STAHS is fortunate to have a very active governing body, who are referred to collectively as the Council. Our Governors are selected for their individual experience and skills. Together they offer a unique and unparalleled fund of knowledge and expertise that the School is able to draw on to ensure it maintains its outstanding performance. Our Governors attend many school events throughout the academic year.
The Chair of Governors, Mrs Greatrex, may be contacted by writing to her confidentially c/o The Clerk to the Governors, St Albans High School for Girls, Townsend Avenue, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3SJ.
Enquiries about or for the Governors may be sent by email to GovernorAdmin@STAHS.org.uk.
Mrs Heather Greatrex
BA MSc (Hons) ACA, Chair of Council, Chair of Remuneration Sub-Committee
Heather is a Chartered Accountant by background, having spent seven years in Audit at Deloitte. She subsequently spent 17 years as a headhunter, working for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Capita. In 2009 she joined Executive Action, a company specialising in senior level coaching and career transition/outplacement, across the private, public and not-for-profit sector and has been a Director of the business since 2012. She has recently joined Gatenby Sanderson, as a Partner in their Not for Profit team, working across Executive Search, Coaching and Career Transition. Heather has a Masters degree in Executive Coaching from Ashridge Business School and is an Ashridge Accredited Coach. She also has a degree in Geography from Exeter University.
Heather became a Governor in 2008, Vice-Chair in 2015 and Chair of Council in December 2017. She chairs the Remuneration Committee and sits on the Strategy, Finance and Governance Committees. She is an Old Girl of STAHS, a past parent and was Chair of the STAHS Old Girls’ Association for six years.
Mr Paul Brewster
Chair of the High School Association
Paul was educated at Aldenham School and, in his 38 years as a surveyor, has dealt mainly with offices in Central London. He was head of department at both Lambert Smith Hampton and then GVA. In 2004 he formed his own surveying practice in the West End advising major corporate companies and landlords on strategy towards the acquisition/disposal of offices, and their professional work. He is now a consultant.
He has a great attachment to the City of St Albans, having lived in the district since 1980. He’s married to Cllr Annie Brewster and is a trustee of both the local Citizens Advice as well as the 948 Sports Foundation. Paul sits on the Estates Committee and is Chair of the HSA.
Dr Maria Carradice
BSc MA PhD (Cantab)
Maria is a qualified accountant, tax and treasury adviser, has a first-class honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey, an MA in Modern Languages from the Open University, a PhD in Nanotechnology from Cambridge University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Maria is also a member of the British Venture Capital Association’s Tax and Environmental, Social and Governance Committees.
As a portfolio director at Mayfair Equity partners, a leading private equity firm, Maria works alongside companies to identify, quantify and unlock business process improvement activities. Maria’s expertise as both a former practitioner and a former consultant allows her to focus on opportunities to drive incremental value in areas such as tax and finance, with the aim of supporting companies to deliver their plans faster or with less risk. Prior to her current role, Maria worked for both Deloitte and Arthur Andersen in their private equity and international M&A groups.
Maria is an avid reader and advocate for lifelong learning and currently has a daughter in the Prep School. Maria sits on the Finance Committee.
Mr David Cotter
David is currently Senior Vice President of Finance at Experian with responsibility for the global offshore centres of excellence. Over an 18-year period at Experian, David has been the Finance Director of the EMEA/AP region, Finance Director of the Decision Analytics business and had finance responsibility for Strategic Initiatives in the organisation.
Prior to Experian, he performed various finance roles with EY and Steria. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
David has a busy family life with three children. He is an avid rugby supporter and keen golfer and enjoys regular trips to his native Ireland. David sits on the Finance Committee.
Ms Ellie de Galleani
Ellie attended the Senior School between 1990 and 1997. After completing a History degree at the University of Bristol, she went on to qualify as a solicitor specialising in Commercial Real Estate. She worked at Macfarlanes LLP for nine years and is currently taking a career break to look after her three young daughters.
Ellie is Treasurer of the Old Girls’ Association. She became a Governor in 2014 and is a member of the Estates Committee.
