A. J. Lajtha, MA, FCIBBuildings & Estate Committee, Chairman of the Governing Body, Cranleigh International Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee, Foundation Trustee, Nominations Committee, Strategy & Risk Committee
Adrian Lajtha. Educated at Uppingham and Pembroke College, Oxford (MA in Greats). Married to Rachel, former ballet dancer and teacher at Cranleigh Prep School. Five daughters, one at the Senior School, one at Cranleigh Prep School. Former Senior Partner at Accenture, Chief Leadership Officer.
Interests: history, opera, jazz, all sports.
M. M. S. Fisher, MAChair of Education Committee, Chair of Nominations Committee, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Board Member, Cranleigh China Board Member, Cranleigh International Committee, Deputy Chair of Governing Body, Finance Committee
Monica Fisher. Educated at Oxford High School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (MA in Zoology). Worked for American banks in the City for 20 years. Has held various trusteeships and non-executive directorships, in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. Married with one son and one daughter.
Interests: tennis, travel and wildlife photography.
S. E. Bayliss, MAEducation Committee, Safeguarding Lead Governor
Sarah Bayliss. Educated at Roedean School and Worcester College, Oxford (Modern Languages). Worked for investment banks in the City and in Tokyo; now works in the voluntary sector, having previously been a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for 15 years at HMP Send (Chair 2012-2014) she now works for the charity The Nazareth Way which supports the work of prison chaplaincies in Surrey. Married with three sons and one daughter.
Interests: tennis, opera, theatre and bridge.
J. Boyd, OBE, MAStrategy & Risk Committee
John Boyd. Educated at Grosvenor Grammar School Belfast and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Has spent nearly 30 years in the Parachute Regiment including operational deployments to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Two children; a son at Cranleigh School, and a daughter at Cranleigh Prep School.
Interests: Irish Rugby, shooting, military history, aggressive gardening and skiing badly.
J. A. Brown, MA OxonEducation Committee
Jenny Brown. Educated at North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where she read English. She started her career in publishing at Pergamon Press, but the move into English teaching at Cranleigh School ‘felt like coming home’. She taught at Highgate School in 1995 and then South Hampstead High School in 2000. She was Head of English at Channing School and then Director of Senior School at St Paul’s Girls’ School, before becoming Head at St Alban’s High School in 2014. She has been Headmistress of The City of London School for Girls since 2019. She sits on the Advisory Board of the charity, IntoUniversity and the Membership Committee of the HMC. She is also a Governor at Lancing College and Beechwood Park School.
Any leisure hours are full of John Donne, George Eliot, Jane Austen, editing her husband’s plays, swimming in very cold water and enjoying the company of her two children.
R. M. Chesser, MA, MB BChir, MRCPStrategy & Risk Committee
Ros Chesser. Medical degree at Trinity Hall Cambridge and Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. General Practitioner. Married to an Old Cranleighan with three children.
Interests: tennis, biking and singing.
F. N. Farrant, BAEducation Committee, SEN Representative
Faye Farrant. Studied Russian at Manchester University. 22 years of HR experience in Financial Services and Fintech in the UK and New York. Currently Chief People Officer at Schroders Personal Wealth. Married to Henry, with two children. Loves travel, reading, walking the dogs and spending time with family and friends.
P. S. P. Going BSc MRICSChairman of the Buildings & Estate Committee, Finance Committee
Patrick Going. Educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School and Oxford Brooke University (BSc Estate Management). Married to Heather with four children all of whom have or are attending Cranleigh School. Patrick is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and former Partner of Cushman & Wakefield, he is currently Managing Director of Marick Real Estate.
Interests: tennis, golf, auctioneering and National Schools Equestrian Association.
S. Gunapala, BEng MEng FCAFinance Committee, Risk Management Group
San Gunapala. Married to Sophie and has two daughters. Engineering degree and masters from Warwick University. He is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Ernst & Young in their audit practice. Council member at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.
Interests: cricket, football, reading and theatre.
J. Khurshid, MA, KCCranleigh International Committee
Dodie Khurshid. Educated at Cranleigh and St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (MA in Jurisprudence). Barrister specialising in Commercial Law. Married to Lydia with three children.
Interests: sport and travel.
J. A. M. Knight, BA (Hons)AGBIS Representative, Buildings & Estate Committee, Chairman of Risk Management Group, Strategy & Risk Committee
Jonathan Knight. OC. Early childhood in West Africa and the Caribbean.Studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Central School of Art and Design. Director of product design consultancy Knight Design Innovation. Chairman of British Standards Institute Committee, Innovation Management, IMS-1. Married with three sons.
Interests: classic cars and photography.
A. J. Lye, BABuildings & Estate Committee, Education Committee, Health & Safety Representative, Risk Management Group
Alison Lye. Married to an OC, one daughter and one son. Educated at St Catherine’s Bramley, St Edward’s Oxford and Exeter University (Modern Languages). Worked as an Asset Finance Lawyer in The City.
