Governors’ Biographies

Clare Alexander (Foundation Governor – St Marylebone PCC representative)

Clare is a Foundation Governor and a member of the Deanery Synod.  She is also a Foundation Governor of The St Marylebone CE Bridge School, the specialist school for pupils with speech, language and communication needs, which is affiliated to the main school.  She has a daughter in Year 10 in the mainstream school, and another in the 6th Form. Clare has worked in Education for more than 25 years and is currently working as Head of Learning Support and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in a London Secondary School.  Clare is also a specialist dyslexia teacher and is part of the Islington Dyslexia Network and is wholly committed to supporting all children to achieve their potential in education.

George Barber (Elected Parent Governor)

George is a well-established moving-image artist.  His works have been shown at many international festivals, competitions, galleries, been broadcast on television and awarded major prizes and grants.  In 2018, he had work at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Haroon Mirza curates the Arts Council Collection, Group Show entitled ‘We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun’.  In 2015, he had three solo shows: Young Projects Los Angeles, Waterside Contemporary, London, and Chapter Arts, Cardiff. He had a film showing at the London Film Festival in 2016, ‘Dude Down’ and ‘Akula Dream’ showed in last year’s festival as well as at Oberhausen in 2016.  He has had work shown at Kate Macgarry Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, Split Film Festival, Croatia, BFI Southbank, Royal Academy, Tate Britain, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.  He has also had retrospectives at the ICA, and Dundee Contemporary Arts. He has also worked in Higher Education for 17 years and currently is Research Degree Leader at the University for the Creative Arts where he has academic responsibility for the PhD section.  He is also Professor of Arts & Media.

Harriet Capon (Foundation Governor – LDBS representative)

Harriet is a governor at both The St Marylebone Bridge School and St Marylebone School where she currently has children in years 8 and 12.  She is the School Business Manager and Assistant Head of a Nursery School and PVI in Brent. Harriet is committed to ensuring that our children do not consider school as merely a vehicle for assessment but as a rich and diverse learning experience, which gives them the passion, skills and characteristics of effective learning to enable them to face their future. She believes that the interesting curriculum offered by St Marylebone which has creativity and well-being intrinsically intertwined should be supported, promoted and cherished for all current and future pupils.

Frances Endres (Foundation Governor – Deanery Synod Representative)

Frances is the General Manager for Gender Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust which encompasses the National children’s Gender Identity Development Service and the adult Gender Identity Clinic in London.  She service manages the adult clinic which is based in Hammersmith. Frances is a member of St. Marylebone Church, a member of the PPC, and the Electoral Roll Officer. Frances has 2 children and her daughter joins St. Marylebone School as a Year 7 student in September 2018. Her son attends St. Anthony’s in Hampstead.  She is firm believer in Christian education.

The Reverend Stephen Evans (Foundation Governor – The Rector)

Stephen has been a School Governor, Chair of Governors, Trustee and Appointing Trustee since 1986 in both the maintained and independent school sectors, across primary and secondary, church and non-church schools. In 2011, he became a Fellow of the Woodard Corporation, an extended ‘family’ of 46 independent, maintained, and Academy Schools to which The St Marylebone School and The St Marylebone Bridge School are affiliated. Stephen has been Rector of Marylebone since 2010. Prior to ordination, he served as a Seaman Officer in the Royal Navy, was an undergraduate at the University of Oxford and did postgraduate studies at the University of  Aberdeen. He has always maintained a strong interest in education and continuing professional development.

Kathryn Hardy (Elected Teaching Staff Governor)

After completing a degree in English Literature, Kathryn joined the Teach First programme and completed a PGCE at IOE.  Alongside teaching in London Kathryn completed a MA in Education at UCL. Kathryn joined St. Marylebone School four years ago as an English teacher and has since taken on the responsibilities of Lead PSHEE Co-ordinator and Head of Year 9.  She really enjoys being involved in the pastoral team and is interested in addressing important issues through the PSHEE programme at school.

