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Council Biographies

School Council Ms J Barnard-Langston

3 Ms C Oram


Mrs F Cook

3 Mrs T Outhwaite


Mrs K Cowell

3 Ms D Patman


Dr A Edwards

3 Lady Patten of Barnes


Dr H Fajemirokun

3 Dr J M Peacey


Ms T Fani-Kayode

4 Mr A J Pianca


Mrs S Fowler-Watt

4 Mr R Sanders


Mr S Hepher

4 Dr G Savage


Miss V Jenkins

4 Mrs V Smiley


Ms A-M Martin

5 Ms A Whitaker


Mrs C Nightingale




Ms J BarnardLangston

Jenny Barnard-Langston is a Justice of the Peace and former youth panel Chairman, as well as a professional family and couple Psychotherapist and Life Coach.

BA MA DipCouns JP

She runs a training company developing company directors, trustees and improving governance. Jenny has thirty years’ experience of policy involvement in the education provision in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex and served as Mayor of Brighton & Hove. She also serves as Chair of Governors to local Primary schools Jenny is designated by the DfE as a National Leader of Governance, a systems leader to improve education standards and develop school to school support. In her National role, Jenny designs and delivers training and external reviews of governance on behalf of Local Authorities and direct to schools and colleges. Jenny is a member of the Strategy Committee, and the Awards and Risk & Compliance Groups, as well as being the Council Member for Safeguarding.

Mrs F Cook BSc (OR)

Fleur Cook is an Old Roedeanian having attended the school from 1979-87. She gained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Exeter University. Fleur worked at Harrods for over eleven years in progressively more senior and demanding roles, in several different departments within the Food Halls. Fleur’s final store appointment was as Senior Buyer, Charcuterie, Traiteur, Delicatessen and Frosted Foods, managing 55 staff and 80 suppliers. She was then selected as one of the key individuals to spearhead a new company-wide SAP implementation to revolutionise the internal workings and supply chain. Fleur has since joined Red Penguin Ventures, a boutique venture capital and corporate finance firm, as Director of Operations. Fleur is a member of the Nominations & Governance Committee.

Mrs K Cowell BEd MBA (OR)

Katherine has recently retired after working for 37 years in teaching. During that time she worked in a variety of schools and spent the last 14½ years as the Head of Mathematics in Northampton High School which is a member of the Girls Day School Trust. She was involved in creating and managing curriculum initiatives throughout her career, and is proud of the success that she achieved with the members of her department in maintaining consistently high standards and encouraging an increasing number of girls to study Mathematics beyond GCSE. Katherine has pertinent school management experience and is aware of the need to lead and manage staff effectively in order to help them to develop their skills and to work well as part of a team. Her focus on building the positive culture of her team played a strong role in her department’s success. Katherine is a member of the Risk & Compliance Group.

Dr A Edwards MA (Oxon) FRCP

Anne Edwards is a full time Consultant at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in Sexual Health, Honorary Senior Lecturer in The Nuffield Department of Medicine and Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Associate Post Graduate Dean and Foundation School Director. In her clinical area of specialisation she has a focus on the sexual and reproductive health of young people, including those under the age of 16, who present to this open access service. In education she is involved in the selection (and training) of undergraduate medical students to the University of Oxford. She runs the postgraduate training programme for newly qualified doctors who spend two years as Foundation trainees (500 doctors in the Oxford Foundation School). Anne is a member of the Education Committee.

Dr H Fajemirokun BA Hons (Oxon) PhD

Henry Fajemirokun is a Consultant/Company Director who advises and works with a number of UK and foreign companies at board level on risk management, financing, business strategy and organisation. He is currently practicing as CEO of Collingwood British Education Ltd. His career includes a number of departmental MD positions in global investment banks specialising in derivatives and fixed income areas.


Name Ms T Fani-Kayode BSc (OR)

Profession Toyin Fani-Kayode was educated at Roedean. After graduating (Psychology) from University College, London, she did a Post-Graduate Course at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. In 1994 she began her career in broadcast journalism, and over the next six years she worked as a reporter and presenter with the BBC, Channel 4 and independent production companies. When she was with the BBC, she worked on both the World Service and TV. Toyin then took a professional career break, during which time she developed an extensive portfolio of volunteer work with two London Councils (Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) focusing on supporting vulnerable communities as a Peer Community Research Consultant and Trainer. She continued her voluntary work after resuming her professional career in 2011. Toyin has remained in the media industry in the administrative and commercial side of the business. She is currently with the Creative Industries Federation. Over the past seven years she has built a strong commercial understanding of small and large organisations.

