To contact the Chair of Governors, please write to Mr Philip Humphries-Cuff, c/o The School Office at the school.


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Philip Humphries-Cuff – Chair of Governors

Philip studied Chemistry at Bath University and then undertook 3 years research in the mining industry, before joining an international scientific equipment company. In the early 1990’s he was a founder and Director of a leading digital marketing agency specialising in IT, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors and merged it with a US advertising agency.

Philip and his family moved from London to the Pewsey Vale and his two children attended St Francis and Marlborough College. In 2001 he started a marketing consultancy based in Winchester and in recent years has taken on executive and advisory roles in a variety of technology and medical companies. Philip is a Trustee of UK brain cancer charity Brainstrust, has travelled widely throughout Africa, is a keen fly fisherman and vegetable grower.

Richard Oliver OBE – Treasurer

Richard joined the Board in December 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance Committee. He is Chairman of a UK-based FinTech company and a director of diverse investment and other companies mainly in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates. He was Regional CEO for the Middle East and Africa for National Bank of Abu Dhabi for a number of years, prior to which he was at HSBC for more than thirty years. There he held a variety of board positions for various affiliates and subsidiaries. He is a Masters graduate of Oxford University in PPE and holds a Finance MBA from City University. He was made an OBE by HRM the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List in 2019 for services to business and to the community in the UAE. Married since 1991, Richard and his wife Jenny have four children. Joseph Oliver attended St Francis for several years and has many happy memories. He is now at Marlborough College. Richard’s main interests outside family and work are history, sport and economics.


Christopher Bromfield

Christopher Bromfield studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and then qualified as a solicitor.  He spent the next ten years working in the City of London and in New York before moving to Wiltshire where he was a Partner in Wansbroughs in Devizes for more than twenty five years until his retirement in 2015. He practised largely in commercial law with a particular interest in advising schools and charities.

Christopher was for many years a Trustee of the Allergy and Asthma Trust, the British Society of Gastroenterology, The Pony Club (where he was also Chairman for three years) and the Wiltshire Community Foundation.  Currently he is Under Sheriff of Wiltshire and a Governor of Lambrook School near Ascot.  He has three children and seven grandchildren.

Richard Hook Governor

Dr Richard Hook

Richard qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in London and undertook GP training in North Yorkshire, working in hospital posts in Northallerton and Darlington and general practices in Masham and Stokesley. He moved to Wiltshire to take up the offer of a partnership in Marlborough Medical Practice in late 1999. The Practice has long provided the Medical Officer for Marlborough College, and Richard took over that role in 2003. Apart from providing primary care to the pupils, he is closely involved in the provision of their pastoral care as well as health education. He is married to Liz and has two children (Alice and Matthew) who have both gone through St Francis and on to Marlborough College.


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Ben Miller

After a BSc. Single Honours Degree in Geography from The University of Birmingham, Ben continued to study at the University, completing a PGCE in Geography with English in 1995. Ben then taught at Clifton College, Bristol and then King’s College Auckland and Christ’s College Canterbury before returning to the UK and taking up a post at Marlborough College. Ben has been a Housemaster in C1 House for ten years. He is married to Katie and they have three children. William is currently at St Francis, and their eldest daughters Olivia and Florence have moved up from St Francis to senior school. 


Joe Sidders

Joe is Deputy Head Learning at Monkton Combe School where he oversees all academic and co-curricular aspects of school life and is passionate about educating the whole child. Before this he ran the IB programme at Bryanston School, and also worked at Uppingham School and Wellington College. He graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge before going on to study for his PGCE in Physics.

Joe is married to Sarah who is both a practising artist and teaches art part time at Monkton, and they have 3 children who love living onsite at Monkton. Joe is a keen musician and has most recently been a member of Bath Camarata. He also enjoys cooking, DIY, and collecting eggs from the family chickens. 



Jane Stevens

Jane retired in 2017, having been Headmistress of 3 independent schools in London and a former advisor to an Academy Trust. She has a special interest in Safeguarding, Marketing and the Early Years Foundation Stage. Jane has over 37 years’ experience in Education, both state and independent with class teaching experience of all ages from 4 through to 13. She has Early Years Foundation Stage knowledge both as a teacher and as a Head, and she is also an ISI inspector. Jane is married with 2 children and 2 granddaughters who both attend St Francis. She and her husband Stuart have lived in Beechingstoke for nearly 14 years.



The quality of governance is excellent.


ISI Inspection Report November 2013