About CH

Our Governance

The Council of Christ’s Hospital (the Council) is the governing body of the School and Council Members are the trustees of the charity. The Council also acts as trustee for Christ’s Hospital Foundation.

The Council has a membership of 15, up to four of whom are nominated by the Court of Governors; up to four are nominated by the Corporation of London with the remainder nominated by the Council.  The detailed work of the Council is undertaken by a number of Committees.

Current members of the Council are:

Christopher Steane(Old Blue) Chairman of Council and Treasurer

Christopher was appointed to the Council on 1 September 2017.  Recently retired, he began his career at Baring Brothers in 1978, and continued when ING Group purchased Barings in 1995. He was appointed Global Head of Lending Services in 2010, and in January 2018 he became the deputy head, of ING Wholesale Banking. He holds an MA and LLB from Cambridge University.

Nick Atkinson (Old Blue) has operated at head of internal audit level within the NHS for the past 10 years, latterly with RSM and prior to 2008 with a boutique NHS agency.  He is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Nick Bensted-Smith spent more than 30 years as an investment manager.  He is a Justice of the Peace in Kent and also a member of the Court of Common Council in the City of London focussing on Investment, Finance, Education and Law Enforcement. He is a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Loriners, and a Freeman of the Goldsmiths. Nick is a member of the Investment Committee.

Jan de Walden (Old Blue) runs his own sugar brokerage/trading business.  He has worked in the agrochemical industry with Fisons and with Shell Chemicals, where he travelled globally; for Tate & Lyle Plc; and at Czarnilow Group as a senior executive. Jan is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Judy Evans (Old Blue) is a consultant plastic surgeon. She is a trustee for several charities and the first ever female Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Marianne Fredericks is a member of the Court of Common Council of the City of London and has been involved in various community activities. Co-founder of “Civilians Remembered” she successfully campaigned for a memorial park on Wapping riverside.  She has a particular interest in education and the performing arts.  She is a member of the Education Committee.

Diana Garnham (Old Blue)was formerly CEO of the Science Council and has worked closely with the science and academic communities for many years. She retains her interests in STEM education and skills and is on the Board of the Construction Industry Training Board as well as a Further Education college group. She has developed a portfolio of roles including governance and strategy consultancy support for not-for-profits.

Thomas Garnier is currently Headmaster of Pangbourne College and is also an ISI Team Inspector. He is Chairman of the Education Committee and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Andrew Gordon is a Chartered Accountant and, until his retirement in 2010, was for more than 25years a partner in Deloitte LLP. He is Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and a member of the Education and Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Bob Judson (Old Blue) retired from the RAF in May 2015, after a long and distinguished career during which he attained the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. He is now a Director at Deloitte LLP based in the City of London.  He is a member of the Education Committee.

Miriam McKay (Old Blue) is currently Director of Group Communications and Investor Relations, HomeServe plc. She has spent her career working in the City of London and has a wealth of experience in Marketing, Communications, PR and global investment markets.

James Maclean (Old Blue) is co-founder and Managing Director of the Land and Water Group of Companies. He is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.  He is Chairman of Bluecoat Sports and Christ’s Hospital Enterprises Limited.

Michael Mainelli is co-founder of a leading commercial think-tank which aims to promote societal advance through better finance and technology.  Previously he worked as a research scientist and accountancy firm partner. Michael has won several business awards including UK IT Director of the Year and has served on the board of Europe’s largest R&D organisation. He is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Robert Muir (Old Blue) is a retired solicitor who has extensive contacts in a variety of Old Blue organisations. He is a member of the Heritage, Investment and Audit and Risk Committees.

Delva Patman is a Chartered Surveyor. She worked in private practice for some years before establishing her own practice in 1980. She is a member of the Finance and General Purposes and Investment Committees.