for a place
Since 2005, Julian has been Director of World City Links, an International Partnership Organisation. Originally a government supported programme, World City Links specialises in sharing good education and governance practices between London and other cities across the world. Typical activities are international professional development for leaders and teachers, student curriculum programmes and supporting the Olympic Movement. World City Links works with schools, FE colleges and universities and has active projects in China, Japan, Thailand and Brazil. Prior to this, Julian was a senior manager in a couple of London Local Authorities. He is also a trained and experienced teacher.
Julian became involved with Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) schools at a time when schools were seeking to broaden the curriculum and students experiences through international engagement and actively supports Blackheath High School.
A graduate of Durham University, Judith practised as a solicitor for 25 years mainly working in the engineering industry. She has two children, both of whom attended Blackheath High School. One has gone on to Bath University. Judith is active within the Westcombe Park community and is Co-chair of the Koinonia Federation of Schools in Greenwich.
Sajid is School Governor with specialist interests in transition to Junior School, transition to higher education, and child and adolescent mental health.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich and Programme Leader for MSc Child and Adolescent Psychology and MSc Psychology (Research - Focused on the relationship between child and adolescent mental health, parenting and genetics and on evaluating interventions for child and adolescent mental health problems).
Kate joined the Governing Board in 2016. She was previously a solicitor specialising in professional Indemnity litigation. She thereafter worked with a charity providing education and support to vulnerable inner city teenagers where she obtained a higher education teaching qualification and an examination assessment qualification.
Whilst there, Kate obtained experience in teaching, training and the mentoring /reviewing of teaching staff. Kate was previously a governor at Babington House School where she sat on the curriculum, development, policies and marketing committees.
Kate has also been a magistrate since 2006 and was previously the Deputy Chair of the South East London Magistrates Association. She also makes presentations on the criminal justice system to schools in South East London. Kate would like to use her varied experience to help the school build upon its excellent reputation in preparing girls to find their place in life and meet the challenges of a rapidly developing world with confidence and consideration for others.
Jenny attended Blackheath High School and then subsequently studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She then spent three years working in Switzerland further developing her linguistic and professional skills. Returning to London, Jenny worked her way up through the commercial world culminating in running her own manufacturing business, becoming a Liveryman of the company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and a Freeman of the City of London.
Jenny educated her two daughters at Blackheath High School in the 1990s and provides a valuable contribution to the Governing Board, bringing the wealth of experience she gained in her commercial life and the balanced perspective of being both a pupil and a parent.
Having spent the early part of her career in advertising agencies, Liz has worked for Dr Foster, a leader in global health data, since 2009. The business supports healthcare providers and commissioners, predominantly in the NHS, to improve their performance via the better use of data.
Prior to studying at the University of Durham, Liz was a student at Birkenhead High School and enjoyed the benefits of an all girls' school education herself. Having recently become a mother, she is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute what she can back to the GDST at Blackheath.
Biography to follow.
Rebecca has worked for the leading global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, since 2007, supporting independent schools and universities to appoint senior leaders, including Vice-Chancellors, Heads, CFOs, Bursars and Governors. She has also worked with a number of educational charities and NGOs.
Having attended an all girls’ school before studying at the University of Durham, Rebecca is passionate about the benefits of single sex education and securing the best leaders to further enhance and develop the lives of young people.