John Tucker, Chairman of The Board
John Tucker was appointed a Governor in December 2015. He is a partner of the law firm Linklaters where he has been a member of its board and executive committee. John is also currently a director and finance committee member of London First and a trustee of Asthma UK. Mr Tucker is a long-term resident of Wimbledon, married with four adult children. The youngest, his daughter, attended The Study. Mr Tucker's special area of interest is the creative arts.
James Barnes is an educationalist who has worked in senior and preparatory schools from 1983 - 2010 and enjoyed a Headship career encompassing three preparatory schools over 18 years. He established the James Barnes Consultancy in 2003 and the company provides advice to independent schools throughout the UK.
Mr Barnes is Chairman of Council at Milton Abbey School; is a qualified inspector and appraiser; has sat on IAPS Council, the IAPS Membership and Inspections Committees; has been the IAPS representative on the Independent Schools Council Community Service Committee and is a trustee of Strive International and Access Sport. He was appointed to the Board in late 2015.
Amanda Elysee joined the Board in June 2016 and will focus on finance. She is a chartered accountant and worked at Deloitte for fourteen years as a management consultant. A local resident, her daughter went through The Study and so she is familiar with the ethos and aims of the school. Mrs Elysee volunteers as a reading helper in local schools through the educational charity Beanstalk.
Christine Facon was appointed a Governor in 2012 and has retired from the world of finance, where she was a banker. She was awarded an Associate Teaching Diploma in 2010 and is a member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. Mrs Facon enjoys teaching Public Speaking and Use of Voice part time and is an ex parent of The Study.
Adrian Johnson joined the Board in November 2019. His daughter is currently at the school. He has lived in the Wimbledon area for over 40 years and has family connections with Wimbledon going back to 1940, when his father became Vicar of St Mark’s church. He spent most of his career investing in private companies and was CEO of Legal & General’s private equity business before setting up his own investment company which he now runs. As an Oxford University soccer Blue, keen golfer, and regular spectator of football and tennis, Mr Johnson has a strong interest in sport which he believes is an important part of any school curriculum.
Robert Lane has had a career in finance for over 25 years. He has worked at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and is currently employed as a Managing Director at BNP Paribas, specialising in G10 and Emerging Markets. He routinely advises multinational corporations on investment opportunities in countries such as the USA, China, Japan, India, South Africa and Turkey. Mr Lane has two daughters who attended The Study and flourished in its nurturing environment. Mr Lane believes The Study provides a holistic education; one concerned with the development of the students' intellectual, emotional, social, physical, creative and spiritual potentials whilst being in tune with each child's unique needs. Mr Lane commenced his governorship in September 2019.
Dr Louise Sheppard
Dr Sheppard joined the Board in June 2018, and is a partner and executive coach at Praesta Partners LLP. She began her career with Unilever Plc, and then moved into management consultancy with Coopers & Lybrand advising on leadership, organisational development and change management. She was a trustee of Child Bereavement UK for five years, and is currently on the advisory board of a social enterprise, Rising Minds, which provides coaching and mindfulness services to those who cannot afford it. Dr Sheppard has lived in Wimbledon for 30 years and has four children; her two daughters attended The Study.
Emma Picken joined the board in 2021 and has over 20 years’ experience of working in schools. She is Head of Boarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Prior’s Field School in Surrey and an ISI Team Inspector. In 2019 she completed an MSc researching the wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families, which further cemented her belief that academic education, pastoral care and safeguarding need to work together to ensure the best outcomes for children.
Emily Trapnell joined the Board in 2021, and is a Director at Brunswick Group. She advises clients on a variety of critical communications issues including transactions (M&A, IPOs), restructuring and crises, financial and other reputational matters.
Emily grew up in Wimbledon, and was herself a Study girl. After leaving The Study Emily went to Wimbledon High School, followed by Durham University and Imperial College London where she obtained a MSc in Management. She has recently moved back to Wimbledon with her husband.
Philip Walker, Secretary to the Governing Body
Mr Walker is Bursar at The Study Preparatory School and may be contacted via the Wilberforce House office.