Governors Biographies

Mr Patrick J Mitton MSc
After completion of a London University BSc degree in Geography and an MSc in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, Patrick has enjoyed a career in agriculture and food.

Patrick is also appointed as an Examination Chairman for BASIS, the UK industry certification scheme for professional advisers in agriculture crop protection.

Patrick has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2002. He chaired the PR & Marketing subcommittee for many years. Since 2014, Patrick has chaired the Full Board. Patrick is a Fellow Commoner of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The Colleges at Ware and Cambridge are linked in history from the founding of the Cambridge College in 1896.

Patrick is married to Jane and they live in Newmarket. They have two married children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys DIY projects and coastal walks.

Mrs Jane Ranzetta BA Hons, PGCE
Jane is rooted in Catholic education. Attending an Ursuline Convent school then completing an honours degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University. She completed her PGCE at Cambridge and also gained the Catholic Teaching Certificate. After many years of teaching in a variety of Catholic schools as Head of RE in both prep, independent and state schools, she became a Section 48 Inspector for the Brentwood Diocese.  Jane is a trained catechist and Eucharistic Minister.

Jane is currently teaching RE and is a lay chaplaincy co-ordinator at a large State Catholic school in Suffolk where she is also involved with committees on staff welfare.  She is studying part-time for an MA in Catholic School Leadership application and practice at St Mary’s University in London.  Jane has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2015.

Since 2017 she has chaired the Academic sub-committee and was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Full Board in 2018.  In her spare time, Jane enjoys charity fundraising, cooking, and looking after her selection of rare breed chickens.

Mr John Bryant BA
John was educated both at St Edmund’s College Prep (then St Hugh’s) and at St Edmund’s College, from where he won an entrance exhibition in Classics to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. After graduating he read for the Bar and has been a practising barrister for some forty years, now specialising in professional negligence and property work.

John has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2012 and currently serves on the Prep and Finance sub-committees. Since 2018 he has chaired the Prep School sub-committee.

John is married with three children and has three grandchildren.  In his spare time, John enjoys rowing, playing cricket, birdwatching, reading and tackling crosswords.

Mr Stephen Grounds BSC, DPhil
Stephen was educated by the Oratorians at St Philip’s Grammar School, Edgbaston. He studied physics at London and Oxford Universities and holds degrees from both universities.

Stephen has worked in industry and the civil service, taught in schools and lectured in higher education. Subsequently, and for 17 years, he was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools specialising in the training of teachers. He continues to do some inspection and consultancy.

Stephen has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2015 and currently serves on the Prep and Academic sub-committees.

Stephen is an avid reader focusing on current and past events, he also enjoys languages, music and walking.

Fr Mark Langham MA STL STD
Fr Mark studied for the priesthood in the Venerable English College in Rome. After ordination, he worked at Westminster Cathedral, and then in 1996 became parish priest of St Mary of the Angels, in Bayswater, a busy multi-cultural parish. In 2001 he returned to Westminster Cathedral as Administrator. In 2008 Fr Mark worked in Rome at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Vatican body that oversees relations with other Christian bodies. During that time he represented the Vatican at the meetings throughout the world and was secretary to the official dialogues between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion (ARCIC). Fr Mark also oversaw the visits by Archbishops of Canterbury to Rome and provided the BBC commentary for the visit of Pope Benedict to England in 2010. In 2013 he returned to Cambridge, as chaplain to the Catholic members of the university at Fisher House.

Fr Mark has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2017 and has chaired the PR & Marketing sub-committee since 2018.

In his spare time, Fr Mark likes to paint, play the piano, read and when he can get away, he loves walking in the countryside.

Fr Alban McCoy OFM Conv, BA (Kent), MLitt (Oxon), MLitt (Cantab)
Fr Alban is a Fellow, Dean, Praelector and Second Bursar of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He was educated at St Bede’s College, Manchester and the Universities of Kent and Oxford.

After ordination as a priest in the Franciscan Order, he served as a curate in a far-flung rural parish in Lincolnshire, where he was also for three years a Chaplain in the Royal Air Force. After three years at Oxford as a graduate student, where his thesis was on the philosophical problem of evil, he became Guardian, Master of Clerics and Dean of Studies at the Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury, where he taught philosophy and, at the University of Kent, where he taught Medieval Theology.

Moving to London, he became Dean of Philosophy at Allen Hall, London, the Westminster Diocesan Seminary, before moving to Cambridge in 1998, as Catholic Chaplain to the University, a post he occupied for fifteen years from 1998-2013. Since 1995, he has been the Religious Books Editor at The Tablet, the London-based international Catholic weekly newspaper, and is their wine columnist. He teaches philosophy part-time at Allen Hall. He is the author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Catholicism (Bloomsbury 2001) and An Intelligent Persons Guide to Christian Ethics (2006) and numerous reviews and articles.

Fr Alban has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2014.

In his spare time, Fr Alban enjoys travel, music history and wine.

Mr Paul Raynes MA (Cantab)
Paul is a Director of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and has spent most of his career in public service in Whitehall, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and local government. He was educated at Cambridge University.

Paul has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2018 and serves on the Finance and Academic sub-committees.

When not providing a taxi service for his four children to play and choir rehearsals, Paul is also a catechist in his local parish and a keen student of history and languages.

Mrs Madeline Roberts BA Joint Hons, FCA

Madeline went to Mayfield School in Sussex and then completed a BA Joint Honours degree in Italian and French at Manchester University.

Having then spent her early career in audit at Deloitte, she has worked for over 20 years in senior finance roles delivering financial management in a variety of environments, including as financial controller of the UK affiliate of a global US company and as CFO for a small biotech company.

Madeline has been a governor at St Edmund’s College since 2013 and has chaired the Finance sub-committee since early 2014.

Madeline has four young children and currently works in a local school. ​

Ms Nicola Walsh BA(Hons), MA

Nicola Walsh was born in London and is the Vice Principal of St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College, Harrow. She is an Associate Inspector Section 48 for the Westminster Diocese, a Dominican associate, and this is her first year as a governor of St Edmund’s College.

Nicola has been involved in Catholic education her entire career, is a practising Catholic and a Eucharistic Minister.  She studied Theology at St Mary’s College, Twickenham, and attended the Institute of Education, London University, where she was awarded her Masters degree in education.

In her spare time, she is an avid sports fan, following football, rugby, cricket and boxing; and regularly attends concerts with tastes ranging from Bach to U2.