Interests: riding, running, tennis.
J. P. Maskery, MEngStrategy & Risk Committee
Jon Maskery. Educated at Upton, Chester and Birmingham University (MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Management). Married to Clare with two children, a daughter at St Teresa’s in Effingham and a son in at Cranleigh School. A Consulting Partner at PwC with over 26 years of experience in Financial Services and Technology.
Interests: triathlon, cycling, skiing, cinema.
C. H. Severs LLB (Hons)Cranleigh International Committee, Finance Committee
Charles Severs. Educated at Cranleigh School and Bristol University (Law). Has spent nearly 30 years in law and is currently a Partner and Managing Director at DLA Piper specialising in M&A and Equity Capital Markets. Married to Fiona with two children (one of whom went to Cranleigh Prep School).
Interests: tennis, musical theatre and history.
E. Stanton, BSc, ACAChair of Finance Committee, Investments Committee
Elizabeth Stanton. A Chartered Accountant who is married with one son. Mathematics degree from University College, London. Former Partner at Ernst & Young, London. Trustee and Chair of the Scrutiny and Audit Committee of the charity Ambitious about Autism.
Interests: golf, walking and sailing.
J. J. D. C. Tate RIBA FRSABuildings & Estate Committee
Jerry Tate. Educated at Ipswich School, Nottingham University, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and Harvard University. Director at Tate+Co Architects since 2007, responsible for a number of high-profile education projects. Currently teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. Trustee at the Grimshaw Foundation. Married to Siobhan Tate, a secondary school art teacher, with three boys.
Interests: cycling very long distances when he can find the time.
P. M. Wells, BEd (Hons)Education Committee
Peter Wells. Born and brought up in India, Peter was educated as a boarder at Eltham College and Exeter University. He started his teaching career at Cheltenham College Junior School, moving to Dulwich College in 1986, where he became Housemaster of The Orchard. His first Headship was at St Hugh’s, Woodhall Spa, followed by Liverpool College Prep and then the Junior King’s School, Canterbury where he served for 17 years until retirement in 2017. He is married with three children.
Interests: fine arts, sports and travel.
D. G. Westcott, BA, BCL, KCChairman of Strategy & Risk Committee, Finance Committee
David Westcott. Cranleigh and Brasenose College, Oxford. Married with one son and one daughter. Barrister at the Middle Temple.
Interests: drama, music, sport (captain of Great Britain Olympic hockey team Los Angeles, 1984).
S. J. Whitehouse, BA (Cantab)Chairman of Cranleigh International Committee, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Board Member, Finance Committee, Risk Management Group, Strategy & Risk Committee
Simon Whitehouse. Educated at the British School in the Netherlands and Magdalene College, Cambridge (BA in Natural Sciences). Married to Janet with a daughter and son in their 20s. Retired Senior Managing Director at Accenture focussed on Growth & Strategy.
Interests: general aviation, skiing, adventurous travel and music.
R. J. Wilkins, MA DPhilEducation Committee
Robert Wilkins. Graduated in Physiological Sciences from University College, Oxford. He subsequently completed a D.Phil. in Oxford, after which he was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church. In January 2004 he was appointed to a University Lectureship in Epithelial Physiology at St Edmund Hall, where he holds the American Fellowship and is presently the Senior Tutor. His research characterises the involvement of membrane transport pathways in osteoarthritis and epithelial cancers. He is the Director of the University’s Biomedical Sciences course and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences (OUP).
D.A.E Williams, BA, FCAFinance Committee, Pension Scheme Trustee
David Williams. Educated at Glasgow Academy and Nottingham University. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Worked as Finance Director and Managing Director within both the IT and construction industries, including working in Ireland and Finland. Bursar at Charterhouse for eight years before becoming a Consultant Bursar in 2014. Sits on Governing Council of Royal Holloway College and also a Governor of Edge Grove. Married to Pippa with two children.
Interests: Isle of Wight, travel, opera.
M. J. WilliamsonBoarding Governor, Buildings & Estate Committee, Health & Safety Representative
Melanie Williamson. OC. Educated at Wycombe Abbey, Cranleigh and Kent School USA (ESU Scholar). Married to Martin (also an OC) with two daughters who have both been through Cranleigh. Spent 11 years as a Senior Publicist at BSkyB, before setting up as a freelance Publicity Consultant. Founder of OC Ladies Hockey Club.
Interests: film, all sports, travel, music and reading.
The Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford
Andrew Watson. Bishop of Guildford, is the School’s Visitor. He preaches once a year in the School Chapel, either in a normal evensong, special occasion or at a confirmation service. He advises the Governing Body on matters of faith and ethos when requested although he does not sit on the Governing Body.