If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so via the Bursar or through the School Office.
Colin Howman - Chair of Governors
Colin is an Old Twyfordian whose 3 sons were at the School between 2008 – 2018. He has founded several businesses in the IT sphere and has spent the majority of his career responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development Activities, as well as Product and Business Strategy, and fund raising from Venture Capital and Banks. He still works in the IT sector, and also invests and takes an active role in technology and other start-ups.
Gerald Barber was educated at Horris Hill, Eton and Oxford. He taught at Mowden Hall, Papplewick, and Heatherdown. In 1968, he returned to Ludgrove School where he was Head from 1973 to 2008. He is a current Governor of St George’s, Ascot, and Holme Grange, Wokingham and a former Governor of Bradfield College. He is a current Trustee of the Eton Fives Charitable Trust and The Ludgrove School Foundation. Gerald’s many sports interests and sports-related posts, include the development of schools cricket and fives, MCC, Captain of Berkshire Golf Club, and the Old Etonian Golf Society. He lives in West Berkshire.
Emily studied at Edinburgh University before joining the Foreign office in 1997. She worked as a diplomat in Zambia, Argentina and France before returning to London. In 2009 she moved to Hampshire, sending her 3 children to Twyford. She loves cricket, gardening and her English bull terrier.
James attended Canford School and Imperial College, London before joining Winchester College as a biology teacher in 2006. Since 2013 he has been the Housemaster of Chernocke House. James is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and has a long-standing interest in nature and conservation. He is a keen amateur cyclist, and enjoys coaching rowing, cricket, and travelling.
Richard was appointed Chairman of the Estates Committee in 2014. He is married to Briony who was a netball coach at Twyford. Their son, Alex was at Twyford for 9 years having left in 2002. Richard is the Managing Director of a fourth generation building contractors working in the Hampshire area and is greatly interested in Listed and Heritage buildings.
Emma read music at Durham University before studying for two years on the post-graduate vocal studies course at the Royal Academy of Music. She has taught GCSE, A level and IB Music, has been Head of PSHE and has also taught RS.
Emma is currently Head at Godolphin, an HMC boarding and day school for girls aged 3-18. Her previous educational experience includes running a co-educational day house and then a girls’ boarding house at Canford School and this was followed by four years as Deputy Head Pastoral at Sherborne Girls. Emma has also been an examiner for OCR and the ABRSM and a school governor at a prep school. She currently serves on the HMC committee and is an inspector for ISI.
Emma is married to Stephen and she has three grown up children (two sons and a daughter).
Janine is a Chartered Accountant and specialised in audit and forensic accounting at PwC. Currently self-employed as an accountant for six local businesses, Janine also provides accounting support to many charity fundraising events. Janine’s two sons were at Twyford between 2001 and 2011.
Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined Shoosmiths as a partner in 2005 having previously worked at Denton Wilde Sapte (now SNR Denton) where she was made a partner in 1999. She heads up the real estate team, advising on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and the property aspects of corporate based matters, specialising in development. Joanne and her family moved from London to Hampshire in 2003. Her son Henry was at Twyford between 2006 and 2012.
Rob went to Shrewsbury School and St Andrews University where he read Theology. On graduating in 1996 he joined Swiss Bank as an analyst focusedon the Debt Capital Markets (DCM). In 2002, following a merger with UBS, he became head of the UK DCM Team advising companies such as Sainsbury’s and Shell. In 2006 he moved to Goldman Sachs were he founded and led the European DCM Team with personal responsibility for clients in the UK and Scandinavia. In 2017 he joined HSBC as Co-Head of UK Global Banking. Rob is a Trustee of the Brain Tumour Charity and founder of Everest in the Alps which has to date raised £4 million for a research centre founded with the charity in Heidelberg. Rob is married to Tanya, who is involved with the School in various roles. They have three sons who have been, or are, at Twyford
Dr Chris Stevens was educated at Tonbridge School and read Modern Languages at Cambridge. He began his teaching career as a French teaching GAP student at Brambletye Prep School. He became a College Lecturer at Oxford University while researching for a DPhil in Italian literature and also established a study centre in France for Ashdown House Prep School before joining Uppingham School, where he was Master-in-charge of cricket and a Housemaster for 9 years. He spent 4 years as Second Master at Marlborough before his appointment as Headmaster of Bradfield in 2015. Chris is a keen sportsman, who skis, plays cricket and golf, and loves reading and the performing arts. He is a Governor elect of Theale Green School and a Trustee of the Bradfield Club in Peckham. His wife, Helen, is an English lecturer at Oxford and Vice President of Corpus Christi College. They have three young daughters (14, 12 and 8), currently at Bradfield and St. Andrew’s, Pangbourne.
Sonia grew up in Poole, Dorset, gaining a first class degree at Brunel University, Middlesex, before training as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse Cooper in London. Post qualification Sonia specialised in small emerging businesses and then corporate finance lead advisory services. After leaving the profession Sonia worked at Christie’s fine art auctioneers moving from treasury to UK management, Deputy FD and then Group Commercial Director.
After taking a career break when starting a family, Sonia undertook a number of voluntary roles and worked part time as the accountant at Twyford Surgery for 6 years covering everything from bookkeeping to payroll to management accounting and pensions. Sonia left after outsourcing most of the work and had another career break, during which time she has served as chair of finance on Twyford Parish Council and as trustee and secretary of Twyford Parish Hall.
Sonia is married to Kevin and lives in Twyford with their 3 boys all of whom have been to Twyford between 2006 – 2018.