Who's who

Chair of Governors

Richard Thompson

Chair of Governors

BSC (Hons) MBA



Mrs J Whittingham

Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

B.Ed Cert., Prof.Prac.SpLD

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs G Mitchell

Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs H Wynn

Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors

BA (Hons) ACMA

Mr M Parton

Head of Outreach and Extra-Curricular, Director of Performing Arts, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Year 5 Form Tutor

MA, BA (Hons), PGCE

Mrs J Ranger

Head of EYFS and Year 1 Form Teacher

BA (Hons)

Middle Leaders

Mrs L Brown

Head of Mathematics and Year 6 Tutor
Head of Assessment

BA (Hons) PGCE

Academic Teaching Staff

Mrs L Beach

Head of English and Year 6 Form Tutor

BA (Hons) PGCE

Mrs L Beattie

Reception Class Teacher


Miss J Brooker

Head of Art

BA (Hons) PGCE

Mrs J Burden

Year 1 Form Teacher

BEd (Hons)

Mrs H Byrd

Reception Form Teacher (Maternity Leave)


Mrs R Clemons

Head of Languages and Year 4 Form Teacher

BA, Dip LT

Mrs N Cooper

Head of Geography and History

BA (Hons) PGCE

Mrs R Davidge

Year 3 Form Tutor

BA (Hons) PGCE

Mr J Don-Carolis

Director of Sport

BA (Hons) QTS

Mrs S Eshelby

Year 2 Form Teacher

BA (Hons) PGCE

Mrs S Graham-Scott

Year 1 Form Tutor

BA (Hons) QTS

Miss P Hall

Head of Philosophy, Head of Religious Studies, Year 3 Form Tutor and PE Teacher

BEd (Hons) MA

Mrs H Havermans

Year 2 Form Teacher

BA (Hons) QTS

Mrs D Heatley

Class Teacher

BA (Hons) QTS

Miss K Higgins

Head of Swimming


Mrs A Hogg

Learning Support and Dyslexia Specialist

BA (Hons), Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia

Ms C Huckle

LAMDA Teacher

BA (Hons)

Mrs H Longbottom

Head of Science and Year 3 Form Tutor

BSc (Hons) PGCE

Mrs M Lovesey

Deputy Director of Sport

BA (Hons) QTS

Mrs S Mattingly

Prep and Sport Teacher

BA (Hons), Higher Diploma in Education

Mrs L Mathieson


BSc (Hons) and PGCE

Ms L Moore

Year 4-6 Teacher

BSc Hons, PGCE, M.Ed

Mrs S Page

Forest School and Outside Learning Teacher

BSc (Hons) PGCE Forest School Leader Level 2

Mrs S Partridge

Year 3 Form Tutor

BSc PGCE (Hons)

Mrs E Purcell

Head of Music and Year 4 Form Teacher

BSc (Hons) PGCE

Mrs C Sherwood

Reception Class Teacher (Maternity Cover)

BSc (Hons) PGCE

Mr J South

Head of Digital Learning and STEAM.  Digital Leader Co-ordinator.

BA (Hons), MA (Education) PGCE

Mrs G Tomson

Reception and LAMDA Teacher


Mrs G Wilhelm

EYFS Teacher

BEd (Hons)

Mrs L Wood

Music Teacher

BA Hons Mus. Ed. ARCM

Nursery Department Staff

Miss L Amies

Nursery Room Leader (Maternity Cover)

CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education

Miss J Cannon

Kindergarten Room Leader

CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education

Mrs M Emery

Nursery Room Leader (Maternity Leave)

FdA in Art in Education and Level 3 Teaching Assistant Diploma

Mrs M Wheatley-Hall

Nursery Room Leader

CACHE Level 3

Mrs M Yordanova

Kindergarten Room Leader

CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education, MA Entrepreneurship and Management

Teaching Assistants

Mrs F Britt

Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs A Cowley

Teaching Assistant


Mrs K Doggett

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs G Du Pont

Lunchtime Supervisor

Miss P Eckart

Learning Support Assistant

Ms L Harris

Learning Support Assistant and ELSA

Cache Level 3

Mrs E Hill

Learning Support Assistant

NVQ Level 3, HLTA

Mrs J Hughes

Teaching Assistant

MA (Hons) TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Mrs D Hussey

Lunchtime Supervisor

Mr T Johnson

Sports Practitioner

Miss L Keen

Teaching Assistant

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Mrs E Lawson

Learning Support Assistant

Ms N Linskey

Teaching Assistant

NVQ Level 3

Ms C Lloyd

School Librarian

BA (Hons)

Mrs E May

Learning Support Assistant

CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education

Mrs E Michelmore

Teaching Assistant

Cache Level 3

Miss L Mitchison

Learning Support Assistant

BA (Hons)

Mrs V South

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs L Streatfeild

Teaching Assistant


Miss D Sysman

Teaching Assistant

Miss F Thomson

Teaching Assistant


Ms S Vine

Art Assistant

BA (Hons)

Nursery Practitioners

Mrs E Grant

EYFS Practitioner

Childcare Diploma Level 3

Miss A Husband

EYFS Practitioner

Miss L Robins

Deputy EYFS Manager, EYFS SENCO, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and ELSA


