Our governance

The Kingham Hill Trust


The Kingham Hill Trust was established by the Christian philanthropist, Charles Baring Young, to support the work of Oak Hill College, as well as the work of Kingham Hill School in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Baring Young’s vision was to train men and women for a variety of ministries in the Church of England and other Protestant denominations at Oak Hill College; and to advance the physical, mental and spiritual education of children at Kingham Hill School.

The Trust is responsible for ensuring that Baring Young’s vision is upheld; that the College and School operate according to the ethos of the Trust; and that the Trust assets are responsibly managed.

The board of trustees meets three times a year, and is made up of members of the Oak Hill College Council, together with governors of Kingham Hill School. The current trustees are:

Jeremy Anderson CBE, Chair of Oak Hill College Council

Jeremy is a churchwarden at St Helen’s Bishopsgate. He served on the Archbishop’s task group on responsible savings and credit. Jeremy spent 30 years working with the banking and insurance industry in an advisory capacity, involved with strategy, risk management, governance, IT, operational transformation, mergers and bank restructuring. From 2010 to 2017 he was Chair of KPMG’s Global Financial Services practice. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of UBS Group AG. He is a trustee of the Productivity Leadership Group, a former Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and a former Chair of the UK National Employment Panel. He was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to employment. His background enables him to bring wide experience to discussions on the strategic, financial, regulatory, operational and governance issues facing Oak Hill College and the Kingham Hill Trust.


Kenji Batchelor, Kingham Hill School Governor

Kenji studied theology at Durham University and trained briefly as a teacher in London, before deciding on a (less stressful) career in law. After spending time tutoring in Mozambique, he then worked for two years at Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, studying on the Cornhill Training Course. He is now a qualified charities solicitor, and lives in Surrey with his wife Lizzy and his son Laurence.


Nicholas Bewes, Member of Oak Hill College Council

Nicholas is the Chief Executive of the Howard Group, a family owned property and investment business based in Cambridge. He is responsible to the board and the shareholders for the overall management of the business. The company’s property activities are predominantly based in East Anglia and London and include student accommodation, residential investment, commercial property development and management. Prior to joining the Howard Group in 1999, Nicholas worked with the BOC Group, where he held various management positions. In the past, Nicholas was on the board of Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic member group focused on the long-term growth of Cambridge and the region. He is a trustee of the Shelford Gospel Trust, a charity supporting gospel ministries. He is on the PCC at All Saints, Little Shelford, and a trustee of Kingham Hill Trust. Nicholas brings strategic property experience to the Council, helping to shape the College’s property estate strategy.


Col. John Lewis, Kingham Hill School Governor

John studied agriculture at Writtle College near his family home in Chelmsford, and followed this with a career in farm management. However, he changed course to join the army in 1982. Commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport he served overseas in Germany with a detachment to Australia. He has also worked across the Middle East from a base in Cyprus, commanded a support battalion in the Balkans, and was Force Support Commander in Iraq in 2005 during the first Iraqi elections. Recently he has become Director of Operations at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency. He is married to Jeannie with four children, and his interests revolve around family and outdoor pursuits, as well as involvement in church and armed forces Christian organisations.


Revd Robert Marsden, Chair of Kingham Hill School Governors

Bob studied history at Oxford University, taught at Stowe School and was Head of History at Loretto School. He then trained at Oak Hill, served a curacy at St Nicholas, Sevenoaks, and returned to Edinburgh as Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Fettes College. More recently, he has been Minister of Trinity Church, Buxton. A sportsman, he coached rugby and cricket when he was a teacher, and he is currently the Chairman of Buxton Cricket Club. Bob is married to Julia, an editor and author, and they have two sons who have just started teaching in independent schools.


Caroline Pellereau, Kingham Hill School Governor

Caroline studied mathematics at Bristol University and taught the subject for nearly 30 years. She worked at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for many years, and was Head of Mathematics and Head of Lower College (years 7, 8 and 9). She is married to Rod, who taught at Dean Close School and ran a boys’ boarding house. They have two grown up children, and they are members of St Matthew’s, Cheltenham.


Simon Pilcher, Chair of Kingham Hill Trust, Deputy Chair of Oak Hill College Council

Simon is Deputy Chair of the College Council and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. He is also a Governor of Kingham Hill School and chairs the Kingham Hill Trust (the charitable body that owns the College and the School). He is Chief Executive Officer of Investment Management at USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme). He is responsible for overseeing the investment strategy governing the scheme’s £73bn in assets, the majority of which are invested in-house, across both public and private markets around the world. He is a churchwarden of St Mary’s, Henham, where he helps to run the youth ministry and preaches regularly. He is a trustee of a number of other charitable trusts that support training for evangelical ministry.