Chatsworth School's Leadership Team
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in Cheshire, I studied for my first degree in Theology and Education at Oxford. After University, I went on to teach at a Prep school in Hertford followed by teaching posts in London, before becoming the founding Head of The Grange (RGS Worcester) in 1996. Whilst at The Grange I also studied for my M.Ed. in Leadership and Management. In 2001 I took up a Headship in Bath followed by a Principalship in Yorkshire in 2004.
In 2008 I was promoted to a Head Office position at Alpha Plus Group and became Director of Operations two years later. I then added international education to my experience by moving to World Class Learning. In 2012 I became a founding partner and Director of Operations and Education for the International Schools Partnership which today owns forty-eight schools around the world.
I am passionate about creating outstanding futures for our children as well as learning spaces and cultures that allow and encourage all to thrive and be the best that they can be. I live with my husband, three dachshunds, Archie and a bonkers cat called Bertie, in the Cotswolds and France, and am often found careering around the countryside in my beloved Morgan!
Chief Financial Officer
I grew up in rural Herefordshire and went to school in Malvern before graduating in Economics from Exeter University. After qualifying as an accountant with Ernst & Young, I went on to work in corporate finance, advising clients on private company transactions across a range of sectors. Further to this, I became Finance Director of a small recruitment company and learnt the Finance Director trade from the bottom up.In 2014 I started working for International Schools Partnerships, a group of people with backgrounds in education and an aspiration to create a network of schools spanning various continents. During my time there we acquired 15 schools with 15,000 pupils across three continents. I live in London with my wife and young daughter, indulging myself in enjoying various sports, albeit nowadays as a spectator.
Director of Operations and Schools Development
There has never been a time when I’ve not been involved in the world of education. After studying Engineering and Management at Kings’ London, I went straight back to school!
As well as teach, be a part of leadership teams and manage both academic and technical functions across a group of schools, I have also set up and run a Regional Training Centre to offer free CPD to teachers from schools in the Midlands area and beyond. Thereby attempting to expose, explore and enthuse about the ‘art of the possible’, both to teachers and school leaders alike, helping Headteachers and subject specialists develop strategies to improve teaching and learning, specific to their setting.
Living on the Malvern Hills, with my wife, two young boys and a small but enthusiastic hound called Pip affords me many opportunities to get out on bikes and walks. Other interests include sea kayaking, canoeing and winter mountaineering, pursued both privately and when training and leading young participants in their ambitions to prepare for and participate in DofE expeditions, both in the UK and beyond.
Director of Early Years (Governor)I have class taught all ages from 2 to 8 in independent schools around the UK, managed and opened school based early years and nursery departments; most recently completing seven years as Headmistress for The Minors Nursery School for the Alpha Plus Group. I am well experienced within the EYFS and a passionate advocate for value of a solid foundation in the crucial younger years. I gained my BA Hons QTS in Education from Surrey University and enjoy the arts, theatre and baking as well as spending time with my family.
Head of People
After graduating from Leeds University (a long time ago!), with a BSc Hons in Pharmacology, I pursued my ambition of wanting to represent my country in badminton and I was fortunate to also be able to travel the world doing something I absolutely loved. Since retiring I’ve worked as a national coach and then performance leadership/management positions in Olympic and Paralympic sports and have been privileged to attend 3 Olympic/Paralympic Games . I have a postgraduate Business Management qualification and am also a qualified Executive Coach/Mentor and NLP Practitioner. I also have experience as a school Governor.
My passion is in human potential and helping people be the best they can be, so I am relishing the opportunity to work with Chatsworth Schools and the staffing team to enable outstanding futures for our children.I live in Northamptonshire with my two boys and they definitely keep my on my toes! In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors and on my bike, especially if it involves a decent coffee stop! I also enjoy the occasional pub quiz.
Director of Enhanced LearningI have lived and was educated in the UK, Singapore and West Germany. I obtained my first degree and PGCE both at Portsmouth. I started teaching in the early 1980s at a junior school in Bath moving after two years to an independent prep school. In 1987, having taught for a brief period in a British Forces school in Germany I returned to the UK and started teaching at Fairley House School where my interest in SpLD developed. In 2005 I was appointed Head of Abingdon House School, a new school for pupils with SpLD aged 4-13 in London. I retired (very early!!!) from headship in July 2013 and have since worked as an independent educational consultant with roles such as being part of DLB Leadership Associates Ltd, specialists in Leadership Development & Change Management and as an Associate Consultant to TES Prime.
Director of School Compliance and Policy
I grew up in West Yorkshire and studied Music and French at the universities of Birmingham and Bordeaux. I then worked as a school inspector for 20 years, leading inspections in Early Years, primary, secondary and international education in the UK and overseas. I have also worked as a School Improvement Partner and a GCSE examiner in French and maths.
My Yorkshire roots can still be seen in my interest in the fortunes of Halifax Town and Yorkshire Cricket; I play cricket at home in my Cambridgeshire village and for a club in Brittany. Outside school, my main interests are in music, sport and renovating an old farmhouse in Brittany.
Director of Integrated Learning and Technology.
My interest in all things ‘technical’ as a young man led me to study Electronic Engineering at Liverpool University before joining the Royal Air Force as a Communication-Electronics Officer. I was able to spend many happy years in the military designing, developing and deploying engineering solutions around the world.Following the command of a military technical training school, my enthusiasm for teaching took me to a PGCE with an ICT specialism and appointments in prep schools across the country. I have implemented new technology, learning platforms and classroom developments across all age groups. Having spent 6 years at a school in The Lake District, I particularly enjoy using IT outside the classroom to support learning in and from the outdoors.When not in school, I enjoy running, kayaking and entertaining myself and onlookers with my attempts at stand-up paddle boarding.
Director of Marketing and Communications
With over 25 years’ experience in the TV industry including ITV, Viacom, NBCUniversal and Disney, I have overseen multiple rebrands, led teams and delivered award winning campaigns producing marketing assets for a variety of different platforms. I have spent the last 12 years at the Walt Disney Company as EMEA Creative Director leading projects for Media Networks, Digital and Franchise teams.
From Mickey Mouse to Chatsworth Schools! A new chapter begins. It’s time to sprinkle some marketing magic into the education sector. An exciting challenge and chance to build new relationships and use my experience to help our schools share their stories.
Living in the Cotswolds after years in London, I have settled into village life with my wife, 2 cats and Labrador puppy “Luna”. Life currently revolves around chew toys, bitten furniture legs and the word “walkies”. Other interests include photography, music, travel and sports cars.
Director of Teaching and Learning
My first two years of teaching were spent at a wonderful boarding Prep, where I combined a class teaching role with being an assistant house parent and hockey coach. After a spell in the state system, where I developed my ability to bring out the best in every child with a diet of high expectations, tailored teaching and a nurturing and safe environment.
My most recent tenure has been in a London based school, where I started as Director of Teaching and Learning, and am currently Senior Head across two Prep schools. I am very much looking forward to joining the group in September. I am committed to research-based innovation alongside tested traditional pedagogy, with a great deal of passion for developing young people and staff alike.
I am a keen equestrian, an improving runner and a country bumpkin who loves nothing more than being outdoors with animals and space to explore.