Sarah Beeching

As a Tiffin Girls’ alumna (1981-88), I am delighted to be a member of The Tiffin Girls’ School Board of Governors. I studied economics at university completing an MSc at Birkbeck College. My first career was in Government where I spent 15 years working for the Department for International Development and Cabinet Office, specialising in international development. Since 2011, I have run my own consultancy business. I have particularly focused on political negotiations and campaigning to increase access to education for girls, children affected by conflict and those with disabilities. As a mother of a teenage son and daughter, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing young people as they develop their skills and plan their careers. I feel privileged to be in a position to give something back to the school that gave me so much. 

Kate Bevan

I had a very happy seven years at Tiffin Girls’ from 1992-1999 and am so pleased now to have the opportunity to give back to the school that gave me so much: a fantastic education, high aspirations and friends for life. After Tiffin Girls’, I read History at Exeter University and then gained my PGCE from Cambridge University. I started teaching in a junior school in Twickenham and completed an MA in education at St Mary’s University. My teaching career has been varied thus far, working as a Year 2 and 3 form teacher and latterly a specialist history teacher in Key Stages 2 and 3. For three years I was Director of Studies at Danes Hill School in Oxshott, overseeing a wide-ranging curriculum for pupils aged 3 to 13. I am currently the Head of Ibstock Place Prep School, next to Richmond Park.

Lucy Boiling

I am Head of PE at The Tiffin Girls’ School and I am delighted to be appointed as a Staff Governor. I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science at the University of Birmingham before going on to complete a PGDipEd in Secondary PE and a Masters in Teaching Studies. As I embark on my fifth year at Tiffin Girls’, I am able to draw upon a number of challenges that have arisen during my teaching career (including completing the SSAT Leadership Course and working on developing a programme of leadership for our students) and act as a proactive member of the Governing Board. Outside of school, I play Rugby at level 3 of the women’s game and have just started competing in open water swimming races. I look forward to this new and exciting challenge.

Alexandra Buckle

I am a Lecturer in Music at St Hilda’s, University of Oxford and specialise in English music from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries whilst teaching a much broader range of music history. I was on the committee for the Re-interment of King Richard III in Leicester in March 2015 and my research guided the ceremony. I have twice acted as a music consultant for English Heritage and enjoy speaking on a range of radio and television programmes. I play the flute and piano and enjoy singing. I studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Magdalen College, Oxford. I am passionate about all things relating to education, hold a Postgraduate Diploma for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have also taught in a secondary girls’ school (Notting Hill and Ealing High). I live in Kingston with my husband and two young children.

Shelley Frost

I was pleased to be co-opted onto the Governing Board of The Tiffin Girls' School last year. The school is a prominent part of the local area of which I am part as I live off Richmond Road with my young daughter. I am the product of a selective education having attended a girls’ grammar school in Buckinghamshire. My successful career in property has been as a result of the achievements there. I am currently on sabbatical for a year but have been an International Director at JLL for 14 years and am looking forward to bringing my Chartered Surveying experience to bear on the various property projects and developments that the school has planned. As well as being a part qualified chartered accountant, I also bring my 25 years’ experience within large global businesses to this role. I also previously served as a Governor at Kingston College and have served on the Global Board of our industry association, CoreNet, the London Council of the CBI, and the fundraising committee of the charity LandAid which seeks to end youth homelessness. I was also a member of the Executive Board of Commercial Real Estate Women which seeks to improve diversity in the property sector.

Fazl-E Hasnain

I am a Chartered Accountant and a former partner of pwc. I am a member of the Richmond and Kingston Local Volunteer Board of Young Enterprise, a charity founded in 1963 offering a range of enterprise programmes to young people between the ages of 4 and 25. I am a volunteer business adviser to Young Enterprise companies at Tiffin Girls’ and a mentor to Masters students of entrepreneurship modules run by the Faculty of Business and Law of Kingston University. I am also one of the mentors of the enterprise programme for students and alumni of London South Bank University and a former Trustee of a charity, which helps young jobseekers with limited educational qualification and career opportunities find employment in the fitness industry. I was a Governor of British School in The Netherlands, an independent school based in The Hague.

