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The Chairman of the Council of Governors, Mr Patrick Sherrington, can be contacted via the Bursar at Francis Holland Schools Trust, 35 Bourne Street, London SW1W 8JA or on +44 (0)20 7730 8359 (between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday).

Further details about individual Governors can be found below:

Committee: Education Committee

Richard Backhouse has been the Principal of Berkhamsted Schools Group since January 2016, and was previously Principal of Monkton Combe School for 10 years, following spells at Bradfield and Oundle Schools. He has served on various committees of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and contributed to several educational publications including Insight (the HMC magazine). He is a trustee of the Wren MAT, is a trustee of TISCA (a charity which promotes Christian faith within education), and a non-executive director of the UK arm of an Australian business which provides study skills tuition to UK schools. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge.

Committee: Education Committee

Dr Charlotte Barker is an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Pharmacogenomics at King’s College London and is undertaking postgraduate Specialty Training in Clinical Genetics. After studying Medical Sciences as an undergraduate at Cambridge, she went on to complete her Medical Degree at the University of Oxford. She was previously an ACF in Paediatrics at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and a Clinical Research Fellow at St George’s, University of London, where she completed her PhD. Her PhD research was focussed on paediatric antibiotic dose optimisation strategies. She is a member of the British Pharmacological Society, the British Society for Genetic Medicine, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Committee: Finance & Estates Committee

Greg Bennett has an MA (Hons) in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford. Greg is a portfolio non executive director with Board roles at Mizuho International plc, the EMEA securities and investment banking arm of Mizuho Financial Group Inc., Harbour Solutions Group, a litigation funding business and Appital Ltd, an early stage capital markets focused FinTech. Greg is Chair of Appital and Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee at Mizuho International. Previously, he was Head of Capital Markets for Fidelity International, a partner at Cazenove & Co. and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is a current parent of FHS.

Committee: Finance and Estates Committee

Mike Cuthbert has a BSc in Building Surveying from South Bank Polytechnic, an MBA from University of Strathclyde, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of the Chartered Surveyors’ Livery Company. He has worked across the UK specialising in the management of major construction projects and providing strategic development advice to public and private sector organisations, including the Bank of England and the Cabinet Office. He is a Senior Partner of Deloitte Real Estate.

Committee: Governance & Nominations Committee (Chair)

Jenny Briggs has a BA (Hons) from Bedford College, University of London; PGCE (UEA) and MA in Further and Higher Education (Institute of Education); and the CIPFA Advanced Diploma in Business & Financial Management.  30 years experience of educational administration at institutions including the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London School of Economics and King’s College London.  Her career includes medical school administration, FM campus services and most recently, student services.  Previously a Council member of Roedean School (2000 – June 2015) and independent lay trustee of the Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management.

Committee: Deputy Chair of Governors, HR & Remuneration Committee (Chair), Governance & Nominations Committee

Anthony Fincham has an MA in Modern History from Oriel College Oxford. He is a solicitor and was a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP and predecessor firms for 35 years until his retirement in 2019. He now conducts mediations as a member of ArbDB Chambers specialising  in workplace disputes. He is President of the Law Society Cricket Club. Previously a Trustee of the Cardinal Hume Centre, an  External Advisor to the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford University and a member of the Employment Law Committee of the City of London Solicitors Company.

Committee: Education Committee

Professor Claire Gwenlan is an experimental particle physicist, and a Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Physics at Oxford University. She has an MSci in Astrophysics from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London (UCL) and a Ph.D in High Energy Physics from UCL. She has held Postdoctoral and Advanced Fellowships at Oxford University. She has extensive research interests and is a member of large international scientific collaborations, including the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. She currently undertakes many teaching related roles and is a member of several relevant committees including the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Education, Training and Careers Committee. She has authored or edited many principal papers, conference contributions and articles.

Committee: Governance & Nominations Committee

Susanne Nedas has been the Managing Director of a family property company for 18 years. Previously to devoting time to raising her three children she had established and owned a retail antique dealership. For five years she was a Director of Newpin St Paul’s, a charity supporting families with children under five years. Old Girl, former parent of FHS, and grandparent of a SSQ Junior School pupil from September 2019. She was Chairman of the Clarence Gate Parents’ Association, the Chairman of its Millennium Library Committee and a member of Clarence Gate Development Committee. Current Chairman of Quondam.

