Staff and governors

We currently employ around 650 teachers and support staff who, along with our Governors, all form our vibrant, diverse and welcoming community

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  • Highgate's Governors

    Highgate’s governing body meets at least six times a year. At times, they are also required to attend meetings for Highgate’s Finance, Audit and Risk, Estates, and Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Our visitor is Her Majesty the Queen.

    Bob Rothenberg MBE, BA, FCA, CTA (Chairman since 2017, governor since 1998)
    Bob Rothenberg (OC) was a Highgate parent and retired from Blick Rothenberg Chartered Accountants in 2019 having been senior partner for over 20 years. He is a trustee of Police Now and has served as a Trustee of The Prince’s Foundation and as a Board member of both London First and Think London. He continues to work both advising a number of clients and acting as a trustee and an executor. 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 has been regularly quoted on tax and commercial issues in the national press and appeared on these topics on radio, television and other media outlets.

    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.

    Aly Patel MA, MBA (Treasurer since 2017, governor since 2011)
    Aly Patel (OC) is an investment analyst at hedge fund York Capital. Mr Patel has previously worked in private equity and corporate finance at Apax Partners and Goldman Sachs and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been involved with one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, Business in the Community.

    Mark Barber MA, MRICS, FRGS, FRSA (Governor since 2018)
    Mark Barber (OC) is Investment Director for Dorrington PLC. Mr Barber is formerly of the Grosvenor Estate and Wellcome Trust and he lives in North London. He is Chair of the Estates Committee and the Health and Safety lead.

    Joan Deslandes BEd (HONS), MA, OBE (Governor since 2018)
    Joan Deslandes was appointed to the Governing body in September 2018.

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

    Saral Markanday MBChB, MSc, MRCGP, DRCOG (Governor since 2018)
    Saral Markanday qualified as a GP in 2005 and has been practising in the Westminster area since 2008 (known locally as Dr S Anand). Dr Markanday is Child Safeguarding Named GP lead for Central London CCG, and is the parent of former Highgate pupil. Safeguarding Lead since 2018, Governor since 2018.

    Leonie Morel MScM (Governor since 2021)
    Leonie Morel is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where she has been leading the Fundamental Strategies Team since 2016. Mrs Morel has been living in North London for 13 years; she has two children including a son attending Highgate. She graduated from HEC School of Management in 2001.

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

    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. Mr Rothwell is a trustee of two other charities involved with education and television production and he has two daughters at Highgate.

    Daniel Widdicombe MA (Governor since 2020)

    Daniel focuses on Asian finance and business, following on from a First Class MA in Chinese and Japanese from Edinburgh University. He built the European Investment Banking platform for China Construction Bank in London for 10 years up to 2019. Daniel lived in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore for 18 years, where he was CFO of Nasdaq-listed Chinadotcom, Independent Non-Executive Director of Nasdaq-listed Corgi Holdings, Head of Asian Equity Research at Bear Stearns, and China Investment Analyst at HSBC. Daniel is also the Treasurer and a Governor at Arnold House School. He has three children, including two sons who went to Highgate.

    Secretary and Clerk to the governing body is John Pheasant BSc, LLDip, Barrister
    John Pheasant is also Highgate School Bursar.

  • Strategy Management Committee

    Mr AS PETTITT, MA (New College, Oxford)

    Principal Deputy Head
    Mr TJ LINDSAY, MA (University of St Andrews); MA (University of London)

    Principal of the Junior School
    Mr SM JAMES, BA (University of Nottingham); MA (King’s College, London)

    Principal of the Pre-Preparatory School
    Ms K GILES, BA (Keele University), MA (Institute of Education), PGCE (Institute of Education)

    Deputy Head (Pupils’ Personal Development and Employability)
    Ms LM SHELLEY, BA, University of Sheffield

    Deputy Head (Academic)
    Mr JPR NEWTON, BA, MSc, University of York; London School of Economics

    Deputy Head (Pastoral)
    Mr G ROBERTSON, MA, CA, University of Glasgow

    Mr JC PHEASANT, BSc, LLDip, Barrister

  • Senior School Senior Team

    All Strategy Management Committee members are also part of the Senior Team.

    Head of Sixth Form (Pastoral)
    Mr SN BRUNSKILL, BA, University of Manchester

    Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning)
    Dr BS WESTON, BSc, PhD, FRSB, CBiol, King’s College, London

    Director of Inclusion
    Ms SJ VIRJI, MA, St John’s College, Cambridge

    Head of Lower School
    Mr S PULLAN, LLB, MA, King’s College, London; London School of Economics

    Community Partnerships Director
    Ms SE BUTTERWORTH, BA, King’s College, London

    Head of Sixth Form (Academic)
    Mr GA WALLER, MA, Christ’s College, Cambridge

    Development Director
    Ms E CLARKE, BA, St Peter’s College, Oxford

    Director of Studies
    Mr DJ NOYCE, MMath, MSc, Trinity College, Oxford

    Director of Communications
    Ms C M GOLDSWORTHY, BA, University of Dundee

    Assistant Head (Projects and Logistics)
    Dr JCY WELCH, BSc, MSc, PhD, University of Essex; University of Strathclyde; Selwyn College, Cambridge

    Head of Middle School
    Ms RJ BAXTER, BA, University of York

  • Junior School Senior Team

    Mr Mark JAMES, BA, MA, University of Nottingham, King’s College London

    Deputy Principal
    Mr MJ FOLEY, BSc, MSc, University of Brighton, Open University

    Deputy Principal (Pastoral)
    Ms P STUDD, BA, University of Liverpool

    Director of Studies
    Ms AC LLOYD, MA, Keble College, Oxford

    Assistant Principal (Partnership and Communications)
    Mr M ANDERSON, BEd, Christchurch College of Education, Canterbury University, NZ

    Assistant Principal (Curriculum) and PSHEE Coordinator
    Miss V NEMETH, MA Comenius University, Bratislava


  • Pre-Prep Senior Team

    MISS KATIE GILES, BA (Keele University), MA (Institute of Education), PGCE (Institute of Education)

    Deputy Principal
    MR GIDEON ZUCKER, BA (University of Leeds), PGCE (University of Leeds)

    Deputy Principal
    MS SALLY HANCOCK, BEd (University of Plymouth), MA.Ed (Open University)

    Assistant Principal
    MRS PHILIPPA POLL, BA QTS and Science (Roehampton)

Chair of Governors contact details

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:


Bob Rothenberg MBE
c/o The Secretary to the Foundation and Clerk to the Governors, Mr J C Pheasant
Highgate School
70 North Road
N6 4AY