Syndicate leaders

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Rosie Millard - Chair

Rosie is a journalist and author and Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. She writes features and columns in newspapers, and does a bit of TV and radio. She has written a couple of non fiction books and a couple of novels, and likes running marathons.  She is a graduate of the University of Hull, London College of Communication and the Courtauld Institute. Rosie has four children and lives in London.

Tony Breslin

Tony Breslin teaches history at Tormead School, Guildford. He has a keen interest in travelling, inspired by a study of imperial history. Out of term time, he is usually found climbing mountains or hurling himself down them on skis. 

Sophia Ridley

A graduate of Durham University, I began my career as a teacher of Classics at St Catherine's School, Bramley. After six years as Head of Classics there, I took up my current post as Assistant Head Mistress at Streatham and Clapham High School in September 2016.

Stephen Sheedy

Stephen Sheedy was born and brought up in Liverpool. After graduating from Oxford in 1973, he taught English in secondary schools and FE colleges. He was Vice-Principal at Priestly College, Warrington from 1990 to 1995 before moving to Queen Mary’s College, a large sixth-form college, in Basingstoke, as Principal. He greatly enjoyed this role from which he retired in 2013.

Lucy Strong

Lucy Strong began teaching French and Italian in 1993 and has worked in Central London at Queen's College, London and in Surrey at St Catherine's School, where she has been Head of French for over 10 years. She enjoys travelling and using her languages as much as possible.

Robert Hobhouse.

Robert Hobhouse was born in 1962 in Somerset, went to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and worked in advertising briefly before spending 25 years as a state schoolteacher. He is a writer and a painter.

Fiona Loveridge

Fiona read PPE at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She worked for Bain and Co and then the international public relations consultancy, Hill and Knowlton. In 2001 she established an independent pre-prep school for boys in Kensington as part of a family education business where she is the Principal. Fiona is a Governor at Port Regis Prep School and also on the Board of The American School in Switzerland, TASIS England. She has four grown up children and lives in Somerset and London.

Alasdair McWhirter

Alasdair McWhirter worked in publishing for many years and has written and edited everything from an encyclopaedia to dozens of children's books. He is now the Creative Director for The Ideas Network - a PR agency whose clients include Amazon, Vodafone and a wide range of smaller companies. He splits his time between Somerset and London.

Holly Vaughan

Hollie is currently Head of English and Drama and a sixth form tutor at The Cathedral School in Cardiff. She has taught English, History and Drama and is in her tenth year of teaching. She enjoys being involved with DofE, helping with training and expeditions, including an expedition to Tanzania. She has also dabbled with marketing, focusing on how to market schools using social and modern media, and speaking at the biennial GSA 'Jewel in the Crown' conference. She is a graduate of Durham University.