The Board of Governors at Highfield is an active and engaged group, comprising a mix of parents of former pupils, and others who bring a wide range of educational and business experience. Together they have strong relationships with staff, parents and pupils, and meet regularly to support the Headteacher, Mrs Joanna Leach, and her team, to shape the direction of the school and to oversee the successful achievement of its aims and principles.
Governors are able to serve a maximum of three terms. As a result, Governors are able to develop valuable experience in their roles, but at the same time the School can recruit new volunteers into the team, to provide both planned succession and the opportunity for fresh perspectives. The Governors meet termly as a Board, with one or two additional strategy planning meetings in the year. Additionally, a number of sub-committees provide oversight and guidance on important areas of focus including finance, education, marketing, infrastructure, HR and IT.
As part of succession planning The Board are always interested in talking to suitably qualified individuals who might make a valuable contribution to Highfield as Governors. If you know of anyone you believe might make a good Governor we would be only too pleased to hear from you. It should be noted, however, that to avoid any possible conflict of interest, the school has a policy not to appoint Governors who are parents of current pupils.
The Chair of Governors is contactable via the school address: Highfield Preparatory School, 2 West Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1PD
|Chair||Mr P Campbell, MA, MSc, Chartered FCIPD|
|Deputy Chair||Mr W Bradley, BA (Hons)
|Governors||Miss N Bartholomew, BEd Cantab, QTS, MA London
Miss H Jackson
Mrs M Keyte, BA
Mrs S Lee, BA (Hons) Oxon, BCL Barrister
Mrs C Munn, BA(Hons) FCA
Mr M O'Flaherty
Mr P Pickering, BSc BA Dip Lit&CW PGC Bus Admin
Mrs D Slade, MSc, CIPD
Ms C Smith, BSc(Hons)
Peter Campbell: Peter is the Chair of the Board of Governors. Peter is the father of three former Highfield girls. Following an MA from Edinburgh University, he has spent his career in Human Resources management, including working for Shell, Mars and Pepsi; and he was most recently UK HR Director and Board member of Zurich Insurance for 10 years. He has served as a Trustee of both a charity and a pension scheme. In addition he has been Chairman of Windsor Swimming Club for two 3 – year terms. Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has gained an MSc in Management Research from the University of Reading Henley Business School.
Wayne Bradley: Wayne is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors. An Ex-Highfield parent, Wayne’s two children attended Highfield in the 1990s; both have since gone on to qualify as doctors. He has a degree in economics from Liverpool University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. Wayne has worked as a Chairman in the service industry for many years, restructuring and developing companies that provide a range of services both in the UK and across Europe.
Sarah Lee: Sarah is a member of the Human Resources Committee. She has a degree in law and a post-graduate qualification (BCL). She is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers in London, where she has been practising for 20 years. Her specialisms are EU, Competition, Regulatory and Public Law. She taught law part-time at St Catherine’s College Oxford in the early years of practice. She is married and has two daughters at secondary school, who are keen on music, sport and dance.
Dana Slade: Dana is a member of the Marketing Committee. She is also an Ex-Highfield parent to two girls. She has a degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations. She has worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland, British Aerospace, Morgan Stanley UK Group as Human Resources Director and is now working for Leathwaite International in executive search.
Helen Jackson: Helen is a member of the Health & Safety/Buildings & Estates Committee. She has an HND in Hotel Management & Institutional Catering and is an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute. Her career background is in facilities management and includes financial, estate and risk management, strategic planning, governance, compliance, human resources, domestic services, security and commercial lettings. She began working in schools as the Operations Bursar at Stowe School then was Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Tudor Hall ( Senior girl’s boarding/day) and Carrdus School ( Girl’s day prep) and is currently the Bursar at The King’s School, Worcester.
Martina Keyte: Martina is an ex-Highfield parent whose daughter attended Highfield up to 2014. Martina has a degree in Business Administration from a German university and has since lived and worked in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Being of German nationality, Martina also speaks English, Spanish and French. She has worked for the European Space Agency and Thomson Reuters in several positions. Martina is married and has a daughter in secondary school and a son in primary school.
Naomi Bartholomew: Naomi was educated at Portsmouth High School for Girls and went on to read English and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. Having spent two years in South West China with Voluntary Service Overseas, she went on to teach both in state and independent schools as a primary class teacher. Naomi then spent five years as Head of English at Yateley Manor School before moving on to Deputy Headship at St Catherine’s Preparatory School, Bramley, an independent school for girls aged 4 – 11, near Guildford, in 2009. She was appointed as Headmistress of St Catherine’s Preparatory in January 2012.
Caroline Smith: Caroline is a member of the Human Resources Committee. She holds a degree in Computer Science from Bristol University. Caroline is SVP HR with Pearson, a global Learning company. Caroline has held a variety of senior HR roles with Accenture, PepsiCo and BT. Caroline is married and has a son and daughter at primary school close to their home in Sunningdale. Caroline is a keen cyclist and runner.
Claudia Munn: Claudia chairs the Finance and General Purposes committee. She has a degree in Accounting and Finance from UWE and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Claudia is currently CFO for CitNOW, a global automotive software provider. Prior to that she was CFO for Volvo Car UK & Ireland and has also held a number of varied and broad reaching senior financial positions at Tesla, Honda and Johnson and Johnson. She has 3 children – a daughter who has now left school after successful completion of ‘A’ levels, a son at Grammar school and a son in primary education.