Staff and Governors


Head Mrs C Lynas MA (Hons) St. Andrews; PGCE, Edinburgh; MA Child Development, London; NPQH
Bursar Mr K Rawlingson  
Deputy Head, Prep and Academic, Year 4 English and General Studies Mrs C Earp BA Drama (Hons) University of Exeter. PGCE Kingston University 
Deputy Head, Pre-Prep and Pastoral, Reception

Mrs S Newman

BA (Hons) Dunelm; PGCE, University of Reading
Head of English   Mrs A Dickinson  MA (Hons) St Andrews; BSc (Hons) St. Andrews; PGCE, Oxford
Head of Mathematics, Games Mrs S Steady B.Pharm. (Hons) London University; QTS
Head of Learning Support, SENCO, PSHE Mrs E Brown BSc (Hons) University of Surrey
Head of EYFS, Reception Mrs L Brown BEd (Hons) University of London; EYPS, Reading University
Head of Music & Performing Arts Mrs J Breen BMus, Sheffield; PGCE, Mancester Met and RNCM; DipABRSM Flute Performance
Head of Games and Physical Education Ms M Nicholson BA (QTS) St Mary's University College, Twickenham
Head of Art, Design Technology Mrs N Poulter BA (QTS), Roehampton
French Mrs V Sheriff MA (London) PGCE 
Science Mrs F Wells BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; PGCE, University of Roehampton, Froebel College.
Physical Education, Games, Outdoor Education and Maths Mr P Malkin BA Sports Studies, Chichester; BPhil Ed (Hons), Warwick; MA Education, Oxford Brookes; PGCE, W. London
Year 4 - General Studies and Games Mrs R Hamilton-Smith BA (Hons) Dunelm with QTS
Year 3 - General Studies and Head of ICT Miss J Jones BEd (Hons) Oxford Brookes University; Diploma in Specific Learning Needs, The Hornsby Institute
Year 2 Miss C Gibbon

BA (Hons) University of Exeter; PGCE, University of Buckingham

Year 2 Miss A Waters  
Year 1 Miss J Ives BA (Hons) The University of Bath, PGCE Oxford Brookes
Year 1 Mrs F Pepper BEd (Hons) University of Reading
Year 1 Mrs F Harris  
Nursery Mrs H Macartney BA (Hons); PGDip Ed; MA Theatre; Movement Teaching Specialisation
Learning Support Assistant Mrs S Morley BEd (Hons) Homerton College, Cambridge with QTS
Assistant Teacher Mrs I Bower Dip in Specialist Support For Teaching and Learning in Schools NVQ III (QCF)
Assistant Teacher Mrs A Burns NVQ3
Assistant Teacher Mrs O Lamb  
Assistant Teacher Mrs M Hatton  
Assistant Teacher Mrs M Stirling NNEB
Assistant Teacher Mrs M Trimmings  
Gap Year Student Miss L Botterill  
Playground Assistant Ms S Halpern  
Breakfast Club and After-care Mrs C Hopkins  
  Mrs L Drage Montessori International Diploma, Level 4
PA to Head Mrs J Cooke
Admissions Registrar Mrs A Halfhead
Bursary Assistant and First Aid Mrs G Rawlingson
IT Support Technician Mr J Williams
Privacy, Data & Marketing Manager Ms J Ovstedal
Caretaker Mr P Woodley
Catering Manager Ms E Rozanska
Catering Assistants Mrs B Page
  Mrs C McCormack
  Mrs M Trevethan

Miss India Hawker

Trumpet, Trombone, Cornet Mr J Ellwood CTABRSM, Adv Cert (Diploma), Clarinet and Grade 8, Saxophone
Harp, Piano Miss B Griffiths
Violin Mrs V Gynn B Mus RCM
Harp, Piano Mrs I Harries
Harp Mrs C Jones MA, B Mus (Hons), DipABRSM
Singing Mrs J Maltese B Mus (Hons) Voice Performance
Drums Mr C Marshall B Mus (Hons) TCM
Cello, Double Bass Mrs V McMurtrie Post GradDip Orchestral Studies
Piano, Guitar Mrs A J Rincon BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, Ad Cert ABRSM
Piano, Singing Mrs C Whitmee BA Music (Hons) with QTS, Winchester
Clarinet, Saxophone Mr J Woodhouse CTABRSM, Adv Cert (Diploma), Clarinet and Grade 8, Saxophone


Chairman Mr C Lowe

Charles became a Governor in March 2018 and was elected Chair in June 2018.  He chairs the Strategy and Development Committee and is an ex-officio member of the other three governor committees.  Charles has lived in and around Henley all his life and played cricket, hockey and rugby for the town.  Recently retired, he spent a career in finance and general management at Ford, Elf, Avis, National Power and Prudential.  A keen sportsman, he continues to play competitive hockey for Reading and enjoys tennis, fly fishing and walking.  Charles has two daughters and a son who all attended Rupert House.