Mr Neil Enright
MA (Oxon) MBA NPQH FRSA, Chair of Education Committee
Neil is the Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, which has consistently been named in the national press in recent years as the country’s top state school for A Level results. He was appointed the 40th Headmaster of this selective boys’ school in September 2011.
After reading Geography at St John’s College, Oxford and a PGCE at London’s Institute of Education, Neil started teaching in 2000 in a mixed comprehensive in the London Borough of Brent. He moved to Queen Elizabeth’s in 2002. Before his appointment as Headmaster, he has been Head of Geography, Head of Year, Assistant Head and Deputy Head. Neil was awarded his National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2007 and an MBA in 2010.
He is Chairman of Governors at Northgate School, a Pupil Referral Unit for young people with severe mental health conditions, and his other current voluntary roles include being a governor of Longfield Primary School in Harrow and of his alma mater, The John Lyon School.
Mr Tim Gardam
MA (Cantab) FRTS FRIBS (Hons)
Tim is currently Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation and Chair of the Which? Council (The Consumers’ Association).
Prior to joining the Nuffield Foundation in 2016, Tim was Principal of St Anne’s College, Oxford for 12 years. He established the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and chaired its Steering Committee. Previously, he spent 25 years in senior broadcasting roles, starting at the BBC where he was editor of Panorama and Newsnight, and later becoming Head of Current Affairs. He was Director of Television and Director of Programmes at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015 Tim was a member of the Ofcom Board and was Chair of the Ofcom Content Board. Tim was also the author of the Department for Culture Media and Sport Review of BBC Digital Radio Services in 2004, and a member of Lord Burns’ Advisory Panel on the BBC Charter Review.
Mrs Nishma Gosrani
Nishma Gosrani OBE is a Financial Services Partner at Bain & Company in London. Her work focuses on human capital transformation, as well as the future of work and culture.
Nishma has nearly two decades of Big 4 Financial Services Consulting experience across geographies, throughout which she has architected and deployed strategic people initiatives. Her breadth of expertise spans all facets of human capital, workforce strategy, re-organisation design, cost restructuring, and talent management.
Her work lies at the intersection of front and middle office, as well as corporate and enabling functions, with a comprehensive understanding of the impact of regulatory reform. For several years, she led the Financial Services Culture, People Change, and Organisation Design practice for another top firm.
She was invested with an OBE in Her Majesty’s 2020 Honours List for services to diversity and inclusion, pioneering gender pay gap reporting, and the subsequent changes to the Equality Act. She has been honoured with numerous other awards, including “Asian Professional of the Year” at the Asian Achievers Awards, and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Nishma sits on the Strategy and Education Committees.
Mrs Carol Jewell
MA (Hons) NPQH
Carol is recently retired as Head of Old Palace of John Whitgift School, Croydon where she held several leadership roles over a period of twenty-two years.
After reading music at St Andrews University and completing a PGCE at Trinity College Cambridge, Carol started teaching in 1982 in a mixed comprehensive in Banbury. She moved to Llandrindod Wells, Powys in 1984 and then to Edinburgh in 1986 where she taught music at St George’s School for Girls for eight years. Before becoming Head at Old Palace, she was Director of Music, Senior Teacher and Deputy Head. She was Head from 2011 to 2019.
After studying at the National College for School Leadership she achieved her National Professional Qualification for Headship and a further award for School Business Management.
Currently she is an advisor to Mindful Healthcare, an organisation supporting young people with mental health conditions. Other current voluntary roles include singing with Croydon Minster Choir where she is one of the Lay Clerks.
Carol sits on the Education Committee.
Mr Matt Keen
MA (Oxon) MBA
Matt became a Governor in April 2017. He was named as the SEND Governor in November 2018, has responsibility for Governor training and serves on the Governance Committee.
He is the Managing Director of Leadership58, a management consultancy specialising in building agile leadership cultures, executive/team coaching and generational diversity. His career has spanned IT, consulting, banking, HR and organisation design. He is the Co-Founder of the AgileHR Meetup, a Trustee and the Secretary of The Pioneer Club in St Albans, a youth charity and Britain’s oldest indoor skate park, and a Trustee of the St Joseph’s in the Park School Parent Fellowship Association. He also coaches the juniors at St Albans Hockey Club.
