Chairman of Governors
The Hon Timothy Palmer MA (Oxon) DIC DL
Tim is a former zoologist who now runs his family farming business in Dorset. He has been involved in local Government for many years, serving on both County and District Councils and is a former Leader of Dorset County Council. This is the fifth school governorship that he has held, spanning both state and independent sectors. Formerly Master of the Mercers’ Company, he is married with four grown-up children.
Deputy Chairman of Governors and Chair of Investment Sub-committee
Chair of Education Committee
Nicolas Chisholm MA (Cantab) MBE
Nicolas recently retired after 22 years as Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Previously, he was Head of Classics and a housemaster at Hurstpierpoint College, and before that sang in Chichester Cathedral Choir. He was a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge where he studied classics. His interests include music, archaeology, classic cars and watercolour painting. He was awarded the MBE for services to Music Education in 2011.
Zeina Bain MA (Oxon)
Zeina attended St Paul's between 1988-1995 and read philosophy, politics and economics at Lincoln College, Oxford. She started her career in investment banking then venture capital before joining the Carlyle Group in 2001. Zeina is a managing director with Carlyle's European buyout fund and has held a number of board positions including aerospace, chemicals, healthcare and consumer product businesses. She is married with two sons.
Nicholas Buxton BSc (Bristol)
Nicholas worked for 20 years in financial services, leading teams of telecoms analysts at Schroders and Allianz Global Investors. In 2006 he was appointed managing partner of his family's farming business in Hertfordshire. Also, Nicholas is actively involved in the charity sector, serving on committees at The Mercers Company, as Director of the Rank Foundation, and other trusteeships. This is Nicholas’ second school governorship, he is a Chartered Accountant, and has a degree in geography from Bristol University. He enjoys trout fishing and singing in amateur choirs.
Tim Haywood BSc Hons (Edinburgh) MBA (Cranfield)
Tim Haywood is Head of Fixed Income at GAM. He joined the company following its acquisition of Augustus in 2009. He formed Augustus out of Julius Baer in London, a bank that he joined in 1998 from Orient Overseas International Limited in Hong Kong. He is a Board Director of GAM Investment Management Limited. Tim lives in Rutland, where he has farming, construction and biomass interests. Tim holds an MBA from the University of Cranfield and a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.
Gillian Low MA (Oxon)
Gillian was Head Mistress of The Lady Eleanor Holles School from 2004 until her retirement in 2014. Before that, she was Headmistress of Francis Holland School, and Deputy Headmistress of The Godolphin and Latymer School. In 2010, she was President of the Girls’ Schools Association. An old girl of North London Collegiate, she was an English Scholar at Somerville College, Oxford, and took her PGCE (with Distinction) at Cambridge University. One of her daughters is an Old Paulina.
Dervilla Mitchell BEng (Dublin) FREng FIEI FICE CBE
Dervilla is a Director at Arup who sits on regional and group boards. She has a degree in civil engineering from University College Dublin and a diploma in project management from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked in Dublin and Boston, but the majority of her career has been in London working on projects including Terminal 5 Heathrow. She has previously been a Governor at another school and is the mother of three, all of whom are currently at university.
Cally Palmer BA (London) MSc (London Business School) MHSM CBE
Cally Palmer is Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. She has worked in public healthcare in service, research and policy throughout her career and has a degree in history and history of art from London University and an MSc in management from the London Business School. She was awarded a CBE in 2006 for her contribution to healthcare. Her interests include art and ballet.
Robert Palmer BA Hons (Oxon)
Robert Palmer is a barrister practising in the fields of public, regulatory and EU law at Monckton Chambers in Gray’s Inn, and his experience includes work in the energy, financial services, and telecommunications sectors. He is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Counsel. Robert gained a first class honours degree at St John’s College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1996), a Diploma in Law with commendation at City University (1997), and achieved first place in the Bar examinations at the Inns of Court School of law (1998). This is his third school governorship.
Judith Portrait MA (Oxon) OBE
Judith Portrait is a senior City lawyer who, after many years as a partner in a major law firm, established her own boutique private client practice, specializing in charity and trust law. She is an Old Paulina and a graduate of St Hugh's, Oxford. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her charitable activities.
Professor Jane Ridley DPhil (Oxon)
Jane Ridley is Professor of History at the University of Buckingham. After a brief stint at St Paul’s Girls’ School, she read history at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and did a DPhil at Nuffield College. She has taught history at Buckingham since 1980. She has published several books, including biographies of Edwin Lutyens, King Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
Dr Julia Riley MA, PhD (Cantab)
Julia Riley has been a College Lecturer in physics at Girton College, Cambridge since 1975, having done her undergraduate degree and PhD at Newnham. She has been Director of Studies in Physical Sciences since 1998, was Vice-Mistress from 2005-2015 and is now Admissions Tutor (Sciences); she is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Physics. Her research work concentrates on the study of extragalactic radio sources, particularly on their physics and their evolution with cosmological epoch.