Claire Haynes

I am delighted to have been appointed as a Governor of The Tiffin Girls’ School. I have three daughters in secondary education locally, have been a primary school governor for nine years and am an HR Director for a London-based consultancy, so feel I have plenty of broad experience to bring to the role. I am a champion of young talent in the workplace, particularly women, so feel privileged to play a part in contributing to Tiffin girls being successful during their time at the school and setting them up for life beyond.


Adrian Howe

I have been a governor at Tiffin Girls’ since 2005, initially an elected parent governor, then a Community governor and now a founding member of the Academy Trust. I live within walking distance of the school with my wife, Cath, a former teacher at the school. My oldest daughter, Miranda, was a pupil 2003-2010. I benefited enormously from my own grammar school education, becoming the first person in my family to go to university, studying PPE at Oxford. I then qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. More recently, I have been Finance Director of several technology-based companies. I now chair both the Tiffin Girls’ Finance Committee (whose workload increased significantly once we became an independent Academy) and the Admissions Group. I feel privileged to be able to use my financial management experience to "give something back" to the local community and am particularly proud of the changes we have made to the admissions criteria in recent years to prioritise local and disadvantaged girls.


Donna Newell

I am a mother of three girls, one who currently attends Tiffin Girls’. I also work as an Assistant Headteacher in a primary school in Wimbledon. Since graduating in 1993, I have taught in three different schools, teaching children from 3 to 13 years and I am aware of the ever-increasing demands of school life. My current role involves working closely with staff, pupils and parents ensuring that they receive the best education possible. I also work alongside local universities, mentoring and supporting trainees while they are on placement in schools. I am delighted to be a Parent Governor at Tiffin Girls’ and will act as a critical friend to the school by challenging, supporting and ensuring all girls reach their full potential across all areas of school life.

Carol Perry

Being a Governor at Tiffin Girls’ for fourteen years has been a stimulating and rewarding experience. I joined the Governing Board just after a major fire, when there was a focus on re-building a wing that was fit for 21st-century education. Many changes have followed, including the change to Foundation, then Academy status, as well as two expansions in pupil numbers. Throughout this time of change, I have felt it important that the school maintains its central ethos and excellent standards, with a focus on the individual. I have held positions of Chair of Student Welfare Committee, Vice-Chair of Governors, and I currently chair the Pay and Personnel committee. My background is in languages and my experience as a communications consultant has proved most useful in the ever-changing landscape of the educational world. 

Alison Shakespeare

I graduated in French from University College, London and then completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education. Since then I have worked in secondary education for over thirty years, holding a range of leadership positions including Head of Languages, Assistant Principal and, most recently, Vice Principal of Heathside School in Weybridge. I now work for TeachFirst as a Teacher Educator with responsibility for training teachers to work in schools facing the greatest challenges. I work with a number of local schools supporting the development of teachers and school leaders and also deliver conferences on the TeachFirst programme. Outside work I am passionate about dance and musical theatre. I also play the piano. One of my two children attends Tiffin Girls’ and I have experienced first-hand all of the wonderful opportunities the school provides both inside and beyond the classroom. I am delighted to have been appointed as a Governor and hope to use my experience in education to support the school’s continued outstanding success.

Hamish Stewart

My wife and I live in North Kingston with our two children. Since moving to the area, I have wanted to use my experience in financial management to help the local community. I trained as a Chartered Accountant within both Audit and Transaction Services at PwC, before working for the finance teams of large corporate groups. Over the last seven years I have managed large, long-term outsourcing contacts for both local and central government across a range of different governance structures. I am delighted to have this opportunity to use my experience and contribute to the continuing success of The Tiffin Girls’ School.

Matt Toolan

I am an Aeronautical Engineer by training, gaining a MEng at Imperial College, London. I graduated in 1996 and began a career in banking, specialising in Project Finance. I have played leading roles in projects that resulted in the construction and/or refurbishment of more than 25 secondary schools. I am currently involved in the financing of a large number of renewable energy projects. I am the father of two daughters, both of whom attend The Tiffin Girls’ School; one in Year 10, the other in Year 7. I have been a Parent Governor at their primary school for nearly eight years, and I am delighted to have been elected by the other parents to continue in a similar role at Tiffin Girls'. My knowledge of contracts and finance, and school governorship experience, will hopefully be of use to the Governing Board and I look forward to helping in any way that I can.