Governors and Staff






Mr Alastair S Cook, BEd (Hons) FRGS Headmaster
Mrs Phillippa Cook, RGN Staff & Pupil Well-Being
Miss Georgie Hulburd, BA (Hons)  Headmaster's PA
Mrs Katherine Cox, BA (Hons) PGCE  Registrar 
Miss Emily Lister, BA (Hons) Marketing and Registry Assistant 

Mrs Pam Hill  School Secretary 
Mr Andrew McKay, MA PGCE, MA Cantab Deputy Head & Maths Co-ordinator
Mrs Alexandra Sigley, BA (Hons) PGCE Head of Pre-Prep, Year 2 
Boarding House Staff
Mr Brian Richardson, BA (Hons) GTP  Boarding House Parent & Maths
Mrs Linda Richardson, BA (Hons) GTP  Boarding House Parent, RS & English
Mrs Mandy James  Head Matron
Mrs Teresa Smith  Matron 
Teaching Staff 
Mrs Claire Arnold, BSc (Hons)  Year 2
Mrs Kay Bedwell, BA (Hons) PGCE English 
Mrs Jill Brierly, BA PGCE  PE, Games & Maths
Mrs Meg Brighton, BSocSci PGCE Year 5 & i/c Girls' Sport
Mrs Anna Carmichael, BEd  Design & Technology Co-ordinator 
Mrs Kirsty Cooke, LL.B (Hons) English 
Mr Adam Dixon, BA (Hons) PGCE  Year 3 

Mrs Sarah Grant, BSc (Hons)





Mr Phill Griffiths, BA (Hons) PGCE PE, Games 
Mrs Faye Hardinges, BA (Hons) PGCE Year 1 
Mrs Rachael Harvey BA (Hons) Year 5
Miss Abigail Hooper, BSc (Hons) PGCE Co-ordinator of Girls' Games 
Mrs Sarah Hutchins, BSc (Hons), Dip Tchg ECE Head of Early Years Foundation Stage, Nursery
Mrs Lesley Hunter, ABSM GBSM PGCE  Music Co-ordinator 
Mrs Stephanie Ingram, Licence-ès-Lettres Modern Foreign Languages Co-ordinator 
Mr Jonathan Lamberton, BA (Hons) PGCE Year 4
Mrs Kathryn Lewis, MA (Hons) PGCE Latin 
Mrs Jane Lloyd, BA (Ed) Hons Science
Mr Simon Mellor, BA (Hons) PGCE  Art Co-ordinator 
Miss Olivia Powell, BSc (Hons) PGCE Maths, PE

Mrs Sarah Prasad, BSc (Hons) PGCE, MA Ed  Year 3 
Mrs Kate Reid, BA (Hons) PGCE Head of English 
Mrs Rebecca Shardlow, B Ed Hons Year 2
Miss Chloe Stanbridge, BA (Hons)  Year 5 
Mrs Stephanie Starkey, BA (Hons) Middle School Co-ordintator, Year 4 
Mr Michael Strong, BA/BSc (QTS)  Geography & Head of Sport
Mr Steven Thomas, BSc (Hons) PGCE Science Co-ordinator
Mr Nicholas Vaughan, BA (Hons) PGCE Year 5 
Mrs Charlotte Watts, BSc (Hons) PGCE Reception, RS 
Learning Support
Mrs Vanessa Whitehead, BEd (Hons) SpLD Cert Levels 5 & 7 SENcO
Mrs Louise Smith, MA (Oxon), PGCE, OCR SpLD Cert Level 5 Learning Support 
Mrs Ruth Wharton, BEd (Hons) EAL
Classroom Assistants
Mrs Ginny Howell  
Mrs Renata Palmer  
Mrs Susan Newton Librarian
Visiting Teachers
Mrs Rebecca Brown Singing
Ms Victoria Brawn Oboe & Bassoon
Mrs Jane Green Clarinet
Mrs Rosie Harrington Piano
Mrs Pippa Henry Speech and Drama 
Mr Colin Herbert Classical Guitar
Mrs Janet Hiles Orchestral Percussion and Drum Kit
Mrs Susan Hill Violin and Viola
Mrs Lesley Hunter Piano and Theory
Mr Steve Lee Trumpet and Brass
Mrs Jo Levett Piano and General Musicianship (EYFS)
Mr Bob Locke Guitar
Mr Iain Willox Bagpipes
Miss Helen O'Connell Flute
Miss Susan Sneath Saxophone
Mr James Topp French Horn & Brass

