Board and Management




The Repton Family of Schools is overseen by a Board of Directors and a Management Team comprising a variety of individuals, all leading in their fields.

The Board has a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, all contributing to making the Repton Family of Schools a global organisation that creates the highest quality education opportunities for its pupils and families.





Mark Shires - Chairman

Mark has been a Governor of Repton school since 2013 and was appointed Chairman of Governors in 2020. Mark was educated at Rossall School and Manchester University where he read Economics and Accounting. A Chartered Accountant, he retired from the international business advisors PwC in 2013 where, most recently, he was Senior Partner of its East Midlands practice. Mark is married to Wendy. They have three children: Ed, Camilla and James, all of whom attended Repton Prep and Repton.


Sir Henry Every Bt.

Formerly a Partner with Chartered Accountants Deloitte, Sir Henry has been on the Governing Body of Repton School since 2003 and was appointed Chairman of Governors in 2012. He stepped down as Chairman in 2020, leaving him free to channel his enormous energy and passion for Repton into the Chairmanship of the Repton Family of Schools (formerly Repton International Schools Limited). Sir Henry is a devoted public servant as Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and previously High Sheriff of Derbyshire, a founding Trustee of the National Memorial Arboretum, Chairman of Burton Queens Hospital, Chairman of Derby Cathedral Council and a founding member of the reconstituted Birmingham Lunar Society. Sir Henry has the Freedom of the City of London. His other interests include being Patron of Egginton Church, The Children of the Far East Prisoners of War and The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre. Sir Henry is married to Susie and has three sons, each of whom attended Repton.


Mark Semmence

Mark Semmence is the Headmaster of Repton School. Prior to joining Repton in 2019, Mark was Headmaster of  Mount Kelly School and prior to that, Assistant Headmaster for 7 years at Rugby School where he taught Economics. Mark was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and then at Durham University (BA and MBA). He completed his MA at Warwick. Before embarking on his teaching career, Mark enjoyed a successful business career in the sports marketing sector working for the Quintus Group (now IMG) in London, Dubai and New York.  


Andrew Churchill OBE

Andrew Churchill is an old Reptonian and the Executive Chairman of JJ Churchill Limited, an aerospace precision-engineering business. After reading Chemistry at Oxford, he spent ten years working in China and Australia in the manufacturing sector.  He is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Industrial, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Business Council, an advisory panel member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade and Investment, is a Fellow of the IET and a member of their Manufacturing Policy Panel. For ten years he was on the boards of Make UK (The Manufacturers’ Organisation) and Midlands Group Training Services, as well as six years as a Director with the Design & Technology Association. 

In addition to Repton, he is a governor at an independent sector day school and an Enterprise Adviser at a State-sector academy.


Rick Johnson

Rick is the Chief Executive Officer of EduReach Education, an international school operator and investor with school projects across seven countries all of which are prestige UK branded exports. A former governor of Cranleigh School across thirteen years and British Airways pilot he is also a trustee of the MCC Foundation at Lords Cricket Ground. Rick is Repton School's governor responsible for safeguarding.


Guy Ralphs

Guy is an OR, a business consultant to schools and a former Bursar at Merchant Taylors’ Educational Trust and Malvern College where he was also responsible for its international schools development. Prior to these appointments, Guy held senior executive positions for many years with Shell UK and Shell International Petroleum Company. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors.






Daniel Lewis – Managing Director

Daniel was appointed Managing Director of the Repton Family of Schools (formerly Repton International Schools Limited or RISL) in February 2021. In joining RFS he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of running high-performing schools, and possesses a truly global outlook and instinct. Having led the establishment of international schools for North London Collegiate School in South Korea and the UAE, (as well as successfully leading the bid to establish NLCS in Singapore), he understands the challenges and needs of start-up projects, particularly those with a pre-existing UK ‘brand’ – with detailed expertise in the areas of franchise/management agreement, school design, quality assurance, marketing and admissions, recruitment of staff, and the establishment of a coherent educational vision and ethos.


Jonathan Taylor - Director of Education

Jonathan is an experienced school leader, having led schools in London, China and Switzerland. Following ten years in the UK state system, he joined Dulwich College International to be the Founding Head of School in Zhuhai, China. During this time, he completed an MSc. in Educational Leadership, with a specific focus on the differences between Western and Confucian education principles. Jonathan then spent eight years at Cognita, one of the world’s largest schools’ groups, where he led the North Bridge House network of schools in London and spearheaded the organisation’s expansion into the Swiss market. In addition to school leadership, Jonathan has served on the Board of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) and is a regular speaker and writer on UK and international education.

With a child at Repton Prep School, Jonathan is delighted to be part of both the Repton staff and parent communities.


Ian Davenport – Senior Education Advisor

After graduating Ian worked in The City for a number of years, for Morgan Stanley and Arthur Andersen before beginning his teaching career at Radley College, where he served as a housemaster and Head of Department. Ian led Blundell’s School as Head Master for eight years, and has also been an Economics tutor at Oxford University. He is an adviser to the Department of Education and leads on their social impact project: ‘SpringForward’. He is the founding CEO of the School Partnerships Alliance, currently supporting partnerships between over 1000 state and independent schools. As well as serving as Senior Education Adviser for the Repton Family of School and as a governor at six schools within the Repton Family of Schools, Ian also finds time to Chair the London Interdisciplinary School Foundation.