Mr Ian Elliott – Chair of Board of Governors

As a past Headmaster at Edge Grove (2011-12), Ian combines in-depth knowledge of Edge Grove as well as local junior and senior schools with many years’ experience as a Headmaster and also with considerable experience of school governance.  An English graduate of Manchester University with a PGCE from Leeds, Ian taught in the independent sector at Silcoates School, Trent College and Rossall School between 1968 and 2006 when he retired after 16 years as Headmaster at Orley Farm in Harrow. Over the period 1993 – 2013, Ian was variously Chairman of IAPS 1(N) and a school governor for 3 years at Gatehouse Prep School in Bethnal Green and also for 18 years at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. After “retiring” as a Headmaster, Ian held 3 interim Headmaster roles – twice at Foremarke Hall (the prep school of Repton) in 2007 and again in 2010 and then finally here at Edge Grove in 2011/12. Since his final retirement from Edge Grove, Ian has been both a frequent visitor to and a strong supporter of the School. Married to Clare since 1968, they have 2 grown-up children and 5 grandchildren. Together they occupy themselves in the fields of music  (choirs and saxophones), the arts generally and tennis.

Mr Paul Kendall – Deputy Chair of Governors, Health & Safety Governor and Chair of Staff Personnel Committee

Paul has been a Governor since 2010. He is Managing Director of Coupers, a Hyundai and Seat dealer that has been operating in St Albans since 1933. Paul is an Edge Grove Old Boy (1970 to 1976) and has two daughters Emma and Sophie who attended Edge Grove from 2000 to 2009 before moving on to Princess Helena College in Hitchin. He is married to Gerdien and lives in St Albans. He plays and coaches Eton Fives at Aldenham but loves all kinds of sport, especially cricket at Lords.

Mr Howard Clayden – Chair of Finance Committee

Howard has been the Chief Financial Officer for the EMEA region for global PR agency Burson-Marsteller (part of WPP group) since 2009. He previously worked for Remy Martin and KPMG and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of commercial experience. Howard is a past parent at Edge Grove with two children who moved on to Oundle School in 2016 and 2017 respectively. His main hobbies include virtually all forms of sport and horse racing and he is a lifelong West Ham fan!

Mr David Williams – Finance Committee

David spent two years as a pupil at Edge Grove, prior to completing his education at Glasgow Academy and Nottingham University. David is an experienced bursar who spent 8 years at Charterhouse, and is now a Consultant Bursar, and founder of BursarSearch.  He is a chartered accountant. His aptitude is underpinned by his background working in the computer and construction industries as a Finance Director, and Managing Director. His career took him on a number of international assignments, including living in Ireland and Finland, and visiting the Far East and USA regularly. However Heathrow airport lost its attraction every Monday morning and becoming a bursar sounded interesting. Expecting the role to be a gentle pre-retirement job he was disabused of that within a week. Since 2015/16 he has been engaged at 16 schools providing recruitment, interim and strategic advice. He sees the critical importance of schools being commercial as well as providing an excellent education. David is also a member of the Council of Royal Holloway College.

Mr Bill Tweddle – Finance Committee

Bill retired from the City in 2016 having worked in the City for 36 years as a shipbroker (in London and Tokyo), investment banker (in London and Hong Kong) and more latterly as a Client Director at Schroders.  Aside from managing his investments he is still active in various trustee/charity work and currently is a pension fund trustee (since 2010) as well as Chairman of a charity raising funds for Church restoration at Sandringham, Norfolk. He particularly enjoys being a Governor at Edge Grove as a way to give back to the school that gave him such a fantastic all round education between 1966 and 1972.  He is married with two grown up children and one granddaughter. He is a keen sportsman particularly in golf and skiing.

Mr Daniel Emkes – Finance Committee

Daniel was brought up mainly in Surrey, but with 6 years in Calcutta when his father set up a tea company branch there.  He was educated at Whitgift and read Economics at Collingwood College, Durham before qualifying as a Associate Chartered Accountant with Spicer & Pegler.  He joined his father’s tea broking business in the City and travelled widely in East Africa and Asia before taking over his father’s tea business when he retired.  After nearly 20 years in the tea industry he closed the business due to market changes and worked as a consultant before joining Harrow School in 2009 as Finance Bursar and then Director of Finance and Systems.

Outside of work Daniel is kept busy by his four grown up children and two grandchildren.   Daniel is also a keen sportsman and played most sports at school, including 1st XV rugby, represented Durham at water polo, swimming and hockey and numerous sports at college level, including squash and cricket.  He played National League water polo for 20 years and currently plays squash.  He is also part of the Bedford parkrun core team and has run over 200 parkruns.

Dr Lucy Johnson – Chair of Education Committee, Upper School Governor

Lucy has been working as a Teacher of Chemistry at Haileybury for the last 12 years following completion of her PhD in Physical Chemistry. She graduated from York University with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry in 2002 and subsequently worked with Warwick University in combination with Unilever on her doctoral research into nanoscale limescale growth and dissolution, contributing to the formulation and development of Domestos bleach products. During her time at Haileybury, Lucy has held the position of Head of PHSE and spent 7 years as a boarding Housemistress, with overall care and responsibility for 60 girls. She is currently Head of Wellbeing and has particular interest in teenage mental health awareness and safeguarding. She is also an examiner for CIE International A Level. Lucy is married to Dale (another Chemistry teacher at Haileybury) and they enjoy holidays in Woodbridge, Suffolk, with their dog Bruce.

