Howe Green House School Governors come from all walks of life and many have a personal link with the school.  Current and past parents, Howe Green House alumni and members of the wider community work together tirelessly for the benefit of the school.

Their role as ‘critical friends’ of the school’s leadership team is undertaken with commitment and enthusiasm and they each bring their own experience and expertise to help the school flourish and forge ahead.

The duties of the Governors are varied.  From the responsibility of ensuring the school operates within the regulatory requirements to presiding over educational changes and development of the school site, their role is to uphold the best interests of the school and its community and ensure its future success.

To contact the Chair of Governors please write to:

Mrs Amanda Cutlan-Smyth, c/o Howe Green House School, Great Hallingbury, CM22 7UF


William Wells

Marketing Committee

William attended St Faiths School in Cambridge followed by Greshams in North Norfolk before attending Oxford Polytechnic. He has run a successful business employing more than fifty people for over thirty years. He set up in the property business with Tony Mullucks as Mullucks Wells in 1990, and the company now trades as Mullucks, part...

Craig McDonald

Finance & Premises Committee

Recognised by the Chartered Management Institute, through the award of Chartered Manager status, for over 17 years of outstanding leadership and complex programme delivery in the global financial services industry at both Goldman Sachs and General Electric. With a track record of delivery on, or to, board and senior leadership level, building high performing teams...

Chris Dunne

Finance & Premises Committee

Before taking early retirement in 2015, Chris was a Senior Foreign Exchange Sales Executive working at leading Investment Banks, including JPMorgan & Morgan Stanley. During his 30 years in the City, he was responsible for covering a broad spectrum of clients that included; Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Corporates, Financial Institutions and Hedge Funds. Since...

Mike Dawes

Education Committee

Graduated from Swansea University with a honours degree in pure mathematics and statistics then studied for a PGCE at St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. Taught mathematics, ICT, PE and games before becoming Director of Sport. Following a move to Worcester became Director of Studies and Head of Mathematics, eventually becoming the Assistant Head (Curriculum)...

Alison White

Finance & Premises Committee

Alison qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 and has worked as an accountant for nearly 30 years, working for a local accountancy firm for 20 years and then since 2006 working from home as a sole practitioner. Experience includes 5 years working as an audit manager on a small portfolio of Local Grant Maintained...

Elizabeth Lester

Chair of Governors | Chair - Education Committee

Elizabeth has been involved with Howe Green House School since its inception in 1987 and both her son and daughter attended the school.  She has been a Parent Governor at an independent school in Suffolk and has held a number of positions within the independent and state sectors of Education ranging from Early Years through...

Amanda Cutlan-Smyth

Finance and Premises Committee

After representing her country in sport, Amanda read law at university and qualified as a solicitor at city law firm Herbert Smith where she specialised in Commercial Real Estate Finance for eight years. Amanda is now a full time mother to her two children who attended Little Oaks Nursery and are now progressing through Howe...

Nicola Barker-King

Education Committee| Bursary Working Group

Having been a nurse for 20 years Nicola now works as a Health Advisory Consultant specialising in clinical quality.  She holds a Masters in transformation and change and usually works with health and local authorities on ways of improving the care they provide.  She has extensive experience of child protection and has had a key...