The Governors of St Helen’s are the Directors and Trustees of the School, determining the policy of the School and delegating the day-to-day management to the Headmistress and the Executive Team.
Anyone wishing to contact the Governors should do so in writing by emailing the Clerk to the Governors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSc (Hons) C.A.
MA (Oxon) MSt DPhil
MA MEng CEng MRAeS MBA
BEng CEng MICE MBA
BA (Hons), PGCE
FIA QTS MSc MEd BSc
BA (Hons) PG Dip MBACP
MA Cantab, MSc, ACA, CTA
Philip has a background as a chartered accountant and management consultant with 20 years senior experience within the financial services sector. Philip retired 14 years ago and now holds a range of Non-executive and trustee roles in the public and voluntary sector including Chair of a drug and alcohol Charity and a large primary school. Philip has been a non-executive within the NHS for the past 11 years and is currently chair of the Audit Committee for Central London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and West London CCGs and was previously Chair of Ealing Primary Care Trust.
An ‘old boy’ of Merchant Taylors’ and a graduate of the London School of Economics, Nadeem qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the stables of PricewaterhouseCoopers gaining exposure to both listed companies and owner managed businesses in a broad spectrum of industries. Nadeem is Vice Chairman of The Splendid Hospitality Group, an owner, operator and developer of a portfolio of 20 hotels with over 2000 bedrooms located in London and across the UK, ranging from limited service to luxury. The group enjoys the support of major franchisors such as IHG, Accor and Hilton. Further sites are at various stages of development. Nadeem founded Splendid Restaurants in 2016 with the aim of establishing a strong food and beverage platform in the UK. This entity has now grown to include over 40 KFC units with more in the pipeline.
Nadeem spends much of his time working in a voluntary capacity for the Ismaili Community in the UK. Nadeem served for 7 years on the community’s grants and review board, where he was heavily involved in budget and strategy reviews and management audits and served a further 7 years on the Community’s Economic Planning Board, whose mandate is to improve the economic well-being of the community by providing assistance, advice and support in the areas of business, employment and personal finance. Nadeem was also the Project Manager overseeing the redevelopment of community centres in Stanmore, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
The Boghani family have donated substantially to many causes over the years, including the gift of a building as part of the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. CIME is a leading-edge teaching and learning centre for educating and training doctors and nurses that enables the University to perform at the level of international best practice and provides new ways for assessment and evaluation of clinical skills.
Monica is an Associate Professor of Law at University College London and is also a Consultant for Fruity Fresh (Western) Ltd working on legal and strategic issues. She is also a governor at Pinner High School. She is an Old Girl of St Helen’s, starting in reception and completing her A levels at the school. She went on to complete her LLB and LLM at King’s College London and her LPC at BPP Professional Education. She was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at King’s for a number of years before moving to University College London in 2012. Monica is a Chief Examiner for the University of London distance LLM programme, having written one of the courses, and is an examiner on the distance LLB programme.
She has also taught English law for a number of American Universities in London. Monica has been involved in admissions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the law department. Her work has also included pastoral care of students and she has a keen interest in ensuring that the school environment is a nurturing one as well as one providing an excellent education with a wide variety of experiences. Monica joined the Board of Governors in 2014.
Sara joined the Board of Governors in 2016. She is Chair of the HR Committee and sits on the Education Committee. Currently, she is a fundraiser for one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, work which comes directly out of her experience managing The Courtauld Institute of Art's Research Forum and position with Lord Browne, the former CEO of BP plc, where she was responsible for the strategy, management and coordination of his portfolio of non-energy business and philanthropic activities. Prior to her move into higher education and philanthropy, Sara specialised in executive hiring for the finance and biotech industries. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford, where she also attended for her undergraduate and masters.
Sara has a keen interest in encouraging academic success and has previously served as a mentor, interviewer, and examiner for Oxford's undergraduate admissions process for the study of history. She continues to advise those applying to Oxbridge.
