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

Tina Benson

Responsible for Health and Safety and EYFS

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, one of whom currently attend Hopelands.


Jan Lawry

Responsible for Safeguarding

Jan Lawry, Director of J Lawry Healthcare Management Ltd, has over twenty-five years’ experience in healthcare, health & wellbeing and healthy lifestyle promotion. From a background in sports physiotherapy, she now works with senior leaders in the NHS in the UK as well as politicians and business influencers in the USA and Channel Islands and is a writer for Middle East Medical.

Jan holds a BA (Hons) 2:1, an MA (Distinction) from the Open University, a post-graduate qualification in Sports Physiotherapy from Southampton University and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider. She is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and as a former Macmillan Professional, she has completed a number of courses on cancer care, oncology, end of life care and bereavement and has had direct experience in working with cancer patients and their families, including working as a therapist for a large hospice in Hampshire, and wrote the first End of Life Care Strategy for the Dorset Cancer Network.

She is an active Rotarian and is currently Social Media Officer and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Stonehouse. Jan lives in Nupend with partner, Max, and their beloved cocker spaniel Beryl.