The proprietor of the school is the Governing body. The registered office of the Governing Board is the school office and the Chair of Governors can also be contacted at the school address.

Chair of Governors

Richard James Richard has been Chair of Governors at Hopelands Preparatory School since October 2006. Prior to joining the school, Richard worked as CEO and General Manager of the NHS for 27 years and, more recently, Foundation Secretary to 3 large independent schools in Warwick for 3 years. Richard lives locally with his wife and has four grown up children. He is also the Chair of Governors to a local large State Grammar School in Gloucester.

Vice Chair of Governors

Nick Dyer Nick is the Headmaster at The Crypt School, an 11-18 Grammar School in Gloucester. Prior to this appointment he was Director of Sixth Form at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School in Salisbury. He has an in-depth knowledge of curricular issues and the leadership and management of schools. Nick grew up and was educated in Bristol, reading History at the University of Nottingham.


Bridget Prosser Bridget has 15 years’ extensive experience as an employment lawyer where she provided the full range of employment law services, working with the NHS, private and not-for profit sectors, across a wide range of complex and sensitive matters in both contentious issues (including representation in the Employment Tribunal) and non-contentious matters such as advice and assistance on mergers/acquisitions and senior personnel matters. Bridget is able to assist the Board with employment matters.

Peter Roberts After moving on from a business career, Peter commenced teaching Mathematics at the King Edward VI School in Stratford upon Avon and was at the school for six years, during which he was also appointed Head of KS3. After a very happy period there Peter was then appointed in 2001 as Head of Mathematics at The Crypt School, Gloucester where he stayed until retiring in July, 2014. His previous planning skills acquired in business enabled Peter to lead the Mathematics department and critically analyse performance in order to enable improvements.

Colin Hall-Tomkin Colin read Economics at University College, Swansea, before joining one of the high street banks on their Graduate Training Scheme. He spent 14 years working in the banking sector, latterly as a business and corporate bank manager in the Bristol area. Since 2005, he has been the Client Management and Banking Director for one of the UK's largest insurance and healthcare brokers and his role includes arranging finance for their clients, as well as overseeing a number of client focused initiatives that the company undertakes.

Tina Benson After graduating from University, Tina moved into a trainee accountant role with the NHS. She spent the first 12 years of her career working for the NHS in both provider and commissioner roles. To gain more commercial experience, Tina moved to a global outsourcing company where she worked as a Finance Manager for 2 years. More recently Tina has moved to work for a local charity. Tina has maintained her contact with the health sector and is currently an appointed executive member of a not for profit organisation that researches and publishes mental health guidance. Tina has two daughters who currently attend Hopelands.