Having obtained an Honours degree in Law from the University of Reading and then qualified as a Barrister-at-Law, John Buxton, Kingsworth’s principal, has been working in the corporate advisory/M&A world for 30 years.
During that period, he has advised upon a very wide range of transactions, including domestic UK deals, cross-border deals, public and private company transactions, and stockmarket flotations. His previous roles include Head of Corporate Finance at Coutts & Co., Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Teather & Greenwood PLC, and National Head of Corporate Finance at Numerica Group PLC.
His focus during the past 20 years has been entirely upon the provision of advice to family/privately-owned companies and entrepreneurs.
John has held several non-executive roles within privately-owned and family companies. These roles afford him a different perspective on how such companies are run and the issues which confront the owner-managers on a regular basis. John is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading and on the Committee of the Oxfordshire branch of the Institute of Directors.
Karen Gracie-Langrick has over 25 years of experience working in education, within both a school and university setting. Having gained a BA (Hons) in Archaeology (with Classics and Latin) at the University of Reading, she then became their student-elected Sports Federation President. Following this, Karen completed an MA in Archaeological Heritage Management at the University of York during which she gained an Arkell Fellowship Award to support her research into the ‘Educational value of Roman Villa sites’ in the UK and Germany. Karen then worked with English Heritage and Bournemouth University to undertake a national survey of Monuments at Risk and acted as the Education Officer for Bradwell Abbey.
After gaining her PGCE in Secondary History, Karen came to teach History and Ancient History at Leighton Park, where she has had an interesting and varied career: as Head of History; PSHCE; IB Coordinator and now as Deputy Head, Academic. Karen holds a National Professional Qualification for Headship and has been instrumental in driving new initiatives for Leighton Park to become a STEAM centre of excellence and to develop a philosophy of ‘Change makers’ through Ethical Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Karen is a keen sportswoman, supporting the Girls’ Cricket at Wargrave CC and, holding the Gold Award, is an advocate of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Jilly Carter is an ex- radio and TV journalist, and now the director of the communications consultancy Carter Communications Limited.
She graduated from the University of London with a BA in English, French and History of Art. She taught English as a foreign language in Paris, Lisbon and Rome, before joining BBC Radio Four in their Presentation department in London. She then moved to Bournemouth, working for Two Counties Radio, before joining Television South West in Plymouth, where she worked for nine years as a news reporter and presenter on the Six O’clock Show.
Jilly’s skill is in helping clients develop and communicate clear, memorable messages to a variety of audiences. She has extensive experience of working with a large range of companies and organisations – from London Business School to Intel, from EasyJet to The Trainline, the NHS and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
She has worked with all of the major pharmaceutical companies in her role as a consultant on communications strategy and trains top doctors and academics to deliver data at major international conferences and talk to the media in a compelling way. She is regularly called upon to chair press briefings aimed at raising awareness of a variety of medical conditions. She works closely with patient advocacy groups, supporting areas such as heart disease, stroke, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes and breast cancer and regularly chairs advisory boards for KOLs.
Raj has been a Parent Governor since the summer of 2016 and has a long standing 20 year connection and commitment with Hemdean House. He has 3 daughters, who all started at Hemdean House from Nursery/Reception age and have thrived. The school has given them a solid foundation both as individuals and academically.
As a Governor he strives to maintain and provide that level of education for future generations of pupils. His youngest is currently in her final year, his middle daughter went on to Highdown School while his eldest was accepted into Kendrick Grammar School. “As Parents, we have a role to play in supporting the school to go from strength to strength and when necessary make tough decisions and ask difficult questions.”
The family moved to Reading in 1988 from West London to set up a retail and sub Post office business. Raj graduated in 1990 with a degree in Economics and worked in Civil Service before moving on to become an internal auditor in Local Government. He then worked as a Public Sector Auditor in London for an Accountancy Practice before taking over the family business from 1996 running the Post Office that was the heart of the community for over 15 years. He now owns and successfully runs businesses in Lettings and Hospitality.