THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROFILES

Laurie Orchard

Chair of the Board

Laurie joined the board in 2016. She serves as the Chair of the Board and has previously Chaired the Governance and Development Committees. She has two children in the MYP Division. Laurie is a founding Executive and Chief Operating Officer of Vantage Risk Ltd., and serves as a Director of Ignite, a Bermuda accelerator supporting local entrepreneurs.

 

Richard Strachan

Vice Chair of the Board

Richard joined the board in September 2018. Most recently he was Chief Operations Officer and a member of the Executive committee at AXIS Capital. He has one child in the Secondary Division.

Colm Homan

Immediate Past Chair of the Board, Member of the Finance Committee

Colm is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and remains a member of the Finance Committee. He joined the board in 2013. He is the leader of the Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Bermuda and has two children in the Secondary Division of the school.

Jamie Fraser

Chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of the Board

Jamie Fraser joined the Somersfield Board in 2019 and is a member of the Finance Committee.  Jamie serves as the Chief Accounting Officer of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. and has three children, all of which attend Somersfield Academy.

Rovonne Sampson

Secretary of the Board & PTA Representative

Rovonne is a Client Relationship Manager with Conyers Corporate Services (Bermuda) Limited and currently manages the Incorporations Department of which includes all on boarding of new business for both the Corporate and Trust Departments.  She has one child in the Secondary Division.

 

Charmaine Tucker

Chair of the Governance Committee

Charmaine Tucker joined the board in January 2018 and in 2019 was appointed Chair of the Governance Committee.  She is the Local Managing Director of Lombard Odier Trust (Bermuda) Limited.  She sits on the Board of Governors of The Bermuda College and is active on several local and international boards in Trust and Fiduciary Services, including Chairman of The International Trust Company Association and as a Steering Committee Member of the International Wealth Forum.  Charmaine has one child in the Upper Primary Division.

 

Dennis Fagundo

Dennis joined the Board in 2013.  He is a member of the IT & Infrastructure Committee. He is the Joint Managing Director of D&J Construction Co Ltd, is the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and holds a Certification in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.  He has one child in the Primary Division.

Jason Taylor

Chair of the IT & Infrastructure Committee

Jason joined the board in 2014. He is a member of the Development, and IT & Infrastructure Committees. He is Chief Information Security Officer at Planet Payment, Inc.  Has one child in Upper Primary and one in the Middle Years Programme.

Kim Simmons

Diversity Representative

Kim joined the board in 2019 and was appointed Board diversity representative and a member of the Governance Committee.  She is a member of the Institute of Directors in Bermuda and has served on the Human Rights Commission for 6 years where she was Deputy Chair for the first 3 years.  She has been practicing law for over 20 years.

Lisa Fontanetta

Chair of the Development Committee

Lisa joined the board in fall 2019.  She is a senior strategy officer in the Insurance Industry and is one of the founding memers and Chief of Staff of Mosaic Insurance Company. Lisa has a son and a daughter at Somersfield. 

Malika Taylor

Development Chair, Diversity Representative

Malika joined the board in January 2018. She is Managing Director at Expertise. She has a son and daughter who both began their education at Somersfield in the Children's House Program.  Her son is presently in the Middle Years Programme.   

 

Richard Lightowler

Chair of the Curriculum Committee

Richard has been on the Board since 2018.  He is an active member of the Board and Chairs the Curriculum Committee.  Richard was a partner with KPMG for 19 years until he retired in 2016.  He is a non-executive director for a number of companies in the financial services sector, as well as the Bermuda Red Cross.  He has a daughter in the Middle Years Program.

 

Peter T. Howe

Head of School - Ex-Officio