Advisors

Margaret Lenton: BA (Hons) FRSA JP was Principal of Slough Grammar School for 22 years, retiring in 2010. Under her headship, the school became one of the finest in the maintained sector and 99% of pupils in 2010 achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C. The last Ofsted report under Mrs Lenton's leadership rated the school outstanding in every area.  Mrs Lenton is a former member of Brunel University's Council, a Governor of a number of schools in Berkshire and a member of the East Berkshire Bench. Recent projects include active involvement with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

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.

Justin Shaw: MA (Cantab) is a 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.

Maureen Vivian: joined the Advisory Board as one of the pioneering founder NMS parents.  She has been with Maple Walk since its inception and her son was in our first Year 6 graduation.  Her daughter was also at the school, graduating in 2016.  She offers a wealth of practical support to the school, Head Teacher and Friends of Maple Walk. Maureen is a founding member of the Friends and acts as Standing Trustee of the Friends' committee.  Maureen is a highly-regarded freelance fashion stylist, and the creativity she uses for this has contributed both to the Friends' fundraising activities and to general support for the school.

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.

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.