Governors

Our governing body ensures Westminster City School delivers a good quality education. Together with our Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set our School's aims and policies.

The Governing Body of Westminster City School meets at least once each term, while sub-committees meet more frequently. In the academic year 2019-20, our sub-committees included: Admissions; Discipline; Marketing and Partnerships; Quality of Education; Strategy and Resources. Governor attendance is updated annually to coincide with the adoption of the annual financial statements (usually November each year).

The key roles of our governors are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold our Headteacher to account for the educational performance of our School and our pupils/students, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of our School and ensure money is well spent

Our governors also carry out other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how our budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on our curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring our School's aims and policies

Our governors

Mr William Wells MA MBA, (Chair) Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

William Wells is Executive Vice-Chairman, Central & South-Eastern Europe, at Rothschild & Co. He has over 30 years’ experience of advising companies, governments, state-owned entities, regulators and charities on strategy, financing and related environment/social/governance (“ESG”) matters.

Brought up equi-distant between Westminster City School and Grey Coat Hospital, William has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and a MBA from London Business School. After leaving university, he joined the British Army serving at home and abroad in the Royal Green Jackets (now The Rifles).

William has held a number of board appointments in the private, public and charitable sectors – including in education. He is currently a Council Member and Trustee of the National Army Museum in Chelsea and Chairman of the National Army Museum Foundation. He is married with three grown-up children and lives in north London.

Appointed: 16 October 2020
Office expires: 15 October 2023
Register of interests: Rothschild & Co; Trustee of The National Army Museum and the National Army Museum Foundation

Mrs Helen Brooks BD, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Helen Brooks first became a parent governor at Westminster City School when her three sons were pupils here. It has been her privilege to serve as a governor since then. 

Helen has worked at the Department for Education for most of her career, until her recent retirement. Her work has included widening participation in higher education and 14-19 vocational policy. Her most recent post was on national SEN policy.

Helen lives with her husband in south London. She is active in her local church, and enjoys being a “hands on” granny. When she is not busy with everything else, Helen enjoys choral singing.

Appointed: July 1999
Office expires: 9 July 2023
Register of interests: None

Mr Tara Douglas-Home BA, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Tara Douglas-Home is a senior management consultant with IBM, working with a range of clients in the automotive and retail sectors. He has a History degree from the University of East Anglia.

Tara was appointed a governor of Westminster City School in November 1998 and has served on our governing body since this time. He is also a trustee of United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation.

Appointed: November 1998
Office expires: 31 August 2022
Register of interests: Management Consultant at IBM UK Ltd; Trustee of United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation; Trustee of Westminster City School General Charitable Trust; Trustee of The Dulverton Trust

Ms Katherine Herzog Parsons BA MA ACII ACT, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Katherine Herzog Parsons is a Principal at BP Ventures, where she invests in startups focused on sustainability and the energy transition. She is a board observer at Grid Edge, which uses AI to drive energy efficiency in buildings. Katherine is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is on the Government’s Female Entrepreneurship Council and a business mentor for Innovate UK.  

Katherine read Politics and Philosophy at Durham University and has a Masters from King's College London’s War Studies Department.

Katherine was appointed a school governor at Westminster City School in 2018. In 2019, she took on the role of Chair of the Finance and Resource Committee. She was previously a governor at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham, which is also part of our Foundation.

Appointed: October 2016
Office expires: 11 July 2022
Register of interests: Principal at BP Ventures

Sir Charles Hoare Bt BA MSc (Joint Vice Chair), Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Sir Charles Hoare was educated in Westminster, at Pimlico School, and read History at Durham University before doing a Masters at the London School of Economics.

Charles has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 20 years, with a focus on international social policy.

He is married to Eleanor with three school age children and lives in North London.

Appointed: July 2018
Office expires: 11 July 2022
Register of interests: Charity trusteeships

Mr John Olatunji BA FRSA, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

John Olatunji is a Vice President, Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citigroup, specialising in global liquidity solutions for corporations and institutions. Previously, John was at J.P. Morgan where he began his banking career, undertaking product and strategy roles across the Corporate and Investment Bank.   

John is an alumnus of Westminster City School (2005 – 2010). He was appointed a governor in 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Admissions, Marketing and Partnerships Committee. 

John graduated from the University of York in 2015. He is a communicant member of the Church of England, an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and enjoys rugby.

Appointed: July 2018
Office expires: 1 May 2023
Register of interests: JP Morgan Chase & Co

Ms Temi Olusola BA MSc CIPD, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Temi Olusola works in human resources and heads up the HR Department at Westminster Abbey. She is passionate about HR and people, especially the mentoring of young people.

Temi first graduated with a joint degree in European Business and Business Economics, then completed her Masters in Human Resource Management and Consultancy. She has experience of retail and telecommunications but much of her experience has been in the charity sector, working with Age UK and the Department of Education.

Temi is married with two young daughters and is heavily involved in the leadership of her local church. She was appointed as a governor of Westminster City School in November 2019 and has previously been a governor at St Mary’s Primary School in Greenwich.

Appointed: November 2019
Office expires: 10 December 2023
Register of interests: None

Mr Ugbana Oyet, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Biography to follow.

