Daisy Conroy, Chairman, Bassett House School

Daisy Conroy House Schools TrustDaisy attended school in Berkshire, then headed north to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to study history & politics. Her career has been a mixture of creative sector endeavours: music industry, interior design, followed by many years in banking and corporate FTSE 100 type companies. Right now, she works for Ambition School Leadership Trust & The Institute for Teaching; an organisation that aims to tackle inequality in schools by offering training to teachers, head teachers and governors.

Her daughter attends Bassett House School, soon to be followed by her son, in 2019.

 

Louise Price, Honorary Treasurer

House Schools Trust Louise PriceLouise has been a parent at Prospect House School since 2012. She currently has a son and daughter in the upper school. She is a chartered accountant who, since having children, has worked part-time as a small business finance director. Prior to this, Louise was global finance manager for two major confectionery brands.

Recently she has taken up a senior role on the PHS parents’ association and in her spare time also provides accounting services for a local charity. Louise and her husband moved to Surrey a few years ago, yet continue the daily commute into PHS as they value the supportive environment their children are being educated in.

Sally Hobbs, Educational Advisor

Sally HobbsSally taught for ten years at Norland Place before becoming the founder headmistress of Orchard House School in 1993. During her 22 year headship she took the school fully co-educational up to age 11 and established the Orchard House name on the sports field and in senior school admissions. She has visited a wide range of schools in the Far East and USA. She retired as headmistress in 2015 but continues to be very involved with the House Schools Trust. Through her work as an educational consultant and on the governing body of two independent schools she has close links with many schools, both day and boarding, and is particularly keen to see children placed in the right environment for their well-being and to ensure they reach their potential.

Anna Gahan, Trustee Bassett House School

anna-gahan-house-schools-trustAnna Gahan spent her early years in South Africa and her more informative years growing up in Devon from where she went on to study psychology at City University. Prior to having children Anna worked in property development and interior design in West London and more recently used her creative skills to design bespoke artwork for residential and corporate spaces.

Anna is a big advocate of positive parenting and passionate about the Bassett House ethos of ‘happy children’ above all else. Anna has one daughter, who is currently in Year 3. When not at work or supervising homework, Anna is a keen gardener and enjoys tending an urban garden and passing on her love of nature to the next generation.

Ewen Scott, Trustee Basset House School

Ewen was lucky enough to grow up in an area of Birmingham where all schooling options were at worst good and at best outstanding. Both his parents worked in education in the state sector and, having sat through years of education ‘chat’ at dinner times, he grew to appreciate that education provision can, and does, vary wildly by geography and opportunity. By working with the House Schools Trust, he hopes to be able to make a small difference to this imbalance in education provision.

After studying philosophy at university, he decided to do a law conversion course and pursue a career in law. Ewen is now a partner in a City law firm and juggles this (with the help of his wife, of course!) with being a father to three noisy and energetic boys. Two of the boys are in Year 3 at Bassett House School, with the third in Reception.

Alexa Koch, Trustee Orchard House School

Alexa-Koch-House-Schools-TrustAlexa has two children – the younger at Orchard House School, the elder an alumnus of Bassett House School. Originally from Germany, she has lived in London since 1994.

Having worked as a graphic designer for educational publishers and banks in the City for many years, Alexa has a business with her friend designing unique baby grows.

She has brought to the trust her knowledge of House Schools Group’s schools, where she has had children as pupils for many years, and her design skills, drawn upon by the trust to shape the various literature and communications pieces it requires.

Alexa loves travelling with her family whenever she can. Recent adventures have included camping on the Isles of Scilly and riding in Tuscany.

Celia Thaysen, Trustee Orchard House School

Celia’s two sons attend Orchard House. Having lived in Denmark, China and the UK, her children have experienced different educational approaches in both the state and independent sectors.

As the managing editor of a family magazine in Shanghai, she provided information and support for expat parents and was closely involved in the international school community. Back in London since 2015, Celia now works as a freelance writer and editor.

 

Lydia Davies, Trustee Orchard House School

Lydia DaviesLydia was educated in the state system; her secondary education was spent at an average inner London comprehensive school. Lydia counts herself as one of the lucky ones: fortunate to be inspired by some outstanding teachers. After studying Latin and French at university she opted for a career in the law and qualified as a barrister. She practised as a civil barrister in chambers until 2015, when she decided to look after her children full time. Lydia has two children, both of whom are at Orchard House School and benefiting from a brilliant all round education. Lydia believes that a good education is the best start in life one can give a child. Lydia and her family enjoy spending most of their holidays in North Cornwall. They love coastal walks and body boarding.

Louise Dyson, Trustee Prospect House School

Louise-Dyson-House-Schools-TrustLouise is the mother of four children, two currently at Prospect House School and two, alumni, at senior school. Her first child started at PHS in 2007, and her youngest is due to leave in 2021.

Louise worked in the City for 10 years before having children and training as a Homestart charity volunteer. Louise has worked for Homestart for [seven] years in the local area. She lives in Putney with her husband and enjoys walking, cooking, playing tennis and reading.

 

Tamara Davis, Trustee Prospect House School

Tamara-Davis-House-Schools-TrustTamara, mother of four, began her House Schools relationship at Bassett House School. On moving to Putney the Davises chose Prospect House School for their children. Her youngest boy still attends PHS.

Tamara is Canadian. She was persuaded from her previous life in TV production by the man now her husband. She moved to the UK in 1999 and took up children’s book editing.
She has been involved in all manner of PHS fundraising projects, from the parents’ association to school charities and Christmas committees. Tamara runs the school’s second hand uniform operation which, under her care and guidance, has grown from raising around £900/yr before her tenure to over £3,000 in 2015/16.

The Davises are an indoorsy lot and own many musical instruments, some of which they play.

 

Chloe Britten, Trustee Prospect House School

Chloe Britten, Trustee Prospect House SchoolThis is Chloe’s 10th year as a parent at Prospect House School, with her fourth child in reception. Chloe’s children have grown and flourished at the school as a direct result of its ethos and the experiences that they have had there. It is therefore important to Chloe to be able to help others who otherwise would not have the opportunity to benefit from the same ethos and experience.

Prior to children, Chloe was a doctor, specialising in haematology but now she has the equally challenging role of raising children.

She is passionate about sports, current favourites being tennis, rowing and paddle boarding, but is game for anything.