Governors

       

      Chairman: Edward McCabe, MA, MBA

      Governor since 2007

      Edward McCabe was educated by the De la Salle Brothers at West Park Grammar School.  He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford and obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Henley Management College.

      Edward’s early career was in banking.  He was Chief Executive & Chairman of Hartwell plc : a company with motor retail, investment property and retail finance interests.  Additionally he was Chairman of a software development company, an e-learning business and an early stage high technology investment fund.  He now runs Seven Spires Investments Ltd which is a fund investing in high technology companies. 

      Committees: Finance and General Purposes

       

      Tom Ayling, MA

      Governor since 2007

      Tom Ayling was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, and read chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford. He first worked as a patent agent before turning to teaching at Emanuel School in London. Thirty five years ago he moved to Abingdon School where he has been Head of Science, Senior Tutor (which involved being in charge of university admissions) and Second Master.

      His interests include all sports (and especially tennis), music, the theatre and travel.  He is married with three grown-up daughters.

      Committees: Finance and General Purposes

       

      John Cunliffe, MA

      Governor since 2007

      John Cunliffe was educated at Ampleforth and then University College Oxford where he read both Law and Classics. He qualified as a solicitor in 1972 and has been a partner at Franklins Solicitors in Abingdon since 1978. He is now the Senior Partner. He has practiced law in many different areas during his career and in the last 20 years has tended to concentrate on commercial property work, acting for a wide range of clients.

      Committees: Finance and General Purposes

       

      Andrea Freeman, BEd

      Governor since 2010

      Andrea is the Principal of Oxford Media & Business School.  After studying Education at university Andrea has spent her entire career in Education and Training, specialising in Communication and Presentation Skills including Personal and Career Development.  In addition to teaching, she has worked for numerous examination boards as an Examiner and Principal Moderator as well as writing various articles for business magazines.  Andrea has also co-authored a students’ text book on Word Processing.

      She is a qualified Myers Briggs consultant delivering the MBTI programme to all her students and an NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier.

      Andrea lives in Northmoor with her husband and has three daughters the youngest of which was a pupil at both the junior and senior school of OLA.

      Committees: Marketing and Communications

       

      Rev James McGrath STB, MA

      Governor since 2010

      Father Jamie is the Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Edmund Abingdon. He was educated at Montfort College, Romsey, Hampshire, and studied Philosophy and Theology at the Missionary Institute, London, obtaining a degree from Louvain University, Belgium.

      Ordained in 1982 his early priesthood was spent in Malawi, in central Africa, before joining Portsmouth Diocese in 2000. In 2013 Fr Jamie was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Education by Bishop Egan of Portsmouth Diocese.

       

       

      Sister Penny Roker MA (Cantab)

      Governor since 2014

      Sister Penny Roker worked as a teacher for 22 years and was on the Staff of Our Lady's Convent Junior School from 1995-2000 as Head of History and Senior Mistress. Sister Penny wrote the history of the school entitled Children of Mercy, published in the millennium year. Since leaving Abingdon in 2000 she has worked as a prison chaplain, counsellor, spiritual director, retreat director and writer. Sister Penny is currently employed as a school counsellor by a Catholic Comprehensive school in South East London. She lives in Community in Eltham with three other Sisters. Their Convent is the Formation House for the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy.

      Committees: Education

       

      Helen Ronaldson

      Governor since 2010

      Helen Ronaldson was educated at Our Lady’s Convent School, Abingdon and Combe Bank School, Sevenoaks, Kent.

      Helen was born in Abingdon and spent time in an Army environment both in the UK & Germany.  She is now retired, but remains active in local duties and Charities: she is a Governor and Past Master of Christ’s Hospital, Abingdon, President of the Abingdon Inner Wheel, and Chair of Abingdon Monday Club for mentally & physically handicapped adults.

      She is married to Chris with two daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson, and three grandchildren.

      Committees: Marketing and Communications

        

      Maggie Shinkwin, MA, NPQH

      Governor since 2007

      Educated by the Notre Dame Sisters – and drawn to the ethos of Religious Order education ever since - Maggie taught Classics at Downside, Ratcliffe and Princethorpe before becoming Deputy Head at Our Lady’s Abingdon.  From here she took up Headship at Holy Cross, Buckinghamshire, is a Diocesan Inspector and a Governor at another school.

      Maggie has three children. She loves all sport, especially tennis, and is embarrassingly passionate about politics. 

      Committees: Education, Marketing and Communications and Safeguarding Nominated Governor

       

      Peter B Williams, MA

      Governor since 2017

      Peter was educated at Tain Royal Academy and The University of St. Andrews. He went on to teach in Scotland and at The European Schools in Culham and in Luxembourg. Following that, Peter lectured in Economics at The University of Edinburgh, also in Copenhagen DK. and Auckland N.Z. He is experienced in Teacher Training, International Education Exchange Programmes and The International Tracing and Messaging Service of The British Red Cross. A former Honorary Treasurer of Oxfordshire Lawn Tennis Association and of Abingdon Passion Play, Peter is married with three children and has a keen interest in sport and regular golfer.

      Committees: Education

       

      Dr Leslie Ann Bergmeier PhD, CBiol, MRSB, FHEA

      Governor since 2017

      Lesley was born in Abingdon and was educated at both St Edmunds and Our Lady’s Abingdon. She has spent all her career working in the field of Mucosal Immunology; first at Guy’s Dental School (now part of King’s College London) and more recently at the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, where she holds the title of Reader in Oral Immunology. Lesley has published extensively and was awarded the Draper’s prize for excellence in teaching in 2012. She has considerable experience teaching at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels and in supervising of PhD and MSc research students. Lesley has been programme lead for the MSc in Experimental Oral Pathology since 2009. She served on the Self-assessment team for the Institute of Dentistry Athena SWAN Bronze award application (Granted 2013, renewed in 2016) and was responsible for the Institute Newsletter.

      Lesley is married to Bob and has two step-daughters. She is a keen Choral singer and is a member of the Buckingham Choral Society.