Our Teachers & Staff
Board of Governors
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.
Mr. Peter Kirk
Mrs. 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.
Mr. Gerard Ainsworth
Mrs. Alison Hogan
Mr. Mark Turnbull
Mrs. Charlotte Young
Mr. Dave Butler
Mrs. Nicola Ewbank
Mr. Nigel Bidgood
Nigel has recently retired to Cumbria, with his wife Karen, both fresh from thirty-five years working in the Independent Education sector. Thirteen of these were spent as a Housemaster at Trent College, Nottingham with the final sixteen years spent as a Deputy Head, culminating in the latter nine years at Loretto School, Edinburgh. Throughout this time working in boarding schools, he has maintained a family home in Cumbria.
He has led over thirty mountaineering and trekking expeditions to boreal locations such as Iceland, East and North Greenland and North Norway involving school and adult groups culminating in the award of a Fellowship from the Royal Geographical Society. Since retiring from full-time employment, he has set up Borealis Expeditions specialising in running school expeditions from China to wilderness areas of the Arctic such that the pupils from major Chinese cities can experience an outdoor educational focus that is all-to-rare in China today.
Nigel’s interests are mountaineering and hill-walking, Viking history and culture and the cultural history of the Thule Inuit culture and rugby. He is by academic training, a botanist, and has specialised in the adaptations of arctic plants to their demanding environments. He has two grown-up daughters both of whom attended Independent Schools (one in Cumbria).
Mr. John Pallister
John was brought up in the Eden Valley and has lived in Penrith since his early twenties. After attending Austin Friars School in Carlisle he joined the family Civil Engineering & Road Surfacing business. Wanting to get experience of life at the sharp end he started work in the road gangs & over the next 25 years worked his way up to the top of the business to work alongside his Father. Having built the business up to a substantial size they sold it to Hanson Plc, a global quarry materials company, in 2004. Working at a senior level in Hanson for 3 years John gained great experience of management within a FTSE100 company.
Following 5 years jointly managing a house building firm John then decided to set up his own alternative lending business. After the financial crisis of 2008 he saw a gap in the market and PallisterCo now provides invaluable funding for small to medium sized businesses, mainly in the home construction sector, across the north of England.
John also manages a number of investment portfolios so has a good understanding of finance and the markets which all helps in his role on the Finance committee.
With John’s youngest two children at Hunter Hall he has a passion to help the board drive the school forward to build on the success it has seen to date.
Mrs. Laura Millburn
Laura grew up in Windermere and was educated in the independent sector. She joined Cumbria Police in 2002 and is currently the Penrith problem solving Sergeant. In her role she works closely with the local safeguarding board which lends itself to her position as safeguarding governor.
Laura has a child at Hunter Hall in year 4.
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