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The Governing Body is a group of individuals with a wide range of expertise, but with one single goal: the success and continued future development of the New Beacon.

The main functions of the Governing Body are to oversee and monitor the strategic goals of the school and include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all legal and regulatory requirements (including child protection and health and safety) are met
  • Planning the school’s long term strategy, in terms of both education and facilities
  • Overview of the running of the school including education development, financial planning and employment of human and material resources
  • Monitoring standards and quality through the school
  • Recruiting the Head teacher
  • Ensuring the Headmaster and Senior Management team receive the support needed to carry out the day to day running of the school.

The Governing Body consists of a number of sub-committees, including:

  • Finance and General Purposes (including Health and Safety)
  • Pastoral & Education
  • Governance
  • New Governor selection

The Governing Body meets formally at least four times a year, with sub-committees meeting termly.

All Governors are DBS checked. Governors also undertake training and refresher courses during the tenure of their Governorship

James Thorne (Chairman)

James Thorne is now a consultant with Farrer & Co with whom he has been for more than 34 years. He specialised in company and professional practice work. He also advised a number of independent schools as part of the firm’s education group. He now acts as a trustee of various charities, including University College London Hospitals Charity and the University for the Creative Arts and carried out governance reviews for a couple of national charities. He became Chairman of Governors in 2016. He was at school at Cranbrook and then studied History and Law at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. He is keener on golf and choral singing than he is proficient at either. His son Luke was at the New Beacon.

Simon Hall

Simon Hall has been a New Beacon Governor since October 2013 and is currently Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Simon works at the Bank of England on issues relating to the stability of the financial system. He has also spent some time at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. He is a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is married with two children, including a son at The New Beacon. His interests outside of work include athletics and skiing.

Tim Haynes

Tim Haynes has been a New Beacon Governor since 2009. Tim was educated at Shrewsbury School and Reading University, thereafter taking his PGCE at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Tim is currently Headmaster of Tonbridge School, prior to which he was Headmaster of Monmouth School for 10 years. Before his appointment to Monmouth Tim taught History at St Paul's School for thirteen years, and was Surmaster (Deputy Head) from 1992. Tim has two teenage sons.

Andrew Hedger

Andrew Hedger has been a New Beacon Governor since November 2017 and sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and based in the City of London. Andrew works in the Insurance market and is on the board of a number of insurance related companies. He studied Economics at the University of Leicester. Married with two boys both at the New Beacon, Andrew spends his spare time involved with Sevenoaks Rugby Club both as a Junior coach and occasional Vets player.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill was appointed a Governor in November 2016.  He was educated at Aldenham School and St Luke's College, Exeter, before teaching at Dulwich College Prep School in London.  He then embarked on a career in the City, with a Marine Insurance company, with whom he remained for thirty-five years.  He spent twenty-one years as the Main Board Underwriting Director, which involved extensive overseas travel.  Having retired in 2014, Mike  is still retained as a consultant, but he has much more time to improve his golf and follow other sporting pursuits.  He is married with two sons, both of whom attended The New Beacon, and a daughter.

Theresa Homewood

Theresa Homewood was appointed as a Governor in 2008 and she is currently Chairman of the Pastoral and Education committee, and link Governor for Child Protection matters. Theresa was educated at Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School, Bedford College, London and the Institute of Education. Theresa is Senior Deputy Head at Sevenoaks School, having been Pastoral Deputy Head for fourteen years previously. She is a course tutor for BSA (Boarding Schools Association), and an experienced team member of ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspections.

The Reverend Lionel Kevis

Lionel Kevis has been a Governor since 2005 and he sits on the Pastoral and Education Committee with special responsibility for Boarding. Lionel was educated initially in Sevenoaks, then at Marlborough House and Lancing College. After a degree in History at York, he was in the City for six years before studying at Oxford. After serving a curacy in Bromley, his first parish was in North Kent. Lionel is currently Vicar of Leigh. Having had two boys at The New Beacon, he preaches frequently in The New Beacon Chapel.

Marie Louise Kinsler

Marie Louise Kinsler was appointed as a governor in October 2013.  She practises at the Bar, specialising in private international and EU law. Marie Louise attended the European School in Brussels before reading Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  Apart from her career at 2 Temple Gardens, Marie Louise has also taught EU law at Cambridge University and she continues to lecture in this country and abroad.  Her two sons attended The New Beacon.

Katharine Long

Katharine Long has been a Governor since 2010 and she sits on the Finance & General Purposes committee. A graduate of Downing College Cambridge, Katharine has a Masters in Corporate and Securities law. As a litigation Partner and Commercial Court advocate, she worked mainly for Lloyds Underwriters on risks as diverse as bloodstock, kidnap and ransom, trade indemnity and debt. Her pro-bono work was as Honorary Legal Advisor to the Citizen's Advice Bureau. She no longer practises as a Solicitor, but is married with three children, two of whom attended The New Beacon.

Robert Pearl

Robert Pearl has been a Parent-Governor since 2009 and sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee where his responsibilities also include Fundraising and Old Beaconians, the old boys’ network. Robert is a former pupil of The New Beacon (1977 – 1983), followed by Hurstpierpoint College and Oxford Brookes. Robert works for Capita PLC, dealing with large organisations - public and private - with management experience in Outsourcing, P&L, IT, Infrastructure and Resourcing. In his spare time Robert coaches mini-rugby at Sevenoaks Rugby Club. Robert is married and has three sons, two of whom are pupils at The New Beacon and one recently left.

Nicola Perry

Nicola Perry was educated at James Allen’s Girls’ School and then at Eltham College for her sixth form. She graduated from Bristol University in Medicine with an intercalated BSc in Cellular and Molecular Pathology. She has been a GP partner for 18 years in Tonbridge. She is an enthusiastic violinist in the Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra and loves long walks in the countryside. Recently she has taken up oil painting. She is married to Simon with four children. Both of her boys have attended New Beacon.


Paddy MacGregor

Paddy MacGregor was appointed a Governor of The New Beacon in November 2017.  He was brought up in Shropshire, where he attended Packwood Haugh Preparatory School, before going on to Eton College.  After reading Theology at Bristol University, he embarked on a career in Public Relations where he worked for over 20 years for companies including The Coca-Cola Company, UBS, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Deloitte, in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  Latterly he has worked as an independent public relations consultant. A passionate countryman, Paddy is married to the wonderful Katie and has two sons, both of whom attend The New Beacon.

Kathryn Tsang

Kathryn Tsang was appointed as a governor in 2014 and she sits on the Pastoral and Education Committee. She has two children: a daughter and a son, who was a pupil at The New Beacon. Kathryn is a regulatory compliance consultant and she has worked with a number of major international financial organisations. She lived and worked in Hong Kong and the USA for a number of years before returning to Sevenoaks. She was educated at Manchester High School for Girls and then graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Physiology with Pharmacology and from the University of Surrey with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Medicine.



All correspondence should be directed to the Chairman of The Governors who can be contacted through the school (please mark all correspondence “For Attention of Governors”)


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