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Governor Profiles

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

Annie Harding (Chair of Governors)

Annie Harding graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University in history and English Literature before completing a Master's degree at London Business School.  She has worked for the Australian government, Levi Strauss, John Lewis, was a Director of London First and Chief Executive of the Agenda Group, a corporate networking company for business leaders.  For 7 years, she was a non-executive director of private bank Brown Shipley, where she also chaired the audit,compliance and risk committee. Annie is on the Court of the Merchant Taylors' Company and is a governor of St John's School, Northwood. She has been a Trustee of the Shakespeare Schools' Festival and her interests include singing, opera, bridge and tennis.  She has a daughter and 6 step grandchildren.

Alexandra Webb

Following graduation from City Polytechnic with a BA(Hons) in Languages, Alex trained as a Personnel Manager and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.  Alex has spent the majority of her career in personnel management but now manages a local supply chain initiative as part of the Canary Wharf Group based in the Waterloo area.

Alex is a former pupil of SSSO and belongs to the Old Girls’ Association.  Alex is currently Vice Chair of the Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Industry and represents the Chamber at the Southwark Civic Association.

Kirsty Stirbu

Kirsty is a parent of two girls at St Saviour's, one currently in the sixth form and the second who is in year 10.

She graduated from The Open University with an Honours degree in Psychology and is now completing a Masters in Education. She works in partnership with the South London and Maudsley facilitating parenting courses. She has been training parents for seven years and is still passionate about the wellbeing of children and families.

She also works closely with families within Southwark running play groups for parents with young children and babies. 

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.


Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth is immediate Past Master of the Chartered Surveyors Livery Company, which has been affiliated with the school for many years. She is a Trustee of St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Schools Foundation.

She is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience, having worked in the City as well as for the private property sector in the UK as well as Europe. She grew up in South East London, graduating from South Bank University with a Science degree in Estate Management. She is a Trustee of the Salvation Army International Trust, a Consultant advisor to Morden College and a Non Executive director of CLS Holdings plc. 

Mark Lane

Mark Lane is a graduate of the Birmingham College of Food and has an economics degree from the Open University.

Mark worked in the hotel and catering industry including running a hotel in Stratford on Avon and working at a senior level for a FTSE 100 international catering company which gave a great deal of opportunity for travel abroad.

Mark is retired and lives in the borough of Southwark, is a longstanding member of the congregation at Southwark Cathedral and enjoys being a Grandparent. In addition to spending time with his family, Mark spends a lot of time in Dorset and enjoys travelling.

He is very proud to be a Governor at St Saviour's and strongly support its Church of England Foundation.

John Breslin

John is the staff representative on the governing body and is Head of Sixth Form at St Saviour’s and has worked at the school since 2002.  John currently teaches Sociology and Business Studies  A levels and BTEC Public Services.  He graduated from Manchester university in 1983 with a BA in Economics.  Before beginning his career in teaching, John worked in property management and later in HIV/AIDS healthcare.

John’s activities outside St Saviour’s & St Olave’s include working closely with other educational and government administrators across Europe and the USA in developing programmes for the integration of refugees and other newcomers into new communities.

Ndidi Okezie

Ndidi is an Executive Director at Teach First – a charity with a mission to end inequality in education by building a community of exceptional leaders who create change within classrooms, schools and across society. Ndidi oversees the division that partners with schools and communities right across England and Wales. 

With over 10 years of classroom and senior school leadership experience, Ndidi is tenacious and passionate about educating and empowering the next generation. As an "Old Girl" of SSSO who has lived and grown up in South London all her life, she has a deep, personal commitment to the area and belief in the schools potential to truly transform the lives of all its pupils regardless of any personal contexts. She is an avid movie buff with a love for photography, social media and all things "Apple™".

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.

Russell Vaizey

Russell Vaizey read Engineering at Clare College Cambridge and trained in London to become both a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Structural Engineer.  He then moved into the financial world becoming successively a Chartered Accountant at what is now KPMG, a corporate finance executive at Henry Ansbacher plc, a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, a financial controller at Commerial Union, head of operations and Finance Director at Newton Asset Management, Head of Operations & Finance at a hedge fund, and Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Dyers.  He is married with two adult children and became a governor of the school in 2005.  He is also Sub Warden of St Olave’s & St Saviour’s Schools Foundation and a governor of the Dulwich Estate.

Canon Revd. Peter Clark

Canon Peter Clark is a retired priest (though still working) who has served in the Diocese of Southwark since 1983. He lives not far from the school within the Borough of Southwark and believes passionately in the role of Church schools in enabling every pupil from whatever background to achieve his or her God-given potential.
He has a wide experience as a Governor of four other Church schools in inner London and is proud to have been a Foundation Governor of St Saviour’s School for the past 25 years, representing the Diocesan Board of Education.
He feels that, over the years, there have been many changes for the better at the school. He has been delighted to observe the improvement of the school site following the acquisition of Mayflower Gardens, creating an oasis of safety, peace and calm. Other things which bring Peter pride include the new buildings; the establishment of a school chapel and the appointment of a Chaplain; the revival of our 6th form and better and better academic results.
Above all, he is constantly impressed by the increasing attainment, self-confidence and maturity of the students at St Saviour's and St Olave's. 
Natalie Usher (Vice Chair of Governors)
Natalie Usher is Director of Film and Media at Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland.
Until joining Creative Scotland in May 2014, Natalie was a partner in the Film and TV Group at Lee & Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Media and Entertainment law firms, where she specialised in the financing, production and distribution of film and TV programmes representing producers and financiers.

Prior to joining Lee & Thompson, Natalie was Senior Business Affairs Executive at the UK Film Council, where she was legal advisor to the New Cinema Fund, the production fund dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking and the development of new talent. Natalie also spent time as Senior Counsel at HIT Entertainment and, before that, as Head of Business Affairs at Gullane Entertainment advising on the development, production and distribution of the company’s television programmes, associated merchandising, publishing and live events exploitation together with protection of the company’s slate of children’s brands.

Natalie trained as a solicitor in London at SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin) and qualified into the Media & Communications Group.

Andrew Nunn

Andrew was born in Leicester but after ordination in Ripon Cathedral in 1983 has lived and worked both in Leeds and in London.  In Leeds he was Vicar of an inner-city parish and in Southwark has been both Chaplain to the Bishop and Sub Dean and Precentor at the Cathedral, the post he has held since 1999. Following the death of Dean Colin Slee he was appointed Acting Dean and then made Dean in 2012.

Andrew was, for over ten years, Warden of Readers in the diocese, continues to teach on various courses, is a leader of Retreats and Quiet Days and is actively involved in the life of local schools, being a Foundation Governor of St Saviour's & St Olave's Girls' School.  In addition he is a member of the Church of England's General Synod, is a member of the Crown Nominations Commission and is Rector General of the Society of Catholic Priests.

Outside church, Andrew enjoys reading, the theatre, art galleries and spending time with friends over a good meal and a nice glass of wine!

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!