Stephen Wigley
Stephen Wigley Building, legal matters
Stephen is a school parent and father of 4 children. He is a civil engineer by trade and has full-filed management positions in multiple construction companies in South-Africa, Namibia, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He currently works as a property developer in the Kenton area. Stephen brings in expertise in building, budgeting, accounting, taxation and contracting. He is closely involved in the design, commissioning ad construction of all our school buildings. When he is not building, he loves kayaking and swimming in the sea.
Anouk Verheijen
Anouk Verheijen Fundraising, communications
Anouk is a school parent and mother of 4 children. She works as a consultant in the international development space, promoting inclusive and green growth in developing countries & developing economies with a key focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy market development. She brings in expertise in fundraising, budgeting, strategic planning and HR. As a Dutch national she can tap in to a wide network of international funders.
Marius van Graan
Marius van GraanMarketing & Media
Marius is a school parent and father of three children. He is an independent filmmaker, with a portfolio spanning from feature films and documentaries to TV commercials. His clients include National Geographic, the United Nations and Google. He is also a skilled photographer and furniture maker. Marius brings his skills in marketing, multi-media, fundraising and building to the board and acts as our in-house professional photographer.
Jessica van Graan
Jessica van GraanCurriculum development, parent liaison
Jessica is the foundational phase teacher at Bushwillow school, a school parent and a mother of 3 children. She has ten years of teaching experience in multiple schools around South Africa and has home schooled her own children. As a board member she brings in expertise in child-centered and holistic curriculum development, school organisation and event planning. Her creativity and child-focused approach are key assets to our board!
Martin Seccombe
Martin SeccombeFinance, strategic planning
Martin is a school parent and father to four children. He works remotely on his graphic design and printing company, which is based in the UK. He was chairman of the charity Survivors of Child Abuse, served as a school governor and was on the board of the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company in the sub committees of Marketing and Finance. He is interested in etymology, and is a pedant on the use of apostrophes!
Melody Seccombe
Melody SeccombeWebsite development
Melody is a school parent, and mother to four children. She is a stay at home mum, having spent many years in finance within a security training company in the UK. She is a qualified childcare provider, and aesthetician. Melody home educated her two youngest children for two years and is interested in, and continues to research peaceful parenting, nutrition and education.
Eleanor GalpinChair
Eleanor is a school parent and the mother of three children. She has always had an interest in child-development and education, a passion that was inspired by her mother who was both a teacher and a head-mistress for over 25 years. Eleanor is currently working as a doctor in the public health sector, and enjoys linking her medical insights with her desire to see children grow and develop in supportive, loving and nurturing environments. She believes that education starts at home and that formal schooling should be an extension of the home.