Welcome to the Seckford Foundation
The Seckford Foundation excels in the education and care of the young and elderly in an area surrounding the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Originally founded in the 16th century with an endowment from an Elizabethan lawyer, Thomas Seckford, throughout its history the Foundation has been committed to creating a role that looks forward to the future.
The Objects of the Charity are realised through:
•the provision of high quality professional care at the Seckford Almshouses, which offer sheltered, very sheltered, residential care and day care in modern and bright accommodation in the centre of town;
•the advancement of education at Woodbridge School, a thriving co-educational community of over 900 pupils at Queen's House (4-6); The Abbey (7-11) and the Senior School (11-18);
•financial and administrative support of individuals, organisations and initiatives in the local community;
•the operation of free schools in Beccles and Saxmundham, Suffolk schools for 11-16 year olds financed by central government which provide an alternative to local high schools; and
•leadership within the not for profit sector.
The Governors of the Seckford Foundation are committed to ongoing excellence in education and care. The Seckford Foundation believes in creating a role which values equally those inside and outside it, and welcomes enquiries.
The Seckford Foundation Registered Charity No. 1110964
A limited company registered in England No.5522615. Registered Office Marryott House, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4JJ
Board and Committee structure
The Board of Governors meets formally four times a year for the purpose of supervising the running of the Foundation and providing it with strategic direction. To assist in achieving the aims and objectives of the Charity the Governors have formed three principal committees - Care and Grants; School; and Finance and Audit – each of which has the power, subject to Board approval, to add three co-opted members with particular expertise relevant to the business of that committee. In addition, an Investment sub committee exists to monitor the performance of the Foundation’s external investment fund manager; a Nominations committee reviews the skillset of the board and identifies and recommends the appointment of new Governors; and the Compliance and Quality Assurance committee ensures the Foundation has in place appropriate systems and processes to monitor compliance and procure quality improvement.
The Foundation’s Free Schools are the responsibility of the Seckford Foundation Free School Trust, a separate charity which reports to the Governors.
Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury has been the President of the Seckford Foundation since 2011. Lord Neuberger was called to the Bar in 1974, took silk in 1987 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1996. He became a Lord of Appeal in 2007 and in 2009 was appointed Master of the Rolls. On 1 October 2012 he became President of the Supreme Court.
Lord Neuberger was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford University.
Lord Neuberger was a governor of the University of the Arts London for ten years until 2010 and is the Chairman of the Schizophrenia Trust.
In 2006 Lord Neuberger led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession. He also served on the panel on fair access to the professions led by Alan Milburn.
John Carrington Chairman of Compliance & Quality Assurance and Finance & Audit Committees
John was educated at East Ham Grammar School, the London School of Economics, Edinburgh University and London Business School.
John’s career has been spent mainly in the telecommunications industry, initially with BT whom he joined in 1967, and in Cable & Wireless plc. He was the founding CEO of Cellnet (now O2) in 1983 and of Mercury One-to-one (now T Mobile) in 1989. Between 1993 and 1995 he was responsible within C&W for its businesses in the Caribbean, South America, Africa and South East Asia and was Group Managing Director of Mobile Systems International plc from 1995-1997. Since 1997 he has held a number of non-executive chairmanships and directorships in the telecommunications and IT sectors.
John is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, a Liveryman of the Clockmakers Company and a Fellow of the Royal Computer Society. He is also a Council member and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Gresham College, the charity founded in 1597 by Sir Thomas Gresham and supported by the Mercers’ Company and the Corporation of London to provide free public lectures in the City and now, via the internet, throughout the world.
Wendy Evans-Hendrick Chairman of Care and Grants Committee
Wendy holds a BA(Hons) degree from London University in Town Planning.
After spending a short period as a town planner she moved into the field of housing association development, first in Norfolk and latterly in Suffolk. She has been Director of Development and Property Services for Orwell Housing Association since 1995 and also acts as the Director of Development for the e2 development consortium working on behalf of three other housing associations operating across East Anglia.
Wendy is also a trustee of St John’s Housing Trust, which supports the homeless.
Roger Finbow Chairman of the Foundation and member of all Committees
Roger was educated at Woodbridge School, Mansfield College Oxford (MA Law) and the College of Law.