Miss I Walshe

EYFS Practitioner

BA (Hons), Childcare Diploma Level 3


Mr D Aristidov

Site Manager

Mr C E-Moss

Minibus Driver and Site Assistant

Mrs A Churaman

Admissions Manager

Mrs E Lemon

Finance Manager

BSc (Hons), MSc

Mrs K Kinder

Marketing Manager


Mrs B McHardy

Office Administrator

BMus (Hons) PGDip (TCM)

Ms J Nichols

Administration Assistant and Wardrobe Mistress 

Mr M Strickland

ICT Manager

BA (Hons)

Miss J Trew

Office Manager and Lead First Aider

Mrs S Wharf

PA to Headteacher

BSc (Hons)

Mrs N Wilkinson

Accounts Assistant

Visiting Specialists

Mr D Hitchen

GRSM, ARMCM (Singing) and ARMCM (Piano)


Miss B Tempest


Mr A McBride



Mr J A Tuck



Mr R Wilson


Brass, Piano, Strings, Woodwind

Board of Governors

Mr Richard Thompson

Chair of Governors

BSc (Hons) MBA

Mr Thompson’s career was in information technology and business management working in various sectors. Immediately before retiring he was IT director for MSAS, a global logistics business, now incorporated into DHL.
Since retiring, his passion for education has led him to become actively involved with his local school in Shackleford, St Mary’s Infant School, where he has been a governor for the past seven years and is currently Chairman.
Mr Thompson has a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Ms A Forth

MA, BA Hons

Alison has a masters degree from King’s College London & the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has followed a career in communications and public relations for more than twenty years. Her two daughters attended St Hilary’s School and both flourished during their years there. Her interests include performing arts, history and language.

Dr C McShane

MA (Oxon), MPhil (Cantab), PhD

Claire is Headmistress at St Teresa’s School, Effingham. She is also a teacher of Latin, Ancient Greek and Classical Civilisation, and is the Head of the Classics Department. She is also involved in boarding duties, and lives onsite.
Claire read Medieval Literature at University College, Oxford and took an M.Phil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge, before completing her PhD at Edinburgh University. In her spare time she enjoys literature, quizzing, opera and the theatre.

Mrs L Oliver

LLB Hons, PGDip

Laura read law at The University of Bristol and completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford before training and qualifying as a solicitor.  She has spent her career in the City and is now a partner in the Real Estate team at a global law firm with additional responsibility for Knowledge and Early Careers.  Laura has two children, both of whom attended St Hilary’s and are now at senior school.  She is an avid podcast enthusiast (news and politics in particular) and runs in order to get uninterrupted listening time.

Dr M Patel

BDS (Lond), PG Dip Endodontic Practice (UCL Eastman)

Mina qualified as a dentist from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Dental School in 1999 with Honours. In 2016 she completed a Diploma in Endodontic Practice at the Eastman Dental Institute, UCL London.

She works as general dental practitioner within Surrey. She lives locally and has a daughter that attended St. Hilary’s School. She enjoys the outdoors, travelling, yoga and painting both abstract and landscape.

Dr Patel is the governor responsible for Wellbeing and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Mrs V Powell


Mrs Powell is a retired music teacher, teaching general music for seven years in maintained schools and then for 33 years taught piano at Lanesborough School, Guildford. She is now involved with music societies in the locality and extremely keen on the performing arts, travel and sport. Her two daughters attended St Hilary's School.

Mrs Powell is the governor responsible for the Early Years (EYFS).

Professor N Rickman

BSc (Hons), PhD Economics

Neil is a Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey.  He and his wife (Arabella) have lived in Guildford for nearly 20 years, and both their daughters attended Guildford schools before starting at university this Autumn.  Neil enjoys hiking, sailing and making use of his Leeds United season ticket whenever possible.  

Professor Rickman attends the Finance Committee.

Mrs S Sims

BEd (Hons) (Cantab)

Mrs Sims trained at Homerton College, Cambridge, securing a certificate in education in 1976 and a bachelor in education degree from Newnham College. She has recently retired as Head of Art at a girls' prep school in Surrey. Mrs Sims has two daughters, enjoys pilates, arts and crafts, visits to antique fairs in search of pieces to renovate, walking and cycling.

Mrs Sims is the governor responsible for Staff Liaison.

Mr A West

LLB Hons, MA

Adrian studied Law and French Law at Exeter University and then obtained a Masters in European Law from Rennes University. He qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and is the head of the Corporate M&A and ECM team at Travers Smith. He lives locally and his three daughters attended St. Hilary's school. Adrian enjoys cycling, sailing, walking his dog and supporting Southampton Football club.

Mrs L Wilkins


Louisa read Geography at St Andrews.  She now teaches Geography at Charterhouse and is senior tutor, overseeing the academic performance of all pupils in the school as well as the delivery of tutoring by colleagues.  She has also coached hockey, netball and tennis to both male to all age groups at the school.  Her interests include travel, sport and reading. 

Mrs Wilkins is the governor responsible for Safeguarding.

Governor Committees


Professor N Rickman (Chairman)

Mr Richard Thompson


Business Manager

Nominations and Governance

TBC (Chairman)

Mr Richard Thompson

Mrs Veronica Powell


Business Manager



Mrs Sue Sims (Chairman)

Mrs Veronica Powell


Deputy Head

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