The Oratory School Governors make up our governing body. Our Governors volunteer their time and professional skills to ensure that the schools operate efficiently. They are responsible for the strategy and future development of the schools.
To contact the Governors please email firstname.lastname@example.org
†The Right Honourable The Lord Judge MA (Cantab) PC
Rt Rev R J Byrne BD AKC Cong. Orat.
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols PhL MA Med STL
*† M W STILWELL ESQ
Link Governor for Health and Safety and Fire.
On leaving The Oratory, Matthew Stilwell joined the Royal Air Force, later transferring to the Army via the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Since leaving the Army he has followed a business career in the IT sector and was appointed a Governor in 1998.
*MRS M E EDWARDS
Link Governor for Safeguarding and Welfare.
Margaret Edwards is a former parent, having educated three children at both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. Family connections with the school include her brother, an Old Boy of both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. Since 1994, Margaret has been a Consultant specialising in Islamic-Indian art with one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. She is an experienced Governor, being a long-serving Governor at her daughter’s all girl independent school, sitting on many committees and representing the school on the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).
*† PROFESSOR P W EVANS MA PHD (CANTAB)
Academic Link Governor for Safeguarding and Welfare.
Peter Evans is Emeritus Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies. He was decorated in 2005 by the Spanish State with the Order of Isabel the Catholic. He was appointed a Governor in 2002, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and also chairs the Academic Sub-Committee. He attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.
† F J FITZHERBERT-BROCKHOLES ESQ MA (OXON)
Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes is an old Oratorian who was appointed a Governor in 1998. He is partner of counsel in an international law firm, where he has practised for many years in the capital markets group, a field in which he is generally recognised as a leading practitioner.
*† M H R HASSLACHER ESQ
Michael Hasslacher attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. He has a son who is also an Old Oratorian. A retired businessman who ran his own company, he has been Master of The Vintners’ Company and a member of Court. He was first appointed a Governor in 1986 and served as Chairman from 2006-2016. He also sits on the Finance & General Purpose Committee, and the Property and Academic Sub-Committees.
Frank Gargent trained as a chartered accountant in London before pursuing an international finance career with Shell. He returned to the UK with an eye to becoming a bursar at an Oxford college, an aspiration that he was able to realise when subsequently appointed Bursar and Fellow of St Hilda’s College. He retired from this role in 2020. He has previously served as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Winchester & Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust, and retains a connection with Oxford University as Treasurer of Oxford University Rugby Football Club. He lives in Oxford with his wife Alice, where they attend the Oxford Oratory.
† J R B HOBBS ESQ BA
Link Governor for Marketing, Admissions and External Relations.
Jonathan Hobbs is Managing Director of Hobbs of Henley Ltd, the fifth generation of the 149 year old Boating Business, and recent founder of Henley’s first Gin – “Mr Hobbs”. He is Chairman of a number of Boating Industry associations and a Director of The Henley Music and Arts Festival. He was a Governor at Shiplake College for 12 years before joining the OS Board in 2018. Jonathan is an old Oratorian of 80s vintage and lives in Stoke Row with Suzy and his three daughters.
P J D HOBLEY BSC (HONS), MRICS
Philip Hobley has worked in the property industry for the past twenty-five years, after reading Estate Management at the University of Northumbria. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Philip is a Proprietary Partner at Knight Frank, working as Co-Chair of the London Business, specialising in office development and leasing in Central London. Philip lives locally and is married with four children.
MRS P LO BA, PGCE
Lead Governor for Safeguarding & Boarding Standards.
Pascale Lo has three sons who were all educated at The Oratory School. On leaving Durham University, she practised family law as a solicitor for about 10 years. After obtaining her PGCE, she taught at the Ursuline Preparatory School in Wimbledon for many years and then moved to become Head of the Preparatory Department at St Catherine's School in Twickenham. Her education experience was obtained from working for 20 years in Independent Catholic Preparatory schools. She is now retired and lives in Wimbledon with her husband and her two dogs.
*† C J SEHMER ESQ FCA
Link Governor for Finance.
A Chartered Accountant by profession and now retired, Jamie Sehmer is the Governor with responsibility for finance. He was appointed a Governor in 1986 and elected Vice Chairman in 2002. He is also Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on the Property Sub-Committee. Jamie is an Old Oratorian and has three sons. He is a trustee and treasurer of a number of charities.
VERY REV D B SEWARD MA (OXON) CONG. ORAT.
Link Governor for Catholic Life.
Fr Daniel Seward is a priest of the York Oratory. Fr Daniel was educated at Trinity College, Oxford, Blackfriars, Oxford, and the Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome, and was ordained priest in 2001. He has been a school chaplain and was Parish Priest of St Aloysius’, Oxford from 2008-19 and Provost of the Oxford Oratory from 2011-19. He was one of the first Fathers of the York Oratory at its foundation in 2019 and is currently the Parish Priest.
† P M SIEYES ESQ
Peter Sieyes attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School in the 1970s. His two sons are also old Oratorians. After leaving Edinburgh University he started his career in the Advertising industry in Paris (WPP Group), then moved to London where he joined Diageo (world’s leading premium spirits group) as their Global head of Digital Marketing. He then moved to a senior leadership role in IT services and Consulting at Infosys. He is now semi-retired and actively engaged in charity work with the Order of Malta. He lives in London with his French wife Valerie.
MRS M C SHINKWIN MA, NPQH
Margaret, mother of three with two grandchildren at the Oratory Preparatory School and a former Headmistress of an Independent Preparatory and Senior Independent School, has spent her entire career in Catholic education. She has been a Governor at four schools and worked for several years with the General Secretary of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference. She is an Education Consultant, an Inspector and a member of EducareM, an organisation which supports all Catholic Heads.
† J P WHEELER MA (OXON)
Joel Wheeler is an old Oratorian who was appointed a Governor in 2019. He is a partner in the London office of an international law firm, where he specialises in mergers and acquisitions. He is married with a young son and daughter and lives near Maidenhead.
BURSAR AND CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS
MRS F YATES MA (OXON)
CHAPLAIN TO THE OLD ORATORIANS
Rt Rev R J Byrne BD AKC Cong. Orat.
CHAPLAIN TO THE ORATORY SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION
Rev DJ Elliott MA (Oxon), MSt, MTh
* Finance and General Purpose Committee
† Old Oratorians
M W Stilwell ESQ
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