West London Free School

West London Free School


Declaration of Interests

To see a register of business interests and other information relating to the governors of the West London Free School Secondary, click here.


Katy Whelan

Chair of Governors

Katy has been appointed as the new Chair of Governors of the secondary school with immediate effect. Katy has a son in Year 11 and a daughter in Year 8 and will be well known to many of you through her work, not only as a parent-governor, but as a leading light of the PTA. She brings a wide range of skills to the position; a chartered accountant, she recently left Deutsche Bank where she spent 18 years in the Corporate Finance division

Katy was appointed in 2016 for a period of three years 

Katy can be contacted on k.whelan@wlfs.org


Simon Hix


Simon was initially a parent governor from 2014 – 16 and is now a Trust appointed governor. He has a son in Year 10. As well as being vice-chair of the governors, Simon focuses on helping the school forge links with Russell Group universities.

Simon is a Professor at the London School of Economics and has extensive teaching and management experience in the education sector. Simon is state school educated, before going on to study at the LSE, at universities in Italy and the United States. Previously also an elected parent governor of a state primary school in London, he is a passionate supporter of non-denominational, non-selective, co-educational schools like the West London Free School and is particularly interested in ensuring that we stretch our most capable pupils to their full ability.

Simon was appointed governor in 2014 for a period of two years and reappointed in 2016 for a period of a further three years.

Simon can be contacted on S.Hix@lse.ac.uk



Nicola Arnold

Governor and Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Nicola is Finance Director at St George’s University of London, the only remaining independent medical school in the UK. She was until the end of 2015 the Deputy Finance Director of University College London. She is also a Council member of the ICAEW. Nicola was educated at a grammar school in Kingston before joining Ernst & Young where she qualified as an accountant. She has an interest in equality and widening participation in higher education, having previously sat on the Audit Committee of the Equality Challenge Unit and was also a governor and chair of the Finance and Audit Committee at the UCL Academy (a sponsored Academy in Camden). 

Nicola was appointed governor in 2014 for a three year term. 



Mr M Conrad 

Staff Governor 

Mr Conrad graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Economics. After a career spanning law, entrepreneurship and marketing, Mr Conrad has turned to teaching as he wishes to share his broad knowledge and experience with the next generation. West London Free School is Mr Conrad's first teaching post and he will teach Mathematics.  Outside of school Mr Conrad is a keen cyclist and loves great architecture and design.

Mathew was appointed teacher governor in 2017 for a period of two years 



Kathryn Cooper


Kathryn is one of the founding group behind the West London Free School and is a Member of the Knowledge Schools Trust Board. Prior to joining the governing body of the secondary she established, and then chaired the governing body of the West London Free School Primary and The Earl’s Court Free School Primary for three years. They were judged outstanding by Ofsted in June 2015 and June 2017 respectively. Her experience in governance began at her children’s primary school in Chiswick where she was the governor for Inclusion for four years. 

Kathryn was educated in the state sector at a rural comprehensive in the New Forest and then in London where she obtained a Business Studies degree, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Strategy from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Her experience of working with colleagues who have had better educational opportunities than she did, has driven her passion for an excellent education for all.   She is thoroughly committed to the ethos and vision of the West London Free School.

Her two sons attend the school. 

Kathryn was appointed to the governing body in September 2016 for a period of three years. She is responsible for safeguarding, and from January 2018, careers and physical education. 



Mark Feltham


Mark Feltham has taught Maths in Central London for the last thirty years. After graduating from Cambridge University and picking up a PGCE at the Institute of Education, he worked at St Marylebone and Burlington Danes before becoming Head of Maths at St Augustine's in Kilburn from 1991 to 1997, including time in the Senior Management Team. Since then he has worked at Westminster School where he is a pastoral middle manager.

Mark became a governor in December 2015 for a three year term. Mark is a member of the Education Sub-Committee.


Caroline Ffiske


Caroline Ffiske is one of the founders of the West London Free School.

She grew up in New Zealand, trained as an economist and worked for six years in the New Zealand public service before moving to London where she worked for 10 years as a management consultant. She serves as a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Avonmore and Brook Green Ward, and lives in the borough with her young family. Caroline is passionate about the West London Free School bringing choice to parents from all walks of life and awareness of the opportunities it creates for them and their children.

Caroline first became a governor in 2011 and was re-appointed for another five years in 2015.



Mrs R Fonseka

Staff Governor

Mrs Fonseka graduated from the University or Warwick with a Bsc in Bio-Medical Science. Mrs Fonseka has worked with charities in Zimbabwe teaching Mathematics and English to orphaned children.

Mrs Fonseka's passion for science stems from her school days where she enjoyed the variety of her science lessons, and the opportunities to explore new ideas. She aims to teach science classes which encourage self-confidence, inquisitiveness and independence.

Away from teaching, Mrs Fonseka enjoys travelling and aims to visit a new country each year. 

Ruth was appointed teacher governor in 2017 for a period of two years 


Tony Henwood


Tony has been Director of Music at Latymer Upper School since 1996, being in charge of academic music. He is also responsible for the extra-curricular programme and manages 40 peripatetic music staff.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, Tony is also an examiner, trainer and moderator for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He plays the organ, piano and viola, and has a particular enthusiasm for the operas of Wagner and Britten. He is also Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill. Tony lives in Chiswick and is passionate about the arts, believing that they have a crucial role to play in the development of young people.

Tony first became a governor in 2015 for a term of three years and also sits on the Education Sub-Committee. Tony provides advice and support to our outstanding Music Department.   



Amaya Lopez

Parent Governor

Amaya is an elected parent governor and has a son in Year 10 and a daughter in Year 12.

Amaya grew up in Hammersmith attending a local independent school. She read Modern Languages at Leeds University, after which she undertook freelance translating whilst working as a trainee journalist. During her career in journalism, Amaya has worked for newspapers, magazines and online publications. She has also tutored in modern languages and has recruitment and public relations experience. She is a long standing member of the PTA and is passionate about children of all backgrounds reaching their full potential.

Amaya was appointed parent governor in 2016 for a period of two years. Amaya is a member of the Education Sub-Committee. 


Katrina Troy


Katrina is a Commercial Finance Director for Harper Collins Publishers, having previously worked for Random House Publishers and at the BBC.  She was educated at a voluntary aided grammar school in North London and went on to read History before qualifying as a chartered accountant with PwC.

Katrina was appointed governor in 2017 for a three year term.  She is also a member of the finance sub-committee.









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