Staff

School Leadership Team

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Dr James Whitehead MA (Oxon), MPhil, PhD, FRSA – Head

Dr Whitehead joined Woldingham as Head in summer 2020 from Rugby School. He is Woldingham’s first male Head in the school’s long history. Educated at Stonyhurst College and Hertford College, Oxford, Dr Whitehead completed further degrees at Stirling and Manchester universities. He started his school career teaching English at Radley College. He joined Worth School where he was Second Master before becoming Head Master at Downside, a Catholic day and boarding school in Somerset.

Ms Kerri Fox MA (Cantab) – Senior Deputy Head

Kerri joined Woldingham in April 2021. She has a theology degree from the University of Cambridge and began her school career teaching theology at Ampleforth College. Other roles have included Vice Principal at Our Lady’s Abingdon, Deputy Head Pastoral at Merchiston Castle School, Director of External Relations and Head of Sixth Form at Wycombe Abbey School. She has many interests outside school including gym fitness, countryside walking and a wide variety of reading.

Mrs Suzy Woolaway BSc (Open) – Deputy Head Operations & Co-curricular

Suzy joined Woldingham in May 2021. Having studied mathematics and economics at university, she initially followed a career in the banking industry as a financial futures broker before obtaining her PGCE at the Open University. Suzy joins us from Bishop Challoner School where she held the post of Deputy Head (Academic and Pastoral) and previously Head of Mathematics. In her free time she enjoys skiing, running and cooking.

Ms Nicole Weatherston BSc (Newcastle) - Deputy Head Academic

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, Nicole enjoys foreign travel, cooking and tries to make time for a little running.

Mr Phil Abbott BSc (Cardiff) - Head of Sixth Form

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). Phil was previously part of 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 (London) - Head of Marden

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.

Ms Jenny Rawlinson BA (Hull) MA (Florida) – Director of Communication

Jenny is responsible for Woldingham’s communication and marketing. She joined the school in summer 2019 bringing more than 25 years of experience from a wide range of sectors including health, transport, housing and higher education. Jenny has a degree in economic and social history from the University of Hull and an MA from the University of Florida in mass communication. Jenny has two teenage daughters and is a keen swimmer and runner.

Mrs Camilla Mair BA (London) – Foundation Director

Camilla is responsible for development, fundraising and alumnae relations at Woldingham.  She joined in 2017 as Development Manager and became Foundation Director in April 2021.  Camilla is a Woldingham alumna (1988) and has a degree in French and classical studies from the University of London.  With more than 25 years’ marketing, communications and fundraising experience, Camilla has worked for Express Newspapers, IPC magazines and Mediator Communications Ltd.  Camilla has two teenage children, enjoys keeping fit and is a Cordon Bleu trained cook.

Residential and pastoral team

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Upper Sixth

Mr P Abbott BSc (Cardiff) - Head of Sixth Form

Miss K Kaaber-Gore BA (Cumbria), MA (Exeter) - Assistant Head of Sixth Form

Mrs A Mason BA (South Bank) - Upper Sixth Housemistress

Miss V Matthews BA (Southampton) - Upper Sixth Assistant Housemistress

Lower Sixth

Mrs A Wiseman - Lower Sixth Housemistress

Miss B Rayner BA (Durham), MA (Nottingham) - Lower Sixth Assistant Housemistress

Year 11

Mr C Kellaway MA (Cantab) - Head of Year

Ms S Jones - Housemistress

Miss H Bowerman BA (York) - Assistant Housemistress

Year 10

Mr T Nunes MSc (North West University of South Africa) - Head of Year

Miss K Chan BMus (London) - Housemistress

Miss K Berndt BA (Oldenburg) - Assistant Housemistress

Year 9

Mrs A Culhane BA (Exeter) - Head of Year

Miss L Waterhouse BA (Brighton) - Housemistress

Miss M Abayomi BA (King’s College London) - Assistant Housemistress

Year 7 & 8

Miss C Owen BA (London) - Head of Marden

Ms S Kuster BA (York, Canada) - Marden Housemistress

Miss J Page BA (Winchester) - Marden Assistant Housemistress

Head of Boarding

Miss T Bennett BSc (Durham), MSc (Oxon)

