Governance and governors

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Corporate governance

The Board of Governors is composed of members who provide the skills and experience needed for the advancement of the school, including educational, legal, accounting and other business skills.  The full Board meets at least three times a year and is supported by committees in such fields as Safeguarding Children, Health and Safety, Academic, Finance and Marketing.  Board members are elected at general meetings of The Yarlet Trust and come up for re-election every three years.  Committee members are elected by the full Board and include co-opted members of staff, parents and Old Yarletians.

List of governors:

Alison Primrose

Alison Primrose is the Chair of Governors at Yarlet School.  After attending school in Bath, Alison met her husband David at Cambridge. They have a daughter in Melbourne and a son in Hong Kong. During the 1980s the family were in Pakistan with the Church Missionary Society. After qualifying as a secondary and Further Education teacher, Alison went on to teach in independent and maintained secondary and primary schools both in the UK and Pakistan, undertaking further educational qualifications during those years. Following David’s appointment as the Director of Transforming Communities in the Diocese of Lichfield, Alison and David moved to Staffordshire in 2011. Alison now does some part time educational publishing, occasional school inspections and has involvement with a number of trusts and charities, including Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.  Dr Primrose can be contacted in the following ways:

By mail: c/o Yarlet School, Yarlet, Nr Stafford, ST18 9SU
By telephone: 01785 286568
By direct email:

Steven Bane


Steven Bane is a Parent Governor with two children currently in Pre-Prep.  He is Chief Executive Officer and founder of a security service and product supplier and ex-Army officer.

Rev John Davis


John Davis is an Ordained Priest in the Church of England and acts as the Town Centre Chaplain for Stafford.  Before being ordained, served as a senior Police Officer and Territorial Army Officer.  Served in the Royal Army Chaplain's Department as Chaplain to Staffordshire Army Cadet Force.  Has a Master's Degree in Criminology, a BA (Hons) Degree in Theology and a PGCE in Higher and Professional Education.  Was a lecturer in Law and Criminology at a local college.  Has served on two local school governing bodies.  Was awarded an MBE for his community work in Staffordshire and is Chairman of St John Ambulance in the county.

Ann Fisher

MA, MSC(Oxon), Solicitor, DL.  Studied biochemstry and subsequently re-qualified in law. Based in Staffordshire for over 25 years; currently a partner at Grindeys, specialising in corporate and commercial law. Has been involved with Yarlet since 1999 when her two daughters joined the school. Member of the Academic Committee.

Other involvements include Deputy Pro-Chancellor at Keele University and Chair of Trustees at Lichfield Cathedral.

Nick Hancock

Educated at Yarlet, Shrewsbury, Homerton College Cambridge, Nick Hancock is a qualified teacher, Old Yarletian and proud Yarlet parent.  A Governor since 2004, Nick lives locally.

Marc Hardenberg


Marc Hardenberg. Governor since May 2010 with one child in Pre-Prep and part of the Marketing Committee of Yarlet. Owner and Managing Director of a Sales & Marketing company, distributing a wide range of market leading baby product brands to all major retailers in the UK and providing various Consultancy services. Born in The Netherlands, educated at the Business School of Amsterdam and graduated as Master in Marketing. Moved to the UK in 2001, married to Julie and lives locally in Fulford.

Rob Holroyd


Rob Holroyd has been Headmaster of Repton School since September 2003.  He attended Birkenhead School before reading Modern Languages at Christ Church Oxford where he was Captain of Cricket in addition to being a keen soccer player and choral singer.  He began his teaching career at Oakham School and the Anglo-Colombian School in Bogota, Colombia, before a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education led to his third teaching post at Radley College, Oxfordshire.  There he served as Head of Department and Housemaster for 10 years before moving on to take up the Headship of Repton, together with his wife Penny and two daughters Eleanor and Joanna, both of whom are pupils at the School.

Giulia Mitchell


Giulia (Julia) Mitchell is English / Italian dual nationality.  Educated in Cheshire, she read English Literature & Language at Christ Church, Oxford University and has worked across a number of international sectors : finance, business development, marketing, affinity brand partnerships & brand extension programs.  Most recently, she has been a Director of Bentley Motors prior to establishing her own Consultancy business.  Julia is married to Julian, himself an Old Yarletian! They have 2 boys, currently loving Yarlet Main School life, and they live in Shropshire.

Nick Tarling


Nick Tarling is an Old Yarletian and a founding governor of The Yarlet Trust. He was a corporate law partner of Freshfields between 1974 and 1996, including appointments as resident partner in Paris and Frankfurt. He is a Trustee of the Yarlet School freehold.

Paul Vicars


Paul Vicars was educated at Epsom College and then St Andrews University.  Paul has taught Geography at Shrewsbury School since 2001 and is a coach of many sports.  He has been Housemaster of Severn Hill since 2006 and sits on the Academic Committee of the Governing Body.

Judy Teather

Born and bred at Yarlet, Judy Teather is the younger daughter of previous headmaster, David Carr. In 1968, Judy became the first female Yarletian before continuing her education at Abbots Bromley.  After a career in public relations – mostly involved with sport – Judy is now the Head of Girls Boarding and Development Director at Denstone College.  Judy has four children all of whom are, or have been, educated at Denstone.

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