Chair, Board of Trustees
Philippe is a partner at law firm, Slaughter and May and has worked at the firm since 1980. He is also President of the European Competition Lawyers Forum. Philippe is listed as a leading individual in the ‘Competition Law’ section of Chambers UK, 2017 (Band 1) and for ‘EU and competition’ in The Legal 500 UK, 2016. He was appointed a trustee in 2016 and has spearheaded the Boxing Debate Programme at the Club. He was appointed Chair in August 2019.
Company Secretary and Trustee
Ros Oxley has spent her entire career in the commercial world, first working in the city and then running a large events portfolio for Informa, the world’s largest events’ organiser. With a team of 250 staff and a turnover of £60m, the portfolio delivered over 830 events from small training courses to large exhibitions. Ros acted as the Harrow Club Interim COO, and brought with her considerable commercial and organisational expertise which helped focus and strengthen the organisations service delivery required by the needs of the young people and community with which we work.
Kevin Gilbert has been a trustee of the Harrow Club for some 12 years. He is a Chartered Accountant, who until he retired, was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was a governor of both Harrow School and The John Lyon school for 15 years until August 2017 although remains as a director of a subsidiary entity which oversees the activities of Harrow School’s branded international schools in the Far East and chairman of the schools’ pension scheme. Kevin lives in Fulham with his wife Ann. His two sons live nearby.
Katie is a London based, New York born Russian who moved to London 20 years ago. She graduated from Georgetown University with an MA in Russian. She was an MD at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 18 years across a range of businesses, and recently retired to pursue other interests outside of finance. She is a fluent Russian speaker. She sits on the board of trustees of the Harrow Club in Notting Hill, and the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Fund for St Petersburg. She lives in London with her husband Ben and four children.
Tim completed a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham before working for the charity Livability. He moved into finance, working for Douglas, Deakin and Young in London before completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. In 2003 he joined Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet to teach Mathematics before moving to Harrow School in 2007 where he became Head of Statistics. In 2014 Tim left Harrow to become Assistant Head Teacher (Head of Sixth Form) at Twyford Church of England High School in Acton. He returned to Harrow in 2016 and is the Director of Shaftesbury Enterprise. Shaftesbury Enterprise encompasses all of Harrow’s philanthropic, charitable, outreach and partnership work. Tim joined Harrow School’s Senior Management Team in 2018. Tim lives in Harrow with his wife, Casey, and three young daughters. He enjoys riding his bike and watching his beloved Harrow Borough playing football.
Leanda qualified as a lawyer with Ashurst and has experience in M&A, media, real estate and tax law. In 2007 she set up a delicatessen and catering business which she sold in 2017 and then joined a start-up FX business coordinating legal and office requirements. Leanda has an MSc in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.
She was appointed as a trustee in 2018. Prior to that she worked as a volunteer with the Rugby Portobello Trust as a classroom assistant where she learned of the importance of youth services to the community. Leanda has lived in west London since 1981 with her husband and 4 children.
Lynne has been the CEO of John Lyon’s Charity since April 2017. She provides strategic leadership for both long term management of the Charity’s endowment and sets the direction of grant giving in the Charity’s Beneficial Area. Her focus is on the issues facing the Children and Young People’s sector and presents the Charity as a thought leader and collaborator to influence and learn from other funders and policymakers to create change. She is passionate about collaboration and excited at the opportunities John Lyon’s Charity has had to work with the ACF, London Funders, the London Community Foundation and others to shape both emergency responses (notably to Grenfell and Covid) and ‘peace time’ funding partnerships. Lynne also holds two other trusteeships: for London Funders, the only cross-sector membership network for funders and investors in London’s civil society; and for Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, one of the best examples of Neo-Palladian architecture in London which is driving local participation by focussing on under-represented groups. Lynne holds a Masters’ and Doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University and had a career of 18 years in banking until 2012. She grew up in a council house in Basildon Essex and was the first member of her family to go to university. Prior to joining John Lyon’s Charity, she was Co-Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Foundation. She lives in Chiswick with her husband, two sons and springer spaniel
Tom is Head of Property at Armila Capital who provide real estate investment and corporate finance advisory services to its network of institutional and private clients. A qualified surveyor, he was formerly with London Resort Company Holdings & Hanover Private Office. In addition to his trustee role, he is also a liveryman at The Clothworkers Company. He was educated at Reading University and also at Harrow School and has been a trustee since December 13.
Christopher is CEO of The Mix, a charity providing innovative, multi-channel advice and crisis support service for under 25s, Christopher is passionate about digital for social good. He was previously with YouthNet, Turn2Us, Help The Aged and Christian Aid. He is also a trustee of Brook who provide sexual health support for young people. In his spare time, he is a gadget lover & fellow of the RSA.
Micah has worked for a well-known housing association for 16 years. He is passionate about using social value and has used this to provide the Harrow club with support from organisations and for the provision of educational material for the youth at the club. He has also liked to use social value and has worked in partnership with Haringey homes through summer 2018 to re-open a youth club in Haringey in 2018. He is also a senior level 2 ABAE – and is England boxing coach for the Cuban Boxing Academy located at the Harrow club. He has dedicated 8 years to working with today’s youth to help them walk the right path and make the right decisions.
David grew up in West London. He was educated at St Paul’s School and then St John’s College, Cambridge, where he achieved a first-class degree in Social and Political Sciences. He is the founding Principal of Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA). As Principal at KAA, David has led the school from its opening with just one year group in 2014 to an “outstanding” Ofsted rating in 2017. KAA was awarded the prestigious “TES School of the Year” award in 2018, in recognition of the resilience the school showed in response to the Grenfell Tower Tragedy. Prior to taking on the Headship at KAA, David spent ten years working across three other London schools, two of which were also rated outstanding. He has co-authored a book about curriculum design and is a regular contributor to education policy debates.
Charlotte has lived locally since 2005, and now does so with her family. She feels passionately that we should all engage with the community in which we live and seek to create opportunities for everyone. Through her work at the K+C Foundation and particularly in relation to Grenfell, she has worked closely with the local community on a variety of different projects and funding initiatives. Before choosing to work in the not-for-profit sector she developed her skills and expertise working as a management consultant and brand consultant
Alexander was a portfolio manager for over ten years investing in frontier African equities. He is a trustee of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading supporter of entrepreneurship. He has a background in investment management, strategy, and corporate finance, and has held positions with UBS and GAM. He began his career at Linklaters, as a corporate lawyer. Alex holds degrees from Oxford University and Imperial College.