Yarlet School | Governance and governors

Governance and governors

Corporate governance

The Board of Governors is composed of members who provide the skills and experience needed for the advancement of the school, including educational, legal, accounting and other business skills.  The full Board meets at least three times a year and is supported by committees in such fields as Safeguarding Children, Health and Safety, Academic, Finance and Marketing.

Board members are elected at general meetings of The Yarlet Trust and come up for re-election every three years.  Committee members are elected by the full Board and include co-opted members of staff, parents and Old Yarletians.


List of governors:


Alison Primrose

Alison was born in Bath, and after attending Bath High School went on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she met her husband, David.  After completing a PGCE and teaching Biology in an independent girls' school in Bristol, she and David went to Pakistan with the Church Mission Society.  There she taught in the British Overseas School in Karachi.

On returning the UK in the 1990s, she taught in a maintained primary school and an independent preparatory school prior to becoming Headmistress of Bristol Grammar Infant and Junior School.  In 2010 she and David relocated to Staffordshire.

Alison is a School Inspector and a Trustee for a number of educational charities, including Chair of the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education.

She has been a Governor at Yarlet since 2012, becoming Chair of Governors shortly afterwards in 2013 and, more recently, the Governor with responsibility for EYFS. She and David have a daughter in Australia, a son in Hong Kong, one grandson and two black labradors!Dr Primrose can be contacted in the following ways:

By mail: c/o Yarlet School, Yarlet, Nr Stafford, ST18 9SU

By telephone: 01785 286568

By direct email: alison.primrose@yarletschool.org


Steven Bane

stephen_baneSteven Bane is the CEO of a cash security product manufacturing and design business based in Derbyshire and former Army Officer.  Educated at King Edward Grammar School, Spilsby, Lincolnshire and Worksop College, he started his career in The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet direct from school.  After joining his regiment he took an in service degree in mechanical engineering and a further degree in materials science.  During his military career he served in the Falklands conflict and Northern Ireland along with more exotic locations including Hong Kong.  He finished his military career as a platoon commander instructor at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  Being the Chair of the sub-committee for Health and Safety which includes overseeing off-site visits, Steven is active in these roles and has attended the Bala outward bound week and the French trip.  Steven and his wife Eleanor live in Hilderstone and their two children are currently in Main School.


Rev John Davis

Rev_John__DavisJohn Davis is an Ordained Priest in the Church of England and acts as the Town Centre Chaplain for Stafford.  Before being ordained, he served as a senior Police Officer and Territorial Army Officer.  He has also served in the Royal Army Chaplain's Department as Chaplain to Staffordshire Army Cadet Force.  He has a Master's Degree in Criminology, a BA (Hons) Degree in Theology and a PGCE in Higher and Professional Education.  He was a lecturer in Law and Criminology at a local college and has served on two local school governing bodies.  He was awarded an MBE for his community work in Staffordshire and is Chairman of St John Ambulance in the county.


Ann Fisher

Ann_FisherMA, MSC(Oxon), Solicitor, DL. Studied biochemstry and subsequently re-qualified in law. Based in Staffordshire for over 25 years; currently a partner at Hatchers, specialising in corporate and commercial law. Has been involved with Yarlet since 1999 when her two daughters joined the school. Ann served as High Sheriff of Staffordshire for the year 2014/2015 and served for some years as Deputy Pro-Chancellor at Keele University as well as being a Council Member at Lichfield Cathedral.



Albert Benson Greatrex

Benson Greatrex was born in Stafford and was educated at Repton School. He then studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds and subsequently completed an MBA at Keele University. Benson has been active in the Stafford business community for most of his working life and was on the board of the Stafford Railway Building Society for more than thirty years becoming Chairman in the mid 1990s. His other business activities have included the family travel agency, coach company and car dealerships, his current interests being family property companies. Benson is a keen sportsman and continues to play tennis and golf on a regular basis. Married to Caroline with two children, Emma and Freddie (an Old Yarletian), Benson lives in Stafford and has been a Governor at Yarlet since 2012. He currently sits on the Finance Sub-Committee.


