In September 2014, Lee Hadley took over from Steve Hawke as Principal of Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby, having been Vice Principal at the Academy since January 2009.  His primary leadership responsibilities during this time were the development of learning and teaching, and curriculum development.

He has been in Haberdasher schools throughout his career, having been at Adams’ Grammar School before he was appointed at Abraham Darby.  At Adams’ he led Webb House and was also Housemaster at Longford Hall for six years.

He was educated at Warwick University, gaining a first class honours degree in German Language and Literature.  He then obtained a masters degree in European Literature from Queen’s College, Oxford before deciding on teaching as a career.

In his spare time, Lee enjoys reading and watching his two sons play hockey.

Dr Colin Watt was appointed a Parent Governor at Adams’ in 2010 and a Director of the Federation in 2011. He chairs the Pupil & Staff Welfare Committee, sits on the Finance & Buildings Committee and acts as a link governor for the Boarding Houses at Adams’.

Colin studied Sciences at St Andrews then trained as a Social Worker at Edinburgh before completing his Masters in Psychology at Birmingham.  He practiced as a Child Protection Social Worker and Consultant for many years and has managed services for the NSPCC.  He chaired the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Telford & Wrekin until 2010 and in this role helped establish the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs.  In 2011 he joined Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer and now leads the post graduate Social Work training programme there.

Colin recently completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Applied Social Research at Birmingham University.  His research interests include Child Protection, Foster Care and Multi-disciplinary Professional Practice.

Mike Osborne was appointed in October 2013, having been been Chairman of Adams’ successful 'Our Dreams, their Future' £1m fund raising Campaign Board since April 2012.  He sits on the Finance & Buildings Committee and is a Newport based parent with two boys, one currently at Adams and one former pupil of the school.

Mike is Managing Director at IT Services Company Phoenix IT Group plc. Phoenix is a £250m turnover business, publicly quoted on the London Stock Exchange.  Mike is responsible for running the Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery services division as well as being a member of the Group's Operations Board.

Mike joined the business from Sixth Form College in 1986 and has worked in all aspects of the business, becoming Operations Director of the Business Continuity division in 1996 prior to its public listing (under the ICM brand, becoming a Managing Director in 2006).  Within this role Mike has a wide exposure to a large property and Datacentre portfolio as well as the latest IT technologies and trends.

Mike is Chair of the industry body 'Recovery Site Providers Group', a member of the IoD, a gifted Member of The Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and a member of the West Midlands Business 'Think Tank' The CEO Group.  In his spare time Mike enjoys music and all sports, including being an avid Wolverhampton Wanderers fan.

Dr Robin Jacob was appointed as a Governor in September 2009, having previously been a governor of Abraham Darby School, the predecessor of HAD, since 2001.  He sits on the LGB of HAD, and on the TLS and Careers committees.

Robin is a Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion and NACE International accredited Corrosion Specialist with over 45 years experience in corrosion control.  He is a recognized authority on cathodic protection engineering.  Following a first degree in Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, he obtained a doctorate for research on the corrosion of stainless steels.

After 13 years at IMI Ltd, acquiring wide experience in the corrosion and electrochemistry of a range of materials including aluminium alloys, copper alloys and titanium, he became a founder member of the specialist engineering consultancy, Global Corrosion Consultants, in 1981, providing advice on materials selection and all aspects of corrosion control engineering to clients in the petroleum extraction, processing and civil engineering industries as well as for expert witness, defence projects and public utilities.  Author of numerous technical articles he has lectured, by invitation, at several international conferences.  Since 2001 he has been operating his own consultancy, specialising in project audits, novel cathodic protection techniques and mathematical modelling of corrosion systems.

Outside his professional consultancy activities, Robin maintains a strong interest in music, from classical, through jazz to folk.  As well as supporting the music at the HAFT schools, he supports Shropshire Music, the Church Stretton Festival and music at Shrewsbury School.

Gary Hickey was appointed as the Headmaster of Adams' Grammar School from 1st January 2015.  He obtained an Honours degree in Creative Arts from Manchester in 1988, and a Masters in Education in 2011.  He was a professional musician and composer prior to beginning his teaching career in 1994 at Ercall Wood Technology College in Wellington, where he became Deputy Head.  This was followed by a short secondment to work as Vice Principal at Abraham Darby before taking up the position of Deputy Headmaster at Adams in 2009.

