Appointed by the Drapers’ Company

Chair: Professor P Ogden, BA, DPhil, AcSS (Chairman)

Professor Philip Ogden BA, DPhil, AcSS is Senior Advisor to the Principal at Queen Mary, University of London where he also holds a Chair in Human Geography.

He was Senior Vice Principal from 2005, and served previously as Vice Principal for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 1998 to 2005. He graduated from the Universities of Durham and Oxford. He has published extensively in areas related to population studies and migration in France and other parts of Europe, and also the French Caribbean.

He was admitted as a Freeman of the Drapers’ Company in 2009 and to the Livery in 2012.  Also in 2009 he was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is Chairman of the St Paul’s Way School Foundation Trust and was a member of the St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College Trust from 2002-2012.  He is an Advisor to the London Chamber Orchestra.  In 2015 Professor Ogden was elected Chairman of the UK Higher Education Design Forum, bringing together academics, estates professionals and architects to help improve university building design.

Professor Ogden became Chairman of Bancroft’s School’s Governors in 2013.  He sits on the Finance, the Estates, the Education and the Prep School Committees.

R Bhumbra, BSc, PhD (Orth), MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Rej Bhumbra  is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Department of Orthopaedics, Barts Health, based at The Royal London in Whitechapel, and the Barts Health Orthopaedic Centre in Newham.

He grew up in Buckhurst Hill and was a pupil at Bancroft’s between 1985 and 1990. He went to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (now Imperial College) and has published widely on subjects ranging from Global Health to Orthopaedic Trauma. He has completed orthopaedic surgical training in South Africa, London, Toronto, Birmingham and Mumbai as well as working at the British Medical Journal.

He was admitted to the Livery of the Drapers’ Company in 2013 and appointed as a Governor to the School in 2015.

He is married to a Consultant Radiologist, and has two children. He tries his best to play golf, the drums and cycles whenever and wherever possible.

J Rose, BA

James was educated at Radley College and the University of Durham, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Latin.

In 1994, he started his career as a stockbroker, joining Cazenove & Co – who promptly sent him overseas, first to Sydney and then to New York.  He returned to the UK in 2000 with Goldman Sachs, before spending much of the remainder of that decade with Citigroup in Canary Wharf.  In 2013, he set up and now runs, in Hong Kong, an equity advice business focused on helping Asian institutions invest in Europe – all the while remaining with his family in London.  This business, Panoptic Europe, is in its first year of operation, having (at long last) received its regulatory approval from the HK Securities and Futures Commission, while a UK-based sister company is also authorised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.  James is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

James is married, to Alice, and has three young sons, William, Ted and Harry.  He has just left his post as founding Treasurer of their nursery school PTA.  His interests include hill walking, particularly on the Welsh borders where he grew up; crime fiction in translation; and the counter-cyclical fortunes of Hereford Football Club and the Sydney Swans AFL teams.

P Southern, MA, PhD

Peter Southern has recently retired as Director of the International College Spain in Madrid.

He had previously been Head Master of Christ’s Hospital and, earlier, of Bancroft’s School (1985-1996). His teaching career began at Dulwich College and he was Head of History at Westminster School. He was Chief History Examiner for the Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board. He has been a Governor at Dulwich College and The Perse School, Cambridge, and a Trustee of JK Rowling’s charity, Lumos.  He has been Secretary of the National Centre for Cued Speech and was Vice-Chairman of Redbridge and Waltham Forest District Health Authority.

Dr Southern chairs the Prep School Committee for Bancroft’s School.

R Williamson,

Richard Williamson
Richard was awarded a scholarship to Westminster, before reading Physics at Oxford University BA (Hons), MA (Oxon).

Richard has over 20 years advisory and consulting experience, working in the City for Barclays, Credit Suisse and Cazenove, as well as working in advisory at big 4 financial services firms, KPMG and PWC, in both the UK and Middle East. Richard has built experience across a range of sectors, but with specific specialisms in the games industry and crowdfunding. Throughout his career he has been involved in advising small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and early-stage businesses, both public and private.

