Advisors

Jonathan Cubitt: BA ACA is Bursar of Queen's Gate School.  Previous roles include Business Development Director of Charity HR and Finance Director of The Art Fund, the national art charity. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the accountancy profession working for several leading accountancy firms.

Andrew Ellams, MA (Oxon) is the Deputy Head, Director of Studies at St Paul's Girls' School with responsibility for academic matters throughout the school.  He has taught in the independent sector for over twenty years.  As a PPE graduate, he is particularly interested in the association of ideas between disciplines and in opening up possibilities for pupils to find the excitement and fun in learning.

Ian Elliott joined the Advisory Board in July 2017 as a parent of two children at Maple Walk School. Ian has a long career in the public sector, supporting local authorities to improve services to children and families. Ian has managed a variety of programmes, such as developing autistic provision; redesigning nurseries and children’s centres to be more cost effective; and improving safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people. Ian currently runs his own business, providing consultancy support to four London boroughs and delivering innovative services to children in care. Ian has been the Chair of the Friends of Maple Walk since 2015 as a Trustee of the Friends' committee.

Sara Green:  BEd (Hons) Kingston, NNEB, Mont Dip (LMC) is the principal and owner of The Jordans Montessori Nursery School in Hammersmith. Sara's vision is to provide high quality pre-school education and care for 2 to 4 year olds. She regards this 'Foundation Stage' as exactly that; a time when a child's emotional, spiritual and intellectual identity is developing.  Sara says, "At this precious time in our lives if our very being is nurtured, our potential will be recognised and future happiness and success can and will be achieved".  Before dedicating her career to the Early Years, Sara worked as a class teacher in preparatory schools, including Pembridge Hall and Orchard House.  She hopes to bring this enthusiasm and passion to her position on the advisory board.

Sally Hobbs, BA (Hons), PGCE, taught in the independent sector for over thirty years. Following ten happy years at Norland Place School she was appointed as the first headmistress of Orchard House School. She remained there for over twenty years building up the school’s reputation for academic excellence as well as sport and music. She carried out a number of inspections as a team inspector for ISI. She was named Prep School Head of 2015 by Tatler magazine, and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the TES. Sally is a governor at Finton House School and at King’s College Wimbledon, and remains involved with the IAPS as a mentor to newly appointed heads.

Justin Shaw: MA (Cantab) is a former Director and Deputy Chairman of NMS, having been its Chairman from the company's foundation in 2004 until 2008. He was also Chairman of Civitas and remains a trustee of the independent social policy think-tank. After receiving a Senior Exhibition in Philosophy at Cambridge, he studied law and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn. Justin is now a full-time writer. Recent novels include The Illumination of Merton Browne and Ten Weeks in Africa.

Ben Fitzgerald-O'Connor (Parent Advisor)