The Governing Body is chaired by Mr Carey Leonard. Each member of the Governing Body plays an active role in school life. Many have past links to the school, or are parents of children who attend the school. The Governors meet with the staff and children regularly. 

The full Governing Body meets termly, in addition to Commercial, Education, Health & Safety and Welfare sub-committee meetings each term. The Governors offer guidance and support to the Headmaster, and the Senior Leadership Team who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the School.

Mr Carey Leonard (Chair of Governors)

An international banker with over 45 years experience, most of it living and working in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Carey is an Independent Non-Executive Director of two banks in the City of London. A Governor since 2010, his connection with the school dates back to 2001, when one of his daughters joined Hillstone School, a predecessor school to The Downs Malvern, who then went on to Malvern College. Carey is Treasurer to the Council of Malvern College and has just been appointed Chairman of Abberley Hall School, which recently became a member of the Malvern College Family of Schools. Carey is also a Magistrate on the Worcestershire Bench, is a keen if inconsistent golfer, enjoys watching rugby, cricket and football and going to the theatre and travel.

Mr Keith Metcalfe

Keith is the Headmaster of Malvern College. Previous to this, he was the Deputy Headmaster at Harrow School, where he had also served as a Housemaster and Head of Geography. Keith is a governor of Abberley Hall School having also served as a governor at Caldicott prep school in Berkshire and at a new state academy in west London and is also an ISI Inspector. Originally from Herefordshire, Keith was educated at Monmouth School and Downing College Cambridge.

Mr 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.

Dr 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.

Mr 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.

Mr Stephen Holroyd

Stephen Holroyd studied Economics and Economic History at Leeds University before completing his PGCE at Warwick University. He joined Malvern College in 1990 and during his time at the College he has taken on a variety of roles parallel to his Economics teaching including Head of Economics, Politics and Business, and IB Diploma Coordinator and he is also an ISI School Inspector. He is currently Deputy Head: Curriculum at Malvern College and this role involves overall responsibility for the College’s holistic curriculum including the academic curriculum, co-curriculum and super-curriculum. Stephen has a love for the outdoors, whether that be climbing, mountaineering, walking or cycling. During a sabbatical summer term in 2019 he, together with his wife, spent 70 days walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats by as few roads as possible. Both of Stephen’s children went to The Downs Malvern.

Mr Stuart King

After reading law at University College London, Stuart has been a commercial property lawyer for over 35 years, initially in the City of London and for many years as a partner and now a consultant in two large Bristol law firms. His son and two daughters were educated at Malvern College, his youngest daughter also at The Downs Malvern. He has been a Governor and member of the Commercial Committee since 2011.

Mrs Pennie Francis

Pennie Francis was initially educated in British Columbia, Canada and completed her education in Oundle, Northamptonshire.This was a prelude to a career in Private Client Financial Management; initially at Lloyds Bank as a Senior Consultant then J. Rothschild Assurance as a Wealth Manager.

For the last 15 years, Pennie has been a Senior Partner at Stirling House Financial Services Ltd specialising in investments and pensions, as well as sitting on the Investment Committee of Mainstone Asset Management Ltd.

Pennie has developed a role within Stirling House Financial Services Ltd of Partner and Client Liaison. It is a broad spectrum position but principally requires strong leadership and communication skills.

Pennie has three children, all of whom attended The Downs Malvern since the merger in 2008 (where she had the privilege of actively supporting the school and latterly chairing the Friends Committee). All three children now attend Malvern College where each play very active roles.