Of late, having returned from the Middle East in 2013, Richard has explored the more cutting edge areas of finance, working for a hedge fund, as Strategy Director for a crowdfunding company and most recently as Head of Consulting for Edison Group, a leading independent provider of equity research and investment intelligence.

Richard has a degree in Physics from Oxford University and lives in Kent with his wife and two children. He enjoys sports of all kinds as well as adventure and travelling, ever since working for the Foreign Office in the Falkland Islands and the British Antarctic Territories in his gap year.



Mrs B Conroy, MA, MBA

Bernadette Conroy is an Old Bancroftian, having left Bancroft's in 1984.

Bernadette went on to read Mathematics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and then studied at INSEAD in France where she gained an MBA. Bernadette now holds a number of non-executive roles.  She is Chair of Poplar Harca, a housing and community regeneration organisation which manages approximately 10,000 homes in East London. She has also been a non-executive within the NHS for the last eight years and is currently a Vice Chair and Chair of Audit for Barnet NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, a non executive Director of Community Health Partnerships, a Department of Health organisation, and a non-executive director of North London Estates Partnership, a private public partnership that develops and manages property within the healthcare sector.  Bernadette is also a Trustee of St. Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets.  Prior to her current roles, Bernadette was Global Head of Strategy and Planning at HSBC’s Corporate and Investment Bank and has significant experience of financial and corporate re-structuring and change management having also worked at Morgan Stanley and in Booz Allen and Hamilton’s Financial Services practice.  She is married and has two children.

Professor P Kopelman, MD, FRCP, FFPH

Professor Peter Kopelman is Principal of St George’s, University of London and Honorary Consultant, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Peter was born and has lived in the London-Essex area for most of his life. He was educated at St Aubyn’s School Woodford Green and Felsted School in Essex. He trained as a doctor at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London.

Peter has been Vice-Principal, Queen Mary, University of London and Deputy Warden of Barts & The London Medical and Dental School (2001-6) and Dean of the Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia (2006-8) prior to his appointment at St George’s in 2008.

Peter has been chair or deputy chair of a number of national university committees which include University UK’s health education research policy group, UK Health Education Advisory Committee, University and Colleges Employer Association Clinical Academic Staff Advisory Group, London Medicine and London Higher. He was formerly a Trustee of the University of London. He is a member of NHS national policy and workforce committees, and has chaired the Clinical Examining Board of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) and the NHIR Academic Careers Panel. He is chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty Board.

He has a long-standing interest in diabetes care, nutrition and obesity with a major research interest in obesity.  He was a member of the UK Department of Health and Food Standards Agency Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (2001-10), DH Expert Panel on Obesity (2008-10) and was Science Advisor to the Office of Science and Innovations Foresight Obesity Project (2005-9).He has chaired a number of Working Parties on obesity and nutrition for the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is past President of European Association for the Study of Obesity.

Peter is married to Susan and their three children (Sarah, Claire and Tom) all studied at Bancroft’s



Appointed to the Governing Body - Co-opted member - 12th June 2007.

Vicky Philp was born in 1949 and spent her childhood in Manchester and Cheshire. She attended Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire from 1957 to 1967. After school she trained in Medicine at Girton College, Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, graduating MA MB BChir in 1973.

Following house jobs, she did general practice training jobs in London and Northampton. She worked as a GP in Oxford, Leytonstone and Chingford. From 1992 until 2012 Vicky worked in the Chingford Osteoporosis Unit, part of Whipps Cross Hospital NHS Trust.

She married Tim in 1972 and they have 2 children, Sarah (Bancroft’s 1990-1997) and James (Bancroft’s 1990-2000). Vicky spent several years on the Parents’ Association Committee and was appointed as Treasurer.

