Meet the Governors

John Tucker

Chairman of the Board

John Tucker

Chairman of the Board

About me…

I was appointed a Governor in December 2015. I was born and educated in Australia, moving permanently to live in London in 1989. At that time I joined the law firm Linklaters as a partner in London and New York, retiring in 2016. At the firm I was a member of its board and executive committee. I have also been a director and finance committee member of London First and chair of trustees of Asthma UK. I am a long-term resident of Wimbledon, married with four adult children, three sons and a daughter.

Tell us something we might not know about you

My youngest child attended The Study. I enjoy various sports and I am an enthusiastic supporter of orchestral music, theatre and other creative arts.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

Chess and tennis were both encouraged from a young age, and being born a Leo, I had a soft toy lion that went everywhere when I was very young.

James Barnes

Education Governor

James Barnes

Education Governor

About me

I am an educationalist and I have worked in senior and preparatory schools from 1983 – 2010 and enjoyed a Headship career encompassing three preparatory schools over 18 years. I established the James Barnes Consultancy in 2003 and the company provides advice to independent schools throughout the UK.

Tell us something we might not know about you

My first contact with The Study was as a consultant; I was so impressed I joined the Board.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

Playing with my father’s 1924 Alfa Romeo toy sports car – since restored on The Repair Shop.

Amanda Elysee

Finance Governor

Amanda Elysee

Finance Governor

About me…

I joined the Board in June 2016 and my focus is on finance. I am a chartered accountant and worked at Deloitte for fourteen years as a management consultant.

Tell us something we might not know about you

I am a local Wimbledon resident and my daughter went to The Study, so I am familiar with and fully support the ethos and aims of the school. I volunteer as a reading helper in local schools through the educational charity Beanstalk.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

I loved any ball games, but particularly tennis.

 

Christine Facon

Finance, Health & Safety Governor

Christine Facon

Finance, Health & Safety Governor

About me…

I was appointed a Governor in 2012 following my retirement from the world of finance, where I was a banker. I was awarded an Associate Teaching Diploma in 2010 and I am a member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.

Tell us something we might not know about you

My daughter used to attend The Study and I enjoy teaching Public Speaking and Use of Voice part time.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

My favourite game as a child was sardines and my favourite toy was a pull along duck that quacked!

Dr Louise Sheppard

People Governor

Dr Louise Sheppard

People Governor

About me…

I joined The Study’s Board in June 2018, and I am a partner and executive coach at Praesta Partners LLP. I began my career with Unilever Plc, and then moved into management consultancy with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) advising on leadership, organisational development and change management.

I was a trustee of Child Bereavement UK for five years, and on the advisory board of a social enterprise, Rising Minds.

Tell us something we might not know about you

I have lived in Wimbledon for 30 years and have four children; my two daughters attended The Study.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

My favourite game as a child was playing in the sandpit – I’d spend hours in there.  I loved it when my parents had house renovations because I played in the builder’s sand which stained everything orange!

Emma Picken

Safeguarding Governor

Emma Picken

Safeguarding Governor

About me…

I joined the Board in 2021 and I have over 20 years’ experience of working in schools. I am Head of Boarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Prior’s Field School in Surrey and an ISI Team Inspector. In 2019 I completed an MSc researching the wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families, which further cemented my belief that academic education, pastoral care and safeguarding need to work together to ensure the best outcomes for children.

Tell us something we might not know about you

I was a truck driver in South America.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

We had a trapeze in my garden which I loved. I spent hours playing on it with ideas of becoming a circus performer!

Adrian Johnson

Adrian Johnson

About me…

I joined The Study’s Board in November 2019 having known the school for many years through friends who were either past Governors or whose daughters attended The Study. I spent most of my career investing in private companies and was CEO of Legal & General’s private equity business before setting up my own investment company which I now run.

Tell us something we might not know about you

My daughter is currently a pupil at The Study. I have lived in the Wimbledon area for over 40 years and my family connections with Wimbledon going back to 1940, when my father became Priest in charge of St Mark’s church.

Both as participant and spectator, I have a strong interest in sport which I believe is an important part of any school curriculum. We are fortunate to have great sporting traditions and opportunities in Wimbledon.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

I had two favourite games as a child, football and cricket.

Robert Lane

Robert Lane

About me…

I joined The Study’s Board of Governors in September 2019.

My career has seen me work in finance for over 25 years. I have worked at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and I am currently employed as a Managing Director at BNP Paribas, specialising in G10 and Emerging Markets. I routinely advise multinational corporations on investment opportunities in countries such as the USA, China, Japan, India, South Africa and Turkey.

Tell us something we might not know about you

My two daughters attended The Study and flourished in its nurturing environment.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child?

My Bike. I literally cycled everywhere with my friends in days when kids used to play outside all the time!

Emily Trapnell

Emily Trapnell

About me…

I joined the Study Board in 2021. I currently work at Brunswick Group, where I advise clients on a variety of critical communications issues including transactions (M&A, IPOs), restructuring and crises, financial and other reputational matters.

Tell us something we might not know about you

I am an old Study girl, grew up in Wimbledon, and have done a full circle and moved back to Wimbledon recently with my husband. After leaving The Study I went to Wimbledon High School, followed by Durham University and Imperial College London.

What was your favourite toy or game as a child

Animal hospital! I ran a vet clinic from our front room, filled with every Beanie Baby stuffed animal I could convince my parents to buy. That and trading Pokémon cards in the Spencer House playground.

Philip Walker

Bursar & Secretary to the Governing Body

Philip Walker

Bursar & Secretary to the Governing Body

Mr Walker is Bursar at The Study and the Governors may be contacted through the Bursary Office.

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