Mr Robert Parkinson - Chair

MA (Oxon)
First appointed as a Governor in 2014

Robert’s initial career spanned over ten years in marketing and sales in major FMCG organisations, culminating in senior international roles. He moved into general management in the early 1990s and was MD of a number of businesses in healthcare and security and latterly of divisions of organisations providing outsourced support services to the UK public and private sectors.
Robert became a headhunter in 2004 and recruits at board and senior executive level in the infrastructure, support services and defence sectors. Both his daughters attended Woldingham. He is also chair of a charity which provides care and support for vulnerable children.
Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please write to Mr Robert Parkinson c/o the Director of Finance, Resources & Operations, Woldingham School, Marden Park, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7YA.

Mr James Wright - Vice Chair & Chair of the Finance Committee

MA (Cantab)
Member of the Estates Committee
Member of the Strategy Steering Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2015

James qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and worked there for ten years, including a period in Sydney, before joining Deloitte in 2002. He has worked in a client facing role in International Tax for his whole career, but has also held a number of management roles including leading Deloitte’s International Tax team in London, leading the TMT industry team and he is currently a member of the Tax Executive team, with responsibility for clients and markets. James lives locally and his only daughter attends Woldingham.

Mr Ian Baker

BA (Kent), ACA
Member of the Estates Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2019

Ian commenced his professional career in the London office of international chartered accountants Peat, Marwick, Mitchell in 1982. Ian was a founder shareholder, partner and member of the Executive Committee at Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP. Additionally, Ian is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Prisoners of Conscience charity

Ian enjoys sport, the theatre, food and wine. Ian and his wife, Mandy, live locally and have two daughters, one who attends Woldingham and one who has recently left.

Miss Catharine Berwick

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
Member of the Governance Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2019

Catharine has spent the last 25 years working in healthcare transformational change in the UK and across the world, spending time in Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. She started her working life in the NHS, in hospital management, and for the last 14 years was at PA Consulting Group where, as the senior partner in the Healthcare Team, she led over a hundred people delivering large scale healthcare redesign programmes.

“My family connections with Woldingham are very strong, my two sisters and I are all Woldingham alumnae and my father was Chairman of Governors from 1989-1995. I am delighted to be able to give back to the school that gave me such a strong foundation, and to support its development so it can do the same for many generations to come.”

Catharine enjoys time spent with family, and friends around the world, and has a passion for elephants, so Africa is high on her list of favourite places to visit.

Mrs Vanessa Donegan

MA (Oxon)
Member of the Estates Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2019

Vanessa was educated at Woldingham School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read Classics.  She started her career in the City in 1981 and progressed to managing funds invested in Asian companies.  In 1986 she joined Allied Dunbar, which subsequently became Columbia Threadneedle Investments, where she worked for thirty two years until her retirement in 2018.  She was Head of the Group’s Asia Pacific team in London for twenty one years, leading a multicultural team of investment professionals.  Vanessa has experience as an independent non-executive director and has served as a Trustee of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, which provides financial support to poor parishes, for over thirty years.

Vanessa enjoys overseas travel, the opera, playing bridge and walking the family’s dogs.

“Woldingham school gave me a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in investment management, while raising a family of three.  As a Governor, I want to support the students so that they are reassured that it is possible to fulfil their career aspirations while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.”

Mrs Heather Hanbury

MA (Edinburgh), MSc (Cantab)
Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2017

Heather was educated at Princess Gardens School, Belfast and Edinburgh University where she read Geography. After a gap year she went on to Wolfson College, Cambridge and gained an MSc in Land Economy. She then worked as a market analyst, moved on to be a senior consultant with Touche Ross and then to VSO as head of corporate fundraising.  In 1995 she turned to a career in education after a PGCE at London University.  Her first appointment was at Blackheath High School where she progressed to Head of Sixth Form. From there, she moved rapidly via Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls to Deputy Head at Latymer Upper School before taking over as Headmistress at Wimbledon High School in 2008.  She has been Head Mistress of Lady Eleanor Holles School since September 2014.

