The Oratory School and The Oratory Preparatory School share the same 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.
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†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.
† 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.
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.
The Very Reverend Fr Daniel Seward is the Provost of the Oxford 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 is currently also Parish Priest of St Aloysius’, Oxford. He was elected Provost in 2011.
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
M W HALSALL MBA FCMI
CHAPLAIN TO THE OLD ORATORIANS
Rt Rev R J Byrne BD AKC Cong. Orat.
CHAPLAIN TO THE ORATORY SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION
Rev K E Macnab MA (Oxon)
* Finance and General Purpose Committee
† Old Oratorians