School Governors

Downside School Board of Governors

The Governors are responsible for the general direction and ensuring the proper management and control of the School.  

Each member of the Governing Body sits on one or more sub-committees where members of the Senior Management Team report in detail, their findings are then presented to the main Governing Body at their termly meetings. 

Adrian Aylward – Chair of Governors 

Adrian Aylward is the Chair of Governors at Downside School.

Adrian Aylward is the Chair of Governors at Downside School.

Adrian Aylward was educated at Worth and Oxford University then spent nine years in the City and Industry latterly as CEO of a public company. In 1992 he completed a PGCE at Kings College London and moved into education. He was for four years a Housemaster and Head of Religious Studies at Downside and from 1996 to 2006 was Headmaster of Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. Adrian was Headmaster of Leweston School, Dorset, until 2015. He trained as an ISI Inspector, specialising as a Boarding Inspector. Adrian is the governor responsible for child protection at Downside. aaylward@downside.co.uk

Catherine Hughes

Catherine Hughes - Chair of the General Education Committee

Ms Catherine Hughes is the Principal of St Bede's Catholic College, an Independent Academy in Bristol. Having trained as a Mathematics teacher at La Sainte Union Southampton and subsequently graduating from Reading University with a Bachelor of Education, Ms Hughes worked in three Catholic schools before moving to St Bede's in 1995. She is recognised as a National Leader in Education and brings a wealth of educational experience to her role as a Governor at Downside. Catherine is responsible for Initial Teacher Training.

James Scott Gatty

James Scott-Gatty - Chair of the General Finance and Resources Committee

James, an Old Gregorian, graduated from Roberts House in 1976. After studying economics at Exeter University he qualified as a chartered accountant and has spent most of his career as a finance director for investment management businesses, including Laing and Cruickshank, UBS Wealth Management and Cheviot. He is a past parent and his father was also educated at Downside.

Dom Anselm Thumb

Dom Anselm Brumwell - Finance and Resources Committee

Dom Anselm Brumwell studied French, German and Theology at Durham University before entering the monastery in 1995. Following studies in Biblical Theology in Rome he returned to Downside in 2003 and since then has taught Religious Studies, Latin and German in the school and was a housemaster. He has been a trustee since 2004. In the monastery he is also choir master and vocations' director.

Dom David

Dom David Foster

After studying classics and philosophy at university, Dom David specialised in Patristic Theology. Currently based in Rome at Sant'Anselmo where he is the Choir Master and does some teaching. He has published three books, on lectio divina and prayer, and is currently working on a study of the metaphysics of prayer. He gives frequent retreats and talks on monastic theology.

Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins - Education Committee

Peter graduated from Downside in 1967 and went on to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he studied Classical Philosophy. He continued his studies at Harvard as a Harkness Fellow. After a long and successful career as a diplomat based in Vienna, Washington DC, Paris, Brasil and Geneva, he retired to Bath, where he lives with his wife, and joined the Governing Body in December 2012.

Dom Leo Maidlow Davis - Finance and Resources Committee

Dom Leo Maidlow Davis - Finance and Resources Committee

Dom Leo Maidlow Davis was educated at Downside and Cambridge University after which he joined the Monastery. Always involved in the School, Father Leo has taught classics, been House Master of Smythe and most recently until 2014 was Head Master of Downside School. He is now Prior Administrator, Chairman of Downside Abbey Trust and Chairman of Governors.

Dominic Tayler Finance and Resources Committee

Dominic Tayler - Finance and Resources Committee

Dominic Tayler, an Old Gregorian, graduated from Caverel House in 1985. His son Alexander was educated at Downside, his daughter Isabella is in Caverel and he and his family have a long association with Downside. Dominic is an Investment Director at Cheviot Asset Management specialising in private client charities and in particular religious orders. He brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Governing body.

John Ludlow

John Ludlow - General Finance and Resources Committee

John Ludlow, who is a current parent and an OG, has a wealth of experience at senior board level. John is currently CEO of AIRMIC after a successful career as Senior Vice President at the InterContinental Hotels Group and is well qualified in business and risk management. He is a Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management and visiting fellow at Oxford Brookes University School of Hospitality Management.

Hugh Dickenson

Hugh Dickinson - Education Committee

Hugh Dickinson was educated at Stonyhurst and Bristol University before spending six years as an officer in the Irish Guards. After the Army, Hugh trained as a solicitor at Ashurst and has spent the last five years at BlueBay Asset Management as Fund Legal and Product Development Manager. He is married with two young children. From his own voluntary work, Hugh has developed a considerable understanding of the UK private education market.