Committee: Finance & Estates Committee

Esther Regina is an Architect with an M.Sc in Architecture and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. She has 15 years experience in design, planning and construction, ranging from design development for large scale commercial and mixed use developments to high end residential refurbishment as well as new built projects, mainly in RBKC and Westminster. Currently Associate Director of BLDA Architects and non executive Director of a residential property management company, both since 2011.

Committee: Committees:  Finance & Estates Committee (Chair), HR & Remuneration Committee

Ian Ramsay has a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering Science from Edinburgh University and subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse in London. He is recently retired, having spent over 25 years in the corporate finance sector, combining City and international (European and Asian) experience. He remains a non executive director of the group holding company of Platinum Securities (a boutique multi-discipline financial services group in Hong Kong) and was previously a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the charity Lattitude Global Volunteering.

Committee: Finance & Estates Committee

Novella De Renzo graduated from Bocconi University with an MSC (Hons) in Economics. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Italy, and subsequently in England and Wales, and has spent 20 years in the corporate sector, specialising in operating models, transfer pricing and international tax. She is a partner at PwC. She is a current parent of FHS.

Committee: Education Committee (Chair), Governance & Nominations Committee, HR & Remuneration Committee

Sue Ross has a BSc in Physics from Manchester University and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and taught in maintained and independent schools, including being Head of Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey, for 13 years. She worked as a Quality Assurance Officer for the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel for ten years and has been a Governor of schools in both the maintained and independent sector.

Committees: Chair of Governors

Patrick Sherrington is a solicitor whose 40 years of international litigation practice, has encompassed periods working in both the United States and Hong Kong. He managed the Asia Pacific and Middle East operations of his firm for five years and, before that, was for 11 years the Global Head of the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR accredited mediator on whose Board he sat between 2004-2017. He has taught at two universities in the USA and has served as a Council Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong including for three years as its Vice-President. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in Hong Kong (since 2017), was Chair of Council at Wycombe Abbey from 2009 until March 2020 where he continues to serve as Chair of Wycombe Abbey International Limited. He is currently Chair of the Board of Barefoot College International and a Governor of Sutton Valence School.

Committee: Education Committee

Dr Helen Spoudeas is a consultant paediatric endocrinologist at Gt Ormond St and University College Hospitals and honorary senior lecturer at UCL with specific interest in the neuro endocrine consequences of childhood brain and other tumours. She qualified from St Bartholomews Hospital London MBBS, is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (FRCP) and Child Health (FRCPCH) and obtained her doctorate from London University MD. She has over 30 years medical experience (20 in paediatrics), maintains a keen interest in teaching / lecturing, was regional adviser to paediatric trainees at London deanery and was an FHS parent.

Committee: Education Committee

Revd Dr Andrew Walker is Vicar of St Mary’s, Bourne Street having been in ordained in 1985. He has a BA (Hons) in Theology from Durham University, a Diploma in Counselling, an MA in Spirituality, a Diploma in Charity Management, and a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Kings College London. His career includes several teaching related roles, including presenting conferences or providing training for various Diocese and he has been an associate lecturer with Sarum College as well as Christchurch University, Canterbury. For three years he was Director of the Healing and Counselling Centre associated with St Marylebone parish church. His book Journey into Joy is published by SPCK, and On Retreat by Bloomsbury.

Committee: Finance & Estates Committee

Julia Woodham-Smith has an MA (Hons) in Classics from New College, Oxford: the first woman ever to be offered a place at New College. She is Managing Partner and Advisor in Woodham-Smith & Company a strategy consulting firm and has over 20 years advisory experience at board level (UK and international) in strategy, operations, customer and commercial insight, specialising in growth strategy. Pro bono work includes advising Beat, the eating disorders charity, and AUW, the Asian University for Women. She is an FHS alumna, and a former FHS parent.

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