  Mrs A Ashby

Alison became a Governor in March 2018.  She chairs the Risk and Governance Committee.  She trained and worked as a solicitor in London before spending over 9 years working in Reading as a partner of a City law firm with a branch in the Thames Valley.  She has lived in the Henley area for 25 years.  Alison has a daughter and a son who both attended Rupert House.  Alison was Chair of the Friends of Rupert House from 2006 to 2008.  She enjoys walking, playing tennis and sailing.

  Dr M Brennan

Michelle is a local GP and is responsible for overseeing safeguarding at Rupert House.  She has four children (three sons and a daughter), all of whom have attended Rupert House with her daughter still a current pupil. Her children all love sport so she spends a lot of her time watching rugby, football, cricket, gymnastics and ballet.

  Mr P Falinski 

Paul became a Governor in March 2017 and chairs the Finance and Operations Committee. He is a retired Chartered Accountant, who qualified with Whinney Murray, and then spent thirty years working for Lloyds Bank in the City head office.  He is married, with three children and five grandchildren, and has lived in and around Henley for over forty years. His interests are golf, field sports, gardening and walking.

  Mr H Wilding

Hugh became a Governor in November 2018.  He is a member of the Finance and Operations Committee and shares oversight for Safeguarding at Rupert House with Dr Michelle Brennan.  Hugh is one of the Principals of Claires Court (the other is his brother, James) where he has been Bursar since 1980.  He is married to Sheena (Head of Nursery at Claires Court) and they have four daughters, all now fully fledged and flown the nest!

  Mrs G Little  

Gill became a Governor in March 2014 and was elected as Chair of the Education Committee in November 2015. Gill has been a teacher for over 30 years and is currently Deputy Head – Teaching and Learning at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham. In her role at Queen Anne’s, Gill is actively involved in strategic development and educational initiatives. Gill enjoys keeping fit, walking and travelling.

  Ms Beverley McKenzie

Beverley became a Governor in 2016 and became Vice Chair in 2018.  She has responsibility for complaints and Governor training.  She also sits on 3 other Governor committees.  Beverley trained and worked as a solicitor in London before moving to Wargrave in 2010.  She has three daughters and a son, the younger two of her children both attended Rupert House.  Beverley was Chair of the Friends of Rupert House from 2012-2014.

  Mrs R Murison

Rosanne became a Governor in November 2009.  She is a member of the Strategy and Development Committee and has led the development of the 5 year Strategy for the school.  Rosanne has lived near Henley for the past 30 years, and has two sons and a daughter, all of whom attended Rupert House and went on to leading independent senior schools and universities.  Rosanne is a management consultant by background, a former Partner at Boston Consulting Group and Client Director at Eden McCallum. Over the past 5 years she served as an Executive Director of SSP Plc and as a Non Executive Director of Allianz Plc. She has many local interests developed during her time bringing up her family in the area, and enjoys riding, walking in the Chilterns, and dancing.

  Mr J Phillips

John read English Literature at Cambridge University.  He has over 30 years of high level experience in communications agencies – both within and outside London and is the Managing Director of a creative agency based in Caversham.  He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.  He educated 2 daughters and a son at Rupert House.  A keen sportsman, he plays tennis and golf and is President of Wallingford Hockey Club.

  Mrs V Pilgerstorfer

Vanessa became a Governor in November 2015.  She is a member of the Education Committee.  Vanessa retired from Headship of an IAPS Berkshire Prep School in 2013. Since then, she has been a mentor to new heads for the IAPS and has presented for the Goethe Institut on the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages.  Vanessa has two sons and three grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending time. She is a keen gardener, reader and walker, and she loves to travel.

  Mr M Howat

Mike became a Governor in June 2019 and sits on the Education Committee. He read History at Cambridge University before a career in teaching. He taught at Kingston Grammar School, University College School and St Paul's School. Mike was Head of History at all these schools before becoming an Undermaster and part of the SMT at St Paul's. He is married with a daughter and three sons. On retirement he has returned to Oxfordshire. Mike has always been a keen cricketer and is President of Moreton CC. He is also an enthusiastic golfer and follower of Oxford United.

Secretary to the Council Mr K Rawlingson  


Governors may be contacted through Mr Kim Rawlingson, the Secretary to the Council.