“Governors are highly effective in facilitating the work of the school, and in giving senior staff wise counsel and every encouragement in their endeavours. Financial planning is astute.” Independent Schools Inspection 2011.
The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School Office, 94, Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8JQ or by phone on 01753 883370.
Derek Wilson – Chairman of the Board of Governors
Derek has been Chairman of the Board of Governors of St Mary’s since 2007. He first became a Governor in 1995 whilst his daughter was at the School. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes in London and Geneva and held various financial appointments in several industries including senior positions in Wilkinson Match and Cadbury Schweppes.
He became Finance Director of Slough Estates in 1986 and its Chief Executive in 1995, retiring from business in 2002. He was a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of The National Society for Epilepsy from 2003 until 2014.
Christine trained and taught as a Primary School teacher in the UK before moving to Germany with her husband and two small daughters. She worked for the Frankfurt International School there for 25 years, initially teaching Year 4 but then as Head of a new satellite campus in Wiesbaden, overseeing its growth to an enrolment of 300 students. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Christine’s responsibilities included strategic planning, curriculum development and assessment, appointment and appraisal of faculty as well as community and public relations and management of buildings and grounds.
She has carried out many evaluations of other schools across the world for the Council of International Schools (CIS). On her return to the UK, whilst no longer working full time, Christine is still involved in school evaluation for CIS and works as an independent educational consultant in the UK and overseas.
David is a Chartered Accountant and Head of Tax for DAZN, part of the Perform Group, which uses digital technology to make sports content available globally. He previously spent 20 years at the BBC where he is responsible for the worldwide tax affairs of the Group. Originally from Birmingham, David studied mathematics at Exeter University and has lived in London since 1990.
He has worked in professional practice for both KPMG and PwC, and is a regular speaker at specialist tax seminars in the UK and overseas. David lives locally, is married and has two children. Danielle studied at St Mary’s, and Ryan is now at Leeds University. After a career in the City, his wife, Laraine, leads business development for a local creative firm. When time permits, David enjoys golf, squash and travel. He is currently Chair of the F&GP Committee.
Carin Eilerts de Haan
After graduating as a Chemical Engineer in The Netherlands, Carin started her working life as a lecturer in Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. In 1977, her family moved to the UK and her long and happy relationship with St Mary’s started in 1980, when she was appointed as part-time Chemistry and Mathematics teacher. Carin went on to be Head of Science and later Deputy Head for 17 years.
Her daughter spent her whole school life at St Mary’s as well, before going on to Birmingham University, graduating in Material Science & Metallurgy. After her retirement in 2005, Carin renewed her contacts with St Mary’s School as a Governor in January 2007. Carin is married with an adult son and daughter and has four grandchildren. She enjoys long distance running, walking and golf and is a past-President and active member of the Misbourne Matins Rotary Club’.
Marina graduated from Cambridge University, where she studied Natural Sciences. She obtained a post graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and European Competition Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College and qualified as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney, becoming a Partner in Elkington and Fife in 1995. Among her clients were Dow Corning. After her son William was born Marina joined the Intellectual Property department at Reckitt Benckiser until 2005 when she set up PR Agency, The PHA Group, with her husband Phil. The agency has won awards for its innovative work on staff development, training and wellbeing and Marina has implemented a number of initiatives including partnerships with charities.
Marina has three children. Her daughter Alice spent nine very happy years at St Mary’s moving on to university in 2017; her daughter Poppy is currently in Year Four and her son William is at Wellington College. She became a governor of St Mary’s in 2016 and lives in Gerrards Cross. Marina was sworn in as a Magistrate in 2017 and now sits in the adult courts mainly in High Wycombe.
Nick is an experienced commercial litigation lawyer at DC Kaye & Co in Amersham, having worked for BP Collins in Gerrards Cross for 31 years. Nick acts for established businesses in the South East. Nick has a reputation for winning claims in the High Court and County Court for contract, professional negligence, residential and commercial property, construction, fraud, and defamation disputes. Leading legal directory Chambers UK has named him as a ‘Leading Individual’ consistently since 2005 and recently described him as a “highly intellectual and accomplished” lawyer who, according to clients, “always understands commercial realities and practicalities”.
Nick is an CEDR accredited and experienced mediator, having conducted over 50 mediations, with a very high degree of success. Nick is married to Carol and lives in Coleshill, and their 2 children were educated locally. Nick is a sports enthusiast, and enjoys mountain treks having completed the 3 Peaks Challenge 4 times for charity, and golf and spinning. Nick is also a member of a leading local Rotary Club.
Rosemary has 40 years’ experience teaching in both maintained and independent schools. She has been in the Headship of three schools, most recently Headmistress of St Albans High School for Girls. Rosemary has experience as an Independent Schools’ Inspector, was the former Chair of IStip (Independent Schools teacher induction panel) and is now a Governor for two other schools.
Rosemary is also an ambassador for the charity World Vision and an interview coach for the charity Smartworks that supports women in difficult circumstances to find employment. Rosemary is married with two adult sons and one granddaughter.
Nicholas has lived and worked in and around Gerrards Cross for most of his life and has been involved with St Mary’s School as a Governor since 2005. He has two daughters who have attended the school since joining the Nursery and he sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
He is also the Governor who oversees the School’s health and safety policies. Nicholas is a Director of his own business which he founded in 1994. He is also a Parish Councillor and is involved with various other local organisations.
Helen joined the Governing Body of St Mary’s in 1998, resigned in 2012 and returned in 2017. Helen left to deepen her knowledge of Governance within the Maintained sector, which she believes is of benefit to St Mary’s School. She worked within Beaconsfield High school and Chaired a small Primary school in Woburn Green. Helen was widowed many years ago when her daughters were young and since then has been fully aware of the difficulties of bringing up children alone. This has made her more aware of the necessity of parents and school working together for the pastoral care of children.
She founded and ran an accountancy practice in Gerrards Cross, specialising in Tax and Insolvency, which she sold a few years ago. Helen has been aware of finance within schools, in the private and maintained sectors, which she knows is useful for Governance within the school.