Governors and Staff

The staff and governors at City of London School bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the School's community. They are committed to providing an exceptional education. This is reflected in our pupils' achievements and in their readiness to meet the challenges of the modern world.

Alan Bird


Alan has been the Head at CLS since January 2018, having joined us from Brighton College where he was Deputy Head. Alan holds an MA in Economics (First Class) from the University of Cambridge and an MSc (with distinction) in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science where he was an Economic and Social Research Council scholar. Before joining Brighton College in 2010, Alan spent eight years as Head of Politics at Tonbridge School and, before that, he taught Economics at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford where he was educated as a boy.

Senior Management Team

Senior Deputy Head

Dr R M Brookes MChem DPhil
Worcester College, Oxford

Richard deputises for the Head in his absence, and is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the School.


Mr CB Griffiths LLB
University of Birmingham

Charles has oversight of all matters relating to financial planning, facilities management and School support staff.

Deputy Head Pastoral

Mrs CB Stevenson MA
University of Edinburgh, University College London

Coco has overall responsibility for all aspects of the pupils' welfare and pastoral care. She line manages the Heads of Year and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Assistant Head Academic

Miss NH Murphy BA
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London

Noeleen is responsible for all matters relating to academic progress of the pupils and the curriculum we provide. She line manages the Heads of Department.

Assistant Head Admissions and Marketing

Mr P Marshall MA
University of Edinburgh

Philip oversees the admission of pupils to the School, and is responsible for communications and public relations.

Assistant Head Co-curricular

Mr AJV McBroom BA
University of Exeter

Andrew coordinates the School's co-curricular programme and educational trips and visits and leads on all aspects of staff training and professional development.

Head of Sixth Form

Mr CR Webb BSc
Cardiff University

Chris oversees all elements of pupil progress and welfare in the Sixth Form, including the support provided for applications to university in the UK and overseas. He is also responsible for developing our partnership work in the community, which engages staff and boys in a number of charitable and collaborative ventures.

Assistant Head Teaching & Learning

Mr A Zivanic MA
Trinity College, Cambridge

Assistant Head Teaching & Learning, Outreach & Partnership. Adam is responsible for promoting good practice in the classroom. He has oversight of teaching and learning throughout the School, as well as leading our programme of educational research. He also oversees the use of technology to support teaching and learning.

Director of Development & Alumni

Ms K Ostermann BA
University of Warwick

Kathrin is responsible for the School’s work in ensuring access for all boys who can benefit from an education at City. She also oversees our programme of alumni relations and engagement.


Sixth Form

Mr CR Webb BSc
Head of Sixth Form
Miss ZL Connolly MA
Dr MN Everard-Pennell MChem PhD
Miss SK Wallace MA

Middle School

Mr NC Hudson BA
Head of Middle School
Mr J Norman MA
Head of Fourth Form
Mr SS Fernandes BSc MA
Head of Fifth Form

Lower School

Mr CE Apaloo BSc
Head of Lower School
Mr JE McArdle BA
Head of Old Grammar
Miss ML Franklin BA
Head of First Form
Ms KA Saunt BA
Head of Second Form
Mr SA Swann MA MPhil
Head of Third Form

School Counsellors

Mrs Diane Marcus
School Counsellor
Ms Laurence Kalbreier
School Counsellor


Mrs CB Stevenson MA
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dr Richard Brookes MChem DPhil
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr AJV McBroom BA
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Pastoral and Wellbeing Adviser

Ms Claire Duffy
Pastoral and Wellbeing Adviser

Teaching Staff

Art & Design

Mr PP Sanders MA MEd
University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge

Head of Art & Design

Miss AE Gill BA MA
Brighton Polytechnic and Royal College of Art
Mr SR Lewington Master Craftsman L.C.G.I
South East London College
Ms B Easton BA
Winchester College of Art and Royal Academy Schools
Mr S Beresford-Zahra BA
Goldsmiths, University of London


