The Governing Body, known as The Warden and Fellows, consists of the Warden, who is the Chairman of the Governing Body, and up to fourteen Fellows. Each member of the Governing Body plays an active role in school life, attending lessons and meeting with boys and staff. They also provide guidance and support to the Headmaster, Bursar and senior team who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the College.

The full Governing Body meets each term and, in addition, each member sits on one or more of seven termly committees (the Academic and Pastoral Committee; Audit and Risk Committee; Development Committee; Finance Committee; Investment Committee; Nominations Committee and Works Committee).

The Governing Body is responsible for the school’s Policies.

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please email The Bursar and Secretary to the Warden and Fellows is Paresh Thakrar.

The Winchester College Financial Statement is produced annually and can be found here.

Sir Richard Stagg KCMG


Richard is a former pupil and former parent. He is Chairman of Rothschild and Co in India and a Director of the JP Morgan Asian Investment Trust. He is also Chairman of Afghan Connection (a charity which supports education and cricket). Until 2015, Sir Richard was a British Diplomat. His last two postings were High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Afghanistan. 

Andrew Sykes MA


A former pupil, Andrew is Chairman of Smith & Williamson Holdings Ltd, a non-executive director of Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd and Intermediate Capital Group plc. He is also Chairman of Fauna & Flora International and serves on the investment committee of Nuffield College Oxford.

Dr Peggy Frith MD, FRCP, FRCOphth

Peggy is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Deputy Director at the Oxford University Medical School. As a medical professional, Peggy has extensive experience of selecting, supporting, advising, teaching and assessing medical students and trainees. Peggy is the Governing Body’s Safeguarding Lead.

Major-General Jonathan Shaw CB, CBE, MA

A former parent, Jonathan has 32 years of experience in the UK Army with operational experience in the Falklands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Jonathan brings extensive experience of leading change, and of introducing novel responses and new technologies

Clarissa Farr MA

Clarissa was High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School and a former President of the Boarding Schools Association and Chairman of the Girls’ Schools’ Association. Clarissa is also a Governor of The Royal Ballet School and a trustee of the British Museum.

Andrew Joy MA

A former pupil, Andrew is a Senior Advisor to the Stonehage Fleming group and Chairman of The Biotech Growth Trust plc. A founder of Cinven, he continues to be involved in private equity and is also a trustee and advisor to a number of charities.

Nicholas Ferguson CBE, FSA Scot, BSc, MBA

A former pupil and parent, Nicholas is Chairman of the Savills Board. A former Chairman of Sky plc and co-founder of Schroder Ventures, he is also Chairman and founder of The Kilfinan Group, which provides mentoring by Chairmen and CEOs to heads of charities.

Bill Holland BA, FCA

A former pupil, Bill is a non-executive Director at CLS Holdings plc, a FTSE 250 property company, and at Ground Rents Income Fund plc, where he chairs the audit committee. Prior to taking on these roles, he had a 32 year career at KPMG, 19 years as a partner, specialising in the real estate sector. Bill is also president of the Old Wykehamist Cricket Club.

Dr William Poole MA, DPhil, FSA

William is a Tutor in English at New College, Oxford, where he is also Senior Tutor and Fellow Librarian. He is an expert in early modern literary, intellectual, and scientific history, and has interests in both early modern and modern education.

Miles Young MA, Oxon

Miles was appointed as Warden of New College, Oxford in September 2016. He was Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy and Mather, a leading global communications network and spent much of his career in China and North America.

The Hon Sir Stephen Cobb

Stephen is a former pupil and a Justice of the High Court. He sits in the Family Division, the Family Court, the Court of Protection and the Administrative Court of the Queen’s Bench Division. He has also acted as Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA).

Dr Magnus Ryan MA, PhD

Magnus is a former pupil and a Senior Lecturer in the History Faculty at Cambridge University. His principal research interests are the history of medieval law and political ideas.

Roland Turnill MA

Mr Turnill joined Slaughter and May in 1996, became a Partner in 2004 and has been Head of its Mergers and Acquisitions practice since 2016. He advises a range of FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies as well as a number of major international enterprises. Areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, activism defence and equity capital markets. He is an Old Wykenhemist and holds a BA in Jurisprudence from Brasenose College, Oxford.