Jan Berry QPM BA FRSA - Chairman of Governors. Jan joined the governing body in September 2009. Jan is the former Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, having joined Kent County Constabulary as a Cadet in 1971, retiring 37 years later as a Chief Inspector. Jan’s work in policing was recognised in 2006 when she received the Queens Police Medal. In 2008 she took up an independent government appointment to reduce bureaucracy in policing. Both Jan’s children (Matthew & Hannah) benefitted from the uniqueness of the Prep during the 1990’s , she is delighted to have the opportunity to repay the debt by ensuring future pupils have the same opportunities.
Edward Oatley MBE - Deputy Chair of Governors. Edward was educated at Aldenham School and became Assistant Head of Winchester House Prep School in 1968 where he gained his teaching qualification through the IAPS. He became Head of Sevenoaks Prep in 1977 and founded Sackville School, Hildenborough in 1987. Edward and his wife Janet retired from Sevenoaks Prep in 2005 and has been on the board of Governors since 2006. He was a member of Seal Parish Council for over 20 years. He was awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to education and to the community in Kent and the Sevenoaks District Council Lifetime Achievement Award for 'Making It Happen In the Voluntary Community 2017'. Edward has also been Chairman of Governors of Steephill School, Fawkham since 1989, and is Chairman of Sevenoaks Sports Council and Vice Chairman of the Sevenoaks 3 Arts Festival. He has been a Governor at St John's Primary School since 2005 and St Nicholas House Prep School, North Walsham, since 2017. He is a member of Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club. Edward has been on many charity cycle rides throughout the world raising a considerable amount of money for national and local charities and is a Watford FC season ticket holder.
Christopher Sutton-Mattocks, Barrister and Assistant Coroner for NW Kent. He was educated at Oxford University (MA Jurisprudence) where he played cricket for the University, captained the Real Tennis Team and was a rackets blue. He has practiced at the Criminal Bar since 1976. He stood for Parliament in 1987 in Maidstone. He is a member of the St. Lawrence Village Hall committee and was a member of the Seal Parish Council for 6 years. He is married with 3 children. The eldest, Julia, studied Russian at Bristol University before doing a PGCE at Cambridge and is now working in London. Patrick, the older of his two sons is studying Italian and Portuguese, also at Bristol, and his younger son, Robert, a former pupil at the Prep, is studying history at Edinburgh University. Chris and his wife, Helen, live in Stone Street.
Tim Dickinson. As a former Sevenoaks Prep pupil Tim has lived in Kent all his life. His mother taught at 'The Prep' for almost 20 years and saw 2 of her 5 grandchildren enjoy their education at the school whilst delighting at the consistent development of the facilities on offer as well as 'The Prep' ethos. He has enjoyed a career in sales and marketing initially with Cadbury Schweppes in the UK & Africa and latterly running his own business. He and his wife Eileen have been fortunate to bring up their 5 children in Plaxtol where they are actively involved with a variety of local organisations and junior sports clubs.
Marius Carboni. Marius has lived in the Sevenoaks area for over 25 years and is married to a local girl, Anna, from Plaxtol village where they live.
2 of their 3 sons went to the Prep. Marius is a trained musician and has run his own PR and Marketing business for the last 15 years since leaving EMI as their Head of Press and Promotion. He ran the Prep Choir for a year and accompanied the orchestra.
Marius also lectures under and post graduate students in music business at City University, London and Hertfordshire University, based in Hatfield, from where he was awarded a PhD in 2010. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and Higher Education Council and a councillor for Plaxtol Parish Council.
Derry Wiltshire BEd (Hons). Derry was educated at Plymouth College and moved to Kent when he took a career in education. He has taught at a number of local schools and retired in 2013 from the position of Head Teacher at Amherst School in Sevenoaks after 24 years. He is now a tutor for the education department at the University of Buckingham.
He lives in Ide Hill with his wife Jane and they are involved in a number of local organisations including the Ide Hill Community Shop. He enjoys sport and plays tennis regularly at Sevenoaks Tennis Club.
Rob has lived in Sevenoaks for 13 years. He is married to Siobhan and they have had 2 children at The Prep, Sorcha ( now at Woldingham) and Oscar, having both started in Nursery at 2 1/2.
A significant portion of Rob's career was with Lloyds Bank where he held a number of Senior and Executive roles. Currently he holds a number of non-executive roles in the Challenger Bank and FinTech sectors including as a Board member of a SME focussed Bank and as Chairman of a Peer to Peer Property Development Platform. Rob's main focus remains the bespoke flights and travel business which he co-owns.
As well as being a Governor, Rob is also the Chairman of The Prep Development Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the school's 10 year plan, the next major deliverable will be its centrepiece - The Centenary Centre.
Rob is a Trustee of KidsOut, a national children's charity and a rugby coach (U11's) at Sevenoaks RFC.
Gi is an engineer, investor, entrepreneur and father to two pupils in the Pre-Prep.
Having founded and built a number of successful businesses over the last 20 years including Techlightenment - the leader in social insight and advertising, and Freeformers – a digital transformation company which trains one young person for free for every business person trained - he now concentrates on investing and supporting startups and scale-ups including Citymapper, YPlan, Streetlife, Timber Yard, TechWillSaveUs, Playmob and Big Health.
He advises a number of FTSE organisations on digital strategy and transformation.
His particular passion is unlocking creativity and digital talent, and he sits on the board of Apps For Good, Young Rewired State, Freeformers, and the Duke of York's IDEA programme for inspiring digital enterprise. He also sits on the advisory council of the Institute of Contemporary Art and is a long time advisor of iRights.co.uk.
Alexander was educated at Tonbridge School, the Royal Agricultural College and Reading University. Following his education he worked for a number of multi-national Construction companies, including Balfour Beatty, before joining the local family businesses, which are involved with construction and property. He is now a Director of those four companies, which are based in Brasted, Kent.
He lives in Rolvenden with his wife Harriet and his children Alice and William. His spare time is spent walking his beloved cocker spaniel Loopy on the beach, playing hockey for Marden and driving his children between endless sporting events.