Governing Body

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If you would like to contact the Chairman of Governors, please write to the following address:

Chairman of Governors, North London Collegiate School, Canons, Canons Drive, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7RJ


Mr Peter Needleman, MA, FIA (Interim Chairman of Governors)

Peter is an actuary with over 35 years’ experience in the life insurance industry, and a leading expert in life company demutualisations, mergers and acquisitions, and the financial management of with-profits business. He is a Managing Director at Willis Towers Watson, and is currently seconded to a major UK life company in a senior advisory role.

During his career, Peter has served on the Towers Perrin Board of Directors and chaired the Board’s Business Investment Committee. He has written a number of papers which were presented to the Institute of Actuaries and has served on the profession’s Council, its Life Practice Board, as Honorary Secretary and chairman of its Research Committee.

Peter obtained an Honours Degree in mathematics at Churchill College Cambridge and is married with a son, and two daughters who both attended NLCS.

Mrs Sophie Carter, BSc (Hons), Associate, CFA, ONL (Vice Chairman of Governors)

Sophie Carter has over 15 years experience in the City working as a corporate financier and as a fund manager. She became the only female graduate to join the Samuel Montagu Merchant Bank graduate training programme. There she spent 6 years in the Corporate Finance Division. Her expertise included mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings and privatisations for major corporations and government.

She was one of the new team recruited by the founders of SocGen Asset Management ("SGAM") to establish a new UK institutional and retail fund management group backed by the French Bank Société Générale. She left SGAM in 2006 to spend more time with her children, who are still young.

Mrs Elaine Davis BA, Dip (Oxon), Old North Londoner

Elaine is CEO of The 10 Group, a content and communications agency and co-founder of software company ISEBOX. Shortlisted for Private Businesswoman of the Year 2013, Elaine is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded and sold two marketing services agencies over the past 20 years. 

A former NLCS girl (1979-1986), Elaine is now a mother of three, with two boys at Habs and a daughter at NLCS.

Elaine is a personal mentor to a number of start-ups and new business owners and works closely with two national charities advising on their marketing and fundraising campaigns. 

She is a passionate Spurs fan (having applied to be manager whilst still at NLCS) and starts each season with renewed optimism for title success.

Professor Anton Emmanuel, BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPE

Anton Emmanuel was born in West Africa of Sri Lankan parents, emigrated to the UK in the 1970s. He is married with two daughters and two sons.
He obtained his medical degree from London University and undertook specialist training in the London deanery. He is a Professor of Neurogastroenterology and Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital (UCH) and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore).  Prior to this he was Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and St Mark's Hospital, where he was appointed to the consultant grade in 2000.  In UCL he is a medical school admissions tutor, personal tutor to undergraduates and clinical academic. He currently supervises six post-graduate research fellows undertaking higher degrees.

His current clinical work encompasses being director of the GI Physiology Unit at UCH. His research is in the neurological basis of gut function and overlaps with a clinical practice in gastroenterology and neurogastroenterology. He is the Medical Director of Core, the largest UK gastrointestinal charity, and is editor-in-chief of Frontline Gastroenterology, a specialist clinical journal.

Dr Adam Fox MA (Hons), MD, MSc, MB, BS, DCH, FRCPCH, FHEA, Dip. Allergy

After leaving Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School, Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he spent 9 years as clinical lead of Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London – one of Europe’s largest specialist Allergy services, recognised as an International Centre of Excellence by both the World Allergy Organisation and GALEN (European Asthma & Allergy Network). After 3 years as Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine, he recently took up the post of Commercial Medical Director for Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Reader in Paediatric Allergy at King's College London.

Adam is an expert advisor for NICE and acts as an advisor on numerous Department of Health committees. He is also the senior author of the iMAP (International Milk Allergy in Primary Care) guideline. He currently chairs the Paediatric Committee of the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and has been elected as President from October 2018. He is also a trustee and Chair of the Advisory Board of Allergy UK, and acts as advisor to numerous charities including the Anaphylaxis Campaign, Living with Reflux, FABED and Sense about Science as well as the Advertising Standards Authority.

Adam was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ from Allergy UK in 2007. His doctoral thesis on peanut allergy received the Raymond Horton Smith prize from Cambridge University in 2012 and he was included in The Times ‘Britain’s 100 Best Children’s Doctor’s’ (2012).  Adam received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy from the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in 2015 and a National Clinical Excellence award from the UK Department of Health in 2016.

Adam is married and lives in Bushey Heath with his wife, son and daughter (a current North Londoner). 

Ms Vivien Godfrey MA (Oxon), MBA, FRGS

Vivien Godfrey is the Chairman and CEO of the Edward Stanford Group (Stanfords) a retailer of travel books, maps, globes and other travel related products and services.

Vivien attended NLCS from 1968 to 1979 and was School Captain in her final year.

