• make sure the charity complies with the law and its governing documents
• acting responsibly, in the interests of the charity and its beneficiaries
• managing any conflicts of interest
• exercising reasonable care and skill – using relevant personal knowledge or taking professional advice where appropriate.
CHAIR: Adam Constable QC
Adam joined the board of governors in 2012. His daughter Harriet had been at Fairley House since 2010 and successfully rejoined a mainstream senior school in 2014.
He is a Queens Counsel specializing in construction and engineering matters, and sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court. He has two other daughters and lives in Putney.
Parents and prospective parents may contact the Chair of Governors by writing to Adam Constable, Fairley House School, 30 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AU
Jonathan has been an enthusiastic member of the board since 2006 and is Headmaster of Hurlingham School in London. He has worked in the field of education since 1989 and completed his initial teacher training at the University of Cambridge before gaining the National Professional Qualification for Headship through the National College of School Leadership. He is also a team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and lives in central London. Jonathan advises the board on educational matters.
Chair of Finance: Paul Barnaby
Paul joined the board in 2012 and is a chartered accountant and senior manager at a global professional services organisation, specialising in auditing and financial services. Paul has led the UK learning and development function of his organisation since 2009. Paul lives in Westminster
Veronica is a chartered Educational Psychologist and ran her own London based educational psychology consultancy from 1996 until 2010. From 1998-2001 she was the Consultant Psychologist at Fairley House. Veronica has extensive experience of all stages of education in both the state and private sectors. She has worked as a classroom teacher and an EP for three of London’s education authorities. She has both personal and professional interest in Specific Learning Difficulties. She has four adult children and several grandchildren.
Sarah is the founder and chief executive of StartHere, a charity, founded in 1998 to fill a critical gap in the information chain between people who need help and services and the myriad organisations that provide them. The result is an easy-to-use electronic signposting system that directs people to organisations – statutory and voluntary, national and local – that can help across a broad range of social issues. It is a proven, holistic and citizen-focused solution.
Sarah has spent twenty years working in the voluntary sector after pursuing a career as an account executive at J Walter Thomson and as a researcher and presenter for BBC Radio 4.
In 1988, Sarah founded Whitewater – a design and communications agency producing new corporate identities, annual reports and brochures largely for not-for-profit organisations.
The premature birth of her twins, in the middle of the 1992 recession, highlighted the urgent need for a user-friendly, accessible signposting service to the wide range of help and support available. Sarah brings a founder’s passion to StartHere and a clear vision of how it should be developed to ensure that her mantra of keeping the citizen’s needs at the heart of the service is achieved.
Sarah graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English. She is a governor of Marlborough College, a trustee of the Multiple Births Foundation and a member of the Patients’ Council at the College of Medicine.
Amanda Leach is Headmistress of More House School, Knightsbridge. She was educated at Holy Trinity Convent, Bromley (a girls’ Catholic day school) and Eltham College, London (a boys' day school with co-ed sixth form) before completing a BSc in Sports Science at Liverpool University. She then went on to complete a PGCE (Science) at Exeter University. Amanda began her teaching career in 1993 as a teacher of science at Cranbrook School in Kent, a busy co-educational day and boarding school. She then left Cranbrook and spent a year in Rome teaching English in a variety of posts including the Italian Navy and at a botanical research centre. In 1996 she returned to Devon to teach science at Uffculme School, a large comprehensive. Amanda then moved back to London in 1998 to join the Science Department at More House and had the added responsibility of being the Senior Biologist. With her passion for pastoral care and being the child protection officer, she became a Senior Teacher and then Deputy Head in 2008. She became Headmistress of More House in April 2014. Amanda believes that all good schools need to be on a journey, constantly seeking to improve the experience of each individual student academically, spiritually, emotionally and culturally. Her spare time is spent enjoying family life with her husband and two young daughters. As her husband is a PE teacher life is non-stop and based around sport and being outdoors.
Jolyon joined the Board of Governors in 2016. His son Dylan attended Fairley House for 7 years from 2005 to 2012 and is now at Greenwich University reading Film and Television Production. He is a qualified lawyer, starting his career at Freshfields, and is now an investment banker specialising in advising financial institutions. Jolyon is married to Kirsty, who runs her own Executive Search firm. In addition to Dylan they have two other younger children and live in Holland Park.
Fiona taught for over 13 years in West London. Firstly, at The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School followed by Lady Margaret School, setting up and running the Economics and Politics departments and latterly leading the Sixth Form. She has varied experience of working with children, their families and third party agencies. She worked as the Communications Manager for the Order of Saint Augustine in England and Scotland until 2017. Fiona is also a governor at Fairley House School.