Mrs Alexandra Maule - Chair of the Governance Committee

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
Member of the Strategy Steering Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2010

After acquiring an LLB and a Diplome d’Etudes Juridique Francaises at universities in England and France, Alexandra trained as a solicitor at international law firm Herbert Smith. She qualified in 1991 and practised European and Competition law advising large corporate clients before moving within the firm to work on the set up of the new Professional Support group and advising on a range of legal areas including corporate and commercial law. She also spent several years in central management developing risk management systems and running the relevant Management Committees. Alexandra has also served on a number of committees outside the workplace and has served on the Board of Governors at Woodlea Primary School.

Mrs Ciara McNamara

BA (Mod) (LegSc) (Dublin), MEconSc (NUI)
Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
Member of the Governance Committee
Member of the Strategy Steering Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2015

After graduating in law from Trinity College, Dublin, Ciara joined JP Morgan in London, where she worked in Corporate Finance. Subsequently she moved into financial communications and spent 15 years with consultancies in London and Dublin, advising government departments and corporate clients. She has run her own communications consultancy business, specialising in public affairs and reputation management for the past several years. Ciara completed a Masters in 2008 in economics and politics and has since undertaken academic research projects for the School of Law, UCD on regulation. She has published academic papers on regulatory governance. Ciara has served on several committees outside work, including the Finance Committee of the Teresian School in Dublin. Ciara’s daughter attended Woldingham.

Mr Martin Redman - Chair of the Estates Committee

Member of the Finance Committee
Member of the Governance Committee
Member of the Strategy Steering Committee
First Appointed as a Governor in 2008

With a background in property and planning, Martin’s professional years have been in private practice as well as corporate life. Formerly a Director of Hamptons International, and member of the Residential Development Board, he has been responsible for residential developments, investments and planning in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Passionate about buildings and building, his varied projects have included refurbishments, conversions, new build and mixed use schemes, with an eye on achieving acceptable planning consents and adding value for clients. The investment side has included private portfolio management and the letting and review of commercial property. Martin is past President of the Croydon and District Auctioneers and Surveyors Association and a past Chairman of Hazelwood School Parents Association. A past parent of Woldingham, Martin has four children with two boys currently at Worth.

Mr Chris Scattergood

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
Member of the Governance Committee
First Appointed as a Governor in 2019

Chris is the Founder of and Fundamental VR which creates world-leading surgical simulations and training aids using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Tech solutions.

“In my work I get to see some of the world’s leading technology, and I’m lucky enough to get a preview of how this may impact on society in 5-10 years’ time. I want to support Woldingham School as a Governor to help girls develop their interest in being a part of this next technological revolution, and ensure they have an equal opportunity to participate in this digital future.”

Chris spent the first twelve years of his career with BT, including as Head of Sales and Marketing for BT Showcases, before founding Smartfusion, a brand development and customer experience agency, based in London and New York.  A decade later, Chris was CEO and Founder of social experience agency, Beaver Communications, working with Virgin, Sony and Adidas. He is now one of the founders of Fundamental VR, who specialise in creating educational content in VR for training surgeons across the world.

Chris’s interests include classic cars and cooking, as well as the occasional family camping trip.

Dr Suzanne Slattery

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
Member of the Governance Committee
First Appointed as a Governor in 2019

After graduating from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1981, Suzanne undertook a five year GP training programme in Dublin/Limerick, followed by a move to London in 1986 where she graduated as a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1987.

Suzanne worked full time in a West London GP practice for thirty one years and was the practice lead for diabetic care, anticoagulation monitoring, prescribing, safeguarding and mental health. In addition, for many years she supervised out of hours GP trainees at Kingston Hospital.  Following her retirement from the practice in 2018, Suzanne now works two sessions a week in general practice.

“Working in General Practice I have gained many years of experience with teenage physical and mental health. As a Governor, I want to support the safeguarding and mental health wellbeing of all pupils at Woldingham School.”

Suzanne’s interests include playing golf, walking the dogs with the family, gardening and cookery.

Mr Tim Woffenden - Chair of the Education & Welfare Committee

MA (Oxon)
Member of the Governance Committee
Member of the Strategy Steering Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2010

After teaching at The Edinburgh Academy and Stockport Grammar School, Tim moved to Haileybury, a boarding and day school 20 miles north of London where he was first Head of History and then Director of Studies. He lives locally and is now a consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organisation and a writer of text books on twentieth century dictators.