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and mother, Vivien graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Geography.  Vivien also holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

She worked for almost two decades for McKinsey and Company and then Diageo in the retail and consumer packaged goods sectors in the UK, Canada and USA.

Members of Vivien’s family have been shareholders and Directors of Stanfords since 1949. After serving for several years as the non-Executive Chairman, Vivien assumed the role of CEO of Stanfords in March 2018.

Ms Rowena Herdman-Smith BA (HONS)

Rowena is the General Counsel (Operations) and a partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP, a major leading law firm.

A graduate of Bristol University, after 30 years practising corporate ligitation, Rowena now heads up the firm's risk and compliance function alongside its COLP/MLRO. Her brief is wide ranging, involving all aspects of risk, from procurement, GDPR through to third party audits and training.

Mr Josh Herlihy MA (Oxon) FCCA

Josh Herlihy is a Business Leader with extensive international commercial experience across a range of geographic and product sectors. He has particular skills in trouble-shooting, strategy and negotiation which have enabled him to deliver consistent and impressive business growth.

On graduating from Oxford, Josh joined Unilever as a commercial trainee. He qualified as an accountant with first time passes and then worked in both the UK and overseas in a variety of commercial roles.

After 15 years in Unilever, Josh was headhunted to run the international operations of the Body Shop in 45 countries as General Manager Global Sales, Finance and Franchising. From The Body Shop, he moved to Eurostar as Executive Commercial Director where the business generated significant year on year revenue growth, through revenue management, pricing, marketing activities and closer integration with French and Belgian operations.

Josh then joined Storehouse PLC as Managing Director, International for Bhs and Mothercare. He was responsible for managing and developing relationships with franchise and JV partners across Europe, Middle and Far East and oversaw a business which outstripped the UK in both sales and profitability.

More recently, Josh has undertaken consultancy assignments. He acted as interim CEO of Pout, a fast growing colour cosmetics business with partnerships with international department stores. He has held both executive and non-executive positions, including Chairman of Ocean Home Shopping, which was sold to Retail Variations plc. Josh has also chaired the Advisory Group of an international property investment company.

For the past 5 years, Josh has been Chairman and co-founder of Clarity Search Limited, a high profile and successful headhunting business focusing on the Retail and Consumer sectors, on an international basis.

Mr Steven Jaffe, BSc (Hons), FCA

Steven has recently retired as senior partner at Hazlems Fenton LLP, having been in practice for over 35 years. He was educated at Christ's College School and the London School of Economics, and achieved his professional qualification at PwC. He is involved with the local community through his charity work.

Steven is married with three adult children; his two daughters are both Old North Londoners.

Mr Peter Linthwaite MA (Oxon) (Chairman of Finance and Estates)

After reading Law at New College Oxford, Peter had an early career in banking and corporate finance working in London, Scandinavia and Asia. For the last twenty years he has been actively involved in the venture capital and private equity industry. He currently heads up Royal London’s private equity investment activities. From 2008 until 2017 he was Managing Partner of CT Investment Partners LLP, investing in early stage clean energy businesses.

Previously Peter served as Chief Executive of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), the representative body for the UK's private equity industry. Prior to the BVCA he was an executive director of Royal London Private Equity Ltd and Murray Johnstone Ltd, where for seven years he was Managing Director of their Asian and Middle East operations, based in Singapore.

Dr Dorothy Toh PhD, CPA (CA), PGCHE

Dorothy Toh is an academic at King’s College London, teaching and advising both undergraduates and postgraduates, and conducting research on audit quality, audit regulation and the future of the financial professions with a particular emphasis on the impact of technological transformation. 

Prior to King’s, Dorothy was at the London School of Economics where she completed her PhD and postdoctoral research in accounting and gained her Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy.  Prior to academia, Dorothy had a long career in the City as a senior finance professional, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, and latterly as Head of Finance at Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, working predominantly with listed, international firms throughout this time. 

Dorothy has a keen and deep interest in educational matters and also sits on the Board of Governors at a state primary school.

Dr Adrian Weller, MA (Cantab), PhD

Adrian Weller is Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and AI, where he is also a Turing Fellow leading work on safe and ethical AI.   He is a Senior Research Fellow in Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he leads the project on Trust and Transparency.  His interests span AI, its commercial applications and helping to ensure beneficial outcomes for society.

He serves on several boards including the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.  Previously, Adrian held senior roles in finance.

Professor Brian Young BA (Durham), MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Brian is a student and tutor in Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Brian gained his first degree at Durham University and his doctorate at Jesus College, Oxford. He held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford between 1990 and 1993, and was then Lecturer and subsequently Reader in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex between 1993 and 2003. He has been at Christ Church since in 2003.

Brian teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British history, along with papers in political thought, historiography, and a paper in Victorian intellectual history. His interests are intellectual and religious history of Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His publications include Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England (Oxford, 1998), and The Victorian Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 2007).

Brian's hobbies include music, literature and the arts.