A. J. Lajtha, MA, FCIBChairman of the Governing Body
Adrian Lajtha. Educated at Uppingham and Pembroke College, Oxford (MA in Classics). Married to Rachel, former ballet dancer and teacher at Cranleigh Prep School. Five daughters, two at Cranleigh Prep School. Former senior partner at Accenture, Chief Leadership Officer. Interests: opera, jazz, all sports.
M. M. S. Fisher, MAChair of Education Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Governing Body, Finance Committee
Monica Fisher. Zoology degree at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Worked for American banks in the City for 20 years. Now has various trusteeships and non-executive directorships, mostly in the voluntary sector. Married with one son and one daughter. Interests include tennis, travel and wildlife photography.
S. E. Bayliss, MAEducation Committee, Safeguarding Lead Governor
Sarah Bayliss. Roedean School and Worcester College, Oxford (Modern Languages). Worked for investment banks in the City and in Tokyo; now works in the voluntary sector, including the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Send (Chair 2012-2014) which monitors prisoner welfare. Married with three sons and one daughter. Interests include tennis, opera, theatre and bridge.
J. A. Brown, MA OxonEducation Committee
Jenny Brown was educated at North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where she read English. She started her career publishing for Robert Maxwell 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. She sits on the Advisory Board of the New College of the Humanities and the Membership Committee of the HMC and Professional Development Committee of the GSA and is a Governor at Cranleigh 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 teenaged children.
R. M. Chesser, MA, MB BChir, MRCPStrategy and 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 3 children. Interests include tennis, biking and singing.
M. Foster, MAEducation Committee
Mark Foster. MA Classics from University College, Oxford. 27 years at Accenture retired in 2011 as Group Chief Executive Global Markets and Management Consulting. 2011-2015 founding Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. Formerly Board member of Royal Shakespeare Company, Chairman of International Business Leaders Forum, Non-Executive Director of Heidrick & Struggles, Computer Sciences Corporation, Alexander Mann Solutions and Atento. Chairman of the Peaslake Schools Trust since 1994 and Peaslake Free School since 2013. Currently Senior Vice President Global Business Services at IBM. Lives in Old Greenwich, CT, USA with wife Sandy. Two sons Alex and Matt – both OC’s.
P. S. P. Going BSc MRICSBuildings & Estate Committee
Patrick Going. Educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School and Oxford Brooke University (BSc Estate Management). Married to Heather with 4 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 include tennis, golf, auctioneering and National Schools Equestrian Association.
S. Gunapala, BEng MEng FCAFinance Committee
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. A. M. Knight, BA (Hons)AGBIS Representative, Buildings & Estate Committee, Risk Management Group
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 and Safety Representative, Risk Management Group, SEN Representative
Alison Lye. Married to an OC, 1 daughter and 1 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.
E. Stanton, BSc, ACAChair of Finance Committee
Elizabeth Stanton. Chartered Accountant. Married, 1 son. Mathematics degree from University College, London. Former Partner, Ernst & Young, London. Trustee and Chair of the Scrutiny and Audit Committee of the charity Ambitious about Autism. Interests: golf, walking and sailing.
S. J. Watkinson, BSc, ACACranleigh Abu Dhabi Board Member, Finance Committee, Risk Management Group
Sam Watkinson. OC (Prep and Senior School), Durham University. Married with 3 children. Partner at SVG Capital focusing on Mid-Market Private Equity Buy Outs, Growth Capital and Co-Investment opportunities. Project Leader on Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. Interests cricket, hockey, golf and gardening.
O. A. R. Weiss, MAEducation Committee, Prep School Representative
Oliver Weiss. Cranleigh and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Married, 3 children. Legal Consultant and prior to retiring in 2013 a senior partner with solicitors Ince & Co LLP. Interests: heliskiing, military history, trekking and wine.
D. G. Westcott, BA, BCL, QCChairman of Strategy & Risk Committee
David Westcott. Cranleigh & Brasenose College, Oxford. Married, 1 son, 1 daughter. Barrister at the Middle Temple. Interests: drama, music, sport (captain of Great Britain Olympic hockey team Los Angeles, 1984).
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. His interests include fine arts, sports and travel.
S. J. Whitehouse, BA (Cantab)Chairman of Risk Management Group
Simon Whitehouse. Educated at the British School in the Netherlands & Magdalene College, Cambridge ( BA in Natural Sciences ). Married to Janet with a teenage daughter and son. Senior Managing Director at Accenture focussed on Growth & Strategy. Interests: general aviation, skiing, piano.
R. J. Wilkins, MA DPhil
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
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 8 years before becoming a Consultant Bursar in 2014. Sits on Governing Council of Royal Holloway College. Married to Pippa, 2 children. Interests: Isle of Wight, travel, opera.
M. J. WilliamsonBoarding Governor, Buildings & Estate Committee, Health and Safety Representative
Melanie Williamson. OC. Educated at Wycombe Abbey, Cranleigh and Kent School USA (ESU Scholar). Married to an OC with 2 daughters, one at Cranleigh and one an OC. 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.
The Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford
Andrew Watson, the 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.