Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for supporting senior leaders, constructively challenging processes and contributing to the development of strategy, as well as overseeing the School’s finances. They work collaboratively with the Head, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise from a variety of sectors including the professions, finance, business, education, marketing and agriculture.

The Governors are deeply committed to the success of the School.

Chair of Governors

Danny Campbell

Danny joined St Andrews Links Trust in 1999, arriving from the world famous department store, Harrods, at which he was responsible for the sports floor, with the remit to develop the retail business at the Home of Golf. Danny was a member of the Senior Executive Team at the Links for over 19 years, and oversaw the transformation of the retail operation from two to five stores as well as delivering an online shop. He also had overall responsibility to deliver the retail business for The Open and the successful wholesale and licensing relationships with organisations such as Harrods and Walt Disney World. 

After 24 years at the Links, Danny decided to leave after the 150th Open, his fifth at St Andrews, to establish a new business that looks to build on his 30 years experience in building brands across the world.

Danny has also been a non-executive director for the commercial business at the University of St Andrews. He is also an avid golfer, plays off a handicap of five, enjoys cricket, rugby and spending time with his wife and son; who is a current pupil at St Leonards, at their home in Fife.

Danny joined the Board of Governors in 2020, and became Chair of Governors in 2023. 

Deputy Chair of Governors

Philip Petersen

Philip brings with him a wealth of experience in commercial leadership and business development from the tech industry.  Educated at Cranfield School of Management and Durham University, he provides consultancy and executive help to businesses, particularly in strategy, business development and sales. Prior to this, Philip founded a software start-up and took it to exit, having worked for a range of corporates in operating roles covering the UK, EMEA and the US.

Philip joined the Board of Governors in 2018, where he serves as the Deputy Chair of Governors, Chair of the Commercial Enterprise Committee and member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Governor

Heidi Purvis

Heidi has been a parent at St Leonards for 19 years since moving to St Andrews with her husband Rob and family in 2005. Her five children have all been educated at St Leonards, from the Junior School through to Sixth Form, with one still enrolled at the School. Over the years, she has been involved in many areas of school life, including the PA and Junior School Advisory Board.

Heidi became a Governor in 2014, where she serves as Chair of the Pupil Experience Committee and a member of the External Relations Committee. 

Governor

Laura Jacks

Laura is a Doctor of Jurisprudence and is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Texas and Washington DC. She started her legal career as a trial lawyer, litigating high-value environmental and commercial disputes. More recently, Laura has been working on the other side of the bench as a Judge in Travis County Probate Court in Austin, Texas. She continues to do visiting judge work in the mental health courts in Austin, and lectures full time in Business Law at Texas State University.

In June 2014, Laura and her husband Tommy moved to St Andrews with their two sons, Will and Harry, who both currently attend St Leonards.

Laura joined the Board of Governors in March 2017, where she serves as the Safeguarding Governor and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Governor

Fenella Taylor

Fenella has worked in PR for many years, across different sectors, both in-house and consultancy and in both the UK and Uganda. For the past few decades, she has run her own PR consultancy based near Glasgow and now principally handles consumer PR for companies across the food and drinks sector, interiors, gifts, and homeware. She is also a freelance PR consultant for Flourish Marketing, a leading Scottish marketing consultancy. In addition, she undertakes considerable charitable work, such as a Committee Member of the Women of Scotland Lunch and local charities.

As a former pupil of St Leonards, and a mother of four boys, Fenella takes a keen interest in Scottish education. 

Fenella joined the Board of Governors in 2018, where she serves as Chair of the External Relations Committee and a member of the Staff Experience Committee.

Governor

Sara Robertson

Sara is a second-generation St Leonards Senior and graduated from Kings College London. She followed this with a Postgraduate Degree (M.Litt) in Management, Economics & Politics at the University of St Andrews. Sara then went to work at Standard Life in Management before becoming the Marketing Manager of Standard Life Bank. Since then, she has moved with her family overseas living in Kuala Lumpur, Philadelphia, and finally London giving her a broad understanding of various different education systems. Sara has 3 children, two of whom recently studied the IB at St Leonards; all now having completed university at UCL, Bristol & Durham.

Outside family life, Sara is a keen golfer, coaching primary school children at SALJGA, enjoys bridge and is an active member at the St Rule Club, St Andrews.

Sara joined the Board of Governors in 2023, where she serves as Chair of the 150th Celebration Committee and as a member of the External Relations Committee and the Pupil Experience Committee.

