Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls is one of the eleven schools of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, and it is a source of great pride that students at our school number among over 10,000 pupils at Haberdashers’ Schools, in the maintained and independent sectors. The Company provides funding, guidance and the in-depth experience of governors, who sit on the boards of its schools and colleges around the country, participate in social and official events and take a great interest in the wellbeing of all the pupils in their care.

Habs receives strong support from its governing body, consisting of people who combine their professional expertise and interest in education to provide practical guidance, and to contribute to the broader strategic framework within which the school operates.

The 理事会理事 is divided into nine committees across our campus:

  • GSC: Girls’ School Committee
  • BSC: 男孩的学校 Committee
  • F: Finance Committee
  • E&I: Estates and Infrastructure Committee
  • TL&C: Teaching Learning and Collaboration Committee
  • HR: Human Resources Committee
  • IT: Digital & IT Committee
  • R: Remuneration Committee
  • S: Strategy

The Clerk to the Governors: Charles M Bremner


An old boy of Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Boys, a graduate of Manchester University with a degree in Medical Microbiology and an alumnus of the London Business School Sloan Fellowship Programme, Simon has spent 35 years as an executive or venture capital investor in life-science and technology firms. As Chief Executive Officer he led ApaTech Ltd, an Elstree-based orthobiologics company, to significant global success prior to its sale to a US firm in 2010. Previously he was an Executive Director of Celltech Group plc and CEO, Celltech Pharmaceuticals. His early career was at Glaxo/Glaxo Wellcome plc in a series of senior UK and global sales, marketing, supply chain, business development and commercial strategy roles. Simon is currently non-executive Chairman of OssDsign AB, a Swedish customised cranial implant business, Chairman of Oviva AG, a Swiss based diabetes and obesity management business, and Chairman of Ieso Digital Health, the leading UK provider of online mental healthcare. He also sits on the Board of ReNeuron plc, Europe’s leading stem cell business and BoneSupport AB, a Swedish orthopaedic business.  In addition to his role as Chairman of the Aske Board, Simon sits on the Court of Assistants of the Haberdashers’ Company and is currently 4th Warden. He was made OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2016 for services to the life-science sector.

Henrietta Afolami (BSC (SAFEGUARDING), HR)

Hetti Afolami was educated at St Mary’s School, Calne and then Durham University where she read History and Politics. She subsequently qualified as a solicitor with Allen & Overy LLP where she specialised in litigation and international arbitration.  Following a Masters in Public International Law from King’s College, London, Hetti joined the Government Legal Department’s Immigration Litigation team where she acted for the 家 Office in defending challenges to their immigration decisions.

Hetti has since qualified as a mediator and now runs In Place of Strife, The Mediation Chambers which assists individuals and businesses in resolving their disputes.  Hetti is a Director of the Civil Mediation Council on behalf of In Place of Strife and chairs their Government Liaison Working Group.

Hetti is a Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company. She served as the Haberdasher Governor of St John the Baptist School, Hoxton for 9 years.  Hetti is married with three young sons.


Shruti attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls from 1990 – 1997, after which she studied Law at Downing College, Cambridge.  She began her career as a trainee lawyer at Allen & Overy in 2002, specialising in credit derivatives and capital markets (involving drafting almost all of the standard documentation in this area over the last decade). She is now a Partner and the Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation space which opened in September 2017, which is aimed at identifying LegalTech companies which are relevant to its lawyers and clients.

During 2018, she was awarded a TechWomen50 Award and a Fastcase 50 Award as well as being included in the Lawyers Hot 100 list, Brummell Magazine’s 30 Inspirational Women list and Management Today’s Power Part Timers List.

Outside of Allen & Overy, Shruti has three children (aged 9, 7, and 3) and used her most recent maternity leave to undertake the FT Diploma in Non-Executive Directorships and a 3 month course for entrepreneurs at Google Campus, as well as being selected to partake in the Judicial Support Scheme, which is aimed at increasing diversity in the judiciary. She also manages a sector-agnostic portfolio of private investments and recently appeared on BBC 2’s “Million Pound Menu” as a restaurant investor.

