The Old School Henstead is fortunate to have energetic and committed Governors who take an interest in all aspects of the life of the school and are responsible, together with the Head, for strategic planning. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the Headmaster, who in turn is supported by a lively, well-qualified and very experienced professional staff.

NICOLAS KINGSLEY, Chair of Governors, has been a partner at Sprake & Kingsley since 1991, having practised law in Norfolk since 1976. Nic was appointed a governor in 2009.

He lives locally and has three children (all long out of school!). Nic is committed to the school and its ethos and is interested personally in sport of all sorts, being involved locally in Rugby Union, which he still plays. He is also a trustee of the Philip Wayre Wildlife Trust as well as Honorary Secretary of Crusaders RUFC. He is a (worried) supporter of NCFC. Nic Kingsley is contactable via the school office.  


PAUL SMITH, MA, MEd, graduated from Queens’ College Cambridge with a degree in Geography and a blue in rugby football. He started his educational career at St John’s School, Leatherhead and moved into school leadership as Second Master at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, then into two headships: six years at Oswestry School, Shropshire and eleven years at Truro School, Cornwall. During his time at Truro School he was elected to the HMC membership Committee and became a member of Cornwall Rural County Council. Paul is married to Kathy and has two daughters and four grandsons. Kathy and Paul retired to Suffolk five years ago. Paul is also a governor at the Royal Hospital School, where he chairs the Education Committee, as well as chairing the Board of the local community shop and Secretary of the Seniors Section of Halesworth Golf Club.


DR MEGAN HARDMAN MBBS, MRCGP is a GP who also works in A & E and undertakes pre-hospital care. She was born in Great Yarmouth and trained at Guys and St Thomas’s in London before joining the Army. After seven years working as an Army GP and after an Operational Tour in Afghanistan she moved to Suffolk.

She has been involved in educating medical students from UEA and continues to mentor junior doctors in pre-hospital trauma settings. She has three children; who previously attended The Old School Henstead, and have now moved on to senior schools. She is Chair of the Medical Equestrian Association, medical advisor to Riding for the Disabled and spends her spare time riding.