The school is a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee owned by the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral.

It is governed by a board of up to 12 people, chaired by the Dean of Winchester.

The Governing Body

  John Pringle

Acting Chairman of Governors until the arrival of the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle. 

After retiring from a nomadic career as an international banker, John was for six years a Lay Canon at the Cathedral and became involved in a number of charities.  His leadership of our Finance and General Purposes Committee was rigorous and thoughtful.  John is a member of the Waynflete Singers and a keen cyclist.

Martin Bruce
Martin retired as Headmaster of Christ Church Cathedral School in 2013 and was a Chorister when at Pilgrims’ as a boy. His experience is very valuable to the school as he serves on our Education Committee and as the Governor Responsible for Boarding.

Margaret Chin-Wolf
Margaret is a former Pilgrims’ parent and asset management economist, and a barrister by training. She is both an adviser to Douai Abbey and a governor of the University of Winchester.  Margaret has an interest in the education of gifted children with a specific learning difficulty.  She is our ‘Pre-Prep Governor’ and is also a source of wise counsel on the Finance and General Purposes committee.

Dr Helen Harvey

Helen was Headmistress of Upper Chine School before leading St Swithun's as Headmistress from 1995 to 2010.  She was a Lay Canon of the Cathedral and a Member of Chapter for three years from 2011-2014. Helen chairs our Education Committee.  It is great to have someone of such experience as a regular visitor.

Caspar Ridley

Caspar was a boy at Pilgrims' before moving on to Winchester College.  He is both the son of, and the father of, a Head Chorister.  Caspar is a super cricketer and has sent the ball over more than one Wolvesey wall.  His financial experience is of great value to the governing body: in addition to a number of roles in industry, Caspar has an MBA and was previously a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. 

Canon Sue Wallace

Sue is an ex officio Governor through her role as the Precentor of Winchester Cathedral.  After leaving school, she trained as a primary school music teacher before working at a busy city centre church in York for eighteen years.  She has two Masters degrees, in Theology and Pastoral Studies and Liturgy, but does not reside in an ivory tower – she also runs the School’s Confirmation Classes.

Dr James Webster

James has taught history at Winchester College since 1992 and is now its Director of External Affairs.  As a former WinColl Director of Studies, he is a remarkably astute member of our Education Committee. Outside work and family, his main loves are running, cycling and opera.

Nicholas Wilks

Nick is Second Master (i.e. Deputy Head) of Winchester College, having been its Master of Music.  He knows us well: as a boy he was a Quirister.  Nick’s professional background is in music and before leading the department at Winchester College, he was Musical Director of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, and he remains engaged in a number of musical enterprises.  His pastimes include trail running, film and theatre.

Mike Wilson
Chairman of our Finance and General Purposes Committee.  He is a specialist in employment law and Regional Senior Partner at Blake Morgan LLP solicitors.  Since 2007, Mike has been a member of the Standing Committee on St Swithuns’ School Council, acting as lead for safeguarding and child protection issues. 

The Chairman of Governors can be contacted at:
The Cathedral Office
9 The Close
SO23 9LS