Marc Hardenberg

repton_staff_045Governor since May 2010 with one child in Main School and Chair of the Marketing Committee of Yarlet.  Owner and Managing Director of a Sales & Marketing company, distributing a wide range of market leading baby product brands to all major retailers in the UK and providing various Consultancy services.  Born in The Netherlands, educated at the Business School of Amsterdam and graduated as Master in Marketing. Moved to the UK in 2001, married to Julie and lives locally in Fulford.



Giulia Mitchell

giulia_mitchellGiulia (Julia) Mitchell is English / Italian dual nationality.  Educated in Cheshire, she read English Literature & Language at Christ Church, Oxford University and has worked across a number of international sectors: finance, business development, marketing, affinity brand partnerships & brand extension programs.  Most recently, she has been a Director of Bentley Motors prior to establishing her own Consultancy business.  Julia is married to Julian, himself an Old Yarletian!  They have 2 boys, one at Shrewsbury school and the other in the Main School at Yarlet, and they live in Shropshire.



Pauline Sharratt

Pauline Sharratt has recently joined the Governing Body and is the Finance Bursar at Repton School.


Nick Tarling

Nick_TarlingNick's family have lived at Yarlet since 1903 and have provided two headmasters, Andrew Fernie (1903 – 1929) and Keith Tarling (1937 – 1970).  Nick was at the School from age 5 to 13, then at Repton where he captained the running team before going on to Jesus College, Oxford where he read Modern Languages.  After Oxford he entered the legal profession and became a corporate law partner at Freshfields, where he spent 30 years advising on international mergers and acquisitions and building up the firm's European network.  In 1970 he advised his father, Keith, to convert the School into a charity and he remains a governor of The Yarlet Trust.  Nick and Liza live in London and at Yarlet and have three daughters and nine grandchildren, of whom three are OYs! Nick is Chair of the Safeguarding Sub-Committee.


Paul Teeton

Nick_TarlingPaul is a graduate of Rhodes University in South Africa from where he graduated in 1988 with an honours degree in Economics and History. After a spell teaching at St Edward’s School in Oxford he moved to the King’s School in Canterbury where he first lead an academic department and then became housemaster and then senior housemaster. Since 2008 has been head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Rugby School. Paul is married to Elizabeth and they have four young children. Paul is Chair of the Academic Sub-Committee of the Governing Body.



Sarah Tennant

Sarah Tennant has recently joined the Governing Body and is the Acting Head at Repton School.


Paul Vicars

Photo-Paul_VicarsPaul Vicars was educated at EpsomCollege and then St Andrews University.  Paul has taught Geography at Shrewsbury School since 2001 and is a coach of many sports.  Paul was a boarding housemaster for over six years prior to taking on the role of Deputy Head (Pastoral) in September 2012.  Paul is married to Vikki and they have 3 young children.  Paul sits on the Academic Committee of the Governing Body.



Judy Teather

Judy TeatherBorn and bred at Yarlet, Judy Teather is the younger daughter of a previous headmaster, David Carr.  In 1968, Judy became the first female Yarletian before continuing her education at Abbots Bromley where she played school and county tennis, hockey and lacrosse.  She studied Business at College in Oxford and began her career in Public Relations and Event Management – mainly sports related – with the Lawn Tennis Association, the Amateur Athletics Association and Adidas before moving into the regional press.  After 10 years, she set up her own PR and Marketing Consultancy which she ran for 15 years with clients varying from professional football clubs to new house developers.  During this period, in 2002, Judy started working part-time as Development Director for Denstone College looking after the Denstone Foundation and the work which it does for all former pupils.  She was appointed Head of Girls' Boarding in April 2008 and continues her work as Development Director.  Judy has four children, 3 daughters and a son, all of whom are, or have been, educated at Denstone and all of whom are dedicated Stoke City fans! Judy is the Governor with responsibility for Boarding.