Co-opted Members

Mrs Alex Hutchinson- Headmistress
Mrs Margaret Giblin – Senior Deputy Head
Mr Simon Hopkins – Director of Finance, Resources and Operations / Clerk to the Governors

School Leadership Team

Mrs Alex Hutchinson MA (Oxon)
Alex studied Chemistry and was awarded an Open Exhibition at St Edmund Hall, Oxford before obtaining her PGCE at the University of Bristol. Having begun her teaching career in co-education, she has since taught in girls’ schools for the past 17 years and was Head of Science at St Mary’s Ascot and twice a Head of Sixth Form. Alex joined Woldingham as Deputy Head in January 2015 and was appointed Headmistress in September 2016; she says, “At Woldingham, academic fulfilment and personal development go hand in hand. Our Woldingham girls understand about courage and integrity and we are confident that, as a result of their experiences here, they will develop into young women who relish the challenges of the 21st century and who make a significant contribution to the wider world. It is an enormous privilege to lead such a happy and successful school.”  Away from school, Alex still enjoys playing hockey and avidly grows her own vegetables.


Mr Simon Hopkins MA (Oxon) FCA
Simon joined Woldingham in July 2018. After graduating in Law from Oxford he trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He has had a varied management career spanning commerce, central government and civil society, specialising in change management and financial strategy. He speaks and publishes regularly about a variety of subjects ranging from digital innovation to women in leadership and writes a regular column for a leading charity finance magazine. He has also been a speaker on the Inspiring Financial Leadership programme at CASS CCE since 2013. Simon is married with two adult sons; originally from Yorkshire he has lived in the area for over 25 years. Outside school he enjoys tennis, classic rock and travel.


Mrs Margaret Giblin BA, HDipEd (Maynooth)
Margaret studied Theology and English at St. Patrick’s University Maynooth, Ireland before obtaining her H.Dip Ed (PGCE) at the same university. Much of her career has been spent in girls’ education, where she has been both Head of Year and Head of Department. Before becoming Senior Deputy Head, Margaret was Head of Marden, and before that Head of RS, at Woldingham. Away from school she enjoys an active life with her family, reading and cycling. She is also currently working towards her Masters in Catholic School Leadership.


Ms Nicole Weatherston BSc (Hons)

Nicole studied Physiological Sciences at the University of Newcastle before obtaining her PGCE at Durham University. The first ten years of Nicole’s career was spent teaching in the state sector before moving to be Head of Sixth Form at The Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. She joined Woldingham as Deputy Head Academic in September 2016. Away from school she enjoys foreign travel, cooking and tries to make time for a little running.


Mrs Judith Brown BEd (Hons)
Judith studied Drama with English at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She worked for twelve years in Cambridge teaching Drama and PSHE, with a two year break from education working in publishing and children’s television. Judith moved to Woldingham in 1995, spent ten years as Head of Drama and has been Deputy Head Pastoral since 2007. Judith lives on site with her husband who also works at the school. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and flower arranging, live theatre and silversmithing.


Mr Phil Abbott BSc
Phil studied Economics and Management at Cardiff University. Following a career in journalism, which included a spell as a resident reporter at the Old Bailey, he opted for a change of direction and obtained his PGCE at the Institute of Education (UCL). He joins us from the Sixth Form Management Team at Trinity School, Croydon, where he worked on the development of a new Sixth Form Centre and the transition to co-education. In his very scarce spare time (he has two young children!) he plays guitar and tries to keep relatively fit.


Miss Charlotte Owen BA
Charlotte studied Spanish and Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London before completing her PGCE at Kingston University. Throughout Charlotte’s teaching career she has remained exclusively in all girls’ education and was previously Head of Languages at Prior’s Field School before joining Woldingham in September 2016. Away from school, she is a Zumba enthusiast and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Director of Marketing

Mrs Saskia Jordan MA (Cantab)
Saskia studied English Literature at Cambridge University, following a one year’s Art Foundation at Falmouth School of Art. Following university, Saskia pursued a career in advertising working for some of the top global agencies and brands such as Coca Cola, BT and Procter and Gamble. Saskia subsequently moved across to the marketing and strategy side working for the BBC and UKTV. Prompted by her family (who are all teachers) she moved into schools’ marketing in 2012 and has worked for both senior and prep schools. Away from school she plays tennis, ferries her children around and occasionally makes it to the theatre.