Appointed: 26 November 2019
Office expires: 25 November 2023
Register of interests:
Serjeant-at-Arms at the House of Commons, Director of 7M Solutions Ltd, charity trustee of the Wessex Close Christian Fellowship

Mrs Carol Rider BSc (Joint Vice Chair), Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Carol Rider joined our governing body back in 2006, while her two sons were attending Westminster City School.

After a career in banking, she read psychology at University College London and then undertook postgraduate studies in systemic family therapy.

Carol has worked in education for almost 20 years within the boroughs of Westminster and Tower Hamlets, and today works for a leading Christian conference and retreat centre.

Carol was appointed Vice Chair of Governors in 2018 and, in 2014, awarded the role of National Leader of Governance by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. She works closely with our Headteacher to provide a strategic vision of excellence for our School.

Appointed: December 2006
Office expires: 12 December 2022
Register of interests: Other charitable interests

Mr Terry Rosenquist, Foundation Governor - appointed by the Trustees

Terry Rosenquist is a retired senior executive of a major global advertising firm. His role focused on servicing and developing relationships with large-scale multinational companies.

Appointed: November 2019
Office expires: 10 December 2023
Register of interests: None

Mr Peter Broughton MTheol (Headteacher), Non-Foundation Governor

Peter Broughton joined Westminster City School in 2018 as Headteacher. He has worked in education for the last 15 years, having previously been employed at schools in London and Japan.

Peter was born in Surrey and attended The Royal Grammar School in Guildford before reading Theology at the University of St Andrews. He now lives in south London with his wife and two sons.

Peter is a keen football fan and regularly attends matches at Crystal Palace Football Club with his boys. He enjoys playing golf, walking and countryside adventures, and actively encourages boys in such character building pursuits.

Appointed: January 2018
Office expires: Ex officio member
Register of interests: Employee of Westminster City School

Mrs Lauren Harper BA DipEd MTeach (Elected Staff Governor), Non-Foundation Governor

Lauren Harper joined Westminster City School in Trinity term 2017 as Head of English. She has been teaching for eight years, starting her career in her native Australia before moving on to work for schools across Surrey and London.

Lauren was born in Melbourne, Australia and attended Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School, before reading History and Politics at the University of Melbourne and going on to complete a Masters in Teaching.

Lauren lives in south east London with her husband and their twin daughters.She likes cooking, yoga and is a fitness enthusiast, boxing regularly. Lauren loves to explore the English countryside and enjoys regular trips to the Scottish Highlands. She looks forward to raising her girls to do the same.

Appointed: November 2018
Office expires: 26 November 2022
Register of interests: Employee of Westminster City School

Miss Millie Slater BA PGCE (Elected Staff Governor), Non-Foundation Governor

Millie Slater joined Westminster City School in Michaelmas term 2017, as a teacher of history and geography, and is now our Subject Leader, History.

Millie has been working in education for eight years in special needs, comprehensive and grammar schools across the south east of England. Growing up with a brother with Down’s Syndrome, Millie has always been a passionate supporter of excellent comprehensive education and promoting a culture of academic achievement alongside pastoral development. 

A Londoner herself, Millie was born in Hammersmith and attended Farnborough Hill School in Hampshire, before reading Ancient History at the University of Exeter. Millie now lives in North London and when she is not found cycling or running through the parks and along the tow paths of our city, she will be rock climbing, skiing or walking in the hills and mountains of the British Isles. 

Appointed: November 2020
Office expires: 26 November 2024
Register of interests: Employee of Westminster City School

Ms Barbara Mugoya BSc (Elected Parent Governor), Non-Foundation Governor

Barbara Mugoya is parent to one of our Westminster City School pupils. She has extensive experience of working for Her Majesty’s Government in a variety of departments. She has also gained experience of school improvement, governance, risk management and Parliamentary questions.

Barbara has volunteered within the prison visiting service and is a member of her local church, serving as a member of the PCC. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading and board games.

Appointed: November 2018
Office expires: 30 November 2022
Register of interests: Her Majesty’s Government

Dr Daniel Stevens BSc (Econ) MSc PhD (Elected Parent Governor), Non-Foundation Governor

Daniel Stevens is married and a father to two pupils at Westminster City School, living in Southwark.

Daniel studied in London (at the London School of Economics and at the School of Oriental and African Studies) and has taught at the University of Westminster, Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and University College London. He currently works for the international development charity World Vision International as Director of Accountability Operations and Transparency.

Appointed: November 2018
Office expires: 30 November 2022
Register of interests: Other charitable interests

Ms Sandrine Sauvel MA LLM MBA, Co-opted Governor

Sandrine Sauvel is a French national, who has been living and working in London for 23 years and is married to an Englishman. She has been a partner in one of the major international law firms, Norton Rose Fulbright, for over 13 years.

Sandrine has direct first-hand experience of the English, French and US education systems, having studied in France and the USA, and having had three children go through the English system. As a teenager, she went to the French Lycee in South Kensington.

As her own children are now older, Sandrine is keen to make a contribution to the next generation of school children.

Appointed: December 2019
Office expires: 10 December 2023
Register of interests: Norton Rose Fulbright

Mr Ram Venkatasubramanian, Co-opted Governor

Ram Venkatasubramanian is passionate about energy, environment and social causes. While his professional life is geared towards ensuring easy access to clean and reliable energy in under-developed countries, his personal goal is to contribute to the education of children.

Appointed: December 2019
Office expires: 10 December 2023
Register of interests: Other charitable interests

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