STEVEN BEHR (E&I, Foundation, Coach Company)

Steven is an Old Haberdasher (1980 – 1991).   He is the Founding Partner of Geneva Capital Partners LLP an FCA regulated hedge fund.  He previously worked as an investment banker at Nomura and Barclays Capital before moving to The Royal Bank of Scotland where he became the Global Head of the Principal Strategies Group, the bank’s proprietary bond trading business.

During his time at the school, Steven was active in a host of extracurricular activities and particularly enjoyed his time in the RAF cadets where he went on to lead the CCF as Under Officer.  He passed out from RMA Sandhurst as a TA infantry officer, whilst at the Manchester Metropolitan University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Business.

Outside work, Steven regularly plays water polo, a sport he has enjoyed since school. Steven has four children, with his son and two eldest daughters currently at Haberdashers.


Margot is the Administrator of the NFL Trust, which supports needy girls at independent schools in the UK. She appraises Bursars, reviews schools’ support structures and helps with senior school appointments.

She is a Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company and was a Governor of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools between 1992 and 2003. She was a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Haberdashers’ Adams’ Federation Trust from its formation to July 2016. Recent School Governorships include Wellington College, Roedean and Eagle House Preparatory School.


Before starting her family and political career, Caroline Clapper worked predominantly in the Film and Advertising Industry, lastly for the Scottish Media Group. More recently, she is a 3-term County Councillor for Hertfordshire and 2-term Borough Councillor for Hertsmere, representing Radlett, Aldenham and Elstree. She is the Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, Culture and Health, and is closely involved in local Planning and Highways issues. She sits on the Boards of both Elstree Studios and Aldenham Country Park, and sits on the Education and Public Health Committees at County Council.

Caroline was previously a School Governor at Aldenham School, as well as at HJPS and Woodridge bt365app. Caroline is married to her husband Michael Clapper (a Habs Old Boy) and they have 3 children – 2 of whom are currently at Habs; one at the Girls’ School, and one at the 男孩的学校.


Tim was born and educated in New Zealand and moved to the United Kingdom more than a decade ago. He practices as a solicitor specialising in financial services regulation and is a partner at an international law firm.  Prior to practising as a solicitor Tim worked for a number of different financial services regulators.  Tim is a Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company and is married with two young sons.


Educated at King’s School Worcester (choral scholar) and Whitgift, then Durham and Cambridge Universities.  BSc in Geography, MEd in Educational Leadership. Taught for 15 years at Shrewsbury school before Deputy Headship at Royal Hospital School (6 years) and Headships at St Edmund’s School Canterbury and Bishops Stortford College (6 and 9 years).  Inspector for CSCI, Ofsted and ISI.  HMC Professional Development Committee (15 years).  Now retired but continuing to work with HMC, and in consultancy.  Lover of music (pianist) and was a keen tennis player, enjoying many sports.


Educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Helen is a Real Estate and Construction  consultant who has worked for major investors, occupiers, education and public sector clients. With a background in commercial property, she was Head of  JLL’s Project & Development Services team and sat on the UK Executive Board, Project & Development Services Global Board and Chaired the JLL Gender Balance Group.

Having attained a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying, Helen qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and was later appointed a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She served as Chair of the RICS Building Surveying Professional Group for three terms. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Helen was appointed a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors in 2007. Through the Academy Ambassadors Programme, she has been a Non-Executive Director and member of the Aquinas Academy Trust since 2015.  In 2017 she was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers and appointed to the Property Committee.  In 2019 she was elected to the Court of Assistants.


Julian was born in Beckenham, Kent and now lives in Weybridge, Surrey with his wife Caroline and four daughters. He attended school at Sevenoaks then studied business at Thames Polytechnic.   His early career was at the Confederation of British Industry where he ran their commercial activities before moving into publishing with a small fast growing start up and then Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.    In 2005 he formed Panacea Publishing International and bought Business Traveller from Euromoney.  He is today the Managing Director of Panacea and travels frequently to events and the Panacea offices overseas.  He is also Director of a small property investment company.

Before family life got rather busy he served for 23 years in the TA/Army Reserve and enjoyed diving, shooting, sailing and tennis.  Today apart from family his interests include food and wine, walking and squash.

POOJA JAIN (GSC (保障), bt365app)

Pooja was a pupil at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls from 1995 to 2004. Upon leaving school, she joined the Haberdashers’ Company as an apprentice and is currently a liveryman of the Company. After her years at Habs, Pooja went on to read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and then trained as a solicitor. Having begun her career working at city law firms, Allen & Overy and Macfarlanes, Pooja now works as a finance lawyer at 家s England, the government’s housing accelerator.