Gary's educational path has taken him all over the world.  He regularly receives invitations to talk about his innovative work with raising boys' achievement and has spoken at conferences in Prague, Texas, Melbourne, Greece, the Cayman Islands, and throughout the UK.  In 2010 he was invited to deliver a lecture on raising achievement at Harvard University in Boston, and in 2014 he gave a lecture at the international 'Inspiring Leaders' conference at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.  He has also taught in Australia as part of a British Council initiative and his work and teaching methods have been the subject of both BBC and PhD research, as well as being filmed by the Department for Education.  In early 2014 he was awarded a Teacher Fellowship by the University of Cambridge.

In addition to his wide ranging teaching experience, Gary is an award-winning theatre director and professional musician, having directed over 40 plays, two full-length films and released two CDs.  A former finalist in the national Teacher of the Year awards, he was awarded a Special Commendation for "extraordinary work in drama" (National Teaching Awards 2000) and granted a Bursary for Good Practice (2001) by the Department for Education.

Sam Taylor graduated with an Honours degree in economics from Reading University, where he played for the English universities cricket team in the '70s.  Afterwards he worked for a short time in the food industry before joining what was then a family farming partnership.  He is now managing director of the farming company which he owns with his wife.  Their youngest son has just joined the business.  He was also for a number of years a director and vice chairman of a farmers' dairy cooperative.

He has been married to Sara for longer than they care to remember and they have four children.  Their elder son David went to Adams, leading to Sam first becoming a parent governor.  David has now just qualified as a GP.

Sam relaxes by playing in a regular tennis four and enjoys field sports in the winter and accompanying Sara, who is a keen horse event rider.

Roddy Barrow was appointed a Governor and Director of the Adams’ Federation in March 2014.  He sits on the Local Governing body for Adams, the Finance & Buildings Committee, and chairs the Audit Committee for the Federation.  He is nominated by the Haberdashers’ Company.  

Roddy obtained an honours degree in Maths and Statistics at Leeds University in 1985 and then joined a London firm of accountants, KPMG, and qualified as a Chartered accountant.  He then was a Finance Director in different sectors for 20 years across multiple sectors, including life sciences, glass manufacturing, media, publishing, welfare to work and most recently recruitment.   

Most recently he has been appointed as Group Managing Director of HR GO plc, a 40 branch national recruiter serving both the permanent and temporary job sector market across various sectors.  He joined HR GO PLC in August 2014, becoming Group Managing Director in January 2017.

He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company in 1988, became a Liveryman in 1991 and an Assistant in 2014.  Roddy is also a Lord’s Taverner. He is married to Dawn and has three children.  In his spare time he enjoys to travel and play golf, whilst a keen England rugby and cricket supporter and he has run the London Marathon twice.

Charles Parker was appointed a Governor in June 2013 and sits on the Finance & Buildings Committee. He brings strategic, financial and management experience.

Charles started his career as a strategic consultant, predominantly for the Boston Consulting Group where he conducted projects in many sectors including oil and gas, retail, consumer goods and financial services.  He then moved into technology investment with the London based venture capital firm, Frontiers Capital where he executed and managed numerous investments and built a track record of growing niche companies.

Charles left to co-found Wellstone Partners LLP, a niche corporate advisory business focusing on fast growing entrepreneurial small cap businesses in the Energy sector. He has completed over 30 successful transactions across a range of industries including technology, education, environmental, consumer, entertainment and professional services amongst others.  In addition to this he has advised on the start-up strategies for five successful new businesses including several in the energy sector.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer of FluidOil Limited, a UK oil and gas technology business focusing on heavy oil, where is has overall responsibility for commercialising technology and building the business. He is also an investment advisor to the Wentworth (UK) Family office.

Charles has a Masters degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University (Brasenose College). He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers' Company in 2003 and a Liveryman in 2011.

John Gallagher has been a Governor of Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby and its predecessor school for most of the time since 2003.  Most recently he re-joined the Board in the summer of 2013 after a brief sabbatical.  He chairs the Local Governing Body for HAD and is a member of the Finance & Buildings committee.

John works in the IT industry for Capgemini, based locally in Telford.  He has worked in IT for more than 30 years and has lived through the many technological changes the  industry has seen during that time.  In the days before employment John gained a Bsc (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of Wales (Swansea).  He also dallied in broadcast radio running stations both at university and back home in a local hospital in Wrexham, where he hails from.  He is a lifelong follower of Wrexham AFC and has the season ticket booklets to prove it.

