Harington School Governors

Dr Robert Guthrie


Rob Guthrie has been Chair of Governors at Harington since the school opened in 2015. He retired following a career in education within both the independent and state sectors including Stonyhurst College, Christ’s Hospital and King Edward VI Handsworth. A physics graduate with a Doctorate in Ceramics and an M.B.A. from Durham University Business School. He was previously Principal of Hockerill Anglo European College, Bishops Stortford and of St. George’s British International School, Rome. Rob was Chair of the State Boarding Schools Association, sat on the Boarding Schools Association National Executive Committee and was also a Consultant Leader of the National College for School Leadership. Rob represented England Schools, British Universities and Yorkshire at rugby.

Elizabeth Birchall


Liz is a fully trained journalist, whose career has included BBC Radio and Television, Nottingham Evening Post, The Times, Radio Times and Athletics Weekly. She was appointed Head of Communications for UK Athletics, the sport’s national governing body, in 2012 and chairs the UK Sport Heads of Communication Group. She was part of the successful London bid campaign to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships and World Para Athletics championships. Her role over the years has included leading the press operations for the Great Britain & Northern Ireland athletics team at all major championships including Olympic Games, of which Tokyo will be her fourth. She also oversees a team of media officers who look after the country’s Paralympic and age-group GB teams.  Liz plays a key role in the delivery of PR campaigns relating to the world class British Athletics series, including events such as the award-winning Anniversary Games.  A keen follower of all sports, she enjoys recreational running for fitness and has completed five marathons. A qualified sports massage therapist, she is married to former GB & NI endurance runner Robert, and they have two children.

Prof. Jaydip Banerjee

Jay is a Consultant in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester, Honorary Professor in Emergency Care and Academic Champion in Clinical Leadership, University of Leicester and Visiting Professor in Safety Sciences at Loughborough University. He has extensive experience of educational, academic and improvement initiatives to improve the care of frail older people at local, regional, national and international levels. Jay continues to collaborate on health services and research including a new international version of the UK Silver Book. Jay holds a masters in Educational Research, a Diploma in Professional Coach-Mentoring and is currently working towards a masters in Medical Law and Ethics to develop his practice around sound ethical and legal frameworks. He has been a Health Foundation – IHI Fellow (Cambridge, MA, USA), and been an Expert Advisor to the NICE Centre for Clinical Guidelines. He presents and teaches widely and offers consultation services for service improvement. He also co-developed and delivers a course on integrated approach to safety including Human Factors Ergonomics and Improvement Science.

Tessa Leuchars

Tessa read Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) at St John’s College, Cambridge, followed by a PGCE at Kings College London. She was Head of MFL at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon and at Brooke Weston CTC in Corby where she was also responsible for staff training and NQTs. She completed a Masters in Educational Leadership with Leicester University. Tessa has now taught for over 30 years and is also an associate lecturer with the Open University, previously as a PGCE tutor and currently teaching on the French undergraduate degree course. She currently teaches French, German and Spanish part-time at Harington School and Catmose College and is responsible for KS5 French. In addition, Tessa worked for 3 years with Creative Education, delivering training courses to MFL teachers, and she continues to develop and share many of her own resources on social media as well as being an active member of the Association of Language Learning.

Margaret Miles

Margaret graduated with a mathematics degree from Durham University and spent most of the next 12 years as a sugar trader in London. She took her PGCE through the Open University and has spent her teaching career in local secondary schools. During these years she held a variety of roles within the schools, including 7 years on the Senior Leadership team at Oakham School. As a teacher Margaret led a number of initiatives that enabled students to expand their horizons through fundraising activities including trips to Kenya to support local schools. On leaving full-time teaching, Margaret has taught IB mathematics online to students based around the world. Margaret was High Sheriff of Rutland in 2019-20, and focused her attention on the charitable organisations in the county. Margaret has been governor at two other local schools and enjoys playing tennis and squash, cycling, theatre and gardening.

Yvonne Powell

Dyl was the founding Headteacher of Harington School and joined the governing body when she retired in August 2016. Dyl spent 36 years in education within both the independent and state sectors, starting her career at The King’s School, Peterborough with a B.Ed. from The University of Warwick. After completing her NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers), she went on to become Headteacher of Stamford High School before founding Harington School. During her career she was an ISI School Inspector and also worked with the British Council in China to promote UK Boarding. Dyl has always maintained a love of all sport, umpiring hockey regularly at the highest senior level domestically and has been honoured to represent her country internationally. She continues to work with young people as a Combined Cadet Force Officer at Stamford Endowed School.

