Who we are


Dr Julie Spencer

Senior Leadership Board

Peter Middleton
Interim Headteacher
Frank Daniel
Head of Facilities
Alexander Gillespie
Finance Director
Jonathan O’Boyle
Director of the School of Musical Theatre
Kim Vithana
Director of the School of Acting

Board of Trustees

Farida Mannan
Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees
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Upon leaving full-time teaching, Farida founded Mannan Education to provide educational support for school aged pupils throughout the academic year. Her company is another local Chiswick institute, based in the Hogarth Community Centre.

Stephen Denyer
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Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Past Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton and Head of Schools of Pharmacy at Brighton and Cardiff Universities. Former QAA Higher Education institutional reviewer, Teaching Excellence Framework Project Board member, and Accreditation Lead for the General Pharmaceutical Council. Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Stephen has acted as a pharmaceutical expert to industry, the Department of Health and the European Commission and has been an external examiner and adviser to a number of universities.

Cherry Dickins
Ann Cottis
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Ann Cottis was a partner in PwC until her retirement after 38 years; following many years as a tax partner she developed and led the people agenda across the partnership. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and a Chartered Tax Advisor in 1980 after completing a Maths degree at Warwick University. She has held a number of non-executive directorship and trusteeships including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Surrey Cricket Foundation.

Ben Gudgeon
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Ben is a senior executive in the Health and Social Care sector. Prior to this, he spent 20 years as an educator, latterly as Head of a renowned performing arts school. He studied in Music and French at Bristol University and the Sorbonne (Paris). He went on to study in the USA at post-graduate level in vocal performance, conducting, and piano, whilst teaching undergraduate music theory and piano. He started his career as freelance musician, working for ten years as a tenor lay-clerk, animateur, accompanist, musical director and jazz pianist.

Brenlen Jinkens
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Managing Director in Greenhill’s Capital Advisory group. He has nearly 20 years of experience advising financial services companies and other entities. Brenlen has an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BA from Princeton University.

Jo MacDonnell
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Jo works as Director of Education and Studies at the University of Brighton and has been awarded an MA in Education. She is a highly experienced Higher Education practitioner with a track record of cross institutional leadership in Education and Student Experience. Prior to her work in Higher Education, Jo held a senior position in Television Production and Commercial Theatre. She is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of SEDA (Staff Educational Development Association).

Rob Mathieson
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Property development and project management specialist, Rob has a degree in architecture and started his career working in construction before spending more than 22 years at a major property company, Capital & Counties, where he ran their project team. Until his recent retirement, he was a director of Rosenau Properties.

Ruth Mundy
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Ruth is an experienced HR professional who has worked for a range of organisations, most recently as an Interim consultant focussing on business change and transformation.  She has been a mentor in a secondary school and a governor for the University of Bedfordshire.

Higher Education Registry

David Bumpstead
Head of Admissions & Student Records / Disability Coordinator
Lorna Wright
Head of Student Support & Engagement
Trudi Hale
HE Administrator
Simon Robinson
HE Administrator
Kerry Harrison
Quality & Course Officer
Michele Sahrle
Policy and Compliance Project Manager


Alex James
Head of Production
Molly Sheridan
Deputy Head of Production/Stage Manager
Chris Mould
Senior Lighting Technician
Dan Cheyne
Scenic Construction Manager
Sam Burke
Construction Assistant
Alex Farrow
Technical Assistant
Åse Amy Djärf
Costume Supervisor
Marianne Harwich
Costume Assistant
Caroline Morley
Box Office Manager & Production Administrator


Alexander Gillespie
Finance Director
Narinder Mangat
Finance Officer
Monika Pawlik
Finance Assistant


Ambrine Es-Satte
IT Technician
Andrii Malchevskyi
IT Infrastructure Manager
David Amoko
Assistant IT Technician (Data & Compliance)


Frank Daniel
Head of Facilities
Ian Horrod
Maintenance Supervisor
Luis Rodriguez
Maintenance Supervisor

Human Resources - (Our HR team is supported by Bespoke HR)

Karen Okoro
Human Resources Officer
HR Officer – Bespoke HR
Human Resources Officer
Head of HR – Bespoke HR
Head of HR (Job Share)

Development & Marketing

Lauren Moreton
Head of Marketing
Joshua Robinson
Digital Marketing Officer
Daisy Forster-Village
Development Coordinator

ArtsEd Extra & Outreach

Maame Atuah
Manager of ArtsEd Extra & Outreach
Joy Wong
ArtsEd Extra Administrator
Luke Fredericks
Musical Theatre Part-Time Foundation Course Leader


John Antrobus
Head of Learning Resources
Karen Smith
Learning Resources Assistant
Constance Des Marais
Learning Resources Assistant


Marisa Newton
Senior Receptionist
Jules Cannon
Senior Receptionist
Johannes Fowler
Evening Caretaker & Receptionist
Norita Salim
Weekend Receptionist

