Board of Governors


Mr Robin Southwell OBE, FRAeS - Chairman 

Robin was with the Airbus Group since January 2003, initially as CEO of Airtanker Ltd during which time he secured the largest military PFI in history with the RAF.  Robin’s career has mainly been in the aerospace industry, initially joining BAE Systems upon leaving university in 1981.

His early career at BAE Systems included marketing and negotiating contracts for commercial and military aircraft worldwide.  He established the Asset Management Organisation in the mid 1990s before moving to Australia for three years, during which time the Royal Australian Air Force selected both the BAe Hawk and missile systems from MBDA.

Robin is Chairman of a diverse range of companies including On Air Dining, Belle Vue Speedway and Linley Furniture.   Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Trustee of the RAF Museum and a NED of Shearwater Group and Farnborough International Limited.  He is also the co-owner of a hotel in Portugal, Chairman of Governors of Parkside School and was appointed by the Prime Minister as a UK Business Ambassador.

Robin is the Chair of Governors and can be contacted on


Mr John Cahill

John has been a Governor since 2017.

He was educated at Stowe and Liverpool University and is an Architect whose career has been as a specialist in Education, having completed work for over 120 schools.  The work has mainly been in the independent sector but also a group of Academies for the Mercers’ Livery Company.

During his career he advised and lectured for the HMC, AGBIS and ISBA.

John lives in Fulham with his wife, Sandy, a retired BBC executive.  They have two children, Charlie, who is an Assistant Head Teacher at Orleans Park School, Twickenham, and Catriona who is in Theatre Management and Production.

John is a past Chairman of a Private Members Club and his other interests include Theatre, Rugby, having been a London Society Referee, and now Golf.


Miss Kerry Gallagher FCA DcHA

Kerry joined Parkside School as a Governor in 2016 and is Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Kerry graduated from Southampton University with a 2:1 in Accounting and Finance before qualifying as a chartered accountant.  She has worked for the accounting firm RSM for the last 15 years specialising in charities and education and acts as auditor and advisor to some of the leading independent schools in the south of England.

Kerry lives in Basingstoke, Hampshire with her fiancé Greg (also an accountant) and in her spare time plays in the local netball league.  


Mrs Celia Gregory – Staff Liaison Governor

Celia has been a Governor of Parkside since 2012.  Very much a local, Celia was born in Weybridge and, apart from five years in London, has lived in the area all her life, and in Cobham since 1987.

Both her sons, Mark and Justin, attended Parkside between 1990 and 2002, during which time she was on the FOP Committee for a number of years.

Celia worked as a nursery school teacher, in London and at Rowan Preparatory School, before becoming a full-time mum in 1986. In 2007 Celia completed a Bsc in Psychology at Roehampton University.

Having been a member of St George’s Hill Tennis Club since childhood, Celia served on the Club Board for six years before becoming an employee in 2012 and she remains there as Racquets Co-ordinator.  She is a keen tennis player and enjoys walking, theatre and travel.

Celia is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding/Staff Liaison and Health & Safety and can be contacted using or mobile 07961 815870.


Mrs Monique Herne

Monique has been a Governor since 2015.  She was born Uganda, educated in Ghana, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, then at King Edwards School, Witley. She then attended college in the Netherlands.

Monique has worked in recruitment, event management, project management and prior to having her children worked for American Express Corporate Card for eight years. She has been an NCT volunteer in the role of marketing and event management.  Once her children started at Parkside she joined Friends of Parkside (FOP) as a committee member and subsequently was FOP chair for five years.  Monique is currently a volunteer at two charities called Keep Out and Family Link. 

Monique lives in Surrey, with her husband and their two boys, who were both educated at Parkside.  She has, therefore, seen Parkside as a parent for 12 years, before becoming a Governor two years ago.  As a Governor she now sees the school from a whole different perspective and all the hard work that takes place behind the scenes. 

Monique's interests include pilates, boxing, and walking her dog!  She is also a reading volunteer at school and meets many of the Parkside boys.

Monique is the Governor responsible for Friends of Parkside Liaison (FOP).


Ms Karen Keane

Karen grew up locally, attending both Guildford High and Godalming College.  She has lived and worked in Europe for a number of years before returning to become a teacher.  Now qualified as a Specialist Assessor and SENCo, Karen works at Charterhouse.  

When not busy with all things teaching and learning, Karen is owned by a dog, 2 horses, 4 ducks and a football-playing daughter!!

Karen is the Governor responsible for Learning Enrichment.


Mr Edward Kesterton

Information to be added.


Mr Roger Morris

Roger was born in Pinner, Middlesex, educated at Merchant Taylors’ School and then at Dundee University, graduating with MA Hons. in Social Science.  Roger is a chartered accountant and was a partner in a medium sized accountancy practice in London.  His client portfolio included a number of charities and not for profit organisations.

Roger's son was at Parkside from 1987 to 1995 and he became a Governor in 1999.

Roger is semi-retired and undertakes some consultancy work.  He is also treasurer of The Wimbledon Guild, a social welfare charity.

Mr Andrew Shilton

Andrew has been a Governor since 2011.

Andrew was born locally in Woking, educated at Bradfield College, then at The City University, where he graduated with a BSC in Economics & Accountancy.  Since graduating, Andrew has worked in the family business, Jane Shilton Ltd – this is a fashion accessory business operating in both wholesale & retail, with a property portfolio. 

Andrew currently lives in Cobham with his wife and their three children, two boys and one girl.  Both the boys were educated at Parkside.  He has, therefore, seen Parkside as a parent for 17 years, before becoming a Governor seven years ago, and now sees the school from a whole different perspective.

Andrew's interests include most sports.  He plays tennis and is a keen golfer.  He is currently enjoying House of Cards.


Mr Michael Stevens

Information to be added.


Mrs Pauline Stoffberg – Parent Liaison Governor

Pauline has enjoyed a long and successful career working in, and consulting to, the Financial Services industry.

She originally joined Gresham Life in the early 80’s as a broker consultant (at the time very unusual for a woman) and was soon persuaded to the same position in Standard Life. Pauline was sales manager in Kingston, then area manager in Preston then regional manager in Bristol before moving to Guildford as sales director of their Healthcare Company.

In 1996 Pauline began a 5 year spell in the FS consulting practice at Ernst & Young. This was followed by similar periods at both Deloitte & Accenture before starting her own company. She has led and successfully delivered engagements to many of the UKs largest FS providers in areas such as business transformation, cost reduction, new market entry strategies, salesforce effectiveness, regulatory compliance, process efficiency and operating model development.

Pauline lives in the Surrey Hills, is married with a grown family and a posse of grandchildren. In her spare time she is a listening volunteer with the Samaritans, a keen potter and an active country sports enthusiast. Her latest hobby is learning to sail.

Pauline is the 

Governor responsible for Parent Liaison and can be contacted on  Further information will be added.

Mr Jonty Wood

After studying Law and Accountancy at Cardiff University, Jonty qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.  He retired in Easter 2018, having spent 25 years, the bulk of his career in finance, at HSBC Bank plc.  The majority of that time was in the role of Treasurer to the UK bank and more recently across the EMEA region.  Primary responsibilities were the management of the bank’s liquidity portfolios and structural interest rate risk.

Jonty is married with four sons, all of whom went through the full Parkside experience, covering an unbroken period of 16 years.  This ended in July 2018 when his youngest son passed Common Entrance to move to St John’s, Leatherhead.  Jonty became a Parkside Governor in March 2018.

Jonty, a proud Yorkshireman, his main sporting interests are rugby, cricket, golf and the exploits of Huddersfield Town. Jonty lives locally in Oxshott.