If you would like to contact our Chairman of Governors please do so by emailing or by writing to the School.

Mrs SK Creedy, MA (Chairman of Governors)

Mr CD Barnett, MA (Vice Chairman)

Clive Barnett was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools from 2002 to 2009.

Before that he taught for 31 years in four independent and maintained grammar schools, becoming the headmaster of Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury, in 1992 and holding the post for 10 years. From 2007-17, Clive was a lay canon and a member of the chapter of Salisbury Cathed

ral; he is now a canon emeritus of the Cathedral.  He was also a governor of Salisbury Cathedral School. He is a patron and trustee of EdUKaid, an educational charity working in Tanzania, and a churchwarden at his local church.

Since retiring as an HMI, Clive has worked as an educational consultant specialising in initial teacher training and professional development.

Mr PG Peel, FCA (Second Vice-Chairman)

Peter Peel became a Governor in 2004 and has chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee since 2007. He also sits on the Boards of the RGS International Companies and is active in visiting the RGS schools overseas.

He is a retired Chartered Accountant having been a partner in a small practice in Camberley for 35 years after qualifying with a City firm.

His two sons are Old Guildfordians.

Mrs KT Atkinson, BDS

Reverend Canon RL Cotton, MA, DIPTH

Canon Robert Cotton was appointed to be Rector of Holy Trinity and St Mary’s Guildford in May 1996, thereby becoming an ex officio governor of the RGS.

Robert is embedded in the town life of Guildford, being a governor also of Guildford High School, Holy Trinity Pewley Down School, Abbot’s Hospital and other housing charities.

Robert read Mathematics and Philosophy at Merton College, Oxford, before training for ordained ministry in Leuven, Belgium and at Cambridge.

Mr D Counsell, FCA

The Earl of Onslow, High Steward of Guildford

Mr JD Fairley, BA

John Fairley is a retired tax consultant, having spent his working career both in the public and private sector.

He spent a number of years at Ernst & Young, where he headed up their International Tax practice.

John is a former parent and had a number of roles on the RGS Parents’ Association.

Mr P Fell, BA, FCA

Professor M Humphreys, MBE, PHD, LLB, PFHEA


As a former pupil of both the RGS and RGS Prep, the son of a former teacher, and with a son currently in the school, Tom Lingard has had a strong connection to the RGS his entire life.

After leaving the RGS he studied physics at the University of Nottingham, before training and qualifying as a solicitor at a City firm.

He is now a partner at Stevens & Bolton LLP, specialising in intellectual property law and is Vice-Chair of the RGS Parents’ Association.

Dr LSK Linton, MA, MB, CHB, MRCP

Lorraine Linton was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s before training in Medicine at Birmingham

University. She was a GP for many years and now works in a medical capacity within the tribunal system.

Lorraine undertook a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College, London, and has served on a Research Ethics Committee and on GMC Fitness to Practise panels.

All her three sons were educated at the RGS and she became a governor in 2010.

Mrs M-L Logue, MA

Professor HE Treharne BSC, MSC, PHD, SFHEA FBCS

Mr NEJ Vineall, QC, MA

Mr MJ Windsor

Mike Windsor studied modern languages at Durham University before moving to Italy, where he taught English as a Foreign Language. On his return, he completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London and an MA in Modern German Studies at Birkbeck College, London.

His teaching career in the UK started at KCS Wimbledon. He then spent five happy years as Deputy Head of the RGS before taking on his first headship at Reading Blue Coat School.

He is currently Head of Abingdon School.


Simon Gimson became a Governor in 2016, sits on the Education Committee and, just before Covid, took on the role of Lead Governor for Safeguarding.

He served in the Royal Engineers for 20 years and was deployed to Belize, Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

In his second career Simon has had a wide range of roles in the rail industry including train operators and the Department for Transport.



Mrs N Nelson-Smith, BA Joint Hons.

Nikki Nelson-Smith holds a BA Joint Hons in Economics and Politics.

For the first part of her career Nikki worked as a macroeconomist in the City of London and more recently as a microeconomist and strategy manager in the transport sector.

She has been a Trustee of a life skills education charity for school age children and of Citizens Advice Guildford. She was an elected member of Guildford Borough Council for 8 years between 2011 and 2019, and was first introduced to RGS Governing Body when Mayor of Guildford in 2015/16.


Shirley Price is currently Emerita Professor of Toxicology at the University of Surrey, having held several senior posts at the University.  She also holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Hertfordshire.

Over the course of her career, Shirley has been instrumental in providing education and training programmes in safety sciences to a wide range of industries, regulatory authorities and academic institutions nationally and internationally.

Shirley is President and Fellow of the British Toxicology Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy.  During her career, Shirley has worked on a number of government committees including the World Health Organisation, Veterinary Residues Committee and the Paediatrics Expert Advisory Committee and was appointed by the Minister for Health as a Commissioner on the Committee on Human Medicines.

Mrs H Styche-Patel, BSC, MBA

Visit the RGS

We are delighted to announce our next Open Events will take place as follows:

RGS Prep: Saturday 8 October

RGS Senior: Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October

For more details and to register your place