I feel delighted and privileged to be the Headmaster of Oakham following five happy years as Headmaster of Wellington School in Somerset.
I began my career at Sydney Grammar School, as the Oxford Classics Fellow, before returning to the UK to spend two years at Sherborne, not only teaching and tutoring, but also running the 2nd XI Cricket and 1st XV Rugby teams. I then moved to Rugby School where I was Head of Classics, a Housemaster and latterly Senior Housemaster. My wife, Mary, and I met at Oxford University, where I briefly coached her rugby. Twenty-five years on, our family has grown to include four children and a ‘Golden Doodle’, called Petal. Alongside being a Headmaster, I do my best to keep fit, to read and to retain my title of husband and father. This is often best done in North Wales, where we are lucky to have a house and where I have spent my holidays for over forty years.
I joined Oakham in September 2019, having previously been Assistant Head (Pastoral and Co-curricular) at Wells Cathedral School and Housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School. Maths teacher by trade, I am dedicated to giving young people the tools to influence a better world and have a personal passion for sport and the creative arts. I am married with one son who has also joined Oakham School.
I teach Chemistry and am married with two children who both enjoyed an Oakham education. Previously, I was a Welsh international lacrosse player, and I have coached lacrosse for over 20 years. Having lived in a boys’ boarding house for 16 years and tutored girls for over 20 years, I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and oversee a comprehensive Pastoral Programme.
Dr Leo Dudin
Dr Leo Dudin
I joined the School in January 2020, having previously been the Head of Science at Uppingham School. I started my career as a Chemistry teacher at Abingdon School, learning much about the dynamics of busy day schools, followed by a move to Rutland as Head of Chemistry at Uppingham School. Teaching and tutoring in a co-educational boarding school taught me how academic challenge and pastoral care must co-exist, and the centrality of trusting working relationships between pupils and staff. I am committed to fostering a joyful attitude towards learning, helping pupils to be open-minded and optimistic in their academic journey. I am married with three daughters and enjoy living in Oakham.
Having joined Oakham in 2013 as Head of German and then being appointed Head of Middle School, I was delighted to be appointed Deputy Head Co-Curricular. Following a career as a professional classical singer, I entered the teaching profession at the age of 30. As a former Head of German, Housemaster and Master in Charge of Rowing at King’s Ely, I feel well placed to be overseeing the whole school experience for all pupils. I am married to Kim, who is Housemistress of Rushebrookes House, and we live there with our family. I remain passionate about opera and German Lieder, and maintain a love for skiing and cooking.
I joined Oakham School in August 2021 from Bedford School where I was Director of Admissions for five years. Prior to this I worked as Head of Marketing and Admissions at Queenswood School. As an Old Oakhamian (OO) myself I am delighted to be helping to guide the next generation of pupils and parents through the admissions process and to show them what a special school this is. I am married with three young children.
I joined Oakham School in May 2013 following a long and successful career in the retail sector. My daughter is an OO (Alumni of the School) and as such, my support of, and feelings about Oakham School run deeper than it simply being a great place to work. However, it is a great place to work; each day I am reminded of the incredibly beautiful environment we are all lucky enough to enjoy, and I am privileged to work with such a fantastic team of dedicated teaching and support staff. I think if every day coming to work is this much fun, then it must be a truly fantastic place to learn – something I know my daughter and her friends would most definitely concur with!
I joined the School in January 2020, having headed up HR functions in three Higher Education establishments over the previous 15 years.
As Director of People, my aim is to use a proactive, influential and communicative approach to provide Oakham School’s staff with strategic HR support, to ensure the School makes the most of their talent. I live in South Nottingham with my family.
I joined Oakham School in October 2020 from St Christopher School in Letchworth where I worked as the Bursar and Clerk to the governors for 15 years. I studied History at Trinity College Cambridge, and then spent one year as the CD Broad Exchange Fellow at Rice University in Houston, Texas. My various roles before becoming a Bursar include a Charity Administrator and Manager, working at the London Business School and as the Chief Executive of a London Almshouse Charity. I am an ISI compliance inspector, a governor of Christ Church Cathedral School, in Oxford and was previously a governor at St John’s College School in Cambridge. My wife, Christine, and I live in Rutland, together with numerous dogs, cats, horses and other animals. Our two children join us in the school and university holidays.
I joined Oakham in 2002 as a teacher of PE and Games and was fortunate enough to take over the running of the department a few short years later. I became Buchanans Housemistress in 2011. I was appointed Senior Housemistress in September 2016. My husband Patrick (who is a graphic designer and Games coach and Senior Tutor in Clipsham) and I live with our son Harry, and two dogs.
I joined Oakham in 2011 to teach Religion & Philosophy, before becoming Head of Department in 2015. I have been Head of Upper School since 2021 and, as such, am responsible for the overall School experience of our 400 Form 6 and 7 pupils. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with these fantastic young people in their final two years of school life and to help them discover and manage their own futures. I live in Rutland with my husband and enjoy reading and long dog walks in my spare time.
Prof Neil Gorman
Prof Neil Gorman
I was appointed as a Trustee in 2013. I was Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University from 2003 to 2015. I have taught at both the Universities of Cambridge and Florida, with visiting professorships at Michigan State University and the University of Sydney. In 1986, I was appointed to the Chair of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Glasgow. In 1993, I joined Mars Incorporated’s team leading international research and development, and was Global Director of Science and Technology Platforms. I live in Oakham with my wife Susan. Both of my children went to Oakham School.
|Prof Neil Gorman||Chair of Trustees
|Mrs Jane Lucas||Vice Chair of Trustees
|The Rt Revd Donald Allister||Ex Officio Trustee|
|Dr Sarah Furness - The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland||Ex Officio Trustee|
|Mr Mark Dorsett||OSEL Committee (Chair)
|Mr Richard Foulkes||Elizabethan Trust (Chair)|
|Prof Stewart Petersen||Education Committee (Chair)|
|Mr David Allsop||Buildings and Estates Sub Committee (Chair)
|Mr Roger Summerton ||Finance Committee (Chair)|
|Prof Philip Baker||Oakham School Foundation Board (Chair)|
|Mrs Margaret Miles||Pastoral & Safeguarding Committee (Chair)
|Mr Stephen Woolfe||Policy and Compliance Committee (Chair)|
|Mr Peter Boddy|
|Mr Stephen Jones|
|Mr Simon Hyde|
|Mr Rashmi Patel|
|Mrs Julia Grundy|