He joined Ashurst Morris Crisp (now Ashurst LLP) as a trainee in 1975 and became a partner in 1985, specialising in Corporate and Competition Law. He retired from the partnership in 2009 but remains a consultant. Between 1989 and 2004 he was responsible for the recruitment into the firm of trainee solicitors. He is the author of UK Merger Control: Law and Practice.
He is currently a member of the Competition Commission, a Governor of the College of Law, Chairman of the City Solicitors Educational Trust, Chairman of Ipswich Town plc and a vice president of Ipswich Town Football Club, a director of British Universities and Colleges Sport, a member of the Mansfield College Development Board and chair of its Remuneration Committee and he has a number of other non executive roles.
Inga Grimsey Member of Finance & Audit Committee and Chairman of Saxmundham Free School
Inga was educated at Gravesend Grammar School and Regent Street Polytechnic (BA Hons Business Studies).
Inga spent fifteen years in commerce with Levi Strauss, Sainsbury and Storehouse, undertaking roles in marketing, brand management and general management. She then moved to the not for profit sector where she ran Ski Club of Great Britain before joining the National Trust, first being responsible for the Trust’s commercial operations and later for the management of one third of the Trust’s properties including those in the East of England. Most recently, until her retirement in 2010, she was Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society.
She is currently Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England.
Bill Mayne Vice-Chairman of the Foundation and Chairman of Beccles Free School
Bill was educated at Merchant Taylors School and Wye College London University (BSc Hons in Agriculture).
After graduating he joined Pauls plc, being engaged variously in malting, pet food manufacture and agriculture. He subsequently led the management buy out of BOCM Pauls, the UK’s leading animal feeds business, from which he retired as chief executive in 2012.
Martina King Member of School Committee and chair of its Marketing Sub-committee
Former Managing Director of Aurasma, Martina King has an extensive career in media technology. Her previous leadership roles include Managing Director of Capital Radio, where she doubled revenues as Sales Director and successfully defended the radio station’s number one position in London, and Managing Director for Europe at Yahoo!, where she rebuilt the UK and Ireland business after the dot com collapse and subsequently led the rebuilding of the European division. Martina is also non-executive director of Capita Group, Cineworld and Debenhams and a Trustee of Coram.
The Revd Canon Kevan McCormack Member of Care & Grants Committee
Kevan was educated at Southampton University, Chichester Theological College, where he gained a Certificate in Theology.
He was ordained in 1980. After a number of roles as a curate and parish priest in Ross on Wye and Leominster he became the chaplain of Royal Hospital School Holbrook in 1987 before being appointed rector of St Mary’s Parish Church Woodbridge in 2001. He is also honorary chaplain to Ipswich Town Football Club, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Woodbridge Royal British Legion, Seckford Foundation (The Seckford Chapel), Officiating Chaplain to the Military and Chaplain to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Suffolk. He became a Canon in 2009.
Jonathan Ripman Chairman of School Committee and Member of Finance & Audit Committee
Jonathan was educated at Rugby School, St Catharine’s College Cambridge (MA Law) and The College of Law, Lancaster Gate.
He joined Gotelee & Goldsmith (now Gotelee) as a trainee in 1979 and became a partner in 1983. He specialises in Commercial Litigation and has a niche practice in Road Transport Law.
Jonathan is President of Suffolk and North Essex Law Society and Chair of Trustees of Cancer Campaign Suffolk and of PACT (Parents Conciliation Trust).
Martin Sylvester Member of Care & Grants Committee
Martin’s career has been spent in the property sector where, since 1990, he has been an executive director of Churchmanor Estates plc, an Ipswich based property development and investment company.
He has been a member of Woodbridge Town Council since 2003, serving as town Mayor on three occasions and as the chair or vice chair of a number of its committees. He has a breadth of local experience gained from board membership of Suffolk Heritage Housing Association, Woodbridge Round Table, Deben Yacht Club, Deben Valley Young Farmers Club and as a school governor.
Dr Nicola Trepte Member of Care & Grants Committee
Nicola was brought up overseas but educated in Eastbourne and Brighton and at St Thomas’ Hospital London, where she qualified as a doctor in 1988.
