Notting Hill and Ealing High School, as all schools which are part of the Girls Day School Trust, is administered by the Council of the Trust.  Each of the GDST’s schools has a local School Governing Board, whose members support the Head.

The Council relies on advice and support from the local Governors.  They support the Head meeting formally once a term.  They also participate in a wide range of school activities and help to promote the school in the local community.

Getting in touch

Anyone who wishes to provide information, make an enquiry or raise a concern in connection with NHEHS should normally approach the Head or the appropriate member of staff.

However, if anyone wishes to make a suggestion or to get in touch with a member or members of the Local Governing Board for any other reason, they may be contacted by email on

Notting Hill and Ealing High School Local Governing Board


Sue Blyth, Chair

blytheSue is now retired.  She has more than 30 years experience in providing qualitative research to marketing companies, advertising agencies, the financial sector, higher education and the public sector.  She is a Fellow of the Market Research Society.  She is Chair of the Somerville London Alumni Group, and is a trustee of the Market Research Benevolent Fund. 

 Sue’s daughter was educated at NHEHS and during this time as a parent Sue served as a member of the Careers Committee and Chair of the Parents’ Guild.   


Alice Childs

childsAlice’s three daughters have attended NHEHS and she was herself educated at a GDST school.  She has an MSc in Cross-cultural Studies of Child Development and a MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition.  She speaks fluent Mandarin and is an Asset Languages accredited teacher. 

Alice is Managing Director of Elm Education which is involved in various international education and teacher training projects in China and the UK.  She is also Governor of an independent boarding school in Devon

Dr Emily Gardner

gardnerEmily is an old girl of Wimbledon High School GDST and an Ealing resident. She studied microbiology at university and then worked in academic research in London, Cambridge and Bristol. Following the birth of her first child, she joined the scientific company LGC as a researcher. For the last decade, she has worked on contracts managing government research funding, mostly recently for the National Institute for Health Research.

Outside work, Emily is a keen amateur violinist, playing regularly with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra.


Bettany Hughes

hughesBettany is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. She won a bursary to NHEHS where she was head girl and currently has two daughters at the school.  Her recent books include The Hemlock Cup; Socrates, Athens and the Search for The Good Life and Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore.  Bettany’s television documentaries have now been watched by over 150 million worldwide.  She is a Research Fellow of King’s College and a tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education. As well as having been the Chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction and JACT (taking over from Boris Johnson), Bettany is a vocal campaigner for equal opportunities for women. 

She was selected this year as one of BBC’s #100 Women and is a Mentor in the new nationwide campaign Inspiring Women.  Bettany sat on the Innovation Committee of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, advises the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation and is a founding patron of Classics For All.


Penny Illston

ilstonPenny is an Old Girl of Croydon High School (GDST) and a graduate with a BA in Business Studies and an MA in Organisation Development. Her career includes roles as HR Director for a number of well known international and UK retailers and travel businesses. 

She is an ambassador for the children’s charity, Kidsout, and now has her own HR consultancy, specialising in leading and coaching change for organisations and individuals.



Professor Jeremy Pearson

Pearson,JeremyJeremy is a local resident.  He is Professor of Vascular Biology at King’s College London, a post he holds concurrently with being Associate Medical Director for Research at the British Heart Foundation. 

He is a trustee of two medical charities: the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association and the William Harvey Research Foundation.