Trustees

Each school has the standard Board of Governors as well as the GDST Trustees, overseeing how our schools operate.

This includes essential considerations like financial accountability, legality, leadership, innovation and the safety and welfare of pupils.

Juliet Humphreys, trustee, GDST

Juliet Humphries
Chair

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.

Kathryn Davis, Trsutee, GDST

Kathryn Davis

Kathryn spent 26 years (17 of them as a corporate/commercial partner) with city law firm Slaughter and May before retiring from legal practice in 2013. During her career, Kathryn spent much of her time dealing with strategic issues primarily for a range of FTSE 100/250 companies. She was also extensively involved in recruitment, training and professional development activities and the mentoring of younger lawyers, most of whom were women.

Kathryn has non-executive experience as a Director of G15 housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley, where she chairs the Treasury Committee and was formerly deputy chair of governors at Paddington Green Primary School, a maintained primary school, prior to its joining a multi-academy trust group.

Kathryn also acts as an independent panel member, interviewing prospective magistrates for the Ministry of Justice. She provides legal case study/commercial awareness workshops to law students at the London School of Economics and also mentors on a monthly basis a number of trainee solicitors seconded to a range of in-house legal departments and smaller law firms by innovative legal training provider, Accutrainee.

Vicky Tuck GDST

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.

Peter Oliver, Trustee, GDST

Pete Oliver

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

Pete 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.

Stuart Ross, Trustee, GDST

Stuart Ross

Stuart is a Chartered Accountant and he is a non-executive director of businesses in the energy and consumer finance sectors.

Stuart has held CFO roles in large UK businesses in the energy and telecommunications sectors and, more recently, in international media and technology businesses backed by private equity.

These roles have typically been in businesses which have undergone significant change as a result of market developments and have required changes to their business models and operational capabilities. He also has extensive experience of corporate treasury and financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

mary hockaday, trustee, gdst

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, trustee, gdst

Fraser Montgomery
Trustee

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.

Masha Gordon, trustee, GDST

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.

Rita Dhut, Trustee, GDST

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.

Richard Harris, trustee, GDST

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.

Ann is a senior executive leader with broad experience in general management, change management, and strategic HR. She has worked in the commercial and not for profit sectors, specialising since 2010 in education. After completing her PGCE and PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge, she worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the University of London in the early 1980s, later joining BP where she worked in various positions until 2006.

Ann took up the position of Head of Learning and Development at HSBC Bank in 2006, a post she held for four years. She later worked with Ark, the children’s education charity.

Ann currently teaches on postgraduate programmes with the Open University Business School, is Vice Chair of Council, Royal Holloway College University of London, and also a trustee of A New Direction, a charity promoting access to the arts and culture. She is chair of governors at Ark Oval Primary School in Croydon.

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