Governors


The Trustees of The Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith manage the endowments bequeathed by Edward Latymer in 1624. They act as Governors of Latymer Upper School and Latymer Prep School.

ROS SWEETING, LLB

Rosalind Sweeting is the Chair of the The Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith, the governing body of the school. She was educated on a free place at a direct grant grammar school in south London and read law at Birmingham University. Ros is a solicitor who spent most of her career as a partner in a major City law firm where she specialised in banking and insolvency disputes. Since retiring from the law, she has board, risk and audit committee experience having spent six years as a non-executive director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. She is a trustee of a pension fund and of an endowed grant giving and charitable housing charity. She is also on the board of The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. Ros is no stranger to the School with three Latymerians in her family - a son and two daughters - who are Classes of 2009, 2011 and 2017.

The Chair of the Governors can be contacted by emailing chair@latymer-upper.org or telephoning 0203 004 0491.

Gubby Ayida, MA, FRCOG, DM  

Gubby Ayida is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. She is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford University and St Thomas’s Medical School, London. At the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Ms Ayida is currently Associate Medical Director, one of the most senior medical positions in the hospital. She has been involved in NHS Management and Clinical Leadership for over 10 years.

She is Founder and Clinical Director of The Women’s Wellness Centre - a private healthcare facility in Chelsea for women, dedicated to all aspects of women’s health and wellbeing. Gubby is passionate about women’s education and the challenges that women face in the workplace. An old girl of the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Gubby Ayida was on their Board of Governors for nine years.

Reverend Simon Downham, LLB, DipMin, MA

Simon Downham is Vicar of St Paul's Hammersmith. Educated at Fettes College where he was a Foundation Scholar and at Kings College London. Simon practised as a solicitor with Slaughter and May specialising in International Corporate Finance. He then trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford where he took a first in the Oxford Schools of Theology. He was ordained and served as curate at Holy Trinity Brompton before leading a team to refound St Paul's in 2000. He holds numerous chaplaincies and trusteeships in west London. In the field of education he is an advisory governor at Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School and Chair of Governors at St Paul's Church Primary School. He is an associate lecturer at St Mellitus College and St Paul's Theological Centre where he lectures in Urban Theology, Church Growth, Christian Spirituality and Patristics.

Stephen Hodges, MA

Stephen Hodges has been a Governor of the Latymer Foundation since 2008 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. He attended Latymer between 1965 and 1972 and was Head Boy in his final year. In 1972 he went on to read law at Trinity Hall Cambridge, where he represented the College 1st VIII in university events and at Henley Regatta. Stephen qualified as a Barrister in 1976 and initially worked at Hambros for eight years. He joined Close Brothers in 1985 and became Managing Director of the Group in 2002 until his recent retirement. Married with two grown up children, Stephen enjoys gardening, fishing and being walked by his large dog in the Dorset countryside.

Nick Jordan, MA

Nick Jordan is a Governor of the Latymer Foundation. He attended the Latymer Prep and Upper schools, leaving in 1977, having been a beneficiary of a ‘free place’ (LEA scholarship) when Latymer was a direct grant school. Nick was introduced to rowing at school, and in the school 1st VIII achieved National Schools and National Champion status. He won an Open Exhibition to read Geography at Keble College, Oxford, and continued rowing, representing the University in the Isis crew, and was elected Captain of the Oxford University Boat Club Lightweights. After graduating, Nick pursued a career in banking for over 30 years and subsequently has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of several companies. Nick joined Latymer’s Development Board in 2004 and was elected a Governor in 2010. He is also Vice Chairman of the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity. Nick's son Tom attended Latymer, as did his elder brother.

Joanna Mackle

As Deputy Director (Public Engagement) of the British Museum Joanna’s role is to manage the relationship between the Museum and its many publics, to agree the strategy for the Museum’s future exhibitions and public programme, in the UK and worldwide, to ensure the content, tone and balance of the programme matches the Museum’s strategy. Directing the Museum’s departments of Exhibitions, International Engagement, Learning and Audiences, Digital Media, Communications and Marketing to ensure coordination and coherence of all activities in which the public can engage. Joanna leads on digital and broadcast strategies which includes the major landmark BBC series A History of the World in 100 Objects and also on the creation of the Zayed National Museum, National Museum of the UAE.

Previously Joanna was Publishing Director for the leading independent literary publisher Faber and Faber.

Joanna became a Governor in November 2013. She lives in Hammersmith with her family. Her son is a Latymerian (Class of 2012) and is now studying History of Art at the Courtauld.

Alex plavsic, MA OXON, FCA

Alex joined Latymer in 1976, his brother Dragan having joined two years earlier. Alex made a late but fortunate decision to study economics at Latymer; the department then headed by the engaging Andy Leake. Alex studied PPE at Keble College, Oxford from 1983-86.

Alex joined and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a medium sized accountancy firm enjoying a variety of work from writing up accounts to auditing listed PLCs. In 1990 he joined KPMG as an auditor before moving to an embryonic forensic department.

Alex has been a forensic partner at KPMG since 1998, specialising in investigations of fraud, bribery and corruption, and accounting misstatement. Alex led the KPMG Forensic UK practice from 2009 to 2013 and is now head of its Investigations and Compliance team: a team of over 200 investigators. For a number of years Alex was a trustee of the Fraud Advisory Panel – which is an ICAEW sponsored body with the purpose of raising awareness of fraud amongst individuals and businesses.

