The Governors of the School, who are also Trustees of the charity which operates it, determine the aims, strategy and overall conduct of the school. They set and review the policies, plans and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils of St Margaret's. They are responsible for legal and regulatory compliance and risk management, financial propriety, strategic direction, the maintenance of standards and the guardianship of the charity's assets. Responsibility for the day to day management of the school is delegated to the Principal.
The current membership of the Board of Governors
Emily Brettle (Chairman) joined the Board in 2013. She studied Classics at New College, Oxford and then became a solicitor in the City of London specialising in competition law. Emily has been teaching Latin at The Academy School in Hampstead since 2009. Emily is married with three sons. She and her family enjoy spending their holidays in the Lake District.
Dawn Atkinson joined the Board in 2021. She started her NHS career as nurse and has held a number of senior NHS management, nursing and national leadership roles with a background in healthcare governance, regulation, quality and standards. Dawn is a senior manager for a local NHS trust, she is married with a daughter, a previous pupil at St Margaret's.
Michael Feldman is a Chartered Certified Accountant now retired with 44 years experience in the profession specialising in Investment Management and Charities. He has been a governor since 2008, with a break, and now servicing a second term with particular emphasis on Finance and Charitable status.
Edmund Grower is a solicitor in private practice. He has been a Governor since 2002.
Dugald MacNeill joined the Board in 2014. His career has been in the manufacturing and IT industries and he implemented and managed Quality, Environmental and Information Security certified management systems. His other interests include voluntary charity work, Arsenal and his MG sports car.
Tina Marton joined the Board in 2018. A resident of Hampstead of over 30 years she has been involved in the local chartable sector and is an active member of the local resident’s association. She has three children.
Lydia McBride started her career in teaching and since 1984 has been a Financial Adviser. A Founding Partner of a FTSE 100 Company specialising in Portfolio Management, Inheritance Tax and Charitable Trusts. She is married with one daughter, lives in Barnet and enjoys travelling, walking, music, theatre, reading and fine dining.
Marie Clare Mendham is Head of Psychology across 5 boroughs, and also the strategic lead for developing psychological care for inpatient services. She has experience in a wide range of environments, from prison to primary and secondary care to rehabilitation. She also has experience working as a change management and stress management consultant.
Faarid Patel is joint Managing Director of Mediscript Ltd. He is a Chartered Accountant and takes particular responsibility for oversight of the School's investments. He has been a Governor since 2008.
Adrian Wayne is a General Practitioner at a North London Medical Centre. Dr Wayne is the Governor with special responsibility for Child Protection. He joined the Board in 2007.
Michelle Wayne became a Governor in 2004. She is married to a local GP and has two grown-up daughters. She has been involved for 30 years in administration in investment banking and schools, combined with parallel careers in professional tennis coaching and modern languages. She enjoys travel, opera and all sports. As Michelle Ballheimer, she was a St Margaret's pupil in the 1960's.
Contacting the Board of Governors
Any correspondence for the Chairman of Governors or Board of Governors should be addressed to:
Chairman of Governors
c/o The Clerk to the Governors
St Margaret's School
18 Kidderpore Gardens
London NW3 7SR
To telephone the Clerk, ring the school number and ask for the Bursar.
Alternatively, the Chairman may be emailed at: