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about us governors l17

Four Governors are nominated (by the Lord Chief Justice, the Bishop of London and Universities of Oxford and London), the remainder are co-opted.




BOB ROTHENBERG, Esq, MBE, BA, FCA, CTA, MAE (Treasurer and Chairman since 2017) (Governor since 1998)
Bob Rothenberg (OC) was a Highgate parent and is the senior partner in Blick Rothenberg, chartered accountants. Mr Rothenberg was made an MBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and to the community in London. He is a trustee of Police Now and a number of other charities. His professional work extends to general, financial and commercial advice and he acts as a trustee and an executor for a number of clients. He is regularly quoted on tax and commercial issues in the national press and appears on these topics on radio and other media outlets.

JOHN MILLS, Esq, CBE, MA, BLitt (Governor since 1993) (Treasurer and Chairman 1999-2017)
Nominated by the University of Oxford
John Mills (OC) retired in 2007 after a public service career which included five years in the Government of Hong Kong (when it was still a British territory) and several years as a member of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit. Other UK civil service roles included Director of Consumer Affairs at the Office of Fair Trading and Director of Rural Policy at DEFRA. He left the civil service for a decade in order to become, first, Chief Executive of Cornwall County Council and secondly, Chief Executive for Policy and Resources in Jersey. He was awarded the CBE in 2008 for his public service. In recent years he has undertaken a range of non-executive roles in both private and public sectors and is currently deputy chairman of Ports of Jersey Ltd and of the Office of the Channel Islands Financial Services Ombudsman.

PAUL MARSHALL, Esq, BSc, MRICS (Governor since 2003)
Paul Marshall (OC) is a chartered surveyor who has for many years run his own successful property business.

Dr KATE LITTLE, MB, BS, BSc, FRCGP (Governor since 2004)
Kate Little is a local GP (as Dr Jolowicz) whose three children are former pupils of the School.

Miss RACHEL LANGDALE, QC (Governor since 2007)
Nominated by the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales
Rachel Langdale is a barrister who lives in Highgate and is the parent of two Highgate pupils.

MARK CLARKE, Esq, MA, FCA (Governor since 2007)
Mark Clarke (OC) has non-executive roles at the Consumer Savings Bank Association and Jesus College Oxford. Previously, Mr Clarke was Director General (Finance & Strategy) at the Department for Business. His son is a former pupil of the School.

Professor BRIAN DAVIDSON, MD, FRCS, MB, ChB, MD, FRCPS(Glasg), FRCSE(Hon) (Governor since 2008)
Nominated by the University of London
Professor Davidson is Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and Professor of Surgery at University College London. His daughter and sons are former pupils.

JEREMY RANDALL, Esq, BSc (Governor since 2008)
Jeremy Randall (OC) is a company director with interests in property development and fine art.  He is an active trustee of a number of charities with an emphasis on helping young people.

JOHN A CLAUGHTON, Esq, MA (Governor since 2008)
John Claughton is Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham. From September 2016 he will be Development Officer for IBSCA and a member of the Sutton Trust's Education Advisory Group. He is also a Governor of Wellington College and Selly Oak Trust School.

MIKE DANSON, Esq, MA (Governor since 2010)
Mike Danson is the Chairman of Progressive Media Group and proprietor of The New Statesman. Prior to this he was founder and Chief Executive of Datamonitor plc, the world’s leading on-line database and analysis service for key industry sectors. Mr Danson has particular interests in education and is a member of the Advisory Board for St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has four children at Highgate School.

ALY PATEL, Esq, MA, MBA (Governor since 2011)
Aly Patel (OC) is an investment analyst at hedge fund York Capital. He has previously worked in private equity and corporate finance at Apax Partners and Goldman Sachs and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr Patel has been involved with one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, Business in the Community.

Revd ANTHONY BUCKLEY, MA(Oxon), PGCE, Dip Min, MA(Canterbury) (Governor since 2013)
Nominated by the Bishop of London
Anthony Buckley is currently Chaplain at Alleyn's School In Dulwich. Prior to that he was a Vicar and Area Dean in Canterbury Diocese. He grew up in London and after university taught in a comprehensive school in Hereford. He is a trustee of several charities involved in education and development.

Mrs GILL AITKEN, MA(Oxon) Solicitor
Gill Aitken is General Counsel and Director General at HMRC. She is a governor of a Camden primary school. She has a son at Highgate.

Jemima Coleman is an experienced employment lawyer and a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Jemima was appointed as a non-executive on the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator for England and Wales. She provides pro bono legal advice to Pembroke House charity. Jemima grew up in Highgate and has a son at the School.

Kumar Panja is a Managing Director of JP Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank. He lives in North London and his children attend the School.

Paul Rothwell is a television producer who ran his own successful production company. He combines a lifelong interest in architecture with film and education. He is a trustee of two other charities involved with education and television production. He has two daughters at Highgate.

Mr JC PHEASANT, BSc, LLDip, Barrister
John Pheasant is also the School Bursar.

Governors meet six or seven times a year. There are also when required Finance and General Purposes, Estates, Charity and Development Committees.