Chairman: Christoph Lees MB BS BSC MD

    The Chairman may be contacted at the following address:

    c/o Ryde School, Queen’s Road, Ryde. Isle of Wight. PO33 3BE

     Tel: 01983 562229

    Clerk to the Governors: PC Taylor JP FCA FRSA


    Christoph was at Ryde School from 1975 to 1984 and Guy's Hospital Medical School, University of London qualifying as a doctor in 1990. He is Head of Fetal Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Visiting Professor at KU Leuven Belgium and sits on the Board of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  He has held senior roles in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists overseeing both subspecialist accreditation and basic ultrasound training. 

    Christoph lives with his wife Paula and two sons in London and on the Island, and has been a governor of Ryde School since 2013 leading the Strategic Committee and 2016 as Vice Chairman.


    Michele was appointed to the Board in June, 2010.  She moved to the Island, aged 10, and attended the Convent; Ryde School where her brother Patrick attended, being boys only,  She studied medicine at UCH and Middlesex Medical School, qualifying in 1994, where she also obtained a degree in Neuroscience. 

    Michele has worked as a doctor for 20 years, the first ten in hospital medicine and the last 11 years in general practice on the Isle of Wight. She is a partner at Tower House Surgery and leads in areas of business and finance, QOF, osteoporosis, CCG and locality working.  She is involved in training junior doctors at the practice

    In addition she has been a CCG clinical lead for Dementia and frail elderly for several years and chairs several groups. She has been involved developing a dementia pathway which has been recognised nationally and in a dementia friendly initiative to make the Island dementia friendly; this was started from a pilot in Ryde, where her practice is regarded as a safe haven.

    She has recently been approached and asked to be Wessex Academic Health Science Network clinical lead in dementia, which she has undertaken during the last nine months. She is an elected member of the CCG Clinical Executive Board, President of the Osteoporosis Society on the Island and a trustee at Age UK 

    Michele and her partner Andreas, also an Island GP, have two sons who attend Ryde School.  Michele’s other interests include politics, antiques and dog walking.

    Anthony McIsaac MA DPhil (Hereditary Governor)

    Anthony is the grandson of the School's founder and as such is the hereditary Governor.

    He read Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a doctorate in philosophy at Oxford. He has researched mathematics at Cambridge and computer science at Edinburgh and Oldenburg in Germany. He taught mathematics chiefly at A Level at Dulwich College and at Richmond-upon-Thames Tertiary College between 1980 and 1991.

    Since 1994 he has worked as a consultant engineer in microelectronics. At STMicroelectronics in Bristol, he had responsibility for external R&D partnerships and led a team based in Bristol, Grenoble and Tunis, responsible for verifying the correctness of designs of chips for the consumer electronics market.  From 2007 he worked as an independent consultant.

    Anthony is now retired and lives in Stratford upon Avon with his wife Sheena and they have two sons. He enjoys choral singing and playing the viola.


    Nicholas Wakefield was educated at Orley Farm School, Westminster School, the University of Oxford and Manchester Business School. After an early career as a consulting civil engineer with Binnie & Partners in London, he specialised in project finance, first at S.G. Warburg and later at HBOS. During his 30 year banking career,  Nick arranged funding for major projects in the power, oil and gas, mining, pulp and paper, manufacturing, leisure, transportation, health,  property, water and education sectors, including the rebuilding of 29 Secondary Schools in Glasgow in 2001. Between 2002 and 2005 Nick established a new company, Infracare, which developed and financed the construction of 8 new primary health facilities in Bristol, Oxford and Dudley.  He is currently advising UK companies in the renewable energy, waste recycling and transportation sectors.

    Nick and his wife Sue live in Seaview; they have two married children and four grandchildren, who all live in London and are regular visitors to the Isle of Wight.

    jane bland cert.ed (chair of the education committee-inspection)

    Jane became a Governor in  November 2014. Originally from Pinner in Middlesex, she qualified as a teacher in 1971. She has held a variety of teaching posts in both state and private education, finally as Head of Lower School at Heatherton House, an independent girls’ prep school in Buckinghamshire. Whilst at Heatherton House, she became actively involved with IAPS – the Independent Association of Prep Schools, pre prep advisory group.

    Jane is a passionate gardener. Whilst being a ‘mother’ she was also a freelance gardening writer and public speaker. She is an enthusiastic tennis player and walker, sings in a local choir and is a bee keeper.  She does go sailing – only in clement weather but her heart is in her garden.

