Rokeby Educational Trust Limited is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

The Trustees of the charity and directors of the company are known as Governors. Many Governors are parents or ex-parents of boys at the school. The Governors have responsibility for setting and monitoring the overall strategic direction of the company, approving decisions reserved to Governors and appointing key members of staff.

The day-to-day management of Rokeby Educational Trust Limited lies with the Head who has overall responsibility for the school, and the Bursar who takes particular responsibility for the non-academic aspects.

Governors’ Profiles

Ishminder Alg (known as Ish) was appointed a Governor in November 2018 and is a Rokeby Old Boy having left the school in 1992 for Dulwich College.   Ish is a Chartered Accountant by background but now specialises in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory work.  Ish’s previous experience includes working for PwC and Morgan Stanley, and he currently works for Moore Stephens.  Ish is married and has two boys.

Bernard Brenninkmeijer was appointed a governor in October 2018.  He manages the investment office of a number of charitable foundations and sits on the investment committees thereof.  He also has venture capital and impact investing experience.  Previously he was an MD at Bregal Investments working on both fund investments as well as direct investments.  Prior operational and financial management positions were in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Pasadena.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from INSEAD.  He is married and has two boys currently at Rokeby and two boys now at Kingston Grammar School.

Deirdre Davidson joined the Governors in March 2017 and was appointed Chair in 2018. She majored in Political Science and English Literature at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) She was a journalist for a number of years in the United States, working for publications including The Miami Herald, Legal Times and The Washington Post. She and her husband reside in Wimbledon and have three sons who attend Rokeby.

Dominic Fitzgerald was appointed a Governor in November 2018.  He has been in education for over 23 years after graduating from Moray House Institute of Education, Edinburgh University.  Dominic is currently Deputy Head of Homefield Preparatory School, an independent day school of 350 pupils.  Previously, he was Senior Master at Fulham Preparatory School.  Dominic has worked in a number of all-through (3-18) independent schools, undertaking roles such as Housemaster (Boarding) and Director of Sport.  Dominic is married to Sarah, who works for a reputational management law firm in London, and they live in Twickenham.

Sebastian Henkes joined the Governors in November 2018 and is a Rokeby Old Boy having been at Rokeby from 1975 to 1983, when he left following a move to Singapore.  He has a BSc in Physiology from the University of Bristol and a MSc in Philosophy of Science from King’s College, University of London.  He has spent the last twenty years working in the technology sector.  He is married with one son and one daughter, who are both attending a preparatory school in Wandsworth.

Andrew Mayfield joined the board of Governors in September 2012. He is the Director of Admissions at St Paul’s School. After reading Mathematics at Manchester and Oxford Universities, he joined St Paul’s and has since taken on a variety of roles within the school. Andrew and his wife, Lucy, live in Sheen with their four children. The two eldest boys attended St Paul’s School, the youngest is in his second year and their daughter attends Esher College. Andrew is a keen musician and sportsman.

Caroline Newsholme was appointed a Governor in August 2018.  She is a partner at CMS London, specialising in M&A.  She was educated at the London School of Economics.  She is married and has a daughter at Putney High and a son in his first year at St Paul’s School, after being educated at Rokeby.

Janice Price joined the board of Governors in March 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Magistrate sitting on the adult and family benches and she is currently the Chair of Albert & Friends Instant Circus, a charity based in Hammersmith. She specialises in business, accounting and common sense; and when not spending time with her three teenaged sons, none of whom attended Rokeby, she enjoys reading, researching recipes and cookery techniques and has just started to learn to play the piano.

Coco Stevenson was appointed as Safeguarding Governor in December 2020. Coco has been a senior leader in schools, including South Hampstead High School and at Paul’s Girls’ School, for many years. She was most recently Deputy Head Pastoral at City of London School. Coco now practises as an Educational Consultant and speaks, advises and consults widely on both Safeguarding and on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the educational sector. Coco is married and has one son who attends St Paul’s School. She lives with her family in North London.

Ruth Mackaness was appointed a governor in June 2021. Ruth is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of experience in commercial property. After many years as a fund manager, with a background in investment and development, she set up her own property consultancy company with her husband.  She has two grown up boys  who attended Wellington College. she plays and watches many sports and is a member of Richmond Rugby Club.

Correspondence for the Chair of Governors to be sent to her Clerk, The Bursar at:

Rokeby School
George Road
Kingston upon Thames


Tel No: 020 8949 2908