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:

Mr Simon Hutley, c/o Howe Green House School, Great Hallingbury, CM22 7UF


Robert Wood

Finance & Premises Committee| Marketing Committee

Robert formed his practice in 2013, with offices in Essex and the Haute Garonne. He trained at the Bartlett School (UCL), Harvard GSD, Cambridge University and was a Prix de Rome Scholar. Robert is an RIBA Chartered Architect, and a member of L’Ordre des Architectes. He is registered to practice architecture in the United Kingdom and France. Robert’s...

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...

Tanith Watson

Education Committee| Bursary Working Group

A former pupil and House Captain at Howe Green House.  Tanith has worked in Children’s Services for over six years and gained several qualifications within this area. She has been Head of Care in a children’s home for young people with disabilities and worked with children in need and their families in a team that assessed and...

Allan Stewart

Marketing Committee

A former Howe Green House pupil and Head Boy, Allan moved onto The Bishop’s Stortford Boys High School for A-Level’s and Graduated from Stirling University with a 2.1 in Computer Science and Marketing in 2003.  Since then Allan has built and sold a website marketing agency, worked at Sky as a Google consultant, spent 7...

Graeme Purvis

Finance & Premises Committee

With a degree in Economics and Accountancy from Loughborough University, Graeme is a Chartered Accountant qualified for over 20 years, with experience in national firms and industry, with 10 years working as a Finance Manager and Finance Director for GlaxoSmithKline in Harlow and now with own small local practice based in Welwyn.

Elizabeth Lester

Vice-Chair of Governors |Chair - Education Committee

Elizabeth has been involved with Howe Green House School since its inception in 1987and 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 Further...

Hannah Petersen

Education Committee

Hannah was Head of an ISA school in Essex for 3 years. Prior to this she was a Key Stage 1 and Early Year’s Manager and these year groups remain her true passion. The school came close to closure before Hannah was asked to step into the role of Head. She successfully tripled the number...

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 Acorns Nursery and are now progressing through the school.

Paul Bashford

Marketing Committee

Paul was the first Sports Coach at Howe Green House School, and also coached at Bishop’s Stortford College. Following injury Paul created the company OTTIS (Outstanding Training Techniques In Sport) which was originally based on providing sports coaching to schools, clubs and companies. This lead to a natural progression in producing playing kits, uniforms, and...

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...

Simon Hutley

Chair of Governors | Chair - Marketing Committee| Finance Committee| Bursary Working Group

Simon is the Client Service Director at a leading design and communications agency in London specialising in corporate reporting, branding and digital communications for FTSE 100 companies. Prior to this he had 10 years working in marketing and PR – both agency and client side. He has two children at Howe Green House School and...