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About the Foundation

The RGSW and AOS Foundation charity was created in 2016 to support the School, its the pupils and the alumni community. It conducts fundraising to provide additional bursary places at RGS and to make Hardship awards to families who require assistance with school fees due to unforeseen circumstances. The Foundation also secures donations to enhance the existing School facilities as well as adding to the estate through capital projects.

The Foundation Trustees

Tim Curtis became Chair of the Foundation in 2019. He is a former pupil of RGS, as well as serving as a member of the English Department and as Director of Sport until he retired in 2015. His wife coached Netball at the School and their three children attended AOS and RGS. Tim is a past President of the Old Elizabethans and former professional cricketer who captained Worcestershire County and was capped for England.

Rosemary Ham joined the Alice Ottley School in 1976 and served as Head of English. Rosemary was appointed as a Governor of RGS in 2005 becoming Chair in 2012 leading the Board for five years and continues to provide invaluable input as Vice Chair. She has a degree in French and Drama from Bristol University and an MSc in Educational Management. A former Vice Chairman and Director of The English Speaking Board, she edited the journal “Speaking English”.

Andrew Greenway is an RGS Governor and has recently been a Managing Director with Accenture, a large global firm specialising in consulting, outsourcing and technology. He has four children who were all educated at RGS Worcester and served as the inaugural Chair of the Foundation. Andrew is a Magistrate on the Worcestershire bench and a member of both Worcester Rowing Club and Worcester St Johns Cycling Club.

Katie Wormington was a governor of Dodderhill School prior to it merging with RGS in 2019 when she joined the RGS Board. Her three children are former pupils of both Dodderhill and RGS The Grange. After formal training in agriculture, she has spent the past thirty years as an integral member of the family business that now manages over 1500 acres in Worcestershire and Wiltshire, with arable, livestock and forestry enterprises, rental properties and conservation projects. Katie is passionate about the importance of giving all pupils the skills to tackle and succeed in whatever career they wish to take.

Gary Rouse is a former pupil of RGS and is now a parent of pupils who have attended RGS The Grange and RGS Worcester. Gary leads the Finance Committee for the Board of Trustees for which he is well qualified having forged a successful career in business and finance.

Jonny Arr attended RGS while his sisters were over the Wall at AOS. In school he excelled academically but it was on the sports field where he found his calling and enjoyed a successful career as a professional Rugby player for the Worcester Warriors retiring as one of their most capped players having appeared 218 times for the club. Jonny is now forging a career in financial services and serves as Deputy Chair of the Foundation.

John Gibson is a partner at Firmingers Chartered Surveyors, a well established Worcester business. John has devoted considerable time to charity fundraising for the local community, primarily for the Wooden Spoon charity where he is Chairman for the region. John is an RGS past parent, his son having attended the School.

Michael Bourne is a former pupil of RGS and President of the AOOEs, RGS's alumni association. Michael has a degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and MBA from Cranfield. He worked in the City for a large Japanese investment bank, as well as Halifax and M&S Money. Latterly he worked for the National Trust and Environment Agency. Michael is Chair of the Cheltenham Film Society and a Trustee of Priors Park Neighbourhood Project in Tewkesbury.

Yvonne Wood was the Headmistress’s PA at Dodderhill School for 24 years prior to it merging with RGS in 2019. Her two daughters are both former pupils of Dodderhill. Yvonne qualified as a medical secretary and practice manager prior to taking up employment at Whitford Hall School in 1995 before moving to its sister school Dodderhill in 1997.

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