Puneeta is an Old Girl of St Helen's, having started in kindergarten in 1978 and continuing through to complete her A Levels in 1991. She then went on to read Engineering at New Hall, Cambridge, followed by an MBA at the London Business School in 2001-03.
Puneeta is currently Customer Experience Leader at Tech Mahindra, where she creates cutting-edge digital experiences for retail, telecoms and banking customers around the world. Her background is in strategy consulting where she has helped many British and European retailers to design, develop and grow their online sales channels. Prior to that, Puneeta spent 10 years working as an Aerodynamicist for Airbus, who sponsored her through her degree programme. Puneeta became a Governor in 2011 and she is also a Director on the Board of St Helen’s Enterprises.
Vivek has been with the Royal Bank of Scotland for 16 years and is currently a Senior Director in the Infrastructure Finance Team, responsible for leading and managing project teams focused on advising, arranging and structuring debt for project finance solutions to Infrastructure within the UK and EMEA market. In this time he has also held a number of directorships for various companies. Prior to joining RBS, Vivek spent three years with an equity investor in UK infrastructure and before that spent 6 years as a Chartered Civil Engineer for various consultants and contractors.
Vivek qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and has a MBA (Finance) from City University Business School. He currently lives in Stanmore with his wife and two daughters one of whom is a current pupil at the School. Vivek joined the Board of Governors in 2014.
Robin Street has worked in schools across London as a highly effective and successful school leader. As Coprincipal of the UCL Academy he has played a central role in establishing the country’s first ever University sponsored academy. Since opening in 2012, the UCL Academy has built a strong reputation nationally and internationally as a highly academic, innovative and inclusive school serving the needs of an inner city community through a broad, enriching and inspiring curriculum.
Robin has a reputation for building highly effective working relationships with all key stakeholders and in particular the Sponsor UCL IOE. Robin has also established effective partnerships with a range of organisations including the NSPCC, Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club and the ENO to support staff and student enrichment and education experiences.
Robin achieved his NPQH in 2010 and is currently completing an MA in educational leadership with St Mary’s College.
Educated at University College School, London, and the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge, Robin is deeply committed to ensuring that students of all backgrounds are given a broad, balanced, enriched and academically excellent educational experience.
Ling is a Senior Investment Manager in Aviva working on strategic asset allocation, liability hedging and asset manager performance monitoring for Aviva pension schemes. She is also a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Ling has worked in different actuarial areas within the Aviva Group after completing a MSc in Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University achieving a Distinction.
After her MEd at the University of Bristol, Ling taught Mathematics to students aged 11 to 18 in a mixed school in China and an independent girls’ school in London. Ling was granted qualified teacher status after completing her training with the Institute of Education.
Michelle is a qualified psychotherapist working both in the private and NHS sectors. She originally studied Hispanic Studies at Manchester University. More recently she completed her undergraduate foundation in psychotherapy and counselling at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and her postgraduate certificate and diploma in psychotherapy and counselling at Regents University, London.
She currently works at the Priory Hospital, Colne House - Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and at her private practice at the 999 Medical Centre, Golders Green. She also has experience working in psychiatric intensive care.
Michelle is passionate about helping children and young adults combat the rise in mental health issues. She also has previous experience both working and volunteering in the charity sector and in the European Business to Business PR industry.
Michelle lives in Radlett. Her daughter is a St Helen's 'Old Girl' and her husband and son are both Merchant Taylors' 'Old Boys'.
Gemma joined the council of governors in 2020. She is a member of the Finance and Estates committee and the HR committee. Gemma is a qualified accountant and tax advisor and spent close to 13 years in private practice at PWC, one of the country’s largest accountancy firms advising families and private businesses on a range of finance and tax matters. Gemma’s current role is as Head of Tax for a large family controlled business. Gemma lives in Hendon with her husband - a Merchant Taylors’ ‘Old Boy’ and their four children.