New Hall School is a registered charity, owned by the New Hall School Trust.

Chair of Governors, Clare Kershaw, can be contacted at the following address:


c/o Assistant Clerk to the Governors
New Hall School
The Avenue
Essex CM3 3HS

Ms Clare Kershaw LLB(Hons) MCMI (Chair of Governors)

Born in 1972 in Ashford, Middlesex, and educated in Surrey.  After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in Law, moved to Essex to join the Essex Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) as an Education Contracts Manager in 1997.  Undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at Anglia Ruskin University between 1999-2001 and moved to Essex Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in April 2001 – the successor body to TECs and the Further Education Funding Council.  Took leading role on School Sixth Form funding, prior to heading up the implementation of the 14-19 Reform Agenda across Essex.  Moved to Partnership Director for North Essex, before joining Essex County Council in January 2008 as Head of 14-19 Improvement; oversaw the inspection of 14-19 across Essex, as part of the Joint Area Review in September 2008.  Married for 10 years.  Company Secretary for husband’s business.

Mr John Aldridge

Educated at Wimbledon College and King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. Worked for the Bank of England for 35 years in the areas of Exchange Control and Debt Management. Manager of the Gold Bullion Office and latterly the Manager of the Bank Note Issue Office. Elected a county councillor in 2005 representing Broomfield & Writtle. Served in a number of senior positions on Essex County Council, latterly as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care. Currently Vice-Chairman of the County Council. Locally, a member of two charitable trusts and governor of two primary schools. I am also Vice-Chairman of the King Edward VI Grammar School Foundation Governors. Married with one son. 

Mr Malcolm Day LLB(Hons)

Educated at Loyola, Bancrofts and Manchester University. A 28 year veteran of financial markets, having worked at Citibank, HSBC and BBVA, including three years in the Middle East.  Currently Global Head of Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange, BBVA. Parent to two former (PPE, Warwick; PPE, Exeter) and one current student at New Hall.

Dr Miriam Edelsten (Vice Chair of Governors)

Born in Chester in 1949, of Dutch parents, Dr Miriam Edelsten went to school in Kent before beginning her medical studies at the Universities of Amsterdam and Liverpool. She has been a GP Partner at Sutherland Lodge Surgery, Chelmsford since 1981 and a Senior Partner for the past 11 years. She has also been Medical Officer at New Hall School for 21 years. Dr Edelsten is a Council Member and past President of MOSA (Medical Officers of Schools Association) and is the current Secretary-General of EUSUHM (European Union for School and University Health and Medicine). She is married with two daughters (Vet / Dentist and Anaesthetist), one son (Financial Analyst) and four young grandsons.   

Mrs Katherine Jeffrey MA(Oxon) PGCE BA(Div) MA(EdMg) NPQH

Principal, New Hall School (since 2001).  Former teacher, St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury; Head of RE Woldingham School; Deputy Head, The Marist School, Ascot.  Governor, St Mary’s School, Hampstead (2004-2009).  Institute of Directors’ East of England Businesswoman of the Year Award, 2005.  Married with 4 children, 2 of whom are at New Hall.

Mr Vincent Marley DipLA CMLI MIH

Born and educated in Northern Ireland.  A  Chartered Landscape Architect since 1982, working in a variety of practices.  Joined Writtle College in 1992 and currently a principal lecturer and design tutor (landscape architecture, garden design and interior design) within the Writtle School of Design.

Mr Joseph Peake MA (Oxon) PGCE

PGCE Retired in 2016 after 21 years as Head at the UK’s largest RC independent day school, employing 101 teachers.  ISI inspector since the creation of ISI.  Extensive experience dealing with many schools’ governing bodies and Heads, as Chairman of two national independent school organisations, at all levels including Heads’ appointments, appraisals and troubleshooting. Working to establish professional CPD routes for teachers within the SoH and leadership programmes within CISC.  A governor at 7 schools, mainly independent.

Mrs Rachel Skells BA(Hons), FCA, CTA, TEP (Vice Chair of Governors)

Was born and brought up in North East Essex and was educated at Colchester County High School for Girls, Leeds Metropolitan University and Caen Business School.  Trained as a Chartered Accountant in London and qualified in 1996.  A partner in Whittles, a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Colchester.  Also a Chartered Tax Adviser and Trust & Estates Practitioner.  Current New Hall parent with one daughter and one son both at New Hall Senior School.

Mr Robert Talbut

Born and attended school in Essex he went onto study economics at Warwick University. He has also studied at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. After a thirty year executive career in financial services he now provides non-executive and advisory services covering strategy, investment and financial management to public companies, insurers and charities. Married with four children one of whom is a daughter at New Hall School.

Mr John Westnedge BA(Hons)

Born in Sheffield in 1953.  Graduated with a degree in Business Studies in 1975.  Moved south to work in computing for Tesco in 1981.  Now an IT Director for Tesco having, in recent years, managed large IT projects and change programmes in the UK and also in Prague and Tokyo.  Married with 2 daughters, both of whom attended New Hall.

Mrs Agnes Williams

Born in Llandudno, North Wales and educated at Loreto College and Saint Agnes' School, graduating in 1976.  Thirty-eight years experience in the field of education having taught in co-educational schools, large and small. I had the privilege of helping to set up a brand new Catholic comprehensive school in Milton Keynes in 1988.  Headmistress of Thornton College, Convent of Jesus and Mary, an independent day and boarding school for girls, 1997-2015.

Mrs Pauline Wilson Msc, A.D.M.S. Cert Ed, M.I.M. C.T.C

Head of Ursuline Preparatory School since 1994. Previously Headteacher of Mayesbrook Senior School (ages 11-18). Deputy Headteacher of Sydney Russell School, Head of Creative Arts, and Teacher of Mathematics. GCSE and KS2 examiner. Active member of the Catholic church. Married with 2 children who are reading Economics at University and working as a film producer.

Mr Tony Fisher LLB MBA (Clerk to the Governors & Company Secretary)

Senior Partner and Head of Commercial Department at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP.  Educated at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Nottingham Trent University.  Also a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and Chairman of the International Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.  Locally, a board member at the Colchester Institute and a trustee and company secretary for firstsite, a visual arts trust in Colchester.