Governors at Forest are responsible for the wellbeing of the School in its broadest sense. They oversee its financial stability, endorse its strategic development and ensure that its aims, ethos and educational excellence are supported and maintained. The Governing Council and its sub-committees meet every term and, in addition, individual members support the Warden and his leadership team on specific projects and aspects of the School’s work.
Forest’s Council represent a wide range of experience in education, business, finance and the professions. Governors gives freely of their time and are solely committed to the enduring success, health and happiness of the School.

David Wilson, LLB (Hons.), FRSA, FRGS, Chair of Governors

David Wilson became a Governor of Forest School in December 2012 and Chair in 2016. He is also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

David is a solicitor and accredited mediator and works at Goldman Sachs in London as Managing Director and Senior Counsel. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, David was a partner at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in litigation and working at its offices in London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.

David was educated at Forest, the University of Southampton and the College of Law. Formerly a member of the Audit Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales and the Advisory Board of the NSPCC, he is currently a trustee of the Goldman Sachs UK Retirement Fund, a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London. He was also formerly the Chair and is now a Trustee of a large multi-Academy trust.

David and his wife, Claire, have two sons and live in London and Wiltshire.

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Geraldine Atlee

Geraldine Atlee became a Governor of Forest school in 2018. She is also a member of the Education Committee.

Geraldine is a solicitor who, since qualifying, has spent her career working ‘in-house’ in the film and television industry, dealing with the financing, production and distribution of feature films and TV drama. Geraldine is currently Head of Legal and Business Affairs for BBC Films and prior to that she held the same role at Channel 4. She has also worked for PolyGram and Universal Studios.  Geraldine is a member of BAFTA and is currently also on the board of Film London, the capital’s film and media agency.

Geraldine was educated at Forest School (one of the first girls to join in the 1970s), at Queen Mary College, University of London, and at the College of Law in London.

Geraldine is married to an Old Forester, and they live in Hertfordshire with their two children.

Dr Steven Berryman

Steven Berryman became a Governor of Forest school in 2022.

Steven Berryman is Director of Arts, Culture and Community for the Odyssey Trust for Education. From May 2022 he is President-Elect of the Chartered College of Teaching and assumes the office of President from November 2022. He studied Music at Cardiff University and Royal Holloway, London, gaining a PhD in Composition (Cardiff, 2012).

Steven is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and Guildhall School, contributing widely to arts education research, policy and practice; recent work includes the DFE/DCMS National Plan for Music Education expert panel and appointment as Vice-President of the National Society for Educators of Art and Design. As a member of the Advisory Panel of the Cultural Learning Alliance, Steven works with cultural learning professionals drawn from across the sector to champion and advocate for a high-quality and equitable arts education.

Steven is a Liveryman of both the Worshipful Company of Educators and the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a trustee of UK Music Masters and Spitalfields Music and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and the Royal Society of Arts.

The Venerable Elwin Cockett

Elwin Cockett became a Governor of Forest School in 2011. He is also a member of the Education Committee.

Elwin is an Anglican priest and has served in a number of settings as a parish priest in East London and Essex, for some years as Chaplain to West Ham United FC, and most recently as Archdeacon of West Ham.

Born in India, where his father was a missionary doctor, Elwin grew up in East London after spells in Somerset and Ghana. Always a keen musician, he was a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral choir before joining Forest School with the help of a Music Scholarship.

Elwin and his wife, Susan, have three grown-up children. He has continued with his interest in music and drama and enjoys sport of various kinds, as well as motorcycling (a ‘bad habit that he picked up at Forest’).

Jane Davies

Jane Davies became a Governor of Forest School in 2015. She is also a member of the Education Committee.

Jane is a mathematician and educator whose entire career has been in maintained and independent schools. Latterly, Jane served as the Headmistress of St Dunstan’s College, London, until her retirement in 2014.

Jane was educated at Redland High School, the Old Palace School and the University of London. She is currently a governor of a school in Kent, an inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and assists with accreditation visits to schools wishing to join HMC. She is also a Church Warden and a trustee of the Church Fields Trust. Following her retirement, Jane completed training as a Ministerial Development Reviewer for clergy in the Rochester Diocese. She is also an accredited expedition assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

She is married with one daughter.