Mr W Ellis-Rees MA
Lincoln College, Oxford

Head of Classics

Miss ZL Connolly MA
Downing College, Cambridge
Mr JE McArdle BA
University of Edinburgh
Miss CL Rose BA
University of Leeds
Mr JE Pile BA
University of Durham
Mr SA Swann MA MPhil
Churchill College, Cambridge and Darwin College, Cambridge
Mrs CB Stevenson MA
University of Edinburgh


Miss SH Dobson BA
University of Warwick

Head of Drama

Miss ML Franklin BA
University of Exeter
Mr MC Biltcliffe BA
University of York


Mr DP Rey BA, MA
University College London and University of Exeter

Head of Economics

Mr MJ Wacey BSc
Manchester University
Mr CR Webb BSc
Cardiff University
Mr AR Bird MA
University of Cambridge


Mr RA Riggs MA
King's College, London

Head of English

Mr J Norman MA
Queens' College, Cambridge
Mr NC Hudson BA
University of York
Miss EJ Green MA
Durham University
Miss L Longhurst BA
St. Hugh's College, Oxford
Mrs H Sebban BA
University of Oxford
Miss KK Murkett BA
University of Oxford
Ms T Tooze BA
Oxford Brookes University


Mr PS Marshall MA
University of Edinburgh

Head of Geography

Mr OJ Davies BSc MSc
University College, London and Oxford University
Ms AF McFarlane BA
Durham University
Mr O Ignotus BA
University of Exeter

History & Politics

Mr AJ Bracken BA MA
University of Leeds, University of London, Birkbeck and University of Reading

Head of History & Politics

Ms NH Murphy BA
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London
Mr AJV McBroom BA
University of Exeter
Ms KA Saunt BA (Maternity Leave)
University of Nottingham
Mr SJ Brown BA MA
University of Durham and University of Manchester
Mr JT Crowther BA
University of Edinburgh
Mr PJ Mander BA
University of Birmingham
Mr PJ Wright BA (Maternity Cover)
University of Lancaster

IT & Computing

Mrs SL Ralph BA
University of Durham

Head of IT & Computing

Mrs AM MacDonough BSc
Eastern Michigan University and London Guildhall University
Mr SR Lewington
South East London College

Learning Support

Ms AC diStefano BA
Queen's University, Canada

Head of Learning Support

Mr MC Biltcliffe BA
University of York
Mrs A Fountaine MA MSci DipRSA
Downing College, Cambridge
Ms KJ Ireland BA
University of Southampton
Ms Maria Bousiopoulou BA
Athens University, Greece


Mr BP Broadhurst MSc
Clare College, Cambridge

Head of Maths

Miss CA Hudson BSc
University College of North Wales
Mr SS Fernandes BSc MA
Warwick University and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge
Mrs CS Musgrove MA
Christ Church, Oxford
Ms JCL Mesure MA
St. Hugh's College, Oxford
Miss EL McCallan BA
New Hall College, Cambridge
Dr SJ Dugdale BSc PhD
University of Hull and University of Birmingham
Mrs N Bigden BSc MSc
Queen Mary's University of London and London School of Economics
Mr TG Betchley BSc MA
University of London and Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr S Gollek PhD
University College, London
Miss Y Feng BSc MPhil
University of Hull and Christ Church College, Oxford

Modern Languages

Mr R Edmundson MA
Christ Church College, Oxford

Head of Modern Languages

Mr PR Eteson BA
University of Bristol

Head of French

Mr B Pollard MA (Cantab)
Christ’s College, Cambridge

Head of German

Mrs E Bunnage MA
University of Durham

Head of Mandarin

Mr PA Allwright MA
St John's College, Oxford
Miss MJ Ciechanowicz MA
Jesus College, Cambridge
Mr GJ Dowler JP MA (Oxon) FRSA
Worcester College, Oxford
Miss FG Easton BA
Hertford College, University of Oxford
Mr I Emerson BSc MA
Queen's University, Belfast and University of Newcastle
Mrs AL Robinson BA
University of Leeds
Miss V Vincent MA
University of Bordeaux
Mr TH White BA MA
University of London and King’s College London
Mr A Thomson BA
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Mr P Cheshire BA
University of London


