Harperbury Founders (not all present)
Our thanks to Simon Ornstein of The Click Studios in Radlett
We are a group of local parents and teachers from Radlett, Shenley, Bricket Wood and Park Street in Hertfordshire. We came together in late 2010 to apply to the Department for Education to create a new local secondary under the Free Schools programme. We submitted our application in January 2013 and were given the go-ahead by the DfE on 22 May 2013.
Clive worked in central government for many years before leaving to set up Radio Verulam, the Community Radio station in St Albans in 2005. He is Founder and Director of Radio Verulam, and of RAIFA, the local town-twinning organisation which has links with Germany, France and Hungary.
Clive has lived in Radlett for over 30 years and is married to Jackie, a practice nurse working in St Albans. They have two children, one at secondary school in St Albans and one now at university.
Sara had a successful career in IT recruitment before retraining to become a teacher.
She has been teaching since 2004 and is head of the modern languages faculty in her current school. Sara has a passion for innovative curriculum design and as a key contributor to the Free School proposal, she brings a desire to challenge the status quo of an education system which she believes was designed to meet the needs of the 19th century industrial revolution.
Sara is married to Luke, a Resource Manager and lives in Hemel Hempstead with their daughter, Beatrice, and son Oscar.
Nick has spent the last 16 years in the world of professional services recruitment, running a Division of a large recruitment business focused on Accounting, Marketing and Project Management Staffing before launching his own company Stanton House in late 2010. Nick and his business partner now run a small but growing recruitment business with 20 employees and are proud to be creating jobs in the midst of the current economic challenges.
Nick and his wife Emma moved to Radlett in 2007 and have three boys, one at secondary and two at a local primary school.
Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, who has been advising the boards of major companies for over 15 years on governance, directors’ training, regulatory and legal compliance, principally in the property and financial services sectors.
Simon has lived in the Radlett and Shenley area with his wife Sarah since 2001. They have two daughters in primary school.
Janie has 12 years’ experience in a top 4 accountancy firm. She is ACA qualified and has experience in a number of service lines including audit, transaction support and restructuring.
Janie lives in Radlett with husband Marc and their three young children.
Helen is Head of English at an inner city London boys’ school where she manages a team of nine teachers. She has extensive experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds and believes passionately in promoting social mobility through open access to education.
Helen and husband James moved to Radlett four years ago with the intention of putting down family roots to become part of a thriving local community. They have three young children.
Ann is a former Business Process Analyst in the insurance and telecoms sectors. She is now a regular parent helper in a local primary school and enjoys all activities that keep her sons (currently at primary school) active. She has lived in Shenley for almost ten years with her husband, Nick.
Alan is a company director of 10 years. He is a founding partner of Luminous, a communications agency that advises clients including the BBC, Guardian Media Group, Debenhams and WWF. Alan is passionate about communications, branding and stakeholder engagement. He lives in Radlett with his wife Rachel and their two daughters.
Caroline has over 17 years PA/office experience and currently works part-time for a company that offers Continued Professional Development conferences to professionals such as solicitors, surveyors and dentists. In her free time, when not attending childrens’ parties, Caroline enjoys using her season ticket and supporting Chelsea FC.
Caroline lives in Shenley with husband Simon and their two children.
Emma is a Recruitment Manager working for her husband’s company. She lives in Radlett with Nick and their three boys.
Gavin is a local entrepreneur who set up Guardians of London in 2011 which offers an anti-squatting service to empty residential and commercial property. Prior to setting up the company, he set up and ran his own award-winning delicatessen, Tzar, in Radlett for five years.
Gavin has a wife Sara and three children currently at primary school.
Nicole works part time in a family business that has been established for 50 years, supplying fabrics and also garments, mainly to Marks and Spencer. She has recently set up with her husband a business recruiting staff for the fashion industry.
In her spare time, in between homework and after school clubs, she works voluntarily at a local primary school and also like to cycle.
Nicole lives in Bricket Wood with her husband Matthew and two children.