Our people work in a wide range of roles, helping thousands of people in Croydon on a daily basis. John Whitgift Foundation’s staff are based in our schools, care homes, Carers’ Information Service or in the Foundation’s head office in central Croydon.
Our Court Governors come from a range of educational, care and business backgrounds. They oversee the day-to-day management of the charity, led by Chief Executive Martin Corney. Court meets four times a year to make key decisions. Governors also sit on sub-committees that meet three times a year relating to aspects of the Foundation’s work.
Christopher was appointed as Chairman of the Court of Governors on 25 March 2015. He was educated at Trinity School before embarking on a career in financial services, initially joining stockbroker W Greenwell & Co. Christopher built his early career as a fixed income specialist and held senior positions at several leading investment banks. He was a Managing Director in the Wealth Management division of UBS AG in London from 2003 to 2019, before retiring from banking to run his own consulting business. Christopher is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He joined the Court of Governors in 2001 and served as a Trinity School Governor from November 2000 to March 2015.
Prior to his appointment as the 10th Bishop of Croydon, Rev Jonathan Clark was Rector of St Mary, Stoke Newington in the Diocese of London from 2003 and was Priest in Charge of St John’s Brownswood Park from 2004 to 2011. He trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol and was ordained deacon in the Diocese of Carlisle and served his title in Carlisle. Before becoming Rector of St Mary’s he was Chaplain of two universities: Bristol and London Metropolitan and Director of Studies, Southern Training Scheme for Christian Ministry.
Dean Sutton spent the majority of his career with Harold Williams and Partners and their successor firm Stiles Harold Williams where prior to retirement he was a Senior Equity Partner. During his career as a Chartered Surveyor he advised a variety of Commercial, Ecclesiastical, Educational and Institutional clients and in latter years advised and acted for a number of Government Departments in respect of their property portfolios. He held appointments in the Scout Association locally, regionally and nationally including being elected to the Committee of the Council for eight years. He served as a Croydon Magistrate for 25 years, being Chairman of the Bench 2005-2006. He was a Director of Eldon Housing Association, which provides flexible sheltered accommodation in Croydon for twelve years and subsequently the Association’s President. He was a Governor of various Primary and Secondary Croydon Education Authority schools prior to being appointed by the Methodist Church as a Foundation Trustee and Governor of Southlands College, Roehampton University for a term of nine years. He is currently Chairman of the Old Palace of John Whitgift School Committee.
David was educated at Trinity School and studied history and then law at The Queen’s College, Oxford. He worked for a firm of lawyers in Los Angeles for a year before taking a postgraduate LL.B degree at Cambridge University and qualifying as a barrister in 1975. He has spent his career in Whitehall. He was Director General of the Attorney General’s Office from 1997-2000 and was Legal Adviser and Director General at the Home Office from 2000 until his retirement in 2012. He was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2001 and elected to the Management Committee of the Inn in 2011. He received a CB in the New Year’s Honours List in 2005. He has been Chairman of Reigate Squash Club and is also currently Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at The Queen’s College, Oxford. In 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary of State to be the Independent Reviewer of police operations under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the Trinity School Committee and a member of the Court of John Whitgift Foundation.
Dr Anand Mehta has a long association with Croydon since 1994, initially as a trainee senior registrar and then as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine at Croydon University Hospital and private practice based at BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital, Croydon. He trained in Geriatric Medicine and Gastroenterology in Liverpool, Hammersmith Hospital and St George’s Hospital in London. His clinical practice includes the holistic management of older people with multiple complex chronic medical conditions and has a special interest in Parkinson’s disease, Dementia and Gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Since 2004 he has worked part-time as Associate Dean at Health Education England where he is responsible for ensuring high quality training of postgraduate doctors in South London. Anand is Chairman of the Whitgift Care Committee.
Asif trained with Arthur Andersen and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. Since then he was worked in the banking sector as an Internal Auditor. Since 2003, he has worked in Group Internal Audit at UBS AG and has held various roles in both the UK and Switzerland. Asif is Chairman of the Governance & External Relations Committee.