Prior to becoming a solicitor, Pooja qualified as a teacher through the Teach First programme, teaching English at a secondary school in Kilburn, London. Teaching and education remain interests of hers as well as volunteering.

LEANNE LEIGH (BSC, F, TL&C, Prep School)

Leanne was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls.  She subsequently studied Mathematics and Psychology at Manchester University.

Leanne works  independently, running her own FD Consultancy for a portfolio of small and medium sized businesses, spanning a range of industries.  She began her career at PwC, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1993.   After then spending a number of years in commercial strategy roles including working within the retail sector at both Arcadia Group Plc and Dixons Stores Group Plc, Leanne returned to the world of Practice, where she took her commercial experience and training within industry and began her Consultancy career, advising companies on their financial planning, strategy, growth, profitability and business development.

Leanne has a keen interest in education and was previously a school governor at St Mary’s CofE High School in Hendon.

Leanne is married with 2 daughters.

CLAIRE MARTINSON (GSC, E&I, H&S for both Schools)

Claire was educated at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and was one of the inaugural pupils of the Prep department at Monmouth.  She then studied Marketing and German at Strathclyde University.

After 4 years at Coats Viyella where she was Sales Director of a hosiery division, she joined Mars Inc.  Claire spent 11 years at Mars in a number of commercial roles, and across three Mars division [pet food, food and confectionery].

In 2009 she set up her own soft drinks company – Breckland Orchard, based just outside Cambridge.  Breckland Orchard drinks are sold in cafes, delis and restaurants right across the UK, as well as being exported to 10 overseas markets.

JONNY MYERS (Foundation)

Jonny was educated at Bradford Boys Grammar. He read Engineering and Law at Cambridge University (1982-85) and attended the Wharton Advanced Management Programme in 2012.

Jonny is a Partner at Clifford Chance and is the Global Head of Private Equity, with that practice being ranked Band 1 globally. The practice covers 87 Partners and approximately 250 lawyers in 16 countries. Jonny remains actively involved, advising Private Equity houses and corporate groups, leading investment transactions and client relationships as well as management.

Jonny is a trustee and investment committee member of Social Business Trust, supporting the growth of social enterprises with business expertise.

Jonny and his wife, who is a doctor, have four children, three having been previously at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s 男孩的学校 and one daughter who is currently at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls.


Robert was a pupil at the 男孩的学校 from 1975-1986. He studied at the London School of Economics, and has an MBA from the University of Warwick. Robert is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), having worked at Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, and now KPMG where he leads their global Private Equity practice. He has been involved with various charitable activities including academic and social welfare institutions, as a trustee and treasurer.

Robert is married with two sons who previously attended the 男孩的学校 and a daughter currently at the Girls’ School.


David Parrott is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor at New College.  He attended Lewes Priory Comprehensive School in Sussex and took both his BA and DPhil at Oxford (Christ Church and Wolfson).  His first teaching appointment (1985-92) was as Lecturer in the History Department at the University of York.  He returned to New College, Oxford in 1992.

His historical interests lie in European political, military and cultural history of the 16th and 17th centuries.  He has published books on the French army during the ministry of Cardinal Richelieu, on early modern military privatisation (The Business of War), and on the French civil war of the mid-17th century (1652), and numerous articles and book chapters on war, politics and society.

David has served in the Oxford History Faculty as Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Chair of Finals Examiners, and of the Preliminary Examiners.  He has served as an external examiner at Durham, Edinburgh and Leeds universities, and has held a number of external advisory roles at St Andrews University.  He is currently Chair of the Delegacy of Military Instruction, the liaison body between Oxford, other local universities and the Oxford tri-service Officer Training Corps.  He has served as Subwarden at New College, and is Precentor of the Chapel, a role that entailed being Chair of the Governors of New College Choir School (a preparatory day school for boys) for 8 years.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Société de l’Histoire de France, and a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes académiques.


