The Mount House Board of Directors are listed below. You can contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin is a former Headmaster who retired after 8 years as Head of Alleyn’s School (IAPS, HMC) Dulwich, following 11 years as Head of Latymer Upper School, (IAPS, HMC), Hammersmith. During his Headship at Latymer he founded The Latymer Preparatory School and introduced co-education. He has 34 years’ experience teaching in the independent sector at Manchester Grammar School; St. Paul’s School; Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood; Latymer Upper School and Alleyn’s School.
Colin graduated from Grey College, Durham University with a 1st Class Honours in Mathematics and his doctoral thesis on independent school leadership, organisational structure and effectiveness was awarded an Open University Vice-Chancellor Award for Education and Language Studies. As a Chartered Mathematician, Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Colin has been a Chief Examiner at A level, an Ofsted assessed Lead Inspector of Independent Schools, Chairman of the HMC London Division, founding Chairman of the HMC Junior Schools Group, a Governor at state and independent senior and junior/preparatory schools and a Trustee of two charitable trusts.
Since retiring as a Head in 2010, Colin has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radnor House Group, established the same year, which set up an independent school in Twickenham for boys and girls aged 9-18; and a co-educational school in Sevenoaks for ages 4-18 (formerly Combe Bank Girls’ School).
He has also worked as a Senior Consultant advising on Headship recruitment, appraisal and leadership training and as a facilitator in helping schools to plan strategy and manage change. In his free time, Colin and his wife enjoy walking around London, on the South Downs and in Mallorca and spending time with their seven grandchildren in the UK and Australia.
Emil is a Partner at Albion Capital and leads the firm’s investments in the education sector. In 2010 he helped set up Radnor House School, an independent school for boys and girls aged 7-18 located on the banks of the Thames in Twickenham. Radnor House was the first venture capital funded start-up independent school and one of a handful of schools to be rated Outstanding at its first OFSTED inspection. In March 2015 Radnor House acquired Combe Bank School in Kent, now renamed Radnor House Sevenoaks. The two schools educate
c. 800 children.
In addition to being a director of the Radnor House School group, Emil serves as a trustee of the Radnor Charitable Trust, an independent charitable organisation which supports families with limited financial means to send their children to Radnor House. He is also a board member of several companies in the technology, healthcare and renewable energy industries, where he helps entrepreneurs build successful businesses. During his 17 year career as a venture capital investor, he has been involved at board level in more than 30 businesses in a wide range of economic sectors.
Emil’s early career was with KPMG in London where he trained as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently worked in corporate finance with a focus on the media and leisure sectors. He is married and has two teenage daughters. Emil enjoys foreign travel, is an avid reader and keen skier and cyclist.
POSITION: NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
QUALIFICATIONS: Chartered Accountant and Business Consultant FCA, MA (Hons) Oxon
Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant with extensive board level experience in the health, legal and independent school sectors.
Jeremy started his career with Touche Ross & Co (London office) where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985. Following several years in audit practice, he became the Finance Director of Community and Mental Health Services across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire where he spearheaded a number of pioneering restructuring projects. He then took up the reins as Practice Manager for an established regional legal practice and restructured and positioned the firm through a successful strategic merger.
Jeremy entered the independent school sector in 1998 as Bursar of Oakham School where he spent the next ten years. During this time he project managed a number of major capital building projects and managed the business implications of the introduction of the International Baccalaureate to the curriculum.
Since 2008, Jeremy has been an independent freelance consultant, specialising in the provision of strategic consulting, recruiting, motivational and coaching services in the professional world, particularly in the independent school sector. He is also a governor at two other schools, and provides occasional interim bursar roles.
The Directors of Mount House School Ltd are legally responsible for Mount House School in terms of registration with the DfE, compliance, inspection, financial management and educational standards and they meet monthly to discuss all aspects of school life. The Board of Governance for Mount House School, chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, meets termly with the aim of advising the Directors on the effectiveness of the School with regard to meeting its aims and implementing its development plan.
Members of the Board of Governance (who are not referred to as ‘Governors’, but are ‘Members’ of the Board of Governance) help the Directors to support the Executive Principal, the Head and the School and also advise in holding it to account. The Board of Governance has standing agenda items on Education and Health & Safety. The Board does not discuss finance, nominations, remuneration or any specific or named HR, staff, pupil or parent issues.
The Board of Governance includes three members who are parents at Mount House and they serve on the Board for up to two years from the time of their appointment. Ideally one parent will have a son or daughter in Years 7, 8 or 9; a second parent will have a son or daughter in Years 10 or 11 and the third parent’s son or daughter will be in the Sixth Form. Parent members are not parent representatives but have collective responsibility as Members of the Board of Governance. Other members are invited to join the Board of Governance because of their role at the School such as Deputy Head, Head of Sixth, etc.
Colin Diggory (CDI) – Non-executive Chairman
Ian Davies (IDU) – Headmaster
Nisha Nathwani (NNA) – Bursar & Clerk
Matt Kerr (MKE) – Deputy Head (Pastoral) -DSL
Asha Sidhu (ASI) – Deputy Head (Academic)
Craig McCormick (CMC) – Assistant Head Academic, Head of Sixth Form
Natasha Hillcoat-Hyde (NHI) – Assistant Head Pastoral
Angela Simpson (ASI) – Parent – Year 9 (Member since May 2020)
William Moss (WMO) – GCSE Years Parent – Year 11 (Member since May 2020)
Tim Harris (THA) – Pre-GCSE Years Parent – Year 7 (Member since January 2020)