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Governor Profiles

Please find below the profiles of some of our Governing Body:

Rev'd Dr Sam Hole (Chair of Governors)

Sam is the curate at St George the Martyr church, beside Borough tube station. Before ordination he was a history teacher, working first in Hammersmith and then as Head of History at The Grey Coat Hospital. As part of his ordination training he undertook a PhD at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the theme of desire in the poetry and prose of the sixteenth-century Spanish writer John of the Cross. In his free time he particularly enjoys cookery, theatre and hiking. He is delighted to be serving as a Foundation Governor at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s.

Eilidh Verhoeven

Following university, Eilidh worked as a reporter for Strathclyde education department (Glasgow division) before deciding that teaching was where her future lay. After completing her PGCE(primary),Eilidh taught in Oban, a fishing town in the west of Scotland. After a few years, feeling the need for a fresh  challenge, she went to Nepal with VSO to work as a teacher trainer. 

On her return to the UK, Eilidh worked as an EAL language specialist teacher in Newham, before taking over mathematics and a Y6 class at a large primary school in East Ham.

Moving to South London in 1997, Eilidh taught in Dulwich for seven years as IT coordinator & member of the senior leadership team before moving to Boutcher CE primary as deputy head in 2000 and then took the role of Headteacher seven years ago. She is passionate about improving the lives of all children in the area and very committed to her role as St Saviour’s & St Olave’s Governor.Having experienced first hand the transformational & empowering impact that schools and education make on young people's lives, the role of Governor is one which allows EV to put in  to practice the opportunity of supporting the girls of St Saviour's & St Olave's to flourish and become the leaders of the future. 

Laura Johnson

Laura is a former student of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s and also worked at the school as PA to the Senior Leadership Team when her children were both babies.

 Laura has a varied professional background having worked for HMRC, other Southwark schools and in the music and hospitality industry.  Laura currently works for the National Education Union in their London Regional Office, helping assist members who are encountering difficulties with their employers and assisting in the Union’s campaigns for more funding for schools, assessments, workload and pay.

 Laura is also a parent governor at Charles Dickens Primary School, located in the Borough.

 Laura lives in the local area with her two sons and enjoys the fun activities to be had in the area, especially dining out and socialising.

Maria Beattie

Maria is looking forward to her role as school Governor at St Saviours and joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2017. She is the Deputy Office Manager at the Property Department for the Diocese of Southwark and looks to secure funding and produce funds through letting properties where there is a clergy vacancy.

She has two children, one of whom is currently in her final year at St Saviours and the other in the infants at Cathedral School. She is enthusiastic about fundraising for and safety of the girls at the school and has the utmost respect for what SSSO teachers do. She passionately believes in nurturing relationships between pupils, staff, parents and the wider community to best serve each and every child in the school.

Michael Harvey

Michael was born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After attending school in the UK, he studied Physics and Astronomy at UCL, London.

 After graduating, Michael chose a career in Photography, setting up his first studio at the age of 25. With over 20 years experience in photography, he has worked with clients as diverse as Heathrow Airport and the Louvre Museum, Paris. Michael now specialises in photographing art for galleries, museums and artists with a particular leaning towards contemporary ceramics.

 Other interests include campervanning, festival going, vegetable gardening and wine.

Martin Hodgson

Martin who was born and brought up near Glasgow now splits his  time between Yorkshire, where his family are based, and London where he lives within 1 mile of St Saviour's & St Olave's School. Martin is married and has 2 children aged 15 and 17 who attend a Quaker school in York. Martin is a chartered accountant and is a partner with  PwC who employ several thousand people within Southwark. Martin has a Masters degree from Glasgow University in Economics and Economic History. Outside of work and family, interests include running, sport as a spectator, cooking, travel and history.

James Rothwell

James Rothwell read Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford and retired in July 2018 after 41 years as a Classics teacher. Latterly he was Senior Master at Marlborough College and then at St Mary's, Calne.

He is a Court member of the Worshipful Company of Dyers, with which St Saviour's has a close connection. He is married with four grown up children and divides his time between Wiltshire (where he governs a local primary school) and London. His interests include Cricket, Rugby and British Political History.

Hugo Adan

My name is Revd Dr Hugo Adán and I born in Madrid, Spain, in 1975. 

I studied philosophy between Madrid, Dublin and Rome and Theology in Madrid and Rome. I have a master in Sacred Theology and Philosophy and Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a thesis about truth, meaning and texts (Systematic Theology speciality). 

I was ordained deacon in 2003 and priest in 2004. 

I have worked in parishes in Madrid, Barcelona, Mwanza (Tanzania) and Nyakato (Tanzania) specially in very deprived areas. I have taught theology in the universities of Barcelona and Rome (Gregorian). 

Here in UK I lived two years in Cambridge, one of them as part of L’Arche community. Then three years in Catford (St Laurence Church) and now in Elephant as Rector of Holy Trinity with St Matthews. I am the founder of the Hispanic Mission and the parish priest of the first fully bilingual parish of the Church of England. 

I am married with Jocelyn Freeman, a wonderful welsh profesional pianist.

Natalie Usher (Vice Chair of Governors)

Natalie Usher is a Film & TV lawyer with more than twenty years’ experience working with commercial and public sector clients. Natalie was the UK Film Council’s in‑house legal advisor to the New Cinema Fund, the production fund dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking and the development of new talent. She moved from there to Lee & Thompson LLP, one of the UK’s leading Media and Entertainment law firms, where she was a partner in the Film and TV Group for eight years specialising in financing, production and distribution. Moving to Edinburgh in 2014, she was Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, with responsibility for leading public support for Scotland’s Film & TV industry. She left in March 2018 to become an independent Film & TV consultant based between Edinburgh and London.

Natalie is also Vice-Chair of the Board of the Scottish Documentary Institute, based at the Edinburgh College of Art ( and an Ambassador for GMAC Film, a development and training organisation for new and emerging filmmakers in Glasgow (

Stephen Parry

Stephen graduated through the University of Life by entering the City post his 'A' levels. He progressed through the ranks to become a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers where he managed and built a variety of trading and investment businesses, while also spending several years in New York. He subsequently moved to Nomura, after Lehman's demise, to manage their proprietary trading business. He then took some time out from work to literally 'spend more time with the family' which comprises his wife Lucy and three children. He currently works as an Investment manager at a Hedge Fund in the West End.


Stephen has historical, one step removed, connections with the foundation schools as his wife and her mother both attended St Saviour's. His father also attended St Olave's while on it's previous Tooley Street site.


Stephen is additionally a Trustee of the St Olave's and St Saviour's Schools Foundation, as Dulwich Estate's representative. Outside of these activities he enjoys golf, sailing and walking and warmly embraces general socialising!


Cherish Bere


Cherish is the Head of Religious Studies at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s. Prior to this she was an Assistant Head of Year and Teacher of Social Sciences at Beths Grammar School, Bexley. She is an Associate Fellow of Kings College London and holds a Masters in Education Management. Cherish is passionate about effective teaching and learning and before completing her PGCE at Kings College London she studied Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University.


Cherish is also the Co-Founder of Effective Education Africa a charity that works to support the provision of girls’ education in sub Saharan Africa particularly her home country Zimbabwe. In her spare time Cherish enjoys cooking, reading and travelling.