Governors

Mr Andrew Gumpert (Chair)

Andrew is a commercial property lawyer, practising law in London for over 25 years, firstly with City law firm Gouldens, and since 2003 with International law firm, Jones Day. Andrew is a former pupil of Newland House and, having left the school in 1976, Andrew was educated at Queens College, Taunton. Andrew graduated from the University of Birmingham with LLB (Hons) in 1985 and completed his Law Society Final Examinations at Chester College of Law in 1986. Andrew is married with 3 daughters aged 21,19 and 17 and lives in Teddington. He was appointed Governor in October 2012.

Mr Richard Burden

After leaving Durham university, Richard worked with what was then Midland Bank as a management information specialist in the marketing department. Subsequently he has built a career as a hybrid programme manager operating within the business functions of major FTSE 100 organisations. He lives in Hampton and is married with two children both of whom attended Newland House. He was appointed a Governor in February 2010.

Mrs Julia Higgins

Julia was educated at Edgbaston High School for Girls and The Abbey School in Malvern. She worked in the private rooms of a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician as a medical secretary, has been a long haul stewardess for British Airways, completed a cookery diploma and cooked for private clients and directors' lunches, and latterly has been involved with the SPARKS Charity. She has recently retired as Director of Operations of the Association of Lawyers for Children. She is married with two daughters who both attended Newland House between 1994 and 2000 and lives in East Molesey. She was appointed a Governor in March 2011.

Mr Matthew Battle

Matthew has been involved in the construction and property sector for over 25 years working for Lend Lease (Bovis Construction), Bovis Southern Africa, ISG plc and Ibex Construction in various senior management roles. In 2004 he established his own business, UK Property Forums, which enables conferences and provides marketing services across the UK property sector. He lives in Hampton and is married with three boys who all attended Newland House and was appointed a Governor in November 2013.

Mrs Jane Lunnon

A graduate in English Literature from Bristol University, in January 2021, Jane will be taking up the Headship of Alleyn’s School in Dulwich. She was Head of Wimbledon High School from 2014 to 2020. Before that, she worked at Wellington College as an English teacher, Head of English and Assistant Director of Studies, before moving to Prior's Field School, to become Deputy Pastoral. Jane then re-joined Wellington in 2010 as Deputy Head. She was also a Governor at St Andrew's Woking for eight years and is now Governor of King Edward’s School Witley and a trustee of the Roual Springboard Foundation.  

Now, as the wife of an Assistant Head, the mother of teenage children, an enthusiastic, inexpert long-distance runner, a keen open water swimmer and a lover of literature, theatre, and overly ambitious cooking, she is a passionate exponent of encouraging children to give things a go and to understand that most things are possible with a bit of grit, determination and a great sense of humour ! Jane was appointed a Governor in 2015.

Dr Howard Cook

After leaving Oxford University where he studied Engineering Science, Howard worked for BP for 33 years in the UK and abroad. He retired from the post of BP Chief Engineer for Subsea Systems in 2014 and now works part time as a freelance Oil and Gas engineering consultant.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Howard is married to Katherine and they live in Hampton Wick with two boys who both attended Newland House between 2007 and 2015. He was appointed a Governor in September 2015.

Mr Harry Mann

Harry was educated at the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe and at Cambridge University where he studied Natural Sciences. After graduation he joined Shell where he qualified as  an accountant and as an MBA while working in Finance in Aberdeen, London, North-West England, Oman and Thailand. After leaving Shell, Harry worked for another oil and gas company, a mining company and a workplace consultancy. Harry is married to Clare, they live in Teddington, and their two daughters and son all attended Newland House. Harry was appointed a Governor in 2016.

Mr Mark Jopling

Mark is a Commercial Director, running a team that operates technology infrastructure for Financial Services companies. Mark was educated at Farnborough School in Nottingham, and has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Aston (1988), an MBA from Warwick (1996) and a PhD from Warwick (2017). Mark is married and has two sons and a daughter who were all educated at Newland House School from 2001 to 2016. Mark lives in Teddington and was appointed Governor in October 2016.

Mr James Ross

After graduating from Durham University with a degree in Modern Languages, James taught in Italy and the French island of La Réunion. Subsequently, he has held teaching positions at St Paul’s boys school and King’s College School, Wimbledon teaching French and Italian. For the last ten years at King’s, James has also been Head of House. He lives in central London and in his spare time is a keen runner and theatre goer. 

Mrs Geraldine Hobday

Bean graduated from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences. After graduation she joined Mars where she moved through the Graduate Trainee Scheme and a number of management roles within the Petfood, Confectionery and Drinks businesses.  She has been the National Graduate Marketing Manager and her last role was Global Marketing Director at Mars Drinks.  After a fantastic 12 year career with Mars she chose to leave to start a family.  Bean is married to Dave and lives in Teddington, and their three children all attended Newland House School.  She had an active role within the school community during her time as a parent and is delighted to remain connected to the school through the governor role.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please write to:

Mr Andrew Gumpert, Chair of Governors

C/O Elizabeth Bell (Bursar)

Newland House School  Waldegrave Park
Twickenham Middlesex TW1 4TQ