    Jane has spent the majority of her life working and living on the mainland though she has been coming to the Island regularly since she was a girl. Since retiring to Bembridge three years ago, she has been able to devote herself to the pursuit of further horticultural knowledge. At the same time, she very much enjoys continued contact with the education of young people, offering remedial help to a number of pupils.

    andrew crawford

    Andrew was born and educated on the Island and became a Governor in November 2018. He served a Marine Engineering apprenticeship with the RNLI and following this took up a career in yachting where he became a professional Superyacht Captain, piloting amongst others a 46 metre sailing yacht worldwide, for a wealthy American owner.  The Owner was a New York Yacht Club member and major sponsor of the America's Cup Syndicate so enjoyed privileged participation in the America’s Cups of 1980, 1983 in USA and 1986/87 in Australia.

    Andrew returned to the Island in 1989, starting a second career with an engineering company involved in the oil industry as a Marine Operations Manager, and he quickly became a Regional Manager running the business in South America and Asia. In 1996 he bought a Swedish Engineering Company which he relocated to the Island, manufacturing equipment for the oil industry. He was also appointed Technical Advisor for Japanese Petroleum Association, being a specialist on Global Oil Spill Response for Major Marine Oil Tanker Incidents which is a job he still does today. In 2002 he sold his company to a Finnish organisation and continues in the post of Senior Vice President Global Business Development with special focus in Asia and Africa.

    Andrew lives in Cowes with his wife Judith. They have two sons who have both attended Fiveways, Junior and Senior Schools. His interests include yachting/boating, travel, cycling and skiing. 

    Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC

    Chantal-Aimée became a Governor in November 2014.

    She grew up between the United States, Germany and England and attended the International School in Hamburg, Germany and Roedean School in Brighton. Chantal studied at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1986 and at Cambridge University, England (1987-1991). At Cambridge, Chantal-Aimée attended New Hall, now known as Murray Edwards College, and studied history and law. She was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1989.

    In 1992 she was called to the Bar of England and Wales and became a Queen's Counsel in 2008. Much of her practice as a barrister involves advising and representing clients in major infrastructure projects, here and overseas. She also sits as an arbitrator resolving commercial disputes.

    Chantal was made a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2010 and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the International Construction Law Review, a joint Editor of the Building Law Reports and a contributing Editor of Hudson's Building and Engineering Contracts. Chantal was Chairman of the Technology and Construction Bar Association and is Chairman-elect of the Bar Council of England and Wales. She took over as Chairman on January 1, 2016 for one year.

    Stephen Drew  MA

    Stephen joined the trustees in 2015. As a child he sang in the choir at King’s College, Cambridge. He was at music school at Lancing College and read English at Oxford, whereafter for twelve years he taught English at Eton College before moving in 1984 to be Head of English at Rugby School.  In 1988 he and his wife, Julie, opened the school’s fourth sixth form girls’ boarding and day house. He was appointed Headmaster of The Chorister School, Durham, in 1994 and in 2002 became Headmaster of St Faith’s, the largest prep school in Cambridge. He retired (to Oxford) in 2011. Stephen plays the violin in the Oxford Symphony Orchestra and is one of its trustees.  He sings in his church choir and in the Summertown Choral Society and plays in the Sunnymead ‘Dissonance’ String Quartet.  Other interests include theatre, opera and ballet; walking in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds (where there are hills – a pleasant thing for one whose last years of employment were spent in the Fens); and reading.  He was for nine years on the Council at Haileybury, is a Trustee at Dean Close, Cheltenham and has been involved in the new heads’ mentoring programme run by IAPS.

    Stephen and Julie Drew have two daughters, one a GP partner in Stoke Newington, the other the Head of English at a comprehensive school in Lambeth.


    Dawn Haig-Thomas grew up in west London and attended Drayton Manor High School where she gained 10 GCSEs and A levels in History, Latin and English Literature.  She then studied at Manchester University, graduating in 1996 with a BA (Hons) 2:1 in Politics and Modern History.  Thereafter Dawn studied International Business at Manchester Business School. 

    In 1997, Dawn joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as part of their graduate training programme in the business consulting division. During her time with Accenture, Dawn focused on business strategy and process with numerous clients across the UK and Europe including Shell, Sainsbury’s, Thomas Cook and American Express. 

    Dawn started to pursue her interest in international development in 2004, transferring into Accenture’s non-profit division.  She moved to Gujarat (India) and worked with the Self-Employed Women’s Association and the World Bank on the start-up of a business that enabled remote rural producers to trade internationally using the Internet. 

    In 2006, Dawn moved to the global trade association for mobile phone operators (GSMA) as director of the non-profit division focused on driving uptake of mobile communications to improve the lives of people living on less than $1 per day.  Under Dawn’s tenure, multi-million dollar grants were won from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and UKAID, and she launched programmes with then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and head of the UNHCR António Guterres.

    After having three children, Dawn and her husband relocated to the Isle of Wight to restore a Jacobean manor house and enjoy life by the sea.  Dawn is a keen traveller and runner, having completed three and a half marathons.  She is also a qualified yoga teacher and a Trustee of UKSA, a youth development charity based in Cowes.