John is a firm believer that businesses should put something back into local communities.  On behalf of Capgemini he is Chair of the Business in the Community Business Class cluster for Telford and Shrewsbury.  A cluster is a group of partnership between businesses and schools.  In the Telford cluster Capgemini is partnered with HAD.

Anthony Cann was appointed Chairman of Governors in March 2013, having been a Governor and Director since 2011.  He chairs the Board of Directors of the Federation and sits on the LGBs of both HA and HAD and on the FBC, TLS and PSW committees.  He is due to retire from his roles in July 2019.

Anthony is a solicitor, now no longer practising.  He obtained an honours degree in law at Southampton University in 1969, then joined a London firm of solicitors, Linklaters, as an articled clerk and qualified as a solicitor in 1972.  He worked at as an assistant solicitor at Linklaters until he was made a partner in 1978.  He served in the Linklaters New York office from 1975 to 1982.  On his return to London he specialised in corporate law and M & A and became Head of the Linklaters Corporate Department in 1995. In 2001 he was elected as the worldwide Senior Partner of the firm until he retired in 2006.

Anthony was from 2008 to 2018 a consultant and non-executive member of the Management Committee of Kinstellar, an emerging markets law firm.  Since 2018 he has chaired the Group Supervisory Committee of Aapogee, which body results from a merger of Kinstellar and an Asian emerging markets law firm, DFDL. From 2006 - 2016 he was a non-executive director of Connect Group PLC, a distribution group, and from 2007 - 2016 he was a non-executive director of Panmure Gordon & Co. PLC, a corporate stockbroker.  From 2007 - 2009 he was Chairman of Changing Faces, a national charity that helps people with disfigurement, and from 2006 -2016 a trustee/ director of the The Social Investment Business, a not for profit group that provides finance and advice to charities and other not for profit organisations.

From 2007- 2011 he was a Governor of Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust and, as from 1 January 2019, rejoined as a member of the Federation Board and Chairman of the Local Governing Body for a free school, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Borough Academy, which is due to open in September 2019.  He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers' Company in 2011, a Liveryman in 2012 and an Assistant of the Court in 2013.

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Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam was appointed a Governor in July 2015.  He sits on the LGB of HAD and the Pupil & Staff Welfare Committee, and Chairs the Careers Committee.


Arun is the Head of Legal - Regulatory & Corporate Compliance, at City Football Group, the holding company of Manchester City Football Club. Prior to his current role he was Director & Legal Counsel in the Investment Banking & Capital Markets Division of Credit Suisse. He obtained an Honours degree in law from Kent University, a Masters degree in law from University College London, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law from King's College London.

Arun qualified as a barrister before spending a year at one of Canada's leading law firms, Torys LLP, having been awarded the Fox Scholarship by Middle Temple.  After practising at 2 Grays’ Inn Square Chambers, he joined the global law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP, specialising in corporate law.  His time there included working in their Hong Kong and Düsseldorf offices, as well as external secondments to EDF Energy and Morgan Stanley.

Arun was educated at Adams (where he was Clive House Captain) and Wrekin College.  He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company in 2000 and became a Liveryman in 2009.

Arun is the Haberdashers’ Company representative on the City & Guilds Bursary Board.  He has a keen interest in sport and until recently was the independent Chair of the Premier League Fans’ Fund Panel.

Dilys Fullerton has a son at Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby where she is Vice Chair of SMADA (Supporters of Music at Abraham Darby) raising funds to support the school’s talented youngsters.

With her husband she runs a small retail and light manufacturing business in Shropshire but her background is in Childcare, Education, Training and Employment, with a focus on Early Years and in particular those with Special Educational Need and Disabilities.

Training others to provide high quality Childcare and Education was a natural progression and she spent many years in the Vocational Sector managing Apprenticeship programmes and contracts.  

Much of her spare time is spent in Wales where she was born.  Although she is told that Welsh was her first language in her formative years, it is now definitely her second.

James Penney was appointed a Governor in April 2016.  He sits on the LGB of Adams and is a member of the Finance &  Buildings Committee.

James is Chairman of Darwin Property Investment Management Ltd.  He holds an MA from Trinity College, Cambridge where he read French and Spanish then Theology.  He stayed on at Trinity to do doctoral studies into politics and religion in South America.  Before finishing the PhD he was appointed to a lectureship in theology at Westminster College, Oxford in 1991 where he taught for seven years, leaving as Principal Lecturer.  After Oxford, James studied on the Sloan Masters in Management programme at London Business School, from which he holds an MSc in Management.