Pastoral/Residential Staff

Mr P Abbott BSc (Cardiff) Head of Sixth Form
Miss A Whitworth BA (Exeter) Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Mrs A Mason BA (South Bank) Upper Sixth Housemistress                                                      Miss J Hutchins Upper Sixth Assistant Housemistress
Miss T Bennett BSc (Durham), MSc (Oxon) Senior Teacher (Boarding)


Mrs A Wiseman Lower Sixth Housemistress
Miss R Sharp BA (Kent) Lower Sixth Assistant Housemistress
Mrs L Cheesman Day Matron Upper & Lower Sixth


Mrs S Norman BSc (deMontfort) Head of Year
Miss J Langmuir BA (Leeds) Housemistress
Mrs Vicky Panagiotidou MSc (Liverpool) Assistant Housemistress (maternity cover)
[Miss K Maynard NNEB Prof. Pract Cert. Boarding Staff (Roehampton) Assistant Housemistress]


Mr T Nunes MSc (North West University of South Africa) Head of Year
Ms S Jones Housemistress
Mrs A Addison BA (Bradford) Assistant Housemistress


Mr D Wahab BA (Brighton) Head of Year
Miss L Waterhouse BA (Brighton) Housemistress
Miss M Kulla BA (Oldenburg) Assistant Housemistress

YEARS 7 & 8

Miss C Owen BA (London) Head of Marden
Miss R Newcombe Cert Prof Dev (Boarding Education) Marden Housemistress
Miss K Berndt BA (Oldenburg) Marden Assistant Housemistress


Rev Father Gerry Devlin STL, MA, PGCE, FHEA

Admissions Team

Mrs L Underwood School Registrar
Mrs J Armstrong Assistant Registrar
Miss C Trayner Admissions Assistant
Ms S Vodicka Admissions Assistant

Teaching Staff

Note * denotes Head of Department, **Acting Head of Department, [ ] Maternity Leave


Mrs M Connery BA (Surrey)
Mrs L Darby BA (University of Lancashire)
Miss P Fitzherbert BA (Newcastle)
Miss C Reay BA (Manchester Metropolitan)*

Classics and Latin

Ms K Cross BA (Oxon)
Mr T Hayward BA (Oxon), MA (SOAS)*
Mrs E Williamson BA (Birmingham), MA (W.Ontario), LLB (London)

Design and Technology

Miss J Graham BA (Brighton)
Mr D Wahab BA (Brighton)*
Mrs C Wilkinson BA (Loughborough)


Mrs J Brown BEd (CNAA)
Mrs E Love BA (Manchester)
Mrs C Nasskau BA (Hull)
Miss S Williams BA (Middlesex)*


Miss K Berndt BA (Oldenberg)
Mrs T Carrilero BA (Spain)*
Mr A Cullen BA (SOAS)

Economics and Business

Mr P Abbott BSc (Cardiff)
Mr W Bohanna BA (UEA)*
Ms U Pickles BSc (Cardiff)
Mr I Smith BA (Liverpool), MEd (Greenwich)


Mrs S Alexander BA (Surrey)
Mr D Baker BA (Kent)
Dr R Baker BA (Durham), PhD (St Andrews)
Dr O Bennett BA (USA), PhD (Cantab)
Mrs E Burdett BA (Surrey)
Ms J Lane BA (Leeds)
[Miss B MacLean BA, MA (Canada)]
Mr S Maunder BA (Sheffield)
Mrs J Vivian BA (Wales), MEd (Newcastle)*


Mr A Cullen BA (SOAS)


Mrs C Nasskau BA (Hull)


Mrs M Emery BA equiv, MA equiv (France)
Mrs G Haythorne MA (Oxon)
Mrs C Maillot BA equiv (France)*
Mrs A Mason BA (South Bank)
Mrs H Poullain BA (Sorbonne), MA (Sorbonne)


