Former Yorkshire Cricketer Peter Whiteley appointed Chair of Ashville Governors

A former Ashville College pupil and professional cricketer has been appointed as Chair of Governors at the Harrogate School.

Peter Whiteley, who left the independent school exactly 40 years ago, takes over the role from Peter Holt, who has held the position for the last five years.

Peter, who lives in Pannal Ash, Harrogate comes from a family of Ashvillians. His father was among the pupils evacuated to Windermere in the Second World War and his uncle was Chairman of Governors. Two brothers and six cousins also attended the school.

During his last summer at Ashville, he was selected to pay cricket for the Yorkshire 2nd XI. After studying chemistry at Bristol University, Peter became a regular in the Yorkshire squad and played for the 1st team between 1978 and 1982, taking 70 wickets with his off-spin bowling, including those of cricketing legends Viv Richards and Ian Botham.


Top Position! Peter Whiteley (left) takes over as Chair of Governors at Harrogate’s Ashville College from outgoing Chair, Peter Holt
Top Position!     Peter Whiteley (right) takes over as Chair of Governors at Harrogate’s Ashville College from outgoing Chair, Peter Holt


He played with Harrogate Cricket Club for 25 years before taking up golf at Rudding Park where both he and his wife play.

Speaking of his appointment as Chair of Governors, Peter said:

I am delighted to be taking on this role. We have an excellent spread of experience on the governing body and an enthusiastic and capable team of teaching and support staff.

Ashville College has a well-earned reputation for providing a first class learning experience supplemented by excellent extra-curricular opportunities.

For the past five years, Peter Holt has done a superb job leading the Governing body, and I know I can count on him for his continued support.

Away from the cricket field, Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a partner with international firm Ernst & Young, heading their Yorkshire audit department and leading the regional entrepreneurial services team.

After six years as finance director at Leeds based property group, Moorgarth, he now acts as a business adviser and mentor to local companies.


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