ST LEONARDS COUNCIL
The Board of Governors for St Leonards are known as 'Council'. The Council is responsible for setting the overall policy for the School, determining its strategic direction and maintaining its financial strength. Together with the Headmaster and academic staff, Council determine the course in which the school operates, thus ensuring that pupils can achieve their full potential.
Council is directly responsible for the Headmaster and Bursar appointees, who report to Council on School performance on a quarterly basis.
Council members are selected for their individual skills and expertise, to preside on the Board and relevant sub-committees that deal with finance, property, marketing, appointments, school liaison, IT and the Junior School.
Our current Council members are as follows.
Chairman: Mr James Murray MA LLB DL
Mrs Victoria Collison Owen MA
Mr Martin Passmore MA GCGI FRSA
Mrs Rosaleen Rentoul BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, PGCE, PGCE
Mr Graeme Simmers CBE CA
Mrs Clare Wade
Neil was educated at Merchiston Castle School and went on to be a Governor of the school for 12 years and Deputy Chairman for four. His family timber business, based in Fife, is now 157 years old and Neil has extensive business experience. Neil is currently Chairman of the Investment Trust, Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon PLC. He is also Deputy Chairman of the R&A and a Director of the British Golf Museum . Neil previously filled the position of Chairman of Crieff Hydro Ltd as well as the Securities Trust of Scotland, and currently holds many senior positions within the UK timber industry as well as being involved with a number of charities.
Neil has been a member of Council since 2014, his sits on the Audit Committee and his family connections with St Leonards go back four generations.
Mrs Heidi Purvis BA PGCE
Heidi has been a parent at St Leonards for twelve years since moving to St Andrews with her husband Rob and family. Her five children have been educated from the Junior School through to the Sixth Form, with three still enrolled at the school. She was on the Junior School Advisory Board for three years and has been on the Council since 2015, sitting on the Marketing Sub-Committee. She also draws on the experience she has had as a teacher herself, having taught Modern Languages for several years at secondary level.
Sandy Richardson has been a member of the Governing Council since 2015. He has a professional background in fundraising in the education and cultural sectors. Formerly at Heriot-Watt University and National Museums Scotland, he is Development Director for V&A Museum of Design Dundee, which opens in 2018.
Sandy is a former pupil of New Park School, which, in 2005 was amalgamated with St Leonard's. He particularly takes an interest in the school's development plans and is keen to help fulfil them through engaging broader philanthropic support.