Our Governors

The Governors of Giggleswick School come from a variety of backgrounds. All are volunteers and may not, as Charity Trustees, receive any remuneration for the work they carry out on behalf of the Charity.


There are three ‘Representative’ Governors:

One appointed by the Provost and Fellows of The Queen's College, Oxford;
One appointed by the Council of St John's College, Cambridge;
One appointed by the Master and Fellows of Christ's College, Cambridge.

The remaining Governors are co-opted Governors and serve for an initial term of five years, and are thereafter eligible for re-election for unlimited terms, up to their seventy-fifth birthday. There are to be a minimum of fourteen and a maximum of twenty-one Governors at any time. Governors are elected by their colleagues to serve on the following Committees:

The Finance and Strategy Committee, the Academic and Co-Curricular Committee, the Boarding and Pastoral Committee, the Investment Committee and the Nominations Committee. There are detailed terms of reference for each of these Committees.


If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors she can be contacted at chairofgovernors@giggleswick.org.uk. Alternatively you can write to the Chair at the registered office for Giggleswick School at: The Bursary, Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire BD24 0DE.

Giggleswick School Govenors

The Chairman of Governors

Accordion Mrs Heather Hancock
Mrs Heather Hancock is Chair of the Food Standards Agency, non-executive director of Rural Solutions Ltd, and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire. She was a Managing Partner of Deloitte in the UK from 2007 until 2014, and also served as a member of Deloitte’s global leadership team and as an elected member of the UK firm’s governance Board.  During her career with Deloitte, Mrs Hancock led Deloitte's  services  to  the  Olympic  and  Paralympic  movements  globally, including  delivering  the  London  2012  Games.  She was Deputy Chair of  the  IAAF  World  Athletics  Championships  and  IPC  Athletics Championships from 2012 to 2016. Mrs Hancock has served as a Trustee, and chair of the audit committee, of The Prince’s Trust, the International Business Leaders Forum and as a Director of the Global Social Progress Initiative. She chaired the Development Board of St John’s College Cambridge for several years until 2018. In June 2014, she reported on a year-long independent review of bias and impartiality in the BBC's Rural Affairs coverage. Mrs Hancock was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2013 New Year Honours, in recognition of her service to the Royal Family. Her career includes roles as Private Secretary to three Home Secretaries, and Chief Executive of The Millennium  Commission  and  of  the  Yorkshire  Dales  National  Park  Authority.  Mrs Hancock is married with two children (both of whom have attended Giggleswick) and lives in North Yorkshire.
Mrs Hancock is Chair of the Finance and Strategy Committee and an ex-officio member of all the Governors’ Committees.
You can contact Mrs Heather Hancock by email on chairofgovernors@giggleswick.org.uk

The Vice-Chairman of Governors

Accordion Mr Andrew Mullins
Mr Andrew Mullins was educated at Dulwich College and Durham University where he read Mathematics. He also has an MBA from the City University Business School. He was commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, after which he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. Until 2006, he worked for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities in the Capital Markets Division, playing a key role in the development and management of the derivatives section. He lives near Skipton in North Yorkshire.
Mr Mullins is a member of the Finance and Strategy Committee and Chairman of the Boarding and Pastoral and Investment Committees.