Mrs S Fowler-Watt RGN (OR)

Sheila Fowler-Watt is an Old Roedeanian and was the first ESU girl scholar to the USA in 1956. She is a qualified Bart’s Nurse 1960 - Gold Medallist. Being the wife of a Headmaster, Sheila was fully involved in a boarding prep school for 28 years. Sheila joined Council in 1970 as President of the ORA, and has been involved with Roedean ever since as a Council member, as Vice Chair for several years and, now, as Vice President.

Mr S Hepher BEd

Sebastian Hepher was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich. After qualifying as a teacher in 1989, he began teaching within secondary education in the maintained sector, teaching at Hurstmere Boys School, Kent and subsequently The London Nautical School, in Central London. Mr Hepher joined Eaton House Pre-Prep. School in 1990 before being appointed as Head of Eaton House The Manor Prep. in 1993. Mr Hepher led and grew this school from the small, embryonic phases to where it is today, as one of London’s leading Prep. Schools. Mr Hepher was appointed as Head of Eaton Square School in 2010, since when the School has grown significantly, as has its standing. The School has been led through two ISI inspections under his Headship where the findings were ‘Excellent’ on both occasions. Mr Hepher has now also taken on the oversight of Eaton Square Upper School, Mayfair, which opened in September 2017. It is a co-educational school from 11 years to 18 years old and opened with 106 pupils. Mr Hepher is a Council member of IAPS (450 Prep Schools) and is Chairman of 1S (70 Prep Schools in London and southern suburbs). He is also a Board Member of Minerva Education and a member of the Colet Court Group of Heads, the West London Heads Group and COBIS.

Miss V Jenkins MA PGCSE MEd (OR)

Victoria Jenkins has been an Educational Psychologist for 36 years, and has worked for Birmingham City Council since 1987. Currently she is semi-retired, and will retire fully in September 2018. In addition to supporting academic achievements for all abilities, Victoria’s interests include: stress-management and building resilience; anti-bullying and safeguarding work; and the various barriers to effective written literacy, including dyslexia. She has a strong reputation as an advisor/external expert who works with school-staff, so as to empower them to achieve their desired results.


Name Ms A-M Martin MBE BSc MSc

Profession Anne-Marie Martin has a BSc in Botany and MSc in Information Science. Anne-Marie worked in the Scientific Civil Service and a PR company before joining the University of London in 1983. In 2014, she was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education for her work in Careers and Student Services. Now retired, she is still the Warden of the University’s Laurels, Treasurer of a children’s charity and Events Manager of her local Conservation Group. She maintains an interest in graduate employment. Anne-Marie is a member of the Risk & Compliance Group with responsibility for boarding, as well as a member of the Education Committee.

Mrs C Nightingale BA MBA (OR)

Camilla Nightingale has more than 20 years’ experience in Marketing, PR and Digital, working for luxury retailers Tiffany & Co., Smythson and Monica Vinader. Camilla was Head Girl, and is also a Granddaughter of the school. After leaving Roedean and graduating from the University of Exeter, Camilla continued her education and gained an MBA from Westminster. She volunteered to help with the Roedean Community Network initiative and website, where her professional input proved invaluable, and she is now delighted to be able to contribute more in a formal capacity by joining the School Council. Camilla is a member of the Estates Committee and the Development & Marketing Group.

Ms C Oram MA (Cantab) ACIB Dip Trans

Cecilia Oram’s main career has been in corporate and investment banking. Cecilia read German and Spanish at Cambridge University, and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds the Diploma in Translation of the Institute of Linguists. Cecilia is Vice-Chair of Council, Chair of the Nominations & Governance Committee and a member of the Strategy, Remuneration and Finance Committees, and is the Girton College, Cambridge representative.


Name Mrs T Outhwaite BA PGDip (OR)

Profession Teresa Outhwaite is passionate about Roedean’s success – having lived locally for many years and maintained contact with Roedean throughout. She is active across a broad local network and is committed to volunteering for local charities. For a number of years she has been Chair for The Friends of Windlesham School, overseeing fundraising initiatives and creating streamlined database systems. Teresa was an academic scholar at Roedean and on leaving went on to gain a BA in Fashion Textile Design with Business Studies, and a PGDip in Design History at University of Brighton. Following her education she has worked in the fashion industry and education in Brighton and Oxford. Teresa is a member of the Development & Marketing Group.

