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Governance & Governors

The School has charitable status (Registered Charity Number 281680). Registered Office: 30 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AU.

The governors of the school  are the  charity’s trustees and company directors. Their role is to: 

  • 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: Tina Tietjen 

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'Tina became Chair of Governors of Fairley House in August 2020. She started her career on The Times, then spent a number of years running the commercial side of Video Arts, the world leader in video based soft skill training for business. She co-led a buyout of the business from Antony Jay, John Cleese et al. In recent years she's had a plural career as; a Charity Chair including the Royal Voluntary Service,  a Governor of a University (West London), a consultant for Business in the Community, and as a Committee Chair for Energy UK. She also chaired the former consumer body for the airline industry, the AUC. She has travelled extensively on business and spoken at many conferences on subjects as diverse as client care, on women in business and the need for companies to reduce their carbon footprint.'

Parents and prospective parents may contact the Chair of Governors by writing to Chair, Fairley House School, 30 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AU



 Paul Barnaby: Chair of Finance: 


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


Sarah Hamilton-Fairley

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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.


Jolyon Luke


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 Dixon


Fiona read Economics and Politics at Exeter University. After a brief stint in the city, she trained as a teacher and taught in west London for over 13 years, before pausing to study for a Masters at UCL in specific learning difficulties.  She now works with schools in both the primary and secondary maintained sector diagnostically assessing and supporting children with dyslexia and other co-occurring difficulties, as well as providing advice and training for their teachers.

Fiona joined the Board of Governors in November 2017 as an experienced governor and is delighted to be able to contribute to the continued development of Fairley House and the exceptional specialised teaching it offers, allowing students to fulfil their dreams and restore their self-esteem.  She is passionate that Fairley House is a beacon of excellence to influence the debate and provision of specialised SEND practise in the wider educational arena.

Fiona is married to Adam and lives with her two (neurodiverse) daughters in Barnes, knowing first-hand the challenge this brings to young people and their families.


Thomas Morrell 


Tom has recently joined the board bringing his skills and experience as a strategic marketing professional.  

He is the first board member to have attended Fairley House.  He is able to draw upon his own knowledge and understanding of dyslexia - and what that means for students. 

He grew up in North London but now lives South West in Clapham Junction.


Emma Hattersley

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Emma read music at Durham University before studying for two years at the Royal Academy of Music.   She has taught GCSE, A level and the International Baccalaureate.

Appointed Head at Godolphin School in January 2014, Emma’s previous educational experience includes running a co-educational day house and then a girls’ boarding house at Canford School and this was followed by four years as Pastoral Deputy at Sherborne Girls. Emma has examined for OCR and the ABRSM and is an experienced school governor.  She has chaired the HMC Inspection sub-committee and is an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).  Emma is also a member of the ISI Educational Advisory Forum.

Emma is delighted and interested in being involved with a school that caters for children who need extra support in order to thrive and is keen to be able to contribute to a Board of Governors determined to shape the school’s future in a positive and impactful way.

Emma is married to Stephen, and they have four grown up children.


  Rebecca Shalom

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Rebecca joined the Board of Governors in 2021.  As a management consultant with a global professional services firm, she brings her experience of turning strategy into action and leading teams through change.   She has a passion for helping children achieve their full potential and as a mother of two knows that is not a given.   She was inspired to join Fairley House because of its mission and the potential for it to influence outcomes for children.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her artist husband, family and friends, gardening and everything Italian.


Lawrence Dore

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Lawrence is the father of three girls, the youngest of whom is both dyslexic and dyscalculic. Aware of the huge challenges these difficulties present children (and adults) of all ages Lawrence is delighted to be involved with Fairley House as a governor. The school’s focus on providing its pupils with the tools they need, delivered by specialist teachers in small class sizes is invaluable, allowing the children to flourish, find their confidence and go on to fulfil their potential.  

Lawrence graduated from Oxford in Modern History, trained in the city and today runs a leading strategic communications agency.


 Lucy French


Lucy French founded charity Never Such Innocence in March 2014 to give children and young people a voice on conflict, historically, currently and into the future; inviting 9-18 year olds to reflect on it’s impact, legacy and paths to peace. NSI has to date, engaged young people in 105 countries.

Lucy is also a trustee of The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, an advisor to the Royal School of Church Music, sits on the Lord Mayors Big Curry Lunch Committee and Development Boards of Artichoke and the Actors of Dionysus.

‘I believe in the potential of every young person. Fairley House unlocks that potential and enables pupils to thrive within a wonderfully supportive environment. I am enormously proud to be a governor and keen to do what I can to enrich the lives of all pupils’ 


Dr Emma Sumner 

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Emma is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Special Educational Needs at UCL Institute of Education. She trains teachers to become specialist literacy teachers and assessors, as well as leading a Masters programme on special and inclusive education and delivering CPD to schools. Emma is also a qualified specialist teacher and assessor of dyslexia. Her research focuses on identifying and supporting the literacy difficulties experienced by children with dyslexia and those with developmental coordination disorder. Specifically, she explores the written challenges experienced and how technology may support children with literacy difficulties. Emma wanted to join the board because she is passionate about supporting students to achieve their full potential – which is also reflected in the ethos of Fairley House School. She adds to the education strand of the governors board.