Mrs Suzanne Walden








The Board of Governors

Revd Ken Madden (Chair of Governors)

Ken has been a Governor of The Downs Malvern since the merger in 2008 and Chairman since 2011. He is also a member of the Council of Malvern College. Following retirement from a teaching career which included the Headship of three IAPS Preparatory Schools, Ken trained for ordained ministry in the Church of England. He was ordained in 2009 and now serves as Associate Priest at St Michael’s Without in Bath, a city centre church in Bath. Ken and his wife Libby are parents of three children, including two Old Malvernians, and they now enjoy seven grandchildren. His interests include all sports, music, family history, bread making and the First World War, with regular trips to the battlefields of the Western Front.

Carey Leonard

An international banker with over 40 years’ experience in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the UK, Carey holds a number of non-executive roles in the City of London. A Governor since 2010, he chairs the Commercial Committee and is also Treasurer to the Council of Malvern College as well as a member of the College Audit Committee. His connection with the school dates back to 2001, when one of his daughters joined Hillstone School, a predecessor school to The Downs Malvern, and then went on to Malvern College. Carey is also a Magistrate on the Worcestershire Bench, enjoys golf, watching rugby, soccer and cricket, the theatre and travel.

Darren Morris

After 20 years working in UK Corporate Banking, dealing with large Corporate clients, Darren now has the position of Finance Director for his family drinks business based in Herefordshire. Darren has one boy at The Downs Malvern and a second at Malvern College. His main interest centres around sport, namely rugby, cricket and hockey and hence he enjoys spending many hours on touch lines watching his two sons play these three sports. Darren has been a governor at The Downs Malvern since 2013.

Syd Hill

Syd Hill is a former Headmaster of a leading Prep School and has also been a Housemaster of Malvern College. As well as being a Governor at The Downs Malvern, he is a member of the Malvern College Council and the Management Board. He was Master in Charge of Football at the College for nearly a decade and is the Hon. Treasurer of the Independent Schools Football Association.

Sarah Guy

Sarah Guy is a past fellow of Trinity College Cambridge and had over 20 years’ experience as a research scientist in academia and with RSRE/DERA/QinetiQ before taking a PGCE and teaching secondary Science/Chemistry in local independent schools. Her son is a former pupil at The Downs Malvern and she also has three grown-up daughters and one granddaughter. She is a youth leader at Great Malvern Priory and her other interests include music, the theatre and spending time with her family.

Chris Le Bas

Chris Le Bas was educated at Malvern College and spent 34 years in the RAF during which he held a wide range of interesting and challenging appointments. Following a fulfilling flying career, and advanced staff training in the USA, he gained extensive international experience in NATO posts in Europe, with British liaison staff in Washington DC and as a Defence Attaché in Singapore and Brunei. His hobbies are photography and DIY and he is a keen skier and enthusiastic golfer.

Stephen Holroyd

Stephen was educated at Leeds University, where he gained a BA in Economics and Economic History. He then went on to complete his PGCE at Warwick University. Stephen joined Malvern College in September 1990 and has fulfilled a wide variety of roles since then, including becoming head of Economics, Politics and Business in 2001. Alongside his roles as head of department and IB Diploma coordinator, he is an IB workshop leader, an experienced ISI inspector and he manages the College’s systems for monitoring pupil progress through a variety of sources of data including baseline testing and effort and quality grades. He publishes IB Economics revision guides and has been a senior examiner for the IB. Both of Stephen’s children went to The Downs Malvern.