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Governing Body

The school is part of the Company of Mary Our Lady, a 400-year-old international charitable Order. Its governing body includes representatives of the Order.

Mr Gerald Russell - Chair of Governors

Gerald Russell is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Notre Dame Governing Body as Chair of the Finance Committee in January 2007. He became Chair of the Board of Governors in September 2012.

Mr Russell chairs the ICAEW Foundation; was a trustee of Action for Children, chairing its Finance Committee; is a member of the Finance Committee of the RNLI, and a trustee and chair of the Audit Committee of The National Maritime Museum.

Sr Kathy Schneider ODN

Sister Kathy Schneider ODN

Sister Kathy joined the Notre Dame Governing Board in November 2018

Sister Kathy Schneider currently lives in California and ministers at the Catholic Center of the University of Southern California.  She has been in education for over 30 years, teaching at the primary and secondary levels and more recently, as a history lecturer at the University of California, Riverside.  She also served as the head of the Company of Mary school in Temecula, California.

Sr Anne Gill ODN

Sister Anne has been on the Notre Dame Governing Body since January 2003. She is Chair of Lestonnac Committee, she also sits on the Finance & Business Committee and Education & Staffing Committee.

Sister Anne has taught at Notre Dame and in London, she then spent 25 years in South America in Paraguay and Colombia doing pastoral work and working in non-formal education. On her return to the UK she has worked in adult education teaching ESOL and adult literacy.

She is currently Provincial of the Order in Cobham and is on the General Team of the Order based in Rome.

Sr Nieves Escalada ODN

Sr Nieves Escalada served on the Governing body from January 2006 to June 2012 and re-joined the Governing body in November 2014

Sr Nieves has taught in and been Headmistress of Company of Mary Our Lady Preparatory and Senior Schools in Logrono and Tudela, Spain, and has many years’ experience of educating and accompanying young people in the context of the Company of Mary Our Lady’s Educational Project.


Sr Nieves lives in Spain.

Fr Mervyn Williams SDB

Father Mervyn joined the Notre Dame Governing Body in January 2003 and is Chair of the Finance & Business Committee.

He was Chair of the Education Committee for eight years to Easter 2013 and from June 2013 took over the role of Chairing the Finance Committee. 

Father Mervyn was the Head of a Catholic comprehensive school in Bolton and is now the Provincial Economer, Salesians of Don Bosco.

Mrs Wanda Nash

Mrs Wanda Nash joined the Notre Dame Governing Body in October 2011 and became the Chair of the Education Committee in June 2013. As Chair of the Education Committee Mrs Nash manages the performance reviews for the Head Teachers of the Prep and Senior Schools.

Mrs Nash has been a schools’ inspector for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Westminster. For several years she was the vice-chairman of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference.


A retired headmistress with many years’ experience in Prep and Senior Schools, Mrs Nash is now the Development and Alumnae Director at St Mary’s School Ascot. She is also a Trustee of the Institute of Development Professionals in Education.

Mr Simon Frost

Mr Simon Frost joined the Governing Body in September 2017 and sits on the Finance & Business Committee.

He has worked for over 35 years in the commercial and the residential property sector, initially for a number of national retailers and, since 1986, as a property developer for a number of blue chip companies. In 2008 he established his own property company, Millbrook Land, specialising in the retail and care sectors. Working on the client side throughout his whole career, he has extensive experience of the property development process, including development management and the planning process, and he is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Mr Frost has a passion for sailing and has a yacht based on the River Hamble near Southampton. He is a Yachtmaster Examiner, gained when he was the skipper of a Sail Training yacht with the Ocean Youth Club, and he has undertaken a number of trips as skipper on charter yachts on behalf of a local School. He has two daughters, both of whom attended Notre Dame.

Mr David Gair

David Gair

Mr David Gair joined the Governing Board in September 2019 and sits on the Education & Staffing Committee as Safeguarding Governor.

Mr Gair retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2013 after 31 years’ service as Chief Inspector in the Sutton and Kingston Boroughs where he was responsible for a range of policing priorities including 24-hour response policing, community initiatives, the safer schools’ scheme, Metropolitan police cadets, licensing compliance and safeguarding. Mr Gair co-chaired the Sutton Borough Safeguarding board for 5 years.  

Mr Gair now runs a security consultancy and training company. His daughter attended Notre Dame.