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Graham Watson – Director of The Seckford Foundation and Bursar of Woodbridge School

Graham has been administering the Seckford Foundation since 2003, which as well as the Almshouses, includes Woodbridge School and The Abbey Preparatory School.

Before joining The Seckford  Foundation, Graham was Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA, a non-departmental public body set up by the Lottery Act 1998. NESTA funds programmes for creativity, invention and innovation and fellowship and education.

Prior to working for NESTA, he was Director of Finance and Support Services for The Princes Trust.

Graham is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has extensive knowledge of charity law, tax regulation and governance issues.

Graham lives locally with his wife and their two children who were formerly at Woodbridge School.


Neil Tetley – Headmaster of Woodbridge School

Neil was educated at Epsom College and the Selwyn College, Cambridge where he read History. He stayed at Cambridge to do his teacher training before going to live in Japan for a year. On his return he taught as a supply teacher before landing a full time job at King’s College School, Wimbledon. During the brief gap before starting this position, Neil took the opportunity to go and live in Rome and teach English as a foreign language. He then spent ten years at King’s Wimbledon, becoming first Housemaster and then Assistant Head. These ten years were punctuated by a year at the International School of Brussels. After King’s Wimbledon, he moved to Sevenoaks in Kent to become one of the Deputy Heads.

Neil is married to Laura and they have two sons, Charles and Henry, who are both at Woodbridge School.


Sarah KopferschmittSarah Kopferschmitt – Head of Seckford Care

Sarah is a qualified nurse having trained at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. After working at Addenbrooke’s, Sarah went to work in Switzerland, first at the University Hospital of Lausanne, then in 1989 moved into care home management. This was the starting point for her specialising in care of older people.

Sarah returned to live in Suffolk in 2002 where she lives with her family. She joined the Seckford Foundation in June 2010.


Simon Stafford  Head of Finance

Simon leads the finance team which supports all of the Foundation’s activities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 with KPMG. After qualification he spent fourteen years working in private practice with KPMG and Baker Tilly, specialising in Transaction Services and Corporate Finance. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Simon was Group Finance Director of Targetfollow Group Limited, a commercial property investment and development business.

Simon is also Company Secretary and Principal Finance Officer of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust. 


Jackie Farrall  Head of Human Resources

Jackie joined Seckford Foundation in 2007 and has created and developed an HR function to support the growth and plans of the Foundation. Jackie was previosuly Group HR Director of a European plc providing support services to the technology industry, during which time she supported acquisition projects across Europe and developed a European wide HR function in her 6 years with the company. 

Prior to that appointment Jackie had a successful career with Halifax plc, originally in retail bank management before moving across to HR and studying for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualification (CIPD).

Jackie is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with considerable operational and strategic HR knowledge and experience.

Jackie is married to Richard and has one son.