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.
Justine Archer BSc (Edinburgh)
Justine attended St Paul’s between 2000-2007 and read maths at the University of Edinburgh. She now works in Capital and Liquidity Management at Rothesay Life. Justine was a beneficiary of the St Paul's bursary programme, and is passionate about the school’s impact on the community.
Zeina Bain MA (Oxon) (Chair of Finance and Estates Committee and Deputy Chair)
Zeina attended St Paul's between 1988 and 1995 and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (Lincoln College). She started her career in investment banking then venture capital before joining the Carlyle Group in 2001. Zeina was 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 joined Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) in a similar role in September 2019. She is married with 2 sons.
Lisa Barclay MA (Cantab) MBA (London Business School)
Lisa attended St Paul's between 1982 and 1989 and holds a MA from Cambridge University and a MBA from London Business School. She started her career in public policy and was a Special Advisor at the Department for Education and Employment. For the past 15 years she has worked in the field of impact investment at Bridges Fund Management, Social Finance and currently investing in early stage "tech for good" ventures at the UK's innovation foundation, Nesta.
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.
Nicolas Chisholm MA (Cantab) MBE (Chair of Education Committee)
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.
Tim Haywood BSc Hons (Edinburgh) MBA (Cranfield)
Tim Haywood was Head of Fixed Income at GAM for 10 years. 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. Tim lives in Rutland, where he has farming, construction and biomass interests. Tim holds an MBA from the University of Cranfield and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.
Clare Hebbes MEng (MICE)
Clare has worked in urban regeneration for over 20 years on some of the most exciting schemes in London and Europe. With a background in engineering, she now works in client roles on projects that can deliver both social and economic change. Through her experience in driving sustainable urban solutions she also has a Non-Executive Directorship with Building with Nature, an accreditation scheme for green infrastructure. She is a chartered Engineer and a keen (if not particularly fast) runner.
Geeta Khehar LLB Hons (Leicester)
Geeta is an international finance lawyer with a focus on the developing markets. She spent 27 years at Clifford Chance including 18 years as a partner in the Global Finance Practice, and was co-head of the firm's East Africa Practice. She recently retired from private practice to pursue a portfolio of interests, and was appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Law, SOAS, University of London in July 2016.
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.
Robert Palmer QC, 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. 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). From 2002 until 2019 he was one of the Attorney-General’s panel of junior counsel to the Crown. He was appointed a part-time judge (Recorder) of the South East Circuit in 2018, and became Queen’s Counsel in 2019. This is his third school governorship.
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.
Simon Wathen LLB Hons (Bristol)
Simon has had a varied career as a commercial lawyer in a City firm, a commercial banker in the UK and the USA and an executive director of the commercial arm of Age UK, the national charity: he has now retired. He also recently retired as Chair of the Governors of Bute House Preparatory School for Girls. He has been the Master of the Mercers’ Company and currently chairs the Company’s Education Committee. He lives locally. His daughter was a pupil at St. Paul’s Girls’ School.