Our Governors provide support and guidance. They come from a variety of backgrounds and, through their expertise, assist the School in delivering our vision for a 21st century education.

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Patricia Alexander
Managing Director, Shared Interest

I have been Managing Director of Shared Interest Society, an ethical lending organisation since 2006. Prior to this, I was MD of Saint-Gobain Quartz Group having held various roles within the manufacturing sector over my career. I am passionate about fair trade and am a Trustee and Treasurer for the Fairtrade Foundation.

I am a member of the UK Fair Trade Leaders’ Forum, a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and sit on the Newcastle Business School Advisory Board. I am treasurer of my Parish Council and have been involved with several local charities having also served on the CBI Regional Council and the Industrial Development Board at One North East. I am a qualified accountant with an MBA from Durham Business School. I am working to widen links between the School and other organisations world-wide and to share my passion for fair trade with the girls.

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Amanda Maskery
Partner, Sintons LLP

I am a Partner in the Company and Commercial Department at Sintons LLP, where I have worked for 14 years, specialising in the Healthcare and Charity sectors. I was educated at Central Newcastle High School for the whole of my school life and then studied Law at Northumbria University.

I regularly give seminars and training on issues relevant to Dentists, GPs and Charities. I chair Sintons’ Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and am heavily involved in training and development, including Graduate Recruitment. I am Chair of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists and a trustee of the Tyne Gateway Trust.

I have a genuine love for the region and this is reflected in my work and my dedication to the School. My role as a trustee and Chair of the Association of Specialist Providers to dentists has allowed me to develop transferable skills into school life. I aim to be an ambassador for Corporate Social responsibility and this, coupled with my North East connections will, I hope, be of great benefit to the School.


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Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Northumbria University

I am a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University where I have designed and now run several courses in Entrepreneurship. I am also a business coach to a team of student entrepreneurs on the University’s first undergraduate programme in applied entrepreneurship. Outside work, I support the Finance Committee of Northern Stage, the largest theatre producing company in the North East, mentor several founders of technology startups helping them raise Venture Capital funding, work on my allotment and run. Over the past couple of years I have supported Young Enterprise North East as a judge.

Prior to academia, I managed Venture Capital investments into early stage companies at the national £100m Angel CoFund and the regional £7.5m North East Angel Fund. I am a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and as investor-observer, I was on the board of directors of six startup companies. My background also includes supporting hundreds of early stage technology entrepreneurs with business mentoring and investor readiness training, which I ran in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia. My early career was spent as a technology consultant at Accenture PLC, a leading global consultancy firm.

Born and raised in Russia, I have a joint Russian-British degree in International Business Management from Northumbria University and the State University of Management at Moscow. I also hold a Masters in European Union Politics from Newcastle University and I am currently working on my doctorate in startup corporate governance.

Having supported hundreds of startup founders, I am very much interested in and enjoy working with first time entrepreneurs. As a new Governor, I am delighted to bring to the school my international experience, insights and my passion for cultivating entrepreneurial skills in young people.


Angharad Gatehouse
Professor of Molecular Biology, Newcastle University

I am passionate about global food security, where everyone has sufficient food to eat, a concept instilled in me as a child when I was growing up in Africa. This influenced the research that I carried out for my PhD investigating the biochemical bases of plant/insect interactions. This led to my current research which focuses on the use of biotechnology to develop insect-resistant crops and sustainable and environmentally benign biopesticides. I am passionate about public engagement of science, and throughout my career have talked about the role of biotechnology in agriculture to audiences both within the UK and overseas. Academic achievement is underpinned by educational rigour and teachers inspiring and encouraging their pupils and I feel well placed to help staff achieve this goal. I am particularly interested in the roles of ‘Women in Science’. I aim to provide help and advice to girls deciding upon their different career paths, as well as discussing how rewarding and diverse a career in the Sciences can be.


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Professor and Consultant in Sedation Dentistry, Newcastle University & Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

As an academic consultant, I am responsible for leading teaching and research in the field of dental sedation. I also manage a NHS department which provides a sedation service for adults and children who have severe dental anxiety. Further afield, I undertake roles as examiner and tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons. I have worked in Newcastle for 18 years, having moved from London where I undertook my specialist training at Guy’s Hospital. Prior to that I completed PhD, BDS and BSc degrees at the Universities of London, Bristol and Nottingham respectively. In the wider community I am involved in the judicial service, participating as a magistrate for over 20 years at courts in Newcastle, Tynedale and Farnham.


