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Our Trustees form a Council which is legally responsible for the GDST's activities, including financial viability and the safety and welfare of pupils. They also set strategy, authorise building and other capital development programmes, review policies and procedures and regularly assess the broad educational direction of the Trust.



Juliet Humphries


Juliet was educated at both Sutton and Wimbledon High Schools. Following a law degree at Leicester University she qualified as a solicitor.

Juliet joined Linklaters and rose to become global Director of Knowledge. She then set up her own consultancy specialising in knowledge management and working with law firms and other organisations in the UK, Europe and the US. At Bird & Bird she set up an associate and partner training programme.

Before becoming a Trustee Juliet was Chair of the Local Governing Board of The Belvedere Academy and also a Governor of Wimbledon High School.

Helen Williams CB

Deputy Chair

Helen Williams joined the Department of Education and Science with a history degree from Oxford.

Postings included national education planning, schools funding and departmental management.

Following promotion to the Senior Civil Service, Helen’s work included the early development of the National Curriculum. After other senior Whitehall assignments she returned to the Department for Education and served as Director of School Organisation and Funding; Director of Primary Education and e-Learning; Director, School Standards; and finally, Director of the School Curriculum and Pupil Well-Being in which role she was responsible for the national effort to improve the take up of STEM subjects beyond 16, particularly by girls.

Helen is also Chair of Governors of a North London secondary Academy.


Julie Chakraverty


Julie Chakraverty has served as an independent director on the boards of a number of listed companies within the financial services and retail sectors.

During her executive career, Julie was a board member of UBS Investment Bank where she held a number of global leadership positions. Her flagship “CreditDelta” portfolio product won industry awards every year between 2001-2009. She also worked for the investment bank JP Morgan.

In 2006 Julie was named in Management Today’s ‘Top 35 Women Under 35’. In 2013 she was recognized in The Times as the youngest female director of a FTSE-100 company, aged 41.

Julie has served on the board of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. She actively supports younger women in realising their full potential. Julie graduated with a first-class Economics degree from St John’s College, Cambridge.


Kathryn Davis


Kathryn spent 26 years (17 of them as a corporate/commercial partner) with city law firm Slaughter and May before retiring in 2013.

During her career, Kathryn spent much of her time dealing with strategic issues for a range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies.

Kathryn has non-executive experience as a Director of Thames Valley Housing Association and as a governor of Paddington Green Primary School. Kathryn also acts as an independent panel member, recruiting magistrates for the Ministry of Justice.

At Slaughter and May she was extensively involved in recruitment, training and professional development activities and the mentoring of younger lawyers, most of whom were women.


Rita Dhut


Rita worked as a fund manager in the City for over 20 years and now acts as an advisor through her own company to Board and Investment Committees of fund management firms on risk and governance.

Rita spent over ten years at Aviva Investors, during which she became involved in mentoring A Level students and supporting local schools.

She is a trustee of All Change, a charity promoting the role of art in bringing change to underprivileged individuals and communities.


Masha Gordon


Masha Gordon is a seasoned investment professional with nearly two decades of experience managing money in capital markets.

During her executive career, Masha was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and most recently led the emerging markets portfolio management team at PIMCO. She was named among “Top 40 under 40 in Asset Management Industry”  and ‘Rising Stars in Finance” by Financial News.

She moved to a portfolio career of non-executive board appointments in 2014 and currently serves as an independent director of Alrosa, world’s largest diamond company and Moscow Exchange. She is also a Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a member of the investment committee of the EDP Programme at Oxfam UK.

She actively supports development of grit and resilience in young women through charitable programs of GRIT&ROCK, a charity she founded after setting two world records in the Explorers Grand Slam and 7 Summits becoming the fastest woman to complete both.  

Masha gained a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

Richard Harris


Richard read chemistry at Worcester College, Oxford and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.

He trained as a chartered accountant, spending 18 years at Price Waterhouse, in London and Southampton, eight of which were as partner. He subsequently spent 11 years in finance and industrial management roles at two FTSE100 companies, GKN plc and Brambles Industries plc.

Since 2007, Richard has held a number of senior roles within the health sector, including positions at NHS Trusts. He has also been a governor of several schools, was governor of the North East Worcestershire Further Education College and served a term of office as a founding governor of the RSA Academy in the West Midlands.

Mary Hockaday


Mary, an alumna of Oxford High School GDST, is currently Controller BBC World Service English, and has held a number of other senior roles at the BBC including Head of BBC Newsroom and Editor BBC World Service News.

These roles have involved the creation and implementation of significant strategic plans, team building and managing changing technology and audience expectations, while ensuring a commitment to the Nolan principles of public service.

Mary has attended events at Oxford High School and has spoken to the Sixth Formers there.


Fraser Montgomery


Fraser is the Commercial Director of Merlin Entertainments plc, Europe's largest entertainments company, and best known for the LEGOLAND, Madame Tussaud's, and London Eye brands. 

As Merlin's Commercial Director, Fraser has strategic responsibility for customer experiences, partner promotions, food and beverage, retail, hotels, and photography across 130 sites worldwide.

An ACA qualified accountant, Fraser has nearly 20 years' experience in the visitor attraction industry, and leads the group's procurement and profit protection functions. Before joining Merlin, Fraser worked for Marks & Spencer.

Peter Oliver


Peter Oliver is the Managing Director for Marketing, Commercial and Digital for BT’s Consumer brand.

Peter has led major change within BT as the company has moved from a traditional landline company to a ‘quad play’ operator offering home phone, superfast broadband, TV and mobile to its 9m BT homes. 

He has been heavily involved in BT’s digital literacy programme, sponsoring programmes with partners such as UNICEF to work with schools to help over 1 million children in the UK make the most of the internet while staying safe online.  He was also a fundamental part of the senior management team that launched BT Sport and today as part of his overall role leads both the commercial and marketing teams to ensure its ongoing success.  

Peter graduated with a law degree and later studied a masters degree in Business Telecommunications management.   

Judy Simons


Judy is emeritus Professor of English and was Pro Vice Chancellor of De Montfort University, Leicester.

Now retired from a full time academic career, she continues to act as consultant to the higher education sector, and recently chaired a four-year programme on the creative economy for the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

She has wide experience of governance and has just completed eight years on the Board of Sheffield Hallam University. She has been a governor of two schools, a trustee of Leicester Arts and on the Board of Standards for England. She is Chair of City CV, a career development company.

Judy has published widely on women’s writing, and is passionate about girls’ education and advancement.

Vicky Tuck


Vicky Tuck has extensive experience of school leadership and governance in national and international contexts.


She recently completed a six year mandate as Director General of The International School of Geneva, the largest (4500 students) and oldest international school and the birthplace of the International Baccalaureate.

Vicky was previously Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College, a position she held from 1996 to 2011. She was President of the Girls' Schools Association in 2008 and Vice Chair of the Independent Schools Council, chairing its Education Committee prior to her departure to Switzerland.

Earlier in her career, Vicky worked at the Institute of Education, now part of UCL, training modern languages teachers. Having been a modern languages teacher for many years, Vicky speaks fluent French, excellent Italian and rusty Spanish. Having begun her career as a teacher at Putney High School, followed by five years at Bromley High School, Vicky is delighted to serve on the GDST Council.