Governors

“Pupils exhibit substantial moral sensibilities. …. This is because leaders, governors and staff have successfully embedded the school’s values and a strong ethos of high expectations.”

ISI Educational Quality Inspection - June 2019

Greg Caplan (Chair of Governors, Finance & IT)

Greg Caplan joined as a Governor in September 2014. He spent over 20 years in the media industry, most notably as a co-founder and CEO of Clear (a visual effects company) and Final Cut (an editing company). During that time, Greg oversaw the expansion of the two businesses from a start up to having a combined turnover of £22m, employing 80 people in offices in London and latterly New York. More recently Greg set up a Managed Service Provider, Dovetail IT Support Ltd, supplying IT services and consultancy to a mix of Advertising Agencies & media based businesses. His daughter was a pupil at the Old Vicarage School before moving on to St Paul’s Girls’ School.

To contact the Chair of Governors, please write to:

Mr G Caplan, c/o Old Vicarage School, 48 Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6QX

Claire Nightingale (Deputy Chair, Safeguarding, Legal)

Claire Nightingale became a Governor in May 2014. She read Modern History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford before qualifying as a solicitor in 1993. Whilst at Oxford, she was awarded two half blues by Oxford University Boat Club.  Claire currently works in the insurance industry as a Claims Advocate. Her daughter spent three years at the Old Vicarage School before being awarded an academic scholarship to the Lady Eleanor Holles School.

Mekhla Barua (Education)

Mekhla Barua joined as a Governor in 2015. Mekhla has previously lived in India and Dubai before finally moving to London to complete her education. She graduated from Warwick University with a Psychology and Philosophy (BSc Hons) degree. Having completed 12 years of teaching and managing pastoral care at St Paul’s Girls’ School, she has decided to expand her experience to working with boys and girls. She is currently lead teacher in Mathematics and Senior Pastoral lead at Fulham School.  She lives in Hammersmith with her husband and six very beloved pets.

Sarah Brown (Health & Safety, Human Resources, Legal)

Sarah joined the Board in 2017. She is a qualified solicitor with over 18 years experience in Employment Law. She worked in a law firm for many years before joining BP as an in-house employment lawyer. Sarah recently moved into BP’s HR department and now manages a team dealing with executive pay and benefits. Sarah’s daughter was a pupil at the Old Vicarage School and is now at Surbiton High.

Guy Cowley (Finance , Education, IT)

Guy Cowley became a Governor in 2016. After an international career with Shell in the chemicals industry he worked as an organisation and project consultant before becoming Director of Corporate Services at Mary Hare, a boarding school for children who are deaf. After retiring he volunteered with his wife at a school in Tanzania for a year, then took an MA in Online Education. He is a Trustee of Trusts for African Schools. In the UK his two children attended King’s House, Epsom College, Putney High School and Queen Anne’s, Caversham.

Christian Heidl (Finance)

Christian joined the Board of Governors in 2017 and chairs the Finance Committee since 2018. He has worked in private equity and private debt for over 20 years, latterly as the co-founder and investment committee member of a middle-market private debt fund. He has served on numerous Boards of private companies in the UK and Germany. Christian has been a business mentor to The Prince’s Trust for over 15 years. He has twin daughters at the Old Vicarage School and, as a German native brings alongside his finance and governance experience an international dimension to the Board. As a current parent, Christian is the designated “Parent Governor”.

Bryony Henderson (Health & Safety, Medical, Early Years)

Bryony Henderson became a Governor in 2018. She gained her intercalated medical degree from Imperial College London and, following postgraduate training in Windsor, became a GP partner in Berkshire until 2015. She sub-specialises in women’s health and now practises part-time in Barnes. Her eldest daughter is a current pupil at the Old Vicarage School.

Suzie Longstaff (Education)

Suzie is the current Headmistress of Putney High School and joined the Board in 2017 as one of the Education Governors. Apart from being the Head of one of our most popular destination schools, Suzie read Economics at Durham, gained her PGCE specialising in Maths at Cambridge and has an MA in Education from Bath. She was an Olympic cox for Team GB’s Women’s VIII at Atlanta 1996. She is the mother of twins who are pupils at Putney High.

Simon Waldman (Human Resources, Marketing, PR)

Simon Waldman became a Governor in 2016. He graduated from Oxford University and is a journalist by profession. He worked for BBC News for more than thirty years, editing most of the main TV news programmes and witnessing at first hand some of the defining events of recent decades. He now runs his own media consultancy business and teaches journalism at a number of universities. He has no daughters; his sons all went to schools in the area: Latymer, Ibstock Place and St Paul’s.

Sally Yeadon (Compliance, Marketing)

Sally Yeadon became a Governor in 2016. After graduating from Manchester University, Sally spent 17 years working in Marketing before taking a break to have her daughter. Now an internal auditor, Sally specialises in auditing schools and the educational sector. She has also been a local magistrate for several years. Sally’s daughter was a pupil at the Old Vicarage School before moving on to St. Catherine’s School in Twickenham.

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