Gillian Hall
Gillian Hall Consulting

I was educated at Central Newcastle High School (one of the founding schools of Newcastle High School for Girls) and Newnham College, Cambridge, where I achieved a first class degree in Law. I was awarded a BA Hons in Law and subsequently an MA (Cantab) and then trained as a corporate lawyer at Lovell White & King (now Hogan Lovells) in the City of London, returning to the North East on qualification. I joined Watson Burton in 1985, and became its first female Senior Partner in 2010, having led the firm’s national Corporate Group for many years. Retiring from the partnership in 2014, I now have a variety of interests. I remain a consultant to Watson Burton but work as an investor, advisor and mentor with a number of local companies – mainly through my consulting business, Gillian Hall Consulting. I hold a number of non-executive board positions including the Port of Blyth and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, where I am vice chair of both the North East Investment Fund Board and the Innovation Board; I am also vice chair of the North East Combined Authority’s Economic Development and Regeneration Advisory Board. In addition, I am a board member of the Advisory Board of Newcastle Business School.


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Group Managing Director, Everything Different

A marketeer who’s always looking to challenge the status quo and has brought this purpose to life for brands like Benfield Motor Group, Balance drink cessation campaign, Redrow Homes, Land Securities shopping centres.  Graduated in media and communication, Yousaf is an all rounder from strategy development to client servicing.  Yousaf’s other roles as Group MD are talent development, he is on the IPA’s (the  industry advertising body) talent leadership group, business strategy and managing a busy agency group day to day.


Sarah RobsonSarah Robson
General Medical Practitioner, Chainbridge Medical Partnership

After attending Central Newcastle High School from 1967-1980 I studied Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. I graduated in 1985 and remained in London to complete my hospital and General Practice training. I eventually saw the light and returned to Newcastle in 1990. I joined Chainbridge Medical Partnership as a partner in April 1991 and have remained there ever since. I am now Senior Partner at this busy general practice in Blaydon.

Having worked in the NHS for over 25 years I have significant experience in implementing and coping with change. As Newcastle High School for Girls sets out to establish itself as the premier school for girls in the North, these skills will enable me to support the leadership teams, staff and pupils. At Chainbridge Medical partnership we are involved in the teaching of medical students and this has given me insight into current teaching methods and life at medical school, which I am happy to share with any aspiring medics.


Mick Thompson high resolution photo - July 2014Mick Thompson

Born and bred in the North East, I have worked for one of the global Big Four accountancy firms for 35 years, 21 of those as a Partner and the last ten as Office Senior Partner for KPMG in Newcastle. I enjoyed working with a broad range of listed clients including Greggs and Bellway, many private companies and education and social housing clients within the public sector.  I retired earlier this year and I am now a Trustee of NUFC Foundation and Greggs Foundation as well as a Trustee of the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust. Outside of work and life as a Governor, I enjoy all sports as well as fishkeeping. I have also been involved with the Lord’s Taverners charity for 16 years, the last six years as Treasurer.

I am delighted to be a member of the NHSG School Governing Board and I am proud to be part of a wonderful school that is set to ensure the future of girls’ education in the North East of England.


hena-website Hena Zaman

My school years were spent at Mt Hermon School, Darjeeling, an American boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. I obtained my medical degree from Manipal University in India following which I completed my medical internship in both rural and hospital settings before moving to the UK. After two years in London and Cardiff I moved once more with my family to Manhattan, New York for a further two years before finally settling down in Newcastle.

I’m a mother of four. Of my three daughters, Zara and Zoya are NHSG alumnae and Zeah is currently in Year 5.

One of the pleasures of having spent 15 years with the School is the interaction with the whole School community – staff, pupils and parents. My family now has a special relationship with the School which I hope will continue long after Zeah finishes Sixth Form.

I am already involved in School life and have a good working knowledge of the School. I would love to help NHSG continue to build on its successes and bring ever evolving ideas to the School.


The Trustees of the school are the Trustees of the GDST, details of whom can be found on this page of the GDST website. The Chairman of the Trustees, Juliet Humphries can be contacted via Alison Smith at the GDST office – a.smith@wes.gdst.net