Governor Profiles

Pauline Norvall - Custos - Chair of Governors

Pauline was educated at Abbots Bromley School. She has now retired from a career in Education, specialising in teaching pupils with special educational needs. Pauline is Custos of the School Council, Trustee and Chair of the Guild of S Mary and S Anne and Circle S Secretary. She has been a member of the School Council for a number of years and is responsible for Safeguarding, Boarding, and Early Years and is also a member of the Education Committee. Living locally, she attends pastoral meetings and other important events at the school. Pauline is married to Martin with two children and grandchildren.


Ray Mansell ACIB – Vice Custos - Vice Chair of Governors


Ray was a commercial lender with Barclays Bank for 20 years and is a fully qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He is Vice Custos of Abbots Bromley School and he chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Estates Committee and is also an active member of the Marketing Committee. He is involved in all aspects of the school and regularly attends events and functions. He is married to Jennifer and their daughter Samantha is a former Deputy Head Girl of Abbots Bromley School.

Rev Simon Davis – BSc MA MIET

Simon was educated at Plymouth, Bristol and Lampeter. He is Rector of Abbots Bromley and surrounding parishes and also a training incumbent heading up a team of Clergy and Lay officers. Simon is a former engineer and has been a friend of the school for many years, presently serving as a council member supporting the pastoral and spiritual ethos of the school including boarding.

Richard Knight – JP FRICS

Richard was educated at Eastbourne College and the Royal Agricultural University. He is a retired Chartered Surveyor and former Director of a major provincial firm of Chartered Surveyors and recently retired Magistrate. Richard retired from the Board of the Woodard Corporation in 2016 and retired, after 27 years, from the governing body of the Cathedral School at Llandaff in July 2017. He was appointed as Custos following the inspection of March 2013, which he managed for a period of two years, but felt that he lived too far away to continue this for the longer-term.

Heather Graham – BA (Hons) – Chair of Marketing Committee

Heather and her daughter were both educated at Abbots Bromley School. She has a degree in Business Studies and a career in finance and business management and part time lecturing. She has served as Business and Finance Director of APB Group Ltd (a civil engineering company) since 1986 and is also a freelance Business and Management consultant. She serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and also supports the marketing team. She is Treasurer of the Guild of S Mary and S Anne and joined the School Council in 2013. Heather is married to Andy and has two children, Ryan and Cass.

Steven Bourne

Steve is the Managing Director of The Chartwell Practice Ltd, a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Burton on Trent and founded the practice in 1999. He served as a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at St Wystan's School in Repton for six years until November 2013 when he was appointed to the school council at Abbots Bromley. He is a member of the Estates and Finance & General Purposes Committees. Steve is married to Kate and they have been involved with the school since 2010 having children who have attended both the Prep School and the Senior School.

Simon James LLB (Hons) - Consultant Solicitor

Simon was educated at Smallwood Manor and Denstone College before reading law at Hull University. He is now a consultant solicitor. He is Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee at the school and served as a Trustee at St Giles Hospice, Whittington until 2017. He is Warden of Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust and Clerk to Michael Lowe & Associated Charities, Lichfield Municipal Charities and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust. Simon is married to Jennifer and their daughter Katherine is a former pupil. He joined the School Council in 2014.

Ian Whyte

Ian is a former parent of the school and a local Osteopath practising in both Stafford and Stone. He is a committed Christian, an able musician and supportive member of the Governing Body, having joined the Council in the Autumn of 2015. Ian is the chair of the Education Committee. His wife Jenny is a Music Teacher and his daughter Kym left our Sixth Form to study at York University.

Professor Richard Luther - Dean of Internationalisation and Professor of Comparative Politics at Keele University.

Educated in Switzerland, the UK and Germany, Richard has been involved in international university teaching networks for over 30 years. He has delivered lectures at universities and public fora in numerous European countries, throughout the USA and in China. For 13 years, he convened a network of over 200 researchers on five continents. He played a major role in initiating and then (co)-directing its annual multinational PhD Summer School, held for the 27th time in 2017. Professor Luther has been a member of the International Association for the Study of German Politics since 1980 and was elected to its Executive Committee on several occasions. He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, both in Vienna. In 2008, he was appointed Visiting Professor at Vienna University and in 2009 received the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Arts. In 2014, he was awarded a three-year part-time Professorship under the Chinese government’s Distinguished Foreign Experts Programme. He is currently Visiting Professor at the German Studies Center of Shanghai’s Tongji University and a member of the Tongji University Think Tank.