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Annabel Nicoll

Annabel Nicoll - Sponsor


Annabel is Sponsor. She has a degree in History of Art with History from Bristol University and she qualified as a Physiotherapist with 1st class honours from UCL and The Middlesex Hospital in 1998. Annabel is a Trustee of The River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames and of The Arbib Foundation which sponsors The Langley Academy and Parlaunt Park Primary Academy.

Annabel was a Trustee of the Academy Sponsors Trust and then sat on the Academy Sponsors Advisory Council for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. She was appointed an Honorary Member of Council of the NSPCC in 2007 having been a member of their National Appeal Board during their FULL STOP campaign.


Annabel is also a Governor of Lambrook School, near Bracknell where she Chairs the Education and Health and Safety Committees.
Annabel is married with three children.



Museum Advisory Group

Museum Learning Committees


Trustee for Child Protection

Oona Stannard

Oona Stannard - Trustee/ Chair


Oona holds degrees from Kings College, London and the Institute of Education.  She was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Leicester.

Her career in education includes 10 years as the Director of the Catholic Education Service, the national body with strategic responsibility for Catholic schools and colleges.  She also served as an HMI for 11 years.  She was appointed as a Schools Adjudicator by the Secretary of State, has served on various ministerial working groups and was appointed to the General Teaching Council.  She has also been an Associate to the GMC and an adviser to the Department of Health.


Oona was Vice-Chair of the Board of St Mary’s University College for many years and continues to be Chair of Governors to a primary school in Richmond.


Her leisure interests centre on travel, enjoying the theatre, hospitality and membership of local community groups.



Local Governing Body: TLAT

Martin Burford

Martin Burford - Trustee/ Vice Chair

Martin has been working as independent consultant, providing leadership and management consultancy support from June 2009. He has worked internationally, with Local Authorities and with schools, as well as providing training to the NCSL clusters across London.


He has had contracts with the DfE, as Head of Regulatory Transformation and as Head of 3-14 Assessment at Ofqual, focussing on policy, strategy and monitoring assessment development and delivery of the FSP, KS1, KS2 national curriculum assessments and the pilot programmes. He worked with the DfE on the regulation and development of national assessments from early years to KS3. He also chaired the assessment review committee of an examining board.

Before becoming an independent consultant, Martin was Assistant Director of Education with responsibility for standards and school support for an inner London authority and Assistant Director with responsibility for school improvement in another. Previously, he was a Principle Primary adviser in an inner London authority, Adviser in a shire authority, and a successful Headteacher for 10 years. He has lectured on Education Masters programmes for London and Oxford universities.



Local Governing Body: TLAP, PPPA LGB and TLAT

Museum Learning Committees

Emmajane Avery

Emmajane Avery - Trustee


Trustee: Museum Learning

Emmajane Avery is Director of Learning and Visitor Experience at the V&A, with responsibility for Learning, Interpretation, and Visitor Experience.


She joined the V&A in March 2011 as Head of the Department of Learning, overseeing learning activities for schools, families, young people, university students and adults, including an innovative digital learning programme, reaching over 200,000 participants per year. She has particular interest in activities which inspire new generations of designers as well as programmes which add to enjoyment and well-being.


She started her museum career at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, running learning activities for all audiences, before holding the post of Curator: School and Teacher Programmes at Tate Modern.  She was then Head of Education at the Wallace Collection for eight years where she oversaw the development of innovative school, public and community programmes, with one in six of all museum visitors taking part in a learning activity in 2009-10.


Emmajane studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, followed by an MA in Museology at the University of East Anglia.



Local Governing Body: TLAT

Museum Learning Committees

David Mallen

David Mallen - Trustee


David Mallen CBE. David left school at 16 and was an apprentice in the steel industry for 3 years, whilst studying for A levels in his own time. He then went to Manchester University to study Economics and Politics. He was elected President of the Student Union and, later, to the National Executive of the NUS.

David’s career in education took him from being a teacher in Salford and Rochdale to becoming the Chief Education Officer of both the Inner London Education Authority, then the biggest LEA in the country, and of East Sussex. After retiring from this work, he became an adviser to the Department for Education. 

David has been awarded three honorary doctorates in recognition of his educational work.  He has chaired the governing bodies of other schools and held a number of non-educational posts.



Trustee and Chair of TLA LGB

William Lazarus

William Lazarus - Trustee


Bill Lazarus trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG before taking up financial management roles in industry. He subsequently served on the Boards of two international public companies as Group Finance Director before joining a Management Buyout Team which acquired one of Europe’s largest distributor of security products as CFO.


Bill currently runs his own consultancy business providing strategic advice to companies going through a process of change and also serves as a non-executive director.


Over a period of twenty-five years he has been a Governor of two private schools and he has just retired as Chairman of Governors of one of those schools, having held the role for twelve years.


Bill is married with three sons and he has one grandson. He enjoys golf, skiing and watching sports in general, particularly rugby.



Local Governing Body: TLAT

Businnes and Audit

John Hedger

John Hedger - Trustee

John was a career civil servant in the Department for Education and Employment.  He currently chairs the Board of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is Vice-Chair of Mary Hare School for the Deaf in Newbury.


Until recently, he was a Trustee of the National Foundation for Educational Research and was formerly a member of the Council of Radley College and a Trustee of Rathbone - a Charity providing training and personal development for disadvantaged young people. He has an MA in English from the University of Sussex.


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