The Board of Governors for 2016/2017 consists of:-

Mr David Arnold MBE (Chairman)

David Arnold spent most of his working life in the printing and publishing industry. Having built up and sold a fully integrated group of companies, he now concentrates on the travel industry and is the Chairman of Solo’s Holidays Limited, a specialist tour operator. David is a Lay Observer, visiting prisons, Crown Courts and Magistrates’ Courts to ensure that prisoners are treated correctly by security staff. He is also the Chairman of the Employment Resource Centre, a charity involved with enabling the unemployed to return to work by retraining and honing existing skills.

David is Chairman of the Board of Governors and also serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Three of his grandchildren have moved on from Manor Lodge to local independent senior schools.

Mr Graham Black

Graham spent his career in banking and finance in the City, commencing at Coutts & Co and ending as Company Secretary and Finance Director for a broking firm. He went on to serve as Bursar at St Edmunds College in Ware and has also served as Business Manager at three state schools. He is currently enjoying an active retirement, taking on a number of consultancy projects and also serving as a Local Governor at Croydon High School, a GDST School.

Graham is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs Trudy Capaldo (Parent Governor)

Trudy is a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial experience at senior management level. She is currently CFO and founding team member of an early stage company.

Trudy has three children. Her two daughters attended Manor Lodge and recently moved on to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Her son is currently in Year 5. Trudy is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Mark Cherry (Chairman, Finance and General Purposes and Health and Safety Committees)

Mark is a Chartered Surveyor with a wide experience in the fields of property investment and development together with a background in banking. He is Investment Director for a major property development company and is responsible for new acquisitions and a range of commercial and residential development projects.

Mark has three sons who attended Manor Lodge and moved on to attend Merchant Taylors’ School and Aldenham School. Mark is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs Sonia Coventry (Parent Governor)


Mrs Helen Gunasekera (Chair, Education Committee)

Helen is a Solicitor and worked in private practice until 2000. She then joined and is currently a Senior Lawyer in the Government Legal Service where she specialises in Governance and Litigation.

Helen has a daughter and a son who left Manor Lodge in 2015 and 2013 to attend Dame Alice Owen’s School. Her daughter was in the first intake of Manor Lodge Nursery when it opened in 2008.  Helen’s husband’s family lived in Elstree for over 30 years. Helen is a member of the Education Committee.

Mrs Sarah Hollis

Sarah is our newest governor and is the Head of Buckingham Prep School. Sarah is a member of the Education Committee.

Ms Melody Jones

Melody was born in Northern Ireland and attended grammar school there before reading Natural Sciences at Durham University and completing her PGCE at the University of Manchester.

Melody is a Physics teacher. She started teaching at Dover College and moved on to Wellington College where she became Head of Physics. She was Head of Lower School and then Head of Lower Sixth and Admissions at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and is now Second Master at St Albans School. Melody is a member of the Education Committee.

Dr Shahzad Malik (Parent Governor)

Shahzad is a Founding General Partner of Advent Life Sciences, one of Europe’s leading biotech venture capital firms. Over the last 15 years he has been actively involved in numerous private and public companies in Europe and the US in the biopharmaceutical and medical device arenas. Prior to this he had a career in medicine specialising in interventional cardiology having trained at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Shahzad has a son who attended Manor Lodge before moving on to The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School. Shahzad’s two daughters currently attend Manor Lodge. Shahzad is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Andrew Williams

Andrew joined Aldenham School as Deputy Head in 2009 and was appointed Senior School Principal in 2015. Andrew studied Materials Engineering at Loughborough University and took a PCGE in Physics at Manchester University. He has taught for over 20 years in Maintained, Independent and International Schools, specialising in Physics but his classroom experience has also included teaching Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Spanish. Andrew has worked for much of his teaching career in boarding schools and spent 9 years as a Housemaster before taking on his current role. Andrew completed his MA(Ed) in Educational Leadership and Management in 2011 and has been an ISI inspector for seven years. He is married and has three children, all girls.

Andrew is a member of the Education Committee.

Mr Stephen Wilson

Stephen taught Modern Languages at secondary schools for 35 years. For 22 years he was Head of Junior School (Years 7 and 8) at Haberdashers’ Boys with responsibility for pastoral care and progress. He has served as Governor of three schools. In addition he has been involved in activities with people with learning difficulties and children with autism. For 14 years he was Secretary of the League of Friends at a local long-stay hospital. Since retirement in 2005, Stephen has enjoyed writing children’s stories and has visited Manor Lodge to give readings from his books and to discuss PHSE issues.

Stephen is a member of the Education Committee and is also the governor with responsibility for overseeing Child Protection.


Contacting the Governors

The Governors, including the Chairman, may be contacted by writing to them at the School address, marked ‘Private and Confidential’. Alternatively, you may email the Clerk to the Governors.