Sarah Hume (Foundation Governor – LDBS representative)

Sarah is married with two grown up children and is a practising solicitor who has lived and worked in Marylebone for more than 25 years.  Her youngest child went through St Marylebone from Year 7 to Year 13 and during that period Sarah was a member of the PTA and, latterly, a governor.  She is currently Chair of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee. Her interest in the school started with the realisation of the contribution to school life that parents can and do make, combined with appreciation of what the school achieves.  She believes society and community has a vested interest in the well-being and education of all children and we should all be involved in that. Sarah is interested in embedding the school into the local community and making the most of the opportunities available locally.  She has a particular interest in careers and looking at the broader picture of what the school should offer the pupils in terms of choices and opportunities.

Richard Lake (Elected Teaching Staff Governor)

Richard read Music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford before embarking on a career teaching Music in London comprehensive schools.  Alongside teaching he completed an MA in Music Education at UCL.  Attracted by the School’s commitment to the arts, Richard joined St Marylebone as Director of Music in 2014.  As well as leading the School’s thriving Music department, he works through the Teaching School Alliance as a Specialist Leader in Education, providing subject support to a number of other schools.

Steven Larcombe (Foundation Governor – Members Representative)

Steven has been on the St Marylebone School Governing Body since October 2014.  He chairs the Finance & Premises Committee.  Steven spent his working career in the oil and gas industry working on exploration and development projects around the world, mainly in commercial negotiations and general management.  He is chairman of a start-up software company and treasurer of a small local charity.  He is also a governor of the St Marylebone Bridge School.

Eliza Low (Bishop’s Representative)

Eliza works as a music consultant, mostly producing scores for film and theatre, and as a composer and opera producer.  She previously worked as a print journalist. Eliza is a trustee of The Classical Road Show, which commissions and produces orchestral works for participatory concerts for primary schools and runs a ‘Front Row Project’ for Secondary Schools to encourage music appreciation and concert going.  She is the Kensington Deanery representative on the LDBS (London Diocesan Board for Schools) and has a keen interest in education and in the arts. She has had a daughter and a son at St Marylebone School. As a governor Eliza wants to ensure that the school continues to enrich its students’ lives, delivering the best possible offer and broad education.

Amy-Jo Lynch (Local Community Governor)

As a proud alumna of the School and Sixth Form, Amy-Jo is keen to give back in a meaningful way as part of the Governing Body.  Amy-Jo is Executive Assistant to Professor Sir John Tooke and responsible for the day-to-day operation of his boutique health consulting firm based in Westminster and, as Relationship Manager, she is also the central point of contact for all stakeholders, demonstrating her skills in building rapport, inspiring trust and networking.  Amy-Jo is a Chartered Psychologist and Qualified Social Worker with a professional background in health and social care, having worked across the public, voluntary and private sectors. She read Psychology at the University of Kent, obtaining a first-class degree, Masters and PhD. Outside of work, she is committed to community development, engaging in voluntary work in the UK and overseas including contributing to disaster relief in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  Amy-Jo currently serves as a Member of the Independent Advisory Group (B Division) for the British Transport Police.

Charlotte McCool (Elected Support Staff Governor)

Charlotte is HR Manager at St Marylebone and has worked at the School for 8 years.  Originally from Lancashire, she graduated from Lancaster University in 2010 with a Masters in English Literature and went on to complete CIPD HR qualifications in London.  She sits on the Staffing and Management Committee

Alla Murphy (Foundation Governor – Deanery Synod representative)

Alla attends St Marylebone Parish Church and is the PCC representative to the Deanery Synod and is a Governor of the school in that capacity.  She is the link Governor for Safeguarding and Pupil Premium. Alla has three children; her daughter has just left the school and her son is about to start in Year 12.  Alla was previously involved in the PSAs at her childrens’ primary schools and enjoyed fundraising and working with the school community. She works as a solicitor, a litigation lawyer, specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence.   

Sara Payne (Elected Parent Governor)

Sara Payne is a Parent Governor and has two daughters at the School, one in Year 8 and one in year 9.  Sara’s background is studying English at Christ Church Oxford University, then training and practising as an Intellectual Property solicitor at Bristows and in recent years undertaking an MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College, London.  She practises health regulation policy in centres in London and Cambridge. This includes sensitive medical issues such as acceptability of blood for Jehovah’s Witnesses, medical decision making for young teenage patients and impact of genetic tests on others in the family.  She and her family live in Bloomsbury and they attend the church St George’s Bloomsbury, where Sara is the secretary of the PCC. Sara has over 6 years’ experience as a Parent Governor at their former CE Primary School, St George the Martyr, WC1. As Governor there she helped the school get awarded OFSTED “Outstanding” for the first time and has gained experience in key family-issues (such as Pupil Premium funding, appointing staff and exploring catering for pupils with religious restrictions).  Sara has also had experience on other Boards and greatly enjoyed 13 years as Deputy Governor of Trustees, with former MP, Frank Dobson as Chair, at the local play-service, ‘Coram’s Fields’.

