Adrian Lajtha. Educated at Uppingham & Pembroke College, Oxford (MA in Classics). Married to Rachel, former ballet dancer and teacher at Cranleigh Prep School. 5 daughters, two at Cranleigh Prep School. Former senior partner at Accenture, Chief Leadership Officer. Interests: opera, jazz, all sports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rick Johnson. O.C. University of London, Queen Mary College. Married with 2 daughters at Cranleigh Prep School. Chief Executive of an International schools company. Trustee of MCC Foundation. He also holds a commercial pilot’s licence. Interests: cricket and cricket.
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.
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.
Tony Robinson. Chartered Accountant. Married, 2 sons (both attended Cranleigh Prep School and 1 the Senior School) and 2 daughters. Self employed consultant in UK and Latin America. Formerly with GEC and Marconi. Interests: Golf and all sports, travel and Spanish.
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.
Nicholas Sweet. Diploma in Landscape Architecture and Degree in Masterplanning and Urban Design at Greenwich and Westminster universities respectively. Academician, Academy of Urbanism. Partner at Barton Willmore LLP, a Town Planning and Design Consultancy and Director of Barton Willmore International. Married with son and daughter who attended Cranleigh Prep School. Interests include design, communities, ecology and golf.
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.
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.
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.
Melanie Williamson. OC. Educated at Wycombe Abbey, Cranleigh and Kent School USA (ESU Scholar). Married to an OC with 2 daughters at 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.
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.