a focus on Russia, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr Dean Mack - Chair of the Health & Safety Committee:
Dean was brought up and educated in East Lothian. During his career he achieved an MBA at Edinburgh Napier University, a NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. He currently works with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service where he is responsible for service delivery, health and safety, community planning and operational fire cover arrangements both regionally and nationally within Scotland. He is married with 2 children who both currently enjoy a Belhaven education.
Mr Tom Rogerson - (Headmaster, Cottesmore Preparatory School) Education and Welfare:
Tom has been the Headmaster at Cottesmore since 2008, prior to this he taught at Ludgrove and two London prep schools. Tom is a graduate of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and went to school at Eton College where, among other things, he formed a rock band called The Replicant Saints, who regularly play in London to this day. Tom is married with two children; he has a keen interest in Art History, enjoys playing cricket, golf and tennis, and is a member of the MCC.
Mr Alex Eliott-Lockhart - Education and Welfare:
Alex was educated at Belhaven and then Harrow before attending Newcastle University for his undergraduate degree. He studied for his PGCE and MA at Kingston University and is currently a class teacher at Balgreen Primary School in Edinburgh. A strong advocate of play and outdoor learning, he and his wife run an outdoor holiday camp for primary aged children in the woods of Lanarkshire. He lives in Portobello with his wife and two children.
Belhaven Hill School Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association (Charity number: SC007118; company number: SC041034). As a charity, the School is subject to review by the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR), to ensure that it meets the relevant charity tests and continues to deliver public benefit. This is a rolling process, and the School was last (successfully) reviewed in 2013.
While the Headmaster is the most appropriate initial contact for most issues or queries, either of the Co-Chairs of the Board can always be approached through the school office. This can be done by post:
The Chair of Governors,
Belhaven Hill School,
East Lothian EH42 1NN,