Our Governors

The Governors of Badminton bring expertise from a wide range of professional, commercial and academic backgrounds. Governors take a close interest in School and enjoy attending events and celebrating the successes of the girls and staff.

We pride ourselves on a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, underpinned by a strong sense of integrity. We challenge our pupils to be the best they can and to be intellectually curious. We encourage contribution from pupils to every aspect of the School. We value integration highly and ensure this is set in a context of responsibility and mutual support. Above all we ensure the community has a good sense of fun!


Mr Justin Lewis
Member of all Committees and Working Groups

Justin has been a specialist management consultant at PA Consulting, focused on business case development and programme management in the Bristol area.  In his early years he was a construction engineer, leading large teams on projects in the UK and abroad.  Justin later developed expertise in corporate management roles covering policy, organisation, human resources, strategic communication and language capability development.  He lives in Chippenham with his wife, Rosemary; their two daughters attended Badminton as boarders in the Junior and Senior Schools.  Training and education have been an important strand running throughout Justin’s career, both as a recipient and in delivery, so he is delighted to be supporting Badminton’s strategic management.  Justin’s wider interests include offshore sailing and canal restoration.

Mr Dai Thomas

Education & Welfare Committee

Dai is a National Governance Association Consultant and provides Educational Governance Consultancy Services to schools across the South-East, South-West and London.  Dai grew up in the Brecon Beacons, was an undergraduate at the University of London and a postgraduate student at the University of Bath.  He has over 25 years leadership experience in Post-16 education including Sixth Form Colleges and led international operations in China for Edinburgh College.  Dai is Co-Chair of the Board of the University of Portsmouth Academy Trust of which the large primary school in Portsmouth where he was Chair of the Board of Governors is a founder member. He previously chaired the board of the secondary school in Lymington where he lives. 

Dr Madhu Bhabuta
Risk, Regulatory & Compliance Committee

Madhu is a seasoned business transformation and evolution agent. She has an excellent track record of business and technology leadership, specialising in business design, strategy, digital transformation, integration and organisation and operational change delivery.

She has an MEng in Software Engineering from Imperial College, a PhD in Mathematical modelling in Computing, also from Imperial College and an MBA, specialising in industrial turnarounds and transformation from London Business School.

She is also a committed Bristolian who gives freely to her city. She has served on the board of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust and the University of Bristol. In both organisations, she had specific responsibilities for improvement and change. She also fundraises for Southmead Hospital.

Mrs Kay Crosse
MA Cert Ed

Chair of Risk, Regulatory & Compliance Committee

Kay qualified as a teacher in 1967 and has extensive experience over all ages.  Her most recent employment was as Principal of Norland College where she had the overall responsibility for all student training and residential accommodation, three nursery classes, a pre prep school, three-day nurseries, an out of school facility, a children's hotel and the graduate employment agency in addition to relocating the college from Hungerford to its present location in Bath without any interruption to student training.

After retirement Kay set up her own business carrying out educational consultancy work, Ofsted inspections and publishing two educational books and was also the Chair of a multi academy trust in Cornwall.  Governor development and training, staff welfare and governor liaison were always high on her agenda.  She participated in a trust external review of governance putting in place the resulting recommendations.

Mr Ronald Egelman

Chair of Property Committee

Ronald currently works as an independent hotel development consultant and lives in Bristol.  Ronald is a Dutch national and holds a degree in hospitality management.  He started his career in hotel operations in London before joining IHG hotels in 2001.  He worked on the integration of new hotels into the brand system and performed operations reviews at a regional level.  In 2004 he transferred to the UAE as analyst for the Middle East and Africa region.  He moved into a development role in 2007 with a focus on negotiation management, franchise and licence agreements in order to grow the portfolio of hotels.  He has extensive experience negotiating agreements under difficult circumstances and in challenging locations.

Ms Alison Jarratt
BA(Hons), FCA

Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

Alison attended Badminton from 1984 – 1988 and subsequently graduated in French from Durham University.  She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, London in 1998.  After qualifying, she worked as a management consultant, and then joined the Head Office finance team of a privately held investment company in London.  Alison was previously the bursar of The Unicorn School in Abingdon, a specialist school for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other communication difficulties. Alison was Chair of Governors of her local primary school for 7 years.

Mrs Funmi Joseph

Risk, Regulatory & Compliance Committee

Funmi attended Badminton from 1973 – 1975 and went on to become mother to an OB in turn.  She completed a Law degree before returning to Nigeria.  She was the Legal Adviser and Funds Manager for Chase Merchant Bank, which later became Continental Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited.  Funmi now runs Independent Schools Advisory Services Limited in Nigeria and consults with parents as they choose schools for their children in the UK and the USA.  She also run the law firm FJRS & Associates Limited with her sister who also attended Badminton School.  She has served as Chairperson of the PTA of St. Saviours School Lagos and served on the PTA Committee of Hampshire School London UK.  She is presently a member of the Board of Governors Badminton School Bristol UK.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustee of Queen’s College Lagos Nigeria.

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