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Board of Governors
Aberdour is a registered charity, which means there are no outside shareholders and the school’s property is held benevolently. All surpluses are re-invested in the school and the Governors (who are also the charity trustees) are unpaid volunteers. The Board consists of a number of individuals with relevant professional and educational backgrounds so the school has access to a vast amount of expert knowledge and experience. You can click on each name to read short biographies.
The Governors have overall responsibility for the school and are accountable for oversight and strategic direction. The full Board meets regularly and there are specialist committees for the main areas of activity.
Mr Richard Nicol - Chairman
Chairman of Governors
First appointed as a Governor in 1993
Richard is a parent of three former Aberdour pupils and has been associated with the School since 1981. He became Chairman of the Governors in 2002. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and was a Partner for 23 years in Spicer & Pegler and Deloitte LLP before retiring in 2003.
Mr Colin Wright Bsc. Econ FCA FRSA
Chairman of Finance & General Purposes Committee
Member of Nominations Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 1994
Colin spent his entire professional career in the London office of KPMG, one of the world's largest firms of accountants and business advisors. In addition to to his client roles, Colin held a number of senior management positions including Managing Partner for Operations and IT and CFO of the UK Consulting business. Colin retired in 2003 after 20 years as senior partner. Since then Colin has operated as an independent consultant and is a Trustee of SCILL, a local disability charity. Both of his sons are former pupils at Aberdour.
Mrs Carole Strutt
First appointed as a Governor in 2014
After qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the Middlesex Hospital in London, Carole spent several years working in the NHS. Following a short break to have her family, she then worked exclusively in the private sector. Having retired from physiotherapy, Carole is currently a Director of her husband's management consultancy company. She is a former member of the Aberdour Parents' Association and a past Lady Captain of Banstead Downs Golf Club. Her two sons are former pupils at Aberdour.
Mrs Rosena Monaghan BSc, H.DIP.ED
First Appointed as a Governor in 2014
After completing a Science degree and a Post graduate qualification in Education at Trinity College Dublin, Rosena began her teaching career in Ireland, teaching Science subjects and Mathematics at Secondary level. She moved to London with her husband in 1988. Her teaching career continued and she was soon appointed Head of Biology at Ashbourne Independent School, London. There she became Deputy Principal, a post she held until leaving to have her family. Rosena is currently a Partner of her husband's Corporate Finance Consultancy. She has been a member of the Aberdour Parents' Association and her four children all attended Aberdour.
Mr Mike Farmer BA (Hons) PGCE
First appointed as a Governor in 2015
Mike Farmer became Headmaster of St. Teresa's School, Surrey in 2012.
Beginning his teaching career at Godolphin School specialising in Economics, Business and ICT, he took up the position of Assistant Head at Headington School in Oxford in 1997. In 2003 he was appointed Headmaster of Kilgraston School in Perthshire, transforming the school to achieve the highest growth rate within its sector. In 2011 Kilgraston School was named the UK Independent School of the Year.
In 2013 Mike was invited to join the Boarding Schools' Association Executive and in 2014 he took over the Chair of the GSA Boarding committee.
He is married with two grown up children.
Mr Donald Davie MSc (Dist) MBCS
First appointed as a Governor in 2015
Donald is an IT Director with 30 years' experience of creating business critical computer systems for many commercial organisations such as TNT Express, Ford, Apple, RBS and eBay as well as UK government departments. His two sons are former Aberdour pupils.
Mr Pete Dickerson Bsc
Pete graduated in Chemistry & Business Administration, spending his career in the oil and gas industry where he held senior positions in commercial, financial and economic disciplines. His outside interests cover most sports including rugby where he coached and refereed at mini and junior rugby level. Both of his sons are former Aberdour pupils.
Mrs Moira McKerchar Bsc
- Member of the Education, Nominations and Bursaries Committee
- First appointed as a Governor in 1999 Moira, having taken a year out from professional duties, has returned to our School to resume her position on the Governing Body.
After reading Mathematics at Glasgow University, Moira worked for Rolls Royce Aero-Engine Division followed by a ten-year break to bring up children. On returning to work, Moira began lecturing at an Adult Education College before teaching Mathematics and Physics to A-Level in both the independent and maintained sectors. Both of her sons are former pupils at Aberdour.
Rev David Senior
Rev David Senior is Curate at St Paul's Howell Hill. He oversees courses such as Alpha, helps offer special services and events, pastoral care of new Christians and partnerships with other churches. He co-leads Cheam Caféchurch, which is run with St Dunstan’s Cheam. Formerly chief executive of a Christian charity, Rev David also chairs a national programme of conferences and training for church and charity leaders. He is married to Helen and they have two young daughters.