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Statue of King Alfred looking out over the field
Statue of King Alfred looking out over the field

Governor Profiles

Here you can find out a bit more about the individuals who make up the Council.

The King Alfred School Society is the company and registered charity that owns and operates The King Alfred School.  Council, the school’s governing body, is elected from its membership, oversees the running of the Society and the School.

 

Annabel Cody

Annabel Cody
Position:
Chair of Council. Member of Governance, Strategy and Finance Committees

First Elected/ Appointed: 2014 Profession: Journalist About: I joined Council in 2014 and was elected as Chair in 2017. I sit on the Finance, Governance, Strategy and KASS committees. My professional background is journalism. I have been both a staff...

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Christian Schmidt

Christian Schmidt
Position:
Finance Committee

First Elected/ Appointed: 2019   Profession: Management Consultant   About: I am originally from Germany but moved to the UK in 1994 to pursue my graduate degree in Oxford. After graduation I worked as a management consultant before completing my...

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Fiona Hackett

Fiona Hackett
Position:
Ground & Buildings (Chair) and Finance Committees

First Elected/ Appointed: 2000 Profession: Scientist About: I have been a Council member for 19 years and for the last several of these I have been Chair of the Grounds and Buildings Committee. We help the Estates team to make...

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Grace Edghill

Grace Edghill
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2019 Profession: Tutor and Non-executive Director About: I am originally from Barbados and I started school there, finishing in Canada, and I came to the UK in 1994 to go to university. I studied Civil and Environmental Engineering but...

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Harry Wingate

Harry Wingate
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2020 Profession: Company Director and Industrial Designer About: I am a former student of KAS having been part of the first intake of students into Ivy Wood Reception in 2003. I left the school after my A levels...

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Kara Conti

Kara Conti
Position:
President. Chair of KASS Committee

First Elected/ Appointed: 1986 Profession: Actor About: My daughter Nina first attended KAS aged 11 in 1984 and I was almost immediately welcomed into parental involvement through Parent/Staff. Very soon I was on the committee and spent some years as...

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Liam Michaels

Liam Michaels
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2019 Profession: Cocktail Bartender/Documentary Researcher About: I left KAS in 2015 after spending 7 years at the school. My interest in the Council began as a student, and spurred on by my membership of the School Six...

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Nick Friedlos

Nick Friedlos
Position:
Treasurer, Finance (Chair) and Strategy Committees

First Elected/ Appointed: 2016 Profession: Chartered Accountant, Chief Executive of Property & Venture Funds About: I have been a member of Council since 2016. My background is in the finance and the investment management industry. In my time on Council...

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Philip Whale

Philip Whale
Position:
Governance (Chair) and Education Committee

First Elected/ Appointed: 2013 Profession: Commercial Lawyer. Retired Norton Rose Partner and Non-executive Director About: I was first elected to Council in 2013 and am currently the chair of the governance committee. In my time on Council I have assisted...

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Robert Dye

Robert Dye
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2018 Profession: Architect About: I am a Chartered Architect with my own practice in NW3. Our family comprises 3 sons, all of whom at different ages moved from state junior schools to join King Alfred; the youngest...

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Sam Jukes Adams

Sam Jukes Adams
Position:
Development Committee

First Elected/ Appointed: 2017 Profession: TV production consultant and executive coach About: KAS has a very special spirit, very like my own progressive school experience, which I found to be very formative and rewarding.  So, it’s a privilege to be...

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Sandra Denicke Polcher

Sandra Denicke Polcher
Position:
Grounds & Buildings and KASS Committees

First Elected/ Appointed: 2017 Profession: Deputy Head, School of Architecture, The CASS, London Metropolitan University About: I am an architect and academic. Having set up my practice in 1998, I am now Acting Head of Architecture at The Cass, London Metropolitan...

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Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips
Position:
Finance and Governance Committees

First Elected/ Appointed: 1997 Profession: Chartered Accountant About: I’m a Maths graduate and Chartered Accountant with interest in theatre, music, IT, child development and special educational needs. I joined Council in 1997 and was Treasurer from 2004 to 2018. I’m...

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Dr Shay David

Shay David
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2020   Profession: Serial Entrepreneur in Technology companies   About: I am an executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in starting, funding and managing complex projects and companies. Over the last two decades, I’ve...

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Sophie Silocchi

Sophie Silocchi
Position:
Grounds & Buildings and KASS Committees

First Elected/ Appointed: 2017 Profession: Interior Designer About: I was elected to Council in 2017 and sit on Grounds & Buildings Committee and the KASS Committee. I am a Self-employed Interior designer, previously working in Public Relations. Interested particularly in building upon...

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Sophie Ricard

Position:
Education (Chair) and Strategy Committee

First Elected/ Appointed: 2015   Profession: Educator   About: I joined Council soon after arriving at King Alfred as a Reception parent in 2013. I am the Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Strategy Committee.  I...

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Amy Chapman

Amy Chapman
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2021   Profession: Solicitor   About: I have a son in Year 3 at King Alfred and he has been at the school since Reception. I am currently a construction lawyer working in house as Legal Director for...

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Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2021   Profession: Chartered Quantity Surveyor   About: I am an Old Alfredian and completed my A levels at the school in 2006, however my passion for King Alfred has remained instilled in me to this day. So...

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David Gossen

David Gossen
Position:
Council member

First Elected/ Appointed: 2021   Profession: Solicitor   About: I am the proud parent of two students attending King Alfred (Michelle in Year 3 and Henry in Year 1), with our third child, Sasha, very excited about commencing Reception in...

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