Stoke College is a limited company with a board of Directors. The Board of Directors operates in the same way as any other limited company and has ultimate responsibility for all the decisions. Each member of the Board of Directors has invested in the company and is committed to providing high quality education. The Principal reports to the Board of Directors.

Stoke College is a proprietorial school which is owned by Cambridge Stoke College Ltd (CSCL), whose Board has the legal responsibility to ensure that all regulatory requirements are met. This means that the Advisory Council (AC) has a role that is different to many independent schools. It is the role of the Advisory Council to support the CSCL Board in its stewardship of the College by acting as a ‘critical friend’ to senior management, providing strategic guidance and oversight and advising the Board in carrying out its legal and regulatory responsibilities. The Advisory Council, therefore, has powers of scrutiny and may make recommendations to the CSCL Board for change and improvement and other matters. Whilst the Board of Directors may delegate certain matters to the Advisory Council, ultimate responsibility remains with the Board. Advisory Council meetings are held at least once a term.

Advisory Council


Mr Christopher Davis

Chair of the Advisory Council

Chris is a Cambridge graduate (English) with a background at the Bank of England and in the Cabinet Office. An experienced housemaster (Eton College); he is a former Headmaster of Sherborne School.


Joe Francis

A grammar school boy with a First from Oxford, Joe learnt his craft as a schoolmaster first at Tonbridge School, then at Eton College where he was a talismanic Head of English and then a Common Room Chairman. Appointed Headmaster of Hampton Court House in 2010, he led a revamp which helped it to become one of the most successful ‘through’ schools in the UK.

Joe works closely with the new owners at Stoke College who are also investors in Scholar 6, the education and technology vision which he founded in 2017. The wider team of educationalists and technologists to which Scholar 6 has access has given Stoke a head start to the Coronavirus emergency and underpinned the emerging success of Stoke College Online.

Once Gareth Lloyd has taken the helm as Principal, Joe will step back to chair the Advisory Council (Stoke’s equivalent, as a limited company, of a governing body).


Mr Adam Lubbock

Adam is a full time professional Boarding and Safeguarding Consultant running his own company, King’s River Education. He is a former Head of Sport and Director of Boarding at Woodbridge School.


Mr Lindsay Macvean

A Tech industry insider with international experience and specialisms in analytics and product development. Lindsay was a founding team member at Coder Dojo, the not-for-profit, now global, coding education project. He is CTO at Scholar 6.



Sherry Xu

Sherry’s remarkable career spans acquisitions and mergers, international investment and management consultancy. Since taking her degree in International Economics from Fudan University, she has worked in China, the UK and France. Her experience spans multinationals like Accenture and EDF, the takeover of major companies like British Energy and UK Power Networks and managing funds for TRIUM Legacy. Sherry is the founder and Managing Director of MAXL Investment Management Ltd, which focusses on cross-border investment in Healthcare and Education – hence, Stoke College.


Zhao Jie (Josie) Guo

Josie came to England in 1989 to study for a Masters in Business Administration after which she established a trading company as well as developing business initiatives in England, Hong Kong and China. She moved with her husband to Cambridge where their two children were born. Parenthood led to an interest in education and eventually to her relationship with Stoke College. Josie acquired the College buildings in 2016 and invested in the school as it underwent transition from a charitable trust to a limited company. She established Stoke’s international sixth form and expanded its summer lettings programme, all the while conscious that she needed additional partners to bring a new tier of investment and educational expertise – she has certainly succeeded in finding them. 


Mark Wang

Though still in his thirties, Mark Wang is an inspirational figure in international education and an accomplished businessman. A fluent speaker of both English and Norwegian, he studied at the United World College in Norway (UWC Red Cross Nordic) and subsequently at the University of Oslo. He is the founder of the UWC college at Changshu. He was selected as a carrier in the Olympic torch relay and has been the subject of a TV series and even an opera.

A life-changing air accident in 1993 resulted in the loss of both his legs and a serious spinal injury which hospitalised him for five years. Far from being crushed by this experience, it forged Mark’s amazing resilience and zest. He won 2 gold medals at the 36th Disabled Ski Championship (1999) and wrote a multi-million selling autobiography, Hold Up the Blue Sky of Life (translation from the Mandarin title).


Baodong Shi

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