We are a Registered Charity and a not for profit organisation, as such any profits are invested back into the school to enhance and maintain the facilities and resources available to teachers and the children.

Our Board of Governors oversee the school and are a vital part of our school community. They perform a voluntary, non-executive role to ensure that we stay true to our aims and objectives.

Board meetings are held once a term whilst governors also sit on at least one of our committees – Safeguarding, Finance, Academic, Health and Safety, Estates or Oversight and Training. Each committee meets at least once a term and reports to the full Board of Governors at each termly board meeting.

We have a board made up of parent governors and independent governors with the aim that we achieve 50% of both.

Each of our Governors brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise to our school community.

Our Chairman of Governors – Mr Peter Kirk can be contacted via Hunter Hall School office on 01768 891291 or

Meet our governors:

Peter Kirk

Peter is currently an Education Consultant and Executive Chairman of the Independent Schools Examination Board, the organisation that produces Common Entrance and Common Scholarship exams for Independent Schools across the UK and overseas. He taught Mathematics in both the Prep and Senior sectors at Marlborough College and Glenalmond College, where he was a Housemaster. He went on to be Headmaster of Bramcote Prep School in Scarborough and, most recently, Headmaster of Bilton Grange in the Midlands for ten years. Peter's interests are country pursuits, skiing and music and he has two grown-up daughters, both of whom were educated in the Independent sector.

Peter Kirk chair of governors

Gerard Ainsworth

Despite being born a Yorkshireman, Gerard has made Cumbria his home. He has 2 children at Hunter Hall. Gerard is a consultant eye surgeon who works in the NHS and has his own business providing private eye care under Lakeland Vision Ltd. In his role in the NHS he has been the Clinical Director for the Ophthalmology service for North Cumbria. He is well acquainted in the regulatory role of large and small institutions. Gerard is the Chair of the Oversight and Training sub-committee.

Ged Ainsworth

Natalie Harling

Natalie Harling has lived in the Lake District for over 22 years now, having lived previously in the South of England and the Alps. As Director of Business Development for The Outward Bound Trust, an Educational Charity focused on supporting young people to unlock their potential through learning and adventure in the wild. Natalie has spent the past 19 years working within the Education system and a wide range of Senior Leadership Teams across schools in England, Scotland and Wales. She has vast experience of Marketing and Sales strategies and practical experience of implementation. Natalie has had one child who has completed his education at Hunter Hall and another in Year 3.

Natalie Harling Hunter Hall School Governor

Alison Hogan

Alison Hogan was born in Yorkshire and spent most of her childhood holidays and growing up years in Cumbria. Her parents retired to Bolton, near Appleby 30 years ago. As Director of E & B Marketing Solutions, Alison advises governing bodies and owners of independent schools in the UK and abroad. She has worked in the independent education sector for almost 20 years and has led marketing and admissions departments in HMC and GSA schools. Prior to her career in education marketing she worked in the commercial sector. Alison has supported the marketing of a broad cross section of businesses delivering high impact solutions within budget. Alison’s two children were educated in the independent sector and her husband is a Headmaster.

Alison Hogan Governor

Peter Sorton

Peter is a mature parent with two boys at Hunter Hall. Born in Lancashire before living in London and Surrey for sixteen years. Moved to Cumbria in 1987. Forensic Scientist specialising in the reconstruction of road accidents in catastrophic injury high value civil claims. Established his own small practice in 1984 with case work from across the UK and Europe. Feels at home in the mountains but gave up his passion for rock climbing when his oldest son was born. Enjoys family ski trips. Reluctant football fan and chauffeur. An avid baker with a micro bakery at home.


Mark Turnbull

Mark joined Giggleswick as Headmaster in August 2014 and, as a geographer, it's easy to understand the attraction of the magnificent setting of the school. Born in York, it was a long held ambition to return to his home county. Educated at the University of Liverpool and the University of London, he began his career in banking before moving into teaching and spending the past 20 years in independent boarding schools. As a Housemaster at Sevenoaks Mark developed a strong belief that independent education carries a responsibility to reach out to the wider community, and set up projects in Romania and Tanzania, as well as supporting work closer to home in London. Throughout his time as a teacher he has worked to support wider access to the benefits of schools such as Giggleswick. He has also been a governor at three other prep schools.

Mark Turnbull

Ms. Charlotte Young

Charlotte works locally as a private tutor with students in Primary and Secondary School as well as in Further Education. She also works freelance for a number of Educational Publishers, producing resources mostly for GCSE and A-Level Maths. Prior to this, she worked for ten years as a Maths Teacher in Residential Special Schools and qualified as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor in 2011.

CharlotteYoung Governor

Adrian Hill

"Born in Cheshire but made in Cumbria!"

Adrian spent his formative years in North Cumbria where his father was a vicar first at Addingham church before other Parishes in Carlisle and Wetheral. After A levels he joined Cumbria Police and spent the next 31 years in community policing and the Dog section before finishing his career as a Sergeant at Penrith.

As a parent of twin boys who progressed from Hunter Hall Nursery to Year 6 and who are now preparing for GCSE`s at QEGS, he became involved with the school firstly through the parents group then as he retired became more involved in school life before being invited to join the Board of Governors. He currently has responsibility for Health and Safety.

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Mr. David Butler

Mrs. Nicola Ewbank