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 Simon Collins

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2013

Simon came to education from turnaround management in High Street retail, theatre and the Police Service. He has taught in a wide range of schools, independent and maintained – both boarding and day schools, and has been a course tutor for the Boarding Schools Association. Simon is currently a Governor of a Maintained primary school, and is also a member of the Academic Committee at Woldingham School. Simon was voted Independent School Head of the Year in 2010, was shortlisted for a creative business initiative award in 2011 and 2013, and is currently the Headmaster of Aberdour School in Surrey. He is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and the Academy for Chief Executives (ACE).

Mr Nicholas Crapp

Member of the Estates Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
Member of the Governance Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2010

Nicholas became the Head of Group Internal Audit at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in February 2012. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International where he worked in various roles in New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London since 1993. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Nicholas qualified as a Chartered Accountant, working for Coopers and Lybrand both in London and New York. Whilst in Tokyo, he served on the Board of Trustees of the British School in Tokyo, both as Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. Nicholas and his wife Kathleen live locally and their two daughters attended Woldingham.

Mr Bill Crothers

Member of the Estates Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
First appointed as a Governor in 2010

After qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG in 1985, Bill worked for over 20 years at Accenture (formerly Anderson Consulting) holding positions on the UK Board, the Global Resources Industries Operating Committee, and the Global Customer Relationship Management Operating Committee. He was Managing Partner for the Northern Europe Resources Industries business unit covering nine countries and annual sales of approaching $1Bn. From 2007, Bill has a been a senior civil servant in the Home Office initially leading on all commercial and technology matters to create the National Identity Scheme and is now the Home Office Commercial Director. Bill has extensive Information Technology and Commercial experience and is an FCA, a Chartered member of the British computer Society, and a member of CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply). Bill is vice Chairman of UK Youth, a leading national youth work charity. He lives in Woldingham and has four daughters.

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. She is a current parent with one daughter at 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
Child Protection Governor
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 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 D Fox BA (Open) 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
Miss K Maynard NNEB Prof. Pract Cert. Boarding Staff (Roehampton) Assistant Housemistress


Mrs R Whitton BSc (Liverpool) 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 M Kazi-Fornari MA (Oxon) BSc (Open)*
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 R Whitton BSc (Liverpool)
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 BA (Cantab)
[Mrs E Molla BA (Oxon), PDip, CPE Law (OB)]
Miss S Pendlebery BA (Lancaster)
Mr A Ross BA (Lancaster), AIDTA(B)*