Knowledge Schools Foundation


Thomas Newman, Chairman

Tom joined the Foundation Trust in September of 2016 as an independent trustee and chairman.  

Tom has lived in West London and worked in the City since 1980.  His career has been involved with a wide range of positions in the international financial markets.    He currently consults with clients in the financial markets as well as working with charities directly and through the livery company in which he is on the Court. 

Tom grew up outside of Chicago, attended a local school and graduated from Princeton University with honours in Economics.  After serving as an officer in the US Navy he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.  He then entered banking in San Francisco.


Caroline Bondy, Trustee







Kathryn Cooper, Trustee


Kathryn became a trustee of the Knowledge Schools Foundation in October 2018. She was formerly a fundraiser for the Trust, during which time she established and lead a fundraising programme to seek charitable donations and grants from external donors.  She is a founder and governor of the West London Free School and Member of the Knowledge Schools Trust Board. Prior to joining the governing body of the secondary she established, and then chaired the governing body of the West London Free School Primary and The Earl’s Court Free School Primary for three years.  

Her career has incorporated roles in marketing and communications across the technology industry and more recently the pensions sector.  She now works as a Governance and Communications Manager for a pensions provider.


 Julian Granville, Trustee


After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Julian Granville worked for Coopers & Lybrand’s management consultancy division in Russia.  He joined Boden in June 1995 initially as Finance Director, becoming CEO in 1997 and then Chairman in 2016.

 Julian is also chairs Monica Vinader, a jewellery business, and sits on the advisory committee of Piper Private Equity

 Julian is a Trustee of Into University, a charity supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain a university place.



Suzie Hobart, Trustee


Suzie Hobart, also a founder of the West London Free School, is the Chair of Governors at the Kensington Primary Academy.  She chairs the education and curriculum committees of the three trust primary schools. 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.



Dee Purdy, Trustee


Dee joined the Foundation Trust in May 2017.  She is also the current Chair of the PTA at West London and Earl’s Court Free School Primaries.

Her career has included a range of project and process management roles within International financial institutions in the city. She currently works as an IT Strategic Process Manager for BNP Paribas.  She also launched the Schools Enrichment (SEP) Programme at West London and Earl’s Court Primaries in 2016 which has successfully tapped into the skills, time, and networks of the parent/ carers to collaborate with the schools in developing their facilities and enrichment activities. This model has had a very positive result and Dee has been approached by other Free schools to share the approach.

Dee lives in Hammersmith with her husband and two children who both attend West London Free School Primary. She grew up in South Africa where she attended a local school and later did a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Hons) degree at the University of Cape Town.

Clare Roberts, Trustee

Clare joined the Foundation Trust in May 2017.  She is a specialist in advertising and marketing and has worked with some of the UK's best loved brands such as the BBC, The Economist, Sainsbury's and Unilever. She is currently Head of Brand Marketing at ITV.  Clare has three children.  Her two eldest boys attend WLFS secondary school and her daughter will follow.   She grew up in West London and was educated at Godolphin & Latymer.  She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. 


Toby Young, Trustee


Toby is one of the founders of the West London Free School. He was the first CEO of the Trust from 2014 - 2016. 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.          
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