Alex has been a member of the Latymer Audit committee for 8 years. Both Alex’s sons are currently students at Latymer. They and their parents have a shared passion in supporting West Ham United.

ANNAMARIE PHELPS, MA, CBE

Annamarie Phelps was awarded the CBE in recognition of her services to rowing. She has been Chairman of British Rowing since 2013 but has been actively involved in rowing for over thirty after taking up the sport whilst an undergraduate at St John’s College Cambridge. She enjoyed a successful international rowing career representing Great Britain at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, competed in World Rowing Championships between 1991 and 1995 as well as the Commonwealth Regatta in 1994. She was World Champion in 1993 in the lightweight coxless fours. For 11 years Annamarie was Lead Safeguarding Officer at British Rowing and was Deputy Chairman from 2002 to 2013. Since 2002 she has also been a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta, a trustee and vice chairman of the British Paralympic Association for the last eight years and in 2015 was appointed to the board of the British Olympic Association.

Away from the water Annamarie is a decorative arts and design specialist and author of several books on the subject, she is also a director of the Fine Art Society. Annamarie is married to Olympic oarsman Richard Phelps, Class of 1983, and their three children are Latymerians.

James Priory, MA Oxon

James Priory was born in Solihull in 1973 and educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham. He moved to the Sixth Form at Taunton School and subsequently read English at Lincoln College, Oxford. His first teaching post in 1994 was at Bradford Grammar School, where he helped to introduce the first girls into the school as Head of Year 7. He came to The Portsmouth Grammar School in 2000 as Head of English and later became Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form). He was appointed Headmaster in January 2008.

James is Chairman of Portsmouth Festivities, a city-wide annual celebration of young people and the arts. He is also a trustee of the Preservation Trust responsible for HMS Warrior 1860, a governor of Oakwood Preparatory School, and a Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. James is married to Helen, who teaches English at Bishop Luffa School, and they have three children. His interests include walking, natural history, kayaking and fly fishing. In September 2018 James begins his new appointment as Headmaster of Tonbridge School.

Tracey Scoffield, BA

Tracey Scoffield was educated at the Godolphin and Latymer Girls’ School and then Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read English Language and Literature. Her career has been spent in television and film drama, first as a researcher, then script editor at the BBC and finally as Executive Producer for BBC Films. She also worked at Faber and Faber Publishers for eight years as an editor on the film books and plays list. During this time she also served as Chairman of the Board of the Bush Theatre. Since leaving the BBC to set up an independent production company, Tracey has produced a number of films and drama series for HBO, the BBC and ITV. She has lived in Hammersmith with her twin sons for 23 years.

Hugh Sloane, mphil

Hugh Sloane was educated at Latymer Upper School between 1967 and 1974. Like many of his peers, Hugh was the recipient of a LEA scholarship at a time when Latymer was a direct grant school. He read Economics and Politics at Bristol University and attended Lincoln College, Oxford where he was awarded an MPhil in Economics.

Hugh spent the early part of his career as an economist and portfolio manager, based in Asia, returning to London in 1991 to become the CIO of GT Management PLC. In 1994 he co-founded Sloane Robinson LLP, a boutique investment management company. Hugh is an honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford and plays a little bridge.

SIR Jim Smith, MA, PhD, FRS, FMedSci

Jim Smith has been a Governor of Latymer Upper School since 2009. He was a pupil at Latymer from 1966 to 1972, supported by a local education authority scholarship. He then read Natural Sciences at Christ’s College Cambridge, followed by a PhD at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. After postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and in London he became a group leader at the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). He became Professor of Developmental Biology and Director of the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute in Cambridge in 2000, and in 2009 he was appointed Director of NIMR and a member of the Executive Group of the Francis Crick Institute. He is now Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust and a group leader at the Crick. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993 and of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998, and in 2009 he became an honorary Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge. He was knighted in 2017 for services to medical research and science education. He co-chairs the Education and Pastoral Committee.

Charlie Wijeratna, BA

Charlie Wijeratna attended Latymer between 1977 and 1986. He went on to read modern history at Worcester College, Oxford University where he represented the University at rugby union, rugby league and athletics.

Charlie started his career in sports TV production with Sky Sports, making cricket, football and tennis programmes, before working in the city as a lawyer with Clifford Chance and as an investment banker with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. His career in the business of sport began in 2003 when he was one of the first members of London’s bid team for the 2012 Olympic Games and he remained on the Olympic and Paralympic project as a director of the organizing committee for the Games. In 2010 he became Commercial Director of Tottenham Hotspur FC before fulfilling the same role at the European Games and then at Aston Villa. He is currently working as an independent consultant to sports rights holders. He has been supporting the school’s fundraising initiatives as a member of the Development Committee since 2011 and was elected a Governor in 2015 and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS: LUCINDA EVANS

Contact details for Lucinda Evans, Clerk to the Governors, are available from The Head’s PA on head@latymer-upper.org or by telephoning 020 3004 0491.

The Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith, Registered Office: King Street, London W6 9LR  Tel: 020 8629 2024

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