The Governing Body
Jamie Forsyth – Chair of Governors
Area of special responsibility – Property & Finance
Jamie lives in Fulham and is married to Fiona who was Secretary and Chair of FOTH (Friends of Tower House). Their son, Rory attended Tower House and then went on to Tonbridge and then read English at Newcastle University.
Jamie spent his gap year teaching at Sompting Abbotts Prep School and after graduating from Reading University, worked as a property investment surveyor in Europe, Scotland and London. He attended RMA Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scottish Brigade (Cameronians). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1984 and continues to practise as a Consultant to a number of property companies and organisations.
Jamie has a keen interest in sport having been a member of the London Scottish rugby team and the Teddington Hockey Club. He completed a charity cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands End in 2013, and also the London-Surrey 100 in 2014, and still tries to participate in all sports.
Mrs Barbara Humber – Retired Head Teacher
Area of special responsibility – Special Needs and Gifted and Talented
Since retirement in April 2004, Barbara has worked on a voluntary basis for Coral Cay Conservation and joined one of their expeditions to survey the coral reef in Fiji in February 2005. During the 18 years prior to retirement, she was Head of Glendower Preparatory School, a single sex girls’ school in London. She was Head of Science at St Paul’s Prep School (Colet Court) from1977-1986 and also taught some Chemistry and Biology in the senior school. As Head of Science at Orley Farm School (1974-1977), she was initiated into the demands of boarding school life for boys aged 7-13 years. She also taught in a maintained school in London for four years. Following her retirement Barbara worked on a voluntary basis as a counsellor for Childline for 3 years.
Other activities include being a Schools Inspector for ISC/ISI since 1988, organising IAPS science lectures at the Royal Institution, London (1989-1992), setting 12+ and 13+ science exam papers as a member of the Science Panel of the Common Entrance Board. She was also Chairman of No 1South London District of IAPS from1992-1995.
Alex Wilson – Classics Master, Senior Undermaster and Director of Sports
St. Paul’s School, London
Area of special responsibility – Safeguarding Children
Alex obtained a BA in Classics from Exeter University and went on to Newcastle to qualify as a solicitor, practicing in litigation. Alex’s first teaching appointment was at Royal Grammar School, Guildford where he also became a House Master. Alex has held several offices including Chairman of HMC Schools Deputy Heads Conference. A keen sportsman, he has played cricket, rugby, and hockey at national level and now coaches sports at St. Paul’s.
Nick Woods – Head of 3rd Year, Hampton School
Area of special responsibility – Teaching and Learning
Nick lives in Woking with his wife, who is a Spanish teacher. Having graduated from Downing College, Cambridge in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Engineering, Nick took up post at Hampton School as a Physics teacher where he obtained his Qualified Teacher Status. Nick has remained at Hampton since then where he has continued to teach Physics, overseeing the academic extension programme for Oxbridge Engineering applicants and holding key positions within the Third Year team, becoming Head of Year in 2013. Nick’s sporting passion is rowing, which he started in 1996 at Walton Rowing Club and continued at Downing College; no longer an active rower himself, Nick has coached across all squads at Hampton and is currently coaching the School 2nd VIII. In his spare time, Nick loves to keep busy and he enjoys travelling in Italy (his wife is half Italian), cooking and sorting out his garden!
Zoe Parish – Coutts & Co., Financial Advice and Suitability; Current THS parent.
Area of special responsibility – Strategic Planning