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



Mr BOB ROTHENBERG, Esq, MBE, BA, FCA, CTA, MAE (Chairman since 2017) (Governor since 1998)
Mr Bob Rothenberg (OC) was a Highgate parent and is the senior partner of Blick Rothenberg 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.

Professor BRIAN DAVIDSON, MD, FRCS, MB, ChB, MD, FRCPS(Glasg), FRCSE(Hon) (Deputy Chairman since 2017) (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.

Mr ALY PATEL, Esq, MA, MBA (Treasurer since 2017) (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.

Mrs GILL AITKEN, MA (Oxon), Solicitor (Governor since 2014)
Following a career in the Civil Service, most recently as General Counsel to HMRC, Gill is Registrar of Oxford University and Chair of Governors of London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (which is sponsored by Highgate). Gill’ son was a pupil until 2018 and loved the school.

Mr MARK BARBER, Esq, MA, MRICS, FRGS, FRSA (Governor since 2018)
Mark Barber (OC) is Investment Director for Dorrington PLC. Formerly of the Grosvenor Estate and Wellcome Trust. He lives in North London.

Mr JOHN A CLAUGHTON, Esq, MA (Governor since 2008)
John Claughton was, until August 2016, the Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham. He now works as a consultant for the International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association (IBSCA), and is Senior Counsel for Graham-Pelton Consulting. He is also a governor at Wellington College, Wellington College Academy, Selly Oak Trust School, West House School and The British School of Milan and is on the board of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

Mrs JEMIMA COLEMAN, MA (Cantab), LLDip (Governor since 2014)
Jemima Coleman is an experienced employment lawyer and a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Jemima is a non-executive board member of the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator for England and Wales, and a non-executive director of Creative Access. Jemima grew up in Highgate and has a son at Highgate.

Mr MIKE DANSON, Esq, MA (Governor since 2010)
Mike Danson is a Director of GlobalData. He lives in Highgate and is the parent of three Highgate pupils.

Ms JOAN DESLANDES, B.Ed (HONS), MA, OBE (Governor since 2018)
Appointed to the Governing body in September 2018.

Ms SAM KING QC, MA (Cantab) (Governor since 2018)
Sam qualified as a barrister in 1990 and became a QC in 2018. She practices in the area of children law. Sam grew up and lives locally.

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.

Dr SARAL MARKANDAY, MBChB, MSc, MRCGP, DRCOG (Governor since 2018)
Qualified as a GP in 2005 and practicing in Westminster area since 2008 (known locally as Dr S Anand) Child Safeguarding Named GP lead for Central London CCG. Parent of former Highgate pupil.

Mr 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.

Mr KUMAR PANJA, BA, LLDip (Governor since 2014)
Kumar Panja is a Managing Director of JP Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank. He lives in North London and his children attend the School.

Mr 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.

Mr PAUL ROTHWELL, MA (Governor since 2014)
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, Audit & Risk, Estates and Nominations & Remuneration Committees.

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