Directors and Officers
John McIntosh CBE
John retired in December 2006 after nearly 30 years as the Headmaster of The London Oratory School, an all-ability school for 1,400 boys, ages 7 to 19, in central London.
He was a member of the Health Education Council from 1985 to 1988 and the National Curriculum Council from 1990 to 1993. More recently he has been a member of the Teachers’ Standards Review, the National Curriculum Review Committee, the Board of the National College for School Leadership and the Board of the Teaching Agency. He is now an adviser on free schools.
He has been a governor of several maintained and independent schools and is presently chairman of governors at a preparatory school in London. He is a trustee of the English Schools Orchestra and Choir, and a member of the Education Committee of the David Ross Education Trust.
He has a particular interest in education policy and has been actively involved in several think tanks concerned with education throughout his career.
Cosmo Lush, Chair
Cosmo is one of the founders of the West London Free School and a Partner at executive search and advisory firm Skillcapital LLP providing specialist recruitment and management-related services to private equity investors. Previously, Cosmo spent 12 years in the media and telecom sectors in a range of commercial and strategy roles at EMI Music, Channel Four Television, Orange and 3 UK.
Earlier in his career Cosmo worked in the not-for-profit sector with a specialist media consultancy advising environmental and social justice organisations on their public advocacy campaigns.
Cosmo lives in Acton with his wife and three children. He is actively involved with his children’s primary school, organising fund raising events and occasionally playing violin in the school band. For several years he was a Prince's Trust Business Mentor and a Prison Visitor at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
Cosmo has a degree in Geography from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD.
Toby is one of the founders of the West London Free School. He was the first CEO of the Trust from 2014 - 2016 and remains a Director. Toby is a journalist and the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2001), The Sound of No Hands Clapping (2006), How to Set Up a Free School (2011) and What Every Parent Needs to Know (2014).
Toby is the editorial director of the Spectator's supplements. He co-produced the film version of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and, more recently, co-produced and co-wrote a dramadoc for More4 called When Boris Met Dave.
After getting a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, he worked as a teaching fellow at Harvard and a teaching assistant at Cambridge. He is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Buckingham and a Fulbright Commissioner. He has two children at the secondary school.
Jane Emmett is the Headteacher of Fulham Prep School. She founded the school in 1996 and has over 30 years of experience in education, having tought in both the independent and state sectors.
Fulham Prep was ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted during its most recent inspection in 2014. In the report, Jane's leadership of the school was singled out for praise: "The Principal knows the school extremely well and provides the senior leaders with clear direction and the right mix of support and challenge to inspire them to pursue excellence."
Jane is on the Trust's Curriculum Committee.
Laura is Head of Content Finance for BBC Television and has previously held similar roles in BBC Radio, BBC Online and Corporate Finance, after starting at the BBC in its Internal Audit department. She joined the BBC from Ernst and Young where she qualified as an ACA.
She comes from Ealing originally, studied Spanish and French at Cambridge and now lives in Kingston with her husband and two girls.
She has joined the WLFS because of a desire to contribute to education as her children reach school age and was drawn to its curriculum approach, in particular its music specialism.
Penny is a legal director in the employment group at international law firm Bird & Bird LLP. She has clients in a wide range of sectors including music, media, construction and information technology and advises them on the full range of employment issues such as restructuring exercises, sensitive disciplinary and grievance issues and litigation including complex discrimination cases. She also has a sizeable practice advising senior executives. Penny has previously worked at Baker & McKenzie, Clarkslegal (where she was seconded to a client for the duration of a major industrial relations dispute) and DAC Beachcroft. She is also on the training committee of the Employers Lawyers' Association.
Penny was state educated throughout and has a law degree. She was previously a governor of her son's nursery.
She lives in Notting Hill with her husband and two children. Penny is also a trustee of a charity which provides high quality vocational dance training to young dancers from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Dame Sally Coates
Chloe has lived locally for 15 years. She is a mother of three children two of whom attend West London Free School Primary.
Chloe was honoured to have been elected as the first WLFSP parent governor and then to become Co-Chair of the WLFSP/ECFSP governing body in 2016.
