Our Governors

The Board of Governors at The British School of Paris has an important role in setting the educational character and vision for the School. The Board approves the annual budget, capital and investment strategy and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for the children studying at the School. The Board is also ultimately responsible for health and safety at the School, and for the management and mitigation of risk.

Board Meetings are generally held once in each of the three academic terms in the year, with an additional meeting each September to discuss general strategic issues. Committees and Working Groups meet with whatever frequency best suits their particular needs. The Headmaster, Head of the Senior School and Head of the Junior School attend Board meetings, as do other staff by invitation from time to time to make presentations on their specialist areas or to participate in the work of the Committees.


Much of the detailed work undertaken by the Board is done in committees. The present standing committees are listed below. Committee Meetings are usually attended by the Headmaster and/or other members of the Senior Management Team.


The Finance Committee carries out a detailed review of the annual budget; ensures correct procedures are in place to enable regular monitoring of cash flow and expenditure against budget; to scrutinise the internal accounts and to evaluate the impact of capital development proposals in order to be able to make recommendations to the Board.


To provide a permanent instrument for liaison between the Board of Governors, the Finance Committee and the external Auditor and for discussing matters raised by any such party.


To review and monitor all aspects of the School’s academic and co-curricular policies and their implementation, including the arrangements for assessment and for reporting to parents, and the analysis of public examination results.

Governance and Nominations

To make recommendations pertaining to the appointment and re-appointment of governors; to keep the Risk Registrar and the Register of Interests under review and ensure that Board members are fully aware of their duties and obligations; to review policies before submitting them to the Board for approval; to promote and facilitate training for Board members; to keep the Governors’ Handbook up to date.

Campus Development

To see that the School buildings are properly maintained and fit for current purposes; to plan for the future development needs of the School; to monitor the School’s Health and Safety policies and compliance with them and to submit a termly report to the Board on Health and Safety.


To assist and advise the School in raising funds, whether for a specific project or as part of a general fundraising campaign.


To act as a liaison between the Board and its various Committees, with the aim of keeping the Board fully informed about significant issues addressed by those Committees, and to set the agenda for Board Meetings. Membership usually consists of the Chairman of the Board and the Chairman of Committees.


The number of Board members varies, but does not exceed twenty and never falls below ten. Membership is by invitation; some governors are from the Paris region, while some are from the UK and other European countries. Apart from always having a representative from the British Embassy in Paris and aiming to include at least one current parent, ideally one each from the Junior School and Senior School, the Board wishes to attract governors whose skills and experience will enhance the management of the BSP, and who are able to make the required commitment for effective participation.

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Peter Kett MBE, or any member of the Board of Governors, may be contacted via the Clerk to the Board of Governors, Mrs C Sautot at The British School of Paris, 38 quai de l’Écluse, 78290 Croissy-sur-Seine or by emailing: headmaster@britishschool.fr


+    Honorary Patron: Lord Edward Llewellyn,  Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France

Edward Llewellyn (Lord Llewellyn of Steep) became British Ambassador to France on 9 November 2016. Before joining the Embassy, he was the Downing Street Chief of Staff under former Prime Minister David Cameron (2010-2016) and his Chief of Staff as Leader of the Opposition (2005-2010). A francophone, Ed Llewellyn has worked with the British Embassy in Paris team several times throughout his career. He is married to Anne, herself a French national, and they have 3 young children. In 2016, he was appointed Lord Llewellyn and became a member of the House of Lords.

+    Mr Peter Kett MBE (Chairman)

Peter Kett qualified as a solicitor with the City law firm Slaughter and May, before transferring to its Paris office in 1974, becoming the managing partner in 1982 until his retirement in 2004. He was also a member of the Paris Bar. Since his retirement Mr Kett spends much of his time between the UK and France.  He was appointed to the Board of Governors in 1993 and became Chairman in 2005. Peter serves on the Finance, Audit, Campus Development, Development and Governance and Nominations Committees.


+    Mr Eric Coutts (Deputy Chairman)

Eric Coutts, a Senior Harris Scholar of Downing College Cambridge, spent a year as an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the University of Paris II and subsequently qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May. He moved to Goldman Sachs in 1993, working in mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring, and then in 2007 joined Citigroup, where he was Citi Country Officer and Head of Banking, France. He returned to work in London in 2014, where he is Chief Executive of Edmond de Rothschild UK. Mr Coutts is also active in fundraising for Downing College and is President of the International Piano Competition of Ile de France. He was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2004 and currently chairs the Development Committee, which is responsible for, among other things, fundraising and serves on the Finance, Audit, Governance and Nominations, and Campus Development Committees. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in January 2015. He has one child still at the BSP.

+    Mrs Clare Dickinson

Clare Dickinson is a senior consultant in international health development with more than 20 years of experience of international health programme design, implementation and evaluation in Africa, South and South East Asia. Clare has consulted for, among others, UN agencies, developing country institutions, international NGOs and foundations as well as OECD country governments. She has lived and worked both in the U.K. and in a number of overseas countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya. Clare was appointed to the Board of Governors in November 2016 and serves on the Development Committee. She has a son and daughter in the Senior School.

+    Mr Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards, after graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a first career in the commodities industry, joined Shrewsbury School as its first Development Director in 1991, with responsibility for fundraising. He spent nine years at INSEAD, latterly as Executive Director of Development, before joining More Partnership in 2005. Europe’s leading fundraising consultancy, More helps clients – in education, the arts, healthcare, science and charities – to realise their philanthropic potential. Ian, who is a British and French national, is a Freeman of the City of London and of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. He was appointed to the Board in November 2015 and serves on the Campus Development, Finance and Development Committees.