London College of Music and University of London

Director of Music

University of Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Music

Director of Music, Chapel Royal

Miss JE Jones BA
University of Durham

Head of Academic Music

Mr AJ Crockatt BMus BA
Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Academy of Contemporary Music, Surrey
Visiting Music Teachers
Ms Helen Ashby
Ms J Beament
Miss R Beedham
Miss E Doroszkowska
Ms S Field
Mr C Fotopoulos
Mr T Gucklhorn
Trombone and tuba
Mr T Hardy
Mr DA Haskew
French horn
Miss S Harrison
G. Hayburn
Cello and piano
Mr D Mannington
Electric guitar
Miss K Mapp
Mr M McDonough
Percussion & Drums
Mr S McGowan
Mr T Osborne
Ms S Pope
Miss J Ryan
Miss N Sullivan
Miss J White
Ms V Wright

Physical Education

Mr NF Cornwell BEd
De Montfort University, Bedford

Head of Physical Education

Mr JP Santry BSc
Loughborough University

Head of Games

Mr BJ Silcock BPE
University of Otago
Mr CE Apaloo BSc
Loughborough University
Mr JJ Ortiz MA
Camilo José Cela University
Mr S Robinson
Sports Graduate Assistant Teacher
Mr B Medlock BSc
University of Brighton
Mr Sorin-Ionut Dumbrava
Water Polo Coach


Head of Science
Mrs PC McCarthy BSc
Imperial College, London
• Biology
Dr KL Pattison BSc PhD
University of Leicester and University of Newcastle

Head of Biology

Mr A Zivanic MA
Trinity College, Cambridge
Mr GH Browne MA BSc
Sidney Sussex, Cambridge and University of Hull
Mr TL Robinson BSc
Warwick University
Mr SA Hall
University College London, University of Cambridge
• Chemistry
Mrs PC McCarthy BSc
Imperial College, London

Head of Chemistry

Dr RM Brookes MChem DPhil
Worcester College, Oxford
Mr GW Dawson BSc
University of Nottingham
Mr RJ Dharamshi MA
Queens' College, Cambridge
Dr MN Everard-Pennell MChem PhD
University of Nottingham and University College, London
Mr KP Rogers MSc MPhil
University of Durham and St Catherine's, Oxford
Mr SL Clifford BSc
London Metropolitan University
Miss EL Pollock BSc MEd
Durham University and Cambridge University
• Physics
Mr AA Wood MSc
Imperial College, London

Head of Physics

Mr DG Griffiths MSc BSc
University College London and University of Kent
Mr A Jackson BSc MA MPhil MInstP
Kings College London
Mr RJ Mackrell BSc
Imperial College, London
Miss HH Stanley BSc
University of Warwick

Religion & Philosophy

Mr JM Fenton MA
Head of Religion and Philosophy

Mansfield College, Oxford University

Ms A Giannarou BSc BA MPhil
University of Athens, University College, London, and Magdalene College, Cambridge
Miss SK Wallace MA
Durham University
Ms A Martineau MA
University College London

Support Staff


Mrs Karen Baker
Executive Assistant to the Head
Miss Chloe Campbell MA
Academic Administrator
Miss Lauren Whitlock
Administrative & Secretarial Officer
Miss Jessica Marcell MA
Exams and Learning Support Administrator
Miss Ellie Drewett BA
Operations Administrator
Ms Hilary Joseph
PA to Senior Deputy Head & Assistant Head Co-Curricular & Staff Development
Miss Ladi Dariya BSc, MSc, ACMI
Events and Lettings Manager


Mr Philip Marshall MA
Director of Admissions
Mrs Vanessa Haley LLB (Hons)
Admissions Registrar
Ms Caroline Cassin BA
Assistant Registrar

Library, Archive & Bookshop

Miss Noeleen Murphy BA
Assistant Head - Academic

Responsible to the SMT for the Library, Archive and Bookshop.

