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Governors

The Governors are an important part of our school community.  Their primary responsibilities include making strategic decisions, such as investments in resources, and ensuring that statutory obligations are met. All Governors operate on a voluntary basis.  Any correspondence with Board members should be routed through Tom Kerrigan (Bursar) who is Clerk to the Board. His email address is bursar@craigclowan-school.co.uk.

  • Bill Farrar (Chair)
    Bill Farrar (Chair)

    Bill Farrar (Chair)

    Bill Farrar has been on the Board of Governors of Craigclowan since 2007 and became Chair in early 2015.  He also assists the Board and the school with remuneration and marketing.  He brings to the Board a wealth of experience from the commercial and marketing world having worked with The Edrington Group since 1989 where he is currently the Group Sales & Marketing Director, Chairman of Highland Distillers and Chairman of the Board of the Edrington/Beam global alliance.  Bill is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Scotland and a council member of the Scotch Whisky Association.  He enjoys all sports, both playing and watching his three children who all attended Craigclowan School. 

  • Edward Anderson MA
    Edward Anderson MA

    Edward Anderson MA

    Ed was appointed Governor in 2012.  He is a former Craigclowan pupil and current parent, educated at Strathallan School and Aberdeen University.  After graduating, Ed worked in marketing and advertising based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before returning to Perth to work in his family business, where he is currently a director.  Married to Cecilia, a GP partner, their three children have all been educated at Craigclowan.  A keen sportsman in a former life, Ed played club cricket and rugby in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  His interests now include golf, skiing and following Craigclowan’s U9 and U10 rugby teams!

  • James Bax
    James Bax

    James Bax

    James was educated at Kingswood School, Bath and has an MA in History from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  He worked as a stockbroker and financial analyst for nearly 30 years, firstly in London, then in Singapore and finally, New York.  He is now self-employed and based in Killiecrankie.  He is married with three children who were all educated at Craigclowan.  James joined the governing board in September 2003 when his youngest son was in his final year at the school and was Chairman from 2006 until early 2015.  He is an enthusiastic cricketer and treasurer of the Breadalbane Cricket Club.

  • Mike Beale
    Mike Beale

    Mike Beale

    Mike spent 28 years as the Headmaster of Craigclowan. Following his retirement in 2007, he became President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, was Chairman of Peak Leaders UK, a training company based in Strathmiglo, for ten years and is currently Chairman of the Management Board of Algo. He runs his own consultancy, specialising in mentoring, appraisal and business development.  He also works with a ski school based in Courchevel in France and is Chairman of the Craigclowan Xi’an Advisory Board.  During his career, Mike has had unique professional development opportunities through a Churchill Fellowship in 1991 and an English Speaking Union Walter Hinds Page Scholarship in 2001.

    He was elected Chairman of IAPS in 1994/5 and uniquely, for the Head of a Scottish school, Mike was re-elected in 2005/6. He served for 17 years on the Managing Board of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools and also sat on the Board of the Independent Schools Council in London. He has served as a Governor of several schools, as a trustee of St John’s Kirk and Horsecross Arts, the committee of Blairgowrie Golf Club and the Perth City Development Board.

    Both of Mike’s daughters attended Craigclowan, albeit quite a long time ago. In his spare time he plays golf and skis, having spent many years previously on cricket and hockey fields.

  • Richard Bullen
    Richard Bullen

    Richard Bullen

    Richard has three children, two of whom are still at Craigclowan and one who has moved on to senior school.  He has held a number of senior management positions, most recently as CEO of Capital Risk Solutions, an insurance division of AXIS Capital Ltd.  This role took him to Bermuda, Singapore and London. He read Economics and Economic History at Liverpool University and followed this up with an MSc in International Banking Economics and Finance.

  • Alexander Collinson BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCGP
    Alexander Collinson BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCGP

    Alexander Collinson BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCGP

    Alex has two children, both of who are now at senior school but started their education here at Craigclowan.  He was educated at Liverpool College and then attended both University of St Andrews and Edinburgh University studying medicine.  He has worked in many branches of the discipline both here and abroad but has chosen to remain here in Scotland where he works as a GP partner in Fife.  He is an Honorary Consultant in Primary Care at the University of St Andrews Medical School.  He has previously been part of the St Leonard’s Junior School Advisory Committee and brings to Craigclowan a wealth of experience in both the business and child protection fields.  An avid sportsman, Alex played rugby and cricket at a club level and now coaches his son’s team at Madras RFC. 

  • Alex Hems
    Alex Hems

    Alex Hems

    Alex grew up just outside London and studied English at Somerville College, Oxford. After taking her PGCE at Cambridge she started in teaching at Alleyn's, a co-ed school in London, in 1993. In the course of her career she has taught at St Paul's Girls' School, North London Collegiate School, Francis Holland Sloane Square and Wycombe Abbey. She moved to Scotland in 2017 when she became Head of St George's, Edinburgh. Alex is married to William and has two teenage daughters. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she loves travelling, walking and sailing.

  • Melissa Hope
    Melissa Hope

    Melissa Hope

    Melissa was appointed to the Board in 2016 and brings a mix of legal and commercial experience to the board.  After education in Perthshire, Aberdeen and Edinburgh and some time teaching skiing in Canada, she qualified as a solicitor.  Melissa worked in private practice for a top Scottish law firm and then in-house for SSE plc.  She moved into investment management and is now Head of Commercial Contracting for SSE’s Domestic Retail business.  Melissa is a former Craigclowan pupil and her two children are current pupils.  Melissa’s keen interest in sports started at Craigclowan and she still enjoys tennis, running, cycling and skiing.   

  • The Countess of Kinnoull
    The Countess of Kinnoull

    The Countess of Kinnoull

    Clare brings a mix of commercial and marketing experience to the Board. Almost 20 years with the Richemont Group took her from Paris to London, as Marketing Director of Montblanc UK, following roles with Cartier and Dunhill. On returning to Perthshire with the family, she became a partner in the family farming business. She is involved with several charitable organisations, and has four Craigclowan-educated children, the youngest of whom is currently in the Middle School. Clare has a love of the outdoors and aspirations to become a great gardener. Her whippet and chickens share her enthusiasm, and together they are creating a glorious, hilltop mudbath.

  • Heather Stephen
    Heather Stephen

    Heather Stephen

    Heather has three children, all of whom were educated at Craigclowan.  Her education began in Perth and her senior schooling was completed at Inverness Royal Academy.  From there she went on to study Business and Tourism Management in Aberdeen.  Her career has been exclusively with The Scottish Tourist Board/VisitScotland where she held various advisory and managerial positions.  Heather is now involved in several charitable organisations and sits on the school's Marketing Committee.  She is a member of a Perth Curling Club and Perthshire Ladies Hockey Club.  Heather also coaches at the hockey sessions run by Junior Hockey Academy on Sunday mornings at Craigclowan.

  • James Weatherby
    James Weatherby

    James Weatherby

    Born, bred and educated in Newcastle, Australia, James has near on 30 years’ experience in the field of education. James is currently a Housemaster at Fettes College, Edinburgh, where he is responsible for the pastoral care, academic monitoring and general wellbeing of 60 boys, aged from 12 to 18 years. Prior to working at Fettes College, James was Assistant Housemaster at Stewart’s Melville College and Head of Mathematics at Hunter Valley Grammar, Australia. James is married to Andrea and together they have two teenage sons who are both schooled at Fettes College. James has a love of all sports and outdoor activities, currently coaches swimming, and has previous experience of playing and coaching cricket, rugby and tennis.

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