Andrew took up his appointment as Incumbent of Croydon in September 2018. He was previously a Residentiary Canon of Guildford Cathedral and Chaplain to the University of Surrey. Andrew has extensive parish experience in London and Winchester Dioceses as Vicar and Area Dean. Andrew is part of the Church of England’s Strategic Leadership Development Programme. Prior to ordination Andrew studied History and Religious Studies and spent a year living and working in Bangladesh at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Dhaka. Andrew has pursued further studies in theology, completing a Master of Theology degree at Heythrop College, London and a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry at Kings College, London. Andrew is author of two books, Eucharist Shaping: Hebert’s Liturgy and Society(2013) and Theosomnia: A Christian Theology of Sleep (2018).
Recently retired, Jo has over 30 years working in the education sector, beginning her career in the Girls’ Day School Trust. Most of her experience has been in teaching in girls’ school (three GDST schools) but was one of the first female Heads of Department at Alleyns School, Dulwich. In her last headship Jo was asked to merge the two largest girls’ school in Bedford to form Bedford Girls’ School, now one of the largest and very successful girls’ school in East Anglia.
Jo was educated in Australia and has much experience of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and introduced to Bedford Girls’ School the IB’s Primary Years Programme whilst she was Head. She was Chair of the GSA Sports Committee for five years, an ISI inspector, and has recently become a member ECB London and East Regional Advisory Board to support women and girls’ cricket. Jo also works as an advisory Head for RSAcademics, a company that offers specialist services for the search and selection, coaching and development of school leaders and senior staff.
Jo has a Masters in Education and Leadership (Dist) and has been asked to mentor many Heads as they start their careers in these senior positions. Two of her Senior Leadership Team she appointed went onto Headships and many of her Heads of Dept have moved onto Senior Leadership roles.
Michelle is the Chief Operating Officer of UBS Asset Management and a Group Managing Director of UBS. Michelle started her career at UBS in 1992 as a lawyer, in Swiss Bank Corporation’s Legal Department in London. Michelle held numerous positions at UBS, including Global Head of Human Resources for UBS Investment Bank, as well as working in New York for three years from 2001. Michelle read Politics and Economics at the University of Buckingham and then law at the University of Cambridge. Michelle is Chairman of the Old Palace of John Whitgift School Committee.
Diana was educated at Old Palace of John Whitgift School. She studied Law at Durham University subsequently qualifying as a solicitor in 1990. Diana is a senior partner in leading law firm Blackfords LLP.
Nick is the Chief Operating Office of Audley Group, the UK’s leading Developer and Operator of Retirement Villages. Nick joined Audley in December 2019 and before this was Chief Financial Officer of Moorfield Group, a UK focused Real Estate Private Equity Fund Manager. He was at Moorfield from 2008 to 2019 and was a member of the Board and the Investment Committee, on which he continues to sit following his move to Audley.
Nick was at Whitgift from 1985 to 1992 where he was Head Boy. He played Cricket and Hockey for the first XI for three years and got his colours for both as well as playing at number one in the squash team. Nick obtained a degree in History from Durham University and qualified as an ACA with Arthur Andersen, where he worked in the Corporate Treasury Consulting team advising listed companies on risk management strategies. He then spent three years in Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank where he was involved in a number of transactions across the IT and business services sectors. From 2002 to 2008, Nick worked at Xchanging plc where, among other roles, he was the Finance and Commercial Director of its 2,000 person insurance outsourcing business across the UK, US and India where, as well as finance, he oversaw HR, legal and property teams and negotiated and structured complex outsourcing arrangements. Nick is Chairman of Whitgift School.
Drew McNeil was born in London, but grew up in Switzerland, where he attended the International School of Geneva. After receiving his International Baccalaureate Diploma in 1989 he read Physics at Durham University, graduating with a BSc in 1992.
Drew returned to Switzerland to work in private wealth management for ING Barings, in Zurich. In 1999, he completed his Chartered Financial Analyst exams and was awarded his CFA Charter. In 2000, Drew moved to London with his young family to work for Schroders and five years later he joined Lord North Street, a private investment office, where, as a director of the firm, he managed the assets of wealthy families and foundations. In 2014, Lord North Street was acquired by Sandaire Investment Office where he was a board member and Executive Director. In 2016 he co-founded Wren Investment Office where he is the Head of Client Relationship Management.
Partner at Deloitte and Head of Financial Service Remuneration Practice since 2013 as well as a mentor and coach on the Deloitte Women Development Programme and gender/diversity champion. Helen has extensive financial service experience across a broad range of companies with international experience gained from working and living in Asia and working in South Africa, US, and Europe. She is a governor of the University of Bedfordshire and an independent board member of the British Olympic Association Remuneration Committee.