Director of the School of Musical Theatre

Jonathan O’Boyle

Executive Team

Grace Harrington
Head of Dance & Head of Second Year
Caitlin Stegemoller
Voice Tutor & Head of Third Year
Dan Okello-Bird
Head of Acting
Chris Whitehead
Head of Music
Jade Allen
Senior Acting Tutor & Safeguarding & Welfare Officer
Barney McElholm
Foundation Musical Theatre Course Leader


Matthew Gordon Martin
Acting Tutor
Nina Zendejas
Voice Tutor


Ross Alley
Ballet Pianist
Mark Brown
Head Ballet Pianist
George Beet
Tap Tutor
Sandra Doling
Ballet Tutor
Charlotte Gale
Tap Tutor
Jordan Livesey
Ballet Tutor
Kennedy Muntanga
Ballet Tutor
Avalon Rathgeb
Tap Tutor
Vikki Ryan
Jazz Tutor
Sonny Ward
Jazz Tutor


Norma Atallah
Song Workshop Tutor
Travis Baker
Singing Tech Tutor
Timothy Evans
Repertoire Coach
Michael Haslam
Repertoire Coach and Ensemble Tutor
Gary Jerry
Foundation Course Ensemble Tutor & MD
James Spilling
Singing Tech Tutor
Besfort Williams
Singing Tech Tutor
Ian Brandon
Senior Music Tutor

Director of the School of Acting

Kim Vithana

Executive Team

Mike Hayden
Head of Voice & Joint Head of First Year
Jake Harders
Head of Acting & Joint Head of First Year
Marcus Ellard
Senior Acting Tutor, Joint Head of Third Year & Lead Industry Liaison
Marnie Baxter
Head of Film, TV & Audio & Joint Head of Third Year
Sam Gibbs
Foundation Acting Course Leader
George Richmond-Scott
MA Acting Course Leader

Teaching Staff

Rachael Alleyne
Head of Movement
Emily Mawer
Voice Tutor
Richard Graham
Senior Screen Acting Tutor
Kate Maravan
Acting Tutor
Aled Pedrick
Singing Tutor

Film, TV & Audio Department

Marnie Baxter
Head of Film, TV & Audio
Jake Vithana
Line Producer
Athanasios Bikakis
Sound Technician & Editor

Interim Headteacher

Peter Middleton

Senior Leadership Team

Claire Parker-Wood
Deputy Head
Chris Buckley-Reynolds
Deputy Head (Operations)
Natalie Bareham
Director of Performing Arts
Mark Ferrington
Director of Sixth Form
Charlotte Swingler
Director of Teaching and Learning
Thamir Elzubaidi
Director of Curriculum


Gabriela Duda
Office Manager & Admissions Officer
Jessica McCrow
Sixth Form and Performing Arts Administrator
Manuela Macovei
Office Administrator


Claire Parker-Wood
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mark Ferrington
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jane Louis Wood
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Leigh Brennan
Designated Assistant Safeguarding Lead


Lizzie Bellamy
Head of BTEC, BTEC Acting Pathway Lead
Giovanna Ryan
BTEC Musical Theatre Pathway Lead
Tara Piontecki
BTEC Dance Pathway Lead
Samantha Dye
Acting and Musical Theatre Teacher, Spoken Voice Coordinator
Mark Ferrington
Musical Theatre & Acting Teacher
Tim Hunter-Reid
Acting Teacher, Vocational Guidance Coordinator
Ziggie Carter
Acting, Musical Theatre & Acro Teacher
Emily Johnstone
Acting Teacher
Ian Sutherland
Teacher of Musical Theatre and Musical Director


Jamie Harris
Head of Dance
Tara Piontecki
Deputy Head of Dance
Natalie Bareham
Dance Teacher
Maria Rowland
Ballet Teacher
Chris Buckley-Reynolds
Dance Teacher
Tim Clarke
Teacher of Classical Ballet
Marina Climent Casas
Dance Teacher


Russell Clark
Head of Drama
Michael Andrews
Deputy Head of Drama
Gabriele Lombardo
Drama Teacher
Simon Darwen
Drama Teacher


Richard Brunel
Head of English
Leigh Brennan
Deputy Head of English
Lauren Thurley
English Teacher, EDI & PSHEE Coordinator
Sarah Hamidon
English Teacher & Head of KS3


Simmone Brown
Head of KS4 & Geography
Charles Payne
Head of History
Wendy Robins
History & Politics Teacher

Learning Support

Warren Turner
Sixth Form SENDCO
Jane Louis Wood
Day School SENDCO


Sheena Desai
Head of Maths
Thamir Elzubaidi
Maths Teacher
Jacobijn Scorer
Maths Teacher
Tiziana Parisi
Maths Teacher


Alex Gordon
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Citizenship Coordinator, Politics Teacher


Giovanna Ryan
Head of Musical Theatre
Amy Whiterod
Deputy Director of Sixth Form
Lorraine Crowley
Music Teacher


Quinton Van Rooyen
Head of Science
Georgios Apostolidis
Physics Teacher
Claire Parker-Wood
Biology Teacher

Visual Arts

Charlotte Swingler
Director of Teaching and Learning
Greg Beavis
Head of Visual Arts
Georgia Simmonds
Visual Arts Teacher
Minghui Reece
Visual Arts Teacher