Oxford High School is administered by the Council of the Girls’ Day School Trust and our School Governing Board is appointed by the Council. All members of the OHS Governing Body take an active interest in the daily life of the school.

To contact our Chair of Governors please email the Clerk to the Governing Body – j.biggs@oxf.gdst.net. To read more about each governor, please click on the names below.

Louise Ansdell

Louise Ansdell

Louise was educated at Oxford High until 1987 and went on to read Classics and English at New College, Oxford, followed by a law conversion course at the Inns of Court School of Law. She has been a specialist family law barrister since 1993, with a practice spanning both financial provision on divorce and children law, with chambers in London and Oxford. She has been a contributing editor of Butterworths Family Law Service, a leading practitioner text book, since 1997. She has 18 years’ experience as a school governor, appointed Chairman of the School Governing Board at OHS in 2013. Louise is also parent to an OHS alumna.

Robert Gullifer

Robert Gullifer

Robert Gullifer M.A. (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge), F.R.S.A., read English and was a Choral Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He did his postgraduate education certificate at Oxford University’s education department. Robert is Head of New College School, Oxford and has taught at senior schools and prep schools in London, Bristol and Oxford. He is also an independent schools’ inspector. He has a particular interest in music and drama and in the history of charitable and independent education. He is married to a GDST alumna and their two daughters also studied at Oxford High School.

Dominic Hare

Dominic Hare

Dominic Hare read Jurisprudence at New College, Oxford. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, he spent the next ten years in corporate finance and investment banking, specialising in the media and telecoms sector. He is proud to have helped DJ Chris Evans buy Virgin Radio, but also to have helped Bob the Builder buy both Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Dominic is the Chief Executive Officer for the Blenheim Estate. His daughter was Head Girl at Oxford High School.

Katherine Haynes

Katherine Haynes

Katherine Haynes BA Hons MEd NPQH is an alumna of Oxford High School, 1980-1987. She has been Head of The John Lyon School in Harrow, Middlesex, an HMC independent day school with 600 boys, from 11 to 18 years, since 2009. The John Lyon School, with Harrow School, is part of the John Lyon’s Foundation alongside John Lyon’s Charity. From 2014 to 2017, she chaired the national Forum of Independent Day Schools, and she holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Previously, Katherine taught at Warwick School as Head of Mathematics and at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham. She is a Reporting Inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and has previous experience as a Governor of a coeducational London preparatory school.

Dr Anne Knowland

Dr Anne Knowland

Dr Anne Knowland started her academic career as a Lecturer in Modern English Literature at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where she obtained a BA in Germanic Philology. She came to Oxford as a British Council Fellow and studied for her DPhil in English at Linacre College, while also raising her children, one of whom, Sara, was a pupil at OHS between 1990 and 2000. She became the first Divisional Secretary (Head of Administration) of the newly established Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division and is a former Senior Tutor and Tutor for Admissions at University College (from 2004). Having retired in 2015 to pursue her interests in academia and the arts, she now brings to bear extensive experience of academic strategy and planning, student academic welfare and academic recruitment.

Mark Knowlden

Mark Knowlden

Mark Knowlden attended Maidstone Grammar School. Initially undertaking a career in Banking and Finance, he worked first with Lloyds Bank, then with JP Morgan Investment Managers in International Fund Management. Following a year in Australia playing rugby and working with a property development company in Sydney, he graduated in Construction Management BSc (Hons) at Coventry University, and has had 25 rewarding years in construction, architectural and structural design management. Mark settled in West Oxford 13 years ago, and has enjoyed seeing his daughter grow into an Oxford High Girl.

Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery is a Chartered Architect and Managing Director of an Oxford-based architectural practice. He is a chartered member of the Royal institute of British Architects and is Accredited in Building Conservation, specialising in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings. Educated at Burford Grammar School and with Honours degrees in Architecture from London and Nottingham, Robert has been practising in Oxford since 1981 and has won many awards for his work, including the RIBA Conservation Award, the Almshouse Patrons’ Award and Oxford Preservation Trust Awards.

Helen Morton

Helen Morton

Helen Morton, MA (Eng Sci), MSc (Business Admin), CEng, read Engineering at New Hall, Cambridge, trained as a civil engineer and worked on the Thames Barrier before moving to BP to work on offshore oil platform projects in the North Sea, refineries in Europe and Australia and various corporate roles, including Company Secretary for BP Oil. While at BP, she completed a part time MScBA with Boston University. She left the oil industry in 1992 to work in the charity sector, including VSO, Marie Stopes International and 5 years as Finance & Administration Director at Trinity Hospice, London. In 2000, she moved to Oxford to become the Treasurer (Finance & Estates Bursar) at Somerville College, Oxford. She took early retirement at the end of 2012 to give herself more time to concentrate on her musical interests and take on further trustee and non-executive roles.

Dr Debrah Noe

Dr Debrah Noe

Dr Noe (DPhil, Ohio) was awarded a doctorate in finance by The Ohio State University with a specialism in real estate finance and investments. She joined Georgia State University as the first female Professor in the Real Estate Department. She has experience in finance and real estate, both in and out of the classroom, including consulting on real estate projects, and teaching for numerous Oxford Colleges, the Saïd Business School, and universities in the US. She is currently Lecturer in Finance at St Edmund Hall. She moved to Oxford in 2007, has a husband who is a statutory chair holder and fellow at Balliol College. She is a native speaker of American English, a fluent speaker of Hungarian, and continues to work on her British English!

Professor Rajesh Thakker

Professor Rajesh Thakker

Professor Rajesh Thakker (Fellow of Somerville College) is the May Professor of Clinical Medicine and leads the Academic Endocrine Unit based at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at OCDEM (Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism), Churchill Hospital. Professor Thakker has a special interest in the molecular and physiological basis of endocrine and metabolic disorders that affect calcium homeostasis. These disorders may be due to endocrine cancers due to dysfunction involving the parathyroids, renal tubular defects, or abnormalities of bone metabolism. His daughter attended Oxford High School and went on to read Medicine at Cambridge.

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