Governors

LIZ LITTLE - CHAIR

Liz littleLiz has held commercial, strategy and marketing roles across communications agencies and consultancies, as well as in businesses and most recently in the charitable sector.

Prior to graduating from Durham University, Liz was a student at Birkenhead High School GDST and enjoyed the benefits of a girls school education herself. She has been a governor at Blackheath since 2007 and is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute back to the GDST.

 

DR SAJID HUMAYUN

Sajid humayunSajid 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 JAMESBlackheath high school photo

Kate joined the board in 2016.  

She was previously a solicitor specialising in construction law and professional Indemnity litigation.  She took a career break after the birth of her son and thereafter worked with a charity providing education and support to vulnerable inner city teenagers. In this capacity she obtained a post compulsory education teaching qualification and an examination assessment qualification. She obtained experience in teaching the most challenging of students and training and mentoring/appraising fellow teaching colleagues.  

Kate was previously a governor at Babington House School where she sat on the curriculum, development, policies and marketing Committees.  

Kate has been a magistrate since 2006 and was the deputy chair of the South East London Magistrates Association.  She is a Presiding Justice in the South East London Adult Criminal Court and the Greater London Family court. She also mentors and appraises magistrates.  

In January 2021 Kate became a volunteer vaccinator in Eltham. 

 

GEORGE GASKELL 

George’s twin daughters, Katie and Louise, had a wonderful time at Blackheath High and in their final year were Head and Deputy Head Girls.  He read psychology and physiology at UCL and joined the London School of Economics in 1971. His career at the School includes the Department of Social Psychology; establishing and co-directing the Methodology Institute; Vice Chair of the Appointments Committee, and Pro-director Planning and Resources. His research interests include behavioural science; science in society; social and ethical implications of the life sciences, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. He has published in leading social science journals and in Science and Nature. 

Currently chair of LSE and Partners Consortium on Behavioural Science, conducting studies in support of European Commission Directives and policy discussions on tobacco health warnings, energy labelling; environmental footprints, on-line gambling and protective measures for children playing on-line games.  He is also participating in two EC Horizon projects on Research Integrity and WeNet: the internet of us.

 

JULIE FENNER 

Having worked for many years as an independent consultant supporting NHS organisations around service improvementIMG 3307, Julie now works primarily with organisations in the voluntary and community sector.  Much of her time is spent working with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which inspires and supports young people from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in the career of their choice.

Having attended an all girls’ school before studying at Cambridge University, and with two school-age daughters of her own, Julie is passionate about education that gives every girl the skills and confidence to fulfil their potential. 

 

PROFESSOR NATASCHA RADCLYFFE-THOMAS EdD FRSA

Professor Natascha Radclyffe-ThomasProfessor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas EdD FRSA is Professor in Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of Fashion, GCU London. Natascha attended Blackheath High School and is delighted to still be in touch with many of her former BHS classmates. After studying economics at university Natascha founded a small luxury fashion business and later moved into fashion education teaching in Asia and North America. Natascha returned to London in 2012 and was awarded a prestigious Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship in 2016 in recognition of her innovative intercultural approach to teaching and learning. Natascha is Vice Chair of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education UK and Ireland chapter with a particular interest in promoting gender equality and responsible consumption and production. Natascha became a Fellow of the RSA in recognition of her work promoting sustainability in fashion education, won the 2020 Case Centre Award for Ethics and Social Responsibility and was Runner Up in the Financial Times Responsible Business Education Awards in 2022. Natascha is a knitter, stitcher and make-do-and-mender!

 

DR IAIN SOULSBY

Iain

Dr Iain Soulsby joined the Board of Governors at Blackheath High School at the start of the 2021/22 academic year. Iain has two daughters at the school, one in juniors and one in seniors, and he has played an active roll in the parent-teacher association (BHSA) over the last decade. He is also married to an alumni of Blackheath High.

Iain moved to Blackheath in 2000 on completion of his undergraduate dental training at Guys Hospital. He has worked in a number of dental practices around south east London, now dividing his time between surgeries in Blackheath and Croydon. The Soulsby family live close to the senior school in Blackheath Standard.

Outside of work Iain is a keen runner with a number of half marathons completed and is signed up to run the London Marathon in 2023. He enjoys cooking and wine appreciation, travel and spending time with friends and family.