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.

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.

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.

Mr Jon Peachey

Jon was educated at St.George’s College in Weybridge, Surrey. He has a BSc in Geology from the City of London Polytechnic (1987) and an MSc and DIC in Applied Geology from Imperial College, London (1988). Thereafter, embarking on a 30 year career in the Energy Industry for major and mid-size operating companies in technical, commercial financial and management roles. Jon sits on advisory boards in various roles at Imperial College and the University of Utah.

Jon and the family have completed assignments in Brazil, Canada and several UK locations. Jon is married with two boys, now 21 and 19, who both attended Newland House. Jon lives in Teddington and plays hockey and cricket locally and was appointed a governor in September 2021.

Mr David James

David has worked in independent schools for over 20 years.  He is Deputy Head at Lady Eleanor Holles School in south west London, where he also teaches English.  David is author of several study guides for A level, GCSE and IB English, and has edited The Tempest and Macbeth for Cambridge Schools Shakespeare series.  He has also published two collections of essays on the independent school sector, and is currently writing a new book, on distinctive schools, for Bloomsbury.  He is also a contributor to The Times, TES, CapX and the Critic. He is an experienced school inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He is a judge for the TES schools awards. 

Miss Polly Holmes

Polly graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Biological Sciences before working for NatWest Bank for a few years. After seeing the error of her ways, she completed a PGCE and has been happily teaching Biology A level and Chemistry GCSE ever since. She has been teaching at Hampton for over 18 years, having previously taught at schools in Berkshire and Sussex. Her current role as Assistant Head involves various aspects of pupil wellbeing, safeguarding, pastoral care, PSHE strategy and behaviour management.  She is a big supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and regularly assesses and supervises expeditions when she can. She has accompanied senior school pupils on a variety of month-long expeditions to far-flung destinations, and on Saturday mornings she tries to be out on the river paddling a dragon boat.

Ms Nasreen Janmohamed

Nasreen is a senior HR professional having worked in several industries across her career to date.  Having graduated from the University of Nottingham and gained post graduate qualifications from Manchester and Leeds Business Schools, she is currently in a senior HR position in a Hospital where her role spans across employee relations, employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and change management. A particular passion of hers is equity, diversity and inclusion and this is one of the reasons that she wanted to become a governor at the school and has a deep interest in pedagogy and how this influences educational outcomes. Other interests include running, reading and theatre.

Mrs Bayan Carter

Bayan was born and grew up in Kazakhstan.  When the Soviet Union collapsed, she won a scholarship for a one-year study at an American high school.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in International Finance at the Kazakh State University of Management and came to the UK to pursue an MBA at an American International University in Richmond. Bayan is an Associate Director at the Private Equity department at the EBRD, an international institution that operates in emerging markets. She has worked on over 100 investments, mostly banks in over 20 countries.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at a start-up challenger bank - TBC Uzbekistan. Bayan lives in Twickenham with her husband and two children, one of them has attended Newland House.  Bayan was appointed a Governor in December 2022.

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