• Library
Mr David Rose
Senior Librarian
Mr Michael Evans
Library Assistant
Ms Jude Grantham
Assistant Librarian
Mrs Rachael Howley
Assistant Librarian
• Archive
Ms Katherine Symonds
School Archivist
• Bookshop
Mr Tim Osborne
Bookshop Manager


Mr Kevin Rogers MSc MPhil
Head of Careers
Mr Chris Webb BSc
Higher Education Liaison Officer
Mrs Victoria Hill BA DipCG
Tutor in charge of U.S & Overseas Universities
Mrs Lisa Carter BSc MSC
Teacher of Careers
Ms Christine Read
Careers Secretary

Catering Staff (Holroyd Howe)

Mrs Vaida Skorupskaite
Catering Manager

Combined Cadet Force

Mr Malcom Gregory RN
Commanding Officer
Mr Tony Fernandez
Administrative & Logistics Assistant

Development and Alumni

Ms Kathrin Ostermann BA
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Ms Harriet Anderson Bradley
Individual Giving Manager
Mr James Edison Pierce
Development Officer (Database and Operations)
Mrs Katharine Wallace
Alumni and Parent Engagement Officer


Mr John Hawson
Facilities Manager
Ms Anita Murray
Operations Manager
Mr Danny McGinley
Head School Keeper
Mr Jorge Ferreira
School Keeper
Mr Peter Fox
School Keeper
Mr Bob Singh
School Keeper
Mr Terry Stocks
Head Groundsman (Grove Park)
Mr Robert Chamberlain
Groundsman (Grove Park)
Mr Martin Hill
Groundsman (Grove Park)


Mr Charles Griffiths
Mr Simon Hubbard
Finance Manager
Mrs Hope Kahwa
Finance Assistant
Ms Bharti Sidhpura
School Fees Officer
Mr Niall Claire
Finance Apprentice

Human Resources

Miss Sheetal Gill BA MCIPD
HR Manager
Miss Chelsea Wightman ACIPD
HR Officer
Ms Tianna Duncan
Junior HR Officer

IT Department

Mrs Susy Ralph
Head of IT & Computing

Responsible for the IT & Computing curriculum, as well as the School Data Protection and Access to Information Network (AIN) representative.

• IT Development
Mr Joe Matthews
IT Manager
Mr Matthew Hart
IT Data Manager
• IT Support
Mr Michael Denbow
IT Technician
Mr Michal Michnowski
IT Technician
Mr Toby Sheldon
Media/IT Support Technician
Mr Daniel Doswell
IT Services Apprentice
Mr Howard Turk
AV & Reprographics Technician

Marketing & Communications

Mr Philip Marshall MA
Director of Marketing

Responsible for communications and public relations with our community of primary and preparatory schools.

Mr Tom Kelly
IT Media Manager
Miss Georgina Berry BA
Marketing and Communications Administrator
Mr Ben Pollard MA (Cantab)
News Coordinator

Particular responsibility for the oversight of printed publications, including The Citizen

Mr Josh Norman MA
Editor of The Chronicle

Medical Centre

Mr Dieter Aretz
School Nurse
Mr Sam Dorrington BSc SST
Sports Therapist


Miss Christiana Bruce (maternity leave)
Ms Anna Cantarini
Miss Jordan Green (maternity cover)

School Technicians

• Art & Design
Mrs Nadine Schofield
DVA Technician
• Drama
Mr Joe Oliver
Theatre & Drama Technician
• Biology
Mrs Sara White
Senior Biology Technician
Mrs Kathy Pugh
Biology Technician
• Chemistry
Mr William Jones M.Chem
Senior Chemistry Technician
Mr Ridhwan Mariot
Chemistry Technician
• Physics
Mr Avi Khadaroo BSc MSc
Senior Physics Technician
Mr Russell Broderick M.I.S.T
Physics Technician

The Board of Governors


To contact the Board of Governors directly:

By post:

Mr James Thomson, Chairman, City of London School Governing Board, c/o City of London Corporation, Member's Room, Guildhall, PO Box 270, London EC2P 2EJ

By email:

The Chairman of the Board of Governors can be contacted by post via the address above, or by e-mail via the Clerk

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