Governing Body

The School is governed by a Board of Governors, which consists of nominated and appointed Governors. Nominations are made by the Lord Lieutenant, the Bishop of Chester, the University of Manchester and Cheshire East Local Authority. The Mayor of Macclesfield is an ex-officio Governor of the School. We have around 21 individuals on the Board of Governors, each serving a term of at least five years.

Governors are drawn from a range of different backgrounds, including Former Pupils, parents and former parents. Most live locally and all use their broader skills and experiences to the benefit of the School. Governors are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the School.

Role of Governing Body

Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors:


Mr Andrew Higginson, BSc (Hons), FCMA
Chair of Governors

Andrew Higginson was elected as a Governor in 2019, became Vice-Chair in December 2020 and then became Chair in December 2021. He also holds the position of Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Andrew has recently left the role of Chairman of Wm. Morrison Supermarkets plc. a role he held from 2015 - 2021. He was the first independent non-executive director of the Rugby Football Union and championed the “All School’s” Campaign that raised £5 million to promote rugby in State schools. Andrew is a highly experienced non-executive director and sits on a number of private company boards.

Andrew was Chair of Governors at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe for 11 years. He is a former pupil of Bury Grammar School.

King's Chair of Governors - Dr John Kennerley


Dr John Kennerley, BPharm, MRPharmsS, PhD
Vice-Chair of Governors

John graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham where he also completed his PhD. He started his career as a University Lecturer before moving into pharmaceutical research, development and manufacture of new medicines, including their project and portfolio management through late stage development and the early launch period. He retired from AstraZeneca in 2011.

John was previously Chair of the Governing body, a role he successfully held for 8 years until December 2021. He is Chair of the Audit Committee and he and his wife have been long-term supporters of the school. John's father and his two sons were former pupils of the King's School.


Chairs of Governor-led Committees:


Mr Simon Barriskell, BSc (Hons), MBA
Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee (F&GP)

Simon was elected as a Governor in 2014 and is an experienced finance director, currently working in a major international consumer appliances business. He has worked in the UK and internationally for a number of major fast-moving consumer goods businesses for over 30 years, starting from a graduate entry scheme and progressing to CFO roles.

Simon graduated with an MBA from Henley Management College in 2000 after qualifying as an accountant in 1993. Simon graduated from Leicester University in 1990 with a BSC (Hons) in Economics. He attended Birkenhead School. Simon is a keen rugby fan, enjoys hiking and scuba diving and is married with two children.


Mr Chris King, BA, MA, PGCE
Chair of the Education Committee

Chris has been a Governor since 2013 and is currently Chief Executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools. He was Headmaster and Chief Executive of Leicester Grammar School between 2001 and 2018. In 2008 he led the school’s relocation to Great Glen on the outskirts of Leicester. He was Chair of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) from 2015-17. He is a full Board member of the Independent Schools Council.

Chris read Geography at Hatfield College, Durham where he later completed his teacher training qualification and an MA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

A keen sportsman, Chris is a former member of Bristol Rugby Club. Whilst at university, he played rugby for the 1st XV and was captain of his college soccer team. In 2008 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity.


Mr Michael Strutt, BA
Chair of the External Relations Committee

Mike has been a Governor since 2011 and was nominated by the Lord Bishop of Chester.  He is a Licenced Reader, serving at St Michael & All Angels’, Macclesfield. Michael graduated from Lancaster University in Accounting and Finance.  He went on to work for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Manchester before working in the advertising industry with McCann-Erickson.

For many years he has been involved with a number of local charities, either as a member of the business team (usually as treasurer!) or as a trustee.  He was chair of Age UK Cheshire East until 2019, stepping down on completion of his term of office.  In 2019 he became a trustee of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Mike is married to Tina and they have three children, all of whom have progressed through King’s.


Mr Ian Bradley, BSc (Hons)
Governor responsible for Safeguarding

Ian joined the Governing Body in March 2014, as the representative for The University of Manchester. Ian is currently Head of Student Data, Analysis and Records at The University of Manchester, a position held since the beginning of 2019 although he has worked at the University for many years and in Higher Education administration since 1990. He has held a number of roles in that time with the recruitment and support of students being a feature of his roles for much of the last 15 years (including having had responsibility for student recruitment and student admissions).

He was awarded his degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and has worked predominantly with Science and Engineering students since 1993 within UMIST and then for some years at The University of Manchester.

He is a Rotarian (of the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean) and has been involved in a number of local charities notably with Friends for Leisure where he was a trustee and Secretary to the board of trustees. He is currently also a trustee for the Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trust.

To contact the Chair of Governors, or other member of the Governing Body, please telephone the Secretary to the Director of Finance on 01625 260010 or write to:

The Chair of Governors
c/o The Director of Finance
The King's School
Alderley Road
Cheshire SK10 4SP