Henry Price

Henry is currently Headmaster at Oakham School, having previously been Head of Wellington School. He was educated at Eton College and read Classics at the University of Oxford. He started his teaching career in Sydney G.S., followed by Sherborne and Rugby. At Rugby he was Senior Housemaster and Head of Classics. He has been a coach of rugby and cricket and does his best to keep fit. Married with 4 children and enjoys holidays in North Wales.

John Harrison

John has been Head of Harington since 2016 and ex officio a governor of the school. He is also the Vice Principal of the Rutland and District Schools’ Federation since 2011. In this role John established the county’s very first Teaching Alliance. Prior to working at the school John was an Assistant Headteacher at The King’s School, Peterborough.

Philip Dalby

Philip is appointed to the governing body by the University of Leicester. He is a modern foreign languages graduate and is currently responsible for admissions and applicant experience at the university.  Philip’s career previously included numerous roles in both international and UK student recruitment and admissions at Bath and DeMontfort Universities. He provides a very valuable link to Higher Education for Harington students.

Matthew Holt

Matthew completed his GCSEs at Catmose College and prior to the existence of Harington completed his A levels at the King’s School, Grantham. He recently graduated with an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester. Whilst studying there he was chosen to represent both the university and the country at events in the USA and Uganda. Matthew now works as a Strategy Analyst in financial services. Outside work, he is a PADI certified diver, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze, Silver and Gold holder and a current trainer and expeditions assessor for the scheme. His recent educational experience and skill set brings a fresh and extremely useful perspective to board discussions and decisions.

Andreas Menzies

Andreas is a Director and Founder of Amanet, an International IT Consultancy and Computer Services provider based in Oakham. He was a founding Trustee at Harington School and studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering and, after a career in the RAF, took a management position for a company manufacturing electronic power supplies for the emergency power and marine power industries. He sits on the Schools Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), Rutland County Council Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and Schools Forum representing the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham. A member of the Armed Forces and Veterans’ Breakfast Club and the AFVBC HMP Stocken, which exist to facilitate veterans and serving members of HM Forces meeting face to face in a relaxed, safe, social environment. He is also an active member of the RAF Association which provides welfare and support to members of the RAF family.

Ben Solly

Ben has been Principal of Uppingham Community College (UCC) since 2017. UCC was one of the 3 local schools which sponsored Harington, initially as a Free School, in 2015. Ben was an Advanced Skills P.E. teacher in the Black Country before taking up a senior leadership position in Melton Mowbray. His first Headship was at Lutterworth College where he led its development to become an 11-18 school. He is a member of the editorial board of the weekly educational publication Sec Ed and contributes articles and opinions through this online magazine. He is currently a Trustee of the Rutland Music Education Hub, the Leicestershire and Rutland Headteachers PE Steering Group and the Headteacher representative of the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.

Briege Slattery

Briege is a dual qualified accountant and solicitor.  She qualified as an accountant in the Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring department of Grant Thornton UK LLP. She qualified as a solicitor with Browne Jacobson LLP, specialising in corporate/commercial matters.  She spent a considerable time working in the education department, advising schools on the corporate/commercial aspects of academy conversions. Briege is the mother of five children. Briege is also a governor at Catmose College and has previously been the Chair of the PTA at English Martyrs primary school in Oakham.

Dr Andrew Wright

Andrew’s current role is Reader in Building Engineering Physics at De Montfort University, Leicester. He read Applied Mathematics at Sheffield University, followed by an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College, London. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has worked in universities since 2001, mainly in postgraduate teaching and research, and previously spent nine years in industry on research for the UK electricity industry. He was a governor at Catmose College for many years before becoming a governor at Harington.

Stuart Williams

Stuart is the Executive Principal of the Rutland and District Schools’ Federation, which includes Harington School, Catmose College and Catmose Primary and ex officio a governor of Harington. He had previously been Principal of Catmose College since 2008 and Vice Principal at the Brooke Weston Partnership.  Stuart is a physics graduate from the University of Liverpool, a DfE National Leader for Education and an Ofsted trained inspector.

Nick Davenport

Nick Davenport has been a Governor at Uppingham Community College since 2017 and in September 2021 he became Chair of Governors. He graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in History. His first job was working for an agricultural research business in Lincolnshire and Brazil before changing careers and to train as a teacher at Leicester University where he was subsequently awarded an MA in the History of Education. He taught history at Christ’s Hospital and Oakham School and was a member of the senior leadership team and Head of the Junior School at Oakham School. After 25 years he moved on from teaching to become a consultant specialising in learning and development with clients ranging across both public and private sectors, for example, The English Institute of Sport and Microsoft. His particular area of research and expertise is in coaching emerging leaders and high performing teams. Nick is married with 2 children and has lived in Rutland since 1981.