After LBS, in 1998 James helped set up a strategy consulting boutique (Darwin Strategy Consulting) which had clients in finance, private equity, technology and ‘not-for-profit’ (including education).  In 2007 he also helped set up a microfinance bank in the Philippines and was Vice Chairman of the bank until 2014.  Also in 2007 James helped set up Darwin Property Investment Management which raises funds from institutional pension funds and acquires and operates holiday parks across the UK.  He is also a non-executive director of Cleantech Invest, a Finnish company listed on the Helsinki and Stockholm stock exchanges, which specialises as an incubator and accelerator of clean tech early stage companies.

James is married to Alice and has two daughters, Emma (19) and Helen (17).  He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company in 2001 and a Liveryman in 2016.  When time allows, he enjoys tennis, rugby, golf and motor sport.

Delia Whitworth was elected as parent governor in October 2016 and currently sits on the Pupil Welfare committee and the HAD Local Governing Body.  Delia is married with three children.  Her oldest son joined Abraham Darby in 2015 and is currently in Year 8.   Her other children are in Years 6 and 3 at primary school.  All are members of HAD’s ‘Music College’ and enjoy being members of the school’s many bands.  

Delia originally trained in Shrewsbury as a Registered Nurse in 1997, then relocated to London in 2000 where she gained her BSC (Hons) in Midwifery in 2002.  She is currently employed by SaTH NHS Trust where she works as a Specialist Teenage Pregnancy Midwife covering the whole of Telford and Wrekin.  Safeguarding, the education of young people and multi-agency working are dominant aspects of her role.  Her passion for the safeguarding of children led her to become a Safeguarding Supervisor for the NHS Trust in 2016, following intensive training by the NSPCC.  Delia returned to university in 2016 to complete a Master’s level course to become a Supervisor of Midwives.  She is employed by the national governing body for the Nursing and Midwifery profession (NMC) to ensure that Midwives are well supported in their practice and policies and guidelines are adhered to in order to protect the public.

Amongst other things, Delia enjoys running and fell walking.  She has completed seven half marathons, the ‘National Three Peaks’ challenge and conquered Mount Toubkal.  She hopes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro one day!

Henriette has worked in education for close to 30 years.  Across a variety of sectors, she has experience of schools, Further and Higher Education.  As Vice Principal of a large Further Education College she was in charge of educational partnerships, progression pathways and school improvement activities.  For the past two years Henriette has been running her own education management company, Clever Tutors (Shropshire), which helps students in a variety of settings to be the best they can be.

Bob Yetzes was appointed as a parent governor in January 2018 and has a son in Year 8.  He has two older sons, now in their 30’s, who attended Bourne Grammar School where Bob was also a Governor.  Bob is the Chief Executive Officer for a Residential Child Care Company and has worked in care and education for many years.  He has been Headmaster of two independent schools and worked as an Ofsted Inspector for two years. Bob has previously been seconded by government to write National Minimum Standards and Regulations for Children’s Homes and Residential Schools.  He sits on the All-Party Committee for Looked after Children.

Bob is a qualified hockey coach and spends considerable time coaching young players at Telford & Wrekin Hockey Club.  In his (much) younger days he played the game at a high level and has on occasion turned out for Telford.

Bob hopes to tie up retirement with his son finishing at Haberdashers’ Adams as he plans to spend much of his time in the Philippines where he and his wife hope to build a replacement orphanage in the city where they will live.

Richard is a qualified Engineer by profession, with national and global Project/ programme management skills. He has over 30 years experience in industry, at senior Management and Director level, focused on delivering excellence through strategic development, collaborative working, organisation change and transformation.

Five years ago Richard setup and now runs his own successful consultancy business, focused on supporting organization changes and finance  transformation.  A notable recent success being a four year engagement with a FTSE 100 FMCG multinational to lead a global change programme.

Richard is a Founder member of Barrow 1618 Freeschool Academy Trust, playing a key part in the team who led the successful bid to open the freeschool on a previously closed LA school site.  He is currently a Governor / Director of the Board, Chair of Finance and member of HR/Staff Performance committee.  Barrow 1618 is the first and only Freeschool, in Shropshire, which, since opening in September 2012 has experienced significant expansion, both in terms of building/ facilities and also pupils, growing to capacity. In its recent Ofsted, the school was rated as Outstanding in all categories.

Richard is married with three children and has lived locally in Broseley for the last 20 years. His eldest son holds an MSc in  Chemistry and works in R&D. His two younger children attend Abraham Darby (Year 8) and Barrow (Year 5).

