Governors

The Governing Council of Forest School

David Wilson, LL.B, Chairman of Governors

David Wilson became a Governor of Forest School in December 2012 and Chairman in 2016.

He is a solicitor 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 parish councillor, a trustee of the Goldman Sachs UK Retirement Fund, a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London and the Chair of a multi-Academy trust.

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

To contact the Chairman of Governors, please email him via clearktothegovernors@forest.org.uk.

The Venerable Elwin Cockett, Governor

Elwin Cockett has been a governor since 2011, and is an Anglican priest and an Old Forester.

He was born in India, where his father was a missionary doctor, and 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.

He 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.

Elwin is married to Susan, a teacher, and has 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, Governor

Jane Davies joined the Governing Body in 2015.

Born and brought up in the West Country, Jane moved to London during her teens. She was educated at Redland High School, the Old Palace School and the University of London.

Jane is a mathematician and educator by profession and has worked in maintained and independent schools since leaving university. Latterly, Jane served as the Headmistress of St Dunstan’s College, London, until her retirement in 2014.

Jane brings extensive knowledge and experience within education to the Governing Body. She is 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.

Jane is a Church Warden at her local parish church 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.

A keen walker, in September 2015 she and her fellow team members raised the exceptional sum of £31,000 for English Heritage by participating in a Challenge Walk along Hadrian’s Wall.

She is an accredited expedition assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Jane is married with one daughter.

William Fuller, Governor

William Fuller joined the Board of Governors in late 2013.

The third generation of the family to study at the School, William attended Forest between 1976 and 1986, leaving to pursue a career in the construction industry.

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

Married to Sarah (an old Bancroftian), William is an enthusiastic motorcyclist and lists walking and motorsport among his hobbies.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of the Tylers & Bricklayers.

Geoffrey Green, Governor

Geoffrey Green has been a Governor since March 1999.

He attended Forest and gained an MA in Law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1972 and a soccer “blue”. He qualified as a solicitor at Ashurst LLP in 1975. He headed their Corporate department as a partner from 1979 and was Senior Partner of the firm from 1998-2008, leading its strategic development and growth, particularly internationally.

In 2009 Geoffrey was appointed head of Ashurst’s Asia practice in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. He has extensive experience of major corporate transactions in the UK and internationally.

Glynis Jenkinson AGSM, Dip.Ed, Governor

Glynis Jenkinson, a Governor since December 2008 was educated at Grey Coat Hospital School, Westminster. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an Associate and also qualified as a teacher of English, Speech and Drama.

Glynis has taught in inner London comprehensive schools and is an adjudicator for The English Speaking Union at its annual worldwide Public Speaking and Debating competitions. 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 two sons who were both educated at Forest School and was the first female President of the Forest School Parents’ Association.

His Hon. Judge William Kennedy, Governor

His Hon. Judge William Kennedy qualified as a Solicitor in 1972 and served as a Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate between 1991 and 2001.

In 2001 he was appointed a Circuit Judge and is currently Deputy Resident Judge at Snaresbrook Court.

Judge Kennedy is married with two children, one of which is an Old Forester.

Penny Oates, Governor

An experienced teacher as well as being the Head of two Cambridge Pre-Prep schools, Penny has been a Governor at Forest School since 2011. She is the founding Headmistress of The Perse Pelican and held this position for 13 years.

She conducts regular inspections as 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. She mentors new Heads as they commence their membership of IAPS. She is the author of a book about parenting skills entitled, ‘How to Talk to Your Child’, which was published in 2007.

In her spare time she is a very keen golfer, is trying to master Bridge and enjoys her role as a Grandparent.

Martin Robinson, Governor

Martin has been Chairman of Center Parcs UK since 1999, having led the business under the ownership of Scottish & Newcastle, as a standalone plc and under private equity ownership with DB Capital Partners/Mid Ocean and, currently, Blackstone. He was also CEO and Chairman of Center Parcs Europe from 1996 until its sale to Pierre & Vacances in 2004.

He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Tragus Group in October 2014, and has been Chairman of Inspiring Learning, under the ownership of aPriori Capital and Ares Management, since July 2012. Martin has been Non-Executive Director of Majid Al Futtaim since February 2014 and is also Chairman of their Audit & Risk Committee.

He has been Supervisory board Director and member of the Audit Committee of Disneyland Resort Paris since 2003. Martin is also a founding partner of Figaro Partners LLP, which is a partnership of expert leisure operators that provides buyout and portfolio business support across the leisure sector
with clients including Permira, Duke Street, Morgan Stanley, 3i and various banks.

Martin was an Operating Partner for Duke Street LLP between September 2010 and February 2015. He was Executive Chairman of wagamama, a Duke Street operating company, between March 2011 and January 2012 and was a Director of QCNS, a Monaco based on-line travel business between February 2011 and March 2012.

Martin’s other private equity experience included chairing and managing the exit of the Holmes Place Health Club business for Bridgepoint and Primera.
He was a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee for Regus plc from 2002 until 2008 and the Senior Independent Director from 2008 to 2010.

Martin’s career began at Reckitt & Colman, which he joined after gaining a BA in geography from Oxford University. He then moved on to Sara Lee Corporation where he eventually became General Manager of their Bakery business in Europe. Following 4 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc. in London and Chicago, he joined Scottish
& Newcastle plc as a Director in their Pub and Restaurant Division.

Martin is married with children and his interests include keep fit, skiing, football and music.

Dr Elizabeth Sidwell CBE BSc (Hons), PGCE, FRSA, FRGS, Governor

Elizabeth was appointed as Schools Commissioner by the Secretary of State, and took post in May 2011. Her mission is to raise standards, tackle underperformance and champion the growth of Academies, Academy sponsors and Free Schools. Elizabeth has been a Governor at Forest School since 2011.

Elizabeth is committed to turning around underperforming schools and has proven experience in communicating with hard to reach communities. Her previous role was the Chief Executive of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation, a unique hard Federation of three all-through academies which she founded.

In her present role, she is visiting schools and local authorities nationwide, working with heads, governors and sponsors to ensure a world-class education system.

She is a governor of two schools; a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. In June 2009, Elizabeth was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national education.

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