Ms Amanda Godfrey – Education Committee, Pre Prep and EYFS Governor

Amanda joined the governors in January 2015, she has 19 years of experience as a headteacher and is now Executive Headteacher of Spiral Academies Trust. She began her teaching career in London before moving to Hertfordshire in 1996, since then she has led and improved three primary schools. As a National Leader of Education (NLE) she has a deep understanding of schools as complex organisations and works with a variety of schools in Hertfordshire to provide support, training and leadership advice. Amanda has chaired the St Albans consortium of headteachers for over ten years and is an executive member of the Hertfordshire Primary Heads Forum. She has led a number of county school improvement initiatives and works closely with Hertfordshire local authority. Amanda is also a director of Herts for Learning, an innovative school improvement company, and chair of the Remuneration Committee. She has a son studying biomedical science and a daughter studying A levels.

Mr Zahid Khawaja – Finance Committee

Zahid was previously a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at Edge Grove between 2007 and 2014 before moving overseas; he has re-joined with effect from September 2021. With an extensive commercial portfolio, Zahid has served as an executive and non-executive director on company boards and on senior management committees since 1994. He is highly skilled in risk management, corporate governance, business transformation, change management, finance, legal and compliance matters. In non-executive roles, Zahid provides independent challenge, constructive scrutiny and validation of management decision-making and builds positive relationships with key stakeholders. He is a long term resident of Radlett and a past parent at the School.

Mrs Samantha O’Sullivan – Education Committee, Lower Prep Governor and Safeguarding Governor

Samantha is a parent of two children who attended Edge Grove between 2007 and 2017. In that time she was on the first FOEG committee and also on the 75th anniversary ball committee. Before having children, she worked for Marks & Spencer as a store manager and in the marketing department at their Head Office. She later retrained as a teacher, obtaining her PGCE in 2012. She then worked in the state education sector most recently as a Year 3 teacher at Fair Field Junior School in Radlett.  Samantha has also gained a Masters degree in Education and Learning, allowing her a greater insight into the practices of great teachers.  She is presently studying for a doctorate in education at the Institute of Education, UCL. She has the benefit of being a former parent with a good understanding of the pupil experience at Edge Grove combined with the professional understanding of a teacher. She lives in the shadow of the school, and while studying, she can hear the children at break time from her kitchen, making Edge Grove a very big part of her life.

Mr Ian Sheldon – Education Committee

Ian is currently the Senior Deputy Head of Queenswood School and was elected to the Governing Body in 2019. A physical chemist, he was educated at Bedford and Oxford, where he worked on simulating the electron transfer reactions taking place in photosynthetic bacteria in his Masters year. He moved to Cambridge to train as a teacher and since obtaining his PGCE, has taught at Haileybury, Bedford School and now Queenswood. He has now returned part-time to the Faculty of Education at Cambridge and is studying educational assessment with the intention of completing an MEd in due course. Through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ian developed a passion for hill walking and wild country which continues to this day.

Mr Andrew Robson – Chair of the Estates Committee

Andrew has been a Governor since 2012. He is a former pupil of Edge Grove, Haileybury and the Royal Agricultural College. He is presently Senior Partner of Sidleys Chartered Surveyors of Oxford and is personally responsible for managing a variety of clients’ property interests in agriculture, residential, commercial, retail and education. His firm particularly specialises in the modernisation and alteration of listed educational buildings. Andrew is married with two sons who have now flown the nest. He is a keen tennis player and was a keen cricketer but appears to have been retired by his local selectors meaning that he now spends more time on the golf course at Leighton Buzzard. He is a lifelong Arsenal fan and enjoys long walks in the country with his wife and their spaniel.

Mr Charles Lilley – Estates Committee

Charles joined the governing body in 2013. He is a solicitor most recently working as Head of Legal at Sopra Steria UK, the IT and Business Process outsourcing service provider and previously in the chemical industry at Courtaulds. He is married to Maarit and lives in Chiswick. They have a daughter who attended The Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton and Leeds University and a son who attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith and Edinburgh University. Charles is an Edge Grove Old Boy (1970-1976) who went to Haileybury and then read Law at Newcastle University. He has a particular enthusiasm for sport, playing all sports through school, rugby through University and for a few years beyond and golf and tennis in more recent years. He is a keen spectator whenever he has the opportunity. He also has a keen interest in music and the arts.

Mr Jeremy Stevens – Estates Committee

Jeremy has been a Governor since 2014. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 35 years experience of the property industry. He is joint owner and Managing Director of Warrant Investments Plc a property investment company based in Watford specialising in the commercial, residential and leisure property sectors. As a property owner, Jeremy has a client’s perspective of property and legal issues and will be able to provide guidance with regard to Estate and New School developments. Born in Enfield and having lived most of his life in North London, in 2007 the family moved to Chalfont St Giles. He is married to Lesley, an Interior Designer and has twin sons William and Christian who both attended Edge Grove. William was Head Boy in 2014. Jeremy is a keen supporter of England and West Ham United and enjoys all sports, particularly cricket, football and skiing. He is a member of Radlett Cricket Club and a qualified Level 1 Umpire. Further interests include collecting antiques, British black and white films and walking the family dog.

Mrs Gillian Dippenaar – Clerk to the Governors