The Governors may be contacted in confidence by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
c/o the main school address: Chair of Governors, St Christopher School, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3JZ
Bertie is consultant solicitor in the law firm Hempsons. An Old Scholar, whose son also attended the School, Bertie is a specialist in medical law and has advised the NSPCC. He is trustee of a number of medical charities, a former Governor of the City Lit Adult Education College and former Chair of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.
Sarah was educated at North London Collegiate School, and read Accounting at the University of Kent. More recently she was awarded a MBA. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant and, having previously held a number of senior financial management positions within the corporate sector, now works as the finance lead for an international human rights charity. She is married to Vincent, and they have two children at the School.
Dasha is Reader in Child Psychiatry at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, specialising in feeding and eating disorders and psychological aspects of obesity in children and young people. Before moving to Imperial in 2018, she worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for 23 years as clinical lead for the National Eating Disorders Team. She has published over 60 research articles and book chapters and is actively engaged in research, lecturing and teaching. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders and chairs the Faculty of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dasha’s niece is a scholar at St Chris.
Peter, a native of Northern Ireland, read Chemistry at Queens University, Belfast, where he stayed to complete a PhD in Organic Chemistry. He moved to England over 30 years ago and has held a number of increasingly senior roles within the Pharmaceutical and Bioelectronics industry. Peter is married to Jas and they have two children, who previously attended St Chris. His interests include sailing, cycling and most outdoor activities.
Sophie Nolan is an Old Scholar who, having graduated with first class honours in mathematics with music from the University of Southampton, is now an Associate Partner in IBM’s Advanced Analytics and Optimisation group. She is also a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants prize winner. Sophie was an active member of both the music and drama departments during her time at St Chris and, in her spare time, continues to enjoy seeing as many live performances as possible.
John is a Chartered Accountant who now acts as a consultant, having previously been senior partner of Wagstaffs. John is the former chair of governors of North Herts College and is currently on the management committee of North Herts Education Support Centre, an Outstanding Pupil Referral Unit. He has previously served as non-executive director of North Herts NHS Trust, as treasurer of Stevenage CAB and as a trustee for Relate.
Ben is Head of Lochinver House School, a prep school in Hertforshire. Prior to becoming Head he worked for 13 years in large comprehensive schools in London and Kent. Along with his family, he undertook some development work in Kenya working with a mission organisation. This led Ben to become Houseparent and Head of English at an international coeducational boarding school before the family’s return to an IAPS coeducational day and boarding preparatory school in Buckinghamshire. Ben and his wife have three children.
Rebecca’s post-A-level studies began with a Geography and Physical Education degree from Leeds University, followed by the National Professional Qualification for Headship and more recently, an MA in Education from Buckingham University. Her extensive career has spanned both state and independent schools with a breadth of roles, including Departmental Head and Director of Sixth Form, Assistant Head and Deputy Head. She is also a qualified ISI Inspector and represents HMC on the school’s inspection committee for the South West. She was previously Headteacher at Hull Collegiate before moving down south. As well as a Governor at St Chris, Rebecca is on the Executive Learning Committee for a Multi-Academy Trust in London. Now in her fourth year as Principal at Surbiton High School, Rebecca is looking forward to the next challenge, after leading the School through a WW2 bomb scare and global pandemic!
The governors act as our trustees and decide the best course for St Christopher School.
St Christopher School is an educational charity organised as a company limited by shares. The directors of the company, called Governors, are responsible for the management and control of the activities of the charity, namely the running of the School.
The governors act as trustees for the School and decide the best course for St Christopher School in the interests of current and future beneficiaries. They delegate (within agreed limits) the responsibility for the leadership and management of the School to the School’s Head who reports to the Governors on a regular basis.
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