Channing Governors with members of the Senior Leadership Team

Any correspondence for the Chair of Governors should be addressed to: Mrs Cindy Leslie, Chair of Governors, Channing School, Highgate, London N6 5HF –

John Alexander FCA

Until recently a partner at Carter Backer Winter LLP, and previously at PKF and KPMG, chartered accountants and business advisors, John is now acting as an independent business advisor. He had previously been a full-time insolvency practitioner since 1976 and founding member of R3 (the insolvency profession’s trade body). He was a member and sometime vice-Chairman of the ICAEW’s review committee and is now on the ICAEW’s new probate committee. He is also on the Financial Reporting Council’s panel of tribunal members and acts as a non-Executive Director.

Andrew Appleyard BSc

Educated at the Perse School and Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge. BSc degree in Land Management from Reading University and diploma in Investment Management from London Business School. Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Until recently senior director in Aviva Investors Real Assets Team. Now a consultant to a later life living company, a real estate fund and a merchant bank. Unitarian.

Julia Burns BA

Educated at Ranelagh School, Berks and the University of Southampton. Headmistress of Leicester High School for Girls 2003-2013, a Girls’ Independent School for ages 3-18. More than 30 years’ experience in independent girls’ schools. Has also worked as a GCSE and A Level Examiner, and is an ISI Inspector. Has represented the Midlands Region on the GSA CPD Committee from 2006-2011.
Chair of Education Committee.

Daniel Costley BA

Trained for Unitarian Ministry at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and called to the Sevenoaks Unitarian congregation in 2010. Secretary and Trustee to the General Baptist Assembly, and Treasurer to the Manchester Academy Trust. Former Policy Advisor at HM Treasury.

Cindy Leslie LlB

Educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and the University of Bristol. She is a Solicitor and former longstanding Dispute Resolution partner with Dentons. Governor of Birkbeck, University of London, and a member of fitness to practise panels of the Health and Care Professions Council.  A trustee and non executive board member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Chair of Fitness to Practise panels at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Former non-executive member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, former member of the Council of the University of Bristol and former Trustee of the University of Bristol Students’ Union. Chair of Governors.

Brigid Rentoul MA

Educated at Cambridge and Yale, Brigid is a corporate finance lawyer, practising both English and NY law. Currently employed at Winton Capital Management Ltd as General Counsel. Crafts Council Trustee and Member of the Audit Committee. Current Channing parent.

William Spears BA, MBA, FRGS

Educated at Brentwood School (Essex), the University of London (SOAS) and Cass Business School, London. William has a background in marketing and public relations. In addition to running his own communications consultancy, he is also a consultant at two City-based public relations firms. He is a descendent of the Reverend Robert Spears, co-founder of Channing School.


Educated at the University of Bristol, Amanda Sutton is currently a GP partner at a large practice in Muswell Hill. She has 10 years’ experience as a GP trainer and educationalist with responsibility for training junior doctors in General Practice. Her two daughters both attended Channing School.

Lisa Cristie BA

Lisa was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and the University of Bristol. She completed a law conversion course at the College of Law and trained as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons. After qualifying, she specialised in corporate taxation with a broad transactional and consultancy practice. She moved to HM Treasury where she currently works as a tax policy adviser. Lisa is a current Channing parent.

Juliette Otterburn Hall

Educated at Channing School and Bristol University. With over 25 years of experience in Media, Start-ups and Digital, Juliette is behind directing and producing highly successful prime time TV shows. She has worked across a range of shows and formats including I’m A Celebrity, Coronation Street and created the first iPhone app for the BBC. In addition, Juliette has extended her expertise to run digital start-ups, with her most recent being successful acquired by a market leading FMCG company.

Rahim Hirji

Rahim was educated at Merchant Taylors School, Loughborough University (Comp/Sci) and Manchester Business School (MBA). He has spent the last 25 years working within technology and start-ups across media and education, founding EtonX, an edtech platform focused on delivering future skills for teenagers. Rahim has worked across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is currently Country Manager at Quizlet, one of the largest edtech platforms in the world.

Carol Chandler

Educated at the School of St. Helen and St. Katharine, Abingdon and the University of Exeter. Currently Head at Blackheath High School GDST, where she has been the Head since 2014. A historian, Carol started her career at Habs Girls in Elstree and led the History and Politics department at North London Collegiate School before heading to Jeju island in South Korea as Head of the Girls’ School and part of the start-up Leadership Team for North London Collegiate School, Jeju. Holds particular interest in sport and DEI.

Dominic Oliver

Educated at the universities of Sheffield and Oxford. Since 2014, Head Master of Lancing College, West Sussex (co-educational boarding and day from 13-18; two day preparatory schools for girls and boys aged 3-12). Previously: Managing Head, Bedales School; Head of English, Malvern College; Lecturer in English, St Peter’s College, Oxford.

Caroline Hulme-McKibbin

Mrs Hulme-Mckibbin was educated at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School and holds a B.Ed (Hons) from Homerton College, Cambridge, (where she was also a dancer and choreographer for the Cambridge Footlights and the ADC Theatre). 

Mrs Hulme-McKibbin has been head of both all girls’ schools and co-ed.  She began her teaching career in Manchester, and then moved to The King’s School in Macclesfield, which was opening a new Junior Department and was promoted to Academic Head and Vice-Principal. Following four years as Head of Junior School at Alderley Edge School for Girls, in 2009 Mrs Hulme-McKibbin returned to King’s to become the Principal of the Infant and Junior Division. During her nine years in post she led her team in developing a values led community with an enquiry based learning challenge curriculum, bespoke assessment and tracking systems and achieved two excellent inspection outcomes, the last one in 2015, with no recommendations for improvement. 

In September 2018, Mrs Hulme-McKibbin was appointed as Head of Kensington Prep School GDST where she has brought the vision of, ‘Growing great minds’, to life with a focus on nurturing curious, creative, healthy and minds.  

In wider educational roles, she was a governor of Bury Grammar Schools serving as Chair of the Education Committee from 2015 until March 2020 and in addition served as Chair of the Associated Independent Junior Schools North West for three years. Mrs Hulme-McKibbin is an active member of GSA and IAPS. 

 Mrs Hulme-McKibbin and her husband have two daughters, one a medical doctor and the other studying for a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering.  She has played and coached netball, enjoys reading, swimming, skiing and maintains a keen interest in theatre and dance.

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Kees Van der Sande