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, 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 eight 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.

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 nine 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

Deputy Head

Leading the all-important care of the Senior School girls and supporting the Head in creating a truly extraordinary learning environment, Katrina 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 who encourages them to embrace leadership opportunities and reach for the stars. 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 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

Assistant Head

Bringing her business experience to teaching Business and Economics fifteen years ago, 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.

Lindsay worked as a Business and Economics teacher in the state sector for eight years before becoming Head of Department. Joining NGHS as Assistant Head, Lindsay loves the excitement of putting into practice the cutting edge learning techniques that deliver that lightbulb moment for the girls. There’s nothing she doesn’t know about latest teaching methodology, and she immerses herself in the rich research that helps us deliver an unparalleled education specifically tailored to girls.


Rebecca Halse

Assistant Head

An inspiring female mathematician, with a first class Maths degree from Leeds and PGCE in Maths from Cambridge University, Rebecca is passionate about girls in STEM and the importance of smashing stereotypes through an all-girls environment.

Rebecca joined NGHS in 2012 as Head of Maths and Technology, and became Assistant Head in 2014 bringing 15 years of teaching experience in both co-ed and all-girls environments with her. For her, the girl centric approach of NGHS brings exceptional benefits. Girls are more likely to choose subjects traditionally seen as male subjects and nothing holds them back, and this is what drives Rebecca to give her all to our students every day. Confident, fun and full of passion, Rebecca is an exceptional teacher and inspiring member of the Senior Leadership Team.


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 though to Sixth Form, he knows how empowering its progressive approach is for its students. One of his most 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.

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.