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GSA President 2018
Headmistress, Loughborough High School
Gwen Byrom has worked in a wide range of schools during her teaching career, and in all-girls schools for over a decade. Educated in the maintained sector, she graduated with first class honours in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester before embarking on a career in research. She subsequently moved to teaching, where she says she “found her vocation”, training as a teacher at Goldsmith’s College, London.
After holding leadership positions in a number of schools, including Senior Housemistress at Roedean School and Vice Principal Pastoral at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, she took up post as Headmistress of Loughborough High School, part of Loughborough Endowed Schools, in 2011. Gwen is married with five children ranging in age from 20 to 3 years old.
Headmistress, St Mary’s School, Cambridge
Charlotte Avery is Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge, an independent girls’ day and boarding school, educating students from age 4 to 18. She was appointed in September 2007.
Educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, Charlotte has an MA in Education Management and a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She was a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Research Ethics Committee for seven years until March 2013 and a Local Authority Governor for a maintained Church of England primary school for four years until December 2013. Charlotte is a member of the governing body for St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridge. She is also a Council member representing the independent sector for the ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders).
Charlotte began her career teaching English and Drama at Newstead Wood, Orpington. She then moved to South Hampstead High School and became Second in Department before transferring to Norwich High School, GDST, as Head of English and Drama and subsequently Head of Sixth Form. In 2004 she was appointed Deputy Head (Pastoral) at Highgate School and oversaw its successful transition towards full co-education and the transfer of senior school entry from 13+ to 11+.
It was while teaching at Highgate that Charlotte met her husband, Pierre Pillet who was Head of MFL; subsequently he took on the Head of the Language faculty at Sevenoaks School before moving to Cambridge as Deputy Head of King’s College School and more recently, Head of the MFL Faculty at the Perse Upper foundation; they have an adopted son.
Charlotte has been a proactive and valuable member of GSA for a number of years, serving as Chair of East Region, a member of the Education Committee and as GSA President in 2017.
Head, Bolton School (Girls’ Division)
Sue was educated at a comprehensive school and read history and modern languages at Magdalen College, Oxford. She originally intended to become a lawyer but, following a year in France as a teaching assistant, she returned to Magdalen to complete a PGCE. Her first teaching post was at the King’s School, a comprehensive in Peterborough, before she moved to Marlborough College. During her time there she rose through the ranks becoming Head of Junior Scholars and Head of French, as well Deputy House Master of the boys’ boarding house. From there, Sue moved to Gresham’s School to be Head of Languages and the girls’ boarding house, and then spent seven years at The King’s School, Worcester, as Deputy Head – the first woman in the history of the school to hold this position.
Sue took up Headship of Bolton School (Girls’ Division) in September 2011 and has been Chair of GSA Education Committee. She will be GSA President in 2019.
Former GSA President
Head, Headington School
Caroline Jordan took the appointment as Headmistress of Headington School in September 2011, having previously been Headmistress of St George’s School, Ascot, since September 2005.
Caroline was educated at St Helen and St Katharine School, Abingdon, going on to read geology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. After a period of working in the commercial sector, she decided to enter education and completed her PGCE (Science) at the University of Manchester. She was Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Senior Housemistress at Wycombe Abbey School before becoming Headmistress at St George’s School, Ascot.
Involved in education at both a regional and national level, Caroline is a former Chairman of the GSA Education Committee, a board member of the Independent Schools Examinations Board, a former co-opted member of the GSA/HMC Joint Universities Committee and was the 2016 President of the GSA.
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GSA Chief Executive
Vivienne has committed her entire working life to the education of young women. She began her career as an English Teacher at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls (‘Habs’) in 1983. Thereafter she worked at Godolphin and Latymer School for Girls and Guildford High School before becoming Deputy Head of South Hampstead High School GDST.
From September 2004 until December 2015, Vivienne was Head of Francis Holland School Regent’s Park, overseeing an expansion in the school’s roll and considerable improvements to its site and facilities. After two years as director for London-based consultancy Enjoy Education, Vivienne was appointed as GSA’s Chief Executive in August 2017.