Chaplain/Priest in Residence

Rev Father Gerry Devlin STL, MA, PGCE, FHEA

Admissions Team

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Mrs L Underwood - School Registrar

Miss C Trayner - Assistant Registrar BA (London), PGDip (London)

Miss C Hooper - Admissions Assistant BSc (London)

Ms S Vodicka - Admissions Assistant

Teaching Staff

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Note * denotes Head of Department,  [ ] Maternity Leave

Art

Miss S Campbell BA (London Metropolitan)*

Mrs L Darby BA (University of Lancashire)

Miss P Fitzherbert BA (Newcastle)

Ms A Hare BA (UAL, Wimbledon), MSt (Oxon)

Classics and Latin

Ms K Cross BA (Oxon)

Dr J Dixon PhD (Manchester), MA (Liverpool), BA (Liverpool)*

Computer Science

Mr T Nunes MSc (North West University of South Africa)

Mr T Rattle BA (Exeter), MA (Brighton)*

Mr D Sääw BA (Cantab), MEng (Cantab)

Design and Technology

Mr D Wahab BA (Brighton)*

Mrs C Wilkinson BA (Loughborough)

Drama

Mrs E Love BA (Manchester)

Mrs C Nasskau BA (Hull)

Miss S Williams BA (Middlesex)*

EAL

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)*

Mr I Smith BA (Liverpool), MEd (Greenwich)

English

Mrs S Alexander BA (Surrey)

Mr D Baker BA (Kent)

Mrs E Burdett BA (Surrey)

Miss K Kaaber-Gore BA (Cumbria), MA (Exeter)

Ms B MacLean BA, MA (Canada)*

Mr S Maunder BA (Sheffield)

Mr R Peachey BA (Oxon), BA (OU), MA (SOAS)

Examinations

Mr A Cullen BA (SOAS)

Extra-Curricular

Mrs C Nasskau BA (Hull)

French

Mrs M Emery BA equiv, MA equiv (France)

Mrs G Haythorne MA (Oxon)

Mrs C Maillot BA equiv (France)*

Mrs H Poullain BA (Sorbonne), MA (Sorbonne)

Mrs N Puertas BA (Barcelona), MA (London)

Geography

Miss T Bennett BSc (Durham), MSc (Oxon)

Mrs L Jenkins BSc (Oxford Brookes)

Mr D Lock BA (London)*

Miss V Matthews BA (Southampton)

German

Mr V Ceska BA (Czech), MA (France)*

Mrs G Haythorne MA (Oxon)

Health Education

Ms S Kuster BA (York, Canada)

Mrs T Lock BEd (De Montfort)

Higher Education and Careers

Miss J Gallagher BSc (Bristol)*

Mrs A Mason BA (South Bank)

Miss V Matthews BA (Southampton)

Mr M Tait BA (Cantab)

History

Mrs A Culhane BA (Exeter)

Mrs A Housden BA (Kent)*

Mrs A Manktelow BA, MA (Exeter)

Miss V Matthews BA (Southampton)

Mr H Patterson BA (Bristol)

Mrs K Payne BA (Durham)

History of Art

Mr A Cullen BA (SOAS)*

Learning Enhancement

Ms T Clarke BA (Hull)

Ms R Moorvan BA (S Africa), BEd (S Africa), MEd (OU)*

Mrs E Sebastian BSc (KCL)

Miss S Whittington

Mathematics

Mr E Amponsah – BSc (Ghana), MA (Wales)

Dr B Dohni BSc equiv, MA equiv (France), PhD (Oxon)

Ms M Farrell BSc (NUI, Galway)

Mrs L McCabe-Arnold BA (Manchester), MA (Liverpool)

Mrs R McKenna BSc (Cardiff)*

Mr G Outram BA (South Africa)

Mrs R Robinson BSc (Reading)

Mrs P Schofield BSc (Liverpool)

Mrs K Turner BSc (Loughborough), BA (Warwick)

Mrs S Woolaway BSc (Open)