Ms D Patman MA (Oxon) (OR)

Delva Patman qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1969. In 1980, after 16 years in local government and private practice, working in London, Europe and the Middle East, Delva founded Delva Patman Associates, now Delva Patman Redler LLP. Renowned as an expert on rights of light, party wall and neighbourly issues, she has advised on a diverse range of notable commercial, public and private development projects throughout the UK. Delva was a Vice President of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors from 2003 to 2006 and was the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors (1999/2000). She was formerly Chairman of the University College of Estate Management, is a member of Council of Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham and Governor of Channing School, Highgate, chairing the Estates Committees of both. Delva is a Trustee of St Clement Danes Church and a Special Lieutenant of Her Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London, a member of the Board of the City Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and the RFCA Greater London Property Board. She completed 15 years as Hon Air Commodore 7010 (VR) Photographic Interpretation Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force on 31st October 2017 and retains the rank as a member of 601 City of London Squadron RAuxAF. Delva is Chair of the Estates Committee and a member of the Strategy Committee.

Lady Patten of Barnes MA (Oxon) (OR)

Lavender Patten is an Old Roedeanian. After practising as a family law barrister, she retrained as a mediator dealing with family disputes. She has been involved in a number of charities and as a school governor including Chair of the governing body at Godolphin & Latymer School, and Patron of Hope for Children. Lavender is President of the Corporation and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Dr J M Peacey MB BS MRCGP (OR)

Jean Peacey is an Old Roedeanian who then went to Medical School (St Bartholomews Hospital London). Jean married an army officer in 1954 and travelled widely with the army. She worked in the Far East and Saudi Arabia, and as a Senior Medical Officer at the Ministry of Defence. Jean was President of the ORA 1982-86 and has two daughters both educated at Roedean. Jean is Vice-President of the Corporation.


Name Mr A J Pianca Esq FCA

Profession Andrew Pianca joined Crowe Clark Whitehill in 1977 and was appointed an Audit Partner in 1981, followed by senior roles in New Business, Strategic Planning and Not for Profit. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Executive, and in 2013 became Chairman until his retirement in 2016. He was also a Board member of Crowe Horwath International, and its international Chairman in 2013-14. As a leading specialist Not for Profit Audit and Advisory Partner, Andrew established the largest Not for Profit Group and, within it, the largest Schools and Education Team in any firm of accountants. He advised many independent schools and large national charities, wrote two books on charity financial management and reporting, and was financial adviser for the ISBA. Post retirement he continues to lecture and advise within this sector. Andrew is also Chairman of the ICAEW Chartered Accountants’ Trustees Limited, a governor of Epsom College and a trustee of the Chartered Accountants’ Livery Charity. Andrew is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Strategy, Roedean Group of Schools, Remuneration and Estates Committees.

Mr R Sanders OBE

Roger Sanders is MD of the employee benefits division of Lighthouse Group plc, one of the UK’s largest independent advisory firms, and, also, a Vice President of the Insurance Institute of London. Roger chaired Francis Holland School Graham Terrace’s Development Committee 1997-99. Formerly a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service 2005-13 and of the Personal Investment Authority 1996-2000. Roger was appointed an OBE in 2002 for services to financial services regulation. Roger is a Freeman of the City of London and Renter Warden of the Worshipful Company of Broderers, and also a Trustee of the English National Opera Benevolent Fund and the Chief Honorary Steward of Westminster Abbey. Roger joined as an adviser on to the Finance Committee in 2011 to provide investment oversight of the external fund managers, and appointed to Roedean Council in 2012. He is Chair of Council and the Strategy Committee, a member of the Roedean Group of Schools, Remuneration and Finance Committees, and an ex-officio member of the Nominations & Governance Committee.

Dr G Savage MA (Cantab) PhD FRSA

Gary Savage was educated in Suffolk, before reading History at Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD. He is currently Head of Alleyn’s and prior that was Head of History and Master-in-College at Eton and Under Master at Westminster, He enjoys History, the Arts, studying German, and following the fortunes of Ipswich Town F.C. Gary is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Strategy Committee.

Mrs V Smiley BA (OR)

Vivien Smiley has a background in PR, public affairs and stakeholder relations. Since leaving Roedean and graduating from the University of Nottingham, she has worked in sport, higher education and the commercial sector. This includes time spent as Head of Communications for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), where she also led bids for inward investment from the public sector. Vivien has a strong understanding of education policy and the private education market, with three young children at prep school on the Kent/Sussex border where she lives. She is a Trustee Board Member of Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit trust, and a Governor of an Academy in the maintained sector. Vivien is a member of the Nominations & Governance Committee.

Ms A Whitaker MA (Oxon) ACA

Anne Whitaker joined Ernst & Young in 1979 after graduating from the University of Oxford, and became audit partner in 1996 until her retirement in 2009. She currently holds board positions at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and Markel International, and is also a director of Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc. Anne is a member of the Finance Committee.


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