The Chatsworth Schools Advisory Team

John Allcott

M.Sc., B.Ed. (Hons)


After an early career teaching Secondary PE, History and Geography in Devon and North Yorkshire I became a Head at 44, leading three Prep schools in Worcestershire and Hampshire, with the tremendous support of my American wife Cecilia. I had long been attracted to working overseas, however, and from 2004 to 2013 I was Head of one of the leading Middle East Prep Schools. After a brief spell in early retirement mentoring and consulting, in 2016 I was appointed Founding Principal of a new through school in another Gulf country on a one-year start-up contract. I have experience in both single sex and co-educational boarding and day schools, and in charitable trust, group and proprietorial schools. I have been a school governor and, more recently, a mentor of new Heads for IAPS. I also have conducted schools’ inspections in the UK and overseas. Whilst in the Gulf I was part of the Heads’ group that made initial representations to the Department for Education to encourage the creation of the ‘British Schools Overseas’ Kitemark of excellence. My wife and I love to travel to off-the-beaten-track places and I am still a ‘sports nut’, supporting lost causes like Birmingham City!

Graeme Delaney (Governor)

BA (Hons), PGCE (Mod. Langs. and Sport), Sprachdiplom


I fell into teaching almost by default, because the British government thought I was a Stasi spy, having worked as an interpreter and translator for the East German government in the 1970s. Once in teaching, I was lucky to work at some exceptional schools and with many amazing pupils. I have worked almost entirely in the independent sector, at single-sex  and co-ed boarding and day schools. Apart from French and German, I have taught Spanish, Dutch, Sport and Drama to all ages at Secondary level. I have edited and written several plays for the European Theatre Company, and set up a theatre group performing plays in several languages. I have also edited language course books. I have been involved in running boarding houses and organising the international dimension in several schools. For 9 years I was Chair of MEP UK, encouraging Sixth Formers to be involved in all matters European. Since early retirement in 2012, I have been involved in international education and school inspections. I also work with Cambridge, writing educational papers and German exams, and am a member of QPEC. Outside of education, I still play sport (cricket), love travelling (a house in France helps), and get to the theatre whenever I can.

Jane Emerson

M.Sc. Dip. Dyslexia. Speech and Language Therapist. Literacy and Numeracy Specialist.


I qualified as a Speech and Language therapist in 1977 and completed my Masters at City University, London, with further qualifications in 1983 at the Hornsby Centre and Dyslexia Institute. I have always taught children individually or in small groups in my career. I have spent time travelling widely, living and working overseas (in New Zealand as a Speech and Language Therapist, and in Peru, teaching English as a second language). I set up Emerson House in West London, with the late Dorian Yeo (sold to WLG Learning Partnership in 2016), which is a specialist centre for children with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia, working closely with the research work on Dyscalculia, with Emeritus Professor Brian Butterworth and with Professor Diana Laurillard on digital interventions for Dyscalculia. I have also lectured widely, and ran teacher-training courses on assessing and working with dyscalculics within the Primary sector. With Patricia Babtie, I published The Dyscalculia Assessment in 2010. I was a governor at Fairley House School for 8 years, and am currently a member of the Learnus Council, a new think-tank about how Understanding Learning links with current knowledge in the field of Neuroscience. Currently, I am an Independent SEND Advisor and Dynamic Assessor to schools and centres.

Anthony Millard  (Chairman of the Schools Advisory Team)

I have run my educational consultancy, Anthony Millard Consulting, having been managing director of Nord Anglia PLC’s Schools Division. This followed 15 years as Headmaster of two HMC schools, Wycliffe and Giggleswick. I have been Chairman of the Boarding Schools Association, Chairman of the Board of the British International School New York, a governor of Greensteds School in Kenya’s Rift Valley and have also been a governor of Geneva English School.

I was educated at The London School of Economics and Balliol College Oxford. I am a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and was a stagiaire with the Commission of the European Union. Aside from politics (I stood as the Conservative candidate for Wirral South in the 2001 general election) I was a long-serving chairman of the HMC Armed Services Committee and also served on the Admiralty Interview Board for eighteen years. The rest of my time is taken up with restoring a Cotswold cottage with the Thames at the foot of its garden to his wife’s demanding specifications!

Gordon Milne (Governor)

B.Ed (Hons), Cert.Ed., MCollP, FRSA


I have worked in independent schools for the last 38 years and have taught History, English, PE and almost every other subject on the Primary curriculum at some point.  I became a Head at the relatively young age of 32 and spent the next 27 years leading four schools in Hampshire, Yorkshire (x2), and latterly in London. At one time my three children were in my school and my wife was a teacher. I have experience of single sex and co-educational education in proprietorial, group and charitable trust owned schools.  I have been a school governor for more than ten years and am currently Chair of Governors of a 3-11 years’ co-ed prep school.  I mentor and appraise Head teachers, conduct inspections and advise on best practice in safeguarding and governance.  Sport is a passion, and I play (the oldies!) and officiate county badminton for Yorkshire, where I have been Chairman of the County Association for more than ten years.  I also sit on the Disciplinary Committee of Badminton England and I am currently the Independent Chair of a major competition review.

Clair Marsh



I have worked in schools teaching mainly in Early Years and have also held leadership roles in both primary and secondary schools. I have been involved in starting up schools and working in schools that require improvement, helping to develop strategies to enable teachers to meet the children’s needs more effectively. Most recently, I have been involved in curriculum development and assessment to support teachers implementing the best learning experiences in their classrooms, and developing new ways of making data accessible to teachers to ensure pupil’s learning has real quantifiable value.

My husband and our three wonderful children have recently moved back to the U.K. after having lived in the UAE for many years. The children are of course now anxiously awaiting their first snowball fight and sledging experience.