Charlie McLaren, Lord Aberconway, was born in London.  He was educated at Eton and Sussex, the former to his regret, spending his formative years living in the UK, India, Italy, the US and Australia.   Now retired, following a fascinating career as a BBC journalist, he lives in a 30 metre converted Dutch Barge on the Thames in sight of Tower Bridge.

Steven Hodgkiss was appointed as a parent governor in January 2018.  He has one boy studying at Adams. Steven is an old boy having studied for his A levels at Adams 1995-96, going on to study mechanical engineering at Staffordshire University.

Steven works in industry where he runs an engineering company manufacturing furnaces and heat treatment equipment used mainly in the production of primary and secondary aluminium. His work has taken him all over the world including Australia, America, Russia and the Middle East including two years in Dubai.

Now living in Church Aston with his wife Claire, three children and four dogs he enjoys motorsport especially watching his two sons compete. Steven is also a governor at Church Aston Infant School.  

Laura Cotterell was appointed Parent Governor in January 2018 and sits on the Pupil and Staff Welfare Committee. She has a son at Haberdashers’ Adams.  

Graduating from Pembroke College, Oxford with an MA in Geography, she has served in the teaching profession for over fourteen years. During this time she spent five years as a Housemistress at an Independent Boarding School for girls. An ambition for Laura was to find an opportunity to engage once again with a boarding community and use her expertise and experience to support both pupils and staff.  For this reason she acts as link governor to boarding at Haberdashers’ Adams.

Laura continues to work in Secondary Education. Alongside teaching of Geography, she is a Deputy Director of Sixth Form in a large comprehensive school.  This is both a Pastoral and Academic role in terms of delivering support and assisting students to reach aspirational goals.











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David was appointed a governor in June 2018. He sits on the LGB of Adams and the Finance and Buildings Committee.

David went to school in Newport followed by Wolverhampton Grammar School. After completing his degree in property, investment and finance at Reading University he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Reading focusing on audit, business advisory and transaction services.

David subsequently moved into London to work for Accenture, the global management consulting firm, where he worked on the negotiation, contracting and commercial management of outsourcing and large scale consulting contracts in the Financial Services sector. He was promoted to Partner in the UK Financial Services practice in 2013.

David left London and Accenture in 2017 to move back to Shropshire with his wife and three young children. He spends a lot of time as a parent taxi taking the kids to school and various sporting lessons. In his spare time he now owns and runs a business that manufactures and installs steel safety products and tries to play Eton Fives and Tennis when he can.



Betty was appointed a Teacher governor in September 2018 and sits on the Pupil and Staff Welfare Committee. She is currently Head of French at Haberdashers’ Adams since September 2018, having been at Adams’ since September 2009.

She arrived in England in 1993 as an au pair and decided to stay to study for her degree. She holds an Honours degree in Combined Studies with Spanish and Linguistics from Wolverhampton University and is currently doing her MA part-time in Educational Leadership at Chester University and her NPQSL qualification through the Star programme.

Betty is divorced, she has two children, Lucy (21) and Luc (11) and in her spare time she enjoys watching foreign films and spending quality time with her children.

Maurice was appointed a governor in September 2018 is currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Shrewsbury School having previously occupied a senior role at Canford in Dorset. He holds an MA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from St John’s College Oxford where he went on to undertake a special research project on Herodotean tyranny.

Prior to moving to Shropshire, Maurice was vice-chair of governors of a state primary school, overseeing its transition to Multi Academy Trust membership. He currently advises on the ISEB Curriculum Steering Group and also sits on the organising council for the Conference of Academic Deputies.

Maurice is married to Emily and they have two children, Joseph (10) and Jonathan (7). He chairs the Teaching, Learning & Standards committee.

Julia was appointed as a teacher governor in November 2018 and sits on the TLS committee. She has been a teacher for over 30 years and is a Modern Foreign Languages specialist. Having been originally appointed as Head of Modern Languages in 2011, her current role at HAD is Head of ITT, with responsibility for new staff, Newly Qualified Teachers and trainee teachers from Universities and other ITT providers.

Julia is married and has two daughters in their twenties. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and a range of outdoor sports as well as supporting HAD rugby and music.

Andrew was appointed Governor in 2018 and sits on the Local Governing Body for Abraham Darby and the Careers Committee.  A Chartered Engineer, he has worked for Jaguar Land Rover since 2002 and now has to understand how customers actually use their vehicles around the world.  He mentors a number of Haberdasher Y12 & Y13 students via the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.