Media Studies

Mr S Maunder BA (Sheffield)*

Music

Mr J Hargreaves BA (York), MMus, FRSA*

Mr M Tait BA (Cantab)

Miss R Wang MA (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Physical Education

Mr B Allberry HND (Chichester)

Miss R Arch BSc (Birmingham)

Ms S Kuster BA (York, Canada)

Mrs T Lock BEd (de Montfort)

Miss A May BEd (Liverpool)

Mr Nunes Msc (North West University of South Africa)

Miss O Olufunwa LLB (Roehampton)

Mrs C Treacy BSc (Gloucestershire)*

Mrs R Wratten BA (Brighton)

Politics

Mrs A Culhane BA (Exeter)

Mr H Patterson BA (Bristol)

Mrs K Payne BA (Durham)*

Psychology

Mrs R Deaney BSc (OU), BMus, PGDip (RCM)*

Mr C Taylor B.Bus.Sc (Cape Town), MBA

Science Faculty

Head of Science

Mr P Rickard BSc (Bristol), BSc (Liverpool)*

Biology

Miss J Cripps BSc (UEA), MSc (Queen Mary, London)

Dr C Gentile MSc (Rio de Janeiro), PhD (Rio de Janeiro)

Mrs S Lane BSc (Greenwich)

Mrs E Petty BSc (Birmingham)*

Ms N Weatherston BSc (Newcastle)

Chemistry

Mrs H Barnes BSc (Stirling)

Mr P Currie (Graduate RSC, Kingston)*

Miss J Gallagher BSc (Bristol)

Physics

Mrs M Clayton BSc (Birmingham)*

Mr R Gupta MSci (Imperial)

Mr W Haslewood BSc (York)

Spanish

Miss L Banton BA (Kent)

Mr A Lopez BA (Oviedo)*

Mrs A Mason BA (South Bank)

Miss C Owen BA (London)

Mrs H Poullain BA (Sorbonne), MA (Sorbonne)

Mrs N Puertas BA (Barcelona), MA (London)

Theology

Miss A Bond BA (Nottingham)

Ms K Fox MA (Cantab)

Mr C Kellaway MA (Cantab)

Mrs L Mapstone BA (California)

Miss B Rayner BA (Durham), MA (Nottingham)

Mr A Ross BA (Lancaster), MA (St Mary’s, Twickenham), AIDTA(B)*

Governors

Mr Robert Parkinson - Chair

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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 & Operations, Woldingham School, Marden Park, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7YA or by email to: governors@woldinghamschool.co.uk

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

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MA (Cantab)

Member of the Estates 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

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Chair of the Governance & Compliance Committee

Member of the Estates Committee and the Finance Committee

Lead governor for health & safety

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

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Member of the Education & Welfare Committee and the Governance & Compliance Committee

Lead governor for safeguarding

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.

Mr James Cons

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BA (Brighton), Dip Arch, MBA, Dip Proj Man (RIBA)

Member of the Estates Committee and the Finance Committee

First appointed as a governor in 2021

James is an architect and Managing Director of Leslie Jones Architecture. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial property sector and is passionate about urban renewal and the regeneration of towns and cities. He has chaired  the national retail property awards programme for several years. In his younger years James could be seen on the rugby pitch playing at a national level and also sailing both competitively and for recreation. He is a keen cook enjoying hosting friends and family. He also enjoys travel and spending time with his wife and two daughters, one who currently attends Woldingham and one who has recently completed her A Levels at the school. James is keen to contribute his property and commercial skills to the governance of the school and is passionate about the opportunity that a balanced and rounded education can bring to those that attend Woldingham. As Managing Director of a creative studio James is responsible for the personal and professional development of his employees seeing many parallels with his role as a Governor.

Professor Francis Davis

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BA (Dunelm), MSc (SOAS), MPA (Warwick Business School), PhD (Warwick), FRSM

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee and member of the Governance & Compliance Committee

First appointed as a governor in 2022

Francis is Professorial Fellow at the University of Oxford and Professor of Leadership and International Studies at the University of Roehampton, where he is Head of Digby Stuart College.  From 2015 to 2021, Francis was Professor of Public Policy and Communities at the University of Birmingham having previously taught at Cambridge and Oxford universities. His research on social policy, technology and human rights has been cited in both Houses of Parliament and he has held ministerial advisory roles - including at Cabinet level - under three UK governments. His ongoing research involves collaborations in Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Pakistan and with the Thames Estuary Growth Board.

