The Governing Body and Governors

All Hallows is operated by All Hallows (Cranmore Hall) School Trust Limited a company limited by guarantee registered with Companies House (No. 00722996) and as a charity registered with the Charity Commission (No. 310281). The Governors of the school are the directors of the company and the trustees of the charity.

The Governing Body is responsible for the governance and functioning of the school. The Governors appoint the Head and the Bursar and work with them and the members of the Senior Management Team who have day-to-day responsibility for the operation and management of the school.

Collectively the Governors determine the overall direction and development of the school. They also ensure that the school functions within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and continually strives to improve.


James Alexandroff, Chairman

James was educated at Charterhouse School and studied law at Bristol University. Following a stint as a management trainee in London for OCL, a container shipping company, he qualified in 1985 as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London specialising in shipping litigation. At aged 28 he changed course and became an investment manager for Stewart Ivory Ltd. in Edinburgh before moving in 1991 to Hong Kong where he worked as a fund manager for GT Investment Management Ltd. In 1996 he co-founded Arisaig Partners in Singapore, an investment management boutique specialising in consumer businesses in emerging markets. He returned to the UK in 2000 but continues to travel extensively to meet his firm’s investors. He has a number of non-executive directorships in the investment industry, sits on a board of Bristol University alumni and has established the Perivoli Schools Trust which focuses on improving early years education in Southern Africa. He is married with four children, all of whom attended All Hallows School

Mike Drummond Smith MBE, Deputy Chairman

Mike was educated at Downside and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and retired from the Army in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel having served in Cyprus, Hong Kong, Germany, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a member of the Institute of Welfare, and since leaving the Army he has worked for a military charity, Care for Casualties, assisting not only the wounded but also their families and those who have been bereaved. Michael’s triplet daughters were educated at All Hallows. He enjoys running, cycling and being a vocal supporter of Bath Rugby.

Sits on Compliance & Risk Sub-Committee

Andrea Le Guevel

Andrea is currently Chaplain at St Mary's Shaftesbury. After studying at UCL, Kings College, London and the Sorbonne she was Head of a school in Paris, and a Tutor and Chaplain at Manchester University, where she did an M. Phil. in Theology, and then Oxford University. She was previously a governor for many years at Prior Park.

Sits on Wellbeing Sub-Committee

Ralph Bell

Ralph recently retired as CEO of CPI-UK Book manufacturers. Ralph played a leading role in establishing CPI as the acknowledged market leader in the manufacture of short run books, taking sales from £3m to £25m in 10 years. Before joining CPI, Ralph was employed as European Sales Director with the Vantage Group of Companies for 12 years, one of the UK’s largest typesetters for the advertising market based in London. He is currently working as a business partner with Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partners assigned to companies looking for sales growth and exit planning.

Sits on Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee

Mel Eyles

Melanie Eyles joined the board of Governors in November 2015. A past parent of two children who attended All Hallows, she is a firm supporter of the school and all that it stands for. 

Melanie studied French after leaving school in 1980 at The Institute of Touraine in Tour, after which she stayed on, living in France and working for The American Council for International Studies taking students and adults across Europe on Academic trips specialising in History of Art and Architecture.

She returned to London in 1985 to work in the Commercial and Residential Property markets in London until she moved to Somerset with her family in 1992. She set up The Curtain Exchange in Bath, along with her business partner in 1998 and has been in the retail sector ever since.

Melanie has a keen interest in the future of the school, she recognises the value of good teaching and inspiration given to all the pupils and would very much like to give something back to the school where her children were extremely happy.

Sits on Finance & General Purposes & Wellbeing Sub-Committees

Tracey Cotterell

Tracey Cotterell set up and ran Southill Nursery from 1998 to 2007 which won awards for both child care and management. She has been a pioneer of Forest School education, including at All Hallows from 2007 to 2010. Since then she has completed her PGCE and an MA in Education at Bath Spa University. From 2011 to March 2013 Tracey worked as a teacher in EYFS and as the numeracy lead and Achievement for All Champion at Yeo Moor Primary School. Presently she is working at Badock's Wood Primary School and Children's Centre in Bristol as the Assistant Head.

Sits on Wellbeing Sub-Committee

Nick Gallop

Nick Gallop is presently Assistant Head & Head of Sixth Form at Portsmouth Grammar School, prior to which he was a Head of Department and Housemaster at Wellington College. At Portsmouth Grammar School he has improved academic outcomes, the creation of the Sixth Form as an entity within the school, and the design and completion of a new Sixth Form Centre which included consulting the students and including innovative features from the business sector.

Sits on Compliance & Risk Sub-Committee