Local Governing Body


Mr Philip Norton – Chair of Governors

Mr Norton is a former Partner at Hansells and now a Consultant Solicitor dealing with Private Client and Charity Law at the firm.  He is a Trustee of Wymondham College Trust and other well established local charities, some with a medical and others with an educational emphasis.  Mr Norton advises charities both locally and nationally on legal and governance matters and he has had three daughters pass through the College.


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Lieutenant Colonel Matt Woodeson - Vice Chair of Governors


Lieutenant Colonel Woodeson BA (Hons) MA (Hons) MCMI, is a former old boy (Fry and Lincoln), and is an Infantry Officer in the Army.  He has significant operational experience and has trained and operated extensively all over the world. He has commanded at every level and served on the staff in a Battalion, Brigade and Divisional Headquarters, as well as more recently at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood.  He holds an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College, London and is currently studying for a PhD with Kings’s College, London.  He is married to Julia and has two sons who are 9 and 7.  Having settled locally and as an experienced commander, leader and mentor, he hopes that his expertise in senior leadership development will be able to add something back to the College.




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Mr Adrian Underwood

Mr Underwood has been involved in education and boarding for over forty-five years having been a housemaster and a head of department and, for twenty-two years, Headmaster of a senior independent boarding and day school.  He was a Director of the National Boarding Schools’ Association from 1998-2006 and a lead inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and the Education Development Trust for over fifteen years.


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Mr James Foster

Mr Foster now works in NHS Primary Care after a career in private industry and the media.  Formally, he ran the editorial team in Archant Norfolk including the EDP and Evening News.  He has an interest in using technology and training to improve working practices and is passionate about ensuring all our young people have great life opportunities. Mr Foster is proud of the tradition of the College in offering this to pupils.  Mr Foster has a son who is a boarder.


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Mr Joseph Walpole

Mr Walpole is married with two children, one of which has recently left the College after the completion of GCSEs and one who remains as a student.  He spent twenty years as a Project/Programme Manager with large international and small local businesses across multiple industries delivering mainly ICT projects.  Mr Walpole is involved with the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme and has an active personal and professional interest to see ICT excellence in educational establishments.  His wife is Vice-Chair of the PSA.


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Mr Robert Fenton

Mr Fenton is a retired international Project Director with a wealth of management experience.  He is a part time teacher of Maths to small groups throughout Suffolk and Norfolk and sees his main role as supporting and challenging the College’s leadership team such that all pupils are taught, cared for and can achieve their school ambitions in a safe and enriching environment.  He is an experienced Governor and mentor with two girls boarding at the College. 

Mr Fenton undertakes voluntary work for Norfolk and countywide organisations.



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Mr Alex FitzGerald

Mr FitzGerald is a chartered accountant looking after the treasury and financial accounts within a team at the Flagship Housing Group, a large, charitable social housing provider in the East of England.  He is also involved in the business planning and governance for the Group. With a keen desire to help improve children’s educational attainment and with considerable experience in corporate decision making, he values the contributions of others who may hold alternative views to his own.  Mr FitzGerald is married with two children both of whom attend Wymondham college.

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Mrs Di Carroll

Mrs Carroll is married with a daughter who is a boarding student at the College.  Born and brought up near Newmarket herself, her life has been devoted to horses.  She was a very successful junior show jumper and has rode out for some of the UK’s finest racehorse trainers as well as riding winners on the flat as an amateur jockey.  Mrs Carroll is a Director of two family businesses one of which provides pre-export quarantine facilities for racehorses and the other which supplies caterers and venues with equipment.

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Mr Sean Madeley - Support Staff Governor

Mr Madeley is a retired Fire-Fighter having completed 30 years as an Assistant Divisional Officer in the London Fire Brigade.  He has spent over 25 years in the TA/reserves and for the last 10 years, he has devoted his time to the Army Cadet Force currently holding the position of Company Commander and at Wymondham College, Mr Madeley holds the position of CCF Commander.  Mr Madeley is keen to promote, alongside academic achievements, all other non-academic opportunities and achievements available for our young people at the College.

Mr Madeley is married with 3 grown up children.



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Mr Lee Summers - Teaching Staff Governor

Mr Summers is a former old boy (Peel and Cavell Hall) and is currently Assistant Headteacher – Head of New Hall.  He has been involved with Wymondham College for 17 years as a student and as a staff member.  Mr Summers has significant boarding experience having worked in boarding for over 10 years starting out as a Resident Fellow and working his way through to Head of House.  Mr Summers is married to Rosie who also teaches at the college and they have 2 young children, Layla and Toby.  He is passionate about the Colleges history and is looking forward to his new position as Teaching Staff Governor.

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To make contact with the Governing Board, please contact the Clerk to the Governors Mr Philip Cox 

Email address: bursar@wymondhamcollege.org


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