Senior Leadership Team
Our Senior Leadership Team draws upon the experience, expertise and skill provided by the Governing Board and by their colleagues; highly qualified teaching, managerial and support staff.
Simon Hinchliffe read Geography at the University of Durham and went on to complete a PhD at the School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St Andrews. He achieved international recognition for his research in Quaternary Science and lectured at the School of Applied Sciences, University of Wolverhampton. Simon then completed a MEd in Educational Leadership and Management with the Open University following a move into secondary education. He taught at Wolverhampton Grammar School, becoming the Head of Sixth Form in 2010, having previously been the Head of Year 9, and also ran the outdoor education, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and overseas expedition programmes. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Headmaster at Bradford Grammar School (BGS) in 2014 and became the Headmaster in 2016. Simon has a daughter who attends BGS Junior School (Clock House).
Louis d’Arcy is an Old Bradfordian (1987 to 1995) and read for a Master’s degree in Chemistry at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He then worked as a management consultant at Accenture, developing and testing software for multinational digital television companies. Louis began his teaching career at Whitgift School in Croydon in 2002 teaching Mathematics. He held various positions of responsibility there – Housemaster, second-in-charge of the Mathematics department, Head of Years 6 and 7 and finally Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of Careers. He left to join Ipswich School in 2012 and spent four years there as Head of Sixth Form before taking up the role of Deputy Headmaster of BGS in April 2016.
Gary Woods was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he read Modern and Medieval Languages. He completed a PGCE and a University Diploma in Spanish with the Open University. He started his teaching career in 1994 at Bancroft’s School in North East London, before moving to BGS in 2006 as Head of Modern Languages. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Head (Curriculum) here in 2014.
Catriona Macdonald, as a Graduate in Business Studies and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, is a widely respected business and HR specialist and mediator with 27 years’ experience in a range of industries – from the engineering, education and ecclesiastical sectors to the financial sector, and food & drink market. She is supporting Bradford Grammar School with HR, coaching and training services, including giving strategic direction, managing day to day HR issues, devising policy procedures and providing staff development requirements. Her other clients include Seabrook Crisps, DPD Local and the Diocese of Sodor and Man. Catriona is the former Divisional Human Resources Director for Johnston Press Plc, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation of HR strategy and the day-to-day management of it, covering approximately 2,500 people across the various newspaper businesses. She left to become joint owner of Threedom Solutions Ltd, a HR, coaching and development provider before launching TrueHR in November 2016 when she began to support the School in December 2016.
Jane Chapman read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. She began her teaching career in 1987 at St Bees School in Cumbria and first came to BGS in 1989. After a career break from 1992 to 1996, Jane then worked at the School part-time until 2001. She became Head of Classics in 2006 and was promoted to the position of Assistant Head (Pastoral) in 2013. Jane has two sons and a daughter, all of whom went through the school from Clock House to the Sixth Form, making her a BGS parent for a total of 14 years. During this time she was an active member of the BGS Parents’ Association.
Kerry Howes studied Ocean Science at the University of North Wales, Bangor, before going on to complete an MSc in Marine Resource Management at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. It was her tennis coaching qualifications that led Kerry into teaching. She started her teaching career in 1998 at a County Primary School in East Sussex and in 2003 was appointed as a teacher at BGS Junior School (Clock House). Since this time she has been in the position of Director of Teaching and Learning, Deputy Headmistress and is now the Headmistress of the Junior School.
Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1986, with a large Bradford based accountancy firm, Gail moved out into industry in 1987. Gail’s subsequent 30+ year career has seen her working in an executive capacity, in increasingly senior roles, in the private sector, venture capital, the NHS, a Training & Enterprise Council and a Housing Association. Most of these roles have been based in Leeds. Her last full time role was Deputy Chief Executive/Finance Director at Leeds Federated Housing Association. Gail has also held a number of different non-executive positions in both the private and public sectors over the last 20 years, including at NHS Estates, a Further Education college and a charity that provides counselling services for young people. Gail is currently a Governor at Richmond House School. She was President of the Bradford Chartered Accountants Student Society in 1986 and was President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants in 2006/07.
Paul Merckx was educated at Imperial College (London) and Reading University. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics and entered the teaching profession at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield. After a three-year break from teaching to run an outdoor pursuits business, he returned at Yarm School before moving to BGS in 1997. Paul became Head of Year 7 in 2001, a post he held until 2016 when he was appointed to the position of Assistant Head (Development).