Kat Pugh (Headteacher)

Kat Pugh is the Headteacher of The St Marylebone CE School and Executive Headteacher of The St Marylebone CE Bridge School, our affiliated Special Free School.  Kat took up the role in January 2014 having led the School’s Aspiration and Challenge initiative, Assessment for Learning and the Business, Community and Careers programme. Previously, she was a Head of Year, Teacher of English and Drama.  Kat is a Cambridge English graduate with a state school background and a professional history in business, communications and the developing world. Read Kat’s welcome message here.

Emma Rea (Co-Opted Governor)

Emma was elected parent governor in 2014 when her daughter was in year 8 and on completion of her term was co-opted back onto the Governing Body. Her son also attended Marylebone Sixth form and is now at University studying Music.  Emma sits on two committees: Staffing & Management and Pupils & Curriculum, and was until recently the representative for Student Voice. She is Link Governor for e-safety, data protection and Freedom of Information. She has been a member of the Teachers’ Threshold Panel for three years and has sat on the sixth form appeals committee for two years also. Emma is a big fan of the breadth and richness of the Marylebone curriculum and has found her time as a governor incredibly stimulating and inspiring. In her day job, Emma runs her own marketing consultancy, having worked at a Marylebone innovation consultancy for seven years and in advertising and design before that.  In 2006 she led a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to train 100 Marylebone pupils and staff in creative thinking techniques. Some of those techniques are still used today even though all of the girls (and many of the staff!) have long since left. Previously, Emma was a parent governor at William Ellis in the borough of Camden, and Salusbury Primary in the borough of Brent.

Paola Subacchi (LA Governor)

Paola is an economist, writer and commentator on the functioning and governance of the international and monetary system.  She is a senior fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, and a director of a number of public companies.  Her latest book, The People’s Money: How China is building a global currency, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. An Italian national, she studied at Universitá Bocconi in Milan and at the University of Oxford.

Jo Sumpter – (Foundation Governor – Trustees’ Representative)

Jo spent many years working as a Location Manager for the BBC’s Drama Department, and is now a Churchwarden at St Marylebone Parish Church.  She has three grown-up children; her two daughters both attended St Marylebone CE School, and the youngest is currently studying Anthropology at Bristol University.  She is Chair of the Staffing & Management Committee.

Clare Thomson (Elected Parent Representative)

Having completed a four-year term as a Foundation Governor at John Keble primary school, Harlesden, Clare was delighted to join St Marylebone as a parent governor in 2015. Her two daughters have greatly enjoyed the School. As a parent, Clare appreciates the inclusive nature of St Marylebone, the focus on quality of teaching, and the fact that the school is a supportive teaching and learning environment for both staff and students.  Clare is a qualified primary school teacher (PGCE, Institute of Education) and published author, and previously worked as a journalist in Paris and Brussels, as well as in London. She now specialises in piano teaching and is dedicated to giving piano students of all ages and all walks of life an opportunity to take part in concerts at our local Anglican church, All Souls Harlesden. Clare graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English (1986) and has an MA in Advanced Educational Practice, specialising in musical performance (Institute of Education, University College London, 2015).  Her hobbies include trying to play the organ. Never too late to learn!

Alistair Watson (Foundation Governor – LDBS representative)

State educated, Alistair trained as a teacher after graduation but feeling he lacked a sense of vocation the profession demanded took a different direction, first in government service, mainly with the Royal Navy and then in the legal industry as partnership secretary in a leading City law firm.  On retirement at the end of 2017, he wanted to try to repay in some way what he owed for the opportunities provided to him through education. He is also a member of an Academy Trust with schools in Poplar and Ipswich as well as a Trustee of the Royal British Legion Industries and a Pilotlighter.