Before entering academia Francis was CEO of a mid-sized private company and an award-winning social entrepreneur. Previous board experience includes serving as non-exec director of an NHS trust, as trustee of the Portsmouth Catholic Diocese, and Vice Chair and Chair, from start-up to more than one thousand staff, of Social Care In Action, a social business in the health and social care sector.

“Having long-standing involvements in initiatives to unlock the potential of students of very diverse backgrounds, I identify strongly with Woldingham’s founding ethos. As such my passion is that every student in the school should have an equal chance to flourish, celebrated for their intrinsic personal worth as well as their wider achievements in the classroom, on the sports field, in chapel, through music and drama, or in building friendships to last a lifetime.”

In his spare time, Francis enjoys outdoor swimming, running half marathons and 10ks, and long distance walking, ideally with one or more of his four children and four godchildren.

Mrs Vanessa Donegan

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MA (Oxon)

Member of the Estates Committee and 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

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MA (Edinburgh), MSc (Cantab)

Chair 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 Ciara McNamara

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BA (Mod) (LegSc) (Dublin), MEconSc (NUI)

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee and the Governance & Compliance Committee

Lead governor for diversity, inclusion and anti-racism

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.

Judge Ifey Munonyedi

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BA Hons (Queen Mary College, London University), Diploma in Law, Barrister at Law

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee and the Governance & Compliance Committee

Lead governor for diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and safeguarding

First appointed as a governor in 2019

“I was called to the Bar in 1985 and practised at the Family Bar dealing with family, matrimonial and childcare cases.

I was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge in 2001 sitting in the Immigration and Asylum Chair adjudicating on Asylum, Immigration, Deportation, Human Rights and European Law cases.

I enjoy traveling, studying gemstones, cooking and retail therapy.

My daughter is a student at this school.

I have been a school Governor for more than 16 years at various schools and welcome the opportunity to work with the Governing Board to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to reach her true potential educationally, emotionally and socially.”

Dr Yvonne Pinto

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BSc (Reading), MSc (Imperial), PhD (Imperial), GCMA (Cambridge, Judge Business School)

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee and the Governance & Compliance Committee

First appointed as a governor in 2021

Yvonne has spent 30 years supporting technology generation, innovation ecosystems and international development working across Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has worked in private philanthropic foundations in the UK and USA for 15 years, creating and implementing investments in agriculture, enterprise, finance, and education, including the establishment of successful institutions. For the past 10 years, Yvonne has led Aline Impact Limited, a professional consulting strategy firm specialising in performance and impact, and has worked internationally with governments, UN agencies, international NGOs, the private sector, bilateral donors (including the UK government) and independent foundations measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of their work. Yvonne’s earlier academic career focused on solutions to some of the most intractable disease problems facing African agriculture.

Yvonne has spent more than 20 years in governance roles including chairing the WorldFish centre in Malaysia and currently UK’s Practical Action. She also plays an active role in supporting STEM efforts at many levels, including the development of health and life sciences enterprises in the UK and digital start-ups overseas.

“As a past parent, I have been inspired by the values and the combination of academic and soft skills that Woldingham instils. In our fast-changing world these skills and capabilities are extremely valuable. I would like to support the school’s development so that many more girls are able to benefit and develop confidence to engage on an international stage with intellectual prowess combined with incredible values of compassion, understanding and a generosity of spirit.”

Mr Chris Scattergood

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Member of the Estates Committee and the Finance Committee

First appointed as a governor in 2019

Chris is the Founder of FundamentalSurgery.com 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 five to ten 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.

Co-opted Members

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Dr James Whitehead – Head

Mr Martin Redman - Co-opted Member of the Estates Committe and the Finance Committee

Mr Tim Woffenden - Co-opted Member of the Education & Welfare Committee