Students with headteacher

Governing Body

Parents wishing to send a letter to the Chair of Governors should write to Mrs K Bell c/o The Clerk to the Governors, Copthorne Prep School – marking the envelope ‘Private & Confidential’ if necessary.

Kathryn Bell – Chairman of the Governors

Kathryn Graduated from Exeter University with a BSc Hons degree in Biology and Geography and a PGCE. She is a chartered biologist and a Member of the Royal Society of Biologists. She has taught for over thirty years in both boarding and day schools, single sex and co-educational, and independent and state maintained schools She is an ex Head of Burgess Hill Girls. Kathryn is a Committee member of the Society of Heads, a member of the Society of Heads’ Education Committee and a member of the GSA Education Committee. She is passionate about the Performing and Creative Arts as well as Sport and Outdoor Education. Sadly her competitive netball days are over but still enjoys the occasional umpiring and coaching opportunity and encouraging from the sidelines. She is widowed with four children, three of whom are at university, with the fourth recently graduated, but soon to recommence further study!

Rohit NathanielVice Chairman of Governors

Rohit spent the first half of his career working on the Trading Floors for Global Investment Banks in The City, running Trading & Investment divisions at senior level. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and Managing Director of Seraphim Group UK, which is based near Gatwick. He lives locally with his wife Sandra and has three daughters who all attended Copthorne Prep since nursery. The twins Sophie and Rachel are still loving their schooling at Copthorne Prep. Rohit continues with various ‘extreme sports’ but rugby is now mainly a spectator sport for him these days!

James Abdool

James was educated at Copthorne Prep and Reigate Grammar before graduating with an Honours degree in Marketing and Management Science. James has always worked within the digital media industry and is currently Chief Commercial Officer for a global technology business. Joining the Governing body in 2004, James chaired the Finance Committee before becoming Chair in 2006. His two sons keep him busy with sports and activities shared between Neal (21) at university having left Copthorne Prep in 2010 and Joseph who also left in 2018.

Aileen Baker – Chair of the Marketing Committee

Aileen graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA Honours degree in Sociology and Management. Moving to London in 1998, Aileen has spent the last 19 years working as a Planner / brand strategist for some of London’s top Advertising Agencies. She is now a director at an independent agency in Farringdon. Aileen is kept busy by her two boys Arun and Alexander who are both loving life at Copthorne.

Heather Beeby – Chairman of the Education Committee

Heather graduated from London University with a BH(Hons) in Biology and Movement Studies and an MA in Science Education. She has taught for more than three decades and is now on her third headship at Lancing Prep at Worthing. Heather has been an ISI Team Inspector for twenty years and has recently been a Director of the IAPS (The Independent Association of Prep Schools). She loves working with children. Heather is married with two grown up daughters and is delighted to be a member of the Board of Governors at Copthorne.

Richard Haworth – Designated Governor for Child Protection and Staff Liaison Governor

Richard was appointed a governor in 2008. His two grown up children both went through Copthorne Prep as pupils. He has now been a GP in Crawley for 34 years. He has an MA in Medical Education, teaches adults, mainly in the NHS and advises solicitors who specialise in clinical litigation. He is a keen golfer and photographer who also enjoys rock drumming and is now learning to dance Ceroc style!

Angela Higgs – Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee

Angela graduated from the London School of Economics before training to be a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, where she was part of their national Charities and Education practice. In 2001 she moved to Worth Abbey where she was the Abbey’s Financial Controller and the Bursar for Worth School for 12 years. She now works for Caterham School having worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Angela has two sons, Sam and Joshua, who both attended Copthorne Prep, where their respective passions for triathlons and chess were developed.

Hasmita Kerai

Hasmita is a Chartered Chemical Engineer. She started her career at Black & Veatch in the water process industry and in 2001 she specialised in Health & Safety. Hasmita provides project Health and Safety advisory services to both internal and external clients, identifying hazards at an early stage in design. She is married to Dipak and has two children who attended a local independent school and are now thoroughly enjoying studying at university.

Alain Kerneis

Alain joined the Board of Governors at Copthorne in April 2013 and was Chairman of Governors between 2014 and 2018. Alain’s other job is in asset management where he invests on behalf of pension funds, insurers and charities. Alain was educated in France and was awarded a Ph.D. in Paris in statistics applied to chemistry for his work on the monitoring of health risks in drinking water. Alain’s two sons thoroughly enjoyed their schooling at Copthorne and are now studying at university.

Robin Workman – Chair of the Estates Committee

Attended Copthorne Prep in the 1960’s before going on to Kings School, Canterbury. A partner in a firm of Chartered Quantity Surveyors based in Caterham, Surrey. Blessed with two offspring – James who left Copthorne in 2013 and attends Milton Abbey, Dorset. Emily who left Copthorne in 2016 and attends Priors Field School, Godalming.

Open Mornings are a wonderful opportunity to see the school and meet our dedicated and inspiring teachers. You will have a tour with children providing some invaluable insights!

Our next working Open Morning is on Friday, 4th October 2019 10.00am to 12noon and our main Open Morning is on Saturday, 5th October 2019 10.00am to 12noon. It is advisable to pre-register, which you can do by clicking here.

We look forward to meeting you!