Governors Chairman 

      Mr B W Adcock BSc, FIPA 

      I joined the Governing Body in 2005, and have held roles of Vice Chairman, Chair of Nominations and Marketing Committees; I am currently the Chair of Governors. I am a former pupil of the Schools, and my children are also Allanians.

      Before retirement my career was broad and varied with the vast majority of my career spent in marketing for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Tyne Tees Television and Robson Brown in the North East. 

      Outside of Dame Allan’s I enjoy travelling, walking and I am also Chairman of the City Centre Chaplaincy.

      I am very proud to be a part of the Dame Allan’s family.


      Vice Chairman 

      Mr I J Belsham BA, BArch, RIBA 

      I joined the Governing Body in 2014 and I am currently Vice Chair, as well as a member of of the Finance Committee and the Strategy Committee.

      I bring to these committees a lifetime of business experience in managing my own company, design and construction, project management, and property development. I am an Architect and retired from my own practice in 2014 at which time I was invited to join the Governing Body. From 2002 onwards my practice designed and project managed all of the Schools’ building and refurbishment projects including the Hunter’s Moor Junior School, the Queen’s Building, the Library, the new staffrooms, and the main reception area.

      Outside of Dame Allan’s I am a keen and active tennis player and golfer.


      Mr D R Arthur FCA 

      Having spent over 40 years as an accountant in practice, I was delighted to be appointed as a Governor of Dame Allan’s in September 2018 and I look forward to deploying my skill set for the benefit of future generations of pupils.

      I myself attended Dame Allan's Schools, as did both my wife and son; and as a former pupil and parent, I fully understand the ethos of helping pupils optimise their potential.

      I now act as a consultant for my former firm and am also Vice Chair of the Percy Hedley Foundation, and a Trustee of Mental Health Concern. In 2016/17 I was proud to be appointed as President of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants.


      Ms C Bell BEd Hons (Cantab)

      I became a Parent Governor in Autumn 2016 and I now sit on the Education and Marketing Committees.

      My family’s connection to the Schools goes back to the 1950s when my father and two uncles attended the Boys’ School. My grandfather taught here in the late 1960s and my two sisters and I attended the Girls’ School during the 1980s. Both of my daughters both currently attend Dame Allan’s.

      My professional career included six years teaching in Central London followed by three years teaching in the North East. I have also been involved in child minding and running a toddler group. For the last 10 years I have been running a small property management company with my husband.



      Mr C Bolland ACMA CGMA

      I joined the Governing Body as a Co-optative Governor in October 2016. As an accountant and having worked in financial management for most of my career, it seemed a natural step to join the Finance Committee which I did in February 2017. At around the same time I joined the Education Committee to gain an insight into work of the Schools and the delivery of its goals and objectives. My youngest son Andrew was a pupil at Dame Allan’s, joining the Junior School in 1990.

      Prior to my retirement in 2015, I spent the majority of my career working as an accountant with an industrial coatings company supplying paint and protective coatings to the aerospace, oil and gas, marine and construction industries. Operating in 59 countries with customers requiring support across the globe provided experience of working within a complex business environment and across diverse markets, cultures and geographies. During this time I gained significant experience in a variety of roles in financial management, planning and business development. For the last ten years of my career I held the position of Finance Director working as part of the senior management team, acting as business partner to the Managing Director as well as providing strong functional leadership within Finance and IT.

      Since retirement I now have much more time available to walk, cycle, garden and read. Looking ahead I hope to travel more for pleasure once I have forgotten all those business trips that required so much stamina and patience!


      Prof E Cross BMus, PhD

      I joined the Governing Body at Dame Allan’s in September 2012 and I am now a member of Strategy, Nominations and Education Committees, the last of which I now chair. Both of my sons previously attended Dame Allan’s. 

      I joined the staff of Newcastle University as Lecturer in Music. After periods as Head of Music and Dean of Arts, I became Dean of Cultural Affairs, fostering links between the University and the region, especially relating to strategic partnerships with various cultural organisations.  I also lead Creative Fuse North East, an action research project bringing together the five North East universities with the region’s creative and digital sector to support business growth. I am now Emeritus Professor of Music & Culture, having retired at the end of 2018.

      As well as music of various kinds, I’m interested in museums, galleries, the theatre and film.


