Meet the Governors

The College has an active board of Governors, who are also the Board of Woodard Schools (Nottinghamshire) Ltd, and they are responsible for both Worksop College and the Preparatory School. The Chair of Governors (also known as the Custos), Mr. C.J.D. Anderson, leads the team who meet at least once a term to discuss and take major decisions relating to the Prep School. Drawn from a range of backgrounds, the Governors bring a wealth of expertise to the College, which is hugely appreciated. The Senior Provost of the Woodard Corporation, the Revd. Canon. B. Clover, M.A., F.R.S.A., L.T.C.L., normally attends Board Meetings representing the Woodard Corporation.

Chairman (and Custos)

Mr. C.J.D Anderson, M.A.

Vice Custodes

Mr. R.R. Steel, BSc PGCE


Mr. M.A. Chapman
Ms. S. Cundy, B.A., A.C.A.
Mr. D. Wilson, F.C.A., C.T.A.
Mr. R.M. Strawson
Mrs. A.N. Hurton, L.L.B.
Mr. K. Muthukumarappan MBBS, FRCOG, M Med Sci

Clerk To The Governors

Mr. R. J. Dunmore, B.A., A.C.A.

Mr. Colin Anderson
Colin is an Old Ranbian and Old Worksopian as are his 3 sons. He read Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1973. He has practised as a barrister for many years at St. Mary’s Chambers, Nottingham and is a former Head of Chambers. He now specialises in Family Law and Personal Injury claims.

Colin has been a Committee member and Chairman of the Old Worksopian Society. He joined the Board in 2005 and in November 2008 was elected to serve as Custos (Chairman) from the 1st September 2009.

Colin’s outside interests have centred on cricket, hockey, and music. He is a past Chairman of Notts and Arnold Amateur Cricket Club and was an enthusiastic member of the Worksop Woodpeckers CC. He sings in the choirs of the Nottingham Harmonic Society and St. Peter’s, East Bridgford.

Mr. Martin Chapman
Martin was educated at Carre’s Grammar School, Sleaford, Lincolnshire going from there to train as a radio officer for the Merchant Navy. When he left the sea he joined Harrods of Knightsbridge, going onto their Executive Training Course and was promoted from there to Customer Relations Manager at their associated store, D. H. Evans, Oxford Street.

Currently chairman of Chapman Associates Ltd, a business based in Melton Mowbray which Martin set up in 1994 when the temptation to go into business on his own called, Martin mainly advises the owners and senior staff of small and medium-sized businesses on their strategic financial planning. Martin has also set up and chaired a waterway restoration group which opened the local waterway to leisure use. This voluntary work involved him raising public awareness and funds as well as negotiating with navigation authorities.

Martin has two sons, both of whom went to Worksop College and became more formally involved with the school when his wife Patricia became chair of the Friends of Worksop committee. He is a keen photographer and has his own sailing boat (“which does not see enough of me”), in Norfolk.

The Revd. Canon B. Clover
Brendan Clover read music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar. From Cambridge, he moved to Oxford to train for the priesthood.A former head chorister of Sheffield Cathedral, Brendan returned to the Cathedral world as Canon Precentor of Bristol Cathedral in 1999, where his duties included being responsible for the music and liturgy of the Cathedral. Before Bristol, for five years Brendan had served as parish priest of St Pancras, Euston Road, and Holy Cross, Cromer Street, in London’s Kings Cross/Euston area, parishes at the heart of the Kings Cross Single Regeneration Bid. He describes a parish of ‘homeless people and sex workers’. Prior to that Brendan was Chaplain and then Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

As Senior Provost Brendan has a position of leadership in the Woodard Schools. He has high ambitions for the family of schools and is actively engaged in arranging events surrounding the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Canon Nathaniel Woodard in 2011. His interests include cooking and wine, and keeping fit, and he confesses to ‘having been promiscuous with cars’.

Ms. Sara Cundy
Gov - S Cundy
After graduating from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne she qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and moved across to work in industry. She works at Caunton Engineering Limited (who design, fabricate and erect Structural Steelwork across the UK) and its associated companies who rent out commercial and industrial property. Sara lives in Nottinghamshire and has two sons who are currently full boarding at Oundle having previously attended Worksop College Preparatory School Ranby House. Outside of work she enjoys supporting her sons on the sports fields, is a Nottingham Forest season ticket holder, assists with The Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group charity, enjoys travelling and is looking forward to seeing more of the world when the school fees have stopped!


Mr. Richard Steel
Richard was Headmaster of York House School (day Prep. School for Boys near Rickmansworth) from 1984 -1990 and then Headmaster of Wellesley House (co-educational boarding Prep.School in Broadstairs) from 1990 – 2006. He has been a Governor of three independent schools and he was a member of several ISJC Inspection Teams.
He retired to the Lincolnshire Wolds in September 2006 but remains actively involved in teaching and tuition. He is a Committee Member of the Society of Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses and the West Heath Charitable Trust. Richard is also a keen fisherman.

Mr. David Wilson
David was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and joined a local firm of Chartered Accountants in which he is now senior partner.

He qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1967 and qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation the same year. David has served on committees for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and lectured on tax and various financial matters. He has significant audit experience, particularly with Charitable Bodies.

He has been a director of several companies and held a Royal Warrant in respect of services to the Sandringham Estate. In September 2000 he was appointed a member of Southwell Cathedral Chapter which is the Body which runs the affairs of the Minster and he is chairman of the Finance Committee. He was for several years a member of the Finance Committee at West Notts College taking an active part in this important committee. David is also a school governor at St. Peter’s Primary School in Mansfield.


Mr. Mark Strawson

Mark is an Old Worksopian and his son and daughter both attended the College, leaving in 2014.  When he left Worksop, Mark went straight into the family business and in 1992 became Managing Director of Strawsons Limited, farmers of cereals and vegetables in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire.  The company employs 90 full-time staff and approximately 200 sub contractors. Away from work, Mark enjoys country sports, rugby and running.

Mrs. Alison Hurton

Alison Hurton
Alison studied at The University of Hull and The College of Law, York before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1999. She is currently a Partner at Sills & Betteridge, Lincoln where she specialises in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence cases.

Married to Anthony, Alison is a Trustee of Lincoln Age UK and the Cantiacorum Foundation which provides financial support to people / organisations in Kent. Alison was previously the Deputy Coroner for Skegness and Spilsby and a Governor of The Eresby School, Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

Mr. Kumar Muthukumarappan


Kumar is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He is the lead in colposcopy, urogynaecology and undergraduate teaching in Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

Married to Jocelyn, Kumar is an avid amateur photographer with an interest in low light photography and a serious cyclist, having cycled in Switzerland with the Swiss national team. He also loves skiing and plays badminton.