The Philp family have lived in South Woodford since 1987, when they moved there from Oxford. Vicky’s interests are music, the theatre, travelling and walking.

Vicky is Deputy Chair of the Governors of Bancroft’s School; she also Chairs the Education Committee and sits on the Prep School, Finance and Estates Committees.

E Sautter, MA

Ed is a solicitor and partner at Mayer Brown International.  He attended Bancroft’s between 1970 and 1977 before going on to study law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

He is married to Gillian and lives in Loughton, Essex.  They have two daughters, the younger of whom, Caroline, attended Bancroft’s Sixth Form (2010-2012).  Ed became a Co-Opted Governor of Bancroft’s School in 2013.  He is also Chair of Governors of Queenswood School, a day/boarding girls’ school in Hertfordshire.

As a Governor of Bancroft’s School, Ed is a member of the Finance Committee.

Mrs S Siddiqui, BA, TEP

Saida was born in Mauritius, and has spent most of her life in Colchester and, latterly, in Ilford.

After obtaining her Diploma in Languages, and spending a few years working in the administration sector, she pursued further education and obtained a degree in Law and the final of the Law Society Exams from the College of Law in Chester.

Saida completed her training as a Solicitor with a firm at Inner Temple London and was admitted in 1988. She has over 25 years experience working as a Solicitor with various firms in the West End and the City. Saida specialises in a wide variety of Private Client work, dealing with wills, tax planning, probate trusts and Court of Protection work. She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Association of Women Solicitors and a member of the Law Society.  Saida is currently Head of Private Client department at Grower Freeman, a West End firm of Solicitors.

Saida is a widow and has one son Azeez (Old Bancroftian, 1997-2008), who, having obtained a masters degree in Classics from Durham University, is currently training as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton.

Her interests include walking, swimming, gardening, visiting museums, operas, classical and Indian music.

As a Governor of Bancroft’s School, Saida is a member of the Education Committee

Local Authority Appointments

R Gooding, IEng, ACIBSE

Ray Gooding has been an Essex County Councillor for ten years and is currently the Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Essex has nearly 600 schools across this large county and has a vision that all children should go to a good or outstanding school.  The portfolio covers everything from Early Years and Pre-School Special Educational needs, all schooling from 5 to 19 and Lifelong Learning for vulnerable adults.

Ray represents the Division of Stansted, which is an area largely made up of rural villages, commuter towns and, of course, an international airport.  He feels that the varying needs of the community with this level of diversity are a constant challenge and that balancing the requirement for economic growth against the real need to ensure that the interests of the residents are not adversely affected is of paramount importance.

By profession, Ray is an Engineer and has, for the last 25 years, been the Senior Partner of a firm of consulting engineers within the construction industry and, whilst it would appear that this has no connection with the needs of the County Council, the experience of running a small business has been an asset which is of great assistance when applied to the larger needs of the County Council.

The experience which Ray has gained through his membership of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers has enabled him to promote the linkage between young people and the construction industry where many worthwhile careers are open to all at graduate level or as technicians.   Councillor Gooding is appointed Governor of Bancroft’s by Essex County Council and he chairs the Estates Committee for Bancroft’s School.

M J Stark,

Michael Stark was born in Woodford Wells and has lived most of his life in the area.

After studying at London University he started teaching and has spent all his working life in education working in schools in inner London, outer London and Essex. Recently he has taught Law and Business in colleges of further education.

In 1993, he joined Redbridge Council. Besides representing the local Monkhams Ward, he has chaired the Borough Regulatory Committee and, more recently,  has been Cabinet member for Children’s Services. This involved the responsibility for all the Borough’s schools and all services founded for children in Redbridge.  He is presently group spokesperson for planning issues and a member of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet.

He enjoys the arts and theatre.

Councillor Stark is appointed Governor of Bancroft’s by the London Borough of Redbridge and sits on the Estates and Education Committees for Bancroft’s School.

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