Board of Governors

The Governors are actively involved in every aspect of the school.

They attend performances, shadow staff and pupils and support many of the extracurricular activities that take place throughout the school year. However, they also play an integral part in the management of Wellington School. The Board is responsible for: agreeing the vision and aims of the school with the Head; the conduct, governance and control of the assets of the school; overseeing the policies, plans and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for present and future Wellington pupils.

Wellington School’s Governors sit on four internal committees. They are placed, according to their expertise on at least one of the following: Finance, Bursaries, Estates and Education. The committees report back regularly to the full Board.

Meet The Governors

Jennifer Simpson, Chair of the Board

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Key Facts:

Appointed as Chair of the Board of Governors in 2016.

Board member since 2013; sits on the Education Committee.

Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry.

About Jennifer:

My mum was a teacher at Wellington in the 1950s, I was a pupil from nursery to S6 (1969 –1982) and my two children are also Wellington educated – my son, Richie, is still here.

I have many fond memories of my time at Wellington and this long involvement with the school made me feel that I perhaps had something to offer in return!

I hope that we keep our Former Pupil community close – we are important part of the school͛s legacy but also the school’s future.

Fiona Ablett

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Key Facts:

Newest member of the Board, having joined in early 2016.

Medical Practitioner at South West of Scotland Breast Screening Service at Ayrshire Central Hospital.

About Fiona:

All three of my children have attended Wellington – the two eldest have left now but my youngest son, Hamish, is still here.

As a parent, my involvement in Wellington School has spanned almost 20 years!

I have seen a lot of changes over that time, attended countless school events, know the workings of the school well and count individual teachers as friends.

Gilbert Andrew

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Key Facts:

Appointed Governor September 2013.

Gilbert is an accountant with 30 year’s experience as a partner in BDO Stoy Hayward.

Gilbert sits on the Finance Committee.

Jenny Fergusson

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Key Facts:

Appointed Governor 2007 and sits on the Education Committee.

Jenny was a Crown Servant in London but she currently works in property and rural management at Kilkerran Estate.

Jenny’s three children are former pupils of Wellington School.

She is a keen horse rider and enjoys walking.

Dianne Gardner

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Key Facts:

Governor since 2007 Diane taught history at Wellington and then was Head Mistress for 13 years from 1998 to 2001.

As the Head Diane is an artist and a Curator with The Maclaurin Trust undertaking voluntary work with The Maclaurin Gallery in Ayr.

She is also a member of The Glasgow Society of Women Artists.

Sits on the Education Committee and the Bursaries Committee.

About Dianne:

I enjoy attending former pupil reunions to meet pupils and see how their lives have developed.

Real education is about preparation for life ahead in every respect.

I felt that my educational expertise and experience was relevant and valuable.

Patrick James Lorimer

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Key Facts:

Appointed as a Governor in 1999, sits on the Estates Committee.

Patrick is an architect. His practice ARPL Architects has offices in London and Wellington Square, Ayr.

About Patrick

My aunt, sister and daughter are all former pupils of the school and my grandmother gave out the prizes on Speech Day.

I became a Governor for personal connections and because I felt that I could be useful to the school from both a professional and personal basis.

My grandmother, The Right Honourable Lady Onslow, who was forthrightly Irish, made a particular acerbic remark about the quality of her family’s intellect when she was handing out prizes at Speech Day – my sister, her Granddaughter, failed to collect a single cup!

Elizabeth Napier

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Key Facts:

Appointed Governor in 2013

Head of Finance for the Primary and Biopharm supply chains within GSK’s manufacturing organisation.

About Elizabeth:

I became a Governor because I wanted to give some of my experience back to the school.

Also, my employer, GSK, seeks to attract more young people into STEM subjects and encouraged employees to integrate into the education sector.

My daughter joined nursery reception in 2000 at Sleaford, (a former nursery building) – it was really intimate and personal.

Mrs Allen, Miss Walkenshaw and Mrs Gibson were the three nursery teachers and they encouraged the children to learn and write at an early age.

I found it very emotional – after 15 years at Wellington – watching my daughter “graduate” from school in S6. I have to go through it all again with my son in a few years though!

Shirley Foran

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Key Facts:

Has been a Governor since 1997 and was appointed chair of the Board in 2013.

She is a Sheriff of North Strathclyde, based at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

Shirley has three children, all three of whom attended Wellington. Her daughter, Sarah, was Head girl 1999/2000.

Keith Swinley

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Key Facts:

Appointed Governor in 2007.

Keith has a legal background with particular emphasis on corporate governance and transaction management.

Keith has three children, all of whom are former pupils of Wellington.

Alastair Wilson

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Key Facts:

Appointed Governor 2007 and sits on the Estates Committee.

Alastair Wilson is the Managing Director of Wilson Homes (Kilmarnock) Limited.

About Alastair:

I was the Chairman of Drumley Preparatory School, supervising all major projects and maintenance; I was also there at the time of the merger with Wellington.

My sons were educated at Drumley School and Gordonstoun while my wife and daughter were both pupils at Wellington – we have a long history with the school!