Miss T Bennett BSc (Durham), MSc (Oxon)
Mrs L Jenkins BSc (Oxford Brookes)
Mr D Lock BA (London)*
Miss A O’Neill BEd (London)


Mr V Ceska BA (Czech), MA (France)*
Mrs G Haythorne MA (Oxon)

Government and Politics

Mr H Patterson BA (Bristol)
Mrs K Payne BA (Dunelm)*
Miss A Whitworth BA (Exeter)

Higher Education and Careers

Mrs B Chambers BA (Leeds), MA (Canterbury Christ Church)*
Mrs A Mason BA (South Bank)
Miss G Noble BA (Exeter), MEd (Cantab)


Miss K Augustus BA (Brunel)
[Mrs A Manktelow BA, MA (Exeter)]
Miss G Noble BA (Exeter), MEd (Cantab)*
Mr H Patterson BA (Bristol)
Mrs K Payne BA (Dunelm)
Miss A Whitworth BA (Exeter)

History of Art

Mr A Cullen BA (SOAS)*

ICT and Computing

Mr T Nunes MSc (North West University of South Africa)
Mr T Rattle BA (Exeter)*

Learning Enhancement

Ms T Clarke BA (Hull)
Ms R Moorvan BA (S Africa), BEd (S Africa), MEd (OU)*
Mrs E Sebastian BSc (KCL)


Mrs H Holmes BSc (Hatfield), CMath (IMA)*
Mrs E Knight MSc (Moscow)
Mrs D Lewis BSc (Portsmouth)
Mrs L McCabe-Arnold BA (Manchester), MA (Liverpool)
Miss L McDowall BA (Brighton)
Mrs R McKenna BSc (Cardiff)
Mrs F Payne BSc (Reading)
Mrs P Schofield BSc (Liverpool)

Media Studies

Mr S Maunder BA (Sheffield)*


Mrs A Addison BA (Bradford)
Miss R Collinson BSc Psych, BMus, PGDip (RCM)
Mr J Hargreaves BA (Ebor), MMus, FRSA*
Mrs C Usher BA (York)
Miss K Wong BA (Cantab), DipABRSM, LRSM, MMus

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education

Miss A O’Neill BEd (London) *

Physical Education

Mrs T Lock BEd (de Montfort)
Miss A May BEd (Liverpool)
Mr J Metcalfe BSc (Cardiff Metropolitan)
Mrs S Norman BSc (de Montfort)
Mr T Nunes MSc (North West University of South Africa)
Miss A O’Neill BEd (London)
Mrs C Treacy BSc (Gloucestershire)*
Mrs J Williams BA (Wales)


Miss R Collinson BSc Psych, BMus, PGDip (RCM)*
Mr I Smith BA (Liverpool), MEd (Greenwich)
Mr C Taylor B.Bus.Sc (Cape Town), MBA

Science Faculty


Mrs S Baldwin BSc (London)*

Mrs S Baldwin BSc (London)*
Miss B Batchelor BEd (Exeter)
Dr C Gentile MSc (Rio de Janeiro), PhD (Rio de Janeiro)
Mrs S Lane BSc (Greenwich)
Ms N Weatherston BSc (Newcastle)

Mrs H Barnes BSc (Stirling)
Mr P Currie (Graduate RSC, Kingston)
Miss J Gallagher BSc (Bristol)*
Mrs A Hutchinson MA (Oxon)
Miss C Kelly BSc (Ireland)

Mrs K Connor BSc (East Anglia)*
Dr D Eve BA (Essex), PhD (London), FRAS
Mr N Hillier MSc (LSE), BA (Oxon)


Miss L Banton BA (Cantuar)
Mr A Lopez BA (Oviedo)*
Miss C Owen BA (London)
Mrs H Poullain BA (Sorbonne), MA (Sorbonne)   Mrs N Puertas BA (Barcelona), MA (London)


Mrs M Giblin BA, HDipEd (Maynooth)
Mr C Kellaway MA (Cantab)
[Mrs E Molla BA (Oxon), PDip, CPE Law (OB)]
Miss S Pendlebery BA (Lancaster)
Mr A Ross BA (Lancaster), AIDTA(B)*