She then trained as a General Practitioner but subsequently retrained in hospital medicine and became a Consultant in 2000.In 2004 she established a new Medical Assessment Unit at Ipswich hospital, a unit nationally recognised for its performance and innovation and for which she is now lead.
Nicola is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
James Wellesley Wesley Chairman of Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust
James graduated from Cambridge University (MA Economics).
Following graduation he joined J.P. Morgan as a commercial banker and then moved to Granville, a private UK investment bank, where he specialised in corporate finance. He became a Managing Director in 1996. Granville was taken over by Robert W Baird, a private US investment bank, in 1999, and James was appointed head of Baird’s UK equities and investment banking operations in 2003. He is now a partner in Wyvern, a private investment banking firm.
James is founder and non executive Chairman of Harris Hill, a recruitment consultancy specialising in the charity and not for profit sector, and a founder and non executive director of Edenhouse ERP Holdings, an SAP consultancy.
John White Member of Care & Grants Committee
John was educated at Reading School and Leeds University (BA Economics).
After a brief initial career in local government finance, during which he qualified as an accountant, John moved into project management with ICL and an insurance company. In 1982 he joined Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant, working freelance from 1987 predominantly in the health sector.
John has been a Woodbridge Town Councillor since 2007 and is involved in a number of local organisations including Woodbridge Museum and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Professor Jane Wright Member of School and Compliance & Quality Assurance Committees
Jane was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London (LLB) and The College of Law.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1982 having trained at Slaughter & May and after a career break while her children were of pre school age she returned to the University of London for a Masters degree in Law. Jane was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Essex in 1992 and has been a member of the School of Law since then, specialising in Human Rights Law, on which she has lectured and written widely. Her academic interests have frequently taken her abroad, particularly to the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe.
Jane has served as both the Dean and the Head of the School of Law and in 2011 was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Standards) and is also responsible for the Faculty of Humanities and Comparative Studies at Essex.
Co-opted Committee Members
Mike Carter joined Lloyds Bank after leaving Norwich School in 1983 and prior to leaving the Bank in 2009 to pursue a portfolio and consultancy career was responsible for developing and building relationships with hundreds of commercial clients in the Suffolk and North Essex region.
He is a non-executive director of DanceEast.
Clare Newton was the editor of Longman Group’s schools publishing division having graduated from Bristol University . Having brought up four children and supported her husband, a circuit judge, she now runs a traditional breeds farm.
She is a church warden at Cotton Church.
Care & Grants Committee
Dr John Lynch read Economics at Nottingham University before switching to Medicine at Bristol. His early qualified career was spent in South West England where he worked mainly in paediatrics . He came to Woodbridge as a GP in 1996 and led the development of the town’s integrated medical centre from where he now practices.
John is involved in the consortium of practices which commissions healthcare in the local area and in the Cambridge University medical undergraduate teaching programme.
Cliff Cocker was a maritime engineer, his seafaring career culminating in his role as Chief Engineer on World Trading Cargo ships. Having retired, following a period as a project manager at RAF Bentwaters, he became involved in local politics and has served as Mayor of Woodbridge and as Chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council.
He is the Chairman of The New Street Almshouses (formerly the Poor Houses Almshouse Trust) and has been involved in the Coastal Accessible Transport Service.
Mac Miles trained as a civil engineer with Sir Robert McAlpine and during his working career worked in this country and abroad before being appointed Managing Director of British Steel Piping, a position he held until his retirement.
He has held a number of professional appointments, including President of the Construction Company Committee of Europe, Chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Directors and a Trustee of the Deep Foundation Institute, and since retiring has served as a member of Woodbridge Town Council, Chairman of the Sutton Hoo Society and House Chairman of the Abbeyfield Orwell Extra Care society.
Finance & Audit Committee
Helen Myerscough is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She trained at KPMG and later worked for Deloittes and Grant Thornton, specialising in corporate tax.
Helen is a non-legal member of the First Tier Tax Chamber, a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust and a pupil mentor at Farlingaye School, Woodbridge.
Steve Liddell is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for KPMG since 1985, specialising in audit and transaction advisory work. He has worked in London, Munich and Ipswich where he was Office Senior Partner from 2002-2006.
He is a keen sailor and a committee member of Aldeburgh Yacht Club.