A proud Yorkshire lass, Helen was educated at Leeds Girls’ High School and read Geography at Durham.  Her initial career was in journalism, research and PR in the UK, briefly the US and then for the European Commission in Brussels.  On returning to the UK she moved into advertising and then, spurred on by her part time MBA at Bradford Management School, into Human Capital consulting.  For 14 years she was CEO of a specialist firm within the Omnicom Group where she became well known as a speaker and author on employee engagement, culture and organisational change. In 2015 she ran her own consulting business for a short time before being tempted back into corporate life as a Partner for the global branding and management consultancy Prophet for whom she travels extensively.

Helen and her husband Ian have two daughters both of whom were educated at the Girls’ School from 1996 to 2011 – from Rainbow all the way through to A level.  During virtually all that time they were active committee members of the St. Catherine Parents’ Guild – Ian notably running the bar and/or Pimms tent at many a school event!  Helen was Chair of the Guild from 2008 to 2011.


Richard attended Methodist College Belfast (1971-78) before reading Classics at Jesus College Cambridge (1979-82).  He attained PGCE at Queen’s University Belfast in 1982-83.  He taught at Sevenoaks School in Kent (1983-98) becoming Director of Studies.  He moved to Forest School in Essex in 1998 as Deputy warden and Head of the 男孩的学校.  He was appointed Headmaster at Colfe’s School in 2005 and remains in that appointment currently.  He has held many Governor’s appointments elsewhere over the years including at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation, Bickley Park Prep School, and Deptford Green School.  He is currently a Governor at the British School of Paris.  In 2008-09 he was Secretary HMC London Division and the Chairman 2009-10.

Alex Smith-Bingham (S, IT)

Educated at Eton College and then Bristol University Alex has worked for Accenture and Capgemini for 23 years. He is now running Capgemini’s UK digital practice helping organisations provide new experiences, innovation, services and insight in an increasingly on-line world.

He was a school governor on the strategy committee for the Haberdashers Aske Federation for 6 years. He is a Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company. His interests include rackets, squash, tennis, skiing, windsurfing and travel.

Alex is married to Rachel and has two boys Ben and Tom.

Bernadette Stubley (BSC, TL&C)

Bernadette was educated at Thornton College, UK and St Peter’s Diocesan School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and the University of Kent (History and Philosophy).

Bernadette began her career in education at a London comprehensive and was then appointed to the newly formed staff body at the Harris City Technology College in Croydon.  While at the CTC, an innovative educational environment, Bernadette combined middle management responsibilities with studying for a MA in Education.  Middle and senior management posts leading on academic and curriculum matters at Wallington High School for Girls, a grammar school in Sutton, followed until in 2005 she was appointed Deputy Head Academic at St. Helen and St. Katharine (SHSK), Abingdon. Bernadette was appointed Deputy Head at SHSK in 2011 where her responsibilities include curriculum, assessment and provision for the most able, she also line manages the academic Heads of Department.

She is married with two children, a son educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and now studying medicine and a daughter at SHSK.

Sophia Wetherell (GSC, IT)

Sophia works at Google and currently advises their largest advertising partners across the Retail and Technology sectors on all aspects of their digital, data and technology strategy. She began her career in the creative industry, working for M&C Saatchi where she led relationships for clients before moving into global and corporate development. Through her career Sophia has worked in a local, global and EMEA remit, and has lived in New York as well as London. She is a Marketing Academy Scholar (alumni), DMA & E-Commerce Awards Judge and recipient of the 35 under 35 Management Today/Sunday Times award. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, then took an Art Foundation Diploma at Bower Ashton Bristol before attending the University of Edinburgh to study English Literature (MA Hons).


David is Head of Real Estate and Leisure Sectors within Santander Corporate & Investment Bank.  Prior to that he was the Group Treasurer for Grosvenor Group (the largest privately-owned international property management and development company) for 7 years, where he set up the group treasury function and looked after and structured the financing arrangements for the group averaging £1.3bn per annum.  Other roles have included Syngenta AG, (the largest global Agrochemical business) where he held a number of senior positions over 4 years helping set up their Treasury operations after the company was formed from the demerger of Novartis and Zeneca.  He started his career in 1987 with a 12-year spell at Marks and Spencer where he held numerous accounting roles before finding his feet in corporate finance and left to join Marconi treasury where he spent 2 fascinating years from 1999.  

He is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. 

David’s first love was music – he studied at the Purcell School of Music and trained as a violinist.  He is married with two daughters who currently attend the Girls’ School.

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