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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

School Governors

Board of Governors

The Unicorn School’s Board of Governors is listed below.
The Chair of Governors, Mr Mark Chambers, can be contacted via The Unicorn School.
The Clerk to the Governors, Ms Diane Kenyon, can be contacted via The Unicorn School.

 

Mark Chambers – Chair of Governors

Mark was educated at Harrow and Keble College, Oxford where he read Modern History. He spent 36 years working in finance in London and abroad. The first half of his career was spent in sales and trading at different investment banks. The last 19 years of his career was spent at Man Group Plc, the world's largest listed hedge fund, where he held a range of senior management roles.

Since his retirement in 2013 Mark has devoted his time to his philanthropic interests and to a variety of non-executive roles. He lives in the Cotswolds, is married to Angela and has five children.

 


Andrew Strivens

Andrew is a management consultant and business coach, originally qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London. He became a Governor in 2011 when their son, Luke, was at The Unicorn School. He is also a Governor at the Mary Hare School, Newbury - a leading school for deaf children in the UK.

Andrew has a special interest in Speech and Language needs, including Auditory Processing Disorder, and has worked alongside national leaders in the area.
 


Natalie-Jane Macdonald

Natalie-Jane Macdonald has been a Governor of the Unicorn School since 2012. She is Chief Executive of Acorn Care and Education, a leading Children’s Services provider, which runs 15 schools across England for children who have special educational needs, and supports 1,800 looked after children in fostering placements.

Acorn’s Longdon Hall school in Staffordshire was named SEN school of the year in July 2014. Natalie-Jane’s previous experience is in healthcare. She qualified as a doctor in Scotland and worked in the NHS for a number of years before moving into healthcare management. She spent a number of years at Bupa in a variety of senior management roles. She is also a non-executive director of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. Natalie-Jane is married with three children.
 


Annie McNeile

Annie has worked at the Dragon School in Oxford for almost 10 years in a number of roles including Head of Year 4, Boarding House Parent to 65 12 & 13 year old boys (with her husband who also works at the school) and currently as Head of the Pre-Prep working with the younger children.

She has two grown up children who have successfully popped out of the top of the education system and so really appreciates the value of finding the right school for the right child at the right time as this is the key to confidence and success.
 


Sophie Langdale

A Classics graduate from Durham University, Sophie’s career started in corporate finance in The City. She went on to be the business correspondent for Sky News and over the next ten years moved into general reporting and then executive production. 

After a seven year spell in New York, Sophie returned to the UK and the world of education. She was Registrar and Director of External Relations at Magdalen College School, Oxford for eight years and played a significant role in introducing girls into the Sixth Form.

Sophie has recently taken up the position of Director of Admissions for the leading girls’ boarding school, Wycombe Abbey. Sophie lives in Oxford with her two teenage children.
 


Robin Askew

Robin AskewRobin qualifed as a teacher from the Univerity of Wales Aberystwyth in 2001 and following six years teaching within mainstream schools moved to Mary Hare School for the Deaf.  He subsequently qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf through Oxford Brookes University and also undertook a diploma in Special Educational Needs. 

Robin is now Vice Principal of Mary Hare with responsibilities for pastoral care and safeguarding.  Robin lives near Newbury with his young family and has an interest in outdoor persuits which includes supporting the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

 


David Anderson

David AndersonDavid has been the Estates Bursar of Radley College, a 690 boy boarding school just outside Abingdon since 2008, having been a Chartered Surveyor working primarily in the Oxford area for the previous 15 years. He became a Governor in 2017.

David  is married with 2 Children , a son at Radley College and a daughter at Kingfisher special needs school.