Chair of governors retiring at Shrewsbury prep school

The chairman of a Shropshire school’s board of governors is retiring at Christmas after 15 years on the board.

Brian Newman was appointed to the board at Prestfelde School, in Shrewsbury, in 2001 and in 2010 succeeded as Chairman, or Custos as it is known in the Woodard family of schools, of which Prestfelde is one.

It will be the end of a long involvement at the school dating back to the 1980s.

Head of Prestfelde, Fiona Orchard, said: “The staff, parents and pupils would like to thank Mr Newman for all the hard work he has put in at the school over the years and wish him well in the future.

“He has been at the helm during what has been an exciting time for the school and the driving force behind many of the innovative ideas the school has put in place over the last 15 years.

“Prestfelde continues to go from strength to strength and that is, in large part, due to the efforts of our retiring chairman.”

Mr Newman and his family moved from Surrey to Shrewsbury in 1988, when his eldest son entered the school. All three of his now adult sons have been pupils at the school.

He is a chartered engineer who spent his executive career in British publicly-listed engineering companies, most recently in divisional managing director roles in GKN plc and in Melrose plc.

He is now semi-retired, working as a non-executive director on a number of boards.

Reflecting on his long association with Prestfelde School, Mr Newman said: “It has been a privilege and a joy to serve on the board of such a wonderfully successful and happy school, where governors, staff and pupils, true to the Woodard Christian ethos, put care of the individual and consideration for others at the heart of all that they do.”

Prestfelde is an independent preparatory school in Shrewsbury for girls and boys aged three to 13. For more information, visit the website at www.prestfelde.co.uk