Fr Alban Hood OSB
Fr Alban is the Abbot of Douai’s representative on the Board. He studied at the Liverpool Institute and St Benet’s Hall Oxford, and holds a PhD from Liverpool University. He taught at Douai School in the 1990s and was Prior of Douai from 2014 to 2021. He has also acted as Roman Catholic Chaplain to Cambridge University.
Clive left Douai in 1968 and went on to study Modern History at St John’s College, Oxford. The final 33 years of a teaching career were spent in Catholic comprehensives in Walsall and Wolverhampton. He stood for Parliament in the two General Elections in the 1980s (one deposit lost, one retained).
Richard Quarterman (Chair of Trustees)
Richard studied English and Philosophy at the University of Southampton, followed by a 30 year career with the John Lewis Partnership. More recently he has worked as a consultant and a lecturer in Retail Management, and spent a year on secondment to the Business in the Community charity. In 2018 he was elected to Hart District Council, where he currently holds the cabinet portfolio for Commercialisation. Richard lives in Yateley, Hampshire with his wife and two children.
Richard Sims (Honorary Secretary)
After Douai, and university at Aberdeen and Cambridge, Richard qualified as a lawyer and worked in private practice in London, before being appointed Secretary & General Counsel of St John Ambulance. He now lives in the Isle of Wight, works as the legal counsel to an international animal charity, and sits on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations, including as a Governor of an independent school.
Andrew has enjoyed a life in education spanning 35 years: as Headmaster, Housemaster and Head of History. The last 22 years of his career were spent at the Benedictine Schools of Douai and Worth, where both of his sons were educated. In retirement, he sits on the committee of the Worth Society.
Christopher Vale (Honorary Treasurer)
Chris was educated at Douai and Exeter University and after a short service commission in the Army, spent 30 years in the fund management industry including 8 years in Hong Kong and 3 years in Seoul. He now has a portfolio of non executive roles and is a member of Esher Catenians and the local Save the Children Committee. He is married with one daughter and still enjoys squash and golf.