Educating the mind without educating
the heart is no education at all.

Governing Board


Tom Arbuthnott

Tom took on the role of Director of Outreach and Partnerships at Eton College in September 2016. Previously, he was Director of Outreach at King Edward's School, Birmingham, establishing a powerful network of over 200 schools, state and independent, working for improved outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This programme won 'Best Independent/State School Partnership' at the TES Independent School of the Year awards, 2015.

Previously, Tom led the sixth form at George Dixon International School, a state-maintained comprehensive in inner city Birmingham, following teaching Humanities, English and Theory of Knowledge in two other comprehensive schools in Solihull and Guildford. Educated at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Bath, his early career was in politics, working in the European Parliament in Brussels and leading a major research programme for The Foreign Policy Centre, a high profile think tank founded by Robin Cook in 1997. Tom was governor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee at Allens Croft Primary School from 2008 to 2013.

Walter Boyle

Walter is the Founding Head Master of the College and an ex-officio member of the governing board.  He was the first member of his family to go to university and believes that a good education is the foundation upon which young people can create a better future.  He taught in Northern Ireland and Germany before moving to Norfolk where he was the Deputy Principal of Wymondham College, the largest of the state boarding schools.  He was a Director of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and currently represents the RBWM secondary head teachers on the Local Safeguarding Children's Board.

Stuart Clarke

Stuart has been Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, EMEIA region at Fujitsu since April 2013. He served as Group Treasurer up to April 2013 having previously been based in Tokyo & London during his 20 year career at Fujitsu. He has working across variance finance and corporate finance roles and has been a long standing member of the Board of a number of Fujitsu Companies as well as sitting on the Joint Investment Committee of the Group Pension Scheme.

He has two children at Holyport College and has leveraged his financial background to support the college’s strategic growth plans during its founding years. He sits on the Finance Committee of the college in his role as elected parent Governor.  

Mark Davies

Mark Davies began his working life in the City, joining the US investment bank JPMorgan out of university, and staying there for five years. He moved out of it into broadcasting (spending five years with Radio 5 Live) before putting the combination of his business and media knowledge to use as an entrepreneur. He was one of the founder team at Betfair, one of Britain’s most successful start-ups, where he helped to grow the business from its launch team of 8 people to more than 2,500 when it listed on the stock market ten years later. It is now a FTSE-100 company.

Mark joined Holyport’s Board of Governors in 2015. He also sits on two educational development boards, supports education through the Camberton Foundation established with his wife Miranda, and chairs a youth project in West London for Onside Youth Zones, a charity which develops young people through sports, arts and other activities. 

Simon Dudley

Simon has lived in Maidenhead for 25 years and has had an extensive career in finance. He is a father of four and leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. 

Simon has founded two free schools, Holyport College and Forest Bridge School. He is also Chair of Governors of the local primary school Riverside Primary School and Nursery. He believes strongly in social justice and the equality of opportunity of every child in their education. 

Sue Dudley

Sue grew up in Maidenhead before leaving to study Maths and Education at the University of East Anglia where she achieved a First Class Honours degree.  She pursued a career in market research, working for a number of large agencies in London and later stepped down to become a full time mother to four children.  Sue has always had an active interest in the education and welfare of children, chairing a number of children’s fundraising committees and volunteering at a local secondary school as a governor. 

Sue is one of the founders of Holyport College and was responsible for writing the original proposal to the Department for Education.  She now chairs the Governors’ Curriculum Committee, which is primarily focused on the achievement and progress of pupils, and the quality of teaching and learning.

Serena Hedley-Dent

Serena is a solicitor. Before joining Eton College as Clerk & Legal Advisor to its Governing Body in 2011, she was a partner at city law firm Farrer & Co where she specialised in giving legal advice to charities, schools, sports governing bodies and other not for profit organisations on a wide range of commercial, governance and regulatory issues. At Eton she is responsible for the legal function and ensuring its Governing Body (the Provost & Fellows) runs smoothly and in accordance with applicable education and charity law and regulations.

Serena has been a Governor of Holyport College since January 2013 and serves on its Finance Committee and Audit sub-committee. From 2012-2016, she was on the Finance Committee for the London Academy of Excellence (a selective sixth form free school) as a result of which she has a good knowledge of the regulations applicable to free schools and academies. She maintains an interest in sports governance and is also a trustee of The LTA Trust and a Disciplinary Chair for the British Equestrian Federation. 

Simon Henderson

Simon is the Head Master of Eton College and joined the governing board of Holyport College in September 2015.

Bruce Powell

Bruce holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics and History from the University of Cambridge and is a UK qualified chartered accountant. He has worked for more than 35 years in the business fields of Information Technology and MedTech as a director of both quoted and unquoted companies, initially as a finance professional but latterly as non-executive.  He is a Past Master of the Haberdashers Livery Company.

He has worked as a school governor and trustee continuously since 1990 and has served as Chairman of the Treloar Trust (non-maintained residential school and college for disabled young people in Hampshire) and as Chairman of Adams’ Grammar School (state grammar school with boarding in Shropshire). He is currently Chairman of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust (multi academy trust in South East London with 5,000 students in 3 all through schools). He also serves as Deputy Chair of the Board and Chairman of Finance at Holyport College.

Bob Stephenson

Dr Bob Stephenson joined the Eton staff as an assistant Master in 1983 following a period of doctoral and postdoctoral research in the field of psychopharmacology. He has held the positions of Head of Biology, Head of Science, House Master, and Senior Tutor and was appointed to the position of Lower Master (Deputy Head) in 2003. 

Currently he is engaged in a number of research projects in collaboration with the Oxford University Centre for Emotion and Affective Neuroscience and the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge. These projects are looking at cognitive bias modification and risk taking behaviour in adolescence. He is delighted to be part of the governing body of Holyport College and as safeguarding governor determined to ensure that Holyport provides a safe and welcoming environment for all of its pupils and staff. 

Heidi Swidenbank

Heidi is a current serving head teacher of a mixed, comprehensive school. She is also an Ofsted Inspector. She has extensive senior leadership experience working in both inner city and rural areas. Heidi is a qualified English teacher and is also a school improvement partner. She has worked for a local authority leading on literacy in both primary and secondary sectors. Heidi has particular expertise in information advice and guidance, educational leadership and professional development.


The College currently has one vacancy on the Governing Board for a Parent Governor. An election will be held in September 2016.