Saxton Bampfylde and its partners around the world through Panorama advise many leading schools and other education groups. We are delighted to share with you a selection of some of the roles that we have been privileged to work on.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has appointmented Christine Swabey as its next Chair of Directors. Christine will take over the non-executive chairmanship following the retirement of Peter Williamson. Christine was previously CEO of Autistica and held a variety of Board positions in the health and education sector, including Chairman of Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and Vice Chairman of Kingston University.
The David Ross Education Trust has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Rowena Hackwood. Mrs Hackwood has significant experience in leading a number of high profile organisations across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Over recent years, this has focused more extensively on the education sector as Rowena has mentored CEOs of growing MATs, sat as a Trustee on another large academy trust and has been a director of Education Support Services.
Firbank Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia, has announced the appointment of its new Principal, Ms Jenny Williams. Jenny was previously the Principal at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand, a position she held since 2008. Prior to this, Jenny was the Principal at All Saints College, Bathurst and Principal at Snowy Mountains Grammar School. She was also the Head of Science at St Catherine’s School, Sydney and a founding staff member of the Australian International School in Singapore. Jenny has over 16 years’ experience across both Australia and New Zealand.
Lesley Franklin MA (Hons), PGCE has been appointed Principal of George Heriot’s School with effect from January 2018. Lesley is currently Head of the Junior School, a post she has held since 2013 with her career at Heriot’s starting in 1995. She has been a member of the School’s Senior Management Team since 2013 and is also a member of Education Scotland’s Inspectorate.
Daniel Wright has been appointed as the new Headmaster of The London Oratory School from January 2018. Mr Wright read History at St John’s College, Cambridge. In 2000 he began teaching at Gordon’s School and in 2004 he moved to Godalming College as Head of History, where he subsequently became Director of Faculty. He moved to his current position as Deputy Headmaster of St George’s College, Weybridge, a leading co-educational Catholic independent day school for 11-18 year olds, in 2015.
St Swithun’s Junior School has welcomed Mrs Rebecca Lyons-Smith as Headmistress. Mrs Lyons-Smith was the Deputy Head at Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School, from 2013-2016. As well as the day to day management at Stroud, she was responsible for pastoral care and played a significant role in the strategic development of the school. Mrs Lyons-Smith was Director of Studies at West Hill Park School from 2011 to 2013, and head of English at Stroud from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, she taught across the primary age range in both the maintained sector and internationally from 1997.
Before joining Oxford High School, Graham had 25 years in senior roles including Managing Director and Finance Director for a fast growing SME. His expertise was in development and implementation of business strategy, commercial activities and operations.
Rachael Falloon has been appointed as the next Principal of Fintona Girls’ School in Australia, starting in January 2018. She is currently Deputy Principal at Camberwell Grammar School, a position she has held for the past seven years. Prior to this, she held a number of senior school positions including at Guilford Grammar School in Western Australia, where she became the second female in the School’s history to become a Head of House. Prior to this she was Head of the Mathematics Department, and Year 11 Co-ordinator at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School, Warragul.
Dr Alex Peterken as been appointed as Headmaster at Charterhouse School. He will take up the post in January 2018. Since 2010, Alex has been Headmaster of Cheltenham College, the 650-strong co-educational boarding school, having been promoted into that role from his previous position as Deputy Headmaster. He previously taught at Charterhouse for eleven years, he was Head of Higher Education and Careers for two years, and Housemaster of Saunderites for six years until he left in 2008.
West Point Grey Academy in Canada has announced the selection of Aga Jendo as its new Director, Finance & Operations. In her career, Aga led the finance function with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the BC Cancer Agency, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Terry Fox Foundation. Aga completed her BA in Economics at SFU and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.