Other Governors

Accordion Mr Andrew Brocklehurst
Mr Andrew Brocklehurst was educated as a day pupil at Catteral Hall, (now Giggleswick Junior School), and at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, where he obtained an MA in economics and politics. He also took an MBA from the Open University Business School. He has been an independent consultant for high growth start up businesses, having spent much of his career advising and running companies in this sector. He is qualified as a Chartered Director. He has been a Governor since 2005.
Mr Brocklehurst is a member of the Finance and Strategy and Investment Committees, and the Governors’ representative on the Joint Consultative Committee.
Accordion Mr Ian Cornelius
Mr Ian Cornelius is Commercial Director of Skipton Building Society as well as being a member of the Group Board, Executive, Retail Credit and Asset & Liability Committees, and Chairman of the Skipton International Limited Board.  He was previously Commercial Director of Homeloan Management Limited, and held senior roles at Virgin Money, Bradford & Bingley, Capital One and Boots. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Incommunities Group Ltd.  He lives near Skipton and has a son who recently went on to Manchester University from Giggleswick and a daughter who is currently at Giggleswick School.  He was appointed a Governor in 2017.
Accordion Mr Mark Corner
Mr Mark Corner was educated at Southmoor Technical School Sunderland and The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he read Chemical Engineering. He also has an MBA from Manchester Business School. He retired from Royal Dutch Shell plc in 2009 after 30 years working in a variety of roles including Chemicals, Corporate and Government Affairs, and global Exploration and Production. He has been resident and worked in the UK, Argentina, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Holland. He has lived with his family in Langcliffe since 2009, acquiring a home there several years before when the first of his four children started attending Giggleswick School.
Mr Corner is a member of the Finance and Strategy, Academic and Co-Curricular and Investment Committees. He is also the Governors’ representative of the School’s Health and Safety Committee.
Accordion Mr Tom Coxon
Mr Tom Coxon is an Old Giggleswickian (Paley 2009) and has an Architectural Bachelors from Central Saint Martin’s where he was elected College President at the time of a major campus reconfiguration and amalgamation.  He then studied for a masters degree in Production Design for Film and TV at the Royal College of Art, before going on to a successful career in TV and film, working for organisations such as the BBC and Disney.
Mr Coxon was elected as the ‘Young OG’ governor in 2018.
Accordion Mr Lee Donner
Mr Lee Donner graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an honours degree and post graduate diploma in Architecture. In 2004 Lee joined Mason Gillibrand Architects as a graduate and in 2014 became a Director of the Practice running projects all over the North of England and North Wales.  Lee has previously held a position on the board of a local rural housing association helping them with their development programme.  Lee lives in Lancaster with his wife and two children.  What spare time he has is spent running and cycling and he is an avid follower of most sports. Lee grew up in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Accordion Mr John Ellacott
Mr John Ellacott is an Old Giggleswickian (Catteral Hall & Nowell 1971 - 1981) and former Deputy Head of School. He lived in Giggleswick for many years and was a day pupil.  He was also educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Partner in KPMG, based in the Leeds office.  He lives near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  He has been a Governor of the school since 2003. 
Mr Ellacott is a member of the Finance and Strategy Committee and is Chair of the Nominations Committee.
Accordion Mrs Gilly Harper
Mrs Gilly Harper is an old Giggleswickian (Paley 1984 - 1986). She was born and brought up in Giggleswick, where her father was a longstanding Housemaster, subsequently becoming deputy head.  She gained a BA (Hons) from Surrey University, with a placement year at Edinburgh University.  She taught at two independent schools from 1990 to 1993, before pursuing a career in the animation and television industries, becoming a presenter for Granada TV.  She is married with two children and two stepchildren, and lives in Manchester.
Mrs Harper is a member of the Academic and Co-Curricular and Boarding and Pastoral Committees.
Accordion Mr Andrew Jarman
Mr Andrew Jarman was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and read Mathematics at Hertford College, Oxford. This was followed by a PGCE and a career in teaching across the country, including nine years as the Director of Studies at Cheltenham College and latterly eleven years as the Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School. In the latter part of his career he returned to the classroom, teaching part-time in a comprehensive academy near his home in Lancaster, and is now retired. He is married with three children.
Mr Jarman is a member of the Boarding and Pastoral Committee and Chairman of the Academic and Co-Curricular Committee. He is also the Nominated Governor for Safeguarding and the Governors’ representative for AGBIS.
Accordion The Hon William Kay-Shuttleworth
The Hon William Kay-Shuttleworth was educated at Eton College and Leeds University, where he read English Literature and Language.  He completed his PGCE at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He taught at Garforth Academy, before becoming Assistant Principal at Ruth Gorse Academy in central Leeds. He is married and lives in Leeds.
Mr Kay-Shuttleworth is a member of the Academic and Co-Curricular and Boarding and Pastoral Committees.
Accordion Professor Paul Madden
Professor Paul Madden has been the provost of The Queen’s College Oxford since 2008, as well as being the nominated representative of that college on the Giggleswick board.  After completing his degrees from the University of Sussex, punctuated by a spell at UCLA, he began a career in the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Magdalene College; He transferred to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in 1981. From 1984 until 2004 he was Tutor and Fellow in Chemistry at Queen’s and at one stage became Senior Tutor amongst other roles. From 2005 until 2008 he was the Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions at the University of Edinburgh. He has spent periods as visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon (1990), the University of Sydney (1999), and UC Berkeley (2004). He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2001 and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2006.
Accordion Mrs Rebekah Taylor
Mrs Rebekah Taylor is an Old Giggleswickian (1990-2000) and has been the Principal of the Ruth Gorse Academy Leeds since 2014 where she grew and oversaw the physical construction of a school which now hosts 1,100 students and was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.  She has been an Ofsted inspector since 2016. She lives in Wakefield with her partner and two children and enjoys the theatre and music.
Accordion Mr Alex Thursby
Mr Alex Thursby holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kuring-Gai College (now UTS) and is a senior global banking executive with strengths in transformational and strategic leadership, end-to-end technical banking and risk knowledge, regulatory policy and approach, broad-based emerging market experience across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  This is accompanied by significant senior relationships across the globe, with senior executives in major financial institutions, western and emerging markets corporates and regulators.  He currently holds non-executive positions on the boards of Barclays Bank plc and Rank Group plc, having previously held senior positions with the National bank of Abu Dhabi, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Standard Chartered Bank.
Accordion Sir Gary Verity
Sir Gary Verity Since his appointment as Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire in 2008 Sir Gary has successfully raised the profile of Yorkshire at a regional, national and international level. He led the winning bid to bring the Grand Depart of the Tour de France - the world’s largest annual sporting event - to Yorkshire in 2014 which brought £102 million in economic benefit to the region. It has now been followed up with Yorkshire’s very own international stage race, The Tour de Yorkshire, which has drawn record crowds since its inception in 2015. Sir Gary was knighted in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Tourism and the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014. A passionate Yorkshireman, in his spare time Sir Gary is also an award-winning Dales sheep farmer and lives on a working farm near Leyburn.
Sir Gary is a member of the Nominations Committee.
Accordion Mr Rod Waldie
Mr Rod Waldie is an Old Giggleswickian (Nowell 1981-1986) and former Head of School. After reading History at Manchester University, he qualified as a Solicitor and joined Weightmans, Solicitors in Liverpool. He was also a Partner at Halliwell Landau before joining Gateleys, Solcitors where he is a Partner and Head of Office and Head of the Gateleys’ National Real Estate Services Group. He lives in Hale, Cheshire.
Mr Waldie is a member of the Finance and Strategy and Nominations Committees.
Accordion Dr Felix Waldmann
Dr Felix Waldmann is the J. H. Plumb College Lecturer and Fellow in History at Christ's College, Cambridge and Director of Studies in History.  He read History as an undergraduate at Caius College Cambridge, after which he was awarded a Jane Eliza Procter Fellowship to Princeton University. He returned to Caius for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and received the Quentin Skinner Prize. He subsequently completed a doctorate on eighteenth-century Naples, shortly after he was elected to a four-year Junior Research Fellowship in History at Christ’s.