We are governed by United Learning and a team of local professionals who advise on all kinds of aspects of the school, from child protection to the curriculum. They are known as the School Council.
Born in Tunbridge Wells and educated at Tonbridge School, Will Peppitt lives on Romney Marsh with his wife Sara. They have three daughters, all of whom were educated at Ashford School. Will is a Director of Savills (UK) Ltd managing their South East region.
He first became a governor at Ashford in 2001 and has seen many changes during his tenure including the arrival of United Learning, the acquisition of the prep school and the transition to co-education to name but three.
Will is never happier than when he is fishing whether that be for salmon in Scotland or trout on Kent’s own chalk stream, the Stour.
Robert Coombe was born and grew up in Kent and educated at Tonbridge School. He is a solicitor and a director at Kent law firm Whitehead Monckton. He was appointed a Governor in 2010 and brings to the Governing body a legal perspective on various issues. Robert lives near Egerton with his wife Clare and they have a son and daughter. Robert is the present Under Sheriff of Kent and has a very keen interest in sport especially cricket, football (a lifelong Chelsea fan) and golf which he plays whenever he can escape work (not often enough!).
Paul Freemont lives in Appledore with his wife Liz and they have a son and daughter. Paul is a Professor at Imperial College London and is Head of the Structural Biology research section in the Department of Medicine. He also co-directs the UK national translation and commercialization centre for Synthetic Biology and holds a number of external appointments related to research funding and policy. Paul is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Medicine. He brings to the school expertise in higher education and research. Paul also enjoys mountain walking and outdoor activities.
| Edwina Langlands-Pearse |
Edwina first joined the school as a parent in 1999 and her youngest son is still in the school today.
Her career began in Television Production in London before moving down to a farm in Kent after the birth of her eldest son. She says the school was a huge support to the family when her husband died in 2003.
With her interest in physical and emotional well-being, Edwina retrained as a Craniosacral Therapist in 2012 and now works in Private Practice here in Kent. She also regularly teaches in London at the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust and fills in at a London clinic when she have time.
Edwina remarried in 2011 to Charles and enjoys riding her horses and spending time with her family.
Born in London and educated at Highgate School, Tony Rawlins lives in Wittersham on the Isle of Oxney with his wife Anna. They have a daughter and four sons. Tony is an advertising and marketing consultant with particular expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
He was originally a parent Governor of Friars prior to its acquisition and has remained actively involved ever since.
Tony is a member of the Tongswood Chamber Choir and sings in the church choir of St John the Baptist Wittersham. He is also a keen guitarist and inadequate golfer.
| Jon Rimmer |
Born in Liverpool and educated at Wrekin in Shropshire Jon and his wife Lydia moved to Kent in 1999. They now live near Ashford with their three children.
Jon is a qualified rural Chartered Surveyor and Valuer and is Chairman at Hobbs Parker. He is also a Director of HP Technology, a Director of Kendall Richardson and is a board Director of Ashford Cattle Market Company.
Having been brought up on a farm in Lancashire he is a keen countryman. The small amount of spare time is taken up watching and supporting his children in their various sporting activities.
Elaine Rose lives in Aldington with her husband, three English Setter dogs, chickens and flock of elderly Soay sheep. Their three daughters were each educated at Ashford School. Elaine works as an adviser to the Bishop for the Diocese of Canterbury in safeguarding and is also a Child and Family Psychotherapist in private practice; additionally, she is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal. Elaine's background and areas of expertise assist the school in a number of key areas including a focus on the welfare of the school boarders. A published writer and a very keen gardener, Elaine also enjoys riding a tandem with her husband across Romney Marsh.
|Stephen Taylor |
Stephen's involvement with United Learning began when he was Chair of Governors at Sunderland High School in the Durham Diocese where he was Provost of Sunderland. Six years ago he moved to the Diocese of Canterbury to be Archdeacon with responsibilities for Communities and Partnerships across the Diocese. Now, he cares for about 100 churches to the west of the diocese within that role. At the same time he was invited to join the Local Governing Body at Ashford School. He chairs the Ashford School Foundation, a separate charity, which was launched in September 2016 to offer bursaries and in time fundraise for capital projects.
Outside of these roles he enjoys the full on delight of two grandsons and three daughters. With his wife Julie, he continues to explore Kent on days off when he has discovered many of the UK’s best kept secrets, Harty Church being one of them.
|Loba Van Der Bijl |
Loba Van der Bijl is a senior lecturer in Finance at the Kent Business School, the University of Kent. She trained as an economist at the London School of Economics and Political Science and worked in consultancy before joining the academia. She has extensive experience in learning, teaching and assessment. She acts as academic consultant to the CFA UK and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries UK as well as overseas professional bodies.
She is married with a son and a daughter and contributes to Ashford School's governing body in regards to learning and teaching and changes affecting the HE sector. She enjoys opera, travelling and walking.
Independent Schools’ Chair at United Learning, Mr Richard Greenhalgh, can be contacted care of the United Learning central office on (+44) 01832 864 444 or email.
The operation of the school is delegated to the Head, Mr Mike Buchanan, and his senior colleagues.