I am proud to be patron of this extraordinary endeavour. One that shares the most precious and enduring of gifts with those who will not take it for granted. I am grateful to all of you who've made this possible and continue to drive forward this unique model as a beacon of compassion.
HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Patron of Northwood African Education Foundation
HRH Princess Beatrice of York
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York is the Patron of Northwood African Education Foundation. In keeping with the Royal Family's continuing love and advocacy for Africa, her charity work at St George's School allows her to assist others and support those in need.
Malcolm Colquhoun is a Scottish farmer and landowner who came into education by accident almost thirty years ago, when Katharine Mears (now Lady Colquhoun) asked him to help out with the administrative side of the school she had just founded, Broomwood Hall. He now divides his time between his interests in Scotland and London, with frequent trips to Ethiopia to oversee the progress on St George's School which is, he says "the most exciting thing I have ever done".
Katharine Colquhoun trained as a teacher in Australia before returning to her native England and founding Broomwood Hall School in 1984 with just 12 pupils. Subsequently she and her husband Malcolm established Northcote Lodge, a boys' prep. school, in 1993 and the recent addition of Northwood Senior in 2020. Between them, the schools now educate 850 children in Wandsworth, London between the ages of 4 – 16. Katharine has two children, Fergus and Georgina, as well as an older stepson, Patrick.
Wendy Bailey has worked for more than 30 years in arts, culture and heritage. In the 1980's she created her own sponsorship consultancy, specialising in sponsorship strategy and activation. Wendy created and ran cross-border sponsorships joining companies in diverse sectors to arts organisations. Since selling, Wendy has continued to consult across sectors and has worked extensively on sponsorships in education and science. She has served as a trustee on the boards of many charities.
Georgina Colquhoun spent a month at St George's School in October 2014, setting up a medical database for the children. On returning to the UK, Georgina ran NAEF's administration and fundraising for nine months before moving into the Pharmaceutical industry as a strategic consultant. Georgina is passionate about the project and can't help but stay involved.
Rupert Fane is a capital markets investment banker with 20 years of experience in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Over his career, he has lived in Indonesia and Hong Kong and has worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East. He is now a founding partner in Hannam Partners, a UK based financial advisory boutique specialising in emerging markets. Rupert and his wife Nicci live in London with their four daughters.
Nick Wilcock is Chief Operating Officer of the Risk and Pricing Business at Delta Capita a Financial Services Consultancy. Prior to this he worked at Credit Suisse for 25 years most recently holding the position of Deputy EMEA Chief Operating Officer. Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. He is also a Directors and the former chair of ADA, National College of Digital Skills.
Executive Director - Evrim oversees the expansion of St George’s as well as running operations and fundraising for the charity in London, bringing commercial rigour and operational structure to propel the charity into its exciting next stage of growth. Evrim holds a degree in Engineering and an MBA in Media and Communications. Her background is in manufacturing, engineering and management consultancy, and she has lived in seven countries across three continents.
Lead Architect New York-based architect Alison Mears heads up the design team for St George's school. Giving her time on a pro-bono basis, she has overseen the project from the outset. Alison is currently Dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, NY which houses programs in Strategic Design and Management, Urban Design, Integrated Design, and Transdisciplinary Design, having previously served as the director of the BFA Interior Design and BFA Architectural Design at Parsons.
Sponsorship Director - Katie is responsible for the sponsorship of every child that attends St George's School. Keeping sponsors up-to-date with news from St George's and organising sponsor events. Katie is a sponsor herself and is a parent of three boys at Broomwood Hall School.
Site Architect Lucy qualified as an Architect in 2013. Keen for an adventure she left her job in the city and relocated to Ethiopia as a volunteer for 8 months to oversee the start of Phase Two. Since her return in June 2015 Lucy has continued her role as Project Architect on a freelance basis.
Finance & Accounting Suzanne ensures the efficient and effective running of the charity’s accounts in Ethiopia and London, monitoring and reporting of financial performance. Suzanne qualified as Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand. She spent time in general audit and moved to Amsterdam and European Strategy office of PWC. She worked as a part-time accountant for an investment management company for twelve years. Suzanne is now the school secretary for Broomwood Hall School.
Governance Support - Charmian has worked in various different guises for Broomwood Hall School for 25 years and has been involved on the administration side of NAEF from its inception. Prior to joining Broomwood, she worked in film production, notably for Warner Bros Productions, doing PR and script editing. She followed this with a stint as a theatrical agent and also spent two years reading the news on the radio. Her main task for NAEF is to provide support for the CEO and Trustees.
Kevin brings NAEF a wealth of experience developing schools in Asia and Africa. His career to date has led him to set up new schools in Mumbai and Pakistan, develop schools in Malaysia and the Maldives and advise on schools in Ethiopia and Nigeria.
School Director Birara has been at St George’s School for 3 years. As an orphan himself, he identifies strongly with the children and is passionate about this project. He plays a key part helping to find the children most in need of St George’s help. He has a Diploma in Education, a Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Psychology. Birara is also a Deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.