Syndicate Leaders

Roger Hoyle

Roger Hoyle is a graduate of Bradford University Management School and a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying he worked in corporate finance with Rothschild’s in Manchester before joining client as managing Director and then set up his own Executive Recruitment business, Ashley Hoyle. For the years he was a non-executive Director of Enterprise Ventures and has also been a Director of Victoria Carpets and a subsidiary of Manchester Airport. His interests include sport and gardening. Married for over forty years, he has four children and six grandchildren.


Liz Clasen

Liz studied (and awakened her political consciousness) at the Sorbonne, Paris, before gaining a BA in International Relations at Sussex University. A spell in creative development research at a multinational London advertising agency led to a 25-year career in journalism, working as a features editor for, among others, the Telegraph, Sunday Times and Independent. More recently, she has edited books on a wealth of subjects including nutrition, health, self-help, travel, wildlife, consumer rights and the law.


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. 

Simon Howard

Simon Howard is a screenwriter, script editor and former film-maker, theatre director and journalist. He has also taught film history, directing and acting at Prague Film School, The University of Westminster and Roehampton University. Most recently, he has been teaching English and drama in Oxford. He travels a lot, and will have just returned from another trip to India where his current project is setting up an NGO to help homeless elderly people and orphans in Odisha on the east coast.


Stephen Sheedy

Stephen was born and brought up in Liverpool. After graduating from Oxford in 1973, he taught English in secondary schools and FE colleges, mostly in the North West of England. He was Vice-Principal at Priestly College, Warrington from 1990 to 1995. In April 1995, he moved to work at 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 has been Head of French for 10 years at St Catherine's School, Bramley. She developed a love of languages at school and studied French and Italian, following a gap year in Grenoble and Florence, at Bristol University. After completing a PGCE, Lucy worked at Queen’s College, London for four years, before taking a career break to have her two daughters. She then worked briefly at Godalming Sixth Form College before starting teaching at St Catherine’s in 2002.



Linda Whitehouse

Lynda taught French and Spanish in schools in West London where she ran a Law Society, coordinated charities activities and was an active environmental campaigner. Since her retirement, she has been involved in voluntary work, learning more languages and walking (some of) the British coastline


David Whitehouse

David was a criminal barrister for 41 years. He read law at Cambridge and Gray’s Inn. His practice ranged from prosecuting shoplifters to defending top gangsters and policemen. He also acted in a large number of fraud cases. For 27 years he sat for a month a year as a recorder of the Crown Court, trying criminal cases with juries. Aged 18, he hitchhiked round 43 of the 50 states of America, sleeping rough. During his student years he had many jobs including builder, farm worker, factory worker, accounts clerk, barman and solicitor’s clerk.