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Brian Watt - Chairman

Brian was a pupil at Read School, leaving in 1968 to complete a Cadetship at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.    He served for 22 years, retiring as a Wing Commander in 1990 to study for a Masters in Business Administration at Cranfield in 1991.  

For 25 years thereafter, he was responsible for supply chain and manufacturing operations in many different countries, with major projects in Europe, China and Poland.    In recent years, he was an independent business consultant, with a focus on the management of change and continuous improvement.  

More recently, he has been Chair of the Board of Governors at Victoria College in Jersey and Chair of Wetwheels Jersey Limited, a charity which takes disabled and disadvantaged people to sea in a specially adapted motorboat.    He is a keen sailor, loves skiing with his grandchildren and is an amateur astronomer.

David Pritchard - Vice Chairman 

David became a Governor in 2019 and is Vice Chair of the Board, a member of the Finance and Property Committee and Chair of the Read School Foundation.

He boarded at Read School for four years, becoming Head Boy. In 1966 he graduated in aeronautics and astronautics and joined the aircraft industry as an Executive Trainee, eventually becoming Commercial Manager for the HS125 executive jet.

He then switched into banking and spent about 10 years with each of Citicorp Investment Bank and Royal Bank of Canada. Then, shortly after joining Lloyds Bank, he was seconded for two years to head the UK’s regulation of securities markets, such as the Stock Exchange. On returning to the bank, he was appointed to the Board and ran the wholesale and international division. On retirement from full-time work, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Lloyds Banking Group and chaired the Board’s Risk Committee.

More recently, he has chaired or served as a non-executive director of a number of companies, including Scottish Widows, Allied Irish Banks, Songbird Estates (owner of Canary Wharf), Morgan Stanley Card Services and Euromoney Institutional Investor.

He also serves on the Board of Cleveland Clinic Philanthropy, the investment committee of Motability and is an advisor to HighBrook Investment Management.

William Bayston

I was born at Lodge Farm, Whitley Bridge, and at 8 years old went to Scarborough College as a full boarder. My father and some of his brothers were old boys of Read School, they cycled from Kilpin down the old railway. I left Scarborough College at 15/16 years old to come home and farm. If I had gone to agricultural college for 2 years I would have had to go in the army for 2 years, so I stayed home and my father was my teacher of farming.

In 1961 I got married to Rachael, whose brothers also came to Read. 

Ian Chilvers

Ian was a student at the former Drax Grammar School from 1953 to 58 with aspirations to become a surgeon. Instead he followed his father and brother Eric - also a Drax student- into the newspaper world.

In his 44 year long career he covered many major stories ranging from murders to royal visits. 

Former chairman of Selby District Council and a parish councillor, Ian was the second of seven Chilvers boys to attend the school. 

Ian and his wife Judith have a son and two granddaughters. 

Hobbies include photography, local history and planting woodlands.

 

David Ward

Bio coming soon

Trevor Evans

Trevor was educated at St Peter`s School, York, and later joined the Civil Service retiring in 1998.

He came to Read School in 2008 to command the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), having served in the TA and Cadet Forces since 1969. Trevor retired in 2017 as Lieutenant Colonel.

He became a Governor at the school in 2017 with responsibility for Safeguarding, Boarders and oversight of the CCF.

He has worked with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, since the 1998 and is a Divisional Secretary in East Yorkshire, he also administers the VJCS (Veterans in the Criminal Justice System) scheme in North & East Yorkshire.

Trevor is married to Stephanie and lives near Market Weighton, his pastimes include Hill Walking and reading Modern History.

Dr. Richard White

Following his A-levels, Richard left Read School in 1996 and enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Leicester. Here he received both B.A. (1999) and MSc (2001) degrees in Human Geography, before undertaking a PhD in Economic Geography. In 2005 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Following two years at The University of Warwick as a Research Associate, Richard was employed as a Lecturer in Human Geography by Sheffield Hallam University. His main teaching and research agenda explores a broad range of critical, ethical, environmental and activist geographies. His research findings have been published widely, and this led to him being promotion to Reader/ Associate Professor in 2015. He currently sits on a number of Editorial Boards, and is an active member of The Research Advisory Committee for the UK Vegan Society.

Any time outside of academia is spent enjoying the company of his family, or growing fruit and vegetables on his ‘no-dig’ allotment plot.

Ian Chilvers

Ian was a student at the former Drax Grammar School from 1953 to 58 with aspirations to become a surgeon. Instead he followed his father and brother Eric - also a Drax student- into the newspaper world.

In his 44 year long career he covered many major stories ranging from murders to royal visits. 

Former chairman of Selby District Council and a parish councillor, Ian was the second of seven Chilvers boys to attend the school. 

Ian and his wife Judith have a son and two granddaughters. 

Hobbies include photography, local history and planting woodlands.

Claire McLaughlan

Clare has a son in the Sixth Form at Read School. After a degree in French & German at Durham University she moved to London where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. She has subsequently worked in a variety of industries including latterly at a large media company.

Clare has previously acted as PFA Treasurer at other schools. After moving up to York in 2019, she joined the Read Board of Governors. Clare enjoys walking, travel and genealogy.