Board and Advisory Board

Mr Simon Robinson

Chairman of Burton Hathow Preparatory School Ltd Board and Non-Executive Director of BHPS Ltd

Simon is a co-founder of The Foundry, a London-based software company in the visual effects industry, where he is the company's Chief Scientist. He has 20 years’ experience in the film and broadcast industry and was awarded a Sci-Tech Academy Award© in 2007. He was also voted number 52 in Fast Company's 2010 annual ranking of the 100 most creative people in business. Simon has a BA Honours degree in Engineering and Computing from Cambridge University and is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Mr Alan Lyons

Non-Executive Director of BHPS Ltd Board

Alan is a qualified commercial accountant (CIMA) and has worked as a CFO in a number of businesses both nationally and internationally. He began his career with Ruston Gas Turbines and has since led finance teams for Alstom, Siemans, Helius Energy and, currently, Fleet Essentials.

Mrs Penny Ford

Director of BHPS Ltd Board

Penny graduated from Bishop Grosseteste College in 2000 with an Honours degree in English and QTS. She has worked in the private sector since 2004, when she joined St Mary’s Preparatory school as Head of English, she was later appointed Deputy Head in 2009. When the school merged with Lincoln Minster in 2011 she was appointed Deputy Head and Head of Upper School with over 300 on roll. In 2012, she made the decision to create a different and unique type of preparatory education within Lincolnshire.

Claire Lyons

Executive Director

Claire graduated in 1998 with a degree in Drama then went on to work in Theatre in Education, both nationally and internationally. On returning to the UK she undertook her official teacher training at Bishop Grosseteste University before going on to work in the state and independent sector, leading both drama and English departments.

Mr Rick Lund

Chairman of the Advisory Body

Rick is a retired Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot and Mathematics graduate with additional specialist skills in applied flying training, aerosystems engineering (post graduate), aircraft test and evaluation, synthetic training, leadership assessment, aptitude testing and personnel selection for officers and aircrew. He developed further skills within the RAF, Defence Procurement Agency and the Civil Service in project and business management, including, most recently, research studies into higher education, university sponsorship and academic standards for entry to the RAF. Rick is a committed Christian and an active member of St Peter-in-Eastgate Church, Lincoln.

Mrs Sarah Arden

Sarah is a working mum with four children; degree educated and together with her husband runs a Lincolnshire farming business. Education from a parent's perspective is her focus with family ranging from GCSE year to University finals. All of her children were educated at St. Mary's Preparatory School, Lincoln, with the belief that the formative years are the most important, and equal importance should be attached to academia, music and sport - educating the whole child. As her eldest son once said to her, 'I want to go to a school where it is cool to do things.' Sarah wants to help Burton Hathow become such a place.

Mrs Elizabeth Bowes-Smith

Elizabeth Bowes-Smith read law at Downing College,Cambridge, and qualified as a solicitor. For 14 years she worked for leading charity and education law specialists Farrer & Co and Stone King in London, advising a wide variety of local and national charities, including many educational charities and independent schools. Since moving back to Lincoln 10 years ago, Elizabeth has focused on raising her 3 children and coordinating the large children’s and youth ministry in the parish church where her husband is the vicar. Elizabeth will therefore take an active interest in the spiritual ethos of the school.

Mrs Katie Smith

Katie is a nurse working in Primary Care. Her three children attended St Mary's Preparatory School, and she became heavily involved in school life as chair of the fundraising committee and then as a Governor, roles which she considers to have been hugely rewarding. She is keen to be actively involved in this unique independent preparatory school, providing the nurture and support by which children can reach their potential in an inspiring, safe environment. Katie’s particular interest is in health and welfare of the children, including child protection.

Mr Andrew Vasey

Andrew Vasey spent thirty-seven years in State Education, as Primary School, Advisory, Deputy Head and Head Teacher, ending up at Cherry Willingham Primary School, where the management of the school was praised in three successful Ofsted inspections. He also has experience as acting Head Teacher in establishments ranging from a village school with fewer than forty pupils to an inner city school which he led out of the Ofsted Special Measures grading in 1999. Since his retirement, he has been recruited by Bishop Grosseteste University College to do contract work as a Visiting Tutor. He is a former playing member at, and former Chairman of Lincoln Rugby Club.