College Leadership Group
Mr Julian Noad, Head of College
Mr Henry Matthews, Prep School Head
Mr Andrew Free, Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Mr Steve Green, Deputy Head (Academic)
Mr Andy Stevenson, Bursar
Mr Dick Wilde, Deputy Head (Prep School)
Mrs Pamela Pawley, Assistant Head (Senior School)
Mrs Carla Shearman, Head of Boarding
Mrs Lisa Palmer, Head of Admissions and Marketing
Heads of Department
Martyn Aldridge – Lead Teacher Sociology, Deputy Head of Sixth Form (Progression)
Melissa Allan – History
Charlotte Baker – EAL (Prep School)
Claire Baker – Psychology
Rachel Booton – Academic PE
Rebecca Cade – Art
Henrietta Cash – SENCO (Prep School)
Sam Chislett – E Safety Co-ordinator, Maths and Computer Science, KS2 Leader (Prep School)
Andrew Clark – Science (Prep School)
Amanda Free – Learning Support
Lucy Gardner – Girls Games (Prep School)
Helen Goodall – EAL
Liz Halls – Director of Sports
Angus Hamilton – Religious Studies
Claire Harrison – PHSME
Nicolas Hart – Design Technology
Ian Henden – Chemistry
Lisa Henden – Biology and Head of Science
Helen Hitchin – Maths (Prep School)
Edward Jenkins – Music
Timothy Jolliff – Lead Practitioner (Teacher Training)
Donna Kershaw – Nursery Education
Jason Laney – Computing
Joseph Mann – Food and Nutrition
Miriam Litton – English
Aisling McGreal – Modern Foreign Languages
Mark Neenan – Geography, Outdoor Pursuits, Educational Visits Co-ordinator
Pamela Pawley – Director of Studies
Ellanor Ridley – Lead Drama Teacher
Anna Rust – Business and Economics
Sarah Scutt – Music (Prep School)
Charles Speyer – Physics
Candice Thomson – Gardener – MFL, Mental Health and Wellbeing Support (Prep School)
Tom Walter – Director of Sport
Richard Wilde – Deputy Head (Prep School), Director of Sport and Boys Fixtures (Prep School)
Sharon Wilde – Head of Sixth Form
Matthew Worthy – Mathematics
Year 7 Kay Bloxham
Year 8 Melissa Allan
Year 9 Megan Neenan
Year 10 Amanda Free
Year 11 Claire Harrison
Year 12 Martyn Aldridge
Year 13 (Head of Sixth Form) Sharon Wilde
Senior School Teaching Staff
Peripatetic Music Staff
Chair – Mark Edwards
Mark runs a Sales and Marketing business with over thirty years’ experience. He has been involved in many aspects of public life including as a local Executive Councillor with responsibilities for Planning, Business and the Environment and in 2012 was the regional Chairman for the Olympic Torch Relay. Mark attended Queen’s College where he met his wife Charlotte and their three daughters have all attended the school.
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Vice Chair and Safeguarding – Mrs Janet Walden
Janet studied History at King’s College, London and joined the Civil Service. She worked in London before retiring to Dorset with her husband. She has a keen interest in education and has been a school governor in Surrey and Somerset. As well as spending time with her family she is involved with a social enterprise which supports small social care organisations across the country. Janet is the Safeguarding Governor for Queen’s College.
Mr Michael Dukes BEd MRICS
Michael is born and bred in Taunton. Following a degree in Education from Reading University he retrained as a Chartered Surveyor and became Chairman of one of the largest practices in the West Country dealing with a wide range of property affairs. Living locally, he has two grown-up daughters who were educated at Queen’s. Michael played competitive hockey and rugby in earlier years and now has swapped to the golf course where he maintains a single figure handicap!
Mr Michael Gough FCMA CGMA
Mike was educated at Queen’s and Mansfield College, Oxford where he read Modern History. He joined Royal Dutch Shell qualifying as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and serving as Finance Manager in a number of Shell companies in the UK and the Middle East before returning to the UK as the Shell Group Contracts Compliance Manager. Mike lives in Taunton and has two daughters who also attended Queen’s.
Sir Nicholas Harvey
Nick was MP for North Devon for 23 years and served as Minister of State for Defence. Before entering Parliament he worked in the City, and since leaving has become a consultant in communications, policy, democratic reform and governance, particularly in the developing world. He is a former chair of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and of a legal services company, and a former director of the Centre Forum think tank.
Mr Paul M Hughes BSc ACIB
Paul was educated at King’s College, Taunton and University of Wales, Aberystwyth, reading History and International Politics. He has worked in the UK and internationally in corporate finance, specialising in risk management, governance, creative funding and structural strategies for fast-growth businesses. Today he chairs companies in infrastructure, hospitality and leisure. His three children have attended Queen’s College. Paul also has significant charity interests through Rotary International, being a trustee for a regeneration charity and a dementia care home.
Mr J David Jones LLB
David was educated at Queen’s College, Aberystwyth University and the College of Law and qualified as a Solicitor in February 1982. He heads up the Conveyancing Department in his current firm. He also practices Charity Law and is a Director of several property companies, chairs Swansea Rotary Partnership and is also a longstanding Trustee & Director of Swansea City Mission.
Professor Geraint Jones
Professor Geraint Jones is Executive Director and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University’s National School of Education & Teaching. Prior to this he was Chief Education Officer for Cognita Schools, one of the world’s largest school groups. He was also an Ofsted Inspector and Headmaster. Geraint has two daughters and lives near Oxford.
Revd Deborah Kirk
Following many years in administration, latterly within a rural primary school in Cornwall, Deborah trained for ordained ministry in the Methodist Church through the South West Ministry Training Course, and Exeter University. She has served in Somerset for the last 11 years, with pastoral charge of four churches in the Taunton and Bridgwater circuit. Deborah is married with three sons and three grandchildren.
Revd. Canon Graham Thompson
Graham embarked on a career in accountancy before hearing a call to Christian ministry. After initial training he served as a Methodist minister in Bristol, Southwell (Nottinghamshire), North Walsham (Norfolk) and Norwich until 2014 when he became Chair of the Plymouth & Exeter District – with oversight of Devon and South Somerset. His interests include development of the whole person and community cohesion.
Ms Rachel Davies
Rachel had a career in further education working in 6 colleges across the country. She has 27 years of senior management experience and was Principal and Chief Executive for 18 years at three Colleges of Further Education.
Rachel joined the Queens College Board in 2012 and is committed to ensuring high standards in teaching and learning and promoting the health, wellbeing and happiness of all students She lives in Taunton and is widely involved in many aspects of the Taunton community.
Ms Rachel Hopping
Rachel is currently head of marketing at the property firm Greenslade Taylor Hunt, following a marketing and event management career spanning roles in the IT industry and education. She migrated to Chiselborough, Somerset from the South East some time ago and raised her children here, taking roles in other West Country organisations including Millfield Prep School in Glastonbury and running her own business for a time. Rachel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is marketing governor for Queen’s College.