William Fuller

William Fuller became a Governor of Forest School in 2013. He chairs the Estates Committee and is also a member of both the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Health, Safety and Risk Management Committee.

William completed a formal carpentry apprenticeship, after which he took on managerial roles before training as a quantity surveyor. In 1994 William joined his family’s long-established building company which specialises in the renovation of listed buildings in Central London.

William was the third generation of his family to attend Forest School. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers

William and his wife Sarah live in London. William is an enthusiastic motorcyclist and also has a keen interest in walking and playing tennis.

Dr Saniya Hadi BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCOG

Saniya Hadi became a Governor at Forest School in 2017. 

Saniya trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before specialising in fertility. Having worked for four years at IVF Hammersmith (Imperial College Healthcare) she became a Fertility Specialist at CARE London (formerly CRM London).

Saniya was educated at Forest, Guy’s and Thomas’ Hospitals, London and is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British fertility Society. She holds the BFS accreditation and is a diplomate of the Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has taught A Level pupils as well as medical students, and provides additional education on current research in fertility to the nursing, medical and embryology departments at CARE London.

Glynis Jenkinson AGSM, Dip.Ed

Glynis Jenkinson became a Governor at Forest School in 2008. She is also a member of the Education Committee.

Glynis trained as an actor and a teacher. She continues to work as an actress in films, television and theatre and also teaches Speech and Drama privately to a wide range of adults and children. She has taught in inner London comprehensive schools and has adjudicated for The English Speaking Union at its annual worldwide Public Speaking and Debating competitions.

Glynis was educated at Grey Coat Hospital School, London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is also a qualified as a teacher of English and Drama.

Glynis has two sons who were both educated at Forest School.

William Kennedy

William Kennedy became a Governor of Forest School in 2011. He chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee and is also a member of both the Estates Committee and the Health, Safety and Risk Management Committee.

William was admitted as a Solicitor in 1972. He was appointed an Acting Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate in 1990, then Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate in 1991; he was Chairman of the Youth Courts from 1992 to 2001, an Assistant Recorder in 1995, a part-time (Plate) Judge Advocate in 1995, a Recorder in 1999, Circuit Judge in 2001 and Deputy Resident Judge for Snaresbrook Crown Court in 2004. He was appointed Judicial Member, London Probation Board from 2005 to 2009 and Judicial Director, Her Majesty’s Court Service from 2010 to 2012. From 2009 to 2015 he was a Visiting Judge at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey). William retired in 2018.

William is married with two children, one of whom is an Old Forester.

Penny Oates

Penny Oates became a Governor of Forest School in 2011. She also chairs the Education Committee.

Penny’s teaching career has included headships of two Pre-Prep schools, as well as being the founding Head of The Perse Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep in Cambridge, a position she held for 13 years.

Until recently Penny was a member of the Independent Schools Inspectorate and has worked in the USA for a branch of OFSTED. She has been a member of the IAPS Pre-Prep Advisory Group and the IAPS Education Committee.

Her book, How to Talk to Your Child, was published in 2007.

Penny is a keen golfer, bridge player and grandparent.

Simon Perry

Simon Perry became a Governor of Forest School in 2018. He is also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Simon trained as a chartered accountant initially focusing on audit and then subsequently on mergers and acquisitions spending the large part of his career to date at EY (formerly Ernst & Young LLP). Whilst with EY Simon held several UK and International board and leadership roles. His most recent role with EY was as the coordinating partner for a portfolio of global businesses.

Since stepping down from EY, Simon has taken on several corporate board and committee roles as well as being a Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee at the University of Plymouth.

Simon was educated at Pilgrim School, Bedford, is an economics graduate from Coventry University and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Simon is married with one son and lives in London.

Paul Sampat

Paul Sampat became a Governor of Forest School in 2022.

Paul is currently a Managing Director in Equities Technology working at Barclays Investment Bank and during his 25 year career has held numerous senior positions at various financial institutions including Deutsche Bank, Nomura and JP Morgan.  Paul speaks regularly at graduate events and is currently working with a consultancy to provide mentorship for junior and mid-level technologists.

Paul was educated at Forest School and boarded for 4 years. Following school, he went on to the University of London to read Computing Science.  Paul and his wife live locally and have two sons at university.