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Governors and Trustees

The School enjoys tremendous support from a committed team of hardworking and dedicated Trustees and co-opted Governors who provide guidance and expertise and give a huge amount of their personal time to the School.

Bedford Girls' School Committee oversees the governance of Bedford Girls' School. It comprises members of the School Senior Leadership team and representatives from The Harpur Trust, Trustees and Governors and meets termly.

Our Chair of Governors may be contacted by writing to the School: Chair of Governors, Bedford Girls' School, Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BX.

Governors and Trustees

Dr Deirdre Anderson  is the Cranfield University nominated Trustee to The Harpur Trust and is also a member of the Administration and Audit Committee. She is a Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour in the International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield School of Management and her research interests include work life balance, women’s careers and diversity management. Deirdre has lived in Bedford since 1995 and during that time she was a governor of a local lower school for five years and has held various roles within Girlguiding UK in the Bedford area.

Ms Tina Beddoes (Chairman) was elected as a trustee by the parents of Dame Alice Harpur School in 2008. She is a DAHS old girl and her daughters attend Bedford Girls’ School and Pilgrims PrePreparatory School. She is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and is now a Senior Tax Manager at Mazars LLP. In addition to being Chairman of Bedford Girls' School Committee, Tina is also a member of Endowment and of Nominations Sub Committee. 

Professor Seamus Higson has worked in the university education sector throughout his career and is currently a Professor at Cranfield University where one of his present roles is as Commercial Director for one of the University’s Academic Schools. From 2007 to 2011 he served as Dean of Faculty at Cranfield and prior to that, he was an Undergraduate Admissions Tutor at the University of Manchester. His vast experience offers a valuable insight into the educational background universities seek from their applicants. Seamus recently joined as Staff Elected Governor.

Mr Rae Levene was elected in 2003 as a Co-opted Governor and subsequently Deputy Chairman of Grants. He is a Managing Partner of Park Woodfine Heald Mellows LLP, Solicitors. Rae specialises in Charity and Health, especially mental health and learning disability. He is actively involved with local theatre as a trustee and director of The Place, a local community theatre. Rae is also a member of Nominations Sub Committee.

Catherine McCarthy has 15 years’ experience within education with nine years in Senior Management roles. Now Head of a thriving Primary School, she is committed to creative curriculum development in a rapidly changing society. She has been a leading teacher specialising in cross curricular ICT and is also part of a specialist group looking at Values in Education. With a daughter in attendance at Bedford Girls’ School, she firmly believes Education is the best gift you can give a child and was delighted to have been elected a Parent Elected Governor last academic year.

Anthony Nutt is Director of an International Finance Company. During a career spanning 40 years, he has worked at board level in Asset and Investment Management. A Trustee of the Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust & SPIRE, he was educated at the Open University. Married with four children, he lives in Buckinghamshire and is a member of the Securities Institute.

Mrs Sally Peck has been a Trustee of The Harpur Trust since 1998 and in December 2009 she took over as Chairman of The Harpur Trust. She is a farmer and an administrator for a sports charity, SportsAid Eastern. Her three sons all attended Bedford School. Sally is also Chairman of Policy Steering Committee.

Mr Justin Phillimore came to the Trust via co-option to the Admin and Audit Committee in 2007, subsequently becoming a member of the Dame Alice School Committee and a Trustee in 2009. He is Finance Director for Charles Wells Ltd which is the UK's seventh largest brewer. Prior to Charles Wells, he worked on strategy and change management for a GE joint-venture. Justin’s daughter attends Bedford Girls’ School. Justin is a member of Administration & Audit Committee.

Mrs Valerie Stattersfield graduated in Chemistry (and with an Oxford Blue) and went on to teach across the sectors and internationally. She was the Headmistress of an independent day and boarding school for girls in Buckinghamshire for eleven years until she retired in 2007. She has always been deeply committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for young people. Valerie became a governor of Bedford High School in 2008 and currently chairs the Education Committee of Bedford Girls’ School.

Mr Murray Stewart graduated from Cambridge and worked in the City of London in a variety of roles in asset management and corporate strategy. He moved to Bedfordshire in 1998 and has two daughters at Bedford Girls’ School. He became a governor of the High School in 2008, currently chairs the Finance & Premises Committee of Bedford Girls’ School and is a trustee and deputy chairman of the Charity.