Governors

  • Ian Hunter, Chair

    Ian Hunter, Chair

    Ian was the West London Free School’s first parent governor. Ian has a daughter in Year 9 and a son and daughter (twins) who will join the school in 2015. Ian is a business consultant and has worked extensively in the education sector and is a visiting lecturer at a number of UK business schools.

    Ian was state educated before going on to Bristol, Warwick and Oxford universities. He can be contacted on i.hunter@wlfs.org.

  • Caroline ffiske, Vice Chair

    Caroline ffiske, Vice Chair

    Caroline Ffiske is one of the founders of the West London Free School. She is currently a full-time mother looking after two girls under five. She grew up in New Zealand, trained as an economist and worked for six years in the New Zealand public service before moving to London where she worked for 10 years as a management consultant. Caroline also served for four years as a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham Council, serving the North End ward.

    Caroline is passionate about the West London Free School bringing choice to parents. She works tirelessly to ensure that parents from all backgrounds and walks of life are aware of the school and its ethos, as well as the opportunities it creates for them and their children.

  • Stefan Bojanowski, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

    Stefan Bojanowski, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

    Stefan Bojanowski is one of the founers of the West London Free School. He is an economist by trade, but tries to use his free time more productively. Stefan's roots are firmly in West London. His mother grew up in Acton and is now an Assistant Head at a local primary school. His father grew up in Chiswick.

    Stefan is grateful for the secondary education he received at the London Oratory School in Fulham. The Oratory's ethos was designed to resemble a grammar school with a traditional approach to both discipline and education. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to study Latin and thankful to the teachers for maintaining a studious atmosphere that ensured those who wanted to learn could do so.

    His involvement in the West London Free School is driven by a desire to pass on the best parts of his education to those children who may otherwise not receive it, giving them the opportunity to forward their education, confidence and ambition in a similar environment.

  • Charlie Ben-Nathan, Chair of the Education Committee

    Charlie Ben-Nathan, Chair of the Education Committee

    Charlie Ben-Nathan is one of the founders of the West London Free School and sits on the secondary finance and general purposes committee. He is also a Trustee of the WLFS Foundation Trust. Charlie is an economist but after his degree and a short period in industry gained an MBA and then a PGCSE and now teaches economics in the independent sector where he is an assistant head.

    Charlie is a keen cyclist and has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and from Seattle to New York, both for various different charities.  Charlie is also the author of Emergence (2012), a science fiction novel.

    Charlie lives in Acton and his involvement in the West London Free School stems from a belief that pupils and parents should have choice in education.

  • Dr Jonathan Katz, Member of the WLFS Secondary's Local Governing Body

    Dr Jonathan Katz, Member of the WLFS Secondary's Local Governing Body

    Jonathan is the Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics at St Anne’s College Oxford. Prior to taking up this post he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and formerly a Visiting Fellow of the Humanities Council at Princeton University. He was Master of the Queen’s Scholars and Head of Classics at Westminster School, London, from 1987-2010.

    He has published a wide portfolio of books, articles and reviews on Greek, Latin and Sanskrit literary subjects. His research interests also include Indian music theory and history, Plato, Greek philosophy and south Asian musicology and bibliography.

  • Dr Elisabeth Cook, Member of the WLFS Secondary's Local Governing Body

    Dr Elisabeth Cook, Member of the WLFS Secondary's Local Governing Body

    Lis started her teaching career with Lewisham LEA before moving to Kent (Dartford Grammar School) and then to the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music as Assistant Director. She is currently Head of Academic Development & Undergraduate Programmes at the RCM and, in this role, plans the design and delivery of music degrees, continues to teach and researches in particular areas of interest (including pedagogy training for conservatoire students).

    As a Governor, she takes a particular interest in musical developments at the school and facilitates connections between the school and the internationally-renowned Royal College of Music.

  • Zaki Hashmi, Member of the WLFS Secondary's Local Governing Body

    Zaki Hashmi, Member of the WLFS Secondary's Local Governing Body

    Zaki Hashmi was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He is a solicitor-advocate and partner at Aston Clark Solicitors in Acton where he specialises in criminal defencework. He is a senior peer reviewer in crime for the Legal Services Commission.

  • Ann Crighton

    Ann Crighton

    Ann is an elected parent governor. She has a son in Year 8. She is a lawyer who has prosecuted in the Youth Courts for over 20 years while holding senior union positions.  She currently sits on the Employment Tribunal. She is a passionate believer in the power of education to better people’s lives. She was previously an elected parent governor at a local preparatory school and understands that the role of a governor is to act as a critical friend for the school. She passionately believes in the ethos of the WLFS.

  • Simon Hix

    Simon Hix

    Simon is an elected parent governor. He has a son in Year 9 and a daughter who is hoping to join the school in 2015. Simon is a Professor at the London School of Economics and has extensive teaching and management experience in the education sector. He is currently Head of the Department of Government at the LSE, which is one of the largest political science departments in any university in the world, and he was previously an elected parent governor of a state primary school in London.   Simon is state school educated, before going on to study at the LSE and at universities in Italy and the United States. He is a passionate supporter of non-denominational, non-selective, co-educational schools like WLFS.

  • Rupert Littlewood

    Rupert Littlewood

    Rupert is the West London Free School’s first teacher governor, elected by the teaching staff to serve on the local governing body. Rupert graduated from University College London with a BA in Geography. He then completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education and afterwards a Masters in Geography Education.

    In his previous school Rupert also held the role of teacher governor, giving him experience and insight into how a school and governing body works. Rupert is looking forward to helping the school develop and expand to full size in the coming years.

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