Halstead

Preparatory School for Girls

Governors

Mr J. Olsen B.A. – Chair of Governors

John Olsen has spent his career in corporate reputation management. Until 2017 he was Managing Director of MHP, a leading international financial and corporate communications consultancy. He now acts as an independent consultant on strategic and reputation management issues, including within the independent education sector. He was elected a Governor of Halstead in 2004 and became Chair in 2009 and is a member of the Nominations Committee. Both of his daughters are Halstead alumni.

Mr C. Betts B.Sc. (Hons)

Chris Betts has been a Chartered Surveyor for over 28 years specialising in the management, development and investment of predominantly commercial real estate for a range of property owners.  Both of his two daughters attended Halstead.  Chris is joint chair of the Property and Health & Safety Committee.

Mr D. Burke FCA

David Burke is a retired Chartered Accountant with 35 years’ experience acting for owner managed businesses and charities. He has also served as Honorary Treasurer of Sunningdale Golf Club. He has two children and his daughter is a former pupil of Halstead. David is the Chairman of the Finance Committee and Bursary Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

Rev Dr Peter Harwood MB ChB, MA (Oxon), Dip Min

Peter Harwood has been Vicar Of Christ Church since 2002 and sits on the Bishop of Guildford’s Council and Diocesan Synod.   He started his working life as a doctor, specialising in palliative care of people with AIDS at the Middlesex hospital.  In preparation for the ordained ministry he studied theology at Oxford University, served as curate in Coventry and worked as Associate Vicar for some years in West Kensington.  His two daughters have been educated at Halstead.  Peter is a member of the Marketing Committee and the Bursary Committee.

Mr S. Hartley LLB

Simon Hartley has been a solicitor for over 25 years and is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. He has two daughters, both of whom attended Halstead. Simon was elected a Governor in 2016 and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Nominations Committee. 

Mr C. Muller B.A.

Chris Muller is Head of Sir William Perkins’s School. He was previously Deputy Head there and Head of Sixth Form at Kingston Grammar School. He read Classics at University College London. He has two children and his wife, Tracy, is a teacher at Epsom College. Chris is also a Governor of North East Surrey College of Technology in Epsom.  Chris is Chair of the Education Committee and the Governor responsible for EYFS at Halstead.

DR J. OWEN B.SC, PYSCHD, CPSYCHOL

Jill Owen is a chartered psychologist and runs a private practice in Pirbright with referrals from GPs and the Priory, as well as various sport organisations.  She has a doctorate in counselling psychology and the majority of her clients are referred for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and stress-related issues.  She is also a sports psychologist.
Jill’s daughters both went to Halstead from Nursery to Year 6.
Jill was elected a Governor in 2016, is a member of the Education Committee and the nominated SEN Governor.

Mr R. Roberts - Vice Chair of Governors

Richard Roberts is Managing Director of Trident Garages Ltd. He was elected as a Governor in June 2011, also having had previous experience as a Governor of 2 local state schools. He is married with two daughters, both ex Halstead girls, and one of them a former head girl. Richard is Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Mrs V. Stanton

Victoria Stanton (nee Lowe) is an ex Halstead pupil; after leaving Halstead in 1995, Victoria attended Sir William Perkins's School, Godalming College and London College of Fashion. Victoria has held various in-house PR and Marketing roles for small luxury brands and now works with an award-winning wedding venue in Surrey.  Victoria is married, lives in Woking and still maintains contact with many of her friends from Halstead. Victoria is Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Mrs A. Stewart MA, P.G.C.E.

Ann-Marie Stewart began her teaching career in Glasgow before spending 20 years living and teaching in the Middle East. Posts include the Head of the Languages Department at the Bahrain International School and Head of French in St Christopher’s Junior School in Bahrain. On her return to the UK she has been Head of Year 6 at Guildford High School. Her first Headship was at St Teresa’s Prep School in Effingham. After 10 successful years she moved to St Catherine’s as Head of Prep which she retired from in 2018.  She was a Parent Governor at the Royal Kent School in Oxshott, which her three sons attended and has been a governor at Halsted since 2011. Ann-Marie is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding. She also Co-Chairs the Property and Health & Safety Committee and is a member of the Education Committee.