Chairman: Chris Martin DPhil MBA

    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


    Chris Martin DPhil MBA (Chairman)

    Chris was at Ryde School from 1972 to 1976. He was elected as Chairman in 2012.

    He has a career in the finance and management of a biotechnology based businesses and is currently Chief Executive of ADC Therapeutics, a Swiss cancer therapeutics company.  He is also Chairman of Agalimmune Ltd and a non-executive Director of a number of fund management and technology companies.  Prior to joining ADC Therapeutics, he was a VP at AstraZeneca.  He has worked for periods in the USA, Africa, the Far East and Russia. 

    He has a first degree in Chemical Engineering, a DPhil in Engineering Science and an MBA.  As a Sainsbury Management Fellow, he has been involved in a number of initiatives to advance the quality of management training and experience provided to top engineering students and graduates in the UK.

    Chris and his wife Tuula have two children. Family interests include travel and sports, including sailing and tennis.


    Christoph was at Ryde School from 1975 to 1984 and Guy's Hospital Medical School, University of London 1984 to 1990. He is Head of Fetal Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Visiting Professor at KU Leuven Belgium and Reader in Clinical Obstetrics at Imperial College London where he leads research teams in studies related to fetal development and obstetrics.  He is an occasional commentator on health policy and healthcare funding, having founded Doctors for Reform in 2002 and the Doctors' Policy Research Group at Civitas.

    Christoph lives with his wife Paula and two young sons in London and on the Island.  He sails an X boat from Yarmouth and has a passion for British Leyland cars of the 1960s and 1970s.

    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

    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.

    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.

    dr michele legg bsc mbbs(safeguarding responsibility)

    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.

    emma millett ba

    Emma attended Upper Chine School from 1969 until 1976, when she went on to join the Sixth Form at Ryde School.  Since obtaining a degree in History of Art and English at Oxford Polytechnic, she has followed a career in the Fine Arts, working for Christie’s Auctioneers, the Bridgeman Art Library, Rafael Valls Ltd (Old Master Paintings) and more recently for her husband’s independent antiques business. She has recently become Registrar of Dulwich College’s ‘Ducks’, their pre-prep school.

    Her father was headmaster of Ryde School from 1966 to 1984, when she and her sister enjoyed many benefits of growing up within the general life of the school and have many happy memories of their time on the Island.

    Emma, her husband Tim and their two boys live in London and have a house in Ireland which they try to visit as often as possible.  Her interests include theatre, exhibitions, reading and travel.

    joanna minchin

    Joanna Minchin attended Upper Chine from 1980 – 1987 and has been the nominee for the Upper Chine Old Girls’ Association since 2009. Her husband Robin (also known as Harry) was at Ryde School from 1970 – 1977.  After gaining a diploma at St Aldates Secretarial College, Oxford, Joanna went to work in New York City. She then spent several years travelling. One highlight was a sponsored bike ride with her brother from the Isle of Wight to Cape Town raising £7,000 for Save the Children. She worked on sailing boats for several years, initially with the Ocean Youth Club in UK waters, then crewed in South America, Antarctica and the Med before living in Zanzibar for two years working on a sailing/diving/fishing charter yacht.

    Back on the Island in 2000, she started her own corporate events business, Wight Ventures, which she sold in 2005. She now organises the bi-annual “Wightlink Wight Challenge” a cycling, canoeing and running event for 150 competitors in teams of three. It has raised £150,000+ for charity and currently supports Wessex Heartbeat, Sail 4 Cancer and The Rainbow Centre.

    Joanna’s interests are sailing (she is a dinghy instructor and holds a Yachtmaster ticket), skiing, tennis, cycling, playing the piano and reading. She and Robin both love the Island; they have two children, Harry and Isabelle and live in Wellow in the West Wight.

    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

    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.

    © 2018 Ryde School