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.
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.
I am privileged to have worked with many different schools in my 20+ years working in education. For the last 7 years I have served as Headmaster at two outstanding London Day Schools; I have loved leading in schools and developing the new leaders of tomorrow. I have used this passion to and knowledge to support four schools completely revise and renew IT infrastructure, curriculum and methodology of integrated/blended learning.
As a father of three gorgeous children and a huge labradoodle, time is precious and hobbies can be hard to maintain. When the children are busy, I love to jump on my bike and roam the Surrey Downs and I am always keen to dust off my golf clubs and remind myself how to spoil a good walk!
Dr. SIMON ORCHARD
Director of Learning
As soon as I was legally able, I left my secondary school rather disillusioned by the teaching I had received. Finally, my unabated mission to never accept anything at face value, that had frustrated my teachers, served me well as I relished the freedom to learn independently. It was only a matter of time before I had built my own chemistry shed equipped with a fierce Bunsen burner and vital fire extinguisher.
After completing a chemistry degree and PhD, I worked at Melbourne and Nottingham Universities as a Postdoctoral Researcher and it was during this time I decided to enter the teaching profession.
After three years in my first teaching post at King Edward VI, Southampton, I moved to Talbot Heath School in 2006 as Head of Chemistry. In 2009, I was promoted to a position on Senior Leadership Team as Deputy Head Academic and from 2015-2020 was Head of Our Lady of Sion School in West Sussex.
I currently live with Freda, my beautiful but antisocial cat. I will be moving towards London in the near future with my partner, assuming both our houses sell, and Freda does not raise any objections.
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.