Governing Body

Select a governing body member for more information about them.


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 Robert Hingley (Chairman of Governors)

Robert is Chairman of Euroclear UK and Ireland Limited, The Law Debenture Corporation PLC and Phoenix Spree Deutschland Limited. He was a governor of Rugby School for 13 years, the last nine as Vice-Chairman.

He worked as an investment banker (corporate finance) for over 30 years, advising a wide range of clients, particularly in the financial services’ sector. He retired as a partner of Ondra Partners in 2017. From 2010 until 2015, he was Managing Director, and later Senior Adviser, at Lazard. He was Director-General of The Takeover Panel from 2007, on secondment from Lexicon Partners, where he was Vice Chairman. Previously, he was Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group and Head of German Investment Banking at Citi, which acquired Schroders’ investment banking business in 2000. He joined Schroders in 1985 after qualifying as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1984.

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.

Mr Peter Needleman, MA, FIA (Vice 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 Shumailla Dar, BSc, MA

Shumailla has over fifteen years senior strategy and policy experience as both a Whitehall-based civil servant and in local government, working on a number of social intervention policies in a range of sectors. She has a proven track record for strategy development and has considerable experience of managing large-scale projects at both local and national level.

Shumailla is currently the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the London Borough of Harrow and has been responsible for developing community-led interventions to reduce youth violence. Shumailla works closely with schools and the voluntary sector in Harrow, and has developed a range of safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads and teachers. She is also a workplace coach, providing support and guidance to staff within the organisation.

More recently, Shumailla took on the role of Vice Chair at an emerging charity called Rising Girl, which aims to support young girls who live in deprived parts of the UK to rise above a spiral of continual disenfranchisement. Shumailla’s strategic direction enabled the charity to deliver its first ever school-based programme in partnership with Barnados.

Shumailla is married with two children, and is currently studying her MBA in Senior Leadership at the University of Exeter.

Mrs Elaine Davis BA, Dip (Oxon), (ONL)

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.

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.


Ms Charlotte Marten BA (Hons), MA, PGCE

Charlotte is passionate about ensuring that young people have access to outstanding education. She has forty years’ experience as a teacher, retiring as Head of Rugby High School in August 2019. Her previous posts include Principal of Jersey College for Girls and Deputy Head of Northampton High School. She was Chair of the Grammar Schools Heads’ Association between 2013-2015.

Charlotte is currently a governor and Chair of the Academic Committee of Rugby School, a governor of Stockingford Academy and a member of AQA’s Curriculum and Quality Assurance and Irregularities and Appeals Committees.

Dr Thivi Maruthappu, MA (Oxon) MBBS MRCP PhD (ONL)

Dr Thivi Maruthappu (ONL 1987-1999) is a Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal London Hospital and Queen Mary, University of London. She studied Medicine at Oxford University and Imperial College and completed her Dermatology training in London teaching hospitals.  In 2018, she was appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist and Lead for Severe Eczema and Psoriasis. She was awarded a Medical Research Council funded PhD and completed a Fellowship in Medical Dermatology (severe inflammatory skin disease) at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, in addition to a Certificate in Nutrition Science from Stanford Medical School, USA. She is passionate about the holistic management of skin conditions, considering aspects of nutrition and lifestyle that can contribute.

Thivi is an advisor to the Beauty industry, working with global brands such as Procter & Gamble as well as Start-ups and Venture Capital firms.  She regularly features in the media in her capacity as spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation.

She lives in North London with her husband and three sons, the eldest two are at The Hall School.

During her time at NLCS, she was head of the Science Society, received the Doris Gregory Biology Prize and the Royal Geographical Society A-Level Prize.

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.

Mrs Emma Watford, MChem (Oxon) MBA (Harvard)

Emma Watford has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector. She started her career in mergers & acquisitions at Morgan Stanley before joining the private equity industry in 2005 after completing her MBA at Harvard Business School where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

She is a Partner at Bridgepoint, a leading international private equity firm, where she leads the firm’s investment activities in the business services sector and Co-Chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

She is an experienced board director having sat on over 20 Boards in her career to date in companies including retailers Pets at Home and Hobbycraft, international safety firm Capital Safety Group, Dutch educational publisher Infinitas Learning, self-storage business Safestore, car leasing company Zenith and wealth manager Quilter Cheviot which was sold to FTSE 100 investment and savings group Old Mutual.

She is a member of the UK Takeover Panel, on the Advisory Council of Level 20, which promotes gender diversity in private equity, and on the Advisory Board of the Masters of Law and Finance Course at Oxford University.

She has three young children and lives in South West London but has a strong affinity to North London having lived there for many years and being from a family of Arsenal supporters.

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.