Preparatory School for Girls



Simon Brookhouse began his early career as an accountant with BP Chemicals in Grangemouth, Scotland.  He spent some time in the life insurance sector, and then moved to London in 1993 to join an investment bank.  Simon was in investment banking for over 20 years, spending more than half of his career in Hong Kong and Australia - latterly as Head of Pacific Rim Equities for Merrill Lynch.  Simon was also Global Head of Equities for HSBC, and most recently, Global Head of Equities for Standard Chartered Bank.  Simon is married to Amanda, and they have three adult children.  He became a governor of Halstead in 2018, and at the same time joined the Strategy Board for the Beacon School at Banstead in Surrey.


Richard Roberts is Managing Director of Trident Garages Ltd. He was elected as a Governor in June 2011, also having had previous experience as a Governor of 2 local state schools. He is married with two daughters, both ex Halstead girls, and one of them a former head girl. Richard is Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Mr D. Burke FCA

David Burke is a retired Chartered Accountant with 35 years’ experience acting for owner managed businesses and charities. He has also served as Honorary Treasurer of Sunningdale Golf Club. He has two children and his daughter is a former pupil of Halstead. David is the Chairman of the Finance Committee and Bursary Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

Mrs C. Connelly MSCBA FCIPD'S 

Cheryl Connelly was educated at Northumbria University where she completed a honours degree in Business Management. After five years in the Civil Service, Cheryl moved to the Training and Enterprise Council where she advised public and private businesses on best practice. She spent the next 10 years as an inspector with the Audit Commission where she led corporate compliance inspections at County and District councils, Police authorities and Fire authorities across the UK. Cheryl then moved into the Education sector as a Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors in both the state and independent sectors. During this time, Cheryl completed her Fellowship in Personnel and Development and MSc in Business Education Management. Cheryl has been a Governor for 19 years having served  at another school, including as Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance and Resources. Cheryl joined AGBIS in September 2019 as Director of Training. 

Mr S. Hartley LLB

Simon Hartley has been a solicitor for over 25 years and is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. He has two daughters, both of whom attended Halstead. Simon was elected a Governor in 2016 and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Nominations Committee. 


Peter Harwood has been Vicar Of Christ Church since 2002 and sits on the Bishop of Guildford’s Council and Diocesan Synod.   He started his working life as a doctor, specialising in palliative care of people with AIDS at the Middlesex hospital.  In preparation for the ordained ministry he studied theology at Oxford University, served as curate in Coventry and worked as Associate Vicar for some years in West Kensington.  His two daughters have been educated at Halstead.  Peter is a member of the  Bursary Committee.

mrs f. kitchen ACII

Faith Kitchen has 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, holding leadership roles in Underwriting, Marketing and Product Development, before being appointed Director - Education and Heritage for Ecclesiastical Insurance in 2015.  Faith has had continuous involvement with the Education sector throughout her career, both in a professional and volunteering capacity and she was previously a business adviser for the Young Enterprise programme. Faith was elected as a Governor in 2018 and is part of the Property and Health & Safety Committee. 

Mr C. Muller B.A. (Hons)

Chris Muller is Head of Sir William Perkins’s School. He was previously Deputy Head there and Head of Sixth Form at Kingston Grammar School. He read Classics at University College London. He has two children and his wife, Tracy, is a teacher at Epsom College. Chris is also a Governor of North East Surrey College of Technology in Epsom.  Chris is Chair of the Education Committee and the Governor responsible for EYFS at Halstead.


Mehran Nikoo has a BSc in Computer Hardware Engineering from ECE, University of Tehran and an MRes in Computer Science from Birkbeck, University of London. He has been a technologist for over 25 years and is currently a software architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Before Amazon, Mehran has had various technical and leadership roles at Microsoft, McLaren, and Trainline. He has also helped startup businesses in the early stages of their journey. Mehran is married and has one daughter, an ex-Halstead girl.


Jill Owen is a chartered psychologist and runs a private practice in Pirbright with referrals from GPs and the Priory, as well as various sport organisations.  She has a doctorate in counselling psychology and the majority of her clients are referred for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and stress-related issues.  She is also a sports psychologist.
Jill’s daughters both went to Halstead from Nursery to Year 6. Jill was elected a Governor in 2016, is a member of the Education Committee and the nominated SEN Governor.

Mr C. Sharp FCA

Chris Sharp is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience gained in both the private and public sectors. He is currently the Finance Director at the Crown Prosecution Service. He is married with two daughters who are both former Halstead pupils.