Alex Conabeare is Co-Chair of Governors at The West London Free School Primary and Earl's Court Free School Primary.
Alex studied Physiology and Pharmacology at university in Bristol before returning to London and developing a career in Marketing and Digital within Financial Services and Professional Services. A father of two, he is proud that his daughter is a founding pupil at the Earl’s Court Free School.
Suzie Hobart s one of the founders of the West London Free School, and a Trustee of the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust. She is also the Chair of Governors at the Kensington Primary Academy. Suzie's career has included project management and business process consulting in the IT industry and working as an independent project manager in the Education sector. She specialises in the opening of new schools.
Suzie is the mother of three children. She was educated at an Independent Grammar School and went on to study Engineering at Oxford.
Ian Hunter - CEO
Ian was appointed CEO in January 2017. Prior to that he was the West London Free School’s first Parent Governor before becoming the Chair of the local governing body of the secondary, from 2014-2016. His three children attend the secondary school. Ian has been a business consultant and interim director and has worked extensively in the education sector.
Ian was state educated before attending Bristol (BA), Warwick (MA) and Oxford (MSt) universities. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Yusuf Lunat - Chief Financial Officer
Yusuf joined the Trust in September 2016 as its Chief Financial Officer. He is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) with over 20 years experience in the Education, Consultancy and Hospitality sectors. He previously worked for two other school trusts prior to joining us.
Stacey George - Operations Director
Mrs George studied Chinese at Cambridge university before qualifying as a chartered accountant, which naturally led to a spell working in several finance roles in Hong Kong and China. Back in the UK, she spent a number of years as a tutor for an accountancy training firm, prior to taking on the role of Finance and Procurement Manager at the health sector regulator, Monitor, from where she became the Business and Finance Manager of the West London Free School Secondary in 2014 before becoming the Trust's Operations Director in 2015.
Outside work, Ms George is kept busy by her four children, but occasionally finds time to pursue her own interests, which include reading, solving cryptic crosswords, running and knitting.
Anne Wickham - Group Financial Controller
Mrs Wickham is a qualified accountant who, before she became the Business and Finance Manager of the West London Free School, was the Business Manager of Queen's CE Primary School and, before that, she was a Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
She has a degree in Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand.
Cheryl Toolan - Operations Manager
Prior to joining Knowledge Schools Trust, Mrs Toolan was co-Founder and Director of a children’s sportswear brand. She was Treasurer of Southfield Primary School’s Parent Teacher Association from 2014-2017; and her early career spanned corporate, financial shared services.
Mrs Toolan is a mother of three children and a keen netball player
Elizabeth Boonzaier - Management Accountant
Mrs Boonzaier joined Knowledge Schools Trust in August 2017 as a Management Accountant. Prior to her appointment, she was Assistant Bursar at an independent school for girls in North London, after which she was the School Business Manager at a boarding school for girls in Eastbourne. Her early career was spent in the education sector in South Africa, as a teacher of Accounting and Business and as Headmistress of a secondary school. She also worked as an accountant in the charity sector in South Africa for national charities focussing on youth development and the re-integration of offenders by providing micro loans for business start-ups.
Mrs Boonzaier belongs to Lions Clubs International, a service organisation providing humanitarian services to communities. In her leisure time, she enjoys watching sport, especially football and F1 motor racing, and travelling.
Sarah Parkinson - Events, Marketing and Extra-Curricular Co-Ordinator
Mrs Parkinson graduated from York University with a Masters Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering. She started her professional life at the BBC in Post Production, then moved into new media, creating the first commercial DVD in the UK whilst at Abbey Road Studios. She has been owner/manager of a new media production company for over fifteen years. More recently she has been first Treasurer, then Chair of the PTA of a local primary school, giving her a strong insight and interest in education.
In her spare time she enjoys social running and loves the cinema.
Daryll Umali - Finance Assistant
Mr Umali studied Discrete Mathematics at Warwick University. He has since worked in the accounts department of a recruitment company and in an Accounting practice, where he worked for a number of clients from a variety of different industries. Mr Umali enjoys water sports, travelling and can speak four languages.