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The Governing Body of The Judd School

The Judd School is a Voluntary Aided School supported by The Skinners’ Company The Company appoints the majority of the Governing Body, which also comprises elected Parent Governors, elected Staff Governors, Associate Governors and the Headteacher. Current members of the Governing Body are profiled on the next page.

Should you wish to contact the Governing Body please email the Clerk to Governors.

Foundation Governors

Mr Charles Doyle - Chairman of Governors 

Charles Doyle is an Old Juddian (1978-1985) who remembers his time there fondly (and some of the teachers too!).  After careers in the Royal Navy and the City, he now works in infrastructure finance and lives in Fulham with his wife and two small boys. 

Charles is a Foundation Governor (having become an apprentice to the Skinners' Company after school).

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 8/9
Declared Business & Financial Interests - 
Term - 12/11/19-11/11/23

Mrs Lucinda Ball


Lucinda Ball, until recently, worked as a History teacher at top performing Pate's Grammar school, Cheltenham. During that time she was an AQA examiner.  Having moved to Oxford, she taught History on the foundation course at Warwick University.

She is a Foundation governor, member of the Education committee and governor i/c Prevent.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - 
Term - 1/9/17-31/8/21

Mr Jeremy Cronk 


Awaiting information

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - TBC
Term - 1/9/20-31/9/23

Mr Aaron Croucher

Awaiting photo

Aaron Croucher grew up in Kent and is a former Judd pupil (2001-2008). Among other things, his time at Judd is responsible for his continued enjoyment of music, carpentry and sailing.

He studied Engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before pursuing a career in Technology: leading software teams, running his own Tech business and now leading the product team at a Cambridge-based Tech company.

He is a Foundation Governor and member of the Education Committee.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - tbc
Term - 1/9/19-31/8/23

Mr Ed Ethelston - Vice-Chairman 

Ed Ethelston is a Foundation Governor,having been admitted to the Livery in 2014. He was appointed to the Governing Body in November 2011 and became Chairman of the Education Committee in 2014. 

He was brought up in Sevenoaks and was a student and Head Prefect at Judd (1987-1994), so is familiar with the school, some members of staff and the CCF of which he was a Cadet Warrant Officer in the RAF section. Following on from Judd, he read Jurisprudence at Hertford College, Oxford before opting for a career in Accountancy, starting off with PwC in London, then Director of Finance at a private equity backed media company before becoming CFO at the Press Association.

Ed's interests include cycling and skiing, and he lives with his partner, son and daughter in Surbiton, Surrey.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - 
Term - 1/9/19-31/8/23

Dr Luke Rajah


Luke Rajah is an Old Juddian (1998-2005) and is a Foundation Governor (having completed an apprenticeship with the Skinners' company after leaving school).

After leaving The Judd School, Luke read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in Biophysics. He then joined the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant, and now works as an investment director for Ombu Group, a venture capital firm.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - None
Term - 1/9/17-31/8/21

Mr Bill Webb

Awaiting Photo

Bill Webb was at school in Tonbridge, is a Skinner and Economics Scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Following a career in management and consulting in the fashion and retail industries he currently works part time in The University of the Arts Business School, teaching and supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He lives in South West London with his Chinese wife Ying, their son Robert and dog Crumble. He enjoys current affairs, flyfishing, antiques and travel. He is Manager of his son's Colts team at Wimbledon Rugby Football Club.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests -
Term - 1/9/17-31/8/21

Associate Governors

Mrs Alex Akrimi

Alex Akrimi lives with her family in Tunbridge Wells and has spent the last 16 years in Education working in Further Education as a teacher and senior leader and more recently for an awarding organisation as Head of Standards. Alex was appointed to the Judd governing body in March 2018 as an Associate Governor, and is a member of the Education Committee.  

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 5/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - 
Term - 6/3/18-5/3/22

Mr John Costello 

John Costello BDS FDS MSc MOrth RCS (Eng) 

I have been a parent now of the Judd School since 2010. As a family we have tried to contribute as much as possible to life at the school with the boys participating in numerous extracurricular activities in the sporting / musical and acting fields. My wife Julia is currently serving on the JPA Committee.  I am an Ambassador for the school’s Development Fundraising Committee.

I am a local orthodontist being a founding partner of Total Orthodontics which has several sites in the area including Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. Over the last 15 years this has given me invaluable experience of the school viewed through the eyes of my pupil patients, their parents and family, plus the local community as a whole.

