Oxford High School, along with the other schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, is administered by the Council of the Trust. Our own School Governing Board is appointed by the Council. All members take an active interest in the daily life of the school.
Chairman: Mrs Margaret Shannon BSc
Vice Chairman: Mrs Louise Ansdell (Chairman from 1st January 2014)
Ms Emma Bridgewater
Professor Andrew Goudie DSc (Oxon)
Mr Robert Gullifer
Mr Dominic Hare
Dr Debrah Noe (DPhil Ohio)
Ms Helen Morton MA (Eng Sci) MSc (Business Admin) C Eng
Professor Rajesh Thakker MD, ScD (Cambridge), FRCP, FmedSci
Margaret Shannon, Chairman, welcomes new Governors and our GDST Link Trustee, October 2013
(from left to right): Helen Morton (new Governor), Andrew Goudie, Debrah Noe
(new Governor), Robert Gullifer, Judith Carlisle (Head), Margaret Shannon
(Chairman), Dominic Hare (new Governor), Clara Freeman (GDST Link Trustee)
New Governors, 04.02.2013
Mrs Margaret Shannon (Chairman) welcomes new Governors,
Professor Andrew Goudie (centre) and Professor Rajesh Thakker to the school.
Thumbnail Sketches of Members of the Local Governing Body
MRS MARGARET SHANNON (Chairman) – Since working in business in Canada for 12 years, Mrs Shannon has been an Oxford High School parent since 1994, was a Chair of FOxHS in 1996/7 and has been involved with the community as a Beaver and Brownie leader, local Residents’ Association Chair, Bodleian Guide and Guides’ Organiser, and a “Training for Babysitters” tutor through the Ferry Centre and local schools. She is a Canadian with a BSc in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and has lived with her husband and three children in Oxford since 1987.
MRS LOUISE ANSDELL (Vice-Chairman; Chairman from January 2014) – Louise Ansdell, barrister. Educated OHS until 1987, then read Classics and English at New College, Oxford before undertaking a law conversion course, Bar Vocational Course and pupillage. Louise spent 5 years in chambers in London at 1 Mitre Court Buildings (now 1 Hare Court) before moving to Harcourt Chambers. Her two main areas of specialism in practice are matrimonial finance and children in care. She also contributes to Butterworths Family Law Service, the most comprehensive family law practitioner text, on a range of family law topics. Louise has been a governor of Hanford School in Dorset since the mid 1990s. She lives and works in Oxford. Louise is married with two children, one now a pupil at OHS.
MS EMMA BRIDGEWATER – Emma Bridgewater was born in Cambridge but brought up in Oxford and was at Oxford High School from 1971-78. She then went to London University where she read English. Since then she has founded and developed the successful pottery business bearing her name and her trademark spotted pottery can be found in homes all over the country. In 2008 Emma moved back to Oxford with her husband Matthew Rice and their four children. Matthew is chairman of the Governing Board at Bedales in Hampshire.
PROFESSOR ANDREW GOUDIE – Professor Andrew Goudie is a Geographer who was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Since 1970 he has worked in the University of Oxford and has been Professor of Geography, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Master of St Cross and Director of the China Centre. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Cross and of Hertford. His two daughters attended Oxford High School. He has been President of the Geographical Association and has written over 40 books on Geographical topics, some of them for sixth form use.
MR ROBERT GULLIFER read English and was a Choral Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge; he did his postgraduate education certificate at the Oxford University education department. He has taught at senior schools and prep schools in London, Bristol and Oxford and is now Head of New College School, Oxford. He is also an independent schools’ inspector. He has a particular interest in music and drama and in the history of charitable and independent education. He is married to a GDST alumna and their two daughters have just left Oxford High School.
MR DOMINIC HARE was born in Liverpool but at 18 came up to Oxford to read Jurisprudence at New College. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, he spent the next ten years in corporate finance and investment banking, specialising in the media and telecoms sector. He is proud to have helped DJ Chris Evans buy Virgin Radio but also to have helped Bob the Builder buy both Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney the Purple Dinosaur. For the last ten years, he has served as Finance Director at Blenheim Palace. His daughter is currently at Oxford High School. He is currently Vice-Chair of FOxHS (Friends of Oxford High School).
MS HELEN MORTON read Engineering at New Hall, Cambridge, trained as a civil engineer and worked on the Thames Barrier before moving to BP to work on offshore oil platform projects in the North Sea, refineries in Europe and Australia and various corporate roles, including Company Secretary for BP Oil. While at BP, she completed a part time MScBA with Boston University. She left the oil industry in 1992 to work in the charity sector, including VSO, Marie Stopes International and 5 years as Finance & Administration Director at Trinity Hospice, London. In 2000, she moved to Oxford to become the Treasurer (Finance & Estates Bursar) at Somerville College, Oxford. She took early retirement at the end of 2012 to give her more time to concentrate on her musical interests and take on further trustee and non executive roles.
DR DEBRAH NOE Dr. Debrah Noe was awarded a doctorate in ﬁnance by The Ohio State University with a specialism in real estate finance and investments. She joined Georgia State University as the first female Professor in the Real Estate Department. She has experience in finance and real estate, both in and out of the classroom, including consulting on real estate projects, and teaching for numerous Oxford Colleges, the Saïd Business School, and universities in the US. She is currently a lecturer teaching finance at St Edmund Hall. She moved to Oxford in 2007, has a husband who is a statutory chair holder and fellow at Balliol College, and a son who attends Magdalen College School. She is a native speaker of American English, a fluent speaker of Hungarian, and continues to work on her British English.
PROFESSOR RAJESH THAKKER (Fellow of Somerville College) is the May Professor of Clinical Medicine and leads the Academic Endocrine Unit based at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at OCDEM (Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism) Churchill Hospital. His daughter attended Oxford High School. Professor Thakker has a special interest in the molecular and physiological basis of endocrine and metabolic disorders that affect calcium homeostasis. These disorders may be due to endocrine cancers due to dysfunction involving the parathyroids, renal tubular defects, or abnormalities of bone metabolism.