School Leadership Team


Mrs Alex Hutchinson MA (Oxon) - Headmistress

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 18 years and was Head of Science at St Mary’s Ascot and twice a Head of Sixth Form. Alex joined Woldingham in 2015 as Deputy Head and has been Headmistress since September 2016; she says, “It is absolutely my belief that all girls should be given the opportunity to grow and flourish into confident, compassionate, courageous young women, without limits to what they can achieve. It is an enormous privilege to lead this wonderful school.” In her free time, Alex still enjoys playing hockey and avidly grows her own vegetables.

Mrs Julia Wood BA (Exeter) – Director of Finance & Operations

Julia Wood joined Woldingham from St George’s Ascot in June 2020, where she was Bursar for eight years. At St George’s she led on a range of strategic initiatives, including the completion of a number of major capital projects. Julia’s early career was in the Royal Navy. This was followed by roles in education as Head of HR at Winchester College and Business Director at the ISBA.

Mrs Margaret Giblin BA, HDipEd (Maynooth) - Deputy Head People

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 Deputy Head People, Margaret was Head of Marden, and before that Head of RS, at Woldingham. Away from school, she enjoys an active life with her family, as well as reading, listening to music and walking her dog. Margaret is also currently working towards her Masters in Catholic School Leadership.

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.

Ms Bridget Ward BEd (Exeter) - Deputy Head Operations

Bridget studied Physical Education and Science at Exeter University on a Sports Scholarship. Bridget joins Woldingham from Queen’s Gate School, where she was Director of Academic Administration and Compliance, having previously been Director of Sport. Before that, Bridget was Deputy Head of Sixth Form at St Peter’s School. Bridget is also an ISI Compliance inspector, inspecting schools throughout the academic year. A former GB pentathlete, Bridget is a keen open water swimmer, regularly training and competing; she has an English Channel swim under her belt and has a new big swim on the horizon.

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.

Residential and pastoral team


Upper Sixth

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 K Kaaber-Gore BA (Cumbria), MA (Exeter) - Upper Sixth Assistant Housemistress

Lower Sixth

Mrs A Wiseman - Lower Sixth Housemistress

Miss R Sharp BA (Kent) - Lower Sixth Assistant Housemistress

Mrs L Cheesman Day - Matron Upper & Lower Sixth

Year 11

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

Miss J Langmuir BA (Leeds) - Housemistress

Mrs Vicky Panagiotidou MSc (Liverpool) -Assistant Housemistress (maternity cover)

Year 10

Mrs S Norman BSc (deMontfort) - Head of Year

Ms S Jones - Housemistress

Miss K Berndt BA (Oldenburg) - Assistant Housemistress

Year 9

Mr C Kellaway MA (Cantab) - Head of Year

Miss L Waterhouse BA (Brighton) - Housemistress

Miss S Pendlebery BA (Lancaster) - Assistant Housemistress

Year 7 & 8

Miss C Owen BA (London) - Head of Marden

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

Miss J Graham BA (Brighton) - 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


Mrs L Underwood - School Registrar

Miss C Trayner - Assistant Registrar

Miss R Parrott - 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)*

Computer Science

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

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

Design and Technology

Mr D Wahab BA (Brighton)*

Mrs C Wilkinson BA (Loughborough)


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 O Bennett BA (USA), PhD (Cantab)]

Mrs E Burdett BA (Surrey)

Miss B MacLean BA, MA (Canada)

Mr S Maunder BA (Sheffield)

Dr L Stewart BA (Brunel), MA (Open), PhD (Open)

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 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)

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)


Mrs A Manktelow BA, MA (Exeter)

Miss G Noble BA (Exeter), MEd (Cantab)*

Mr H Patterson BA (Bristol)

Mrs K Payne BA (Durham)

Miss A Whitworth BA (Exeter)

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)


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

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)*


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

Mrs C Usher BA (York)

Miss R Wang MA (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education

Miss A O'Neill BEd (London)*

Physical Education

Miss E Barron BSc (Kent)

Miss E Fearnley

Mrs T Lock BEd (de Montfort)

Miss A May BEd (Liverpool)

Mrs S Norman BSc (de Montfort)

Mr Nunes Msc (North West University of South Africa)

Miss A O'Neill BEd (London)

Mrs C Treacy BSc (Gloucestershire)*

Ms Ward BEd (Exeter)

Mrs R Wratten BA (Brighton)


Mr H Patterson BA (Bristol)

Mrs K Payne BA (Dunelm)*

Miss A Whitworth BA (Exeter)


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

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

Science Faculty

Head of Science

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 M Clayton BSc (Birmingham)

Dr D Eve BA (Essex), PhD (London), FRAS

Mr N Hillier MSc (LSE), BA (Oxon)*


Mrs M Aycicek BA (Buenos Aires)

Miss L Banton BA (Canterbury)

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)]


Mrs M Giblin BA, HDipEd (Maynooth)

Mr C Kellaway MA (Cantab)

Mrs L Mapstone BA (California)

Miss S Pendlebery BA (Lancaster)

Mr A Ross BA (Lancaster), AIDTA(B)*


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 & Operations, Woldingham School, Marden Park, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7YA or by email to:

Mr James Wright - Vice Chair & Chair Of The Finance Committee


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 - Chair of the Governance and Compliance Committee


Member of the Estates Committee

Member of the Finance Committee

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 and Compliance 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 Ciara McNamara


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

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee

Member of the Governance and Compliance 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.

Judge Ifey Munonyedi


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

Member of the Education and Welfare Committee

Member of the Governance and Compliance Committee

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.

I live in Woldingham with my husband and 2 teenage children. My daughter is a student at this school.

I have been a school Governor for over 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.”

Mrs Sarah Norville


BA (St Mary’s, Twickenham), QTS, NPQH

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee

Member of the Governance and Compliance Committee

First appointed as a Governor in 2019

Sarah has spent her career in Catholic education. After graduating from St Mary’s, Twickenham she worked as a class teacher in London. She spent 11 years as Head Teacher at St Mary’s Primary School in Wimbledon. In April 2018 she became Headmistress at Rydes Hill Preparatory School and Nursery in Guildford, a successful, non-selective prep school for girls aged 3-11 and boys aged 3-7.

On her appointment as a Governor, Sarah Norville said: “As someone who has a great deal of experience of Governance from the point of view of a Headmistress, I am interested to see things from the opposite side of the table. I look forward to being able to offer my support, skills and experience to what is clearly a thriving and successful school.”

Sarah enjoys cooking, the theatre and family holidays. She is also a season ticket holder at Fulham Football Club.

Mr Martin Redman - Chair Of The Estates Committee


Member of the Finance Committee

Member of the Governance and Compliance 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 Estates Committee

Member of the Finance Committee

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.

Mr Tim Woffenden - Chair Of The Education & Welfare Committee


MA (Oxon)

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 Deputy Head Academic. He lives locally and now works for the International Baccalaureate, for whom he sets examination papers, leads teams of examiners, and marks papers. He also examines for Cambridge International Examinations and OCR.

Co-opted Members


Mrs Alex Hutchinson - Headmistress

Mrs Julia Wood – Director of Finance & Operations / Clerk to the Governors