GOVERNING BODY

Maj Gen M L Riddell-Webster CBE DSO (Chairman)

Mike smallAppointed Governor in 2014. Mike Riddell-Webster had two boys at Ardvreck between 2003 – 2011. After Harrow School and Heriot Watt University, Mike served in the Regular Army (Black Watch) between 1983 – 2014.  His last job was at the Defence Academy, including running the Defence Sixth Form College Welbeck, which engendered a real enthusiasm for children’s education.  He spent the 2014/15 academic year as a Master’s student back at Heriot Watt, studying Energy.  His interests include shooting, fishing, reading and the countryside.

Mr Robin Baxter (Deputy Chairman)

Robin Baxter 150 150Appointed Governor 2014. Married to Lucinda with one son at Edinburgh University and the eldest now working for Ernst & Young in Vancouver. Educated at Eton and Cambridge, Robin has spent the bulk of his working life building a number of companies in the UK and USA focused on the oil & gas and defence sectors. While still a principal of all their companies he is now largely retired from day to day management. Having returned to Scotland in 2012 after 16 years living in Massachusetts USA, Robin and Lucinda now live just outside Crieff.   Interests include shooting, stalking, food & wine, reading and generally being a bit of a petrolhead.

Mr Andrew Hunter BA, Headmaster, Merchiston

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Appointed Governor 2008. Headmaster, Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, previously Teacher of English and Housemaster of Army House, Bradfield School, Berkshire. Attended Kenton College Prep, Aldenham School and Manchester University. Married to Barbara with three grown up children. A County squash, tennis and hockey player in a former life, interests now include reading, travel and swimming to keep fit. Andrew really enjoys supporting Ardvreck in his capacity as a governor, sharing good working practice, knowledge and experience whenever possible.

Mrs Louisa Leader

Louisa 150x150 headLouisa Leader has been involved with Ardvreck since 2003. Initially as the mother of 4 children who attended the school and as a committed member of the Friends of the Ardvreck and recently appointed a governor in early 2014. Living in Perthshire she is on the development Board of Glenalmond College, chairs the Perth Ball and serves on several committees including Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in Scotland and the Perth Young Arts Group (a junior Nadfas organisation). Her interests include country sports, tennis, walking, skiing and cooking.

Mrs Rachel Mackenzie Smith

Rachel Mackenzie SmithAppointed Governor 2016 but has been previously associated with Ardvreck as a parent of two boys and as a Friends of Ardvreck committee member. Rachel is married to Alex and lives near Perth. She is a practising paediatric physiotherapist, having trained at The Middlesex Hospital, London and then worked in the NHS, Hong Kong and private practice before coming to live in Perthshire. She chairs the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists for all of Scotland and is also involved nationally with the provision of physiotherapy to children and young people with cancer. Her interests include sailing, country sports, cooking and reading.

Mrs Rosie Russell

Rosie Russell

Rosie studied English at Durham University, trained as an English teacher at Roehampton and spent four years as an aid worker in Sudan and Nepal before teaching English for over twenty years in Secondary schools, in London and the Highlands. She is now retraining as a child and adolescent counsellor. She is married to Iain and has four sons, all of whom flourished at Ardvreck. Rosie has been a member of the Children’s Panel for many years and is committed to the wellbeing of children. Her interests include being in the hills, kayaking, fiction, film and theatre.

Mr Tiff Wright

Tiff Wright squareAppointed Governor 2015. Tiff Wright has been involved with Ardvreck since 2007 when the first of his four children started at the school. He is married to Michaela and lives near Dunblane. Tiff has been involved in academic publishing for over thirty two years including thirteen years in various sales & marketing positions with the Longman Group (part of Pearson PLC). Since 1998 he had been Chief Executive & Company Secretary of Edinburgh University Press. From 2002 – 2006. Tiff was a Director of St Mary’s Music School Trust Ltd in Edinburgh. His interests include all sport – in particular cricket, shooting, food and choral music.

Mrs Mollie Mennie

Appointed Governor 2017.  Mollie Mennie is the Headteacher of the Junior School at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen. She has been in this post for 14 years and is retiring in Summer 2017. Prior to joining Robert Gordon’s College Mollie was a Headteacher in two Aberdeenshire Primary schools and before that a Principal Teacher in an Aberdeen school.  Mollie has been an Associate Assessor for HMIE since 2003 and through this, has visited a variety of schools from all over Scotland, as part of an Inspection Team. Mollie is married to John, who is an Architect. They have 4 grown up daughters. Her interests include creative writing, bridge, travel, learning Greek and golf.