You can also write to the Governors c/o the main school address: Chair of Governors, St Christopher School, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3JZ
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.
Alison attended Presdales School in Hertfordshire and went on to read Psychology at Lancaster University where she graduated with a BSC Hons with a minor in the History of Education. She then qualified as a Chartered Accountant working at Smith & Williamson. Alongside corporate audits she worked as part of the charity audit team for their North London office.
Moving into industry Alison worked in a venture capitalist backed Facilities Management company where she was Executive Director of Finance and Support Services. She has experience of corporate finance, business acquisition, MBOs and refinancing.
Having left the corporate world to have her child, who attends St Chris, she has since started her own business as a branding photographer providing visual branding content and advice for businesses and entrepreneurs.
Rouane was raised in Canada before coming to the UK for her Sixth Form in a northern comprehensive school and going on to study English at Oxford. She later studied Theatre, directing at Tel Aviv University and Victoria, British Columbia. She lived for years in Nigeria and Turkey where she taught in local schools. She went on to teach in Forest Gate, London and schools in Letchworth Garden City, Biggleswade and Royston before becoming Head of Giles Nursery and Infants School, Stevenage, in 2011 where she has been ever since.
Rouane also worked for many years as part of County’s Early Years advisory body, supporting settings to improve their practice and working as part of the team that developed HQS, now a national kitemark for excellence in Early Years.
Rouane lives in Letchworth Garden City. Her three children all studied at St Chris and she has had a connection with the school since 1998, being for many years a member – and then Chair – of the Parents’ Circle during the jurisdiction of three successive head teachers. So, Rouane knows the School and its history well. She is a lapsed French horn player, adores a Capella singing and in a misspent youth was lead singer in various rock bands. She believes passionately that pupils learn and thrive in a caring, creative environment.
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.
Download further information about the Governance of St Chris here.