      Mr M Davison ACMA, CGMA








      Mr T Gray MA (Cantab)

      I became a governor in 2016 when I retired after 43 years as a solicitor with the same firm in Newcastle.

      I am an Old Boy of Dame Allan’s which served me extremely well, enabling me to go on to Cambridge University where I retain many connections. I have returned to law as a consultant, but I am keen to ensure that all duties that I can discharge on behalf of the Schools are duly dealt with.

      In my time as a solicitor I have met a great number of people, many of whom became my clients, and I have joined the Nominations Committee on the basis that I might assist in recommending persons suitable to act as governors of the Schools in the future. I am very much committed to the ethos of Dame Allan’s and committed to promoting that ethos.


      Prof R Gregory BA(Cantab), MA(Cantab), PhD (Cantab), FInstP

      I became a governor in 2014. I am a Professor in Mathematics and Physics and spent five years working at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and University of Chicago in the US before returning to Britain as a Royal Society researcher. I have spent the last 15 years at Durham University as both lecturer and researcher, and have many international links and collaborations. Having been in a male dominated environment for all of my working life, I am keen to support and promote science and technology education among girls.

      My family has strong ties to Dame Allan’s, not only did I attend myself, but also my mother, uncle, and even members of the previous generation are all Dame Allan’s alumni. One of the impressive aspects of Dame Allan’s is that it has an extremely forward-looking perspective whilst remaining connected with its past.


      Mrs M Hinson MA (Dunelm)

      I am currently a full time Headteacher in a large Church of England Primary School in Northumberland. During my career I have led both rural and urban schools and I have seen at first hand the transformational effects that a good all-round education can bring to the lives of young people.

      Whilst my experience has mainly been in the Primary sector, I was part of the executive leadership of a large 2-19 school for nine years and therefore have an understanding of the wider challenges facing all schools. I also served as Chair of Governors for eight years in a Middle School in Ponteland.

      I joined the Governing Body in September 2018 and am looking forward to becoming involved in the life of the school.


      The Very Revd. G Miller


      Dr V Morrell BSc, MA, PhD

      I became a Parent Governor in Autumn 2018. I have four children currently studying at Dame Allan’s from Key Stage 1 to Sixth Form. I support the school in my role of Chairperson of DASPA Junior and as an active member of DASPA.

      After completing a degree in Management Science, I initially worked in the finance sector, then worked in compliance within the cultural sector for The Natural History Museum and Millennium Commission. I am now self employed as a management consultant in the customer contact industry.

      In my spare time I have pursued my interest in history and gained an MA and PhD in British Cultural History. I also have a deep interest in music as a keen cellist and enjoy all the musical activities that my children participate in at Dame Allan’s.


      Dr P Paes MBBS, MSc, MMedEd, EdD, FRCP

      I joined the Governing Body of Dame Allan’s in 2016 and I sit on the Education Committee. I am passionate about the opportunities that a good, all round education can bring and I am honoured to play a role in shaping that at Dame Allan’s as a governor. I am a former pupil of Dame Allan’s and my children are current pupils.

      My background is in healthcare and education, I work as an NHS consultant and university lecturer and hold leadership roles in both sectors.




      Mr S Taylor BSc, MSc, MBA

      I became a Parent Governor in April 2019. 

      I have strong links with the Schools as I was a pupil there, leaving in 1989. I have been an active member of the Old Boys’ Association, being a committee member and President in the 1990s. More recently my two boys joined Dame Allan’s Junior School in September 2013 and are currently enjoying their time in the Senior School.

      During my career I have gained a broad range of experiences of managing organisations in the utilities sector in the UK and abroad. After working for Northumbrian Water for 14 years, I then worked in the Middle East in public and private sector water and wastewater companies for 7 years. I returned to the UK as a MD of an O&M company based in Northern Ireland, before returning to the North East in 2017. Since then I established my own company, providing mentoring to a number of SMEs throughout the region. I was appointed a Non-Executive Director of an environmental business in April 2018, am a mentor for the NELEP and a Member of the Experience Bank.

      I am passionate about the North East and about the opportunities that a broad and balanced education can bring to our future generations. I am truly honoured to be contributing to the continued success of Dame Allan’s as a governor.

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