Along with the other GDST Schools, Norwich High School for Girls is administered by the Council of the Trust. Our local School Governing Board (SGB) provides support, guidance and contributes to strategic and business planning for the Head and the school. Our Governors bring valuable expertise from various professional fields and we are very grateful for their commitment.
Staff and Governors
Senior Leadership Team
Alison Sefton has overall responsibility for the school academically, pastorally and financially. Should you wish to request a meeting with Miss Sefton, please do so in writing via her Executive Assistant, Mrs Jo Grapes, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Roberts has overall responsibility for the Prep School and Nursery. She leads the Prep School team in delivering a distinct and exceptional education to our girls aged 3 to 11.
Mark Braybrook deals with curriculum and assessment matters. He has responsibility for learning and teaching in the classroom, and ensuring the school’s assessment and marking policies are implemented successfully.
Helen Dolding has direct responsibility for the work of the Heads of Year and co-ordinates the Pastoral Team. She is also responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the school.
Hazel Packer is the lead for pastoral and academic life in our Sixth Form.
Owain Hall is responsible for our Enrichment Programme and is in charge of the co-curriculum including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, school trips and community service.
Mak Singh is responsible for the school budget, administration, ICT, teaching support staff, estates, health and safety, and the domestic side of school; co-ordinating our caretakers, groundsmen, cleaners and kitchen staff.
Amy Beck has ownership for the delivery and development of marketing and communication strategies reflecting the values, character and ambitions of Norwich High School for Girls.
Board of Governors
Jo trained as a barrister but decided to pursue a different form of advocacy: branding and communications. His career began in advertising in London working on some of the most celebrated campaigns of the time.
After two years living in Paris where he ran a global campaign for a luxury brand, he returned to London where he became Head of Operations for an international communications group; he then joined a direct and digital agency as managing director; thereafter he became the European Managing Director of a branding and design firm. He and a partner then launched inTuition, a branding and design agency specialising in the education sector. Through this, he was introduced to Norwich High School for Girls and he was delighted to be asked to join the board of governors in 2016.
Jo lives in Cambridge with his wife who is a writer. He has three children, two boys and a girl.
Liz has a long family association with Norwich High School. She attended the School from the age of 3-18 along with her sister, and they followed their mother before them and indeed their father too, who attended Norwich High for a short time when Town Close buildings were repaired after war damage! Now, she is delighted her daughter and niece are the third generation of her family to benefit from a Norwich High School for Girls education.
Liz studied Economics and Business Economics at university and then followed a career in Human Resource Management, specialising in recruitment and high potential development/training in both the Aerospace & Retail sectors.
She moved back to Norwich in 2001 to raise her family (she has a daughter and a son) and she now supports her husband’s Change Management business. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, walking with her three Border Collie dogs, renovating their family home and entertaining family and friends. Liz was previously a governor and latterly Chair of Governors at another Norfolk school and was delighted to be one of the first recipients of the Norfolk County Council Excellence in Governance awards. Liz joined the board of governors in January 2019.
By the time Steven was twenty-three years old, he was self-employed and running his own franchise estate agency. After six years of running the franchise successfully and saving up enough money to create his own brand, he opened his first Pymm and Co office in 2005 located opposite John Lewis, where he is still based today. Shortly afterwards, he became a director of Broadland Consultants Financial Advisors. After surviving the global economic crash and UK based property crash of 2008. Pymm and Co has grown to become the largest independently owned Estate agent in Norwich with six local branches.
In 2014, Paul retired back to Norwich after fourteen years as Headmaster of Eltham College in South-East London, an HMC Day School founded originally for the education of Missionaries’ Sons. Previously he had been Head of Classics, Director of Studies and Master i/c Cricket at Norwich School over a period of fifteen years, before progressing to be Second Master at St Albans School. He has been a Parent Governor at Saxlingham Nethergate Primary School, as well as supporting the Heads as a Governor at both Aldenham and Reigate Schools.
Fiona is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Professor of Innovation Management within the Norwich Business School. Fiona was a pupil at Oxford High School GDST, before going to university and studying through to PhD level. She worked in industry for BMW/Rover and Centrica/British Gas before pursuing a career in academia. She is a founding member of TechEast and serves on the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) Innovation Board. She became a Governor in 2020.
Sue trained as a State Registered Nurse and when she moved back to Norfolk, she began working at Priscilla Bacon Lodge as a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse. 19 years later and with a degree in Nursing from the UEA, she is still working there part-time as well as running a charity, Hospice Ethiopia UK which promotes palliative care in Ethiopia. Sue has a long interest in education, particularly for girls. She was a governor and Chair of Governors at Aldborough Primary School, where she is still a community helper. She was the first person in Norfolk to be awarded a BTEC certificate in School Governance.
Helen is a recent alumna of Norwich High School for Girls. She spent just over five years at the School and ended her time as Deputy Head Girl. Norwich High fostered her interests in art and travel, and Helen went on to read Modern and Medieval Languages at Churchill College in Cambridge. Following a brief period in the commercial arts and interiors world, Helen has since worked in executive search. She helps universities and education-related organisations around the world with a broad range of senior appointments. Helen’s mission is to ensure that Norwich High School for Girl’s exceptional alumnae community remain aware of and engaged in the current work of the School. In her spare time, she continues to paint and read widely. She is based in London but is often drawn back to the Norfolk countryside.