Our inspirational team

A successful school is the sum of its parts and our inspirational team at NGHS has the girls at its heart. Our young, dynamic and progressive Senior Leadership Team led by our Head, Julie Keller, ensures the smooth running of every aspect of the school including strategic planning, quality assurance, inspection and staff wellbeing, making it the perfect environment for girls to learn and thrive.

Julie Keller


Passionate about equipping girls to be the leaders of the future, Julie is on a mission to inspire NGHS girls to smash through glass ceilings, break down barriers and be whatever they chose to be.

Julie spent ten years teaching in a co-education state school, and has spent the last nine years at NGHS. Joining the team as Deputy Head of the Senior School, Julie’s drive and commitment soon saw her take up the role of Head of the Junior School alongside her Deputy Head role. In 2016 Julie became Head and has led many exciting changes, supported an incredible team of staff, and enjoyed every minute of inspiring each and every girl to be extraordinary.


Laura Fowler

Head of Nursery, Infant and Junior School

An inspiring Head with unparalleled expertise in girls, Laura captures the imaginations of our younger girls and builds the foundations for their future success. Laura is also our Designated Safeguarding Lead and works closely with all of our SLT to ensure that the safety of our girls is paramount.

Mum to the Junior school dog, Delilah, Laura makes the NGHS Nursery, Infant and Junior school feel like a wonderful family. Laura graduated from Brunel University with a First Class Honours Degree in Education and has taught for nineteen years in both the state and independent sector. She has spent the last ten years as Head of independent girls’ junior schools in the East Midlands and brings a huge amount of expertise and passion to her role.

Laura’s mission is clear. She inspires all her girls to ‘be extraordinary’. With excellent care, expert teaching and a unique focus on building strength of character, it’s awe inspiring to see how well she achieves this with our youngest girls.


Katrina Handford-Smith

Senior Deputy Head

Co-ordinating links between the all-important pastoral care of the Senior School girls and their academic progress, Katrina’s role of supporting the Head helps to create a truly extraordinary learning environment. She is an inspirational role model to the girls and dedicated member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Katrina joined NGHS in 2008 as a History teacher. Educated in all-girls environment herself, she is a true advocate of educating girls in the very best way for them. Appointed Deputy Head at the age of 30, Katrina is an inspiring role model to the girls and encourages them to embrace leadership opportunities and reach for the stars. She is also responsible for the Continuing Professional Development of our staff, keeping them at the top of their game. Having also enjoyed her roles as Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Head in charge of pastoral care, Katrina is focused on ensuring our Senior School girls receive the very best pastoral care alongside their excellent academic tuition.


Erin Skelton

Head of Sixth Form

Bringing her fabulous energy to every part of the Sixth Form, Erin cares for each of our Sixth Form girls to make sure they excel in their academic results and leave the school as happy and confident young women.

Joining NGHS as Head of Sixth Form in 2017, Erin is focused on leading a rich and holistic education. She delivers expert lessons and exam training to equip the girls to achieve excellent results, and is also a passionate advocate for the wealth of enrichment opportunities available to them. Erin inspires the girls to grab opportunities with both hands, to extend themselves out of their comfort zones and to enter the world as confident, responsible and empowered young women who will make a positive impact in the world.


Lindsay Wharton-Howett

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Bringing her business experience to teaching Business and Economics, Lindsay is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm. Constantly learning and inspiring the girls to try new things, she goes the extra mile to make a lifelong difference to NGHS students. Her pastoral role sees her liaising with girls, staff and parents to ensure that the needs of the whole school community are met.

Lindsay worked as a Business and Economics teacher in the state sector for eight years before becoming Head of Department here. Originally joining NGHS as Assistant Head, Lindsay now enjoys the caring role of Pastoral Deputy Head. Through arranging PSHCE lessons for the girls through to parental seminars on a diverse range of relevant issues,  there’s nothing she can’t help with to make sure that the whole NGHS community is supported.


James Brown

Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning/Academic)

Joining NGHS originally as a Teacher of English, James has also enjoyed a stint as Head of Department and is now revisiting his role as maternity cover for our Assistant Head as part of the SLT.

James’ previous experience in this role and his meticulous attention to detail make him the prefect person to deal with academic and teaching and learning matters. Overseeing PAL grades, reporting, assessment and statistics are just a few of his areas of expertise. James also has the interests of  staff at his heart, coordinating our Departmental Reviews and the staff PDP process. James is a valuable and flexible member of staff and a huge asset to our SLT.


Jeremy Dunn

Director of Finance and Operations

A Chartered Accountant by trade, Jeremy’s experience in private practice, the retail industry and education sector make him the perfect person to govern the school’s finance and operations with meticulous attention to detail.

Jeremy has been part of the NGHS family since 2004 and is proud of its incredible educational offer. With his daughter attending the school from Junior School through to Sixth Form, he knows how empowering its progressive approach is for its students. One of his favourite projects was the development of the Squire Performing Arts Centre, the jewel in our crown of exciting modern facilities.


Claire Bale

Director of Marketing

Claire is a Marketing and Communications expert loving every minute of sharing the exciting, progressive, inspiring work of NGHS with the world. She is also our lead on the important area of Diversity and Inclusion. She is passionate about her role as part of the GDST Undivided steering committee promoting diversity, inclusion and real change across all of the GDST schools.

A marketing and communications professional with a background in advertising and digital marketing in blue chip corporations, Claire joined NGHS in 2017. Dedicated to ensuring the world knows all about the real NGHS and the exciting, progressive, modern education it provides, she manages all of our marketing communications, PR, events and advertising as well as looking after the wonderful NGHS family of parents, alumnae and partners.