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, and 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 owns two independent schools: one in Twickenham for boys and girls aged 9-18, which he helped set up in 2011; and a co-educational school in Sevenoaks for ages 4-18 (formerly Combe Bank Girls’ School).
He also works as a Senior Consultant advising on Headship recruitment, appraisal and leadership training and is an experienced 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 Mallorcan hills and spending time with their five grandchildren.
Toby has been a Headmaster for 20 years. He started his career at King’s Bruton, became a Head of Department and Boarding Housemaster at Framlingham College and then spent two years as Academic Deputy Head at Churcher’s College. He was appointed Head at Seaford College in 1997, when the school had 292 students and a poor reputation in the local market. In the following 15 years, Seaford embraced full co-education, gained full HMC membership, increased in roll to 650 (including the creation of a Prep School) and is now one of the most popular schools in the area.
In 2012 Toby was recruited to join the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) where he took over as Principal of a large sponsored academy in Corby. Six months later he became Executive Principal running two academies – one in Corby and one in Northampton. In late 2013, he led the successful DRET bid to start up a Primary Free School on the site of the senior academy in Northampton. In September 2015, Toby was recruited by the Reddam House group to setup their European flagship school on a prime site in Wokingham, Berkshire.
Toby graduated from Leeds University with an Honours degree in Economics in 1982. Twenty years later, whilst serving as Head at Seaford, he was accepted onto the Executive MBA programme at London Business School. Whilst on that course, he and a fellow student started up Homework121 Ltd, an online homework support facility for GCSE and A level students – one of the first of its kind in the UK. He was awarded the MBA award in 2004, with Distinction.
Toby was the Chairman of the Independent Schools Council in 2011 and responsible for a complete restructuring of that organisation and the appointment of its current Chairman. He has been Chairman of the Society of Heads, Chair of the Society’s Education Committee and member of the HMC Education and Academic Policy Committee. He has been an examiner at A Level for Business and Economics and an active ISI Team Inspector since 1995. He has been Chair of Governors in two Prep Schools and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Trust and Chair of Governors for their Special School.
Toby has a wife Carol and two grown up boys, who are themselves both teachers. He is a keen sportsman, still playing both hockey and cricket, and has been a Level 4 Coach for England Hockey since 1991. He has coached England International Teams at Junior level, as well as winning the Women’s National League, with Ipswich, in 19
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.
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
Toby Mullins (TMU) – Executive Director and Principal
Clive Gutteridge (CGU) – Interim Bursar
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
Suzanne Linsey-Mitellas (CTH) – Registrar & Clerk
Noyan Nihat (NNI) – Sixth Form Parent (Member since May 2018)
Lisa Lucas (LLU) – GCSE Years Parent – 4th Form (Member since May 2018)
Justin Bryans (JBR) – Pre-GCSE Years Parent – 3rd Form (Member since May 2018)