Chair of Governors, Dr Miriam Edelsten, can be contacted at the following address:
Clerk to the Governors
New Hall School
Essex CM3 3HS
Dr Miriam Edelsten (Chair of Governors)
Born in Chester in 1949, of Dutch parents, Dr Miriam Edelsten went to school in Kent before beginning her medical studies at the Universities of Amsterdam and Liverpool. She was a GP Partner at Sutherland Lodge Surgery, Chelmsford for 34 years until June 2015 the last 11 years as Senior Partner. She was Medical Officer at New Hall School for 22 years. Dr Edelsten is a Council Member and past President of MOSA (Medical Officers of Schools Association) and recently completed her term as Secretary-General of EUSUHM (European Union for School and University Health and Medicine). She is married with two daughters (Vet / Dentist and Anaesthetist), one son (Financial Analyst) and four young grandsons.
Mr John Aldridge
Educated at Wimbledon College and King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. Worked for the Bank of England for 35 years in the areas of Exchange Control and Debt Management. Manager of the Gold Bullion Office and the Bank Note Issue Office. Elected a County Councillor in 2005 representing Broomfield & Writtle. Served in a number of senior positions on Essex County Council and as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care. Currently Chairman of the County Council (term ends May 2018). Locally, a member of two charitable trusts, Essex Heritage Trust and Vice-Chairman of the King Edward VI Grammar School Foundation Governors. Married with one son.
Mrs Janis Croom
BA (Hons), FCA, CTA. Born in Orpington, Kent and educated at Bromley High School GDST, and then at Bristol University (Mathematics with Physics). Moved to Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on graduation and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Birmingham, qualifying in 1976. Worked as a self-employed accountant from 1979-2000. Non-executive director of Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust in Worcestershire from 1993-2000. Relocated to Wickham Bishops, Essex in 2000 and joined New Hall School as Finance Bursar in April 2000. Retired as New Hall Finance Director in December 2015 but continued as New Hall Multi Academy Trust Manager until January 2018. Married with two grown-up children and three small grandchildren, who live in London.
Mr Malcolm Day
Educated at Loyola, Bancrofts and Manchester University. A 30 year veteran of financial markets, having worked at Citibank, HSBC and BBVA, including three years in the Middle East. Recently joined a Silicon Valley Fintech’s Dubai office as Global Treasurer. Parent to two former (PPE, Warwick; PPE, Exeter) and one current student at New Hall.
Mrs Katherine Jeffrey
MA(Oxon) PGCE BA(Div) MA(EdMg) NPQH. Principal & Governor, New Hall School (since 2001). Former Deputy Head, The Marist School, Ascot; Head of RE, Woldingham School; teacher of RE, St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury. Governor, St Mary’s School, Hampstead (2004-2009). Board member for The Tablet, international Catholic news journal (2015-present date). Awards: Institute of Directors’ East of England Businesswoman of the Year Award, 2005; shortlist for national TES Headteacher of the Year Award, 2015; winner of the TES Overall Independent School of the Year Award, 2016-17. Married with 4 children, all of whom were educated at New Hall; the eldest is currently reading Theology at Mansfield College, Oxford. Keen skier and supporter of the New Hall ski race teams. Play the organ, piano and flute and learning the cello; member of the New Hall training orchestra.
Mr Joseph Peake (Vice Chair of Governors)
MA (Oxon) PGCE Retired in 2016 after 21 years as Head at the UK’s largest RC independent day school, employing 101 teachers. ISI inspector since the creation of ISI. Extensive experience dealing with many schools’ governing bodies and Heads, as Chairman of two national independent school organisations, at all levels including Heads’ appointments, appraisals and troubleshooting. Working to establish professional CPD routes for teachers within the SoH and leadership programmes within CISC. Works for IStip, ensuring quality control of teacher induction in schools. A governor at 7 schools, mainly independent.
Mrs Rachel Skells
BA(Hons), FCA, CTA, TEP. Was born and brought up in North East Essex and was educated at Colchester County High School for Girls, Leeds Metropolitan University and Caen Business School. Trained as a Chartered Accountant in London and qualified in 1996. A partner in Whittles, a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Colchester. Also a Chartered Tax Adviser and Trust & Estates Practitioner. Current New Hall parent with one daughter and one son both at New Hall Senior School.
Mr Robert Talbut
Born and attended school in Essex he went onto study economics at Warwick University. He has also studied at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. After a thirty year executive career in financial services he now provides non-executive and advisory services covering corporate strategy, investment and general management to public companies, insurers and charities. Married with four children one of whom was a recent student at New Hall School.
Mrs Agnes Williams
Born in Llandudno, North Wales and educated at Loreto College and Saint Agnes’ School, graduating in 1976. Thirty-eight years experience in the field of education having taught in co-educational schools, large and small. I had the privilege of helping to set up a brand new Catholic comprehensive school in Milton Keynes in 1988. Headmistress of Thornton College, Convent of Jesus and Mary, an independent day and boarding school for girls, 1997-2015.
Mrs Pauline Wilson
Msc, A.D.M.S. Cert Ed, M.I.M. C.T.C. Head of Ursuline Preparatory School since 1994. Previously Headteacher of Mayesbrook Senior School (ages 11-18). Deputy Headteacher of Sydney Russell School, Head of Creative Arts, and Teacher of Mathematics. GCSE and KS2 examiner. Active member of the Catholic church. Married with 2 children; one completing MS.C. in International Economics and one film director.
Mr Philip Wilson
Educated at Caterham School and Oxford Polytechnic. Spent first ten years of his career in commerce; export finance and then capital market instrument issuances. In 2001, moved in to public affairs and politics in a professional capacity at Essex County Council and was elected councillor for Boreham & The Leighs Ward on Chelmsford Borough Council in 2003. Has held a variety of senior positions at what is now the City Council including Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Vice Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Chairman of Licensing and Regulatory and Deputy Mayor 2015/16. Married to Angela with two young children (twins), both of whom are educated locally. Vice Chairman of Governors, Our Lady Immaculate RC Primary Academy, Chelmsford.