I work in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks and am also, currently, the Junior Section Chairman of Tonbridge Juddians RFC.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - None
Term - 12/11/19-11/11/23

Mr Philip Greatrex  

Phil Greatrex is a former pupil of Judd (1967-74). He was a player for, and treasurer of, the Old Juddian rugby club for over 10 years and more recently treasurer of the Old Juddian Society for 25 years, where he is still a main committee member. Phil, a chartered accountant by training, is senior partner at CW Energy LLP where he has worked for over 25 years providing taxation services predominantly to the oil and gas sector in the UK.

Phil has lived with his family in the Tunbridge Wells area since finishing his degree and has always maintained a strong interest in, and links with the school, culminating with his recent appointment as an associate Governor of the school.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - Partner, CW Energy LLP
Term - 1/9/19-31/9/23

Mr  Ben Thompson 

Ben Thompson

I have lived in and around Tunbridge Wells most of my life.  I have five sons.  The two older, from a previous marriage, attended The King’s School Canterbury, Oxford and Nottingham respectively, while the three younger are all Judd boys - Zachary (left in 2020, now at Exeter), Samuel (Year 13) and Daniel (Year 11).  As a result, you can usually find me most weekends on a touchline or boundary depending on the season. For myself, I attended Canford School and graduated in Music from Durham University.  My wife Rachel teaches at St Ronan’s School in Hawkhurst, as assistant deputy head of pastoral care.  

I have over thirty years’ experience in marketing and communications, spending the early part of my career in advertising working in the UK and the USA and specialising in the financial and professional services sectors.  Most recently, I have been involved in the rapid emergence of renewable energy infrastructure (solar, bio-energy, wind and battery storage) and supporting small businesses with private equity funding, and now act as a consultant for businesses in these sectors.

Since 2015, I have been a member of the school’s Development Fundraising Committee and am heartened by the amount of support and parental engagement fostered by the school.   I have encouraged my boys to make the most of the outstanding opportunities and facilities offered by Judd.    

In my spare time I play squash, tennis, golf, the piano and am a keen sailor. 

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 5/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests - 
Term -
1/9/21 to 31/8/25

Elected Parent Governors

Mr  Scott Henderson 

Scott Henderson

Scott has been involved with The Judd School since 2019 when his son Daniel joined year 7. He is enjoying learning about the school and observing the similarities with his own: Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham. He studied Economics at Warwick University before joining an investment bank. After undertaking an MSc in Organisational Psychology at UCL he transferred to become a compliance officer. Outside work, Scott enjoys being a scout leader and participating in various outdoor activities.

He is a Parent Governor and member of the Education Committee

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 6/6
Declared Business & Financial Interests 
Term - 18/12/19-31/8/23

Mrs Donna Western 

Donna Western

Donna has enjoyed a wide-ranging career spanning finance, start-up, technology and biotech across the US and UK and is currently at the Bank of England.  Fast-paced technology-led environments have intensified her interest in how schools prepare students to thrive in an ever-changing world moving at unprecedented pace.  Donna is a local Sea Scout leader and lives in Tonbridge with her husband, Mark, and two sons.  She has been involved with the Judd School since 2019 and looks forward to continuing an active role in the school’s life. 

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - n/a
Declared Business & Financial Interests - 
Term - 9/7/21-8/7/2025

Elected Staff Governor

Mr Simon Pearce 

Simon Pearce

Simon went to school in Gloucester and studied at Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School (1980-1985). On leaving school, he joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers based at Ashchurch in Tewkesbury where he studied Mechanical Engineering on a YTS scheme. He then went on to join the Royal Military Police and spent a number of years in the Army Reserve. 

In 1996, Simon joined the Metropolitan Police Security Force, SO17, at the Houses of Parliament where he took on the role of internal security officer. In 2001 he was promoted to Security Manager and was responsible for both pedestrian and vehicle searches. During his time in this role, Simon was part of the planning team for events such as the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen Mother’s Lying in State. He was also involved in the Prevent scheme and worked with SO15 Counterterrorist Command. 

In 2015 Simon joined The Quest Academy as a Cover Supervisor and in 2020 joined Temple Grove Academy Primary School as the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Music teacher. 

Simon joined the school as Learning Support Assistant in September 2020.

Governor Meeting attendance 2020/21 - 2/3
Declared Business & Financial Interests 
Term - 17/12/20-16/12/24

Previous Governors

Governors who have stepped down within the last 12 months 

Name Governor Term of Office
Mr Francis Maude Foundation 1/9/17 - 31/8/21
Mr Benjamin Headon Staff 1/9/17 - 10/11/20