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The Governing Body is Chaired by Rev'd Ken Madden. 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.

Rev'd 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. 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.

Mr 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.

Mr 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 touchlines watching his two sons play these three sports. Darren has been a Governor at The Downs Malvern since 2013.

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 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.

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 Charlotte Elgar

Following an early career as a management consultant, Charlotte re-qualified as a child and family social worker. She has worked in the voluntary sector, in local authority social work teams and most recently as the Child Wellbeing Coordinator for a regional health authority in Australia. Passionate about positive outcomes for children and families, Charlotte has recently commenced a PhD to research leadership in the child protection field. 

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.