Declaration of Interests
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Chair of Governors
William is a chartered accountant, having qualified at KPMG, and has over thirty years’ experience as a main board director of public and private companies, acting at various times as Chairman, CEO, COO and CFO. Currently, he is also a Governor of West Acton Primary School, a maintained school in Ealing.
William is a graduate of St. Andrews University with a French degree and believes strongly in the teaching of modern foreign languages as a core part of the curriculum.
William was appointed a Governor in 2020.
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.
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.
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 has twice served as a councillor on Hammersmith & Fulham Council in the Avonmore and Brook Green and the North End Wards. 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.
Sarah Fletcher was educated at King Alfred’s Wantage before studying Modern History at Oxford. She has taught in a number of schools, at home and abroad, including boarding, day, single sex girls and boys, co-educational, state and independent. From 1996 she was employed at Rugby School where she was first House Mistress, then Director of Studies and Deputy Head. She has a strong interest in curriculum reform and was involved from the outset with the development of the Extended Project Qualification and the Cambridge Pre-U, sitting on the Pre-U Steering Committee. She has been a school governor and was involved in the Warwickshire Children, Young People and Families Partnership Forum alongside the Warwickshire School Learning and Education Sub-Committee. She has delivered seminars and lectures on pastoral care, teaching, curriculum reform and school management. She was appointed Head of Kingston Grammar School in 2009, Head of the City of London School in 2014 and High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School in 2017. She loves music and playing the clarinet is one of her greatest pleasures.
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 and also sits on the Education Sub-Committee. Tony provides advice and support to our outstanding Music Department.
Gilat Levy joined the Governing body in 2019; She is a Professor of Economics at LSE, where she teaches courses in microeconomic theory and political economy. Previously, she had been a deputy head of teaching for the department of economics at LSE. Gilat passionately believes in non-selective schools such as WLFS and is interested in increasing achievement for all ability levels.
Gilat's children both attend WLFS.
Originally from Cavan in Ireland, Laura O'Brien moved to London where she gained her BA degree in Physical Education (QTS) from St. Mary's University in Twickenham. She has experience of teaching in a variety of schools including The Harrodian and Radnor House. She also enjoyed a two year stint living abroad, working in the Australian International School in Singapore. Laura is very passionate about teaching PE and is very much looking forward to taking Girls' Sport at WLFS to the next level.
Aside from teaching, Laura is a keen sportswoman and continues to compete at Richmond Hockey Club. She also plays mixed touch rugby and enjoys crossfit, swimming and generally keeping fit.
Laura was appointed Staff Governor in February 2021.
Kim is an HR Director with 25 years experience across FinTech, Digital Media and Entertainment sectors, and has a Masters in Human Resource Management. Kim started her own HR management consultancy in 2010, and works with growing international digital businesses. She helps organisations develop and scale, working closely with senior leadership teams. She is particularly interested in talent management, employee engagement, equality and diversity, and the values and culture of dynamic organisations.
Kim lives in Hammersmith, is born and raised in West London, and educated in local state schools. She has had children in WLFS since 2014. The youngest is still at WLFS, and the oldest has just left Sixth Form. She is delighted that her children are able to attend such a great local state school.
Kim was appointed a governor in 2021.
Nadia previously served a four-year term as a governor in an early years centre where her children attended.
Nadia speaks five languages, and graduated from The London Institute with an HND in Travel and Tourism Management, later completing a degree in Travel and Tourism at the University of Bedfordshire. She is also a qualified Parent Practitioner delivering Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities, a popular 13-week parenting course with the main objective of enhancing the parent/child relationship. She is now hoping to continue her journey by embarking on becoming a Human Rights Lawyer.
Nadia has three children, two of whom attend WLFS in Years 11 and 9. During her spare time, she enjoys baking, cake decorating, reading, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.
Nadia was appointed a governor in 2021.