+    Dr Penny Fleury

Dr Penny Fleury was a Research Fellow in Obstetrics at Kings College Hospital, London. Between career breaks to raise her 3 children, Penny was a sonographer in a private obstetric clinic in Hong Kong and now works for the charity Room to Read, which involves presenting the work of the charity in schools to highlight the need for literacy and gender equality in education in developing countries.  Penny, who was appointed to the Board of Governors in March 2017, is the Safeguarding Governor and serves on the Education Committee.


+    Mr Martin Hayter

Martin Hayter is a qualified chartered surveyor, and is a Fellow, having been Vice-President, of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is President of Hayter International (international property consultants). Mr Hayter has an extensive knowledge of French property matters, having been active in this market for over 35 years, is Professor and lecturer at the ICH University (Professional Ethics) Paris, and INAO Rabat, Morocco, and also lectures at ESSEC, the Sorbonne and IMPI Bordeaux. He was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2005 and serves on the Campus Development Committee.

+    Miss Margret Rudland

Margaret Rudland was Head Mistress of The Godolphin and Latymer School from January 1986 to December 2008. In 1996 she was appointed President of the Girls’ Schools Association, having previously chaired the Education Committee. Margaret Rudland has represented the independent sector on the General Teaching Council, has been on the Board of UCAS, an ISI Team Inspector and is Vice-Chair of AGBIS (Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools). She is currently Chair of Governors at St Margaret’s, Bushey (GSA) and a governor of several schools in the UK as well as The English College in Prague. She was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2006, chairs the Education Committee and serves on the Governance and Nominations Committee.

+    Mr Richard Russell

Richard Russell, who took a degree in classics at Jesus College, Cambridge, was the IB Co-ordinator and Director of Studies at Sevenoaks School and Deputy Warden and Head of Boys’ School at Forest School Essex before being appointed to his present post of Headmaster of Colfe’s School. Richard is, and has been, a governor of several schools and was, from 2009 – 2010, the Chairman of HMC London Division.He was appointed to the Board of Governors in November 2016. Richard serves on the Education Committee and chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee. 

+    Mrs Sallie Salvidant

Sallie Salvidant was Head of Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in London from 1993 to 2012, and was previously Head of Rupert House Preparatory School in Henley-on-Thames. She has taught 4-11 age range in the state sector (London ILEA) for 8 years and has also taught abroad. Mrs Salvidant is an ISI Team Inspector and has been a governor of several schools in the UK. She was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2009 and has a special interest in the Junior School. Sallie serves on the Education Committee.

+    Mr Ian R.H.Smith

Ian Smith was a Vice President of J.P. Morgan and Head of the Facilities Management and Corporate Services Department in Paris until his retirement in 2003. His children were educated at the BSP before attending universities in the UK. He was appointed to the Board of Governors in 1996 and chairs the Campus Development Committee. Ian serves on the Finance, and Governance and Nominations Committees.

+    Mr Russell Speirs

Russell Speirs, after graduating from Exeter College, Oxford, studied for a Masters degree in Management at EAP-Ecole Européenne des Affaires (ESCP-EAP). Following spells with a number of UK companies, including Unilever, Russell spent 3 years as the Marketing Director at Uppingham School before founding his own educational consultancy in 2000. This was relaunched as RSAcademics in 2002 and specialises exclusively in schools, offering expertise in marketing, research, strategic planning, candidate search and recruitment and leadership development. He was appointed to the Board in July 2016 and serves on the Development Committee.

+    Mr Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor took up the role of Deputy Director, Trade & Investment, at the British Embassy in Paris in May 2016. Immediately prior to his arrival in France, Paul spent five years in Prague as Regional Director for Trade & Investment with Central and South Eastern Europe. Paul’s Government career encompasses both the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Trade. Previous responsibilities in Whitehall include managing bilateral relations with South America and, subsequently, the Middle East & North Africa; while other overseas experience includes diplomatic postings to the British Embassies in Mexico City, Santiago and Madrid. Paul represents the British Ambassador, who is the Patron of the School, on the Board of Governors. His three children attend the School.

+    Mr Jeremy Thurbin

Jeremy Thurbin took a degree in French and German at Keble College, Oxford before qualifying as a UK Chartered Accountant and subsequently as a Commissaire au Comptes (French registered auditor). Jeremy moved to France in 1997 and is an audit Partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), where he serves international clients and represents EY in Franco-British relationships and events. He is also a visiting lecturer at HEC business school. He was appointed to the Board of Governors in March 2014 and is currently Treasurer and chairs the Finance and the Audit Committees. He also serves on the Campus Development and Governance and Nominations Committees. Jeremy lives with his wife and two children in Versailles.

+    Mr Michael Tilby

Dr Michael Tilby is a former Fellow in French, Director of Studies in Modern Languages and Vice-Master at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  He was the College’s Senior Tutor for 17 years and, before that, Tutor for Admissions.  Dr Tilby has been a governor of Ipswich School, Watford Grammar School for Boys, and Malvern College.  He was appointed to the Board of Governors in March 2009 and is a serving member of the Education Committee with particular interest in university mentoring.

+    Mr James Harman

James Harman is a UK chartered Accountant, having worked for KPMG in the UK before transferring to Paris where he became an audit partner in 1968. In 1975 he set up his own firm, where he practised as a UK chartered accountant, expert comptable and commissaire aux comptes until his retirement in 2007. Mr Harman is ex-Treasurer of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, and currently Treasurer of the Association of British Accountants in France. He was appointed to the Board of Governors in 1987 and retired from the board in Nov 2014.