His daughter is at the Prep School and he has a son at St Joseph’s in the Park School, Hertingfordbury. Matt has an MA in Ancient and Modern History from The Queen’s College, Oxford, an MBA with Distinction from Cass Business School and is currently reading for an MSc in Executive Coaching at Ashridge.
Mr Simon Martin
MA (Oxon), Chair of Governance Committee
Simon is a lawyer by profession and was a partner in a City law firm, Macfarlanes, for over 20 years, including stints as head of the Corporate Department and Managing Partner. He was educated at St Albans School and read law at Oxford.
Simon is now busy in the charity sector. He is a trustee and Vice Chairman of ABF The Soldiers Charity, the Army’s national charity. Simon is also the Protector (a quasi trustee role) of two charitable trusts funded by the Big Lottery Fund: the Forces in Mind Trust, which awards grants and commissions research to enable more ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition into civilian life, and the Centre for Ageing Better, which works to address the challenges and recognise the opportunities resulting from more people living longer.
Simon has three daughters, all of whom were educated at the High School between 1998 and 2015. Simon has been a Governor since October 2016 and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
Mr Chris Murray
Having begun his professional life in financial services marketing, Chris has spent the majority of his career focused on sports sponsorship, primarily within motorsport. Since stepping away from his last role as Marketing Director of the Williams Formula One team, Chris has established his own consultancy advising brands and rights holders across the sports and entertainment sectors.
Chris has one daughter who attends the Prep school. He became a Governor in 2020 and serves on the Estates Committee.
Mr Daniel Roe
BSc (Hons) MRICS, Chair of Estates Committee
Daniel joined the Governing Body in September 2012 and sits on the Finance and General Purposes and Estates Committees. He is a chartered building surveyor and a director of a building surveying and project management practice operating primarily for funders, investors, developers and occupiers of commercial property. He lives close to St Albans with his young family.
Cricket is Dan’s primary focus during any spare time. He plays for the local village side during the summer months and is a playing member of the MCC. He also enjoys spoiling a good walk by playing golf.
Mr Robert Ward
Vice Chair of Council, Chair of Finance Committee
Robert was appointed a Governor in 2011. He is chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and also a member of the Salaries and Nominations Committees.
Robert worked in the accountancy profession for several large accountancy practices, principally KPMG. For a number of years he specialised in restructuring work.
He has previously been a governor of a local primary school. Following his retirement he has undertaken various charitable activities. Currently these activities include being a volunteer adviser for Citizens Advice, treasurer of a local Church and a village Scout Group and various roles within Rotary.
Ms Alison Arnold
UMIST University, Manchester BSc (Hons) 2:1 degree Management Sciences 1989
London Business School Executive Development Programme 2002
Alison has enjoyed a successful career in marketing, working on leading consumer brands at large multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo based in the UK and internationally. She took the opportunity to change path in 2012 and joined an international education group in Dubai to lead their global marketing team. Having always held a fascination for the education sector, she then went on to work with schools in the GCC to support start-up and expansion plans before joining Amity Education Group as Vice President of Strategic Development.
Alison came back to the UK with her family in August having spent 17 years living and working internationally and is now Group Director of Marketing and Admissions for Orbital Education. She sits on the Education and Strategy Committees.
In her spare time she can be found either watching her daughter riding horses or meeting up with friends.
The Executive Team
The School is led by the Head and the Executive Team.
Mrs Amber Waite BSc (Hons) Texas A&M, BSc (Hons) Rutgers, MSc Oxon – Head (Head@STAHS.org.uk)
Mr Paul Daly BA(Hons) FCG – Bursar (DalyP@STAHS.org.uk)
Mrs Judy Rowe BEd (Hons) Durham – Head of Prep (RoweJ@STAHS.org.uk)
Mr Drew Thomson BSc (Hons) Edinburgh – Deputy Head Academic (ThomsonD@STAHS.org.uk)
Ms Rachel Parker BA (Hons) Durham, MA UCL – Deputy Head Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead (ParkerR@STAHS.org.uk)