Governor

Andrew Peddie

Andy Peddie runs the farm at Cornceres Farm in Anstruther with his wife Gwen and son Craig, as well as the Silverdyke Park,  in partnership with their daughter Kirsty. Silverdyke is a holiday park on the outskirts of Anstruther and was started as a farm diversification 12 years ago. It is now a thriving standalone business with 130 static holiday homes and space for 31 tourers. In 2014, they erected a 400kw wind turbine in a community partnership with community  groups from the nearby villages of Anstruther  and Crail.

Andy has been involved  in many ‘Agri’ boards including the National Farmers Union of Scotland and is currently on the board of SRUC, Scotland Rural College which has around 5000 students on various campuses across Scotland.

Andy serves as Chair of the Staff Experience Committee and is a member of the Commercial Enterprise Committee.

Governor

Jenny Brown

Jenny has spent over 20 years working within the golf and wider sports industry, with the majority of her experience being in business and brand development and more recently in strategic planning. She joined The R&A 7 years ago, initially to head up The Open’s retail and licensing business. Three years ago, she started a new role at The R&A to lead a project to transform a local council course in Glasgow into a new “Blueprint for Golf”, focused on bringing the game back to the heart of community life in an appealing, affordable and inclusive way. The focus for this project has been around implementing education pathways to inspire the local community to get involved in golf, which Jenny is very passionate about. Jenny is also part of the Executive Leadership team at The R&A and is now responsible for business diversification.

Jenny is a keen golfer, loves yoga and life in St Andrews with her husband and young daughter.

Jenny joined the Board of Governors in August 2023, where she serves as a member of the Commercial Enterprise Committee.

Governor

Shauna McNeil

Shauna works in Corporate Development and Strategy having previously held operational leadership and management consultancy roles across the energy, industrial products and biotechnology sectors in the UK, US and Norway.  She graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in General Management and the University of Minnesota with a BEng. She is also a current St Leonards Junior School parent.

Shauna joined the Board of Governors in 2023, where she serves as a member of the Finance, IT and Estates Committee and the Commercial Enterprise Committee.   

Governor

Victoria Collison-Owen

Victoria is a second-generation Senior (former pupil) and her daughters also attended St Leonards where they gained their IB Diplomas.

With over 30 years experience in the built heritage, charity, and voluntary sectors in Scotland, Victoria is currently Executive Director of the national charity and building preservation trust, Historic Churches Scotland. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in the History of Art before beginning her career with the National Monuments Record of Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

Victoria has been a Governor at St Leonards since 2010, where she serves as the Boarding Governor and as a member of the Finance, IT and Estates Committee, the Pupil Experience Committee and the 150th Celebration Committee. 

 

Governor

Paul Dollman

Paul is a graduate of the University of St Andrews in Applied Mathematics, followed by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland while training at Price Waterhouse. He has held a number of Finance Director roles including William Grant and Sons Ltd and John Menzies PLC. His experience has led to a number of Non-Executive Directorships since retiring from full time employment.

Paul is a keen golfer, a member of the R&A and recently appointed a Trustee of the St Andrews Links Trust.

As a parent of three grown-up children who were all educated privately he has a keen interest in navigating the future challenges of the Independent Education sector. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Sarah and they have a home near St Andrews.

Paul serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Governor

Andy Goor

Andy Goor is the Chief Financial Officer at the University of St Andrews where he is responsible for leading and developing both short-term financial plans and a long-term financial strategy, supporting the over-arching University strategy, along with ensuring financial control and long-term financial sustainability is maintained.

He sits on a number of Committees and Boards within the University and sits as a Director on some subsidiary businesses. He also sponsors several capital and change projects.

In his current role, Andy is directly responsible for over 50 staff covering Financial Accounts, Operations, Accounts Payable, Cash and Treasury and Financial Advice and Support (incorporating the Management Accounts and Research Finance Office functions).

Andy joined the Board of Governors in 2023, where he serves as a member of the Finance, IT and Estates Committee.

Governor

Douglas Pickles

Douglas was educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh before completing a BA in History at the University of Bristol. Douglas has pursued a successful career in Management Consulting working with clients in  various industries and in multiple geographies on a range of business challenges. After 15 years living internationally, Douglas now works for PwC in Edinburgh with a focus on energy transition. He has recently been certified by the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Douglas has three children at St Leonards.

Douglas joined the Board of Governors in 2023, where he serves as the Health and Safety Governor and is a member of the Staff Experience Committee and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

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