    Annabelle Harvey

    Annabelle was elected as the Upper Chine Old Girls' Association Nominated Governor in March 2013.  She was a pupil at Upper Chine from 1975 to 1984, following both her mother and sister and was Head Girl in her last year there.

    Annabelle went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985 and was commissioned into the Women’s Royal Army Corps. She served with the Household Division, the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment, the Royal Signals, as a Recruiting Officer and on the NATO Joint Warfare Staff. She married an officer in the Royal Irish Rangers and lived in Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Germany and the Falkland Islands. They have two children, Hugo, who has just completed a gap year in Whistler qualifying as a ski instructor, and will read Product Design at Bristol and Arabella, who had just completed her GCSES at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire.  Annabelle has now re-joined the Army and works in a Brigade HQ delivering Career Management. She enjoys skiing, fly fishing, history, wine and cooking. 

    Annabelle now lives with her partner, Sarah, very close to Stonehenge. Sarah has two children, Nathan, who has recently qualified as a commercial pilot, and Mollie who is in the 4th form at Rookwood School, Hampshire.

    caroline jacobs(nee TImms)

    Caroline joined the Governors in June 2018. She is delighted to continue her long association with the School, as she is the third generation in her family to become a governor; following in the footsteps of her Grandfather Douglas Timms who, amongst other things, was part of the committee to form the first school fete, and her Father John Timms, who was also a pupil at the School and Chairman of the Old Rydeians’ Association. Caroline was previously a Governor at Bishop Lovett School and enjoyed her responsibilities supporting the school to raise standards and quality of education, to ensure pupils achieved their educational potential.

    Caroline was born on the Isle of Wight and educated at St Therese Presentation Covent where she was Head Girl; while her brother Ian attended Ryde School and was Head Boy. From 1984 to 1986 she attended Ryde School in the sixth form. Her husband Mark and two children, Imogen and Dominic, previously Head Boy, are also Old Rydeians. Caroline, her husband and son have served on the Old Rydeians’ Association Committee and have enjoyed organising social events to continue their contact with peers.

    After leaving school, Caroline spent time in South Africa living and working in Roedean School, a girls’ boarding school in Johannesburg, after which she returned to the UK to train as a Registered General Nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. She returned to the Island in 1990 to get married and worked for nine years as an intensive care nurse. In 1999 she became an NHS School Nurse as part of the 0-19 team. She enjoys her varied role as a public health nurse, including safeguarding and supporting the health and wellbeing of young people. Educating is very much part of her day job as she is a mentor to student nurses and new staff, in particular teaching Personal Social Health Education.

    In her spare time Caroline appreciates music and drama and is very involved in the Isle of Wight Music and Drama Festival where she is a steward and performer still. She enjoys singing, was part of the school choir and has sung with Voices of the Wight alongside her children. She loves spending time with friends and family and, when she has the opportunity, travelling.

    Joanna Wallace-Dutton (nee Rampling)

    Joanna attended Upper Chine from April 1980 to July 1989, following on from her three sisters and sister-in-law.  Afterwards she gained a Diploma in Waterbased Leisure Studies from The College of Maritime Studies, Warsash.  She then worked as a Duty Manager in the Leisure Industry in a variety of indoor and outdoor sports centres and pools and in the marina in Portsmouth Harbour.  When she married her husband, who was a member of the Armed Forces, she took work wherever he was posted in the UK and in the Far East including Police Human Resources, Pension Review and a Military Education Centre.  She has 3 school aged children and lives in the New Forest and works in the Exams Office at a local school.  Joanna enjoys playing and watching many sports, in particular swimming.  She enjoys travelling and with her family recently spent time in Nepal helping in an earthquake-hit village and school, she enjoys trekking and catching up with friends. 

    philip weeks (health & safety committee)

    Philip went to Bembridge School in 1972 to 1982.  Much of his career has been spent as a business consultant and specialist recruitment adviser for a number of national organisations covering much of the UK.  He was previously involved with the international renowned Dale Carnegie training and development organisation, supporting leadership training and business management.  Most recently Philip became an equity partner with the Island’s largest independent estate agent and auctioneers, Hose Rhodes Dickson.

    Philip and his wife, Sue have two sons. Family interests include travel, skiing, dog rescue and local history.


    Michael Wilson is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and Head of Equity Derivatives Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, managing sales and marketing for the firm’s equity derivatives businesses. Michael has over 20 years experience including working at Societe Generale and Dresdner Kleinwort covering institutional client sales for the U.K. and Ireland.

    He studied at Cranfield University where he obtained a PhD in Engineering and also at Edinburgh University where he obtained a BEng (Hons). Prior to this most of his education was in France. He has three children of school age at Ryde School and enjoys spending time with them and his wife on the Isle of Wight.

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